AuthorDaniel Ralph

Family: Family life is feedback

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Throughout Proverbs, we learn that those who ask for and receive God’s wisdom are given direction through life, children and parents alike would avoid the ever-present pitfalls that can ruin lives. We also learn that “desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way” (Prov 19:2). In other words, the impulsive person is the one who acts...

Recovering our trust in the power of God’s word

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What purpose does the ministry of the word serve? The Bible is the written word of God and from it we learn that the early church was served through the ministry of writing. The New Testament church as we see from the letters they received were to live according to the word of God. However, the written and recorded ministry of the word does more than simply provide laws and instructions for...

3 Jobs and counting

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What purpose do work and education serve? In other words, do we see it as something which we can use to impact the world for the Glory of God or do we see it as a means of survival in the world? What is the relationship between being productive and being charitable, when those in need of charity are those who have the ability to work? I addressed these questions and others at length in my work on...

A Mind at Rest

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Life is more difficult when the mind is not at rest and by rest, I do not mean inactive but rather worry-free or free from distractions. We are taught in 2 Corinthians that the weapons of our warfare are prayer, the word of God, the gift of faith and the power of God the Holy Spirit. A stronghold ( 2 Cor 10:3-6) is what occupies the mind and it can be anything from a wrong thought or belief or a...

Family: Work and Rest

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As we consider how the family functions on a daily basis, work and rest can be observed from different points of view by different members within the family. Let’s say that as the father comes home from being at work all day which is in a different location from his home, the home can easily become a place of rest, but for the Mother who has been teaching her children, preparing food...

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