When God Withholds Babies

Thomas Jacombe

For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content (Philippians 4:11).

What daily inquietudes1 of spirit are there in some because of the want of [children]! They have many other comforts, but the not having of this embitters all. Abraham himself was much troubled about it: “Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my houseis this Eliezer of Damascus?...Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir” (Gen 15:2-3). But Rachel’s passion rose very high: “Give me children,” saith she to her husband, “or else I die” (Gen 30:1).

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By | November 9th, 2017|Christian Life, Family, Herald, Meditations|

Saved in Childbearing

Stephen Charnock

Notwithstanding she shall be saved in child-bearing, if they continue in faith, and charity, and holiness, with sobriety (1 Timothy 2:15).

The fall of man was the fruit of the woman’s first doctrine, and therefore she is not suffered to teach anymore (1Ti 2:12). The woman was deceived by the serpent, and so drew her husband and whole posterity into ruin (1Ti 2:13-14)…And because, upon this declaration of the apostle, some might be dejected by the consideration of the deep hand the woman had in the first fall [and] in the punishment inflicted upon them for it, the apostle in the text brings in a “notwithstanding” for their comfort.

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By | November 9th, 2017|Christian Life, Family, Herald, Meditations|

The Love of Pleasure

J.C. Ryle

Youth is the time when we have generally most health and strength: death seems far away, and to enjoy ourselves in this life seems everything. Youth is the time when most people have few earthly cares or anxieties to take up their attention. And all these things help to make young men think of nothing so much as pleasure.

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By | October 26th, 2017|College, Family, Herald, Man|

An Example for All Young People

J.C. Ryle

(Luke 2:41-47).

We can draw from this passage, an example for all young persons. We have it in the conduct of our Lord Jesus Christ, when He was left by Himself in Jerusalem at the age of twelve years.

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By | August 25th, 2017|Christian Life, Family, Herald|

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|