Stan Cox

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The oldest institution established by God, the home is the building block of society.  Jesus said, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate" (Matthew 19:4-6).

The home is under attack in our day.  The nuclear family, designed by God, is no longer the norm.  Homes broken by divorce, single parent families, and even homosexual unions are accepted in society.  As more and more children are disadvantaged by such circumstances, juvenile delinquency, alcohol and drug use, and promiscuous activity increases.  These trends have had a very definite and deleterious effect on the fabric of our society.

As Christians are "in the world", but not to be "of the world" (cf. John 15:19), we need to be inoculated against such ungodliness.  There is a need to learn again, (and to teach our children), God's will concerning the home.

While the articles in this series on the home are by no means exhaustive, they are intended to give an overview of God's teaching.  I suppose a book could be written on each topic covered in the series.  It is my prayer that the brief treatments given in each article will be an encouragement to Christians to delve more deeply into God's will on this important matter.  The premise of the series is simple, God must be the primary focus of the home!  Our roles, duties and attitudes toward the home must be fashioned through the filter of the divine.

The articles in this series are being run concurrently in the local bulletin where I preach.  As such, they are a bit more brief than the usual article in Watchman, and are rather uniform in length.  You are welcome (even encouraged) to reprint these articles in local bulletins, or wherever you believe they may be helpful.

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