• Encouragement, For Christians, Jesus Church, Marriage, Rob Robinson

    Posted on February 14th, 2012

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    To Bring Him Pleasure

    To Bring Him Pleasure

    This morning as I sat in the front room of our home on Bantayan Island, I looked out towards the white sand at the shores edge and watched two beautiful children running and laughing with pure joy on their faces. The pleasure that I felt as I watched their innocent enjoyment of life, brought me joy and a feeling of happiness.

    I began to reflect on how the Lord of heaven looks down on all the people of earth and wondered how rare it must be that He experiences pleasure in seeing the way we live our lives.

    The Bible describes the fact that God made us for His pleasure. He created us to enjoy fellowship with Him and that He might partake of the pure fruit of our sincere love for Him, as we live lives that please Him.

    How often do we consider how what we say and do affects the Lord? Is He pleased by the way that we speak to other people who are also made in His image? Are the thoughts of our heart pure and Holy and dedicated to a constant awareness of His presence in our life?

  • Daily Walk, Doctrine, For Christians, Forgiveness, Marriage and Divorce, Rob Robinson, The Church

    Posted on September 24th, 2011

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    Daily Walk: The Greater Law of Mercy

    Daily Walk: The Greater Law of Mercy

    Matthew 12:7 “But if you had known what this means, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.”

    What would you say to a person who had married in good faith, trusting in the commitment of another person to love, honor, and cherish “until death do us part”, but later becomes the victim of constant and unrepentant abuse?

    Would you apply the law of divorce to this person and tell them that they must remain in the marriage relationship at all costs because this is the law of God? Was it the intention of God’s law to inflict suffering and torture on an individual who is trapped in a never-ending cycle of violence and anger?

    Or is there a time and a place for mercy to be exercised?

  • Encouragement, For Men, Marriage, Prayer, Rob Robinson

    Posted on January 8th, 2011

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    A Man After God’s Own Heart

    A Man After God’s Own Heart

    Continuing with the study previous to this one, detailing the quiet spirit of a Godly woman, Peter then moves on to instruct the man who is married:

    1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”

    If you are blessed to be married to a woman who has a quiet and gentle spirit and prays for you when you are not correct in your behavior, Peter reminds you that are not excused from having bad behavior.

    To “dwell with you wife with understanding” means that you are aware that when you are harsh or abrasive with your wife or children, that you need to change that behavior and apologize quickly. It is completely inexcusable for any man who claims to call Jesus his Lord and Savior to be harsh with his wife or children.

    Then Peter reminds the man of the house that he is “To give honor to the wife as the weaker vessel…”

    To honor someone is to place them first in your life. To consider their feelings before your own. To place a person at the forefront of your mind and heart and to make them the object of your affection. To honor the Lord in our life is to do these things. No less important is that we give this same kind of honor to our wife, second only to the Lord.

  • Encouragement, For Women, For Women, Marriage, Rob Robinson

    Posted on January 8th, 2011

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    The Quiet Spirit of a Godly Woman

    The Quiet Spirit of a Godly Woman

    I am one of those incredibly blessed men who is married to a very godly woman. I see Jesus in her in so many ways, every single day of our lives together.

    When Peter wrote of the attributes that a woman who is seeking to follow Jesus should have, he referred to the women of the Old Testament who exhibited these wonderful character traits in all their behavior.

    1 Peter 3:1-6 “Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.”

    Notice the context of Peter’s instructions here. The topic is not a woman submission to her husband, that is the subtopic. The object of Peter’s encouragement to a woman is towards the bad or incorrect behavior of her husband.

    Many times a man, or as in the case here in these verses, a married man. Often we can be less than God has called us to be. Men are naturally more abrasive and rough in their words and behavior than that of a woman. Men stray often from the godly walk that they should be displaying to their wife, children, friends and co-workers. Men find it difficult from time to time to stay in the Word and to spend quality time with the Lord from where they can draw their spiritual strength.

  • Divorce, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Gay Marriage, Homosexuality, Marriage, Rob Robinson, Salvation

    Posted on November 23rd, 2010

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    Broken Families: A Contributor to Gay Choice

    Broken Families: A Contributor to Gay Choice

    The Book of Romans, chapter 1 makes it very clear that whenever any person lives in a homosexual or lesbian lifestyle, it is a choice they made, not a genetic predisposition that cause them to be that way.

    Romans 1:20-28 “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting”

    The Word of God is the final authority on the sexual orientation of all human beings. God made us male and female and it was the purpose of His creation that males have relation ship with females. If a person is in a same sex relationship, that is a sin choice that they have made, just as any other sin choice. There is forgiveness and eternal life available for anyone who repents of this lifestyle and surrenders their life to Jesus Christ.

    I have many friends who once claimed that they were “born gay” and today have turned from their sin and have been living happy and fulfilling lives by being married in heterosexual relationships . All of them admit that they used the excuse that they were born gay to justify their sin, but in reality they knew in their hearts that what they were doing was wrong. I personally believe that all people know when the way that they are living is wrong by the witness of God’s Spirit with out spirit.

    All those precious people who suffered through the loss of one or both parents in their families as they were growing up can find the love and the acceptance they were longing for in a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. He longs to meet the needs of the broken hearted and hopeless. Remember to pray for those who are still suffering the pain of missing the loving family atmosphere of having two parents who loved and nurtured them.

  • The Changing Moral Values of Americans

    The Changing Moral Values of Americans

    It was not really a surprise that the new Pew Research Center report in October of this year revealed that Americans have increasingly believed that marriage is optional, and that a family can include a homosexual couple with a child.

    The understanding and conviction that marriage is an institution ordained by God for the benefit of man, is less a concern today than at any other period of time in history. As Americans move farther and farther away from a close relationship with God, they feel less inclined to pay attention to what He says.

    This is the fault of the pastors in many churches who no longer teach their congregations the Word of God from the pulpit, but instead bring flowery sermons on prosperity, wealth and feeling good about one’s self.

    Coincidentally this past wednesday evening, I was teaching through the Book of Revelation in a local church about this very subject. In Chapter 3 of the Book of Revelation, Jesus commends the church at Philadelphia for their correct view of what is most important in Jesus church:

    Revelation 3:8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”

  • Kirsten Powers and Ignorance of Biblical Truth

    Kirsten Powers and Ignorance of Biblical Truth

    I recently finished reading an article on my iPad by Kirsten Powers who is a freelance writer for USA Today. There were so many inaccuracies and untrue statements about the Bible and Christianity, I thought I should make some sort of rebuttal here on Bible Prophecy Update.

    The main thrust of Ms Powers article was to defend same-sex marriage on the basis of her imagined hypocrisy of Christians today.

    She begins by saying that “some Christian leaders are rethinking their approach to this issue…”

    Ms Powers then attributes an increase in teenage suicide rates amongst those who profess to be gay, as being the fault of Christians who proclaim the truth of God’s Word. “But why did it take multiple suicides to make a Christian group realize that heaping condemnation and judgment on others is not it’s job?. A reading of the Gospels would teach you that in about two minutes…”

    Kirsten then reminds us that the reason that satan was kicked out of heaven was because of his pride, not because he was gay.”

    The approach that Ms. Powers takes to Biblical truth is common amounts those who do not know what the Bible really teaches, nor have a correct understanding of what the intention of the Law of God is genuinely for.

    Jesus often condemned the Pharisees for their twisting of Biblical truth because He said: You neither know the Scriptures, nor what they were intended for…

  • America In Prophecy, Constitutional Issues, Gay Marriage, Homosexuality, Marriage, Obama Watch

    Posted on November 3rd, 2010

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    Obama is ‘Evolving’ on Homosexual Marriage

    Obama is ‘Evolving’ on Homosexual Marriage

    President Barack Obama, who has publicly supported civil unions but not same-sex marriage, told a group of bloggers Thursday his position is evolving.

    “I am a strong supporter of civil unions. As you say, I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage,” Obama said.

    “But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine,” Obama continued. “And I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships.”

    Although he has never signed on to a federal homosexual marriage proposal, Obama campaigned on ending the Defense of Marriage Act — a law that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman and says one state cannot be required to recognize a homosexual marriage performed in another state.

    If DOMA is repealed, it could effectively nationalize same-sex marriage, as, for example, Texas would have to recognize a gay marriage performed in Massachusetts.

    The president did imply a sense of inevitability about same-sex marriage: “The one thing I will say today is I think it’s pretty clear where the trendlines are going,” Obama said. He did not elaborate.

  • Gay Marriage, Marriage

    Posted on August 9th, 2010

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    Gay Marriage Judge: Children Have No Right to a Mother

    Gay Marriage Judge: Children Have No Right to a Mother

    U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who ruled last week that a voter-approved amendment to California’s constitution that limited marriage to the union of one man and one woman violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, based that ruling in part on his finding that a child does not need and has no right to a mother. Nor, he found, does a child have a need or a right to a father. “Children do not need to be raised by a male parent and a female parent to be well-adjusted, and having both a male and a female parent does not increase the likelihood that a child will be well-adjusted,” the judge wrote in finding of fact No. 71 in his opinion. “The gender of a child’s parent is not a factor in a child’s adjustment,” the judge stated in finding of fact No. 70. “The sexual orientation of an individual does not determine whether that individual can be a good parent. Children raised by gay or lesbian parents are as likely as children raised by heterosexual parents to be healthy, successful and well-adjusted. The research supporting this conclusion is accepted beyond serious debate in the field of developmental psychology.”

  • Bible Studies, Marriage and Divorce

    Posted on May 15th, 2010

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    Keith Green on Christian Divorce

    Keith Green on Christian Divorce

    But as time has passed, we have become acutely aware of this tragic problem growing in the Church. First of all, my wife and I have many personal friends whose marriages have “fallen apart” during the past few years. These include many well-known Christian musicians and ministers. This has cut Melody and me to the heart as we have watched marriage after marriage disintegrate, hearing one excuse after the other why “we just couldn’t live together anymore…” Then we have watched while many of these people quickly got remarried, saying to us “Oh now I am really happy! God has really worked this out… Maybe it was His will all along!” Meanwhile somewhere, the former husband or wife is still aching, bleeding inside, and wondering, “What happened? Where do I stand now?” And then comes the guilt and torment.

  • Marriage, Rob Robinson

    Posted on March 30th, 2010

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    When Does a Marriage Occur?

    When Does a Marriage Occur?

    Are a man and a woman married only when the state in which they live receive a license and then have a minsiter solemnize the marriage?

    I have had some personal experience in this area as to when a Marriage between a man and woman actually occurs.

    It is important to remember that Marriage is ordained by God, He created it for man and it is He who sets the rules for what constitutes a marriage. In the Book of Genesis the Lord saw that Adam was alone and that he was not complete. Man needed a woman to be his help and companion. Man was to lead by love and integrity, the marriage union and give of himslelf to his wife everything she needed to live and prosper.

  • Controversial Subjects, Marriage and Divorce, Other Bible Teachers

    Posted on December 12th, 2009

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    The Plague of Pornography

    The Plague of Pornography

    A new study done by Patrick F. Fagan examines the effects of pornography on individuals, marriage, family and community. Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Research on Marriage and Religion at the Family Research Council. He specializes in examining the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America’s social problems. This study is important for everyone to read as it demonstrates that it has damaging effects on individuals and families. In the summary Fagan explains,

    Pornography is a visual representation of sexuality which distorts an individual’s concept of the nature of conjugal relations. This, in turn, alters both sexual attitudes and behavior. It is a major threat to marriage, to family, to children and to individual happiness. In undermining marriage it is one of the factors in undermining social stability.

  • Controversial Subjects, Marriage and Divorce

    Posted on December 7th, 2009

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    Lessons From Tiger: A God-Shaped Hole in One

    Lessons From Tiger: A God-Shaped Hole in One

    I’m pretty sure this isn’t the kind of popularity he desires right now. The mainstream media is (as expected) executing the typical “pile on” maneuver and reporting on anything they can get their hands on, and if you’re like me, you’re ready for this story to run its course.

    Of course, it won’t anytime soon. We’ll be treated to headliner stories and sordid details that the generally morbid population feeds on like sharks in frenzy. We’ll get theories, speculations, and allegations that may go on for weeks - even months.

  • Marriage and Divorce, The Church

    Posted on October 31st, 2009

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    The States of Marriage and Divorce

    The States of Marriage and Divorce

    Remember the classic country song: “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”? Well, George Strait was on to something. Looking at numbers, Texas is indeed home to more thrice-married adults than any other state, about 428,000 women and 373,000 men. But that’s partly because it’s home to so many people, period. Looking at rates, about 6% of Texans who ever have been married have wed three times or more. That is similar to the national average (5%), but well below the leaders in this category — the neighboring states of Arkansas and Oklahoma — where about 10% of all ever-married adults have had at least three spouses.

  • Divorce

    Posted on October 29th, 2009

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    Divorce and Remarriage and God’s Original Plan

    Divorce and Remarriage and God’s Original Plan

    Divorce and Remarriage and God’s Original Plan
    God’s original plan for the human race, as indicated in his creation of Adam and Eve as husband and wife, is lifelong, monogamous marriage. Jesus affirmed this in responding to a question about divorce: And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female [from Gen. 1:27], and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’ [from Gen. 2:24]? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matt. 19:3—6).

  • Marriage

    Posted on October 29th, 2009

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    What is Marriage?

    What is Marriage?

    Marriage is the fundamental institution of all human society. It was established by God at creation, when God created the first human beings as “male and female” (Gen. 1:27) and then said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Gen. 1:28). Marriage begins with a commitment before God and other people to be husband and wife for life. In Malachi 2:14, marriage is viewed as a “covenant” commitment in which God stands as a “witness.” And Jesus says that a married couple constitutes a unity that “God has joined together” (Matt. 19:6). Therefore when a marriage occurs, a man and woman have a new status before God: he now considers them to be husband and wife together