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Take Heed

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Then Jesus said to the disciples,
It is impossible that no offenses should come,
But woe to him through whom they do come!

It would be better for him
If a millstone were hung around his neck,
And he were thrown into the sea,
Than that he should offend one of these little ones.

Take heed to yourselves.
If your brother sins against you,
Rebuke him;
And if he repents,
Forgive him.

Luke 17:1-3

Peacemakers

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Peacemakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers

They shall be called the children of God.

 

God’s plan is restoration. We are all injured. We need to be restored to God’s image in us.

Romans 5 and 6 explain this. Romans 7 shows what happens when it does not happen. Romans 8 explains the power to make it happen.

We must be restored to each other-

Fear keeps us from restoration. We fear that we will lose what little we think we have. Actually, we will gain far more than we could ever lose.

We must trust love – the perfect love of God and the imperfect love of each other. This is restoration.

 

 

Mourning

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Blessed are they who mourn,

For, they shall be comforted.

Jesus

Discipline and Joy

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Discipline and Joy

Early, firm but gentle discipline puts a child on the path to self-regulation and joy and resilience.

Hurt and Healing

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Hurt and Healing

When you have been hurt
You must deal with the hurt in your heart.
How can you do that?
Jesus said, The truth will set you free.
You must tell the truth about the hurt.

When you distance yourself from the hurt,
That is not telling the truth.
That is telling yourself lies.

Lies are from the enemy, not from Jesus.
Only Truth will set you free.
Only Truth will bring healing.
Take your hurts to Jesus today.
He is the Truth that will set you free.

Spiritual Family in God’s Kingdom

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Spiritual Parenting in God’s Kingdom

Struggling families
Struggling families produce struggling children.
These children can be blessed.
God provides Spiritual family to bring healing into the struggling lives.
Truth presented with love in a safe environment is God’s answer.
God’s truth and love are mediated through Christ’s Spiritual family.
The journey may be painful and long.
The journey will be such a blessing as healing happens.
The journey will be at high cost to the Spiritual family.
The Spiritual family will often be blamed and rejected by those they are helping.
People prefer their pain and sadness to the change that Biblical counsel would bring.
It is easier to accept their current situation than to risk trusting God’s family and love.
It is easier to accept wrong counsel than to stay with Scripture as a guide for life.

Counselors
There are healthy counselors who provide Godly counsel – Romans 15:13-14.
But, counselors frequently project their own struggles into the client’s life.
Some counselors are trained in teaching that is not Biblical.

Spiritual family
Spiritual family, on the other hand, is directed by Scripture and Spirit through the holy life of the Spiritual father, mother, sister or brother.
That is God’s answer for healing in His Kingdom.
This answer still respects and honors the bio family. Illustrations…
This is the experience and observations of my life.

Healthy bio/adoptive families
This is why it is so important to have healthy families with healthy parents.
When we do not, the tensions have long-lasting impacts that can go on for generations.
Spiritual parenting is a difficult road but it is God’s plan.
You can frustrate the Spiritual family of God.
You can exhaust their energies but they will still love you.
They will still pursue you and call you to the life God has for you.
They will call you to live with the heart that Jesus gave you.
And they will do it all with purity of heart and life that will protect and bless you in every and all situations.
Amen

Healing for Hurt

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Healing for Hurt

When we hurt -we fear
When we fear -we control
When we control -we reject love
When we control -we run away from love
When we control -we lash out against love
When we control -we put love out of reach
When we control -we miss Jesus
Love cannot be controlled
Jesus does not control
Jesus pursues you
Jesus loves you

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.                 I John 4:1

“Passion is the heart set free to pursue that which is truly worthy. Those who set their hearts on what is most worthy- the glory of God- live with joy-filled abandon. Their hearts are both seized and satisfied with the ambition for Jesus to be ardently worshipped. That love comes to dominate and integrate all other desires so that they live in the freedom of single-minded purpose.”

This God-centered passion and purpose is contagious and healing. It is the heart of God lived out in human lives. Those lives are called to risk rejection and abuse because their hearts are safe and secure in the love and joy and peace of God. Their only goal is that honor and glory and worship would be ascribed to Jesus Christ the Lord. They are profoundly sad for people who hurt. But, they do not take personal offense. They do not defend themselves. They are expendable for the Kingdom of God. Their efforts are focused. Their eyes are fixed. Their hearts are committed. Jesus Christ is King. Amen

We are living in a wave of narcissism and focus on self. This is basically driven by fear – fear that we are not valuable or worthy. Christ’s Church is the place where Spiritual family gives us value and worth by calling us to live above the evils of this present world and present our lives for His glory.

Christ’s Church is where you are safe and you can be who God made you to be. You can expect to be molded and guided into truth with love. You must avail yourself to that molding. If you do not, self takes over and no love and growth can happen. God brings His love to us through His children as we accept His gift of His Spirit and His Word.