Our sermon today was great!! It always is!! I always want to share with you but never take the time. We always have a sermon guide and I want to share it with you. The title was, "Surviving the Storms Facing the Family" from Matthew 7:24-27.
Every family can survive the storms of life if they build on the rock, Jesus Christ.
Some Storms Face the Family:
1. the storm of materialism
2. the storm of biblical illiteracy
3. the storm of busy-ness
4. the storm of abuse
Now then, how to survive the storms facing the family:
1. provide a spiritual foundation
2. use clear communication
3. love with Christ-like love
4. provide security
5. provide a place for growing people
6 see the family as God's gift
Just had to share...simple but a good reminder and lesson!
chapter 16 here are 3 that I circled in my Bible last night:
v. 3 "commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed."
v. 7, "when a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes peace even with his enemies."
v. 9 in his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps!"
My commentary says that one who fears the Lord and live wisely is often at peace. People who love and please God can even live in peace with those who consider them an enemy.Often one of the by-products of choosing to live rightly is receiving the peace and rest that everyone longs to experience.
Chapter 17 v. 22-- a cheerful heart is good medicine,.......is it a choice to be happy?! I think so!! When circumstances threaten to crush people, they need joy more than ever. Life's trials and disappointments can indeed feel crushing at times, but we need not roll over in despair. Happiness is at our fingertips....we can cultivate our faith in the profoundly good news of the One who encourages us!
chapter 18 God has a high view (and expectations) of women--godly wives in particular. Our sermon today also said that the sole purpose of the family does not exist within itself. The purpose of the family is to glorify God!! That's it...in our marriages, in our families....that's why we were created! Ever wonder?! That's it...to glorify God. Period.! :)
Proverbs 19-21 is tomorrow......