May 4th, 2011

We are starting a new series on the family @ MPC so for the next 8 weeks we will be talking about God’s principles for healthy families. In order for life to work the way it is suppose to the family has to work and when the family doesn’t work life doesn’t work.

Today the family comes in a wide variety of forms: single, divorced, single parent, living with grandparents, adoption, blended, church family. This is for sure that the idea of “what a family is” has changed and is still changing. With all of the difficult circumstances these family’s face God’s plan for the family has not. It was his idea and he cares deeply for your family, so what do we do when so many of our families are messed up?

One Word: WORK

Family that functions correctly take’s work Thomas Edison said “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”
Great families don’t just happen they require work.

What does your investment look like in your family??????

In Marks gospel we can read the story of the people bringing the kid’s to Jesus so that he would bless them (Mark chapter 10:13) but the disciples where trying to keep them away. Jesus saw what was happening and the Bible tells us He was “Indignant” and put a stop to what was going on.
As we read the account of this story we can pick out Godly principles of how to raise healthy kids. Here are three:
1. Loving touch: “the people were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them…..”
Our kids need our loving touch.
2. Abundant time. “Let the little children come to me.” They need time with us, real time not only quality but quantity as well.
3. Encouraging talk. “and he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Learn to speak life over your kids.
Healthy kids don’t just happen you have to make a substantial investment of your life in theirs.
And thats the way I see it in my market.

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