Legacy is a powerful force in families. Our parent’s and grandparent’s choices can profoundly effect us. In the Bible there is power in the example of Esau and Jacob’s conflict which gives direction to Joseph when there is serious conflict in his family. Are these powerful forces at work in your family? Are you aware of how they can direct your choices?
All families have some conflict. When conflict inevitably arises people respond differently to it. Some ways are effective and some increase the conflict and damage done to the family. The book of James has a powerful tool that will lessen conflict in your family.
The Apostle Paul told women they should submit to their husbands. And sometimes this thought has been used as a way to gain power in a relationship. This is far from what Paul intended. So what if submitting doesn’t mean what you think it means
Have you noticed that almost all families in the Bible are dysfunctional? They had tremendous problems. In this series we take a look at some Bible families and find principles that will strengthen our own relationships.
It had been a treacherous week. The Disciples ate the last meal with Jesus on Thursday and followed him to the garden to pray. Then there was the arrest, trial and torture of Jesus followed by his crucifixion. The Disciples were grieved and shocked by the progression of events. They knew that everything was over. All they had planned and hoped for would never happen. But then a new day started with an empty tomb.
The Disciples doubted. John the Baptist expressed his doubt when he asked Jesus, “are you the one?” We have our doubts. Thankfully Jesus didn’t reject those who doubted. Instead He encouraged them to stick around and develop their faith. How do we handle our doubts?
Jesus tells us not to worry. Yet there is so much to worry about. We worry about finances, relationships, health, politics and so much more. There is a never ending source of worries. How do we deal with these worries that we might live in peace.
When the disciples of Jesus got caught in a fishing boat in a storm they were afraid. They thought they weren’t going to survive the trip. When you are in a storm of problems and setbacks how do you cope? What do you do? Jesus gave some good advice on how to survive.
When Jesus was asked by the disciples to teach them to pray more effectively he gave them a template to follow. That template is readily available to us as well.
Christianity almost became a small sect of Judaism until a decision was made at the first Church Council. That decision would declare that grace was way more important than the Law of Moses. It would define Christianity forever.