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"Natural" Family - God's Design
Marriage & Family: God's favored design and the foundation of His creation

which is why Satan is using depraved reprobate minds

to defile that which is natural by creating counterfeit unnatural life styles. 

"The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families. --John Adams

"The root of the kingdom is in the state. The root of the state is in the family. The root of the family is in the person of its head." --Mencius 295B.C. 


Contents

The basis and benefits of family & society by adhering to His Laws of Nature.

Marriage is not a tradition, it is God's Design: Husband & Wife - Father & Mother

o Upfront: God's Creation and Foundational Design

o Marriage Between One Man and One Woman : God's Primary Foundation for a Civil Virtuous Society

o Marriage: The Analogy of Christ and His Bride

o Nothing like a Mother's Love

o Fatherhood: "One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters."

o Children: Train up a child in the way he should go

o Undermining God's Design - Creating "Special" Rights (Calling evil good.)


Upfront: God's Creation and Foundational Design

"God's Word confronts us with just two alternatives: either restore family relationships and survive; or let them continue to deteriorate, and perish under God's curse. The issue will be settled by the fathers. It is they whom God holds responsible. ...God's Word promises that when the fathers turn to the children, the children will return to the fathers. The response of the fathers will determine the destiny of the nation." --Derek Prince (See Fatherhood below.)

 

Genesis 1:1-3 - In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said...

 

Psalm 33:6-9; 148:5 - By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathered the waters of the sea together as an heap: he lays up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. ...Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.

 

2 Corinthians 4:6 - For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

John 1:1-5 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness doesn't comprehend it. 

 

Hebrews 11:3 - For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Colossians 1:16-17 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 

 

Romans 1:18-20 - For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse...

 

1 Corinthians 6:9-11  - Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Stop being deceived: neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor effeminate nor homosexuals nor thieves nor covetous people, nor drunkards, nor abusive people, nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God. And some of you were these things: but you have been washed, but you have been made holy, but you have been made righteous by the name of the Lord Y'shua Messiah and by the Spirit of our God.

 

Proverbs 17:15 - The one who justifies the wicked and the one who condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD*. 

 

Proverbs 1:5-7 - A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain to wise counsels to understand a proverb and its interpretation, the words of the wise and their riddles. Reverence of the LORD* is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 


Marriage: Made in heaven, not in courts.

Did Eve Come from Adam's "Rib"? - By Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser  Most English translations of Genesis 2:21-22 read, "The Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up flesh in its place. And the rib that the Lord God took from the man he built into a woman." The description of the woman made from the man's "rib" has led to the mistaken conclusion that women are inferior to men because they originate from one small part of the male anatomy. Yet the Hebrew word צלע (tsela) does not mean "rib," but rather "side."

    According to Exodus, for example, God told Moses to make four gold rings for the Ark of the Covenant, "two rings on one side (tsela) of it, and two rings on the other side of it" (Exod. 25:12). Likewise, when God takes one tsela from the man to make the woman, Eve comes from an entire side of Adam's body, not a single rib.

    Adam's own words clarify that Eve comes from one of his sides when he declares of his wife, "Finally, this is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh!" (Gen. 2:23). Had Eve been created from the man's rib alone, Adam would only have been able to say that she was "bone of his bone." As Adam's bone and flesh, the woman is the man's "other half." When man and woman cleave to one another and return to being "one flesh" (2:24), the two equal halves of humanity are brought back together. Therefore, the primordial couple in Genesis represents God's vision of equality and complementarity between the genders.

Genesis 2:24 - Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 

Matthew 19:4-6 - Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.

Hebrews 13:4 - Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Benjamin Franklin - "Marriage is...the most natural state of man, and therefore the state in which you are most likely to find solid happiness.... It is the man and woman united that makes the complete human being... man has not nearly the value he would have in the state of union. He is an incomplete animal; he resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors."  

Proverbs 18:22 - Whoso finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD.

Ephesians 5:25 - "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it."  

1 Thessalonians 4:4-5 - For this is the will of God, the One Who sanctifies you, that you abstain from immorality. Each of you knows to take a wife for himself in holiness and in honor, not in lustful passion like the heathens, the ones who have not known God...  

1 Corinthians 7:1-17 - Now concerning the things whereof you wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife has not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband has not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud not one another, except it be with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man has his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

    And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother has a wife that believes not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which has an husband that believes not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

    For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God has called us to peace. For what do you know, O wife, whether you shall save thy husband? or how do you know, O man, whether you shall save thy wife? But as God has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called every one, so let him walk.

Strengthening Marriage (Family Research Council) - Every civilization has been built upon the institution of marriage. It is the foundation. The happiness and success of individuals, the welfare and security of children, and the soundness of society, are all largely dependent upon the stability of marriage according to the divine pattern. According to the Family Research Council's Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), federal surveys clearly demonstrate that the always-intact married family that worships frequently (weekly or at least monthly) yields the most favorable social outcomes. 

"This is a great mystery..."

The Bible begins with a marriage and the Bible ends with a marriage in Revelation. "This is a great mystery...

Ephesians 5:22-33 - Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head (source) of the wife, even as Christ is the head (source) of the church; and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church; For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

1 Peter 3 - Wives and Husbands: Likewise let the wives be in subjection to their own husbands, so that even if some husbands are disobeying in the Word, through the way of life of the wives they will have been gained without a word, because they watched your pure way of life in reverent fear, for whom your beauty must not be the external things, by the braiding of hair and wearing gold or putting on adorned clothes but the secret person of the heart, in the imperishable quality of the gentle and quiet spirit, which is of surpassing value before God. For so also in former times the holy wives, those who hoped in God, were putting themselves in order by being subject to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, of whom you have become daughters by doing good and not being afraid and not at all in terror. Likewise husbands, because you live together, you know your wife as the weaker feminine vessel. By showing honor to her, as also to fellow heirs of the grace of life, your prayers would not be hindered.

    Finally, all believers be united in spirit, like-minded, loving brothers, compassionate, humble, not paying back evil for evil, or reproach against reproach, but on the contrary blessing because you have been called into this, so that you would inherit a blessing. For "The one who wants to love life and to see good days must immediately stop his tongue from evil and not speak deceitfully, but he must at once turn away from evil and do good, he must immediately seek and pursue peace: because the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears for their appeal, but the face of the Lord is against those who do wickedness." (Psalms 34:13-17)  

   And who is the one who will harm you if you would be eager for moral goodness? But even if you might suffer because of righteousness, you are blessed. And you should not be afraid of them and you should not let yourselves be intimidated, but you must now hold our Lord the Messiah in reverence in your hearts, always prepared with a reply for everyone who questions your report about the hope within you, but with gentleness and respect, because you have a clear conscience, so that while you are being spoken evil of, those who revile you would be put to shame by your good Way of life in Messiah.    It is better to suffer for doing good, if he might want the will of God, rather than for doing wrong. Because Messiah also once suffered concerning sin, the righteous One on behalf of the unjust, so that He could bring you to God when He did indeed die in the flesh, but then was made alive by the Spirit: with Whom also, when He went, He preached to those spirits in prison, to those formerly disobedient. While the patience of God was eagerly awaiting, in the days of Noah a box (ark) was being built for which a few, that is eight lives, were rescued through water. And now immersion, which is a fulfillment of the type, saves you, not in removal of dirt from flesh, but an appeal for a clear conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Y'shua Messiah, Who went into heaven and is on the right hand of God, with angels and authorities and powers being subject to Him.

 

Have We Been Misinterpreting the Word 'Head' in Ephesians 5? - By Eddie Hyatt - ...[W]hen Paul says in Ephesians 5:23 that the husband is the kephale (head) of the wife, his point is not about authority and leadership. If he had wanted to establish an authoritarian structure for marriage, he could easily have done so by using words such as archon (ruler), despot (master) or timē (one of rank and honor). Any of these would have unambiguously communicated the idea of superior rank and authority. Paul, instead, avoids those words and speaks of the husband as the kephale, or source of the wife. In doing so he is referring back to the Genesis account of creation where, instead of creating a separate creature from the ground to make the woman, God took a side from the person He had already created from the dust, and built the side into the woman. The popular Jewish commentary known as The Chumash says, Unlike man's, the woman's body was not taken from the earth. God built one side of the man into woman. so that the single human being became two, thereby demonstrating irrefutably the equality of man and woman (Hyatt, Paul, Women and Church, 85). While the husband is the "head" of the family, the wife is the "heart" of the family. "Men do that which is difficult while women do that which is impossible." --Lakota Chief Red Cloud ("Next to Last Stand" -- 2020 Walt Longmire book by Craig Johnson)

John 3:27-31 - John (the Baptist) answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: he that comes from heaven is above all.  

Matthew 22:1-14 - "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he said unto him, Friend, how is it you came in here not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen."

Revelation 19:7-9 - Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 

Isaiah 54:5 - For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

What did God know about Abraham that pleased Him?

Genesis 18:18-19 - Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

The "bride" takes the husband's name as Christians take the Name of Christ.

"A man is to make a woman a better woman and a woman is to make a man a better man." --Lost Woman of the Bible - By Carolyn Curtis James

Wife & Mother: God's family warrior: A strong helper and soldier

Proverbs 31:10-31 - Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool, and flax, and works willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is yet night, and gives meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considers a field, and buys it: with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good: her candle goes not out by night. She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretches out her hand to the poor; yea, she reaches forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes fine linen, and sells it; and delivers girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excel them all. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.  

Lost Women of the Bible - By Carolyn Curtis James

Genesis 2:18 - And the Lord said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help (ezer) meet (neged).

 

Understanding these Hebrew words is necessary to appreciate what "help meet" actually encompasses. "Help" was translated from the Hebrew word `ezer -- pronounced: ay'-zer,  meaning  aid: (H5828 from Strong's Concordance)  ezer is derived from `azar -- pronounced: aw-zar'  meaning to surround, protect.  (H5826) "Meet" was translated from neged -- pronounced: neh'-ghed; meaning a front, part opposite; specifically a counterpart, or mate; usually (adverbial, especially with preposition) over against or before: (H5048) neged is derived from nagad  -- pronounced: naw-gad' meaning  properly, to front, stand boldly out opposite; by implication (causatively), to manifest; figuratively, to announce (always by word of mouth to one present); specifically, to expose, predict, explain, praise. (H5046)

Therefore women are created to aid, protect, be a counterpart mate providing advice or praise by explaining or exposing and predicting consequences to help men determine the best course of action to take.

Genesis 16:13 - And she (Hagar) called the name of the LORD* that spoke to her, "You are El-Ro'i," (The Hebrew means, "God Sees Me.") for she said, "Have I also here looked after Him Who sees me?"As we learn from God when He engaged Hagar when she thought she was just a lowly slave girl, that He is well aware of her situation and despair. Yet He reveals He "sees" her and cares for her.

The Lost Women of the Bible book by Carlolyn Curtis James: Learn more about women and God from Eve, Noah's wife, Tamar, Hannah, Ester, Mary, Mary Magdalene and the Philippi women. I.E. Mrs. Noah was married to a husband that was ridiculed for his righteousness and devotion to God and a mother to three sons. Was she an ezer, a strong helper, encouraging her husband and a resource for his service to God? While she was lost to the writer of Noah's story she was not lost to God. Consider her while Noah was building the Arc on dry land, then after the flood. Or Tamar, an ezer, who rescued the lineage of Jesus.  

Why 'Helper' in Gen. 2:18 May Not Mean What You Think - By Dr. Eddie Hyatt - ...Edited by Rabbis Nosson Scherman and Meir Zlotowitz, the Chumash provides commentary on the Torah by Jewish rabbis and teachers, both ancient and modern, and is widely used in Jewish homes and synagogues. Written by people for whom Hebrew is their native tongue, the Chumash says neged literally means "against," and that God literally said he would make the man a helper "against" him. The Chumash commentators go on to say: Many have noted that the ideal marriage is not necessarily one of total agreement in all matters. Often it is the wife's responsibility to oppose her husband and prevent him from acting rashly, or to help him achieve a common course by questioning, criticizing and discussing. Thus the verse means literally that there are times a wife can best be a helper by being against him (Hyatt, Who's the Boss?, 25).    ...Through all of this, it was becoming very clear that the "helper" God creates in Genesis 2:18 is not a mild, meek, "yes, dear" sort of person who never challenges or expresses an opinion. I was beginning to see the truth of the Chumash that the helper God was making was a strong and equal individual who has both the right and the responsibility, when called for, to confront her husband as an equal partner. ...The Bible, however, is clear on this matter. As the man's ezer neged, the wife has both the right and the responsibility to confront her husband when necessary. In doing so, she is fulfilling her role as "helper" spoken of in Genesis 2:18  

God performs the marriage ceremony

Matthew 22:2 - The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son.

Genesis 2:23 23 - Adam declares "This is now" (he doesn't say "she" is now); he says "This is now," meaning this new relationship, he is talking about marriage. This is now bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman because she was taken from man. Adam names her. He names her after himself. His name in Hebrew is Eish. The Hebrew word for woman is Eisha. In the first marriage, she takes his name. All Eve knows when she is created is that she is there. She doesn't know who she fully is until she receives his name. That is why in marriage, there is a transfer of names from the woman's last name to the man's last name, because she is now merged into another purpose.

The "mystery" - "...the two shall be one flesh." Examining the "mystery"  - The bride takes the husbands name. The bride now does everything in his name. The bride acts in faith in his name. The bride becomes immersed (baptized) into the life of her husband as a partaker of his kingdom. "For as He is, so are we in the world." --1 John 4:17

To fully understand the God's design of the marriage relationship between man and woman it is necessary to understand the "marriage" relationship between Christ and His Church. How does Christ care for His Church? Does the Church "submit" to the "King" whose Kingdom is not of this world?) Understanding the "mystery," of man's role of caring and the wife's role of caring for being cared for.

Scripture such as "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it," should be an indication that Christ, "the bridegroom" and "His Bride," the church. Revelation Chapters 18-22 depicts how IMPORTANT "marriage" is to God.

The mystery: Just as the man and wife are to become as one, so too, believers and God are to be as one, as the Church is the Bride of Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Messiah? So then could the members of Messiah be members of a prostitute? God forbid! Or do you not know that the one who is joined with a prostitute is one with her body? For "it will be," it is said, "the two are one flesh." (Genesis 2:24) But the one who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.  You must continually flee immorality. Every sin that a man could do is outside the body; but of immoralities he sins against his own body. Or do you not know body is a sanctuary (Ephesians 2:21-21) of the Holy Spirit in you, which you have from God, and you do not belong to yourselves? For you were bought with a price: now you must glorify God with your body.

The Bridegroom Longs for You - By Jaime Dicke - "And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast" (Matthew 9:15). Our lives are a part of a grand love story, because God is a lover. Throughout scripture God calls Himself, "Bridegroom" and "Husband" (Ephesians 5:32, Hosea 2:16) and His people are affectionately called His Bride. God is love and He is in love with you. His love is not tame, but jealous (protective and exclusive), endless and passionate.
   Throughout church history, many Christians have read the Song of Songs as a picture of the love between Jesus and His Church, the Bride. In Song of Solomon (Song 8:6-7), the Bride says to her Beloved: "Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love,  Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love All the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised."  What a beautiful picture of Jesus love for us! It is stronger than death; in fact, his love drove Him to the cross. He could not bear to be separated from us. His desire is like a flame of fire that consumes every part of us. Nothing can quench this love; no, nothing can separate us from the love of God. We are sealed as His own possession.
    As the Bride says, "I am my Beloved's and His desire is for me" (Song 7:10).
    It is glorious when the church is rooted in her bridal identity. Who are we? We are His and He longs for us. His heart is drawn to us. He is constantly pursuing us. He wants to be with us, to know us, and to be one with us. See Ephesians 5:31-32. His love is intense, but it's also full of joy. Jesus is smiling. "His love is better than wine" (Song 1:2). Yes, His love is intoxicating. "Taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34:8.).
    Our story ends with a wedding. "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb [Jesus] has come, and His wife [the Church] has made herself ready" (Revelation 19:7). Every bride is excited and eagerly waits for her wedding day and in the same way the Church looks to that day with hope.
    "And the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' " (Revelation 22:17). Before the return of Christ, the Holy Spirit and the church will be asking and longing for Jesus to return. Jesus is alive, burning in love for us and waiting for His wedding day. Be happy! We're getting married to God! He has prepared a diamond city for us to live in, and He will dwell with us and make everything beautiful!  See Revelation 21.  


Nothing Like a Mother's Love...

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. --Proverbs 31:28

 

You can't put a price tag on the priceless contributions mothers make to the lives and development of their children. Motherhood has often been trivialized by those who suggest that women who choose to stay home with their children are somehow settling for less. They wrongly believe a mother's care is replaceable. Those with this view are not in step with the views of the majority of Americans. A 1998 poll found that the majority of Americans rate care by a child's mother as the single most desirable form of care for pre-school children. In a 2000 poll, 71 percent of parents surveyed believed they should rely on day care only if they had no other option. The public is on to something. Childcare, and the government's role in providing it, will soon be at the forefront of the debate over welfare reform. We would all do well to remember the old saying, "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation." --FRC May, 10, 2002

Proverbs 31:
1. The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
2  What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
3  Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroys kings.
4  It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5  Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6  Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7  Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8  Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9  Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
10  Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13  She seeks wool, and flax, and works willingly with her hands.
14  She is like the merchants' ships; she brings her food from afar.
15  She rises also while it is yet night, and gives meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16  She considers a field, and buys it: with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17  She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms.
18  She perceives that her merchandise is good: her candle goes not out by night.
19  She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20  She stretches out her hand to the poor; yea, she reaches forth her hands to the needy.
21  She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22  She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
24  She makes fine linen, and sells it; and delivers girdles unto the merchant.
25  Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26  She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27  She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.
28  Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
29  Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excels them all.
30  Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31  Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Being a Mom Does Not Make One a Mother By David Jolly - ...So, what is the difference between a mom and mother? It's easy to be a mom. All one has to do is have sex and get pregnant. But being a mother requires so much more. One of the problems facing America today is that the number of moms is increasing while the number of mothers is decreasing.
   A mother loves her children by doing for them rather than forcing them to do for her. A mother sacrifices her time and so much more for her children, instead of taking from the children all she can.
   A mother loses sleep over a sick child instead of complaining how the sick child has exhausted her.
   A mother teaches her children how to do things so that they can do them when they become an adult, but not to make them a slave to the mom.
   A mother trains her children for the day they get married and have a family of their own whereas a mom only trains her children to serve her. In the case of the two sisters, the mom has told her teenaged daughter that she can never move out because she needs her to take care of her.
   A mother trains up her children in the way of the Lord whereas a mom doesn't.
   A mother prays for her children but mom doesn't.
   A mother devotes herself to raising godly children, but a mom doesn't.

 


"One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters."  --George Herbert

Fatherhood - By Derek Prince - "For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name." (Ephesians 3:14-15) ...The Greek word here translated "family" is "patria:" derived directly from the Greek noun "pater" - "father." Thus a "family" is a "fatherhood." The father is the source of his family. Paul's ords reveal that fatherhood began in heave, not on earth, ...not with human history.

     ...When Jesus came to earth, His ultimate purpose was to bring us to the Father: 'for Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God...(1 Peter 3:18) [Jesus said] "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. (John 14:6) ...Jesus is the Way, the Father is the destination.

     ...Jesus prayed: "I revealed Your name to the people in the world whom You gave to Me." And Righteous Father, even though the world did not know You, but I did know You, and these knew that You sent Me: and I made Your name known to them and I shall make known, so that the love with which You loved Me would be in them and I would be in them." (John 17:6,25-26) ...The "Name" is "Father." That is the ultimate Name of God. It describes the nature of God and His eternal character more perfectly than any other word.

     ...Human fatherhood: A good father in a sense is God-like. ...The man has the same relationship to his family that Christ has to him. (1 Corinthians 11:3) ...There are three main ministries eternally associated with the Lord Jesus Christ which are transferred to every human father: Priest, Prophet, and King.

     ...As Priest, the father represents his family to God. As Prophet, he represents God to his family. And as King, he governs his family on behalf of God. ...As Priest, if he does not succeed in this ministry, it will be very difficult for him to succeed in the other two. (See Job 1:5) ...In the Old Covenant, it was the father's responsibility to select the (sacrificial) lamb, to slay the lamb, and to sprinkle its blood with hyssop on the doorpost. (See also Acts 16:31)

     ...The father as Prophet: Whether he intends to or not, a father inevitably does represent God to his family. A child normally forms its first impression of God from its father. (See Ephesians 6:4 and Colossians 3:21) ...The father must maintain firm discipline, not allowing the children to become wayward, irresponsible, or disrespectful; requiring them to to do wwhat they are told quietly, promptly, obediently. On the other hand, he must guard against being unduly severe, critical, and demanding. =, which produces the opposite problem - discouragement and lack of confidence. (See Deuteronomy 11:18-21)

     ...The father as King: The father is responsible to rule, or govern his household on behalf of God (not the world). See 1 Timothy 3:1-13) ...The father is to be the head of his home, to have his home in order, to lead, direct, and protect. ...The home is really the church in miniature: The father as pastor, the wife as deacon or helper, the children as the congregation.

     ...Abraham is the Bible's picture of a father who fulfilled God's requirements. ..."the Lord said...for I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgment." (See Genesis 18:17-19)

     ...What happens when father's fail: Or to a nation when the fathers in the nation fail? Moses sets before God's people the blessings and curses according to obedience to God's Word. (See Deuteronomy 28:42) ...Moses warns that "they shall go into captivity."

     ...God's Word confronts us with just two alternatives: either restore family relationships and survive; or let them continue to deteriorate, and perish under God's curse. The issue will be settled by the fathers. It is they whom God holds responsible. ...God's Word promises that when the fathers turn to the children, the children will return to the fathers. The response of the fathers will determine the destiny of the nation.  

 

Derek Prince - Husband & Father - There are three eternal aspects of the Godhead: 1 Fatherhood 2 Headship 3 Fellowship, perfect and unbroken. The key is the human father. He must be the head of his family and submitted to Christ. ...Beware of allowing the government or anyone to usurp authority that is not scripturally right. A major problem of the USA is renegade males.

The just man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him. --Proverbs 20:7

The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice; and he that begets a wise child shall have joy of him. Your father and your mother shall be glad, and she that bares you shall rejoice. --Proverbs 23:24,25

And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. --Ephesians 6:4

My, son hear the instruction of your father, and forsake not the law of your mother. --Proverbs 1:8

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. --Proverbs 4:1

He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy. A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. --Proverbs 17:21,25

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  --Proverbs 22:6

On Father's Day, 1988, President Ronald Reagan stated: "Children, vulnerable and dependent, desperately need security, and it has ever been a duty and a joy of fatherhood to offer it. Being a father requires strength in many ways...and more than a little courage...to persevere, to fight discouragement, and to keep working for the family. In that strength, and with God's grace, fathers find the patience to teach, the fortitude to provide, the compassion to comfort, and the mercy to forgive. All of this is to say that they find the strength to love their wives and children selflessly...Let us each take this occasion to express our thanks and affection to our fathers, whether we can do so in person or in prayer."

One-page Bible study on fatherhood (BibleTruths.net)

"You (fathers) shall teach (my words) to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise" (Deuteronomy 6:7).

"Fathers...bring them (your children) up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).

 You can't outsource fatherhood! By Mark Alexander - Consider these sobering statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of the Census: Children who live apart from their fathers will account for 40 percent of incarcerated adults, 63 percent of teen suicides, 70 percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions, 71 percent of high-school dropouts, 75 percent of children in chemical-abuse centers, 80 percent of rapists, 85 percent of youths in prison, 85 percent of children who exhibit behavioral disorders, and 90 percent of homeless and runaway children. About eight percent of children in married-couple homes live at or below poverty level, while almost 40 percent of children in homes without fathers live below poverty level. The latter group risks a much higher incidence of serious child abuse or neglect. Notably, the most common and severe wounds inflicted upon children are not necessarily physical. Children internalize emotional abuse and rejection, particularly rejection by their family of origin, parental separation or divorce, or dissociation from a chemically dependent or emotionally disabled parent.

America Is Sick With 'Pandemic of Fatherlessness' (YouTube 25:30) — Pastor Kris Vallotton explain how fatherlessness is devastating our nation.


Children: Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. --Proverbs 22:6

Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children; for blessed are they that keep my ways.  --Proverbs 8:32

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. --Psalms 127:3

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. --Psalms 127:4

Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house: thy children like olive plants round about your table.  --Psalms 128:3

For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you. --Psalms 147:13

He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastens him betimes. --Proverbs 13:24

In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence; and his children shall have a place of refuge.  --Proverbs 14:26

The primary responsibility of education belongs to parents, not schools.

Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he has done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God. The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forget his works, and his wonders that he had showed them. --Psalms 78:1-11

Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. --Proverbs 17:6

Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children…” --Deuteronomy 4:9

For the children are not obligated to store up for the parents, but the parents for the children.  --2 Corinthians 12:14

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. --1 Corinthians 7:14

And you shall love the LORD thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. --Deuteronomy 6:5-7

And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. --Ephesians 6:4

My, son hear the instruction of your father, and forsake not the law of your mother. --Proverbs 1:8

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. --Proverbs 4:1

He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy. A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. --Proverbs 17:21,25

"Folly is bound up in the heart of a child; but the rod of discipline drives it far from him. --Proverbs 22:15

Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. --Proverbs 13:24

The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. --Proverbs 29:15

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. --Proverbs 29:17

"To give children a good education in manners, arts and science is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties." --Daniel Webster

"The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other." --Sir Francis Bacon

Mark 10:13-14 - And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  

 


Creating "Special" Rights

Jeremiah Denton - "The family is the engine that drives civilization. Throughout history, those cultures that have failed to found their rules and attitudes of society on the central importance of the family unit have decayed and disintegrated."  

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil" (Isaiah 5:20).

Nikolai Lenin - "Destroy the family, and the society will collapse." 

The State's Goal is to Control the Family - By Gary DeMar ...Because there is no fixed definition of something we call "family," we are seeing its near-complete disintegration through redefinition. Traditional sexual roles based on creation norms no longer exist. Men are marrying men and women marrying women. Sex roles have become fluid. There are now more than 60 manufactured genders. We are seeing everything redefined and protected by the State to force compliance to every redefinition. ...These counterfeit families attempt to restructure the creational family around an evolving order rather than a biblical model. Whoever defines the family controls it. The State is in the definition business. Transgenderism is growing. Parents are raising their children as "gender neutral theybies." ...The determiner of new family relationships is civil government (the State), that is becoming less civil as it attacks the biblical family.  


Absentee Dads - A National Crisis?
By Sharon Hughes (June 2005)

Our nation just celebrated Father's Day. For many the day serves as a time for getting together with dad and granddad to honor them in some special way. For others the day serves as a painful reminder of the absence of a loving father in their lives.

Being a father can be one of the most rewarding and one of the toughest jobs on earth...and not everyone gets it right. Juggling work and family responsibilities takes some deliberate effort. President George W. Bush has determined to make committed, responsible fatherhood a national priority. Is this necessary? Consider ...

43%
of U.S. children live without their father
90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father in their lives
85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes
71% of high school dropouts come from homes without a father present
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes.
90% of adolescent repeat arsonists live without a father
75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes
70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father

According to Fathers.com ...
Teen girls from mother-only families are more likely to become depressed
Children from mother-only families do less well on standardized school tests
Teens from mother-only homes are more sexually active, and girls are more likely to become single-parent mothers
Teens in mother-only homes are more susceptible to peer pressure
Young adults who grew up in mother-only homes had a higher high school drop out rate