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House Rules: No Complaining

Per Colossians 3:12-14, James 5:9, 1 Peter 4:9, & Philippians 2:14, there will be no complaining in this house.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. – Colossians 3:12-14

Before you complain against another person – FORGIVE THEM!

Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. – James 5:9

If you complain against someone, then you are the complainant and you make them the defendant.
If you charge them with sinning against you and you take them to court by complaining before God and/or people, then you are not forgiving them.
If you are not forgiving them, then God will not forgive you (Matthew 6:15, 18:35, & Mark 11:26).

Be hospitable to one another without complaint. – 1 Peter 4:9

This means help others with everything you can AND without complaining about it. After all, you wouldn’t want anyone else to complain when they help you and you DEFINITELY don’t want God to complain against you for all the things you’ve done (or about everything He’s done for you).

Do all things without grumbling or disputing – Philippians 2:14

This means ALL things!

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House Rules: Reporting Procedures

When I was in the United States Air Force there were reporting procedures. These started with “Sir/Ma’am, Trainee/Airman [Last Name] reports as ordered!”

But I don’t expect that level of impersonal response. No, what I tell you is to respond to your name being called ([First Naaaame!]) by saying, “Yes Daddy/Mommy” to which we’ll respond by telling you to do something or asking you to come see us. If it is the latter, then your response should be, “Comiiiing!”

That is all.

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When I was young: Marriage

Everyone has some understanding of what marriage looks like from a young age. I’ll bet that most people remember their parents and think of their relationship as the ideal, if not the lowest standard they would ever have (since “I was raised that way and look how I turned out”) for their own marriage.

But I’m different. For some reason, my concept was different and completely independent of what I viewed in my world… or maybe I saw it in a TV show or a movie. Who knows? (I watched TONS of TV as a kid.)

My vision of an ideal marriage is best explained in one scene:

It’s late
A man (me) at a desk.
A woman (my beautiful wife, of course) on a bed behind him (me)
(who CARES what she’s wearing?!… that part was always hazy to me and didn’t matter since all I cared about was kissing)
The man (still me) is working on something
(who CARES what the man/me is working on?! He’s a MAN and men WORK!)
(Also, I’m not at a computer because computers have only relatively recently become important in my life)
So the final part of this is:
My wife says something to the effect of “come to bed, honey” (in a somewhat desperate way… like she REALLY wants to kiss me)
To which I respond the way any manly man would, (think serious cartoony-gruff voice) “I can’t – I’m working”

Aaaaand that’s the scene.
A man working on something that both the man and the woman think is important for the man to be doing (as demonstrated by the use of “honey” in the woman’s request).
The woman in bed and waiting for her faithful and diligent husband who she admires so much for his hard work (as demonstrated by the use of “honey” in her request).

So basically two elements. A dedication to work and being desired by a wife who loves me.

That’s it.

So what’s YOUR concept of marriage expressed in one scene?

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When I was young: Kissing

When I was young the BIGGEST deal was kissing. It’s amazing how things have changed since I grew up and got married.

But it’s more amazing how things have remained the same. In the Bible, kissing meant different things, but it always meant those things in intimate (deep) ways.

There’s no sex in Heaven, but will there be kissing? I’m sure there won’t be sexual kissing, but what about holy kissing (Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, and 1 Thessalonians 5:26)? What IS holy kissing anyway?

Then again, what is sex?

If sex leads to two becoming one and we are to someday become one with Christ (in a way more obvious than in this life)… what does THAT mean?

Obviously it doesn’t mean physically. So it seems that the physical side of sexual intimacy is elementary (i.e. it’s like kissing in this life).

Wonder what’s going on now? I don’t know. Maybe you’ve figured this out already and I haven’t. If so, DO comment so I can better understand.

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When I was young: mean food

What the HECK is “mean macaroni and cheese”?!

When I was young I knew a kid whose mom said her son made “a mean bowl of macaroni and cheese”. Now that I’m older I STILL have no idea why anyone would describe a bowl of macaroni and cheese without jalapeños as angry!

Can someone explain this to me? Where does this phraseology come from? Why does anyone think it sounds “cool”?

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#Prayer WARS!

To be played by two teams of how many ever people on each team. Prayers must be in Jesus’ name (John 14-16), according to His will (1 John 5), and clothed (Colossians 3).

For every prayer made by Team Alpha, a blessing will be assumed as given to Team Beta  and Vice Versa.

Teams will begin and end the game on the 8th day of any given week.

On the 8th day (Sunday), blessings will be counted and the sum will equal the score for that team.

The team with the MOST points, LOSES!

Doesn’t that sound fun (and kinda’ funny)? The idea is that the more Team A prays, the more blessings the Team B gets. I say that the team with the most blessings loses (as if blessings are a bad thing) since it would mean that the other team was praying more (at least according to this flawed theory).


Try it this week! Let me know what happens!

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