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Raising Our Children Right

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Ephesians 6:1-3 I know that good parenting doesn’t guarantee that our kids won’t make mistakes.…
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What My Wife Needs

However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5:33 I’d been married for a few years when I read a book* detailing the different needs that men and women have in marriage. If you’d have asked me previously, I’d have said…
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Two Lives Bound Together as One

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Ephesians 5:31 I recently attended a distant wedding and on the way, I picked up my parents who rode with me. It was a beautiful ceremony, prompting me to contemplate wedding vows and…
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Love Your Wife

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her . . . In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. Ephesians 5:25-28 In my drug addiction, I engaged in tremendously selfish behavior, pursuing only me and my appetite at a terrible cost to those…
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Beware the Comfortable God

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.  Ephesians 5:22-24 I…
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Pain Pills

. . . Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.…
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The Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie

Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit . . .  Ephesians 5:18 I’ve got a wedding this weekend and I rarely dress up, so yesterday, I thought I’d check to see how my dress pants fit. I’ve put on a couple of pounds over the holidays…
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Couch Potato

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 As a child, I was something of a couch potato. Left to my own devices, I would have just watched TV or played video games all day. As I…
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The Dressing Room Mirror

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. Ephesians 5:14 During medical school, I was in pretty good shape. I went to class, I studied, I ate well, and I worked out every day. Then in residency, life got busier. My eating habits worsened, and exercise fell by the…
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Hiding in the Dark

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them . . . But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Ephesians 5:11-14 Somewhere along the line, I learned that I could get away with certain behaviors as long as no one…
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