Family Ministry News


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!

God Bless,


Kid’s Fascination with Dinosaurs

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!


Texting While Driving

Confession time!

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,


The Great Snowed In of 2010!

Make Memories during the blizzard of 2010

It’s amazing to see snow fall!?

I love the picture painted in Scripture of how our Savior’s love can wash away our sin, whiter than snow.  That is a comforting truth!

As your family is snow bound, how are you redeeming the time?

After storm #1 of 2 to 3 inches of snow falling per hour and a record breaking snow fall of 32 inches is over.  What memories will be left?  Besides the snow wall lining your driveway that stretches to 5 feet, or pictures you took on your digital camera.  What impressions will you leave?  Now a few day’s later storm #2 is predicted to fall adding 16 to 20 more inches on top of the already 32 inches of snow.  Here is an opportunity to make a memory.  Have fun and enjoy your family!

Please share stories and ideas of what you and your family have done during the snow storm of 2010.  I am looking forward to hear from you!

In His Grip,


Men’s Fraternity Quest Study Session 1 &2

Men’s Fraternity Guys!

We had a great launch last week!  This morning we continued our time together.  /We started looking at the four faces of manhood.  If you missed out today or session1, you can go to the website: and download the session you need for $3 and watch it 5 times on the same CPU in a 3o day period.  The link takes you directly to the Men’s Fraternity website.

It is not to late to join us each Tuesday at 6:30 am and feel welcome to bring a friend.  Remember this is a quest for men, so join us on The Quest.

Categories: Men's Ministry

There is no “I” in Team!

Grace at HomeHave you ever heard the saying, “There is NO “I” in TEAM”?

It makes lots of sense, but have you ever thought of it in the context of your family?

“The Family” as a team.  Teams are generally made up of individuals with gifts and talents that contribute to the over all effectiveness of the team.  It requires each individual doing their part, teamwork.

I think many times in a family there is an interal competiveness that exists.  Of course, amoung your children there will be nature tendencies for competiveness.  Most of the time it is your children looking for attention.  I have three boys and the two older ones turn everything into a competition.  Many times we write it off as them just being boys.

Let’s think of the family competition in another way.  What about the husband and wife.  Does your relationship ever feel like your competing?  Do you feel like you working against each other?

I think viewing your family as a team is a healthy way to learn to work and play together, for the whole family as well as husband and wife.  Remember your on the same team!  Start in simple ways.  Look at your home responsiblities as a team effort.  However you divide up the responsiblities at home, find ways to work together.

In His Grip,


Categories: GRACE@Home, Marriage, Parenting

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