Family Values

David Brower

READ : Ephesians 5:22–6:4 Husbands, love your wives. (v. 25) “My son wants to be like your husband.” That statement was made to an American woman in a Middle Eastern country by a Muslim mother. They were watching a team practice and the coach was the American's husband. The woman's son liked the way his coach related to his wife and children. And so the two women talked. I know that American family. They have a healthy marriage, a good …

Never Give Up!

David Brower

READ : Lamentations 3:17-26 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. (v. 21 NIV) In Loving a Prodigal, H. Norman Wright shares how he went through four years of watching his adult daughter drop out of church and become involved in a godless and immoral lifestyle. He urges us to never throw in the towel. “You may feel like doing this. Don't! You may have already done this. Undo it! Don't despair. In the midst of …

Take the Pressure Off!

David Brower

READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 He will do it. (v. 24 NIV) How long have you been reaching out to a wandering loved one or friend? If you are still “working on” this person, I commend you. Most people make a few attempts, but if they see no results, they give up. Not you! This is your child, your grandchild, your spouse, your best friend. You can't stop trying! Wendy Murray Zoba wrote a book called The Missing Mother. In …

The Church Can Help

David Brower

READ : Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves. . . . And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (vv. 42, 47 NIV) What a beautiful picture of Christ's church—devoted and teachable believers enjoying each other's fellowship, eating together and undoubtedly concluding their meal with the Lord's Supper, caring deeply about each other, giving generously to the needs of all. These first Christians are happy and enthusiastic worshipers. Powerful things are happening among them. And people …

Pray!

David Brower

READ : Luke 18:1-8 They should always pray and not give up. (v. 1 NIV) I like what Stormie Omartian says in her book The Power of a Praying Parent, “When we pray for our children, we are asking God to make his presence a part of their lives and work powerfully in their behalf. That doesn't mean there will always be immediate responses. Sometimes it takes days, weeks, months, or even years. But our prayers are never lost or …

Give Them Unconditional Love!

David Brower

READ : Isaiah 43:1-5a . . . because I love you. (v. 4 NIV) Isaiah 43 includes one of the most beautiful and amazing passages in all of Scripture. The people of Israel had consistently sinned and wandered away from God. Now he is about to bring judgment upon them. But still, God speaks these loving words to them. What a wonderful expression of unconditional love! We all need God's unconditional love, and we can never earn it. God demonstrates …