All of Family Church knows by now that we have accepted the challenge to invite 1000 people to our Easter service on Sunday, April 5, at 10 am!
For you and me that means we agreed to think of three people and invite each one to our Easter service. What if your simple invite made the difference in someone’s eternity?
Here are some of the things that happen or might happen when you invite someone:
1. You plant a seed, water, or even harvest for God’s Kingdom (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).
2. You obey those over you in the Lord that have asked you to do this (Hebrews 13:17).
3. You obey Jesus that told us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15).
4. You let someone know you care! You care about their soul!!5. You affect the eternity of a dad, mom, child, grandparent, uncle, aunt, cousins, and/or generations of a family.
Remember, this isn’t simply inviting someone to a powerful church service. It really matters for eternity.What can you do today that truly matters? One way is to invite 1, 2,—at least 3 people to our incredible church service on Easter Sunday.Invite someone to hear the greatest story ever told! Sunday morning, April 5, 10 am at Family Church!
Also – Be on the lookout for a few opportunities next week to participate on a Serve Team outreach as we give invites to the neighborhoods around our property!
Deuteronomy 6:1 tells us, “These are the commands, decrees, and regulations that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you. You must obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy,”
Matthew 28:19-20 says, “19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
God has appointed families to be a nursery for godliness in the church. Families are to be the school for Christian discipleship. And discipleship is training others to think and act Biblically.
Scripture tells us that what it says is not just for us to read, they are words that must be put into practice. We are called to obey the scriptures not simply listen to, know, accept or believe them. We have to practice or put into reality scripture. Our conduct and living – there is not a single area of our life that God does not want us to submit to Him.
James 2:23b tells us this, “So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.” In other parts of scripture even Jesus says that we know he is the Son of God by what he did. If it was a principle Jesus lived by, shouldn’t we also live by it?
Thinking and acting Biblically is essential, not only for our day to day lives and our
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How does God promote godliness in the local church, and how is godliness conveyed to the next generation?
In my last post, The Beginning of Godliness, I said that we don’t achieve godliness by falling off of a log and all of the sudden “Hey! I’m godly.” No, it takes time, effort, sacrifice, and above all Gods grace.
Scripture speaks clearly to our need and duty to practice spiritual discipline. Often we read about running the race to win. Training in godliness. Growing as Christians in God. Moving from drinking milk to eating meat. And the list goes on.
In todays post I want to give you some Disciplines that I hope enrich your Spiritual growth. I have broken them down into two categories – Disciplines of Abstinence and Disciplines of Engagement.
Galatians 5:7 “You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from
In order to have a good foundation I thought it best for us to start with God Himself. If anyone knows how to promote godliness and how to get to the next generation it is God, so lets start there.
Godliness cannot be produced apart from the grace of God.
“Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
In other words, the Apostle Paul says the reason we are to exert ourselves in the pursuit of godliness is not because we pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. The reason we are to exert ourselves in the work
This upcoming generation is in a battle for their very lives. We are constantly hit with news about the fact that this generation is all of the following:
- They are heavier than previous generations with many already considered obese.
- They are more distracted with technology constantly in front of them causing them to fail to develop empathy.
- They are lazier with many of them not wanting to work hard.
- They are entitled and believe they already deserve what they haven’t earned.
The list could go on and on of all the dangers and pitfalls attacking this generation and defining their struggles. I want to add one to the list that I think speaks to nearly all of these. It also is the one that many of them are learning from us–their role models!
They have little to no margin in their lives– just like their parents, pastors, mentors, and leaders.
Richard Swenson wrote a wonderful book called “Margin” to discuss this topic. He
I was sitting at the back of the room, and I hear the question being asked from the front, “How do you share Jesus with other people?” A complex web of answers comes to my mind.
The husband and wife team of missionaries from Guatemala are telling our elementary students how we can all be missionaries – by bringing the message of Jesus Christ to the world. Rolando and Erin have been sharing for the past 30 minutes their stories of traveling for days, trekking by foot up mountains, wading through infested waters, being persecuted and punished, all in the name of Jesus.
“How do you share Jesus with other people?” Rolando asks again in Spanish while his wife, Erin, translates. I’m thinking I’ve never gone through such trials and tribulations to tell others about my Lord. I’ve never even gone outside of Louisiana to tell others about my Savior.
Rolando continues, “You hug your grandmother or grandfather. You show them you love them.” That web of answers spinning in my head freezes. “You share your piece of chocolate with
This is a Guest Post by Nicki Olinde. She is wife to Chad, mom to Griff, teacher, leader and now foster mom. You can catch up with her on Instagram or contact her by Email at email@example.com.
“You need to make sure you have a lice kit on hand; inspect any belongings they bring for tiny critters.” This was one of the warnings we received during our training to become certified foster parents.
So, we were prepared. Just like I was prepared before our son was born 16 years ago. I had cassette tapes recorded with perfect labor and deliver music and a well-thought-out birth plan. So, yeah, despite my preparation, NOTHING went according to plan, and I quickly realized that many things were out of my control.
Last week, the extra room was ready, all recommended supplies on hand, a new stuffed animal on the bed to comfort a nameless, faceless hurting child. Still, as we stood on the porch waiting for the caseworker to “make the drop,” we were overwhelmed with all of the unknowns, again things that were completely out of our control.
My mind raced with questions: Would he be sad, angry? Would he run to us or run from us? What is his favorite color? Would he like my cooking? Wait, I don’t cook.
Then, the side door of that mini-van opened, and EVERYTHING seemed to grow quiet and still. I remember the same exact feeling when I lay on the C-section table and heard Griffith’s muffled little cry for the first time. It was as though the world stood still and my heart was flooded with this supernatural love, joy, & peace in an instant. Last Tuesday, when I saw that little face grinning at me, when his skinny little five-year-old
Self-discipline feels like self-punishment.
It’s all about sacrificing what I want to do for what I have to do. British biologist Thomas Huxley once said, “It’s making myself do the thing I have to do, when it ought to be done, whether I like it or not.”
That doesn’t sound fun at all. But, self-discipline isn’t about convenience; it’s a commitment.
Honestly, it’s not all that difficult to make a commitment. We make countless ones a day. I commit to paying a bill. I commit eating healthier. I commit to driving the speed limit.
What’s difficult is keeping and managing that commitment. The real work begins after the commitment is made and the deadlines and demands start approaching.
Self-discipline is the price I pay to keep my commitment. Self-discipline is