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All ages are invited to a Winter Family Fun Event – Snow Tubing at AvalancheXpress in York, PA on January 18, 2016! The early bird cost is $16 per person, due by January 10; after that date, cost is $18 per person. Register by e-mailing or calling Bobby Cook at 301-977-1000 or (bobby at redlandbaptist dot org). On January 18, plan to meet Bobby Cook at 1:30pm at the location to get your tickets and snow tube until 8pm. You may stay for as long as is appropriate for your family. See below for more information and the required release form. We look forward to a fun day together! … (more)
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Starting in the month of June, a monthly Marriage Encouragement Email called “Married People E-Zine” will be sent to your inbox. This is a great resource to give you support and encouragement in your marriage. Each month is filled with ideas, insights for you to go and do. Give it a try, what do you have to lose? You can also subscribe for other marriage resources at: www.marriedpeople.org
Passing your faith in Christ onto your child is your most important role and legacy as a parent. I once heard it said, “that God does not have grand-kids”. That basically means that a relationship with God is a decision each individual must make for his or her self.
Sure attending church regularly, and living your individual faith in Christ in front of your children will influence them in his or her own faith in Christ. You can also be intentional about guiding your children to an understanding of faith in Christ. But in the end each individual has to make his or her own decision about faith in Christ or not.
Since first becoming a dad my prayers have included my children’s safety, my hopes and dreams for them to have a great life. But the most important prayer I pray for my children is that God would lead each of my children into a personal relationship with Christ Jesus.
Leading our children to Christ is a faith step in and of itself. Because faith in Christ begins with the movement of the Holy Spirit in the life of the individual. The great news is that we get to be a part of the Holy Spirits work in the journey.
On the other side, I have heard parents tell me that they do not want to force a religious belief on their child. They “leave it up” to the child to determine what he or she wants to believe. Well, this is dangerous! It goes against God’s instructions. Checkout Deuteronomy 6:4-7.
Here is a resource on how to lead your child to faith in Christ:
Below you will find a few resources from Awana.
Our hope is that you will find these resources encouraging to you as you parent your child. We are only a month away from celebrating this year’s Awana season. Check your child’s progress through his or her Awana book. Your child maybe close to completing a book, earning a jewel or an award. Just spending 5 minutes each day by listening to your child recite his or her verse can increase your quantity of quality time for your family. I am praying for your family as this year in Awana.
Awana Resources for Parents: (Just click on the links.)
1-5″About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.
6-7While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.
8-12There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
13-14At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15-18As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
19-20Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!”
Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Pray, ?Thank you God for this special day and for sending Jesus. Help our family to remember You all through our day. Amen.?
We hope your Christmas morning is full of faith filled traditions, to pass your faith in Christ to the next generation. Merry Christmas!
Are you ready with anticipation?
Are you ready to receive a gift?
I’m not talking about the gifts under the tree or being done with all your shopping. I’m talking about being ready to receive the greatest gift in life. It is the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. It all began on Christmas with a baby being born in a manager. You can read the account in the Holy Bible in the book of Luke.
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a]Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:1-7, NIV
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16, NIV
I encourage you to read the Nativity story on Christmas morning as a family. Make this a tradition of “getting ready” for Christmas.
I am praying your Christmas is Merry!
Do you text while driving?
It seems whenever new technology comes out, it creates new problems when it is joined with driving. Maybe you don’t text and drive, but do you email and drive?
Before “texting” there was talking on the phone while driving. That combination alone may have caused many accidents on the road. Before cell phones it was messing with your radio while driving that created problems for motorists.
Either way you look at it, anything that distracts us from the task at hand while driving can create a dangerous situation. Life is full of distractions. In a similar way I think anything that distracts us from loving God and loving others can create dangerous situations in life.
Jesus gave us a summary of the two must important focus in life.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:36-39, NIV)
If we love God and love others, we may reconsider daily distractions. Any maybe “texting” and emails should be saved for red lights!
In His Grip,
Have you ever heard the saying, “There is NO “I” in TEAM”?
It makes lots of sense, but have you ever thought of it in the context of your family?
“The Family” as a team. Teams are generally made up of individuals with gifts and talents that contribute to the over all effectiveness of the team. It requires each individual doing their part, teamwork.
I think many times in a family there is an interal competiveness that exists. Of course, amoung your children there will be nature tendencies for competiveness. Most of the time it is your children looking for attention. I have three boys and the two older ones turn everything into a competition. Many times we write it off as them just being boys.
Let’s think of the family competition in another way. What about the husband and wife. Does your relationship ever feel like your competing? Do you feel like you working against each other?
I think viewing your family as a team is a healthy way to learn to work and play together, for the whole family as well as husband and wife. Remember your on the same team! Start in simple ways. Look at your home responsiblities as a team effort. However you divide up the responsiblities at home, find ways to work together.
In His Grip,