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·free subscription· ·spring 2012· marriage the home god instituted marriage christ approved marriage paul taught marriage scripture exalts marriage tragically to the peril and demise of marriage the united states is under satanic attack from ungodly government to sodomy and perversion good is called evil and evil called good the voice of one crying in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the lord make his paths straight mark 1:3 contending for american freedom · contending for fundamental christianity

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printed missionary ronnie and terry williamson evangelist/editor steve and rebekah lilly staff missionaries the voice in the wilderness is a nonprofit independent incorporation founded by rev dr j royce thomason d.p.d ph.d evangelist and medical missionary the organization is dedicated to the spreading of the whole gospel to the world especially in foreign lands the program consists of building mission stations supporting american missionaries and native pastors by partnering with the local church in various areas of ministry and preaching christ to the lost we are supported by the gifts of those who care contributions to the voice in the wilderness for projects or to support the ministry of a missionary will be used as indicated by the donor following approved policies and procedures gifts are tax deductible and should be made out to the voice in the wilderness a fundamental publication published quarterly in behalf of the work of the lord and preservation of the liberties of our united states printed sources imply from material from other does not necessarily an endorsement thisministry § § § there is no subscription charge all interested people of good will may have a copy sent regularly to their address simply by requesting it address all correspondence to the voice in the wilderness po box 7037 asheville nc 28802 dear friends enclosed is representation of my heart i am deeply burdened by not just the satanic attack on marriage and the home but as much so the departure from scripture by so many believers may god help us in this perilous day please read the enclosed booklet and even remove it from this cover and share with families that need to know what god says about this most important issue also i encourage you to follow the ten commandment series lesson by lesson as it is developed on the voice in the wilderness website go to the crossvue school of missions link at www thevoiceinthewilderness.org to access each lesson on the ten commandments as well the crossvue quizzes to test your knowledge of the lessons one lesson will be added to this twenty twelve ways series throughout this year so be sure to check the website each month for the next available lesson and quiz i pray this 12 lesson series written each month for our printed and virtual editions and posted on our website will be a great help to god s people please keep the voice in the wilderness in your prayers the lord has given us some great opportunities in 2012 if you are able please go to our website and sign up to receive the weekly voice email update and access our monthly mini-voice prayer letter your support is greatly appreciated happy trails for christ and souls ronnie l williamson

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more precious still marriage home and the t twelve ten commandment lessons presented in 2012 by the voice in the wilderness and crossvue school of missions wenty welve ways the third bible study in

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marriage the home jesus asks this penetrating question what think ye of christ the religious leaders of his day have tried to entangle jesus by asking questions about taxes marriage death the resurrection and the greatest commandment in the law yet christ asked them who is lord and these pious knowit-alls are utterly confounded it may even stagger many christians to realize how closely tied money marriage and the messiah s message are to our daily lives this ungodly world cannot understand god s perfect plan and with great effort rejects biblical teaching concerning marriage and the family unregenerate man and sadly some professed believers think they know more than god the devastating result is heartbreaking consequences and ruined lives we will start with ladies first titling this section first lady for christ many religions of this world treat women as second-class citizens or less but the bible sets forth the worth and honour of the proverbs 31 lady who can find a virtuous woman for her price is far above rubies matthew henry states this description of the virtuous woman is designed to show what wives the woman should make and what wives the men should choose we have the abridgement of it in the new testament i tim 2:9,10 i pe.3:1-6 where the duty prescribed to wives agrees with this description of a good wife please read proverbs 31:10-31 for wives mothers and all young ladies in christ let us challenge you to be first ladies for christ here is an acrostic using the word f-i-r-s-t to describe the virtuous woman of proverbs 31 f aith ­ a virtuous woman ­ a woman of strength made so by her faith and fear in the mercy love grace and wisdom of her righteous and holy god i ntegrity ­ a virtuous woman ­ a woman of holiness and wholeness fixed and firm in honesty r econciliation ­ a virtuous woman ­ a woman reconciled to god with the ministry of reconciliation in the husband home and hearts of those around her ii·the voice in the wilderness marriage home

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s tewardship ­ a virtuous woman ­ a woman of industry well able to furnish her household t rust ­ a virtuous woman ­ a woman called blessed by her children a woman trusted and praised by her husband in american history the u.s president s wife was not referred to as the first lady until zachary taylor used the term in reference to dolley madison within a decade of zachary taylor s 1849 eulogy first lady had become the standard title of the president s wife beginning with martha washington many of the president s wives set forth an example of dignity and grace in their role as a leader though a very private person she understood the pressures of this very public role with her aristocratic virginia roots martha wa shingtonwas criticized as too royal by some americans wary of all things british at the same time she was decried as too common by those who feared that her habits of recycling old gowns and of retiring early during receptions might confirm the suspicions of the world that america was an uncivilized wilderness but to all who visited the president s house in new york city or later in philadelphia lady washington was the model of grace and propriety eventually these qualities won her the affection and respect of all america ref first ladies of the white house by skarmeas page 5 sarah polk and her husband brought to the white house a marriage that was a true partnership she often told friends that she believed that she and her husband were predestined by god to lead america upon arriving to the white house sarah immediately made her presence felt believing that dancing in the white house rooms would be undignified she banned all dancing card playing and drinking when the first lady entered the room during her husband s inaugural ball the music and dancing ceased in her honor known to possess a balance of ego and humility she used her leadership role while insisting i recognize nothing in myself i am only an atom in the hands of god ref first ladies of the white house skarmeas page 23 lucy hayes mocked in the press as lemonade lucy immediately established a white house policy banning alcohol at all receptions she resisted all efforts by the temperance movement to become part of their leadership and maintained a firm belief that hers was essentially a private role in a public setting for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·iii

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she was the first first lady to hold a college degree she had the education resources and opportunity to make the role of first lady an active independent and powerful one however lucy focused on her family responsibilities and her husband while not totally shunning public duties she was the first president s wife to travel without her husband and to deliver prepared speeches lucy also took an active role as president of the women s missionary society at her church during her husband s presidency ref first ladies of the white house by skarmeas page 36 in titus 2:3 the mature lady in christ is exhorted to be an example and teacher of good things to the younger women in christ today the life support system has been removed and death is eminent for many the departure from the biblical model by so many women in our church today has left us vulnerable so-called women s liberation and the farming out of our god-given privileges and responsibilities have thrown our children to the ravening wolves what has happened to the heart of mothers who no longer want to teach and train and love their children with the kind of affection that should be obvious to the woman in christ an infant crying in the night an infant crying for the light and with no language but a cry tennyson yet `tis mother and without sigh knows the language of her baby s cry and in the day or in the night `tis her love that brings comfort and delight rlw no wonder our families children and marriages are out of control the very stabilizing element so critical to the home has been eroded without these godly women actively engaged in their biblical role titus says the word of god will be blasphemed titus 2:5 thank the lord for godly ladies who courageously stand firm in this age of compromise those today who are characterized by titus 2:3-5 are indeed to be praised proverbs 31:28 thou excellest them all my helpmeet the privilege our lord has given me of overseeing this ministry preaching writing and sharing the needs of precious missionaries with the voice in the wilderness supporters is indeed sobering without the help of the first lady of the voice in the wilderness my bride of 39 years it would not be possible my lord knew and prepared my life and ministry iv·the voice in the wilderness marriage home

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helpmeet on may 6 of each year we celebrate our wedding anniversary this is of certainty a spiritual partnership all across the u.s from florida to maine from north carolina to california texas to alaska even seven canadian provinces and territories and across the seas to england india and venezuela my wife has accompanied her preacher-man she has been there faithfully making the difference though never owning a home she has made rentals and trailers beautiful clean and comfortable places for her family she is my proverbs 31 lady my love my wife if i were an artist with palette and paint i would dip my brush into the colors of proverbs 31 and upon the canvas of my heart create the portrait of my wife it i were a gardener with a certain green thumb who grew a prize rose from the fertile soil of proverbs 31 would grow my treasured rose and winner of the blue ribbon and golden spade if i were a composer of song i would sing the sweet melodies of proverbs 31 in honour of my partner and wife who is the harmony line of life if i were a poet with pen in hand i would write from proverbs 31 a sonnet of love to mine if i were a sculptor i would quarry from among the gems of proverbs 31 a work in her honour far above rubies as her husband friend and one for life i praise her and rise up to call my wife blessed rlw amid all the responsibilities time must be taken to praise and say thank you to my wife the first lady of the voice in the wilderness nobody knows but possibly the lord and me how many hours she has willingly given to this ministry thank you terry ­ from my heart and so it is with preachers and missionaries around the world blessed with god s helpmeet these faithful ladies have set the standard may god give us more first ladies for christ wifie and tirshatha ­ who are they as unto the cord the bow is so unto the man is woman though she bends him she obeys him though she draw him yet she follows useless each without the other -h.w longfellow for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·v

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indeed this is one of the great love stories one of selfless commitment and deeply spiritual simply explained the origin was heaven-born from him who is love the young man s first gift to his future bride was pilgrim s progress at that point his intent was to encourage her along the walk with christ signed in the fly-leaf miss thompson with desires for her progress in the blessed pilgrimage then the date with no other indications still higher plans were divinely charted whether the two knew or not though soon he would hand a book about marriage and poems to this susannah in a soft voice as she read he whispered do you pray for him who is to be your husband almost two years after the first gift the two became one in a beautiful early morning ceremony off to paris for a ten-day honeymoon and the start of a romance that was truly an ordained partnership from lofty heights of ministry to plunging valleys where each must draw on the other their love was their love for their lord those years without a cloud phenomenal success rose to the failing health of one and then the other in sickness invalidism and even depression their devoted love flowed ever sweeter deeper and more precious after twenty years as husband and wife he wrote my heart flies to you i love you now as then only multiplied many times i have served the lord far more and never less for your sweet companionship bless your dear heart you are the precise form in which god would make a woman for such a man as i 1 susannah was a powerful inspiration to her husband he would weep at her feet from exhaustion and the depressive load he bore she was comfort and ministered he said as an angel from god with her faith strength and courage she called him tirshatha this was her name of endearment meaning your reverence who was this amazing couple he wrote this incredible description about his beloved she delights in her husband in his person his character his affection to her he is not only the chief and foremost of mankind but in her eyes he is all in all her heart s love belongs to him and to him only he is her little world her paradise her choice treasure she is glad to sink her individuality in his she seeks no renown for herself his honor is reflected upon her and she rejoices in it she will defend his name with 1 vi·the voice in the wilderness marriage home the shadow of the broad brim ­ richard elisworth day you may order a copy of the shadow of the broad brim from crown christian classics crown publication powell tn 1-877-at crown.

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her dying breath safe enough is he where she can speak for him his smiling gratitude is all the reward she seeks even in her dress she thinks of him and considers nothing beautiful which is distasteful to him he has many objects in life some of which she does not quite understand but she believes in them all and anything she can do to promote them she delights to perform such a wife as a true spouse realizes the model marriage relation and sets forth what our oneness with the lord ought to be 2 such was a veiled description of susannah by her husband the sad day came when she followed behind her beloved husband s casket the grief was so great until she remembered his sweet words of cheer when he must be away in travels seeing me look so sad he tenderly said `what crying over your lamb wifie do you think the children of israel stood and wept over the lamb they laid on his altar then the heart of susannah found peace in tears she looked at the great portrait of tirshatha over the mantel and sobbed ah sweetheart was there ever one like thee in all these forty years i knew thee thou wert most tender gracious and now i am parted from thee not for a few days only as in 2 ibid that long ago time but `until the day break and the shadows flee away i think i hear thy loving voice saying again `don t cry over your lamb wifie as i try to give thee up ungrudgingly to god not without tears ah no that is not possible but with that full surrender of heart which makes the sacrifice acceptable in his sight 3 who are they this is the beautiful love story of susannah and charles haddon spurgeon please take a moment to read ephesians 5:21-32 on the home front what a joy and blessing to see a beautiful marriage and family serving the lord jesus christ with the sweet presence of the holy spirit so evident yes it is possible today even in such a crazy and confusing age husband and wife mom dad and children can enjoy all the riches god intended for the home the late dr m.r dehaan bible teacher and medical doctor stated the nearest thing to heaven on this earth is the christian family and the home where husband and wife and parents and children live in love and peace together for the lord and for each other the nearest thing to hell on earth is an ungodly 3 ibid for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·vii

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home broken by sin and iniquity where parents bicker quarrel and separate and children are abandoned to the devil and all the forces of wickedness a godly happy home is no accident day by day the practice of biblical principles in the life of a couple committed to faith in jesus christ will result in the blessed marriage our lord ordained i examine your own heart and relationship with christ dear sir madam do you know jesus christ as your personal lord and saviour this decision and commitment is absolute to a successful marriage and home after all god designed and ordained this beautiful relationship of oneness between a man and a woman thus the necessity for husband and wife to be right with god in order to be right with each other acknowledge your sin repent of your sin and by faith receive forgiveness and salvation through jesus christ how can good come out of a heart that s bad get your heart right with god and enjoy his blessing romans 10:9-10 ii the family that prays together stays together prayer cannot be trivialized or minimized as to the importance in all of life s endeavors communion and worship are essential prayer is stillness before the lord prayer is coming apart from this world before you come apart because of this world prayer is allowing the lord to speak to us before we speak to others and say the wrong thing prayer is part and parcel to the victorious armour needed by every believer note verse 18 of ephesians 6:10-18 a prayerless day is to neglect faith maintenance is to omit god and in effect pray lord i don t need you today i can go it alone martin luther said to be a christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing husband wife mom and dadpray,pray,pray iii don t look for the right person be the right person dear parent teach train and lead your young person to walk with the lord if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness if we say that we have not sinned we make him a liar and his word is not in us i john1 9-10 do we not love to blame just go ahead and point that long old finger it is somebody else s viii·the voice in the wilderness marriage home

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fault none of us like to accept responsibility not to speak of face the consequences it is a full time job keeping my own business right much less tending to someone else s by the way john also said if we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us i john 1:8 have you considered the beam that is in your eye matthew 7:3-5 is thy heart right with god much could be said about the world s method of dating but the point here is vulnerable boys and girls not searching for love repeatedly giving their heart to someone even many someones they will never marry but each boy and girl living a godly life then the lord will bring the right one along don t worry about looking for the right one just be the right one and the lord will take care of the rest iv cleanliness is next to what we had a guest preacher staying in our home he remarked one morning while standing in the kitchen sister williamson the top of your refrigerator is clean well being over 6 feet tall he could see the top of most refrigerators and commented that rarely had a refrigerator top been wiped down in most of the homes he visited when we relocated the voice in the wilderness corporate office from dallas to north carolina sister sophie muller had a relative who was a realtor through this individual we spent several days a week for months looking at various properties my wife and i were shocked at the lack of housekeeping even when an owner knew in advance we were coming to look at their house the place would still be in a wreck not only were clothes and dishes and things out of order house after house after house was absolutely filthy i cease to be amazed these days at how few real housekeepers there are then it s amazing how many men and women simply let their appearance go shortly after they are married talk about gaining weight bad hair days and just simply well let s stop there just maintain a godly testimony v it s not a dirty word after children come along what kind of character discipline and work ethic are we teaching parents a blessing you can pass on to your child that will benefit them personally their family in years to come and prove to be a tremendous asset to their local church is that of a strong work ethic rand hummel of the wilds wrote this outline work work work most of us do not like for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·ix

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to say that word very loud sometimes we have this idea that the perfect situation would be a life of leisure and no work haven t our parents taught us hard work never killed anyone let s take a few minutes and see what god says about work in his word what is work 1 work is god s idea genesis 2:15 2 work is hard tiring and laborious ­ genesis 3:19 3 work is equated to knowledge and wisdom ­ eccl 9:10 why should i work 1 work provides for our families i tim 5:8 2 work affects our testimony ii thess 3:7-8 3 work provides for the needy eph 4:28 is work good for me 1 work is profitable prov 14:23 2 work brings increase prov 13:11 3 work is better than sominex sweet sleep ­ eccl 5:12 how should i work 1 work quietly without griping or complaining ­ ii thess 3:12 2 work heartily serving our lord ­ col 3:23-24 3 work for the eternal not the temporary ­ john 6:27 i corinthians 15:58 therefore my beloved brethren be ye steadfast unmovable always abounding in the work of the lord forasmuch as ye know your labour is not in vain in the lord some wives as well as us husbands could benefit from brother hummel s study on work hey clean up your act it is certain to demonstrate godliness vi put away the dirty laundry let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice and be ye kind one to another tenderhearted forgiving one another even as god for christ s sake hath forgiven you ephesians 4:3132 go back and read ephesians 4:21-32 don t keep dragging things up forgive and move forward vii can it be said in love speaking in love is not anger wagging a finger with a look of death this thing of communication is important a time to talk that is not so emotional think about what you are going to say and consider how you would want it said to you ephesians 4:15 5:20-33 if you wouldn t say it in prayer don t say it at all here s a little saying i came across to keep your marriage brimming with love in the loving cup whenever you re wrong admit it whenever you re right shut up x·the voice in the wilderness marriage home

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viii think out of the box and in the book get out of that old sorry box of thinking you have been trapped all your life and get in god s book to see what he has to say about the subject from the mental physical to the spiritual we must go by the book from personal appearance to family finance god s word has the answer whether recreation or child rearing the bible must be our sole authority for faith and practice it s the word s way or the world s way the bible or the belly the book or bust psalm 1 blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standeth in the way of sinners nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful but his delight is in the law of the lord and in his law doth he meditate day and night and he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper mother i pray you were blessed with a loving mother as i was if so her value cannot be over estimated during my 40 plus years of gospel ministry i must sadly say i have been aquainted with hundreds of precious children that never knew the loving nurturing hand of mother mother s altar many years ago i knelt and bowed my head in prayer upon a checkered apron as my mother stroked my hair i have knelt at many altars of wood of gold of stone but that gingham-covered altar is the sweetest i have known author unknown we are seeing an anemic church homes abused children and a desperate society all too often due to awol mothers dad don t despair your turn is coming [two of the greatest leaders in the evangelical movement in england during the eighteenth century were john and charles wesley their greatness is due in large part to their godly mother mrs susannah wesley mother of seventeen who reared them according to scriptural standards below is a letter in part she wrote july 24 1732 dear son according to your desire i have collected the principal rules i observed in educating my family which i now send you as they occurred to my mind and for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·xi

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you may dispose of them in what order you please when turned a year and some before they were taught to fear the rod and cry softly by which means they escaped the abundance of correction they might otherwise have had and that most odious noise the crying of the children was rarely heard in the house but the family lived in much quietness as if there had not been a child among them in order to form the minds of children the first thing to be done is to conquer the will and bring them into an obedient temper to inform the understanding is a work of time and must with children proceed by slow degrees as they are able to bear it but the subjecting of the will is a thing which must be done at once and the sooner the better for by neglecting timely correction they will contract a stubbornness and obstinacy which is hardly ever after conquered and never without using such severity as would be painful to me as to the child in the esteem of the world they pass for kind and indulgent parents whom i call cruel parents who permit their children to get habits which they know must afterward be broken nay some are so stupidly fond as in sport to teach their children to do things which in the after while they have severely beaten them for doing whenever a child is corrected it must be conquered and this will be no hard matter to do if it be not grown headstrong by too much indulgence and if the will of a child is totally subdued and if it be brought to revere and stand in awe of the parents then a great many childish follies and inadvertencies may be passed by some should be overlooked and taken no notice of and others mildly reproved but no willful transgression ought ever to be forgiven children without chastisement more or less as the nature and circumstances of the offense shall require i insist upon conquering the will of children betimes because this is the only strong and rational foundation of a religious education without which both precept and example will be ineffectual but when this is thoroughly done then a child is capable of being governed by the reason and piety of its parents till its own understanding comes to maturity and the principles of religion have taken root in the mind i cannot dismiss this subject as self-will is the root of all sin and misery so whatever cherishes this in children insures their after wretchedness and irreligion whatever checks and mortifies it promotes their future happiness xii·the voice in the wilderness marriage home

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and piety this is still more evident if we further consider that religion is nothing else than doing the will of god and not our own that the one grand impediment to our temporal and eternal happiness being this self will no indulgence of it can be trivial no denial unprofitable heaven or hell depends upon this alone so that the parent who studies to subdue it in his child works together with god in the renewing and saving of a soul the parent who indulges it does the devil s work makes religion impractical salvation unattainable and does all that in him lies to damn his child soul and body forever wow that will not only hair lip the devil but outrage far too many church parents and even pastors yet susannah wesley has some sound minded scriptural advice for us parents today moms and dads would do well to listen and learn just in the past few weeks i have heard two christian school principals comment about discipline challenges the consensus was if the parents would cooperate and follow the school manual as agreed at enrollment the problems with discipline would be manageable however it is usually the parent that makes the situation impossible sadly i can personally bare witness to pastors enabling even championing their child s rule violations at christian college a tragic testimony is a pastor parent with a bad attitude expecting preferential treatment none of us are perfect but there is no excuse when expectations are in writing agreed upon in advance but to think you are above the law that s not only arrogant but sinful and may even be destuctive for an on looking generation may god help us to get back to his word and follow the masters plan for the home it would seem appropriate at this point to address the subject of discipline and in some detail spanking often it is mothers spending much of the waking hours with the child as susannah wesley has so clearly described the eternal importance and worth of discipline is divinely given in scripture thus let us consider to spank or not to spank time out go sit in the corner i warned you twice not to do that again spanking does not work i ve tried it and it just does not work with my child oh no i would never spank children that teaches them it s o.k to hit people how can i tell my child it s wrong to hit if i hit him spanking is child abuse it will damage self-esteem there are much better ways for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·xiii

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