God Guides Grooms & Brides

God Guides Grooms & Brides

Sep 11, 2016

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Let’s Not Pray for What We Deserve

Let’s Not Pray for What We Deserve

Jan 28, 2016

Originally written for the Illinois Family Institute, an organization worthy of your prayers and support.   by Rev. James M. McDonald There is no doubt about it, many of us are hoping that 2016 will bring real change. Remembering back to the mantras of 2008, there were those who were anticipating “hope and change.” However, what we have seen over the course...

Infidelity: Surviving Sexual Temptation

Infidelity: Surviving Sexual Temptation

Aug 30, 2015

Originally published in 2011 It is certainly an understatement to say that we live in a sex saturated society. Indecency, immodesty, and the general acceptance of sexual immorality assault the Christian through all forms of media: magazines, billboards, and the 24/7 blitzkrieg of cable television and video on demand, to name a few. Couple this with the frequent...

Affirmations on Marriage and Sexuality

Affirmations on Marriage and Sexuality

Jul 3, 2015

We, the Session of Providence Church, have undertaken a study on the topic of the marriage and sexuality, considering the resulting implications of this institution on our church and our families. A summary of this is presented below in a series of affirmations, followed by a series of resolutions. It is our prayer these affirmations will help us work through...

Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

Jun 15, 2014

Originally written July 30, 2008 James Michael McDonald, IV died this week. My father was 71. He was a salesman. In high school, I read Arthur Miller’s 1949 play, Death of a Salesman. The play resonated with me. The challenges of family life presented in Miller’s classic tale mirrored many of my own personal experiences. It was as if I knew the Loman family...

Honoring Your Parents When You’re All Grown Up

Honoring Your Parents When You’re All Grown Up

May 8, 2014

Family Battles One of the most familiar verses on spiritual warfare is Ephesians 6:12, where we learn that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. And yet, while we read that verse and meditate upon its meaning, some of us are confronted with the reality that it seems we do indeed wrestle with flesh and blood, the flesh and blood that is related to us....

The “P” Word

The “P” Word

Mar 17, 2014

Words are the essence of communication. Without words, there is no way to convey concepts or feelings or attitudes. Words are glorious tools that help us to frame and communicate what we really believe. The importance of words is clearly seen in the Bible. When God created the heavens and the earth, He did it by speaking Creation into existence. And Jesus...

Standing for the Right to Live

Standing for the Right to Live

Jan 22, 2014

Psalm 139:13-16: For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet...

How to “Emotionally-Affair-Proof” Your Marriage

How to “Emotionally-Affair-Proof” Your Marriage

Nov 14, 2013

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. ~ Hebrews 13:4 The news of yet another Christian leader publicly acknowledging his resignation from service because of sinful activity has brought a renewed level of introspection.  Specifically, many men have been looking in the mirror, searching their...

When Heroes Fall

When Heroes Fall

Nov 1, 2013

This has been a hard week for many in the Reformed and conservative Christian community. A man who was viewed in much of the homeschooling world as a pillar of honor, and who championed positions that many of us hold dear, has confessed to a grievous sin. Not only has this undoubtedly crushed his dear wife and children, but countless families across the globe...