January 13, 2021
In anticipation of a conversation with Toni Nieuwhof about marriage, Carmen wanted to highlight the verse from Hebrews 13 where we are instructed to esteem marriage and hold uphold it with honor. Reading it in the context of the chapter she was reminded of just how much God has to say in the Bible about the role of Christians as part of a civil society. So, in our Where in the Word segment, let’s read Hebrews chapter 13.
1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. 4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. 5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent[a] have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. 19 I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Toni Nieuwhof – Author of “Before You Split”
Toni is a family law mediator, former divorce attorney and co-host of the Smart Family Podcast. In this first book of hers, she tries to help couples and individuals move from feeling stuck, overwhelmed and disconnected in their marriage toward a hopeful future, acknowledging along the way the hard work it takes to stay together and the reality of what’s at stake if they seperate.
For more information on Toni’s work along with this book, click the links below!
- Her Website: ToniNeuwhof.com
- Instagram: @ToniNieuwhof
- Facebook: Toni Nieuwhof
- Book: https:ToniNieuwhof.com/books or Amazon.com
Ruth Kramer – Mission Network News
We are joined again by Ruth to help us be aware of, pray for, and engage in the headlines from ministry around the globe. Carmen and Ruth cover topics from the extreme needs in Lebanon as a 24 hour curfew is enacted all the way to Japan’s new state of emergency over Covid-19 spikes. For more news or to sign up for their daily email, go to mnnonline.org.