Why We Should Be More Like Kids

Here are the notes from my message on Sunday.  Click here to listen to the podcast.

Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it. Luke 18:16 NLT

The world seeks people of power, influence, and wealth. God seeks those who remain children.

God builds his kingdom on childlike characteristics: trust, love, innocence, lack of power, lack of pretension, lack of credentials. God wants children (and adult children) whom he can make into disciples.

LET’S BE MORE LIKE KIDS!

  1. Kids are Teachable!  like sponges
  2. Kids Have an Open Heart!  Tender. Soft.
  3. Kids are Simple Minded! Not complicated with life failures and impossible/rational thinking
  4. Kids are Humble! Do not find worth in accomplishments
  5. Kids Trust God Easily! Ready to believe!

 

LET’S SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY!

  1. Stop Complaining About the Next Generation  We are not going to lose a generation.  We are going to stand in the gap between God and the next generation and believe that the kingdom will be stronger when we exit.
  2. Start Investing in the Next Generation –
    1. Be an Example!  Start being the person you want the next generation to be.  If we looked in the mirror, I think many would struggle with what we actually saw.  We are trying to get the speck out of the eye of the next generation while we have a log in our own eye. A parent this week said, “It’s an awful moment when you punish your kid for acting like you.”
    2. Serve in Children’s Ministry – teach, help, clean rooms during the week, prepare snacks, organize closets, play an instrument, run the tech, lead a small group.
  3. Create a Prayer Culture in Your Home  If there was one thing I would work on at home, it would be to create a prayer culture.   Meal Time / Bed Time / Special Needs (impromptu)

 

How to Fight with your Spouse and WIN

Click here for a podcast of this message.
What is Winning and Losing when it comes to Fighting with Family?  Unhealthy couples fight to be right.  Healthy couples fight for resolution.

Dr. John Gottman: can watch a couple for 90 seconds and know if they are going to make it.

Proverbs 27:15 a continual dropping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

It is better to have severe hemorrhoids than to live with a jerk of a husband.  Erica 2:4

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We all Fight.

Erica and I have fought a lot in 15 years of marriage.  We have disagreed over making the bed, buying clothes, how to discipline kids, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.

All couples will fight because we are sinners.  However, Healthy couples fight fair. 

James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

3 Rules to Fight Fair

  1. Stop to Listen Carefully – quick to listen

We are often quick to prove our point. We are wanting to get a word in edgewise.

Proverbs 18: 2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

If you feel like you have to prove your point or get something across, then you are believing a lie about God. That he is not capable to defend you or make the situation right. Or that God is not the one who gives you strength and credibility.

Prove to your Spouse that you are Quick to Listen:

  • Repeat back to your spouse what he or she just said.  It lets them know what you just heard.  It keeps it focused on the topic at hand. “I understand why you feel this way when I do _______”
  • Validate the fact that the feeling is there! Whether you agree with it or not. This is crucial.

When you don’t feel like you are being heard, you will feel helpless and like there is no hope.

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Why You Need Guardrails in Your Life

What would it take to STAY IN God and not waver. Not sin back and forth. Not be a wishy-washy Christian. Not to be a hypocrite.  Not to revert back to a lifestyle of sin.

Today, let’s talk about Guardrails. Guardrails are barriers that keep you from going into a danger area.  They are before you get to the danger. They are set up in areas that you could technically drive in, but are warning you to not go any further.    They cause a little bit of trouble before you get into a lot of trouble.

Proverbs 22:3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it

Most folks in here (if you were honest) would admit that the biggest trouble you have been in could have been avoided if there were guardrails or boundaries or habits that you participated in.

Bankruptcy, affairs, addictions, violence, lashing out, sticking your foot in your mouth, cheating, stealing…any sin. That one thing you wish you could take back!

Today, I am not going to give you a bunch of rules or clearly define the guardrails for your family.

There are some guardrails in scripture, but practically, we all need to examine our life and establish guardrails that are from our heart and intricately connected to our heart…forever.

I want to give you the premise of WHY we have them and then give you the freedom to work them out with your family.

Let’s begin with this simple premise:

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Why Your Family Identity Matters

Here are sermon notes for Don’t Duck Your Dynasty | Week One

photo-7Over the Next Four Weeks, we are going to focus on the gospel in relation to our FAMILY LIFE.  You have a heritage.  There is a lineage that you came from and through you more will come.

Don’t Duck Your Dynasty!  Will you have a Dynasty?

Dynasty= series of members of a family who are distinguished for their success, wealth, etc.

You WILL be successful at passing down certain attributes to your future family members!

What will those attributes, habits, and characteristics be? 

When the Israelites had been ushered into the Promised Land, their leader gave them a strong message. It was a choice. You can serve the God who promised us blessing, delivered us from slavery in Egypt, gave us the Holy Land OR you can serve the local gods of the Canaanites. 

Joshua 24:14 “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” (NLT)

Who does your family serve?  Here is a question that you could ask yourself that will probably answer it clearly:

What is it that makes your family proud? What is your family known for? With what do you identify with first, second, third, etc?

Are you most proud to call yourself:

  • a man or a woman
  • Hispanic, Black, White, Asian
  • College educated
  • Republican or Democrat
  • Self-made
  • Man’s Man
  • Independent
  • Ecology conscious
  • Cowboy, Texan, Spur, Longhorn, Aggie

What energizes you the most? When are you most offended? What part of your life do you DEFEND the most?

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Don’t Duck YOUR Dynasty

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What is your Family’s legacy?

Where does your family get its identity?

Joshua 24:14 “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. 15  But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” (NLT)

We are launching a new sermon series and this is a WONDERFUL time to invite your friends to church.  This will be helpful and practical advice on Marriage, Parenting, and Single-Living.  It’s all from the Bible!

FEB 9th – Kick off day: Wear Your Camo!

  • Week 1: How to Create an Identity for Your Family.  You have a family name, history, bloodline, image, etc.   We will talk about what that means and how God makes a difference.
  • Week 2: How to Set Traditions, Habits, Boundaries, and Discipline - We are creatures of habit.  What are your habits teaching your family and those around you?
  • Week 3: How to Fight with Family - Let’s face it, we all have disagreements with our spouse, parents, and kids.  Pastor Robin AND Erica will talk about how to Biblically disagree and respect one another.
  • Week 4: How to Model Grace and Mercy - We shouldn’t just teach about the Bible.  We need to model it. This week we will talk about how to LIVE an example of the gospel .

 These shirts will be available starting Feb 9th. Get one and represent PSM!

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