One of my favorite verses on marriage for husbands is Proverbs 5:19, "... be intoxicated always in her love." Nowhere in the Bible do we find any command to be intoxicated except in Proverbs 5:19. I love that. Husbands are to be so in love with their wives that from the outside it appears that they are intoxicated. Make note: this does not happen naturally. Day-by-day, ever Husband is called to take intentional action to develop a deeper, more intimate romance in their marriage. So, here are thirty ways Husbands can love their wives:
*I've adapted a few of these ideas from Justin Buzzard's excellent book, Date Your Wife. I highly recommend it.
The Christmas season is a beautiful time of the year. Full of lights, Christmas cookies, family gatherings, and for some people, egg-nog. In the midst of all of the beauty of this season, there tends to be a tendency for our souls to slip into neutral; going through the motions and slowly losing the affection for God we once had.
So, as we enter this Christmas season let me encourage you to ask yourself six questions on a weekly (or daily!) basis:
R.C. Sproul is known for saying that everyone is a theologian because every person has a view of God. The question, then, is not do you have a view of God? But rather, is your view of God, right? All people have one of four views of God.
1. No view.
These are the people that claim God is non-existent—that He isn’t real. People that have no view of God believe that He is a made-up celestial being that, frankly, seems ridiculous to believe in.
2. Wrong view.
These are the people that believe a variety of things about God: He’s not loving, He is simply the Creator—not Lord, He is one with His creation, and on and on we can go. Friends, let me remind you that it is through His Word that we learn the truth about who God is. The quickest way to avoid error is by embracing truth. So, let me encourage you: read the Bible. Memorize the Bible. Meditate on the Bible. Talk about the Bible. Sing the Bible. Study the Bible. Because it is through the Bible that we learn about who God truly is.
Many of us often view God as being just a bigger version of ourselves.
3. Small view.
These are the people that believe God does exist, but that He isn’t sovereign or all-powerful. I seem to encounter more and more people who view God as nothing more than the man upstairs, ready to help you (if He can) whenever you *might* need Him to. And, let’s be honest, the reason why many of us often view God in this way is because we tend to think of God as being just a bigger version of ourselves. In his book, Radical, David Platt expounds on this when he writes the following:
“We Americans tend to mold God into our own image. He’s beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, that is who we are most comfortable with. The danger now is when we gather in our church buildings to sing, and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshipping the God of the Bible. Instead, we may be worshipping ourselves.”
If God is just a slightly bigger version of us we have no hope for freedom from our sin, justice in the age to come, or eradication of all wickedness because we have no power to do such things. And this is why we must seek to have the fourth view of God.
4. Biblical view.
We need to know and teach others that God is a holy, powerful, sovereign God. He stretches the heavens like a curtain and is seated enthroned above the heavens. He does all He pleases, as He pleases, as He pleases. He takes no counsel from man because He is, in and of Himself all-wise. He is sustaining all things, orchestrates all things, and knows all things. He is the Alpha and the Omega. The beginning and the end. The King of all kings, the owner of all things. Our God is a consuming fire. That is who God is.
This article is an excerpt from a sermon I preached at College Park Church. You can view the sermon here:
"Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly" (James 3:1). At the end of the age, every teacher of the Bible will give an account for every word spoken on His behalf.
In his book, The Preacher's Catechism, Lewis Allen gives every Bible teacher six questions to assess whether they are being faithful and obedient in their teaching and/or preaching. If you are blessed to be a teacher of the Bible, read and reflect:
I love gospel tracts. In many respects, I "grew up" on them.
I was converted in a small baptist church that set out a table in the foyer every week full of gospel tracts for people to use during their week. These gospel tracts were small, two-page explanations of the gospel and gave church members another tool in their evangelism efforts throughout the week. Gospel tracts proved to be an easy way for Christians to share the gospel on-the-go in a concise, clear way.
"All-in-all, let's be Christians consistently spreading the good news of the gospel."
R.A. Torrey, an evangelist from the late-19th century, was convinced that gospel tracts were one of the best tools for evangelism. In his book, Methods of Christian Work, he gave six advantages in using gospel tracts:
The problem, however, is that many of the gospel tracts I've found are either 1) not doctrinally accurate, 2) too big/long, or 3) just plain cheesy (Oh, I've got stories...). As a result, I recently spent time writing and printing my own gospel tract. Below is a copy of what is written on the front and back of the business card-sized tract. All-in-all, let's be Christians consistently spreading the good news of the gospel.
Who is God?
God created everything—including us (Genesis 1:1). He is "merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness" (Exodus 34:6-7) and perfectly holy and just (Isaiah 6:3).
Who Am I?
God created us to delight in Him and live according to His commands for His glory (Micah 6:8; Matthew 22:37-40). Tragically, we have chosen to rebel against this good God to live for ourselves—this is called sin (Romans 3:23). We try to find out identity in our jobs, sexuality, socio-economic status, and anything else we believe will give us worth (Romans 1:21-23). One thing is evident: our world is desperately broken because of sin and we are no different.
The Good News
Because of our rebellion against God, we deserve His wrath (Romans 1:18). The good news—the gospel—is that God, in His mercy, sent His only son Jesus Christ to live the life we couldn't live, die the death we deserve, and rise from the dead so that we might be forgiven (John 3:16). By placing our faith in Jesus, we become God's children and we are given a hope that exceeds anything the world has to offer (Romans 5:1-5).
"God, I know I can't save myself, and I know you have promised to save those who turn from their sin and put their faith in you alone. I trust you to forgive my sins and give me eternal life. Thank you for dying in my place to make my salvation possible!"