What does a father to do? He protects and guards the family.
Modern feminism is creating an anti-patriarchal culture that displays self-loathing in the form of activism. Today's feminist/atheist shouts loudly for the rights of women and yet denies her own daughter's right to life through abortion. What is the solution?
In contrast, Christ laid down his heavenly kingship to become a victim. He sacrificed himself on the cross to save his family from eternal death. His family is his bride, the Church. If you are in the church, you are part of Christ's family, you are his child. Therefore, anything that attacks Christ--your head, your protector--must be rejected. And when the mother of the family--Christ's bride the Church--honors Christ and His Word in all things, she helps and nurtures her children. Through this relationship--Christ as the head, the Church as a submitted bride, and we obedient children, salvation-health comes to all God's family. Listen to learn more at www.QCAradio.com.
You shall be a peculiar treasure unto me.
On this second Sunday in Lent, the Church calls all the faithful to remember that we are a peculiar treasure to the Lord. We are called to remember what He has done for us, how he has saved us from our bondage. The Lord tells his people in Exodus 19, "Therefore, sanctify yourselves . . ." It is a necessary preparation for drawing near to Our Lord, for He cannot abide sin. Do you need to draw near to Jesus? Do you long to be cherished as his "peculiar treasure?" Then sanctify yourself this Lent. Listen to learn more at www. QCAradio.org.
We are vessels, like Mary. We receive, we hold, and we pour out.
The Virgin Mary give us a profound example of what it means to walk out our faith. She bore the Christ child--the Son of God, into His fleshly life on earth. Mary's initial response to the Angel Gabriel's announcement was "how can this be?" She understood her own inadequacy for the call God was placing on her life. She also understood, as a good Jewish girl, that there would be a significant cost for her obedience. She would be humiliated, disowned by her family and fiance, and even possibly stoned. She would bring shame to her whole family, and rejected by all the faithful Jews in her village. And yet her response is one of perfect trust and obedience. "Be it unto me according your word." She was a willing and perfect vessel for the Messiah.
What calling has God given you? Whether you are called to serve in your home, in the workplace, or in the mission field, it is a grace--an honorable gift for both you and the world. Are you willing to receive God's grace, to hold it, and to pour it out on those around you, despite the cost? Listen to learn more at www. QCAradio.com.
There is never a time when a priest isn't the icon of Christ.
There's an ancient idea of the firstborn son's right to be "first among brothers" and carry family headship. It's called, in theological terms, the "Law of Primogeniture." He would therefore also become the high priest of the family. Men and women who are baptized in Christ enter into a new family--the family of Christ, with Christ himself as their head, their Priest. In Christ, this law of primogeniture eliminates all divisions of race, sex, class, or nationality. We become truly one in Christ, and our role as victim is replaced with our new role in the family of God. We are made "new creations." (II Cor. 5:17)
In the church, the priest puts off himself, and serves the family of God in the role and strength of Christ. They act as priests for the whole world in their representation of our Savior. They wear vestments to obscure the man and create the timeless, universal image of Christ himself--your brother and High Priest. Listen to learn more at www.QCAradio.com.
We must stop worshiping what ought not to be worshiped.
Lent confronts our temptation to worship the world and dismiss our own sinfulness. We need to a time to consider our weakness, so that we can grow strong. Consider the temptation of Christ described in Luke's gospel. The temptations placed before Christ, though different, we all the same. Satan tempted Jesus to choose the world and his own flesh over His Father's will, just as he tempted Adam in the garden. But Jesus had prayed and fasted, so he was ready to reject the idols Satan placed before him, even in his weakness. When we use the season of Lent to pursue humility and sanctification, we too find strength to reject the idols that come into our lives.
Jesus was willing to take on the pain of fasting and temptation for our sake. His pain is our gain. Let us follow in Christ's example. Listen to learn how at www.QCAradio.org.