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Tuesday

May 9, 2017

Staggering Statistics

Read

Philippians 2:12b-13, "Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him."

Think

To produce spiritually fit children, we must practice what we preach—it's a no-brainer. But honestly, how good are we at consistently modeling spiritual disciplines within the home? Weekly church attendance isn't enough—it should highlight what's already happening within the family. In fact, studies show that the majority of church goer's homes do not function any differently than non-believers! So here's a few staggering statistics. The Center for Disease Control reports that 40.3% of all births are to unmarried women. 40-50% of all students are sexually active. 25% of those have had at least four partners. How does this compare to "Christian families"? 61% of kids who grow up in church will stop going by the age of 20. Parents don't be so naïve to think this can't happen to your children. Again, how are you doing when it comes to practicing what you preach?

Most of us can rattle off the various spiritual disciplines we hear about every week in church. Great! Now rate your performance. Are you seeking spiritual nourishment every day through prayer, meditation, and spending time in the Word? Do your kids see you serving others in your community and at church? Do you ask them what they are thankful for on a regular basis? Do they see you inviting people to church? Are you sharing with them the importance of tithing? Does your family spend time together in prayer and Bible study? God doesn't want children to model our spiritual sluggishness—He wants them to learn how to glorify Him through the love we exhibit for Him everywhere we go. We must be vigilant, parents, because if we don't, our children just might become another staggering statistic!

Pray

Praise God for His love and guidance. Ask Him to help you maintain the same spiritual discipline you want your children to model. And thank Him for His amazing grace.

Act

Gather your household for Bible study time. A good place to start is by asking them what they are studying in FC Kids or discuss the weekend message with students 6th grade and up.

Monday

May 8, 2017

Family Gym

Read

Ephesians 6:4,“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord”.

Think

When it comes to fitness, no one wants a trainer that doesn’t practice what they preach, and understandably so. No one wants to take cues from those who fail to live out what they profess. And when it comes to the family—the most important unit in society—training must abound! In fact, a culture’s social future can be predicted by the strength of the family. Just as an athlete seeks the best coach to train in their sport, God expects parents to intentionally pursue His purpose to prepare and train their children to become full-court followers of Christ. So, the home is a G.Y.M.—meaning God, you, and me. This a sacred institution fully committed to pursuing the things of God.

Parents, as fitness trainers, it is imperative to train your kids to realize what it means to love the Lord above all else. Because if you don’t, who will? You’ve got to maintain spiritual fitness if you desire the same result within your family. How can you expect for them to maintain spiritual fitness if you don’t? The Bible clearly teaches that the home is a gym—a fitness center. So, how are you doing? Are you spiritually fit?

Pray

Heavenly Father, thank You for the family You have given me.  Guide us to be strong and love one another more deeply because of Your love for us. And help us to shine Your love in the darkness of today’s world.

Act

Take a few moments to consider your family’s spiritual fitness. In what areas do you need to train harder? Are you preparing your family to make the difference you hope to see in the world?

Wednesday

May 3, 2017

To Children and Parents

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Ephesians 6:1-3, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’—which is the first commandment with a promise— ‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’”

Think

Children, God didn’t give us “The 10 Suggestions” No, He gave us absolute truth—not subject to interpretation—commandments that are meant to be followed! The first four explain what it means to love God. The fifth is to “Honor your father and mother”. Keeping this commandment is critical in keeping those that follow. In today’s verse, Paul gives us two specific directives—to obey and honor our parents. Obedience is listening and being attentive to correction. It's an inward appreciation displayed through outward diligence. What did Jesus say in John 14:15? He said, “If you love Me, obey My commandments”. Honor in the original language is ‘weight’, meaning to attribute great worth. We value our parents because they gave us life, fed us, clothed us, and took care of us. And we honor God by honoring them.

Parents, it is our God-given duty to teach obedience. Just as Jesus modeled it for us, we must model it for our children. Virtues are more caught than taught, so honoring God must be seen and practiced within the home. Disobedience is rebellion against God. If your children don’t obey or honor you, then they are incapable of doing the same for God. And if they don’t honor Him, they won’t truly honor anyone. Therefore, it’s crucial to prioritize your children’s spiritual development above all else. Bring them before God and an open Bible. Pray together daily. Because, kids who understand their need for a relationship with Jesus at an early age are on course to live within the sweet spot of God’s blessing as adults. They will seek to please Him with urgency and keep His commands.

Pray

Father God, I thank You for being the ultimate parent. I know the more I seek You the better I’ll be in every aspect of life. Help me to love others as I love myself and to exhibit patience and understanding with those around me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Read about the relationship between obedience and God's blessing in Deuteronomy 6.

 

Thursday

April 27, 2017

Great Trajectory

Read

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”.

Think

Houses aren’t built without a blueprint or plan. Builders do not show up at construction sites, drop off a bunch of tools and supplies, and tell their crew, “Just start building and let’s see what happens”. Obviously, someone with expertise and knowledge of the entire process must be in charge. The same is true in building a successful household. God is a God of order, and He wants us to have a plan and follow His chain of command. If authority exists everywhere else, then why shouldn’t it also exist within the home? Families are not democracies where everyone always gets a vote. No, they are theocracies, meaning God-led and spiritually fed to carry out His transcendent values.

Today’s verse talks about trusting God, but He also trusts us to have a dedicated plan for wholeness and health. Parenting is the process of teaching and training your kids to leave. Deuteronomy 6 says to teach your children God’s commands and to impress them upon their hearts. Proverbs 22:6 says to “train up a child… and when they’re old they will never depart from it”. And finally, Genesis 2:24 says a man is to leave his parents to unite with his wife in marriage. God works through the family—a transcendent unit He created to do great things. When our children love God first and understand their purpose is to fulfill His plans, we will send them out with great trajectory!

Pray

Ask God to touch the hearts and lives of our first-time guests this weekend. And pray for your family’s individual needs and desires with an attitude of gratitude.

Act

Does your family have a life verse from Scripture? If not, choose one for your household and post it as a reminder for the entire family. Today’s verse is a great place to start!

 

Monday

March 6, 2017

A Time To Skip

Read

Exodus 18:17-18, “Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.”

Think

We are all guilty of thinking that if we want something done right we have to do it ourselves. False pride definitely stokes this sentiment. Therefore, this errant belief stymies us from reaching our maximum potential. We get so caught up in the superfluous that we are blind to the significant. Why? Because we are too busy trying to please everyone, yet it’s an impossible thing to do. Moses had just led two million Jews out of Egyptian slavery. The Israelites had seen amazing things happen. God parted the Red Sea and led them in a cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. He had produced water from a rock and provided manna and quail for their every meal. And still, they complained about their living conditions to Moses. This led him to think that he alone had to sit and judge every dispute between the entire nation.

Thankfully, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, helped him to see the pitfall of trying to do everything himself. He led him to understand that he wasn’t doing what God had commissioned him to do. He had far greater responsibilities awaiting. What if Moses hadn’t taken his father-in-law’s advice? Would he have been available to hear God’s voice? Because soon after, guess what? Moses received the 10 Commandments. Are you skipping the insignificant to perform what God has called you to do?

Pray

Father God, thank You for Your divine leadership and providing me with the discernment of when to leader-skip. Help me to know when I need to let go, when I need to say no, and when I need to take hold of what You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Spend some time considering what major thing God has called you to do, that if you hadn’t yielded to His command you might not have done, or vice versa. What did you potentially miss?

 

Wednesday

June 22, 2016

Construction Project

Read

“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:7

Think

If you are a parent, have you ever realized that you are in the construction business? Sure, you may be a teacher, a business person, a stay at home parent, a doctor, or have some other profession. But your real calling is in construction. And one of the most important construction projects we can be a part of is constructing the lives of our children.
God, as our ultimate Father, has instructed us to build into our children a love for Him, a passion for His Word, and a desire for His plan. To do that, we have to put on the hard hat, though, because parenting is tough. We can’t skate by on this job. But if we are willing to do the difficult things, the things that are right but may not be popular, the results will be amazing! When we put on the hard hat and follow God’s blueprint for our children, the legacy that we will see as a result will put to shame even the most beautiful structures in our world. Because what our children will be a reflection of is the very creator of our world!

Pray

Thank God for giving us the blueprint for life. Ask Him to help you build into your children the very things that He wants them to experience!

Act

Building into your kids’s lives requires more than getting them to church for one hour per week. Check out LeadershipForKids.tv, and give your children the kind of foundation they need to become the amazing construction projects God has in mind!

 

Thursday

December 11, 2014

Incurable learners

Read

They continued steadily learning the teaching of the apostles, and joined the fellowship… Acts 2:42

Think

Life is a series of lessons, a constant journey of learning. At Fellowship Church, we believe that in order to get the most out of the life God has given us, we must all become incurable learners. That’s why we strive to teach people about the love of Christ in continually creative and innovative ways.

All of us are multisensory learners. No two people learn exactly the same way. So we do all we can to engage the senses and engage different ways of learning. No matter how you learn, Fellowship Church has a way to teach you. Each weekend you can expect the unexpected, and you can expect to discover the amazing lessons God has in store for you!

Pray

Thank God for the fact that He has blessed Fellowship Church with such creativity and innovation. Pray for the leadership of our church as we all look ahead to reaching many people this Christmas with the most important lesson ever taught!

Act

Begin (or continue) to invite people in your life who you know need the lesson of love found in Christ. Use this time of year to be strategic in getting them to the most creative entity on earth – the local church!