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A Word to the Wise

11-29-2016 – A Word to the Wise: Obstacles were thrown even at Christ because of the circumstances related to his birth. In Christ’s case, these difficulties were overcome. But do children in these circumstances today have the same extraordinary gifts?

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A Word to the Wise

11-28-2016 – A Word to the Wise: Jesus deals with his family hostility by separating Himself from them and declaring new family members from those who believe in Him. This, however, is not the end of the matter. A year before His death—in fact on October 6, 29 A.D., a Thursday—Jesus is again confronted by His brothers. They taunt Him and encourage him to return to Judea and Jerusalem, knowing that there was a price on His head and that he would be arrested and killed.

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11-21-2016 – A Word to the Wise: “Two major incidents in Jesus’ life record reflect the family hostility. Mark 3:19ff records the first incident. Here Jesus, near the beginning of His ministry, has experienced wide success as a result of His healing multitudes of the sick. Jesus selects twelve disciples to help in His future ministry and then goes home. The crowds give Him no peace, constantly bringing the lame, blind, and sick for His attention. His family hears of it and comes to take Him away forcibly saying, “He is crazy.” At the same time, His chief enemies, the scribes, sling such venomous slurs upon Him that he warns them they are on the brink of committing a sin with eternal consequences.

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A Word to the Wise

11-10-2016 – A Word to the Wise: What can be gleaned from God’s word? We can start with the Master Himself. Jesus was perceived by his enemies as being illegitimate. (John 8:41) This accounts for much hostility directed toward Him and for why his enemies found it impossible to accept Him. It seems that the world is always prepared to offer snide, sarcastic, venomous words to denigrate the child in these circumstances. Most of us at one time or another have seen, heard, witnessed, or participated in this behavior. The most intense reminders come from within the family in the form of familial rejection.

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A Word to the Wise

11-7-2016 – A Word to the Wise: The chief sorrow for the illegitimate child lies in the family dysfunction that results. We have looked at the effects upon the children from a sociological perspective, including the increase of teen pregnancy and dropping out of school, and the inability to develop a successful marriage for themselves later in life. Now, let’s look at it from a Biblical perspective.

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A Word to the Wise

11-3-2016 – A Word to the Wise: The illegitimate child is doomed to dysfunctional family relationships, both in the nuclear family and in extended family relationships. This follows them into their own marriage since their view of marriage and family life is strongly colored by their experiences.

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A Word to the Wise

11-1-2016 – A Word to the Wise: What problems will the child have because of the parent’s choices? An illegitimate child has only one parent. This gives the child a biased world view from the beginning. This is particularly troublesome in the area of authority. Moreover, illegitimate children feel cheated. They feel they miss what other children have. The problems are worsened by the taunts of other children about their situation. The
illegitimate child feels a life-long sense of emptiness, which follows them to the grave. In part, this accounts for the ever-present sense of insecurity they struggle with.

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