What is Family?
Family. It’s a word that brings up many emotions. All of us have some connection to family, whether good, or bad. For most of us it’s a mixture of both. Our families shape the way we look at the world and how we function in it. They also impact the way we view marriage, children and even ourselves.
Irreplaceable the Movie: Trailer
Today’s culture has a lot to say about family. Everywhere, society is challenging who it comprises, what it means, and how it is defined. With so many opinions out there, it can be hard to figure out what family is all about — and if it even matters anymore.
But what does the Bible say about family? What does it mean to be made in the image of God? Can looking at family from God’s perspective really change society?
These questions are at the foundation of why Focus on the Family sent Tim Sisarich on a journey around the world. He talks to family experts, sociologists, researchers and everyday people to find the answers From these interviews, Focus on the Family created “Irreplaceable,” a one-night theatrical event on May 6th, and “The Family Project,” a 12-session small group experience that helps people dig deep into why family matters, pointing to the ultimate Father and Creator of the family.
We hope you’ll join us on this important journey and check out the upcoming videos, stories, and broadcasts highlighting “Irreplaceable” and “The Family Project”.
Get tickets to see Irreplaceable the Movie, on sale now. A one night event, May 6th, to explore the question What is Family?
There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. —Luke 15:10
Joann had been raised in a Christian home. But when she went to college, she began to question her beliefs and walked away from God. After graduation, she traveled to a number of countries, always looking for happiness but never feeling satisfied. While experiencing some difficulties, she recognized that God was pursuing her and that she needed Him.
From Germany, Joann called her parents in the US and said, “I have given my life to Christ, and He’s changing me! I’m sorry for the worry I have caused you.” Her parents were so excited that they called her brothers and sisters-in-law to come over immediately. They wanted to tell them the exciting news in person. “Your sister has received Christ!” they said, rejoicing through tears.
The woman in Luke 15 who found her lost coin called her friends and neighbors together to rejoice with her (v.9). Jesus told this story, and others about a lost sheep and a lost son, to the religious people of His day to show how He came to earth to pursue lost sinners. When we accept God’s gift of salvation, there is rejoicing both on earth and in heaven. Jesus said, “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (v.10). How wonderful that Jesus has reached down to us and heaven rejoices when we respond! By Anne Cetas
I was lost but Jesus found me—
Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into His way. —Rowley
Angels rejoice when we repent.
During one of the most trying seasons of my life, I would sit by the fire with a dear friend and pour out my heart. Since this man was a good listener, he could sense when I felt discouraged, and he would remind me that God is in control. This truth became an anchor in my life; no matter how much the adversity intensified, I took comfort in knowing that my heavenly Father is sovereign.
The Lord has absolute rule, control, and authority over the universe and everything in it. Scripture states that there is “one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:6).
Consider the assurances that this truth provides for believers. First, if God created everything and has complete power over all, then nothing can happen apart from His direction and permission. Second, we know from the Bible that He is intimately involved in our personal lives and cares about the details of each day. Third, Romans 8:28 guarantees that He makes something beautiful for His children from every circumstance—even situations that seem painful and wrong. If our loving Father protects us in this way, we can experience peace in the present and confidence about the future.
In painful times, how do you view God? Especially during hardships and heartbreak, it’s important to remember that He is in control. Focusing on His sovereignty will give you the confidence to carry on. Reread today’s passage, paying particular attention to the power, love, and ability of your heavenly Father.
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)
Intercessory prayer in church must not be for other believers only, but also for unbelievers. Many attendees mistakenly consider themselves true Christians, and others are merely curious. Both are doomed for a Christless and hopeless eternity. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).There is still an opportunity to reach them, as the hymn “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” reminds us.
Brethren, see poor sinners round you
Slumb‘ring on the brink of woe;
Death is coming, hell is moving,
Can you bear to let them go?
See our fathers and our mothers
And our children sinking down;
Brethren, pray, and holy manna
Will be showered all around.
Our hearts should especially be broken for loved ones who face eternity without Christ as Savior. What can be done? Pray. God answers the prayer of His children. We are assured that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).
What would this serving of manna be worth to you to see a wayward family member or neighbor repent of their sin and come back to fellowship with God? To see your fractured church healed of the disunity caused by wolves disguised as sheep? Surely this manna would be sweet indeed. Surely it is worth an hour of intercessory prayer. JDM
Ye that love the Lord hate evil.—Psalm 97:10.
THERE is a general stock of evil in the world to which we all contribute, or which, by God’s grace, some may diminish; a vast and fertile tract of ungodliness, of low motives, of low aims, of low desires, of low sense of duty or no sense at all. It is the creation of ages, that tradition; but each age does something for it, and each individual in each age does, if he does not advisedly refuse to do, his share in augmenting it, just as the chimney of every small house does something to thicken and darken the air of London.
And this general fund or stock of evil touches us all like the common atmosphere which we breathe. And thus it is that when you or I, even in lesser matters, do or say what our conscience condemns, we do really make a contribution to that general fund of wickedness which, in other circumstances and social conditions than ours, produces flagrant crime. Especially if it should happen that we defend what we do, or make light of it, or make a joke of the misdeeds of others, we do most actively and seriously augment this common fund or tradition of wickedness. HENRY PARRY LIDDON.
His name shall be in their foreheads. Revelation 22:4
I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep. — The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. — Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
After that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance. — Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. — This is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our Righteousness.
John 10:14. 2 Timothy 2:19. Nahum 1:7, Revelation 7:3. Ephesians 1:13,14. 2 Corinthians 1:21,22. Revelation 3:12. Jeremiah 33:16.
Mine eyes fail with looking upward. Isaiah 38:14
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. — My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. — My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
Ye have need of patience.
While they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. — Our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. — That blessed hope,… the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Psalm 6:2-4. Psalm 55:4-6. Hebrews 10:36. Acts 1:10,11. Philippians 3:20. Titus 2:13.