From Bountiful Fruits: A Journey of Devotion: Applesmilk’s ANR Story

Disclaimer: this post isn’t necessarily an endorsement of everything on Bountiful Fruits. Although Married Milkmaid and I are both professing Christians and ANR advocates, our blogs aren’t exactly identical in mission. I do, however, support her efforts to normalize this beautiful lifestyle.   It never fails to amaze me how richly Bountiful Fruits has blessed Continue reading From Bountiful Fruits: A Journey of Devotion: Applesmilk’s ANR Story

Mark 15

English Standard Version (ESV) Jesus Delivered to Pilate 15 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Continue reading Mark 15

Marriage is at center of society: Judah and the Covenant

“By God’s design, marriage is at the center of society.” New Living Translation (NLT) A Call to Faithfulness 10 Are we not all children of the same Father? Are we not all created by the same God? Then why do we betray each other, violating the covenant of our ancestors? 11 Judah has been unfaithful, and a Continue reading Marriage is at center of society: Judah and the Covenant

Mark 14

English Standard Version (ESV) The Plot to Kill Jesus 14 It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, 2 for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the Continue reading Mark 14

Mark 13

English Standard Version (ESV) Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple 13 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”2 And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that Continue reading Mark 13

My increased respect for femininity

A few years ago, someone accused me of seeking to degrade my future wife. Trying to see things from the ANR critic’s perspective, in this fallen, self-centered, porn-infested world of ours, the conclusion that a man who desires something sexual and unusual from a woman only seeks to use her for his own one-sided enjoyment Continue reading My increased respect for femininity

The stability won’t get old

The initial thrill of Couples Nursing will wear out but the stability it brings is permanent. There’s no separating from the sense of fixed commitment to each other; this is independent of time and has no bearing on the honeymoon season, similar to the honeymoon season many new believers experience, whose end doesn’t make Christ love Continue reading The stability won’t get old

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up

The Bronze Serpent 4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. 5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For Continue reading As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up

Mark 11

English Standard Version (ESV) The Triumphal Entry 11 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus[a] sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which Continue reading Mark 11

Mark 10

English Standard Version (ESV) Teaching About Divorce 10 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them. 2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to Continue reading Mark 10

Mark 9

English Standard Version (ESV) 9 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.” The Transfiguration 2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them Continue reading Mark 9

Mark 8

English Standard Version (ESV) Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand 8 In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. Continue reading Mark 8

She provides food for her family; her children arise and call her blessed

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a] Wonderful are your works;     my soul knows it very well. – Psalm 139:13b-14 15 She gets up while it is still night;     she provides food for her family     and portions for her female servants. 16 She considers a field Continue reading She provides food for her family; her children arise and call her blessed

Mark 7

English Standard Version (ESV) Traditions and Commandments 7 Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands Continue reading Mark 7

Mark 6

English Standard Version (ESV) Jesus Rejected at Nazareth 6 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to Continue reading Mark 6

Mark 5

English Standard Version (ESV) Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon 5 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.[a] 2 And when Jesus[b] had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no Continue reading Mark 5

Mark 4

English Standard Version (ESV) The Parable of the Sower 4 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.2 And he was teaching them many Continue reading Mark 4

Please let my younger brother go. Enslave me in his place.

English Standard Version (ESV) Joseph Tests His Brothers 44 Then he commanded the steward of his house, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack, 2 and put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, Continue reading Please let my younger brother go. Enslave me in his place.