Posts by Craig.Geel (Page 2)

Posts by Craig.Geel (Page 2)

Dating – Are Elders Against It?

Q.   We enjoy dating and everybody’s doing it.   Why are some of our Elders so against it? A.   Short answer: For probably the same reason you would stop your 3-year-old brother playing with fire! But you need more of an answer than that. First of all, never follow the crowd. Everybody ‘doing it’ doesn’t make it right. The crowd crucified Jesus. Crowds destroy our country and kill with ‘mob justice’. Is that OK? Crowds are always led by inflamed passion, never by principle.…

Dad’s Ungodly Advice

Q.        My Dad is often not around for me, and when I ask for advice, he tells me unbiblical, ungodly things. What can a believer guy do? A.         That’s quite a dilemma. However, be sure to keep your heart right toward your Dad. Love him and honour him and be the kind of son to him your Heavenly Father wants you to be. Your gentle and un-rebellious attitude towards him may well be the very thing that God will use…

Critical Parents

Q.   I live with my parents whose non-stop criticism of my stand for Jesus is driving me crazy. What can I do? Can I last out? A.   The Book of Acts tells how the Early Church developed and matured through persecution. Most of Christ’s followers paid for their testimony with their lives. Strangely, they were happy to do so! Why? They were honoured to be associated with this King of Glory Who had died for their sins, while they suffered for His…

Cain’s Wife – Part 2

Q.    Where did Cain get his wife from? A.   This old perennial crops up every now and then but, sometimes, is a really serious enquiry. So I’ll not use the sarcastic comment one guy made, “I’ve got enough trouble looking after my own wife; there’s no time to worry about Cain’s!” It’s really very simple. When God made Adam and Eve, they were genetically, physically and morally perfect. However, when they sinned, genetic, physical and moral degeneration set in. In those…

Cain’s Wife – Part 1

Q.    Where Did Cain Get His Wife? A.    The answer is in Genesis 5:4. “And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters.” Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters that are not named in Genesis and Cain obviously married one of his sisters. This was not wrong in the early days of the human race, because the gene pool was not weakened as it is today. Dr. Duane Gish states: “Since Adam and…

Abel and Sheep

Q. Why Did Vegetarian Abel “Keep Sheep”? – Gen 4:2 A. Adam and Eve, according to Gen 1:29-30, were vegetarians. Only 1,657 years later did God give Noah permission to eat meat after the Flood – Gen 9:3-4. So Abel’s keeping sheep was not for food, and a few reasons for his occupation present themselves. Firstly, when Adam and his family were required to wear clothes – Gen 3:20, sheep skins and wool were used to make clothes. Some commentators…

Submission – Not Only for Marriage

Q.   This Submission thing confuses me and, in Marriage, even angers me. As a wife I always seem to get the rough end of the bargain! Help! What does God want of me? A.   Perhaps you should start by asking what God wants for you! The Bible tells that He wants only good for you and Jer 29:11 says His plans for you will give you hope and a great future in Him. It is not surprising that we have conflict with…

Spirituality in Marriage

Q.    As newlyweds (for 3 years) we don’t always ‘get it together’ but we are reasonably OK. We both feel that there’s more for us than we’re enjoying. How can we grow spiritually as a couple? A.    Right at the start, one vital piece of advice is that your best spiritual growth is assured only if you are in active and faithful fellowship in an Assembly of the Lord’s people. Get the Elders of your Fellowship on board with you…

Portrait of a Successful Marriage

Q.    What does a healthy, successful Marriage look like? A.   In Marriage, the parties are unique, and their relationship with the Lord is unique. It’s therefore impossible to give a universal picture of a good Marriage. Basic principles for Marriage are found in God’s Word and it really goes without saying that a couple should live in the Word to have God’s daily input in their lives. Another way is to examine the relationship God desires for the Bride of Christ…

Newlyweds and Church

Q. Does Marriage release newlyweds from activities in the Body of Christ? A. Your question surprises me since quite the opposite should result from a young, godly couple being married. Once, long ago, someone suggested, in jest, that a couple should have a year off to settle into married life. They took their thought from Deut 24:5, When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business:…

My Husband Works Too Hard in the Church

Q. My husband is very involved in Lord’s work and I’m feeling left out and don’t know how to cope. A. Most men in the Lord’s work have to discover how to overcome that very real downfall of neglecting their wife, and even the children. First and foremost, get rid of the negatives in your own heart – anger, resentment or bitterness. Second, don’t nag your husband; you both will be the worse for that. But do tell him that you…

Money Squabbles in Marriage

Q.    We squabble over money and this is fast becoming a problem in our Marriage. What can we do? We really want to serve the Lord. A.   The Lord is committed to you, and also to leading you out of your quandary. Thus your first step is listening to Him. If you can both embrace His way and Word, you’re well on the way to knowing His victory over your dilemma. Then: Trust your Lord totally. Money gives people a sense…