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Go Ye Therefore

Posted 2 weeks ago

The Law of Connection Part 13

Jesus Met Needs First-Luke 8:24-9:6

Jesus always approached people to meet their needs before He asked them to follow or obey Him. After He delivered the demonized man in Gadara, the man wanted to do something in return. Jesus told him to return to his hometown and spread the news of God's kingdom. The man acted as he did in response to a leader who practiced the Law of Connection. Gratitude nearly always follows grace. Look at the connection and response in these verses alone:

The Leader Connects

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 3 weeks ago

The Law of Connection Part 12

Malachi Touches Heart First-Malachi 1:2-14

Malachi begins his book by practicing the Law of Connection. Prior to any declarations of judgment, Malachi speaks words of compassion, straight from the heart of God (Mal. 1:2-5). The Lord reviews how much He loves the people, how He has chosen them and privileged them above the Edomites. Only then does He begin to address their need for improvement (1:6-14). He makes both His love and His correction very specific:

Affirmation

Seasons Of Parenting

Posted 3 weeks ago

Gifts That Last a Lifetime

Although God our heavenly Father knows how to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11 ). We earthly parents struggle at times, especially, this time of the year.
 

During this holiday season parents are often busy trying to find and give their children the perfect gift. Often kids break or lose interest in the gifts before the next holiday season. But parents can give their kids gifts that their kids will not only appreciate but those gifts can last a lifetime. 
 

Some gift ideas that can make an impact that last a lifetime are intangible gifts such as:

 · Quality Time (Give a gift certificate for one hour a week doing an activity your child enjoys for a year)

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 4 weeks ago

The Law of Connection Part 11

Reception, Not Rebellion-Jeremiah 52:1-11

God judged Zedekiah because he rebelled against the king of Babylon. Zedekiah forgot that even the leader works for someone. His rebellion led to the downfall of Jerusalem. Leaders must remember they are stewards of the people God has given them. A leader's rebellion leads to rebellion among the people.

Joel Uses Times-Joel 2:1-32

Leaders understand how to be relevant. Relevance means using temporal events to say what is timeless.

Seasons Of Parenting

Posted 4 weeks ago

Season: Autumn 17 and onwards

Autumn marks the end of a cycle. It’s been great…The grass isn’t growing as fast anymore. The trees are starting to turn [gold and] brown…Leaves are falling, and fall means leaving. As a parent, you don’t know what [your child] will face but you hope that you’ve prepared [your child]. Autumn is time of transition from the faith of their parents to their own faith…It’s what’s left when the winds [of life] start to blow…Sickness and setbacks may stalk them; doubts and disappointments may dog them; failure and faltering may follow them… [pp. 23-24]

Prescription

[But] claim your promise from One who stays with them when they leave you. [p. 24]

Words of Wisdom (Luke 10:25-28, Ephesians 4:1-32, 5:2, 6:10-20,23-24, John 1:1-3, 10-13, Romans 8:31-38)

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 1 month ago

The Law of Connection Part 10

Call Pushes Communication-Isaiah 7:1-17

Isaiah wants to communicate a message that begins to burn inside of him (as it did with Jeremiah). The divine message gives him an urgency to connect with others and spread God's word. God's call gives him a divine compulsion to speak and act.

A leader's sense of call provides divine energy. Ponder a few other examples of this phenomenon:

Seasons Of Parenting

Posted 1 month ago

Season: Summer 11-16                                                              

Summer—when it’s hot—very hot…It’s the time that you are in the most danger of losing your child [or your mind]. Summer is a time of turmoil...A time when so many important decisions must be made. This is the time when the real self emerges; when we need to watch the child like hawks. It is our responsibility to get into our child’s world…This is a time when [your child] may decide to follow their faith. The mind can now deal with the concrete and abstract. [p. 22]

The supreme question is the why question. It may appear obvious to you. [Your children] may appear to understand everything when [they] were younger, but [during the summer years they are] questioning. Let [them]…Love [them]. There’s a struggle because a new birth is taking place. This is pregnancy time again, but it’s not a child that is coming; an adult is about to be formed. There is pain. [p. 22]

Prescription

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 1 month ago

The Law of Connection Part 9

Construction Follows Connection-Nehemiah 2:17, 18

Nehemiah connected with the hearts of his volunteers before asking them to sacrifice their time and energy. He appealed to their sense of dignity, identity, and responsibility. The wall went up in record time because he won the hearts of the builders prior to winning the hands of the builders.

Job's Friends Fail-Job 16:2

Seasons Of Parenting

Posted 1 month ago

Season: Spring 7-10

Imagination gives way to the concrete and tangible. What is real is now what is being experienced. [Children ages 7-10] want proof. They want evidence…Literalism and legalism enter the picture (e.g. they tell you when you’re speeding or not wearing a seatbelt, they may like to bargain—I’ll do this if you do that. [p.21]

Prescription

Beware of your child becoming selfish and manipulative. Teach and model that it is still better to give than to receive. Be consistent. Be what you claim to be. [p.21]

Seasons of Parenting

Posted 1 month ago

Season: Winter Ages 0-6

For the first few years of life, children explore the world through their senses (e.g. they put objects in their mouth, bang things together, climb, crawl, walk, watch you and copy your behavior). They notice everything, but they don’t recognize danger. They may even act like they don’t need you, but they do. Welcome to parenthood! [p. 20]

The child’s imagination is being developed which is one reason you buy expensive toys and they spend more time playing with the box than the toy. [p. 20]

Prescription

You are your child’s superhero…don’t let her down. [p. 20]