Watch those responses!
How often we get ourselves in a pickle because of a wrong response—how we would love to take back those knee-jerk reactions we made without thinking. God wants us to be:
- Slow to anger.
He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. —Proverbs 14:29
- Slow to speak.
This you know, my beloved brethren, but everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger —James 1:19
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles. —Proverbs 21:23
No one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. — James 3:8
Remember, you always have an option of keeping quiet, which may be what God wants from you anyway!
In regard to the GML dealing with women teaching men, I was wondering if you thought, based on Scripture, if women could teach ‘women only’ in Bible study. I have attended many of this format and they’ve helped me grow greatly.
It’s not that women are forbidden to teach, as they are often better teachers than men. It’s that they can’t be in “authority” over men. It’s one thing for a woman to share her testimony, teach her children, teach other women, share a Biblical truth that she has learned—even to men. But it’s a whole different situation if she is teaching men from a place of authority (i.e., the designated leader/teacher of a mixed Bible study or Sunday School class and certainly not as a pastor/elder). Also, a husband can, and should, learn from his wife—knowing that God gave her to him as His gift. But he must always be aware that she can be easily deceived.
But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression. —1 Timothy 2:12-14
Therefore he must always be a good “Berean!”
Now these [from Berea] were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so. —Acts 17:11
Do you really think there is anything wrong with Santa Claus? He seems to be fairly innocent, don’t you think?
Those who play the Santa game are lying to their children, and God hates lying.
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord. —Proverbs 12:19
Santa is simply a Jesus substitute. Parents teach their kids that Santa is always watching them (omnipresent); that Santa knows when they’ve been sleeping; and he knows when they’ve been bad or good (omniscient). Rather than teach the incredible Bible story of redemption, they choose to teach their kids a lie. Although many argue it didn’t hurt them as they grew up, it’s simply not God’s best—which is what we all should strive for.
The most precious thing God entrusts to a husband and wife is the training of their children. The trust that is built between parent/child is foundational. If you start off lying to them about seemingly “unimportant” things, how are they to know that you are not lying to them about things that matter?
All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth. —Psalm 25:10
The works of His hands are truth and justice. —Psalm 111:7
Do not let kindness and truth leave you. —Proverbs 3:3
My mouth will utter truth. —Proverbs 8:7
Parents should never lie to their children, for any reason. When you think through the righteousness of Christ and the Biblical command to NEVER lie to your children, you come to the conclusion that Christians should have no part of Santa Claus.
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