Life

One Is The Loneliest Number

February 26, 2017 • Jerry Shaffer

“One is the loneliest number.” It isn’t just a line from an old song; it has become the cry of millions of people who have been widowed, abandoned, divorced, or just not picked. Living alone can be hard, but it can also be rewarding and fulfilling. The Apostle Paul, who wrote a sizable portion of the Bible’s New Testament, actually talked as though being single is preferable. Let’s see what wisdom the Scriptures have for us on the topic, so we can better live our lives for as long as God may us here.

The Problem with Parents

February 19, 2017 • Jerry Shaffer

Parent and kid relationship are tough. (If you don’t agree, just ask your parents or your kids.) So how do we honor our father and mother, as the Bible repeatedly instructs us? And how do we not provoke our kids (see Ephesians 6:4), when we ourselves often feel dishonored and provoked? The truth is family is a gift, a blessing, a grace. How can we all experience the blessing God has waiting for us in the midst of our families?

Love And Marriage

February 12, 2017 • Jerry Shaffer

Human relationships can be difficult, and family relationships are no exception. Even Jesus felt the tension we’re all familiar with. Consider this conversation, recorded in John 2:3-4 (NLT): The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” How are we supposed to live together in a way that brings honor to God and joy to our hearts? It’s not impossible, and God has given us direction — another part of His road map. Let’s talk about how God invites us to come together and what roles each of us have to play if we are going to thrive.