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It is old news to state that 50% of marriage in the USA end in divorce each year. Persons under the age of 20 entered into many of these marriages. Sadly, few young people are entering marriage with little or no education about marriage. Marriage ignorance abounds. It takes more preparation to get a driver's license that it takes to get married. Our school systems educate our youth in academic subjects, how to succeed in sports, and in some cases sex education. Other modeling and sharing a few dos and don't about marriage come from parents (not all parents). Children are not being educated in marriage. This is why most "Leap before they look." Most churches aren't preparing youth with serious, in-depth, Bible-based education about marriage. It is high time that we take educating our youth about marriage seriously. This book is designed to be a basic and fundamental introductory study for educating our youth, and parents, about marriage. This book is more than a series of lectures about marriage. It is a workbook with assignments. It is only by doing and being involved in studying a subject that a person learns.
You may have a number of positive things going for you. Such things as money, titles, property, degrees, power, honors; you may speak several languages, mastered deep theological truths, be a great speaker and motivator, teacher, and sought out for advice, etc. However, here is the top and bottom line truth: "But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him, for he who comes to Him must BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). "We walk by FAITH and not by sight" (2 Corinthians 4:7). Faith is the expression of the integrity that closes the GAP between what we SAY we believe and what we actually DO.
Voting is one of the basic freedoms our Constitution gives us as citizens in the USA. Because of the seriousness of choosing our nations leaders, it is essential that we educate ourselves relative to some basic truths and realities related to voting. This book is a wake up call for voters to take seriously this freedom and blessing. In 13 chapters, subjects ranger from "Rating Your Voting Concerns" to "22 Things I don't Consent to", the author set forth a positive case to take voting seriously. Regardless of your party of candidate, this book will help and encourage you. The author is issuing a wake up call.
FORGIVENESS! This is what we all need and want from time to time and as quickly as possible. However, depending on the offense, we are slow and reluctant to extend it to others. The title of this book, as well as the content, is based on Jesus' reply to Peter when the apostle asked how often should you forgive a person (Matthew 18:21-35). If we don't forgive others, our heavenly Father will not forgive is (Matthew 6:14, 15). Jesus continued that we must forgive seventy times seven: 70x7= 490. Thus the title. This book covers every aspect of forgiveness. It is perfect for private reading and study as well as class study.
Growing up in a small village, population 200-plus, it was easy to recognize and know your neighbor. I remember one family had a couple of boys who were known to be “rough and rowdy”; another family was referred to as the “gossips”; another as the “holy rollers”; one was called “those rednecks”; another had the reputation of being “stand-off-ish,” etc. Because of man’s carnal nature the practice of giving families “nicknames”; seems to be a popular practice. Whether positive or negative, right or wrong, it creates a reputation. Think of the families you know or have known and ask yourself “What is or was their reputation? How about your family? Do you know what reputation it has in the minds of those who know you or who may observe you from a distance? The local church is the “called out family of God” (i.e. ekklesia). Here’s Paul’s reference to the church being a family: “Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulation for you, which is your glory. For this reason, I bow my knees to the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the WHOLE FAMILY in heaven and earth is named” (Ephesians 3:13-15). In writing to the young preacher, Timothy, Paul admonished him to behave himself properly in the house of God (i.e. family): “[B]ut if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). Just as families in neighborhoods, etc. have reputations, the church family in local neighborhoods have reputations. The reputation is established whether deserved or not by the actions of individual members as well as by…
I have spent years of my tenure as a preacher teaching preachers, training preachers, writing about preaching and preaching. All of my 53 years as a preacher I have heard over and over the statement that “We have a preacher shortage.” A once popular statement related to this statement was “For every new preacher who begins preaching there are two or three who are leaving.” Through the years there have been numerous responses with efforts to curb or eliminate the preacher shortage. These have included: Schools of Evangelist, Schools of Preaching, Colleges with Bible Departments, Schools of Biblical Studies, Bible…
Unless one has been exiled on Mars or has just awakened from a Rip Van Winkle sleep, he realizes the family in our country is in deep trouble and its growing deeper. Yes, and even families which claim to be Christians and “churchgoers.” One teenager said, “I’m sitting on the edge of the pew waiting to graduate from high school, reach my 18th birthday, and quit this forced on me church going.” Surveys and polls continually reveal that we, across all religious lines, lose approximately 85 percent of our members between 18 to 25. We have watched the divorce rate…
Some of us remember these statements: “The family that prays together stays together.” “The family is the backbone of the nation.” “The community is a reflection of the families who live in them.” When you hear the word FAMILY what comes to mind? Sadly, when some hear family in cause’s painful memories; others are filled with happy memories. From the first family—Adam and Eve—until the most recent family, families have faced challenges. Some families have grown stronger and closer together, while others have deteriorated. Whatever happened to family? “There is no such thing as society: there are individual…
In 1989 Stephen Covey wrote a national bestseller titled 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ® which continues to be a popular seller today. In the book, Dr. Covey listed 7 basic self-help principles which would help persons achieve business success, personal success, etc. in life. Here are those principles: Be proactive Begin with the end in view Put first things first Think win-win ® Seek first to understand, then to be understood Synergize ® Sharpen the saw ® As you may know, 7 is an interesting number related to short term and working memory, first popularized in a paper…
ARE YOU FOLLOWING CHRIST WITH ALL YOUR HEART? -J.J. Turner, Ph.D.
Have you ever heard this song?
Your gotta have heart
All you really need is heart
When the odds are saying you’ll never win
That’s when the grin should start
. . . . . . .
You’ve gotta have heart
Miles and miles of heart
Oh, it’s fine to be a genius, of course
But keep that old horse before the cart
First, you gotta have heart
. . . . . . . .
But we’re laughin’
‘Cause we’ve got heart
We’ve got heart
We’ve got heart
Have you ever sung this song?
Have thine affections been nailed to the cross
Is thy heart right with God?
Dost thou count all things for Jesus but loss?
Is thy heart right with God?
Is thy heart right with God,
Washed in the crimson flood,
Cleansed and made holy
Humble and lowly,
Right in the sight of God (of God)?
The three verses out of the late singer, composer and actress Peggy Lee’s song, You Gotta have Heart, while intended for any challenge we face in life, has an application to the spiritual heart.
E.A. Hoffman’s lyrics, Is Thy Heart Right With God? asks an eternally important question.