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Three Things Every Home Needs…

09.09.18 | by Ray Jones

    Three Things Every Home Needs…

    According to a recent (2017) article in Rolling Stone magazine, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has it all—except love. Musk is one of the only people in the world who has started four separate billion dollar companies. After his divorce from his ex-wife Justine and his breakup with his actress girlfriend, Musk has no one with whom to share his luxurious lifestyle. The 46-year-old Musk said, "Being in a big empty house, and no footsteps echoing through the hallways, no one over there … How do you make yourself happy in a situation like that?"

    The home is more than just “footsteps echoing in the hallways.” The fact is every home must be occupied by more than just people. The family is so much more than the structure of a home. It is the substance that characterizes its nature and gives life, shelter, joy and satisfaction to its members. Some years ago, Billy Graham shared a message on what the “Christ-Centered Home” involves. Of the family, he said, “The family used to be a close-knit group, and the home was self-contained. It was shelter; it was security; it was a kind of school where life’s basic lessons were taught; it was a kind of church where God was honored. It was a factory where the basic necessities of life were made. It was a place where wholesome recreation and simple pleasures were enjoyed.” In his message, he offers 3 compelling Biblical principles that are essential to maintain a healthy home and repair the foundations of the family. They are hard to improve on. So, I pass them on to you as a reminder and encouragement for your family’s well-being. 

    1. A healthy Christian home must practice Love… a healthy home, not a perfect home, will be characterized by unconditional love. The Bible says that love never fails. That doesn’t mean a home filled with love is a home were everyone does as they please. Love often has to do hard things and make tough choices. But a home filled with the love of God is full of forgiveness and a sense of security.

     

    1. A healthy Christian home is characterized by Order and Discipline… Confusion and chaos do not equal peace in the home. In the Bible, God told Hezekiah the king to “Set your house in order.” (Isaiah 38:1) And in Deuteronomy 6, God instructed His people to diligently teach their children and children’s children His way and His Word. If a child is to mature properly, they must learn to live by the rules… God makes the rules. An undisciplined home will produce undisciplined children and rebellion against authority… whether it be God, government, employers, educators or society in general.

     

    1. A healthy Christian home has parents that are Examples… It is still true that the greatest influence, for good or bad, upon the life of children is their parents. They watch us, and they tend to imitate our character and values. And they should, if our character and values are consistent with God’s design and will. Our children—and grandchildren are gifts from God that He expects us to invest in for their good and His glory.

    How do you instill these things? A Christ-centered home will incorporate Bible reading together, prayer for anything and everything, going to Church together and talking (not preaching, I’ll do that) openly about God and the gospel.

    Spiritual Warfare: Are you prepared for the Battle?... Is the title of my new PM sermon series that begins tonight at 6:00 PM. So many people are under intense spiritual attack right now.  This series is a must to equip you for this ever-present war. And remember, there is victory available and God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!

    God First,

    Bro. Ray