God Guides Grooms & Brides

God Guides Grooms & Brides

Sep 11, 2016

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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...

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...

Advent Readings for 2012

Advent Readings for 2012

Nov 28, 2012

  This coming Sunday, December 2, marks the first Sunday in the season of Advent, which marks the beginning of the Christian calendar. It is the four week period that precedes the day set aside to acknowledge Jesus’ incarnation (December 25). In these four weeks, many Protestants historically have used this time to ponder the wonder of what we read in...

Please Believe This about Husbands

Please Believe This about Husbands

Aug 8, 2012

  Whenever I am asked to write or to speak on the topic of the Christian husband, I am reminded of my own failures and inadequacies. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home; therefore, the beauty of covenant marriage was not modeled for me. However, in God’s providence, I came to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; and, because of the powerful...

Should “She, Obey Him?”

Should “She, Obey Him?”

Jul 20, 2012

  God’s Word inevitably conflicts with the plans of man. For instance, the Word directs us to acknowledge the God of the Bible as the One True God—we are to have no other gods but Him. Yet the sinful heart of man is inclined to persistent idolatry, seeking to satisfy our need to worship and find assurance in anything and everything but the God of the...

A Thoroughfare of Freedom

A Thoroughfare of Freedom

May 22, 2012

“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess… You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you...

Appreciating Teachable Moments

Appreciating Teachable Moments

Nov 30, 2011

  Each evening, our family gathers together at the dinner table to enjoy the evening meal and some stimulating conversation. This evening was typical. Discussions ranged from shopping adventures, the wild weather we’ve had, and birthday dinners. Then, one of my daughters brought up a new topic. She asked me if I had seen a particular video that was making...