When the family is run without the operations manual…

In "Doctrinal Discussion" Jason Lindahl writes:

In fact, progressive society now tells us that the basic parts of a family machine are no longer necessary for it to run smoothly. Instead of parts A and B, we can substitute two A parts or two B parts and everything will work just fine. Satan can and will twist and distort anything and everything good which God has designed and created, but he cannot destroy the original blueprint. Have you ever used a machine or device for which you did not have the instruction manual, and while you could get it to function to some degree, you could just tell something wasn't right? The machine didn't seem to be working as efficiently as it should, and there were sections or parts that didn't seem to be useful for anything but must be designed for something. In the same way, in spite of all of society's confident insistence that the family can be anything we want it to be, there is a nagging reminder that Somebody designed this relationship, and it will never function properly except in the way fashioned by the Designer.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 56.

2017-04-28T09:25:00+00:00April 28th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

Is your family functional or dysfunctional?

In "God's Word for Today" Gordon Snider writes:

“Dysfunctional family” is a common term these days. Psychology Dictionary defines that term as “a family showing impaired communication and relationships where members are unable to get close.” There may be a tendency to think of such a family as including divorced parents, alcohol or some other substance abuse, and/or moral failure. But by definition, a family may be dysfunctional where none of these components exist. It just means that a family is not close enough to communicate or feel connected on a meaningful level. God created the family to be a tightly knit unit where life's deepest emotional needs could be met. Yet many Christian families fail to operate with this degree of intimacy among its members: Obedience is compelled but not inspired; respect is demanded, but loving consideration is not shown; love is based upon things given instead of communication shared. To get back to God's intention for the family, the Christian home should follow God's relational principles.

Source: Building Christian Relationships: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 52.

2017-04-27T09:15:00+00:00April 27th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

Timothy’s Home

Read 2 Timothy 1:3-6
“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also” (v. 5).
A young man told my husband, “If my mom were the only Christian I knew, I never would have become one!” How important is it to have the real thing? In most areas of life, it matters not one whit whether you have “a cheap knock-off” instead of the “genuine article.” If the lesser one works, no problem!
This is so-not-true when it come to our spiritual lives. The ones we are closest to, the ones we are around the most will know if our faith is real. Someone said that even sinners know how a Christian should act. This doesn’t mean a Christian will always have a godly reaction to every situation, but a faithful Christian will ask forgiveness, make restitution, and seek God’s help to change a character flaw or mistake.
If you desire your faith to be passed on to the next generations of your family, they must know without any doubt that you are genuine. If changes need to be made, make them immediately with God’s help. Get rid of anything fake in your walk with God. It is most likely people know if you are not genuinely walking with God anyway and will consider you and your faith a fraud. (Wanda Skeen)

I would be true, for there are those who trust me.— Howard Walter

Be the real deal, true blue through and through.

This devotional is the Monday, April 24, 2017 entry of Opening the Word.

2017-04-26T09:00:00+00:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: |0 Comments

Building Family Relationships

Lesson 9 - April 30, 2017

Focus Text: Ephesians 5:31-6:4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Peter 3:1-7

Key Verse:  Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it (Psalm 127:1).

Central Truth:  The Christian home should follow God's relational principles.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list several ways they can make their home a better place in which to live.

Lesson Outline:

  1. God's Order for Marriage (Ephesians 5:31-33; 1 Peter 3:1-7; Colossians 3:18, 19)
  2. God's Order for Children (Colossians 3:20; Ephesians 6:1-3)
  3. God's Order for Parents (Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21)
2017-04-24T09:00:00+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: |0 Comments

The Christians' Responsibility to God's Family

Lesson 13 - February 26, 2013
Focus Text:  Romans 14:1-18
Central Truth: We are responsible to promote Christlike living in God's family.
Objective:  By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify three things they will do to help a spiritually weak Christian.
Lesson Outline:

  1. Accepting a Weak Brother - Responsibility (Romans 14:1-9)
  2. Accusing a Weak Brother - Danger (Romans 14:10-13)
  3. Accommodating a Weak Brother - Necessity (Romans 14:14-23)
2017-02-22T09:07:00+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: |0 Comments


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