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will never forget the first time I heard Dr. Dobson on the radio. It was 1978 and I was working in my first radio job in Santa Barbara. Although Focus on the Family was only a fifteen minute, once a week radio program I knew it was destined for greatness. Dr. Dobson was unique in Christian radio in that he taught the wisdom of the Scriptures, with relevance and passion, on the critical issues of marriage and parenting to a generation finding its way out of the cultural confusion of the 1960’s and 1970’s. I was a young husband and father at the time and, like many of my peers, found in Dr. Dobson a mentor to help me “love my wife as Christ loved the church” and bring up our twin sons “in the fear and admonition of the Lord.” When our boys were in 5th grade my wife and I read with them “Preparing for Adolescence.” At the time they couldn’t relate, until a couple of years later when they were going through what Dr. Dobson called the “canyon of inferiority.” We were able not only to remind them that this stage was normal for boys their age but also referred them back to the book on how to navigate successfully through it. Thanks Dr. Dobson! Stories like ours have been repeated in millions of families over these past decades. It is no exaggeration to say that Dr. Dobson has been one of the most influential Christians in our era in teaching the Biblical standards of the family and standing for righteousness in our culture. One year ago Dr. Dobson left Focus on the Family and started a new radio program “FamilyTalk with Dr. James Dobson” (heard daily at 10am on KKLA.) As he said at the time, the battle for righteousness in America is far from over. So he will continue to do all he can to strengthen marriages and families, and stand up for godly values in our culture. I encourage you to join Dr. Dobson and KKLA in taking a stand for righteousness and being salt and light in our community. Thanks for listening!
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In this issue... ISSUE 8
04 | Dr. Dobson’s New Radio Program
by Terry Fahy
06 | Interviewing Your Daughter’s Date by Dennis Rainey
16 | God is Looking for Dangerous Men
by JP Jones
26 | The Ultimate Priority by Dr. James Dobson
32 | Can America Learn to Do the Right Thing? by Chuck Colson
37 | Jesus and Women by Charles Swindoll
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Interviewing Your Daughterâ€™s date By Dennis Rainey
/// communicating TRUTH KKLA Magazine
[ ARTICLE ]
was seated at my desk, barely able to concentrate. I shifted papers, opened drawers, glanced out the window. I felt like I was expecting an important phone call and was just trying to do something, anything, productive while waiting. But it wasn’t working. Neither was I.
Finally, my executive assistant informed me that the young man I’d been expecting was waiting for me in the lobby. Deep breath, Dennis. You’re the adult here. You can do this. I was about to interview the first of many young men who wanted a date with one of my daughters.
ing to be the Ultimate Intimidator, I suggested we go outside and chat in the parking lot. That’s where he showed me his motorcycle—which wasn’t exactly how I wanted Ashley to go out on her first date! I popped the tab on my soft drink and looked squarely into the same eyes that enjoyed looking at my 16-year-old daughter. We began with the basics. I asked him about school, his mom and dad and family, interests—just a general get-toknow-you type of conversation.
“...studies show that teenage boys think about sex every seven seconds... you and I both know those teenage boys were lying about the other six seconds.”
I stood to my feet and walked across the room, still amazed at how nervous I was as I stepped into the lobby to meet Kevin—the only person in the building more anxious and ill at ease than I. “Afternoon, Kevin, glad you could make it.” “Hello, Mr. Rainey.” “How about we get something from the Coke machine. I hear you’re a Dr. Pepper man.” “Yes, sir.” Riding a very thin wave of forced, uncomfortable chitchat, I deposited enough quarters to dislodge a cold can for him and a Diet Coke for me. Then, not want-
God made men and women different. “Kevin,” I said, hoping I’d also remember the rest of the words I wanted to say, “God did a wonderful thing when he made women.” The color fell from his face. This was going to be worse than he had thought. I wondered if at any moment he might hop on that motorcycle and bolt! I continued. “And, Kevin, God made men and women different. You’ve probably noticed some of those differences.” Kevin was getting paler by the minute, but he had the presence of mind to nod. “Actually, God made us different so that KKLA Magazine
men and women would be attracted to one another. Now, Kevin,” I paused for dramatic effect, “you have probably noticed that God made Ashley quite attractive. She’s a really cute girl. In fact, you’ve probably noticed that she has a cute figure.” This was less of a statement and more of a question. If Kevin said no, he and I would both know he was lying. If he said yes, however, he was admitting to the obvious: that he had the audacity to notice my daughter’s figure!
“And, Kevin, you and I both know those teenage boys were lying about the other six seconds.” At this point Kevin’s eyes began to dilate! There was no dodging this one. “Yes, sir,” he said, with a nervous little laugh. Are we communicating? “Kevin, I don’t know how to put this any plainer: I want you to keep your lips and hands off my daughter. And I’m going to help you with that. Because whether I see you at the door after your first date with Ashley—or after your fiftieth date—you can expect me to ask you, ‘Kevin, are you dealing uprightly with my daughter?’ And I want you to know what I mean when I ask you that question. Are we communicating, Kevin?”
The statistics don’t lie... the sexual conduct of Christian youth is virtually no different than the sexual conduct of any other teenager. After a brief pause, I spared him the agony and continued. “I mean, you’re a young man and Ashley is a young lady, and God made men and women to be attracted to one another. It’s good.” Kevin seemed to be relieved at my pronouncement. I went on. “And, Kevin, I just want you to know that I am a man and I understand this attraction. I was once a teenage boy, and I know what teenage boys think about. I’ve even read some research on this, and the studies show that teenage boys think about sex every seven seconds.” At this point Kevin’s eyes darted, wondering where I was going next.
“Yes, sir.” His eyes were fully dilated at this point.
I continued. “Kevin, more than likely Ashley is going to be somebody’s wife someday. And I don’t want you touching her body. Would you want someone touching your wife’s body?” “No, sir.” “That’s what I thought. So you and I, we know what we’re talking about when I ask you to be accountable for protecting the emotional and moral purity of my daughter, right?” He nodded enough to let me know my vocabulary was in his dictionary. “And, Kevin, I want you also to take this challenge: If God ever gives you the priviKKLA Magazine
lege of being a husband and a dad, especially if He gives you girls, I want you to take your role so seriously with them that you’ll talk to your daughters’ dates the way I’ve talked with you today. Will you promise me that?” “Yes, sir.” At that point both Kevin and I were relieved that the conversation was over. I grinned and patted him on the back. I told him I was proud of him for coming to talk to me and allowing me to interact with him around such important issues. As he was putting his helmet on, he answered one last question by assuring me he’d take Ashley out in a car!
That was it. Took maybe 20 minutes. And over the years, I did a version of this same thing dozens of times as I interviewed young men who wanted to date my four daughters. I’ve learned a lot as I’ve gone through this. I’ve learned that there are some very specific things I need to know about each young man, and I try to tailor each of these little talks to the particular situation and the young man I’m dealing with. In the process, I’ve met some fine maturing men and seen some interesting things happen along the way. In one case, another dad came with his son to sit in on the interview, to observe and be trained. I’ve also had younger brothers sit in (probably just to see their big brother squirm). I even had one young man come to me and say, “Mr. Rainey, I’m not interested KKLA Magazine
Guys, I can’t tell you how strongly I feel about this. The statistics don’t lie. Despite more than a decade of “Just Say No” and
I try to tailor each of these little talks to the particular situation and the young man I’m dealing with.
Young men need to be challenged.
in asking any of your daughters out on a date, but I was wondering, would you be willing to take me through the interview?” I did. He wanted to go through it so he would know what I said. It reminded me that young men today yearn for older men to enter their worlds, talk straight with them about how to treat a young lady, and call them to a high standard.
countless sermons on “Love, Sex, and Dating,” the sexual conduct of Christian youth growing up in Christian youth groups, worshiping to Christian music, and sitting in Christian Bible studies, is virtually no different than the sexual conduct of any other teenager. These young men who like what they see in our daughters enough to want to spend time alone with them need us to hold them accountable and call them to restrain their sexual passions. They need older men, dads, to challenge them to protect our daughters and do what it takes to guard their moral purity. Let’s do it. U Hear Dennis Rainey on “Family Life Today” weekdays at 8:30am on 99.5 FM.
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[ ARTICLE ] im Elliot, martyred missionary of a generation ago, recorded these words in his personal journal,
“We are so utterly ordinary, so commonplace, while we profess to know a Power the Twentieth Century does not reckon with. But we are “harmless” and therefore unharmed. We are spiritual pacifists, non-militants, conscientious objectors in this battle-tothe-death with principalities and powers in high places. Meekness must be had for contact with men, but brass, outspoken boldness is required to take part in the comradeship of the Cross. We are “sideliners” -- coaching and criticizing the real wrestlers while content to sit by and leave the enemies of God unchallenged. The world cannot hate us; we are too much like its own. Oh, that God would make us dangerous!”
Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson, takes out 20 British soldiers with a tomahawk. He considered his choices and quickly made a decision. He is a man. He likes fights. One of the reasons I love the Old Testament is it’s a man’s book. From Genesis to Malachi it is filled with great fights. If Hollywood were to make the Old Testament into a feature film, it wouldn’t be A Message in a Bottle or The Notebook--type movie. My favorite fight in the Old Testament is that between David and Goliath, and my favorite verse in the story is 1 Samuel 17:48, “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.” Full of testosterone and faith, David ran allout and killed Goliath in the Valley of
Every man has a Goliath. Every man faces his giant. When we focus on Jesus, our giant looks small.
God is looking for dangerous men; men who put their confidence in Christ and run to battle.
Most men like a good fight. They resonate with “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Men love movies like Saving Private Ryan and Braveheart. They watch Spike TV and ESPN. Men tell stories of past exploits and become legends in their own minds! When my son was seventeen I asked him, “What’s your favorite movie fight scene?” I offered him three options: the first was the opening scene from The Run Down, starring the Rock; the second was the battle to the death between Maximus and Comidus in Gladiator and the third was the scene in The Patriot where
Elah. David ran to battle while his fellow Israelites quaked in fear. 1 Samuel 17:10-11 says, Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. “Dismayed and terrified.” Fear is the most debilitating emotion to any man’s masculinity. Fear can rob us of what we feel it means to be a man. When I was a senior in high school we had a very young football team. We lacked the confidence that comes from varsity game experience. In a game with the eventual league champs, we were playing way above our KKLA Magazine
ability and at half-time the score was tied. The locker room was electric with the possibility of winning the game. When we came out for the second half, we stretched and tried to get mentally ready for the third quarter. The opposing team, however, lined up in two lines about ten yards apart and did a full tackling drill. “Pop-pop-pop!” You could hear the hitting echo throughout the whole stadium. As I looked around at my young teammates, I could see the hope of victory drain from their faces. “They are going to kill us” was the clear message. Psychologically we had already lost the game. Before the whistle blew for the second half to start, intimidation had defeated us. That is exactly what the men of Israel felt...intimidation. They were afraid. They encountered Goliath and he scared them to death. Every man has a Goliath. Every man faces his giant. Every man can be dismayed by what he sees in the Valley of Elah. As Goliath taunted Saul and the army of Israel, so our Goliath taunts us. The story of 1 Samuel 17, however, ends with a win for God. The score is David-1, Goliath-0. The story of David and Goliath gives every man hope that he can win his spiritual battles. Fear turned into faith as David faced Goliath through God’s strength. Unlike all the soldiers of Israel, David looked at Goliath through a God-sized lens rather than looking at God through a Goliath-sized lens. David said, “The battle belongs to the Lord,” and he literally ran to meet Goliath. On my desk I have a rock taken from the Elah Valley in Israel. The inscription reads “…and David ran…” I want to be a man like David. I want to run to meet Goliath and defeat him. Victory is certain when we put our focus on Christ.
In high school, my son played football and wrestled. Wrestling is an individual sport with just you and your opponent on the mat. In my son’s league was a private Christian school, Calvary Chapel. For years, Calvary Chapel has been one of the best wrestling schools in the state of California. These young men are not only outstanding athletes but they are also dedicated Christians. During my son’s junior season, one of the wrestlers for Calvary Chapel was a returning California State Champ and eventual National Champion. On the night of their meet I sat in the stands with some other dads. Seeing a familiar face I asked, “Who is your son wrestling tonight?” In the corner of the gym was the eventual National Champion. He was a man-child with a massive neck and bulging biceps. He wore a shirt with bold black letters: JESUS. Responding to my question, the dad stammered, pointed to the corner of the gym and blurted out, “Jesus!” I laughed and said, “If your son is wrestling Jesus, then he is going to lose for sure.” That night, everyone’s focus was on Jesus. We grow strong in our faith when we put our focus on Jesus. David looked at God rather than Goliath. He believed God could do everything He promised. David knew that the battle belonged to the Lord. When we focus on Jesus, Goliath looks small. Whatever Goliaths you are facing, God is bigger! A dangerous man puts his confidence in Christ and runs to battle, just like David. Oh, by the way, remember when I asked my son about his favorite movie fight scene? He chose the Rock in The Rundown. My son is a man. He likes fights! U Hear JP Jones on “Truth that changes lives” weekdays at 9:30pm on 99.5 FM.
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By Dr. James Dobson
/// BRINGING UP GIRLS
cripture tells us that there is one task in parenting that outranks all others in significance. It is the responsibility of introducing children to Jesus Christ and “bring(ing) them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:4) It is an assignment today that requires our most careful attention as moms and dads. The majority of teens and young adults around the world are growing up in a world that is devoid of spiritual understanding. You can observe that pagan influence by strolling through a local mall on a Friday night. Just look around. You’ll see girls and boys who appear to be emotionally lost and spiritually bankrupt. The clothes they wear and the profanity they use and the extreme ways they present themselves expose a poverty of the soul. It is sadness on parade.
us twenty years ago. Teens used to inquire about the “right” thing to do, which usually reflected a Christian foundation of some variety. Even those who had no faith seemed to know that some things were simply wrong. That has changed dramatically. A significant number of the teens who ask for our counsel now are not interested in what is moral but rather how they should deal with the messes they are in and whether or not they should act on their impulses and desires. Not all adolescents think this way, of course, but we are hearing from more and more youngsters who are greatly influenced by moral relativism. For them,
A significant number of the teens who ask for our counsel now are not interested in what is moral but rather how they should deal with the messes they are in and whether or not they should act on their impulses and desires.
Dr. Ken Taylor, the godly patriarch who founded Tyndale House Publishers, was invited to attend a local high school football game after he had retired. He accepted the offer and sat in the bleachers with fans until halftime. Then he quietly slipped away without telling anyone where he was going. He confided to a friend later that he hadn’t been bored with the game. Rather, he was so profoundly burdened for the kids around him that he went home to pray for them. What he saw on that day can also be observed by all of us who enter the world of the young. We see evidence of this vacuity among the girls who contact us to seek advice. They are very different from those who wrote
absolute truth does not exist. There is no reliable standard of right and wrong because they acknowledge no God who can define it. This is why so many young people today are pursuing alien theologies and pleasures, such as New Age nonsense, the “hookup culture”, substance abuse, and raw materialism. They are searching vainly for something that will satisfy their “soul hunger,” but they are unlikely to find it. Meaning in life comes only by answering the eternal questions which are addressed exclusively in the Christian faith. No other religion can tell us who we are, how we got continued on page 30 here, and where KKLA Magazine
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we are going after death. And no other belief system teaches that we are known and loved individually by the God of the universe and by His only Son, Jesus Christ. Children in this culture desperately need to learn the fundamentals of Christian orthodoxy. Let me remind you of three familiar responsibilities that will guide the spiritual training of your sons and daughters. The sooner, the better.
1. Talk to
Scriptures. King David said in Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (KJV). If you want your children to be guided morally when they are beyond your reach, you should begin teaching favorite passages to them when they are young. It is amazing how often a relevant bibli-
Begin teaching your children to pray as early as possible.
your kids early and often about the Lord and His kindness. Even at three years of age, most children are capable of learning that the flowers, the sky, the birds, and even the rainbows are gifts to us from Jesus. John 1:3 tells us that he made all things, and without Him, nothing was made that was made. He also created each one of us. The first Scripture our children should learn is, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). The first word I learned to spell was “Jesus.” Your kids should be taught to thank Him before eating their food and to ask for His help when they are hurt or scared. This is “job one” for parents.
2. Begin teaching your children to pray
as early as possible. My parents and grandparents took that responsibility very seriously. Believe it or not, I began trying to pray even before I learned to talk. I had heard my parents praying during their private devotions, and began imitating the sounds they made before I knew the meaning of the words. My mother and father wondered how that was possible for a child not yet two years of age. I assure you that your children are watching you too, and are influenced by everything you do.
3. Help your children memorize the
cal reference will zing into the conscience mind just when a situation comes up that requires wisdom and discernment. If those verses have not been “downloaded” to your children’s brains, they will have to figure out what to do when the pressure is on. Memorize key Scriptures with your children, making a game out of the process. Reward them for learning. Some of the stored verses will stay with them for a lifetime. Even if the exact words are forgotten, the truths they contain will probably endure. My point is that we have an opportunity when children are very young to teach them the basics of our faith. Boys and girls are “little sponges” who have an intuitive desire to learn how things work. The foundation that you provide for them in those early years will serve them well in years to come. It is “the ultimate priority.” Excerpted from Dr. Dobson’s book, Bringing Up Girls. Used by Permission. U Listen to “Family Talk” with Dr. James Dobson weekdays at 10:00am on 99.5 FM.
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am going to ask you a pointed question. Is it possible for freedom to survive where virtue doesn’t thrive? In other words, can we have freedom without virtue? Well, let’s look at very recent history. I have made the case over and over that the 2008 economic collapse was the result of a moral and ethical collapse in American life. And now even a government commission recognizes this. A recent report by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission called the events of 2008 and their aftermath “avoidable.” The commission wrote that the “crisis was the result of human action and inaction” and not unforeseeable events or uncontrollable forces. Nor was there just one set of villains: the responsible parties were to be found both in Washington and on Wall Street. As the Washington Post put it, the report “spares virtually no one in assigning culpability for the worst financial calamity in generations.” The federal government was “ill-prepared for the crisis, and its inconsistent response added to the uncertainty and panic in the financial markets.” The Commission is especially hard on the Federal Reserve. It cites the Fed’s “pivotal failure to stem the flow of toxic mortgages, which it could have done by setting prudent mortgagelending standards.”
/// ethical questions
Note the word “prudent”—this is a moral and ethical question. Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac were also singled out. The report calls them the “kings of leverage” for borrowing $75 for every dollar they had in reserves. Their erstwhile regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, was criticized for allowing them to dive, head first, into the sub-prime mortgage market—an unethical KKLA Magazine
lapse of oversight. Speaking of which, there’s plenty of blame directed at Wall Street: Merrill Lynch was criticized for not telling investors what they needed to know about the state of the firm’s finances. Goldman Sachs was hit for lending money to sub-prime lenders; it sold securities made up of those risky loans; and it created financial products that allowed others to bet against the very securities it sold. Talk about a conflict of interest! The blame for the financial crisis extends to “Main Street,” as well. For every subprime lender, there was a sub-prime borrower. Too many Americans abandoned the principles of the Protestant work
A values breakdown. Precisely! Too many people failed to do the right thing. So back to my original question: Can freedom endure without virtue, in such a morally—and now economically—bankrupt environment? No! This moral and economic collapse has led to the most enormous expansion of government since the Depression--from buying out car companies to taking over health care to even trying to regulate school lunches. We are, as authors Eric Posner and Adrian Vermeule point out, witnessing the rise of the administrative state—an executive branch and its government agencies intent on expanding their power. That’s because our nation’s political elites believe that “only a powerful executive can address the economic and security challenges of modern times.”
Americans have to learn once again to do the right thing. And the Church needs to lead the way. ethic, among which include paying our bills and not plunging into debt. Instead, they borrowed excessively to finance houses they knew they couldn’t afford. When the bubble burst, they wound up owing more on their homes than they were worth. The great New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman nailed it when he wrote: “We had a values breakdown — a national epidemic of get-rich-quickism and something-for-nothingism. Wall Street may have been dealing the dope, but our lawmakers encouraged it. And far too many of us were happy to buy the dotcom and subprime crack for quick prosperity highs.” 34
In other words, no government can tolerate chaos. When the people fail to do the right thing, government inevitably steps in to impose its brand of order.
This is precisely why Benjamin Franklin once said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” But this is where we are in America today. And that’s why for the past two years I, along with Robbie George of Princeton, Britt Hume and many others have worked on a blockbuster video series called “Doing the Right Thing,” which we filmed before a live student audience at Princeton.
In six sessions, we talked with business, military, and cultural leaders about such crucial questions as, Is there truth that we can all know? If we know what is right, can we do it? What does it mean to be human and why does it matter? Can businesses be profitable and still do what is right for their clients, their employees, their communities? And then there’s the question of ethics in political life. These are critical questions for a free society. They affect us all. “Doing the Right Thing” is one of the most important projects I’ve ever worked on. In fact, I’ve addressed conferences in California, Dallas, Denver, and Minneapolis, telling people about our nation’s ethical crisis—and what we can do about it. I’m absolutely thrilled at the response we’re getting. People are beginning to see that the great challenge before us as a na-
tion is the restoration of ethics—rebuilding a culture of responsibility. Americans have to learn once again to do the right thing. And the Church needs to lead the way. And I believe from the bottom of my heart that our nation’s moral and economic health is at stake. As is our freedom. Chuck Colson is the founder of Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His radio commentary “BreakPoint” is heard every weekday on KKLA. U Hear Chuck Colson on “Breakpoint” weekdays at 4:56pm on 99.5 FM.
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Jesus and Women
hen we think of the ministry of Jesus, we immediately recall the “big” moments. His baptism. The Sermon on the Mount. His transfiguration. The miracles He performed. And, of course, His death and resurrection. But Jesus’s ministry was to people. His miracles and messages were for individuals who needed a Savior . . . not a sideshow. If we were to make a list of the people Jesus engaged, we would immediately write the names of His disciples, perhaps the Pharisees, and maybe a few others, like Zaccheus, or Lazarus, or Nicodemus.
But what about the women in the life of Christ? How many of their names could we put on our list? Regrettably, they are usually overlooked. When we walk in Jesus’s footsteps, we can’t help but notice the devoted, faithfilled women who followed Him. All were impacted and changed by Him. The centuries between our cultures have softened the scenes for us, but to the people of His day, Jesus’s invitations and responses were nothing less than shocking. To us, the picture of Jesus talking with a woman doesn’t seem so strange. But the culture at the turn of the first century KKLA Magazine
put women just a notch above animals. A woman was considered property—first of her father, then of her husband, and then of her son when she was widowed. Back then, a woman’s opinion didn’t matter. The majority thought she didn’t matter. Truth be told, a woman had little hope of survival apart from a man. Women found themselves near the bottom of the social ladder. They were thought responsible for much of the evil in the world. If a woman spoke in public to a man who was not her husband, it was assumed she was having an illicit relationship with him, making it grounds for divorce . . . or worse. Furthermore,
and rescued women from painful pasts, demonic control, unfair treatment, and crippling diseases. Jesus also willingly went against the grain of acceptable religious practices. Instead of limiting His teaching to the “men-only” part of the synagogue, Jesus also taught in places where women could have front row seats—on hillsides, in the marketplace, beside a well, and in the women’s area of the temple. He used illustrations women could readily relate to—a lost coin, yeast rising in bread, a persistent knocking on a neighbor’s door at midnight. Not only did Jesus notice women, He called them out of the shadows and into faith. It wasn’t by accident that many of His recorded conversations were with women or that many of His miracles placed women in starring roles. Jesus deliberately chose it to be this way. What’s more, women were among His best students and most dynamic and daring disciples. No wonder women loved His instruction!
While even respectable men didn’t give women the time of day, Jesus went out of His way to speak with them . . . in broad daylight a woman was not allowed to eat in the same room with a gathering of men, to be taught Scripture with men, or to enter the inner court of the temple to worship with men. Each morning, if you can believe it, a Pharisee began his day by thanking God that he had not been born a Gentile, a woman, or a slave. But not so with Jesus. While even respectable men didn’t give women the time of day, Jesus went out of His way to speak with them . . . in broad daylight. It would have been a scandalous topic for the tabloids! He welcomed women to His side. He was supportive, considerate, and caring of women—especially the ones who most needed help. He broke through oppressive, ugly cultural rules 38
I think the way women responded to Him made Jesus smile. He saw their faith. And His example of grace, mercy, and compassion was no less than a seismic shift to everyone on the scene! Spiritually speaking, Jesus made no distinction between men and women. He simply related to people on the basis of their faith in God—or lack thereof. You know what I find surprising? The consistency of Scripture’s description of the women who followed Jesus! continued on page 41
They were faithful, sacrificial, and serving. Were the women perfect? Of course not. Did they follow Jesus perfectly? No, no one does. But they stood close enough to Jesus to catch the look in His eyes. His grace captured them!
breathing examples of the power of God to change lives. Some had to clean up. Some had to step up. He called others to speak up . . . or walk up . . . or simply show up. We see our own journey woven through theirs.
Spiritually speaking, Jesus made no distinction between men and women.
Just so they could be part of what Jesus was doing, many women were content with an anonymous role on His ministry team. Serving however it was needed, giving financial support out of their own means, sitting at His feet, worshiping Him, feeding Him and His men, and eventually caring for His broken, crucified body. These were brave women—committed women—who linked their arms with
The women in the life of Jesus challenge us to look beyond our culture to Christ Himself. By their examples, they urge us to give ourselves fully to the One who has redeemed us from lives of sin... to follow Him with commitment and contentment, even in obscurity, and to reflect the life and love of Jesus to our generation.
The women in the life of Jesus challenge us to look beyond our culture to Christ Himself. His for the proclamation of something bigger. Something more wonderful than the world had ever known. Women were there at the moment of His arrival, in and out of the towns He visited, at His cross and His tomb, and by His side at amazing ministry moments. Jesus said of one such faithful woman, “Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her” (Matthew 26:13).
Article adapted from Women in the Life of Jesus (Plano, Tex.: IFL Publishing House, 2011). Copyright © 2011 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission. www.insight.org Women in the Life of Jesus is available from www.insight.org/store. U Hear Charles Swindoll on “Insight for Living” weekdays at 7:00am & 8:30pm on 99.5 FM.
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Like you and me, each woman in the life of Jesus tells a different story of how His life impacted hers. They give us living, KKLA Magazine