“You are a sinner and you need Jesus!”
Yes, that is true. We are all sinners and we all need Jesus. But in some circumstances, such blatant confrontations are not wise.
Sometimes a spouse will withhold children from the grandparents as a form of bullying. In some instances, children (whether young or teenagers) bully their parents in order to get what they want. They use tantrums or try to get their parents to feel sorry for them. Some family members will even go so far as to use emotional, mental, and physical abuse to get what they want.
Proverbs 6:18 tells us the Lord hates “a heart that devises wicked schemes.”
Missionaries Tom and Cynthia Martin, featured in this month’s Missions Mosaic, mentioned the value of incarnational witnessing. To understand this style of witnessing, read Tom Martin’s explanation:
Children of military personnel suffer when a parent is deployed. Symptoms of stress, fear, and anxiety vary from child to child and depend on their ages and personalities. Each child needs love and support to successfully navigate life without the military parent.
There’s a beautiful story tucked in the Old Testament revealing the nurturing character of our God—the story of Naomi and Ruth. Naomi’s husband dies, along with both of her sons. This leaves Naomi and two daughters-in-law husbandless in a society where being cared for by the man of the house was a source of security.
For years, I struggled with a hurt that happened to me in the church: I had been bullied repeatedly until I finally gave up a ministry. When I asked God why He had called me into that ministry, He replied to my spirit, “You needed to learn to be satisfied with the ministries I have given you.” Ouch! The following years, I knew the bullying had been in His will. I accepted His will, but I continued to feel hurt because of what the women had done to me. I continued to struggle and wonder why they had treated me in such a manner.
The doctors told Julie she would never be able to travel abroad again, but in November 2011, they gave her permission to return to the Dominican Republic to say good-bye to the people she loved. In February 2012, she returned for a 10-day visit. When she left the Dominican Republic that time, she waved good-bye and said, “I will be back.”
How many hours do you spend a day watching television? The A. C. Nielsen Co. estimates the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day. Focus on the Family states that children spend about 5 hours using media every day, with television making up the great bulk of it.
“Unforgiveness is like drinking a poison and expecting the other person to die from it!” Those words from Rabbi Marc Gellman on a morning talk show several years ago stuck with me. As I have pondered them over these years, I’ve come to the conclusion that rather than drinking, it is more like sipping—slowly taking in a deadly poison so one doesn’t notice the effects.
Laura and Jane meet for coffee and Bible study each week. One day the conversation turned to sharing their faith journey with their children. As a new Christian, Laura thought taking her children to church was enough to encourage them to walk with God. Jane, on the other hand, regularly shared her faith journey to help her children grow in their faith. Which method is correct?