Good words on being a husband from CREDENDA agenda:
“A husband must be hard in order to take on masculine responsibility. A husband must be soft in order to avoid crushing those for whom he is responsible. Maintaining these twin imperatives in balance requires great wisdom, far more than men may have apart from the grace of God.
Some men are all velvet—the kind Christ contemptuously dismissed as fit only for a life in politics. “But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses” (Matt. 11:8).
Other men are all brick, mostly between the ears. “Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb” (1 Sam. 25:3).
Other men prefer to alternate between the two. Brick when angry, abdicating velvet when covenantally lazy. These men do not even know what a covenant is. They manage to procure all the negative consequences of both kinds of sin. This is the kind of husband whose wife thinks he is a tyrant, although he has never made one clear decision in all their years together.
The Bible says that a husband must not be harsh or bitter with his wife (Col. 3:19). At the same time, the husband must provide godly strength and leadership. “Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything” (Eph. 5:24). The problem is how to be hard enough to lead and soft enough . . . to lead.”
Read the rest here.
Gary DeMar has posted a link to a paper written by a Lieutenant General Van Antwerp of the U.S. Army who makes the case that the greatest threat to our national security is our nation’s poor spiritual condition.
From the abstract:
This study examines the “real threat” to our national security–
that we are no longer a “Nation Under God” and are no longer led by
those who understand the spiritual dimension of leadership
envisioned and demonstrated by our founding fathers. Our founding
fathers knew and accepted their role as spiritual leaders and did
their best to reflect that in the documents they produced. Most
leaders today get caught up in the trap of “secular humanism” and
neglect their responsibilities.
The Greatest Threat. . . Spiritual Decay is worth reading in its entirety.
At eighty years-old, Jay Adams is providing a continual supply of wisdom through his Institute of Nouthetic Studies Blog.
He recently had a good post about the way curiosity can entrap one in sin by comparing cats and Christians.
Here’s a quote worth pondering:
Christians should keep themselves so busy in the Lord’s work that they have little time to get involved in all sorts of circumstances that can do them nothing but harm.
Many believers today assume that we are very late in church history and are certain that the end of this age is right around the corner. Frequent reference is made to supposed “signs of the times” as a sure indication that the end of the church as we know it is upon us.
But what if the end is not upon us? What if we are not late in church history, but relatively early? Could it be that the growth, development, and history of the church on earth still has a long way to go?
If you have not ever considered this possibility, I encourage you to check out Brandon Vallorani’s recent post over at the American Vision blog.
By relating his own experience, Brandon conveys how he went from being one who saw the church as doomed to deteriorate, to one who now sees the kingdom of God as growing and expanding. Along the way, he not only faithfully handles some key prophetic scriptures in a way that increases understanding, but he also suggests some resources for further study as well.
“Modern man seeks rootlessness; his love of urban life is grounded in the desire for anonymity. When he shows a taste for rural life, it is not neighborliness and roots he seeks, but Nature, so that his anti-urban motives are as rootless as his urban life. The family means roots; it means relationships, responsibilities, children, parents, in-laws, relatives, and the rooted routine of a household.”
~ R. J. Rushdoony
“As the astronauts soar into the vast eternities of space, on earth the garbage piles higher; as the groves of academe extend their domain, their alumni’s arms reach lower; as the phallic cult spreads, so does impotence. In great wealth, great poverty; in health, sickness, in numbers, deception. Gorging, left hungry; sedated, left restless; telling all, hiding all; in flesh united, forever separate. So we press on through the valley of abundance that leads to the wasteland of satiety, passing through the gardens of fantasy; seeking happiness ever more ardently, and finding despair ever more surely.”
~ Malcolm Muggeridge in “The Great Liberal Death Wish”
This season of the year presents many opportunities for eating — and overeating. But it’s also a good time to practice some fasting. While the spiritual discipline of fasting is always in season as a way of humbling the flesh and growing in grace, an occasional Advent fast is in order as we think about Christ’s coming and seek to prepare for it.
George Grant has written a couple of excellent posts about fasting. They can be found here. . .
So often the things we tell ourselves need to be corrected by what God Himself actually says in His Word. Consider these examples from Dr. George Grant.
You say: “All this seems impossible.”
God’s Word says: “All things are possible.” (Luke 18:27)
You say: “I am just too tired.”
God’s Word says: “I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: “I cannot go on.”
God’s Word says: “My grace is sufficient.” (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)
You say: “I do not know where to turn.”
God’s Word says: “I will direct your steps.” (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
You say: “I cannot do it.”
God’s Word says: “You can do all things in Christ.” (Philippians 4:13)
You say: “I know I am not able.”
God’s Word says: “But I am able.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
You say: “I cannot see the purpose in all this.”
God’s Word says: “All things work together for good.” (Roman 8:28)
You say: “I simply cannot manage”
God’s Word says: “I will supply all your needs” (Philippians 4:19)
You say: “I am fretful, fearful, and unsettled.”
God’s Word says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
You say: “I am worried and frustrated.”
God’s Word says: “Cast all your cares on me.” (1 Peter 5:7)
You say: “I cannot figure all this out.”
God’s Word says: “I will give you wisdom.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)
You say: “I feel that I am all alone.”
God’s Word says: “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)