Related by water and blood

Blood is thicker than water is a saying with no short life-span. It means family before others. And many people take it very seriously.

But there is a category of people meant to mean more than individuals related to us by blood or water alone – it is people who are related by water and blood!

Jesus calls his disciples to view each other as members of one another (Mark 10:28-30). He desires a love that grows to the point of surpassing the love we have for family (Matthew 10:34-38). The way we view our brothers and sisters in Christ has a huge effect on our relationship with Jesus (Matthew 25:40, 45).

Being born again through God’s work, which is accomplished through the waters of baptism by the cleansing blood of Christ (Colossians 2:12-13), we are added to the church, which is the body of Christ and the home of God’s people (Acts 2:47, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 5:30, 1 Timothy 3:15).

Family and friends are important. There’s no arguing that! But we would all do well to remember the bond that God creates through the water and the blood (Galatians 6:10).

This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.” (1 John 5:6-8 NKJV)

#family, #family-of-god, #friends

Not worthy: Matthew 10.37 VOTD

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

Matthew 10.37

Jesus sent the Twelve on a limited preaching tour, but Matthew finds many enduring lessons from the Lord’s instructions.

How does loving a relative more than Jesus demonstrate itself?

#love #family #VOTD

He Builds His Walls

From fear, he builds his walls thick and high,
The child against the world, unloved, unheard,
The search abandoned for acceptance’ embrace,
Still aching to hear the approving parental word.

#poetry #family

USA travels (photos)

We arrived Wednesday at the Nashville airport. Our son Joel picked us up. Before leaving the city, he wanted to lunch at Café Mineiro, a Brazilian restaurant.

The next day I was already speaking at the FHU Lectureship on communication and technology. Our daughter studies here and Joel is a dorm dad, besides his regular day job.

We left temps of 95ºF and were greeted by 30º weather with wind. Jet lag, language switch. All our children came to support me.

And we’re finding time for the grandkids: Continue reading

#family, #missions, #technology, #usa

Investing our time in our children

If I’m flying solo, I can mow our lawn in about 40 minutes.

If I have a “co-pilot” (my daughter), the same job takes me about an hour.

I think the extra 20 minutes will yield plenty of compound interest as I use it to create memories that will last the rest of my child’s life.

Time is the most valuable thing a parent can spend on his or her child. While our culture is currently stressing to the max the importance of investing in/saving up for a child’s future education, I still believe, due to the fact that we cannot get it back, the simplest investment, when it comes to our children, is the most important one that affects the right now – our time!

For us mortals, our time can start getting spread pretty thin if we’re not careful. There are only so many hours in a day after-all. And because of this, often times our children end up getting the short end of the stick … or maybe I should say the sort-hand on the clock, when it comes to the time we have available. I’m sure parents with multiple children and multiple obligations understand this very well. But the fact that we’re mortals stresses the importance even more so when it comes prioritizing the things we do in life; especially when it comes to the way we spend our time, and who we invest it in.

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

#children, #family, #parenting, #time

June 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (Strengthening Families)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Why Strong Families are Important (Ben Moseley)
  • A Solid, Spiritual Foundation (Cody Westbrook)
  • How to Create a Distinctly Christian Family (Glenn Colley)
  • Husbands, Be Husbands (Jon McCormack)
  • Wives, Be Wives (Luanne Rogers)
  • Training Our Children (Matthew Gibson)
  • Serve the Lord Together (Michael Bonner)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2016 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#children, #christian-couples, #christian-family, #christian-worker, #christianity, #family, #husbands, #marriage, #parenting, #raising-faithful-children, #wives

A touching moment

Last night was a touching moment as The Missus and I got to do several things at once.

  • For the first time, we watched our daughter Leila, our daughter-in-law Tansy, and Leila’s boyfriend Brandon sing in Chorale’s last performance of the year, held in Old Chapel Hall of the Old Main building of FHU. Just happened to be in the USA at the time.
  • The performance was done especially for Guilherme Luz’s parents, who came from Brazil for his graduation on Saturday. Gee, also a member of Chorale, and Leila are good friends. Some 50-60 people also appeared, mostly students, when the word got out.
  • We were honored to be able to translate conductor Gary McKnight’s introductions of the songs for Dionísio and Vilma, who don’t speak English. They sat between Vicki and me, so we felt their intense emotions at seeing their son perform in the Chorale. We’ve known them for years, but haven’t seen them in a long time.

This is but one of many enjoyable moments we’ve had in the USA. I don’t have any photos of the moment, and Gee hasn’t posted any of his yet. Soon …

UPDATE: Photo at this link.

#family, #furlough, #milestones, #moments