“I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.” (Song of Solomon 2:7). Three times it had to be sung. Early in the romance, again close to the wedding date, and once more in their older years, the famed couple of the Song of Songs had to sing it. (2 Minutes/500 Words) Read More
The Song of Solomon is the greatest love song ever written. In it, romantic love is evidenced from start to finish, from the beginning of life to the very end. The couple begins to love, marries, matures in love, and dies in love. Inspired by the Spirit, the power of married love is evidenced throughout the whole song. (8 Minutes/1600 Words) Read More
Paul has just instructed his readers to imitate the love of God as demonstrated in the sacrificial cross of Christ (Ephesians 5:1-2). Our love is to be one which lays aside the self and lives for the betterment of others. It might seem odd, then, to hear Paul immediately move into an exhortation to flee sexual immorality, sexual impurity, and sexual covetousness. How is this an imitation of the love of God? (800 Words / 4 Minutes) Read More
The believers in Antioch were far different from the culture they lived in. Because they lived in an environment without a connection to Judaism like the church in Jerusalem had the Christ-followers in Antioch stuck out like a sore thumb. Antioch was a Roman city, influenced by the Roman and Greek way of life, the third largest city in the empire. So, as people watched those believers do their thing, a new title began to form. They were called Christians because they followed Christ. (5 Minutes / 1000 Words) Read More
Teaching notes for 11.26.17 teaching. Read More
Three times it had to be sung. Early in the romance, again close to the wedding date, and once more in their older years, the famed couple of the Song of Songs had to sing it. “I adjure you,” the song went, “that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.” Thrice the lyrics drifted from the pen, from their mouths, and into the eyes and ears of every reader of the song. We must hear these lyrics today, for the song is true, and the theme is timeless...
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It sounded incredible at first. Saul led Israel into battle and thought of an ingenious way to rally the troops. A vow! No food until nightfall! No food until the foe is defeated! So hardcore, so devoted, so incredible.
Incredible, until the battle got going, that is...
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When Christina and I met there were no children in the picture. Eventually, after dating, engagement, a wedding, and a brief time of marriage, children came along...
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Supracultural Principle: Christians believe the husband and wife relationship is paramount within the family.
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