“Tres Feast” is an event that gives women opportunity to feed the body, mind and soul as they fellowship together. Women, ages 14 and up, are invited to a ladies’ breakfast fellowship on Saturday, March 28 from 9:30am-12:00pm in the Chapel. We will have a catered meal and hear from speaker Laura Acuña on “A Clean Slate: Your Past Does Not Define Your Future.” Contact Cyndi Word to purchase your ticket for $12 a person.
Family Ministry News
Men, ages 18 and older, are invited to join us in 2015 for a 10-week Bible Study on Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time, by Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker and with Mike Yorkey.
From movies and television, to print media and the Internet, men are constantly faced with the assault of sensual images. It is impossible to avoid such temptations… but, thankfully, not impossible to confront them and gain victory over them! The challenge every man faces. . . the fight every man can win.
Choose from two group meetings;
- Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm in Room C207
beginning February 11, or
- Thursdays, 7-8:30pm in the Youth House
beginning February 12.
Encouraging Married Couples at the Heart of Marriage
Look For Married People E-Zine!
Starting in the month of June, a monthly Marriage Encouragement Email called “Married People E-Zine” will be sent to your inbox. This is a great resource to give you support and encouragement in your marriage. Each month is filled with ideas, insights for you to go and do. Give it a try, what do you have to lose? You can also subscribe for other marriage resources at: www.marriedpeople.org
Passing your faith in Christ onto your child is your most important role and legacy as a parent. I once heard it said, “that God does not have grand-kids”. That basically means that a relationship with God is a decision each individual must make for his or her self.
Sure attending church regularly, and living your individual faith in Christ in front of your children will influence them in his or her own faith in Christ. You can also be intentional about guiding your children to an understanding of faith in Christ. But in the end each individual has to make his or her own decision about faith in Christ or not.
Since first becoming a dad my prayers have included my children’s safety, my hopes and dreams for them to have a great life. But the most important prayer I pray for my children is that God would lead each of my children into a personal relationship with Christ Jesus.
Leading our children to Christ is a faith step in and of itself. Because faith in Christ begins with the movement of the Holy Spirit in the life of the individual. The great news is that we get to be a part of the Holy Spirits work in the journey.
On the other side, I have heard parents tell me that they do not want to force a religious belief on their child. They “leave it up” to the child to determine what he or she wants to believe. Well, this is dangerous! It goes against God’s instructions. Checkout Deuteronomy 6:4-7.
Here is a resource on how to lead your child to faith in Christ:
I believe many Christian parents know the importance of passing faith in Christ onto their children, but they?re not too sure how to begin. If that sounds like you, then I hope to encourage you in your first step. I have to admit when that having family devotions are not always easy. Try to avoid the image of a perfect family seating quietly as mom or dad sit and read from the Systematic Theology text book. No! Each family is different, because each family member is different. That can be challenging, but it can also be fun. One thing I have learned being a parent is that my kids watch and learn everything good or bad from me. Many times how they learn things is very similar to how I learn things.
Take the Deuteronomy passage for example. I love the picture or image that it paints for us parents. CLICK HERE to check out the scripture verses. The instructions found in this passage lay out the opportunities you have to talk about faith with your children.
Think about times you have with your family:
- Do you walk your child to school, or do you drive. How about walking your child to the bus stop? If you drive in the car try playing Christian radio or playing an Adventures in Odyssey or Awana CD.
- How about meal times? Try placing a devotional book or have a scripture verse on the table for your family to reflect on during your dinner time.
- What about bedtime? Try reading from a children’s Bible together before bed. Prepare a bedtime blessing you pray over your child each night. Remember it s OK to pray the same prayer. The more you repeat a Bible passage or a blessing prayer the more likely you and your child will remember it.
Also check out these Family Devotional Resources
- ?Family Bible Time Storybook,? Gospel Light Publishing- for preschool aged;
- ?Growing With Jesus,? by Andy Holmes- great for elementary age;
- ?My Big Book of 5-Minute Devotions; Celebrating God?s World,? by Pamela & Douglas Kennedy- great for preschool to elementary ages.
If you?re looking for a resource more in-depth and geared for older aged kids and teens here is a resources worth checking out: ?Long Story Short,? by Marty Machowski- for older elementary and up to teens.
I hope these ideas encourage you as you lead your children spiritually at home. I am praying for you as you tae the first step to implement a devotional time or prayer time in your home.
In His Grip,
Below you will find a few resources from Awana.
Our hope is that you will find these resources encouraging to you as you parent your child. We are only a month away from celebrating this year’s Awana season. Check your child’s progress through his or her Awana book. Your child maybe close to completing a book, earning a jewel or an award. Just spending 5 minutes each day by listening to your child recite his or her verse can increase your quantity of quality time for your family. I am praying for your family as this year in Awana.
Awana Resources for Parents: (Just click on the links.)
Gather everyone around. If you have a manger scene that is ?kid-friendly? have it nearby. Make sure to place Jesus in the center. Light a candle. Sing a favorite Christmas song, like ?Joy to the World, the Lord has come.? Have someone read this:
Luke 2 (The Message)
1-5″About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.
6-7While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.
8-12There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
13-14At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15-18As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
19-20Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!”
Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Pray, ?Thank you God for this special day and for sending Jesus. Help our family to remember You all through our day. Amen.?
We hope your Christmas morning is full of faith filled traditions, to pass your faith in Christ to the next generation. Merry Christmas!
We are just day’s away from Christmas. Are you ready?
Are you ready with anticipation?
Are you ready to receive a gift?
I’m not talking about the gifts under the tree or being done with all your shopping. I’m talking about being ready to receive the greatest gift in life. It is the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. It all began on Christmas with a baby being born in a manager. You can read the account in the Holy Bible in the book of Luke.
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a]Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:1-7, NIV
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16, NIV
I encourage you to read the Nativity story on Christmas morning as a family. Make this a tradition of “getting ready” for Christmas.
I am praying your Christmas is Merry!
Where did Dinosaurs come from? Are they in the Bible?
Many parents may have heard these questions or questions like these at some point in their parenting. Why? Why are kid’s fascinated with Dinosaurs?
I believe it has much to do with secular influence of modern society. Let me explain! What show do most of our children watch on TV? Does “Dora,” or “Diego” sound familiar? What about movies? Does the movie “Land Before Time,” ring a bell?
These types of TV shows or movies peek our children’s interest in the mystery of the giant creatures, the Dinosaurs.
In my own family, my son recently requested a Dino Birthday. When we had a family day he requested to visit a museum that had Dino bones. Just a few weeks ago I heard a story about a child asking his Awana leader about Dinosaurs in the Bible. This past week I received an email from a parent asking for a resource for their child’s interest in the giant creatures.
So, this peeked my own interest and guided me to study on the topic myself. It is important for parent’s to do the same. Start with the Bible and use it as the framework of your study. There are other books that can help guide you as well, such as The New Answers Book, by Ken Ham.
Here is a brief start to what I have found.
Dinosaurs! Here are two texts to begin with; Genesis 1:24-25 and Job 40:15-24. The Bible provides the framework for explaining the beginning and the end of the Universe.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10
From Ken Ham’s book The New Answers Book, he points out the connection that God created all kinds of land animals in Genesis 1:24-25. All living creatures lived in harmony with each other, until the fall of Adam and Eve. It was not until then we see a death of an animal. God shed an animal’s blood in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:21 and clothed Adam and Eve. Death entered in to the world after the fall of man.
The Big, SO WHAT?
So, what does this mean for me, you may ask?
This is a foundational start to understand and begin to answer our children’s fascination with Dinosaurs and other question about the world. We help them develop their Christian worldview. If we want our children’s faith in Christ to last for a lifetime we (parent’s) need to grow in our faith in Christ. Let me encourage you to grow with your children and it is OK to say, “I don’t know,” to your child’s questions. But do not stop there. Say, let’s find out together. Make a Faith Moment out of your search together.
May the Lord bless your times together as a family!
Do you text while driving?
It seems whenever new technology comes out, it creates new problems when it is joined with driving. Maybe you don’t text and drive, but do you email and drive?
Before “texting” there was talking on the phone while driving. That combination alone may have caused many accidents on the road. Before cell phones it was messing with your radio while driving that created problems for motorists.
Either way you look at it, anything that distracts us from the task at hand while driving can create a dangerous situation. Life is full of distractions. In a similar way I think anything that distracts us from loving God and loving others can create dangerous situations in life.
Jesus gave us a summary of the two must important focus in life.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:36-39, NIV)
If we love God and love others, we may reconsider daily distractions. Any maybe “texting” and emails should be saved for red lights!
In His Grip,