The Mission of Motherhood

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With Mother’s Day approaching, I would like to take some time to write about the precious and powerful mission of motherhood. A day in the life of a mother can be busy and bustling. The task of motherhood is a high calling but sadly many are undervaluing the value of this great status. There is an intrinsic value in motherhood because it is something God designed. This makes it a status of great worth. If you are a mum, you should prize this calling and opportunity. Continue reading The Mission of Motherhood

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Mother and Child

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. This special occasion serves as an important reminder concerning the importance and influence of motherhood. As we look back in history, it is clear that we all come from a long line of mums. Sadly, the value of this great status is undervalued by many. Continue reading Celebrating Mother’s Day

The Lordship of Christ and Education

Education

Achievement that comes as the result of learning is truly an amazing thing. Think about the moment a baby is able to actually guide a spoon into their mouth after many failed and messy attempts. Up until this point, the baby has managed to get food in almost every place you can imagine except for their mouth! But after trial and error, the baby finally learns. Another example is to think about the sense of achievement that comes when a school child is able to read and write. This is an amazing thing to observe. Continue reading The Lordship of Christ and Education

Children’s Book Review: The Priest with Dirty Clothes

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The Plot

Based on -5 this book tells the story of a young priest named Jonathan. He was granted special priestly clothes and was then invited to the King’s castle to preach his first sermon. On the way to the castle his clothes got dirty. As he stood before the king, Malus, the court magician began to mock and malign him. The king had compassion on Jonathan and told him that he could not preach with dirty clothes and was granted a second chance. Unable to make his clothes clean, Jonathan was told about the great Prince. The great Prince told Continue reading Children’s Book Review: The Priest with Dirty Clothes

3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.

Being a Family to the Glory of God

Family

The family is an institution ordained by God. In fact, it is the oldest of any earthly institution and therefore is at the foundation of society. Without the family unit, society will fall. God designed the family for His glory and for our benefit.

The biblical blueprint of a family will be different to the norm of the world (which is continually corrupting the family unit) and at times will be openly criticised. However, the Lord is clear concerning what He intends in a family. Every member has a specific role to play that reflects a God glorifying home. Of course, each member of a family is equal in their worth and value to God. All of them have been created in the image of God () and all have and will continue to be used of God in proclaiming the gospel. All members are equal in this sense, however, in God’s design they have all been given different roles. We are briefly going to introduce these roles, and later in the future will return to these individually and look at them a bit closer.

A Word to the Wives
In a family that glorifies God, what is the wife’s role? simply says, “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” The wife’s submission to her husband is a reflection of her submission to the Lord (see ). Stated in the simplest way: the wife is to willingly submit to her husband as the church submits to Christ.  

A Word to the Husbands
What about the husbands? They are commanded, “love your wives, and do not be harsh with them” (). Do they get off easy? No, because 8 reveals what this love looks like. It is the very love our Lord displayed towards to His church. A godly husband will love his wife with a sacrificial and sanctifying love that points to Christ. A Word to the Children If the Lord blesses a couple with children, it is required of their young ones to, “obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord” (). This means they are to do what they are told and respect those who raise them.

A Word to the Fathers
Father’s are commanded to “not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged” (). The father is not to be harsh, but to skillfully and consistently raise their children in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord” ().

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27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Children and Discipline

I want to thank again all those who have responded to our request for blog topics. Here is a response to a question we were asked. The question: “What are the implications of this verse?” Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Great question! And this is very topical in Melbourne and Australia generally at the moment. The discipline of children, particularly the question of smacking children, has been raised again and again. Recently a paediatrician in Melbourne called, once again, for smacking children to be outlawed. Emotions run high when this topic is raised, because we all think differently, and our children’s upbringing is very important to us.

Psychologists rightly point out to us how incredibly Continue reading Children and Discipline

Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.