Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hope: A Necessary Ingredient in Life

Paul stated the following in Romans Chapter 5:

“…but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)

Hope is often a word that is guised in glib conversation without meaningful intent. it is often used in a manner that has no power or resolve. Unfortunately, that is not the true power in the definition of the word and how it plays out in our lives.

However, the real power in the word “hope” is identified in the above text.  Hope does not disappoint us or fail us. It provides us a means to a way out of troublesome circumstances. It provides us the truth we need among the negative voices that swirl around us in painful times. Also Randal S. Langly has a solid perspective on the word hope.  He identified hope as the “confident expectation of your future and knowing that with God, the best is still to come.” Langly is spot on. In Christ, the best is yet to come, no matter what our current circumstances may be or what we may face. When we place the entirety of our present and our future, in the power of Christ, the power of hope is soon realized!

So the next time you’re struggling with difficult or demanding circumstances, take hope in knowing that with Christ, we can grasp a full hope in our future and the blessings in which God has in store for us.


5 Facts You Can’t Ignore

Reggie Joiner, founder of The Orange Movement and Curriculum Process identified 5 facts you can’t ignore when it comes to the church partnering with parents for kids’ spiritual development. These 5 Facts are essential in the process of a child’s spiritual formation. So here we go:

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1. Nothing is more important than someone’s relationship with God.

2. No one has more potential to influence a child’s relationship with God than his/her parents. – Unfortunately this truth is often overlooked by the church.

3. No one has more potential to influence the parents than the church. – Often the church solely looks at discipling the parents and their own spiritual formation and overlook the fact that when parents are being discipled it overflows to the children.

4. The Church’s potential to influence a child dramatically increases when they partner with parents. – Effective children’s ministries are really holistic ministry to families.

5. Parents potential for influence increases when they partner with the church. – Effective children’s ministries not only raise up growing kids but also raise up growing parents to in turn, impact and influence their kids for the cause of Christ.

It’s extremely important that the church today never discounts the importance of their relationship with parents for the spiritual formation of their children. Remember, effective children’s ministries are also effective family ministries!