Bible Bullet: Tragedy in Texas

Recently, our nation has witnessed tragic, unjust and horrific events. The massacre in Las Vegas, the terror in New York, and the slaughter of the innocents in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Evil seems everywhere—flowing directly from the one who opposes God the most.

The Bible teaches in Genesis 3 that Satan led Adam and Eve into sin by deception. He questioned the goodness of God and undermined the authority of God’s word to Adam and Eve. When they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, our world drastically changed. Disbelief and disobedience led to a breech in their relationship with the Creator, their marriage experienced shame, and the creation around them was no longer harmonious. Their sons experienced conflict, and jealousy and envy led to the first murder (Genesis 4).

The violence that has occurred in Nevada, New York, and Texas reminds us that we live in a sinful, fallen world.  Unfortunately, the same evil experienced by the Christians at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs has plagued Christians for years around the world.

Is this evil a subtle power, a generic force, or some type of impersonal energy? Not according to the Bible. Both Jesus and Paul referred to Satan as an evil force (cf. Matthew 13:19, John 14:30, Ephesians 2:2, 2Corinthians 4:4); and Paul teaches that “creation was subjected to futility”, but the “creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:20-21).

No one can give a simple answer to evil in this world.  If anyone had a reason to ask the question why? it was Job.  Having lost his children, his flocks and herds, material goods, and even his health, Job asked God the reason for his suffering. When God finally spoke out of the whirlwind, no answer was given to satisfy intellectual understanding. God’s word to Job was to worship in the midst of his suffering, and so Job did: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

We don’t need intellectual understanding—we need God. Rather than seeking an answer to the question why, we are to seek Him. His presence is our answer. Join me in praying for bereaved families—that they will experience His presence and the “the peace that passes human understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

I share these biblical truths to remind us of what we already know. Often comfort comes as we encourage ourselves in remembering who God is, what He has done, and His amazing creativity in bringing good from evil. Remember that Almighty God turned the worst event in human history—the murder of the sinless Son of God—to the greatest achievement in history: the provision for the forgiveness of sin, our justification before a Holy God, and the gift of abundant and eternal life in Christ. God always has the last word, and His last word at the cross was the resurrection.  Even so, He will have the last word in these tragic events.

There is much we don’t know, but through God’s word there is infinite knowledge of Him “who has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2Peter 1:3). Be encouraged as you ponder on these truths from the Bible:

 

  • Death for God’s people is not final (cf. Isaiah 25:9, Revelation 21:3-4).

 

  • Jesus has prepared a place in heaven for us (John 14:1-3).

 

  • Life in Christ is abundant (John 10:10).

 

  • Life in Christ is eternal (Matthew 28:20).

 

  • Jesus’ victory over death becomes ours (John 11:25-6).

 

  • The same power (the Holy Spirit) that resurrected Jesus resurrects us (Romans 8:11).

 

  • Just as Jesus suffered and was glorified, so those in Christ will be glorified (Romans 8:18).

 

  • Nothing—not even physical death, can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35-39).

 

  • Our relationship with Christ is sufficient for life and death (Romans 14:7-9).

 

  • Even physical death is used for God’s purpose (Romans 8:28).

 

A glimpse into glory: Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. —Revelation 21:1-4

 

–David Maddox  

 

The Anatomy of a Positive Family Dinner Time

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Healthy family communication is extremely important in your day-to-day routines, but it typically takes last place in most homes. Whether it is your and your spouse’s busy schedule, the hustle-bustle activities of the kids, or the ever-present TV distraction, mealtimes are rarely together as a family and typically fall to the “get ‘er done” syndrome. Healthy family communication is the inevitable loser and the result is that family members’ needs, wants and concerns get ignored or glossed over with little or inappropriate attention.

Opportunities for family members to express their needs, wants, and concerns to each other without fear of rejection or being ignored are essential. Solving family issues relies heavily on the family members being able to talk and listen to each other in an environment that encourages honesty, trust, acceptance and fairness. Family dinner time can provide such an environment.

This brings us to the anatomy of a positive family dinner time, a dying tradition in family bonding that offers a unique and underappreciated opportunity to instill the value of taking time from a busy week to touch base with, encourage and support each other. Family dinner times are your best chance to address daily issues, express concerns and praise accomplishments, and is one of a select group of family activities that can be plopped right in the middle of your busy routine with little interruption and many immediate and long-term payoffs.

Here are but a few of the many reasons for the importance of regular family dinner times:

  • Provides a ritualized daily activity that gives essential time to wind down and discuss each family member’s experiences of the day as a family.
  • Develops important social skills, including the ability to express and discuss opinions and feelings in an acceptant group setting.
  • Provides subtle but important marriage help to struggling couples by prioritizing eating meals together and setting common goals in an environment of warmth and acceptance.
  • Provides a daily opportunity to teach and reinforce commitment, values, and basic life principles.
  • Makes a daily statement about the importance and value of family time together.
  • Creates a sense of family love, unity and strength that can translate to other areas of family life as the inevitable individual and family issues and problems arise.
  • Provides a daily opportunity to reinforce the importance of hanging together, no matter what.

As parents, by committing to regular family dinner times you can send a clear message to your children that you value spending regular time with them and that they are more important than anything or anybody else. Therefore, make every effort to make the time a positive, encouraging and beneficial experience for every family member. Shun the temptations to let your family dinner time deteriorate into just another “task” to check off or hustle through. Stay on track, keep your commitment, set an example in attitude and demeanor, and “be there” in body and spirit.

And remember, turn off the TV, and put away the phones, tablets, whatever is a distraction! You will in time be very glad you did.

The health of your family communication is worth all your efforts and sacrifices.

– Family Dynamics Institute

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Fatherhood CoMission participating in major Fathering Study: We need your input!

Fatherhood CoMission participating in major Fathering Study: We need your advice!

The popular writer C.S. Lewis noted that his colleague and friend, George McDonald enjoyed an exceptional relationship with his own father, which served to be the “earthly root” of all McDonald’s wisdom.  Lewis went on to write that it was from this relationship (father and son) that McDonald concluded: “fatherhood must be at the core of the universe”.

Correspondingly, though from a different perspective, national polling over the past 20 years has asked this question in randomized surveys, “What is the biggest problem facing the American family?”  Consistently the majority of Americans report, “The physical absence of the father from the home”.

The observation of Lewis and the conclusion of national polling study are in essence the same:  Father’s matter and they are essential to a healthy future for families and culture.

In order to assess the current status, behaviors and hopes of fathers the Fatherhood CoMission is participating in a study and we need your help.  Building on a variety of data bases we have constructed a new survey which is accessible through this link.  Just click on it or paste it into your browser.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M33DKP3

 

 

By clicking on the link you will have an opportunity to give us your input, which will report back to you in future fathers.com weeklies.   We guarantee just taking this survey is an excellent exercise in reflecting on your fathering and will prove to be a “tune up” for you.

The Fathering CoMission wants to create a culture of responsible fathering.  You can also help by forwarding this link to other fathers and increasing our reach.  Again thank you for participating.

Welcome to the Fatherhood CoMission Blog

by Mitch Temple, Executive Director

According to a 2009 study by the National Center for Fathering titled “Fathering in America,” 7 out of 10 people surveyed agree that the physical absence of fathers from the home is the most significant family or social problem facing America, and only half give most fathers credit for knowing what is going on in their children’s lives. There’s a serious problem in our country around fathers not being active in the lives of their children.

To help address this, The Fatherhood CoMission was birthed.  The Fatherhood CoMission is a group of leaders coming together to champion fatherhood by inspiring other leaders and influencers to support fatherhood both inside and outside the Church through clear, compelling evidence of God’s design for dads as noble difference makers in their families and the world. Very simply put: we want to be a courageous advocate for fathers nationwide. We want to shout from the rooftops that dads are important and churches and communities need their complete support.

After the opening of the Sherwood Pictures film, Courageous, in September 2011, several national partners of the film collaborated with Focus on the Family on how to practically strengthen fathers to be the leaders God intended them to be. In a culture where families are falling apart because of absent fathers, each ministry was motivated to bring its resources and leadership together under one movement to equip fathers to lead.

By bringing together leaders from the nation’s top ministry organizations we wish to collaborate on the issue of fatherhood and in turn become a united champion of fatherhood to the church and beyond. Here’s the men I am privileged to work with to tackle this issue together.

We ask for your prayers and support. Go to our website, look around. Read the articles and watch the videos. Like us on FB and share. Tell your pastor and others leaders about what we are doing. Join us in doing what you can in your home town to encourage and empower dad’s to be the kind of dad’s God wants and every child needs.