What does “being a Christian” mean to you?
The term “Christian” connotes “belonging to the party of.” The term recognized a distinct group of people. Since the word is constructed on “Christ,” these people were believers in the Messiah. “Christian” was a Gentile term that probably was used as a slur.
Agrippa replied to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.” —Acts 26:28
If you tour Israel today, you can see the remains of large “theaters” in cities like Caesarea and Beth Shean where actors took the stage and public meetings were held. But there are also excavations of another type of arena. Although less visited, these arenas didn’t have a stage as the focal point. Rather, the seating was perched above high walls that completely encircled an area where Christians were chased and eaten by hungry lions. Unfortunately, this was a regular attraction that brought the large crowds to a cheering frenzy—much like a Super Bowl touchdown today.
In that day, to be called a “Christian,” and to be willing to be baptized publicly, often meant you met a horrible death for your convictions. But to them, it was worth it!
. . . to live is Christ and to die is gain. —Philippians 1:21
I have a six-year-old son who just started public school. He has just been diagnosed by the school nurse as possibly having “mild depression,” which I think is crazy. She wants me to take him to the doctor for evaluation and send her a copy of the doctor’s recommendations for his file. Does the Bible say anything about depression and how we’re supposed to deal with it?
While we are pro-physicians for most care (Luke was a physician), we believe that in the area of “depression” the medical and drug communities as a whole have vastly overreacted to the problem. The number of children today taking drugs in order to cure or diminish any and every form of real or perceived depression is staggering!
David, who wrote so many awesome Psalms about times when he was down, would be a prime candidate today to be prescribed drugs to cure his “problem.” But he didn’t have drugs to turn to and instead turned to God for answers.
We are certainly not able to give medical advice. But to get a Biblical perspective on depression and expose the facts concerning the drugs prescribed so heavily to our kids, we had a presentation at a recent Steeling the Mind Bible Conference entitled Drugs and Depression in the Last Days. It has quickly moved up to be one of our most requested DVD titles. We want you to watch this DVD before determining your course of action. It’s an eye-opener, to say the least!!
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What is the most appropriate response for me when I enjoy the company of another nice Christian mom but cannot bear to be around her undisciplined, rude and demanding children? The situation puts me in an awkward position . . . got any wise counsel?
ANSWER A friend loves at all times . . . —Proverbs 17:17 Better is open rebuke Faithful are the wounds of a friend, . . . a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend. —Proverbs 27:9 Make an outline of all the discipline verses you can find and pray for an opportunity to share them with her. God’s Word penetrates when your words won’t. And pray she’ll have a Godly response to the Word. A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding . . . —Proverbs 17:10 ______________________________ ______________________________
If she is truly your friend and you love her (“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” —Galatians 5:14) and want what’s best for her (“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. —John 15:13), you need to prayerfully and lovingly share with her your concerns.
do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. —Philippians 2:4
Than love that is concealed. —Proverbs 27:5
But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. —Proverbs 27:6
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. —Hebrews 4:12
. . . a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. —Proverbs 13:1
A friend loves at all times . . . —Proverbs 17:17 Better is open rebuke Faithful are the wounds of a friend, . . . a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend. —Proverbs 27:9
Better is open rebuke Faithful are the wounds of a friend, . . . a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend. —Proverbs 27:9
. . . a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend. —Proverbs 27:9
. . . a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend. —Proverbs 27:9
Make an outline of all the discipline verses you can find and pray for an opportunity to share them with her. God’s Word penetrates when your words won’t.
And pray she’ll have a Godly response to the Word.
A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding . . . —Proverbs 17:10
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