Family


Wife to Husband Part 3

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

The Rosenthals had an outstandingly happy and successful marriage, and Mr. Rosenthal was once asked to what he attributed this remarkable situation. “It’s simple,” he said. “Division of labor. My wife makes all the small, routine decisions. She decides what house we buy, where we go on vacation, whether the kids go to private schools, if I should change my job, and so on.” “And you?” “I make the big, fundamental decisions. I decide if the United States should declare war on China, if Congress should appropriate money for a manned expedition to Mars, and so on.” I think the secret to a happy marriage is anything but a man abdicating his responsibilities at home.  It is quite the opposite.  Being fully engaged at home is the answer to the problems most of us face in our marriages. Having established what Godly leadership in the home really means for men, Last week we started with Submission – or “Lovingly and willingly Yielding to an authority established by God.”  Far from being demeaning it is a tremendous offering of faith and faithfulness to the Father. In addition to Submission then, a wife faithful to God will…. Support Your Husband. Briefly I’d summarize that as affirming and strengthening his leadership.[1] If we […]


Wife to husband Part 2

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

A stewardess was talking to an elderly couple.  Learning that it was the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary, the flight attendant congratulated them and asked how they had done it. “It all felt like five minutes…” the gentleman said slowly. The stewardess had just begun to remark on what a sweet statement that was when he finished his sentence with a word that earned him a sharp smack on the head: “…underwater.” I hope you don’t feel like you’re underwater this morning.  God’s design for faithful families should be more like a cool drink of water, than a permanent plunge beneath it. This morning I’d like you to turn to two passages which will form the basis of much of our study together.  Taken in Biblical order they are Genesis 2:18-25 and Ephesians 5:22ff. Listen to What God’s Word Says: <Gen 2:18-25> <Ephesians 5:22-33> This is God’s Word. Taken together, incredible dignity is bestowed upon you ladies, together with responsibility.  But it is a responsibility that is altogether different from that of your husband.  Having summarized your husbands tasks as Leading Sacrificially,  Loving sacrificially, Living with you in honor, and Laughing – that is, enjoying life.  I’d summarize your tasks ladies with the three words: Submission, Support and Strength. Since it’s […]


Wife to Husband

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

By way of introduction to this next stage in the series “Five Functions of a Faithful Family” allow me to read to you this segment of a book relevant to our topic, which I eagerly commend to you for two very good reasons – maybe even three. First: it is the first and most Biblically Comprehensive Treatment I was exposed to on what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman from God’s perspective as taught in the scriptures.  Suffice it to say that I am gratified to read this after developing this series to discover that God’s word has said the same to me as it has said to other Godly men. Second: It can be purchased somewhat cheaply from the local Christian bookstore if you’re so inclined and… Third: If you would like to read and own it for free you can read it entirely on your computer or print it out yourself after downloading it from the following web address: http://www.cbmw.org/resources/books.php.  While there are other freely downloadable books on that page this one in particular is Entitled: Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. It is edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem.  And for whatever it may be worth to say so: […]