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Saturday, October 3, 2020

It's Jesus's Work: He Grows Us through His Means in Public, Family, & Private Worship (200th Anniversary Conference, Session 3)



It is Jesus who brings us to faith. It is Jesus who grows us in faith. And His means for doing that is especially His Word: read, sung, prayed, and especially preached in public, family, and private worship.

It's Jesus's Worship: Why God (and Presbyterians) Are Particular about the Parts of Public Worship (200th Anniversary Conference, Session 2)



Dr. C. N. Willborn summarizes the Lord Jesus's plan for public worship: worshiping according to the Holy Spirit's prescription, in dependence upon the Holy Spirit's power, and being filled with Holy Spirit pleasure.

It's Jesus's Church: Presbyterian, ARP, and Hopewell History (200th Anniversary Conference, Session 1)



Dr. C. N. Willborn takes us on a brisk survey of how Christ, the one Lord of the Church, and the Head and Savior of the Body, has graciously prospered and preserved the Hopewell ARP Church as part of His bride.


2020.10.03 Hopewell @Home ▫ 2 Samuel 9

Read 2 Samuel 9

Questions from the Scripture text: What does David ask in 2 Samuel 9:1? Whom do they bring in 2 Samuel 9:2? What does David ask him (2 Samuel 9:3a)? What does Ziba answer (verse 3b)? What does the king now ask (2 Samuel 9:4a)? What does Ziba answer (verse 4b)? Then what does David do (2 Samuel 9:5)? What does Mephibosheth do when he comes to David (2 Samuel 9:6)? What does David ask, and how does Mephibosheth answer? What does David say he will do (2 Samuel 9:7)? What does Mephibosheth ask (2 Samuel 9:8)? What does he call himself? Whom does the king call in 2 Samuel 9:9? What does he tell him he has done? What does David tell Ziba to do in 2 Samuel 9:10? But where does David say Mephibosheth will eat? How many sons and servants did Ziba have for obeying this command? How does Ziba answer in 2 Samuel 9:11a? What does David repeat in verse 11b (cf. 2 Samuel 9:10)? What did Mephibosheth have (2 Samuel 9:12)? What role did all in Ziba’s house have? Where did Mephibosheth stay (2 Samuel 9:13)? What did he do? What comment concludes verse 13?

In 1 Samuel 20:14–15, Jonathan had told David “you shall not only show me the ḳessed of Yahweh while I still live, that I may not die; but you shall not cut off your ḳessed from my house forever, no, not when Yahweh has cut off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.” 

So as soon as David is given rest from all his enemies (2 Samuel 8), he asks in 2 Samuel 9:1, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him ḳessed for Jonathan’s sake?” Mephibosheth is a wonderful candidate for this covenanted love, precisely because he is lame in his feet (2 Samuel 9:3), which is why the passage concludes with this fact in 2 Samuel 9:13. Indeed, he himself puts it most colorfully, when he calls himself a “dead dog” in 2 Samuel 9:8. Unclean when alive, useful primarily for cleaning up corpses, and now longer alive: less than useless and doubly unclean—a dead dog.

But David raises him up to the status of a king (2 Samuel 9:7), marshals others to be his servants (2 Samuel 9:10), and brings him into personal and continual fellowship and favor (2 Samuel 9:11-12).

In all of this, David is a picture to us of Christ, and Mephibosheth is a picture to us of ourselves. 

Since Christ and our Father have made covenant concerning us from before time began, Christ shows us steadfast/covenant love. He gives us the status of a kingly heir. He makes everything in creation and providence into a servant to do us good. And He brings us into personal and continual fellowship and favor with Himself!

And what have we contributed to this? Being doubly and completely disabled; less than useless and doubly unclean—lame in both feet and dead dogs. Behold, God’s covenant with us in Christ; how completely it is of grace, and how complete are the benefits of that grace!

How has your “lameness” been appearing lately? What are some of the benefits of God’s covenant that you have been enjoying in the Lord Jesus?

Suggested songs: ARP32AB “What Blessedness” or TPH23A “The Lord’s My Shepherd”


Friday, October 2, 2020

From Coveting to Contentment (2020.10.02 Pastoral Letter and Hopewell Herald)

Hopewell Herald – October 2, 2020 

Dear Congregation, 

In the evening sermon this past week, we heard that one of the ways that we are transformed as the Holy Spirit and the devil battle over our hearts and lives is our attitude toward wealth and work. 

This transformation from covetous to contentment, from grabbing to giving, is on great display both in the apostle Paul and in the Philippian church in one of the most famous (and most abused) parts of his letter to them: 

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
(Philippians 4:10–13) 

Our family is a little ahead in the M'Cheyne plan, so we came across that a couple nights ago, having just been in Ephesians 4:28 both at home and at church. We talked about the abuse of this verse, and how it was about contentment in little and contentment in much—and the irony of who tends to use it and when they use it. 

Contentment is such an important Christian grace. We see the depth of our sin in how, even when we have much, we cannot find it in ourselves to be content. 

But grace is so great that it can give us contentment in any condition. Such is the life and goodness of Christ that in Him we find the ability to be content even when we have little. 

In Christ, you can be content with much. In Christ, you can be content with little. You can be content in any circumstance—can do all things—through Christ, who strengthens you! 

Even more: in Christ, we begin to see circumstances completely differently. When we have more, we say, "Aha! An opportunity for Christ to be glorified in others' contentment and my generosity to them!" And when we have little, we say, "Aha! An opportunity for Christ to be glorified in my contentment and in their generosity to me!" 

Circumstances become a marvelous diversity of the variety of ways that we have opportunity to participate in bringing glory to the Redeemer! Praise the Lord Jesus! 

Looking forward to glorifying Christ together for His marvelous goodness both to us and in us, 

Pastor

2020.10.02 Hopewell @Home ▫ Luke 8:40–56

Read Luke 8:40–56

Questions from the Scripture text: How do the Jews respond when Jesus returns (Luke 8:40)? Who comes in Luke 8:41? What does he do? What does he ask Jesus to do? Why (Luke 8:42a)? What difficulty do they encounter (verse 42b)? What is the situation of the woman in Luke 8:43? What had she spent? On what? With what results? What did she do (Luke 8:44)? With what result? What does Jesus ask in Luke 8:45a? Who speaks up, and what does he say (verse 45b)? What does Jesus say has happened (Luke 8:46)? What does the woman do (Luke 8:47)? What does Jesus call her (Luke 8:48)? What does he say has happened to her? What does he tell her to do? Who comes, when, in Luke 8:49? What does he say has happened? What does he tell Jairus not to do? But what does Jesus tell him not to do and to do (Luke 8:50)? Whom does Jesus permit to go in with Him in Luke 8:51? What were people doing (Luke 8:52a)? What does Jesus tell them not to do (verse 52b)? Why? What did they do to Him (Luke 8:53)? What did He do to them (Luke 8:54)? What did He do to the girl? What did He say to her? What happened to her in Luke 8:55? What did Jesus say to do? How do her parents respond (Luke 8:56)? What does Jesus tell them not to do?

Here we see that our Lord Jesus is worthy of our welcome (Luke 8:40), for not only do we see His great power, but also His great love and willingness to do us good.

Jesus is willing to come to us. We know that he did not have to go, as the Centurion had believed in Luke 7:6–8. And, indeed, the ruler of the synagogue could have had friends who would bring her on her bed, as we saw in Luke 5:18–19. But our Lord Jesus is a willing and merciful Redeemer, and He comes as Jairus pleaded.

Jesus can do more for us than all else together. Here is a woman who has been dying for as long as Jairus’s daughter has been alive (cp. Luke 8:43 with Luke 8:42). All of her money couldn’t help her. And all human doctors together couldn’t help her. But behold how small a thing it was for Jesus to help her. Just touching. Not even Him, but His garment, and that at its edge. Not a gradual healing but immediately. Not a partial healing in the slowing of the flow, but a complete healing in that it stopped. What a complete and infinitely powerful Savior is our Lord Jesus!

Jesus does more for us than we know that we need. As is often the case with these healings in the gospels, our English translations understate what the Lord Jesus says to her in Luke 8:48. He doesn’t merely say “your faith has made you well”; He literally tells her, “your faith has saved you.”

Jesus commands us to draw present and ongoing spiritual benefit from the knowledge that we have of His saving us. It is a good thing to study Scripture, as we are doing now, and to understand with our minds all that the Lord Jesus does for us. But the Lord Jesus wants us to take this understanding in our minds and apply it to the condition of our hearts. 

He commands her to be courageous (“be of good cheer” in Luke 8:48, omitted in the critical text) and to have peace as she goes. Often, when the Lord is working some unexpected mercy for us in a particularly difficult situation, we quickly forget what He has done and are easily discouraged or troubled. But He intends to do us not just that particular good in that moment, but by the memory of Who He is and what He has done, that we would have an ongoing benefit of courage and peace in the other challenges of our lives.

Jesus does more for this than we dare to hope is possible. This girl is dead (her spirit has to come back into her body in Luke 8:55), but Jesus says that she is sleeping. Her death is not final; she will rise from it. Later, He would say the same about Lazarus in John 11:11–14. Indeed, the New Testament will sometimes follow this pattern from our Lord to refer to the deaths of all saints, since these deaths are ultimately not final (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:30; 1 Corinthians 15:181 Corinthians 15:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:14). They all laughed even at Jesus’s view of the situation, let alone His ability to do anything about it. But, let us never diminish what our Lord might do. 

And then, if His wisdom is to carry us through a hardship instead of undoing it, let us know that it is impossible for what we hoped to have beyond His power, but that this outcome came only because a better thing was demanded by His mercy.

Since our Lord Jesus is such a Redeemer as this, let us always heartily welcome Him!

In what difficulties have you been finding yourself? How have you been looking to, resting in, and having fellowship with your Lord Jesus in the midst of it?

Suggested songs: ARP46 “God Is Our Refuge” or TPH270 “At the Name of Jesus”


Thursday, October 1, 2020

Prayer for Grace, Mercy, and Peace Assured in Christ (200930 Prayer Meeting in 2John v3)

Grace. All that God is (righteous, powerful, good) for all that we are (guilty, weak, wicked). Mercy. The removal of our misery by God's commitment to doing us good. Peace. The steady continuance to us of our total wellbeing, from God's grace and mercy. We are assured of the fact that these will be ours from Christ because of the fact that there is love for God and His church in us, which love has also come from Christ.

2020.10.01 Hopewell @Home ▫ Ephesians 4:31–5:2

Read Ephesians 4:31–5:2

Questions from the Scripture text: What six things does Ephesians 4:31 command us to put away from us? How are we to be toward one another (Ephesians 4:32)? Out of what kind of heart? What will we need to do to one another if this is to be the case? Who has done it to us first and how? So, when we forgive one another, Whom are we imitating (Ephesians 5:1)? What are we enjoying and showing about ourselves as we imitate Him? In what are we to walk (Ephesians 5:2)? Whom are we imitating in that? What did Christ do in that love? How did His giving Himself for us function toward God?  

The walking that is worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1) is a walking in love toward God and men (Ephesians 5:2). So, the Spirit of adoption from the Father, Who is the Spirit of the Son, occupies our hearts (Ephesians 4:30), and we are not to grieve Him by allowing bitterness/wrath/anger to be roommates with Him in our hearts, or to overflow through our mouths (cf. Luke 6:45) in quarreling or gossiping (Ephesians 4:31b), all of which evidence hatred and ill will (verse 31c). 

He is in us as a seal unto the day of redemption, and He is a seal “of authenticity,” because He is making us authentically like our Father and the only-begotten Son. By the Spirit, we put to death the deeds of the body (who we were in Adam, cf. Romans 8:13). Instead, He leads us to live like children of God (cf. Romans 8:14)—showing that we are truly God’s children (cf. Romans 8:15–16).

Here we have another “putting off the old man” (cf. Ephesians 4:22) and “putting on the new man which was created according to God” (cf. Ephesians 4:24). That last part—the “according to God”—is very clear in these four verses. In Ephesians 4:32, the forgiving is “even as God in Christ” has done. In Ephesians 5:1, the apostles says, “be imitators of God.” In Ephesians 5:2, walking in love is “as Christ also has loved.” 

If we are dear children of God, we are to bear the family resemblance to Father. And we know what this looks like, especially by observing the Son in His own humanity. What would Jesus do? He loved God (as “an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma”) and men (as He “has loved us and given Himself for us”), Ephesians 5:2.

Specifically, God has forgiven us; we are to forgive others. And it is an especially challenging definition of forgiveness: being kind and tenderhearted toward that “one another” who have sinned against us. Praise God that it is His almighty Spirit Who is doing the work in us, and that He began this work by creating us anew in Christ Jesus!

Who has sinned against you in the church? How does this make him or her an especially good candidate with whom to obey Ephesians 4:32? How can you do this?

Suggested songs: ARP197 “Christian Unity” or TPH400 “Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me”


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

2020.09.30 Hopewell @Home ▫ 1 Samuel 18:17–30

Read 1 Samuel 18:17–30

Questions from the Scripture text: What did Saul offer to David in 1 Samuel 18:17a? What does verse 17b tell us was the reason? How does David respond (1 Samuel 18:18)? What does Saul end up doing instead (1 Samuel 18:19)? What new information does 1 Samuel 18:20a give us? How does Saul feel about this (verse 20b)? Why does Saul think this is good (1 Samuel 18:21)? Whom does Saul get to help him in his plan, unbeknownst to them (1 Samuel 18:22)? But how does David respond to them (1 Samuel 18:23)? To whom do they report this (1 Samuel 18:24)? What way does Saul suggest for David to “earn” being the king’s son-in-law (1 Samuel 18:25a)? What is Saul trying to do (verse 25b)? How does David feel about this (1 Samuel 18:26)? How much of the dowry does he fulfill (1 Samuel 18:27)? What does Saul do? What does Saul now know (1 Samuel 18:28a)? What does his daughter do (verse 28b)? What two things result from this (1 Samuel 18:29)? What situations proceed to happen (1 Samuel 18:30a)? How does David do in these situations (verse 30b)? With what result (verse 30c)?

The main theme of this passage is Saul’s plans to use the Philistines to get rid of his David problem (1 Samuel 18:171 Samuel 18:211 Samuel 18:25). He thinks that if he trades David a bride for infantry service, he can shed a few crocodile tears at David’s military funeral. 

Apparently, daughter Merab is not among those women of Israel who find the young Bethlehemite irresistible (1 Samuel 18:19, cf. 1 Samuel 18:7), but Saul finds a willing taker in his other daughter, Michal (1 Samuel 18:20). 

Still, there is the problem of David’s humility (1 Samuel 18:23); he’s apparently the only one in Israel who doesn’t buy into that hit song from 1 Samuel 18:7 that’s been topping the charts. (How often a believer may be preserved by not buying into his own popularity or praise!). So, Saul comes up with the solution of demanding the infantry service up front (1 Samuel 18:25)—perhaps he can have the funeral without ever having to go through the wedding!

But David easily comes up with double the number of Philistine skins (1 Samuel 18:27), because Saul’s biggest problem isn’t man. It’s that Yahweh was with David (1 Samuel 18:28), something that he should have known all along (cf. 1 Samuel 16:18; 1 Samuel 17:37; 1 Samuel 17:45–471 Samuel 18:14). First the lion and the bear, then Goliath, now two hundred more Philistines… one gets the idea that it isn’t Saul’s smartest move to become “David’s enemy all his days” (1 Samuel 18:29).

So also now with those who make enemies of Christ and His church. That church, on the other hand, can rejoice that the Lord Jesus Himself is “Yahweh with us.” Resting upon Him, we can face any enmity with humility, peace, and courage.

How do you know if God is with you? Who is an enemy to you? What does humility call for in that situation? What does courage call for? How, ultimately, will it end up?

Suggested songs: ARP46 “God Is Our Refuge” or TPH515 “More Than Conquerors”


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Cosmic Battle for Believer's Mouths, Hearts, and Vocations (2020.09.27 Evening Sermon in Ephesians 4:25–30)

The Holy Spirit and the devil are at war. Wherein does this battle rage? Not in the stuff of movies but in the stuff of everyday life: congregational life and worship, marriage, parenting, and vocation. But in these six verses specifically, we see the necessity of both "putting off" and "putting on" in godly speech, godly anger, and godly labor.

2020.09.29 Hopewell @Home ▫ Hebrews 12:18–29

Read Hebrews 12:18–29

Questions from the Scripture text: How does Hebrews 12:18-20 describe the mountain that we have not come to? When the people heard the sound of the trumpet and the voice of the words, for what did they beg (Hebrews 12:19)? What had been commanded to do to a beast if it touched the mountain (Hebrews 12:20)? Who else said that he was exceedingly afraid and trembling (Hebrews 12:21)? To what mountain have we come (Hebrews 12:22)? To whose city have we come? What else is that city called? Of whom are there an innumerable company there? What is the church there called (Hebrews 12:23)? Where are they registered? Who is the Judge of all? What verdict has He declared about the spirits in the church of the firstborn? What else has been done to these just men? To whom else does Hebrews 12:24 tell us we have come? Of what is Jesus the Mediator? What speaks better than the blood of Abel? What are we to “see to” in Hebrews 12:25? What are we not to refuse? Where was the mountain from which God spoke before? Where is the mountain from which He speaks now? What two places is the Lord shaking with New Covenant preaching (Hebrews 12:26)? Since this is the last time, what are the only things that will remain when this age of preaching is done (Hebrews 12:27)? Who is receiving a kingdom (Hebrews 12:28)? What cannot be done to this kingdom? What must we have? What do we do by that grace? What three things does verse 28 tell us about the worship that we should be offering? What does Hebrews 12:29 tell us about our God?

Next week’s Prayer for Help comes from Hebrews 12:18–29 that we will see that we are singing God’s thoughts after Him with For All the Saints.

This passage describes that glorious assembly that the Lord Jesus addresses from heaven. In it, our consuming-fire God (Hebrews 12:29) brings us near to Himself (Hebrews 12:22-23), having been sprinkled by His own blood (Hebrews 12:24), that we may worship Him with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28).

And here, He teaches us to rejoice over the innumerable company of angels (Hebrews 12:22) and that church of the firstborn that includes the spirits of just men made perfect (Hebrews 12:23)—“all the saints who from their labors rest.” 

Here, we have evidence of the faithfulness of our God. Even after being justified through faith in Christ, they were sinners just as we still are. But the Lord kept them, and they have now been perfected. We, too, shall be perfected one day, and permanently enter into that assembly.

For now, however, we join with them once per week in what ought to be our greatest experience of Christian unity this side of heaven. That unity is forged through gospel simplicity. Singing Scripture, so that it is truly Jesus Who sings in the assembly (cf. Hebrews 2:12), and saints from all lands and all ages—and even in glory—would be able to participate from the heart. Hearing Scripture, so that we may know that it is truly Jesus Who speaks to us from heaven. Praying from Scripture, so that we may know that these are prayers that are offered up by our Mediator (Hebrews 12:24). 

These are the ordinary means by which He brought them to faith, grew them in the faith, and kept them in the faith. These are the means by which He brings us, grows us, and keeps us. And these are the means by which they worshiped Him, and we now worship Him together with them. This power and goodness of God, and unity of the church, is sacrificed whenever something manmade is added to His worship. Such personal or cultural preferences and traditions (preferences that got old) end up excluding Christians who could have gladly worshiped with us if we had simply stuck to the Bible, and unwittingly increasing the distance between our worship and that glorious assembly in heaven that we have opportunity to join. Perhaps if we thought more carefully about that assembly, and enjoyed more deeply Christ’s power and faithfulness toward them, it would help us worship the Lord more purely according to His Word.

What do you need the Lord to do for you that He has done for the saints in glory? How did He do it for them? How does this encourage you that He will do it for you?

Suggested songs: ARP197 “Christian Unity” or TPH408 “For All the Saints”

 

Monday, September 28, 2020

The Importance of God's Day of Worship (2020.09.27 Sabbath School lesson in "The Day of Worship")

A study of chapter 2 of Dr. McGraw's "The Day of Worship": The Importance of God's Day of Worship. The Sabbath is about what God set it apart FOR, not about what God set it apart FROM. And He highlights, throughout Scripture, just how serious He is about its holiness.

The Sins of the Saved Still Have Consequences (2020.09.27 Morning Sermon in Genesis 33:18–34:6)

Much real misery comes from believers' folly and sins. In God's good and wise providence, much rests upon principled rejection of worldliness and faithful initiative in our duties.

2020.09.28 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 33:18–34:6

Read Genesis 33:18–34:6

Questions from the Scripture text: To what city does Jacob come safely in Genesis 33:18? In what land was it? From what land had he come? Where does he pitch his tent? Of whom does this remind us (cf. Genesis 13:12)? What does Jacob buy in Genesis 33:19 (cf. Genesis 23:15–20; Joshua 24:32)? How much does Jacob pay for it (cf. Genesis 23:15)? What does Jacob do there (Genesis 33:20)? What does he call it? About whom does Genesis 34:1 tell us? Where does she go? Why? Who sees her in Genesis 34:2? What is his status? What does he do with her? How does the end of verse 2 judge what was done? But what was the feeling of Shechem’s soul toward her (Genesis 34:3)? And what does verse 3 say that he did to her? And how does it say that he spoke to her? To whom does Shechem speak in Genesis 34:4? And for what does he ask? What other father has heard something (Genesis 34:5a)? What does he (not!) do? What does Hamor, however, do already in Genesis 34:6?

Jacob has obeyed Genesis 31:3 quite literally, and returns to the first place in the land where God appeared to father Abraham (Genesis 33:18, cf. Genesis 12:6). It is in the promised land, the land of Canaan (verse 18). He does as father Abraham did and buys a parcel of land (Genesis 33:19, cf. chapter 23). He does as father Abraham did and builds an altar (Genesis 33:20, cf. Genesis 12:7, Genesis12:8, Genesis13:18). And he follows through on the promise “Yahweh will be my God” (cf. Genesis 28:21), calling the altar, “God [is] the God of Israel.”

This is all very encouraging, and we rejoice at God’s grace to impossibly helpless sinners. For, we are such, too!

But just as we learn here to have hope, by God’s grace, for sinners, we also learn here to be serious about the sins of saints. For, Jacob’s folly in this passage has grievous consequences.

Like Lot toward Sodom (Genesis 13:12), Jacob tries to get the benefits of pitching his tent toward Shechem (Genesis 33:18). And he ends up with similar results. Dinah goes out to see “the daughters of the land”—a phrase that reminds us that they are wicked and under judgment (cf. Genesis 15:16; Genesis 24:3; Genesis 26:34–35; Genesis 28:1).

This covenant father Jacob put his covenant daughter Dinah in a place where she falls prey to her own curiosity to intermingle with the daughters of the land (Genesis 34:1). Indubitably, this path to her romance with Shechem (Genesis 34:2-3) is similar to the path that Lot’s daughters took to being betrothed to men of Sodom.

Worldliness in even otherwise godly and believing fathers—or even just carelessness about permitting worldliness among their children—can have painful consequences indeed. They may go to glory, but will they go with their children? Or will their children perhaps come at last with them, through a path of much unnecessary pain and misery?

We noted in Genesis 30:15–16 that it was the wives, and especially Rachel, who were running the show at home. Now, it seems to be the sons (Genesis 34:5, cf. Genesis 34:7Genesis 34:13) who are doing so. Shechem and Hamor seem oblivious to the idea that anything sinful has been done—they’re Canaanites, after all. In fact, the sincerity of Shechem (Genesis 34:3-4) puts the deception of the sons of Jacob (Genesis 34:13) to shame. And the initiative of Hamor (Genesis 34:6) puts the passivity of Jacob (Genesis 34:5) to shame.

The result is going to cost Simeon and Levi their morality as they become murderers (Genesis 34:25), the Shechemite men their lives (Genesis 34:26), the brothers generally their morality as plunderers of the murdered (Genesis 34:27-29), and Jacob his honor and sense of safety in the land (Genesis 34:30).

Oh, fathers, let us see how much rests upon—in the wise providence of God—faithful rejection of worldliness in our homes and faithful initiative in our duties. Let us not be content to have “fire insurance” as believers and families that are Christian in name. But let us seek God for grace to grow and preserve us in godliness that we might lead our homes well, honoring God and doing good to our children!

What are some ways that your entertainment, leisure time, or companion choices endanger your family? What is one of your duties that you could be more active in, but you are tempted to let someone else in your home take the initiative on?

Suggested songs: ARP128 “How Blessed Are All Who Fear” or TPH128B “Blest the Man Who Fears”