Can you imagine a conversation between a Christian father and son? What can they talk about? This article gives five things fathers need to talk about with their sons in helping them to come to maturity.
For young men to come to maturity, fathers must train them in the truths of godliness. This article suggests six core teachings that young men need to come to maturity. They must learn the grace of God, that life belongs to Christ, church is precious, faith is for sharing, they must suffer for Christ, and they must know there is another life coming.
Time management for a Christian woman, mother, and homemaker is crucial. This article shows how the aspects of prayerfulness, thankfulness, and diligence can help in the time management of a homemaker.
The Bible exhorts Christians to love strangers and show hospitality. In this article the author shows some practical ways of loving strangers and showing hospitality through prayer, serving food and drinks, and providing accommodations.
Do not allow depression to define you. This article shows that for a Christian his identity is always in Christ. Therefore, reading the Bible, learning to be thankful, and praying will help to fight the lies depression tells you.
This article shows how family devotions link very well with the meal the family enjoyed. Closing the table refers to the practice of reading, prayer, and singing as a family after a meal. Read why it is important.
Church history should not be boring because Christ is the one who directs history to accomplish his goal. In history we learn about the victory of the gospel, see our mistakes, and from the church in how they dealt with similar situations of false teaching, and we see the sovereignty of God. Let this article unpack it for you.
Should Christian young women pursue higher education? If they are going to spend their life as homemakers, why waste money and time on something they will not use? This article answers these objections and shows that Christian young women should pursue higher education.
The impact of postmodernism on the study of history is that it has made history a matter of personal interpretation. The result of neglecting history is that we have lost a sense of our identity and discernment. Christians should take history serious because of the nature of Scripture and the involvement of the church.
This article shows that the danger facing the church today is not the size of the church, but the spiritual health of the church. For it is this that determines the success of the church against Satan.
How long should a minister stay in one congregation? After considering the reasons for staying in and leaving a congregation as a minister, this article shows that longer ministries are better for both the minister and his congregation.
The biblical principles governing the Sabbath are creation, the fourth commandment, and spiritual rest. The practical side of it is that Christians are called to sanctify the Sabbath. However, because of Christ's resurrection the Sabbath is now on the Lord’s Day. Let this article do the unpacking.
With so many disagreements among Christians, pursuing unhealthy unity can be a temptation. This article show that at the heart of unity is sound biblical doctrine, and that no unity should be pursued based on personal preferences.
How our heavenly Father disciplines us as his children should serve as a model for discipline in the home. This understanding should inform how to discipline, what is disciplined, and what is the goal of discipline.
Loss of identity and meaning is the major cause of anxiety in our time. This article draws lessons from John Calvin on anxiety. Learning to live by faith in God and accepting the limits set for us are crucial for dealing with anxiety.
In his design of marriage God intended children to be raised by both father and mother. The disappearance of fathers in families is a concern. This article is a call to fathers to exercise their fatherhood. It shows the time and nature of involvement they must give.
It is not a question of whether Christians should be involved in the arts; they are already. This article looks at man created in the image of God and the gift of creativity. It shows how this must play a role in the production of the arts, as art is a means of communicating the truth.
It is not a question of whether Christians should be involved in the arts; they are already. The question is, how? After showing that Christians must think Christianly about the arts, the article discusses the place of art in the world and in the church.
Should children be part of the worship service? In this article the author shows that by understanding the covenantal nature of worship, one can see that when God calls his covenant people he calls families. In the worship service, children can learn that life is not about them, but about worshipping God.
This article shows that for the covenant children, public profession of faith means an acceptance of the covenant, a confession of personal commitment to Christ and of the Reformed understanding of the apostles’ doctrine, and a formal acceptance of the authority of Christ in his church.
The priesthood of all believers means that believers are to be living sacrifices to God, dedicating their personalities, talents, and property for service to God. This article shows how this concept was implemented during the Reformation for the evangelism task of the church.
The emphasis on having a relationship with Jesus Christ at the expense of church membership has produced a false dichotomy in piety. This article shows that true holiness is personal but also finds its expression among God’s covenant people.
Can Christians use fantasy? This article shows that good fantasy forces us to stop and think about the greatness of creation, about right and wrong, about faithfulness and love, about strength and beauty. Fantasy is rooted in reality; hence, God uses it also.
Singleness can be embraced as God’s gift. This is what this article wants to show you. Before doing that, it describes the challenges single people face—loneliness, low self-esteem, bitterness, sexual desire, and rejection. It shows how understanding the role of marriage in the OT and NT can help to embrace singleness.
Not all will marry. This article gives a biblical account of singleness before and after the fall. It gives guidance for dealing with singleness and how couples can involve single members in the church.
Understanding the connection between the Old Testament and the book of Revelation is important to understanding Revelation. This article shows how this connection functions by way of the apocalyptic language, symbolism, and themes used in Revelation that are grounded in the OT.
God intended the book of Revelation to be for every Christian. This article shows that this book can be understood, by discussing its background, genre, and the use of symbolic language. Focus is given to the significance of number seven in the book.
The book of Revelation was given by God to his church. God intended it to be understood by his church. Therefore, understanding the big story of the book—that God rules history in Christ—is essential to avoiding pitfalls many face. The article explains.
Should euthanasia be legalized? After defining the difference between physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, this article examines the biblical definition of life and shows that euthanasia and assisted suicide are wrong, and Christians must raise their voices against these practices.
This article looks at the times and circumstances in which Jeremiah the prophet was prophesying. A special focus is given to the politics of the times, revealing that the Lord is sovereign over history and he uses it to fulfil his goal.
The Old Testament prophets were men who are called and sent by God to speak his message to God's people in the context of covenant culture, and call God's people to turn their hearts to God. This article looks also at the nature of the calling of prophets.
The theological nature of the Christian faith makes creeds foundational to the Christian faith. The church must express her faith. Hence, creeds are needed for the shaping of theological thought and practice of the church. For church unity, fighting heresy, church liturgy, and the teaching ministry of the church, creeds play a role.
Looking at Philippians 2:12-13, this article shows that God's work in believers results in their responsibility to produce fruits. This article focuses on the work of God in the believer which enables the Christian to produce fruits. It looks at how God does this through the Holy Spirit.
Is it proper for Christians to have a hero or heroine? In this article the author shows that if we honour them in such a way that it does not take anything from God's glory, then it is proper. If they become idols, then it is wrong.
Learning happens when you are able to analyze the information and fit it into God's picture of the world with an understanding of how it relates to him. How can the internet be used in this way? Going through available resources on the internet, the author shows how we can use it to really learn. The author also gives us ways on how to use the internet.
Blogs and the internet can be great resources for learning about and growing in the Christian walk. At the same time they can also be dangerous areas. How can one safely navigate the blogs in a way that one can manage time well and be accountable before God? This article answers the question.
The Bible exhorts Christians to love strangers and show hospitality. In this article the author goes through a list of potential strangers who may be in need of your hospitable gift. Visitors in your church, members within the church you are not familiar with, Christians you meet on the street, and enemies. How do you show hospitality to these people?
Giving and helping in order to address the spiritual cause of poverty and meet the needs of the people is possible. One can help in such a way that both the human dignity of the one helped and biblical equality are elevated. This is what the article unpacks.
Giving should not be driven only by our neighbour coming to ask for help. It can also be driven by you going to seek your needy neighbour, to model God in his mercy, to be the salt and light in this world. The author encourages Christians to practice the ministry of word and deed, and maps out the challenges and practical ways of getting started.
The culture is stuck in adolescence. In its desire for more entertainment, novelty, emotions, and feelings, it has remained a juvenile culture. This article shows how this attitude has also affected the church. In seeking to be attractive to the youth, the church has remained in adolescence. This article maps a way forward to recover from this and be grown-ups.
Looking at Matthew 7:1-6 the author shows that Christians are allowed to judge. However, they must not exercise harsh and unmerciful judgment nor judge hypocritically. They must judge with discernment and righteousness.
The temptation exists for Christians to develop a dualistic approach to life and separate themselves when facing an environment hostile to them. In this article the author shows that Christians should be involved in this world and culture because the Triune God is involved in it. They must prove to be good soldiers for Christ in this world and they must also live in freedom to enjoy God's creation.
A feeling of the triumph of wickedness can fill the heart of a Christian with fear. Looking at Psalm 11, this article shows how a Christian can live without fear in a world that seems to favour wickedness.
The church is always in need of gospel workers/missionaries. This article shows that the church must understand that compassion is at the heart of mission work—mission work and pastoral care go together. The church must also pray for gospel workers. This is the call of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 9:37.
In times of persecution, what is the hope of the church? In this article the author shows through history that God has always preserved his church. Though many died, the church remained alive and God preserved the faith of his children. Persecution is a lesson on God's faithfulness.
The Bible is clear that persecution is part of the Christian life. It also makes it clear that being persecuted for Christ's name is a blessing, for persecution shows that one is in a relationship with Jesus Christ, it strengthens faith, it brings reward, and it gives courage to advance the gospel.
This article looks at Solomon's life of faith, his marriage to many wives, and how he lost favour with God. His life reveals that wealth apart from God does not lead to a blessed life, wisdom without a life devoted to God is foolishness, and following Jesus Christ is a matter of the whole heart.
Looking at 1 Kings 9-12, this article shows how Solomon rose to power and brought great blessings of wealth to God's people and the building of the temple. At the same time the life of Solomon is discussed in terms of his faith and life. Prosperity and security are not guarantees of godliness, and idolatry is the decay of society.
In society, the workforce is often divided into two groups: academics and tradesmen, with tradesmen often ranking the lower. Looking at 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 and the context of the Thessalonians, the author shows a Christian understanding of work, with a focus on manual labour as work that has dignity before God. Christian may not be lazy or slothful.
The present day persecution of Christians is a story that must be told for the church to get engaged in praying for the persecuted, to help and reach out to those persecuted, and to know the harm caused by Muslims.
Church history should not be boring, because it is your story. By becoming part of God's church, you become one with this history. History is God's story—in it we see the work of God in building a church. History reveals the need for redemption and points to the reality that God provided a redeemer.
Christians are described as aliens and strangers in this world. This article shows that this characterization means that Christians are to live with a desire and longing for home. At the same time they are given a foretaste of heaven through the communion of saints. Wisdom is knowing how to live with this longing amidst struggles in this life.
Christians are described as aliens and strangers in this world. Looking at Hebrews 11:13, the author shows how Abraham witnesses to that truth. He journeyed this call by living by faith in God's promises, and he is a witness to believers that they can also make this journey through trust in God.
This article shows that war or fighting is allowed if it for self-defence and defending others. Therefore, Christians, on the grounds of seeking God’s justice, can participate in the army and police service.
Understanding that children are God’s gift in a marriage, and that he gives them for the increase of mankind and his church, should make us rethink the priority of children in marriage. These facts must challenge the claims of overpopulation, and free up Christians to enjoy the gift of children in the service of God.
To speak about table manners may be a strange thing. In this article the author shows that the first place to learn the principle of putting others first starts at the table. Looking at the implications of the command to love your neighbour, the article shows that good manners flow from that command.
In this article the author shows that housekeeping and homemaking is a skill that is being lost by many young women and mothers. Looking at the fact that God is the God of order and beauty, the author encourages Christian women to reflect that in their homes by keeping them tidy, orderly, and hygienic.
The attitude of both believers and unbelievers has changed towards the Lord's Day. Sunday has become the day of recreation and entertainment. How is this possible? In this article the author shows how the Sabbath changed for both God's people and unbelievers.
The Christian, just like any other person, is faced with many choices—choices for life's direction, a life partner in marriage, ways of parenthood, and life in marriage and child rearing. How does a Christian woman and mother decide in all these? This article shows that the answer lies in having wisdom.
Submissiveness is a cultural problem since the culture does not promote and share this virtue anymore. The clarion call of this article is that to submit is a matter of attitude and of the heart that loves Jesus Christ. The article looks at the call to submit in society, church, and family.
Fasting is the voluntary denial of food for a spiritual purpose. This article will help you understand reasons why this discipline is neglected, will give biblical grounds and examples for fasting, and will give reasons for fasting.
From Proverbs 26:2 this article shows how God counsels his people from the fear of false curse. Knowing that in Christ God has dealt with the curse we all deserve is the solution to the fear of false curses and superstition.
From Exodus 12, this article shows that God expected the covenant children to ask questions that relate to God and his work. This article shows that the catechism exists to help in answering those questions, be they of believers or unbelievers.
Saul’s visit to the witch of Endor, recorded in 1 Samuel 28, has raised different interpretations. This article looks at the rationalist, spiritist, and literalist views of the text. It shows how God is sovereign to work out his purpose, and discusses the idea of witchcraft.
The doctrine of the clarity of scripture underscores the right to private judgment. This article shows that each believer has a right to private judgment since he is responsible before God. Private judgment is essential for true worship and freedom.
Who is all Israel in Romans 11:25-27? This article argues that Paul has in mind ethnic Jews. Paul is teaching that at some time in the future the majority of ethnic Jews will be saved by trusting Christ as the true Messiah. However, this majority is not necessarily equivalent to the current nation state of Israel.
This article shows that just like in the Old Testament it was circumcision that made one a part of God’s people, baptism in the New Testament makes one a member of God’s church. Public profession of faith is a vow of commitment to our Lord as a result of his covenant grace and faithfulness to us, and not a qualification for church membership.
How does the world think about sex? Revolution around the concepts of contraception, divorce, feminism, and reproductive technology has contributed to a modern perspective on sex which is far from what the Bible teaches. How can the church face such a situation?
The book of Colossians can help Christian women, wives, and mothers to place Jesus in the center of their lives. This article discusses how Christian women can develop maturity, live in a Christian manner with others, and be obedient to God's call for submission.
How do we get past the distractions of life and focus only on Jesus? This article works from the book of Colossians to encourage Christian women to make Jesus central in their lives. Here the author discusses getting past the fear of what people think about you, and focusing instead on being captivated by Jesus.
The book of Colossians puts Jesus central in all of life. This article encourages women and mothers to study this book and to more and more place Jesus in the center of their lives. The author discusses challenges to putting Jesus first, and how we can fight against these challenges.
Why should we love church history? Church history is the unfolding of God's plan of redemption. It shows how God preserves His church and causes it to increase. It affirms the faithfulness of God's word. It gives encouragement to believers to be courageous. It provides examples of godly individuals. And finally, it fill us with humility.
Childlessness and infertility can be a painful experience for Christian couples. This article discusses dealing with infertility from a man's perspective, discussing the struggle of learning to trust in God in this situation.
The Bible makes it clear that God expects His children to keep their promises, and at the same time He warns them to be careful what they promise. Working from the perspective of Psalm 15, this article discusses how Christians can keep their promises in their various relationships.
What should characterize Christian speech? This article highlights the warnings of Psalm 15 against unwholesome words. Christians must refrain from gossip and slander, and should instead defend the reputation of others.
Psalm 15 provides a standard for how Christians ought to speak. In this article, the author shows how Christians can be dishonest through flattery, being disingenuous, and avoiding direct personal talk. Speaking the truth begins with knowing the objective truth; namely, Jesus Christ. Knowing Jesus makes us aware that our words are spoken in the presence of God, who judges our hearts.
"I want to read the Bible more, but I don't know how to start." Reading the Bible begins with understanding that the goal of reading is to know God better. This author gives some helpful suggestions as to how to read your Bible.
Having a big picture of what the Bible is all about is crucial to understanding Scripture. In this article, the author shares three crucial aspects of understanding the Bible: understanding the narrative of Scripture (the story of redemption in Christ Jesus), understanding the covenant of grace, and reading Scripture in context.
This article discusses how we should celebrate the Lord's Day. What may/should we do on Sundays? Looking at Mark 2:27-28, this article shows that in His coming, Jesus freed His people from antinomianism as well as legalism. We must find a balance between these two extremes. Sunday should be a day of joyful delight in God, on which we glorify God with our actions.
The Sabbath is a day given by God for His people to enjoy. This article discusses what it means to call the Lord's Day a day of 'rest and gladness'. The author also provides guidelines around how to spend this day for the pleasure of God.
What does it mean to display Christ-like mercy? This article discusses mercy, with a special focus on people with disabilities. How can we show mercy to these individuals? What does God teach us through individuals who have a disability?
How should a Christian respond to the use of genetically modified food and plants? This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of genetically modified plants, suggesting how Christians might respond to this.
God cares for all of His creation, including the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. Christians are called to imitate God in this. Christians must care for God's animals and be involved in animal welfare.
How should Christians think about this earth and the environment? This article highlights reasons for Christians to get involved in protecting God's creation. Christians must exercise stewardship of this world, recognizing that creation is here for God's glory.
The book of Colossians teaches us a lot about discipleship. At the heart of discipleship is a life of thanksgiving for what Christ has done for us. Discipleship results from the awareness that Christ has redeemed us from a life of slavery. Discipleship involves suffering in joy while serving Christ.
How can we grow in Christian maturity? This author describes Christian maturity as stability, commitment to Christ and His church, having a developed Christian character in all areas of life, and having a desire to serve Christ in all spheres of life. We can grow in Christian maturity by reading God's Word and praying earnestly.
The life of Salina, Countes of Huntingdom can be an example for us of how to use influence for good. Converted late in her life, Salina Countes used her position and possessions for the spread of the gospel, the promotion of Christian education, and the support of the poor.
There is no denying that the turning point in Martin Luther's life was his conversion. In this article, the author shows how God in His providence worked in the life of Luther by revealing the darkness in him and bringing him to His light. God then led Luther to write the ninety-five theses and promote the reformation of the church.
The forming of a child in his mother's womb is the work of God, who planned the life of the child before conception. Abortion is the destruction of this life. It is the killing of a child. Therefore, the church cannot keep quiet. The church must stand up against this evil.
May a Christian take another Christian to court? This exposition of 1 Corinthians 6:1-10 discusses legal disputes. The author maintains that, as long as they do not include a criminal case, legal disputes must be handled within the church. The author highlights several guidelines around handling these disputes in the church.
The best place to start training children is at home through family devotion. Children learn from the attitude parents have on Saturday evening before the Sunday worship service. This article discusses ways of training your children so that they understand how to worship in church.
We live in a culture of narcissism which values self-praise, self-love, and self-absorption. This author shows how one can practice evangelism in this culture, seeking to turn people from singing their own praises to singing about Christ.
God uses suffering to remind His children that this world is not their home, to teach them that they are dependent on Him, and to train them to holiness. God's allows suffering so that His children will find their life in Him, through Him and for Him.
For a Christian, giving should flow from gratitude for what Christ has done for him. Therefore, the Christian gives for the glory of God, according to God's law, and out of faith. The Christian should also be generous in his giving.
Money matters because of what it represents. This article discusses the good and bad aspects of money. Money can become the master of men, but it can also be managed well. Here the author discusses biblical ways of earning and spending, and the need for stewardship. Money belongs to God, and should be used for God's glory.
There are often two perspectives among Christians regarding the use of the internet: some shun it, while others embrace it. This article shows that the internet has bad and good qualities, and picking one of these extreme stances is not the right approach. Users must simply be discerning when using the internet. In this way it can be used for God's glory and the building of His church.
Leading a youthBible study in such a way that everyone is engaged and learning can be challenging. Crucial to the success of the Bible study is the character and approach of the leader. This article discusses the challenges faced in group Bible study, and how to deal with them.
God disciplines His children for their good. His discipline works to bring us to maturity. Though at times discipline can be painful, God works through discipline to form His children to be like Christ. Hence, we must respond with trust, love and prayer to God. The author looks at Hebrews 12:3-11.
Is Christianity illogical? This article looks at the way Paul defended his faith, showing that Christianity is not illogical. The problem is that sinful man suppresses the truth that confronts him daily. We need the Holy Spirit to open our eyes in order to believe the truth of Scripture.
Is Christianity outdated in its answers for mankind's problems? No. God's Word is still relevant, and will remain relevant and true for any age. This is so because the Word depends on God's character, who gave this Word. God's character is eternal, unchanging and true, and therefore His Word is eternal, unchanging and true for all times.
Forgiveness is a commitment by the offended to pardon the repentant and be reconciled to that person. Should we just forgive, regardless of how we feel about the situation? This article argues that forgiveness does not depend on how you feel, but on how well you understand your sin. Withholding forgiveness is a serious sin.
Personal Bible reading is crucial to your spiritual health, in the same way that eating and drinking is crucial to your bodily health. Reading the Bible is a means God uses to sustain our spiritual life. The author discusses a practical approach to Bible reading, prayer, and meditation (personal devotions).
God is among us; His presence is assured to all who trust in Christ. Looking at Exodus 17:1-7, this article shows that God's presence with His people is found not in material blessings, but in Him giving us His Son, who was stricken for our sins.
A Christian's experiences on this earth should create a longing for heaven. In heaven, the bride of Christ will be perfected. The fight with sin will be finished, and all suffering abolished. We will have intimate fellowship with Christ. Isn't this worth longing for?
Around 400,000 hymns were written during the reign of Queen Victoria. What we can learn from this history? This article looks at the history of some of these hymns, drawing lessons for the church today.
Christian life can be best understood through the covenant relationship God established with His people. The covenant of grace calls each Christian to respond to God in love, obedience and trust. Looking at Deuteronomy 30:11-14, this article shows how Christ has fulfilled this covenant and has made covenant obedience possible.
Two principles guide parents in how they should talk with their teenagers: teenagers are their children, but they also Lord willing will soon be brothers and sisters in Christ. Parents should keep both of these things in mind in order to develop a strong relationship with their teenagers which is characterized by effective communication.
God created marriage to be a relationship of companionship. God designed husband and wife in such a way that they meet the needs of each other. The foundation of this companionship is living faithfully before God, and this companionship is enriched by doing things together.
This author maintains that caring for the elderly is first of all a family responsibility. However, the diaconate is called to assist the family in this responsiblity. This article discusses deacons' care of senior members of the church.
Whether young or old, one conviction is common to Christians: they know they are accountable for how they spend all their days. This article discusses how one can spend their retirement in service to Christ. To the Christian, the word 'retire' does not mean much, since they remain in active service to the Lord.The model of six days of work and a Sabbath of rest applies also to retired Christians.
What is the value of the Christian biography? Why read biographies of other Christians? This author says that these Christians faced situations similar to us, and their lives can encourage us, enrich our prayer life, increase our knowledge of church history, and challenge us to work harder.
The call to live a sexually pure life is fundamental to the life of a Christian. This article shows why God abhors sexual immorality, and discusses why Christians fall into this sin. A call is extended to Christian men to take the lead in maintaining purity in the dating relationship.
Have you ever been asked to publicly lead in prayer? How can we prepare for praying publicly? This article discusses some common faults made in public prayer, and highlights some positive characteristics of public prayer.
A personal relationship with God is vital to developing a life of prayer. Like any other relationship, the closer you are, the more you talk. In prayer we come to God the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit and by faith in Christ. Knowing this helps us to practically develop a prayerful life.
How is gardening beneficial for the family? This article argues that gardening creates a resting place for the family, encourages the admiration of God's creation and work, and provides food. Gardening is a biblical theme that began in the garden of Eden.
The desire to be relevant has altered the way Christians worship and practice evangelism and apologetics. This article shows that true relevance is found by seeking what glorifies and pleases God. It is also found in revealing man's sin and showing him that his hope lies in Jesus Christ.
What did Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 about "becoming all things to all men"? Paul did not mean that we should water down the truth or accept practices that are contrary to scripture. Instead, he was encouraging believers to do everything for the sake of the gospel, even if it means sacrificing personal Christian liberty.
Why should women and mothersread good books? Women must read for their personal growth in their walk with Christ. Wives and mothers should also read to benefit their calling as helper to their husband and teacher of their children.
Is copyright law binding to the Christian? While copyright laws may vary from one country to another, wherever such a law is drafted Christians are bound to obey it. Illegal copying is stealing from others. In addition, Christians are obliged by scripture to obey government laws; this includes copyright laws.
Many people today encourage 'self-expression' in parenting, which allows children a lot of freedom. The author of this article maintains that this is not a good parenting practice, and stresses the importance of promoting self-restraint and self-control.
This article is about what it means for God to be in a covenant relationship with man. How does God function within this covenant relationship? What emotions does God experience? What does the Bible mean when it describes God's loving-kindness, wrath or jealousy?
What does it mean that man lives with God in a covenant? This article looks at the concept of a covenant between two people, and then looks at the covenant between God and His people. The author focuses on the covenant with Noah and the covenant with Abram.
Does the Bible teach self esteem? This article looks at the Christian as a restored image bearer of God. The author maintains that the promotion of self-love and high self-esteem is actually an anti-Christian concept.
"Where, O death, is your sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:54-56). Death's horrific sting is a result of sin. Death only loses its sting when death is no longer a punishment, but rather a transition. Believers no longer need to feel the sting of death, since Jesus has achieved everlasting life for believers.
This article is about the family life of the elder. The author discusses the qualifications of the elder according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7, with specific attention to the elder being "beyond reproach". The author also discusses whether the elder must be married, or if a single man may serve in this office.