Q. My wife and I have $25,000 in credit card debt, $2,500 in medical bills and $89,000 each in student loan debt from when we each got our masters’ degrees. We make about $100,000 combined. Our son is 6 years old, and we have $18,000 in a 529 plan for him. Should we use that money to pay off debt instead?
This is a praise and prayer article! We’re giving thanks for the salvation of a dear friend and for his loving, supportive family. And we’re praying for them as they are attacked by the roaring lion because they’ve taken a stand for Christ.
We have to be so careful that we do not buy in to lies that creep into our own consciousness that would discourage us, distort our view of God and His faithfulness, and make us unproductive in our Christian life. Sometimes we will fall victim to the aggressive lies that the enemy, who is termed by Jesus as the “father of lies,” will place in our minds. Other times we believe the press that we write about ourselves willingly -- ultimately, the origin is the same, the delivery method is similar -- in our minds. We make a conscious choice to walk in a false spiritual reality.
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is known for his work with helping couples find happiness in marriage through Paul’s simple instructions. He shares how frustrated he had become counseling couples until he was struck by two words found in Ephesians 5: love and respect. Suddenly, the words in this familiar Bible verse transformed his marriage counseling ministry. Since then, he has found that by embracing these Biblical instructions, marriages are changed from chaotic to calm or from feeling shaky to stable. What exactly does Ephesians 5:33 say? “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Is it really that simple?