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The Family Is Under Attack

1 Timothy 5:8

If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

IMG_0301I believe that the family is under attack.  One thing that has always troubled me through the years – as I see the family under attack by Satan and by the society we live in – is the number of fathers (biologically) and mothers (biologically) that abandon their children and their care.  You can add to this list the number of parents who don’t abandon their family but do little to provide for them.

I realize – even as I make the above statement – that some will say there are people who have good reasons for not being able to provide for their family.  I would suggest that that number is smaller than some might think.  I believe that Satan is at work – attacking the family at the very core.  Providing for our immediate family is something God has called us to do.  It is something that some abandon and expect others to pick up the slack.

The church that wants to reach the whole family for Christ needs to make sure that part of their teaching instructs men and women to take seriously the care of their families.  That church needs to model what it means to take care of your own.  It needs to work with families to stay together – working to improve the marriages and the families.  It needs to teach that having children is not merely a physical act but a moral one and a life-time commitment.

The church that wants to reach the whole family for Christ needs to take to heart this passage for today’s devotional thought.

1 Timothy 5:8 – If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

 

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July 29, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , ,

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  1. A parishioner of mine, years ago, told he got an apartment for his sister, who was homeless. She had been put out by her son and his wife. They had invited her to live with them for the rest of their life, but after a couple of weeks of the new arrangement, the daughter-in-law insisted that she leave, permanently. When she moved in with them, she had sold her house and turned over all her assets to her son and his wife. They would not give back a penny, so her brother stepped up to do the honorable thing.

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    Comment by Favorite Son | July 29, 2015 | Reply


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