"When Jesus gave a glimpse of the magnificent view of marriage that God willed for his people, the disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry” (Matthew 19:10). In other words, Christ’s vision of the meaning of marriage was so enormously different from the disciples, they could not even imagine it to be a good thing. That such a vision could be good news was simply outside their categories.
If that was the case back then with the sober, Jewish world in which they lived, how much more will the magnificence of marriage in the mind of God seem unintelligible to the world we live in, where the main idol is self, and its main doctrine is autonomy, and its central act of worship is being entertained, and its two main shrines are the television and the cinema, and its most sacred genuflection is the uninhibited act of sexual intercourse. Such a culture will find the glory of marriage in the mind of Jesus virtually unintelligible. Jesus would very likely say to us today, when he had finished opening the mystery for us, the same thing he said in his day: “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. . . . Let the one who is able to receive this receive it” (Matthew 19:11–12)."
Piper, This momentary marriage, 20.
Jen Wilkin writes:
“Our primary problem as Christian women is not that we lack self-worth. It’s that we lack awe.”
She takes Psalms often used to 'prop us up' and offers a correction: they actually function to show how God is BIG. She argues that knowing that helps us more.
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Hannah Ploegstra offers some great suggestions about things to prepare our kids in for life.
"What are your kids learning? Do they know how to tie their shoes? Read? Set a budget? Drive a car? That’s good, but it’s not enough. These skills, essential though they are, can only take them so far ... Here are seven skills our children need in order to rise up out of the meaningless futility of living merely for today (Eccl 3:21-22; 1 Cor 15:32) and participate in the work of the Lord, which is never in vain (1 Cor 15:58)."
For a year, Sam McGeown met with a young Japanese man named Tadashi and tried to introduce him to Jesus. This is what happened as a result.
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