Honoring and Exercising Authority

drjoelrbeeke031652015Dr. Joel R. Beeke

God is ultimate authority. He has established people and institutions on earth to reflect His rule over the world (cf. Rom. 13). Of these institutions, the family is primary. The family is the foundational authority on which other earthly authority rests. So honoring authority begins in the family.

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By | April 13th, 2016|Family, Herald|

The Art of Balanced Discipline

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” —Ephesians 6:4 Notice that Paul mentions the fathers only. He has just quoted the words of the law—“Honour thy father and mother”—but now he singles out the fathers because the whole of his teaching has been, as we have seen, that the father is the one who is in the position of authority. That is what we always find in the Old Testament; that is how God has always taught people to behave; so he naturally addresses this particular injunction to the fathers.

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By | March 14th, 2016|Christian Life, Family, Herald|

Discipleship in Marriage

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

Ephesians 5:22-23, Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. Honestly, what is your visceral reaction to those two verses? In our day of gender confusion and rebellion against God-constituted authority, we can find ourselves on the defensive and feel the need to qualify and explain Paul’s words. “I know it says, wives, be subject to your own husbands… but, ahh… let me explain…”

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By | March 9th, 2016|Family, Herald|

The Puritan Marriage

marriage1Dr. Joel R. Beeke

There may be no better example of Calvinism in action than the lives of the Puritans at home. Their views on marriage and broader family life were biblical, positive, and lavish. Their writings2 reveal this outlook, and many scholars have confirmed it through the years.3 Therefore, in order to gain a better understanding of the Calvinistic idea of domestic life, I will focus on the Puritan view of marriage in two articles and on the Puritan view of the family in the following two issues.

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By | February 24th, 2016|Family, Herald|

On Family Worship

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

John Newton commends “family worship” in this letter with some general principles about how to do it. He recommends that each morning and evening the family should gather mainly for prayer, but also for Scripture reading and possibly hymn singing. Also, married couples should pray together, just the two of them. Daily private devotions are assumed.

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By | February 12th, 2016|Family, Herald|

What’s Inside – Finding the Right One in Light of the Beatitudes

whats-inside-donald-thomasAs a dad, I began early to seek God’s wisdom as to how I could best help guide my children through the dangerous minefields that line the selection process that leads to a blessed marriage. My mind flooded with questions. Could it be that the world's approach to dating and marriage has infected the church? Has romantic comedy replaced God’s Word as the model for finding a person to marry? Do the Scriptures point to a way for discovering God’s will in marriage? How can you know if the person you are courting is Mr. or Mrs. Right?

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By | November 20th, 2015|Family, Herald|

Guidelines for Teaching Your Children Modesty (2)

42111172015Dr. Joel R. Beeke

Whether your children are toddlers or in their late teens, it is never too early or too late to begin teaching modesty. There used to be a day when it seemed that children could be children and the worries of sexual temptation and modesty belonged to their adolescent or even later years. But those days have long passed, and the times we find ourselves in call parents to be pro-active early on. Many of the battles of adolescence are won or lost in childhood.

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By | November 17th, 2015|Family, Herald|

How Should You Teach Children Modesty? (1)

modesty1Dr. Joel R. Beeke

“Beautiful” is a term often used today in different contexts. We use the word “beautiful” when talking about a person, the weather outside, or an act of kindness. But this word has also been used to describe a particular type of woman— the kind of woman shown on billboards and internet sites, and in magazines and television ads. These companies and people promote an external beauty based almost exclusively on a woman’s physical appearance.

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By | November 17th, 2015|Family, Herald|

Mutual Debts in Marriage Part 2

marriage2Dr. Peter Masters

The Duty of Spiritual Care

Our fourth obligation in this sevenfold debt is that of spiritual care. God will hold us responsible for the level of spiritual care we give. This begins with prayer for each other, and prayer begins with praise. If we sincerely praise and thank God for our husband or wife, we will be unlikely to fall into foolish, selfish feelings of bitterness against one another.

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By | November 14th, 2015|Family, Herald|

Mutual Debts in Marriage Part 1

marriage1Dr. Peter Masters

'Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife to the husband' (1 Corinthians 7.3).

The apostle Paul is responding to questions that had been asked him by the church of Corinth. We see this in his words: 'Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.' One of the questions evidently was, 'Is it best not to marry?' Perhaps another was, 'Should there be sexual abstinence by married Christians?' We cannot tell what the exact questions were, but Paul's replies suggest they were along these lines.

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By | November 13th, 2015|Family, Herald|