For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
I don’t usually read USA Today, but when I was in Caribou Coffee recently I looked down and read this headline: “Young adults less devoted to faith: study shows steady drift from church life.”1 The Tuesday, April 27 edition was only about 40 cents so I picked it up. Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, has conducted a survey of 18- to 29-year-olds. In the article, Rainer says of today’s young adults who call themselves Christians, “Most are just indifferent.
Parenting and family life can be hard. At times it can be very hard. We have witnessed recently in the national media that adoption can be very difficult. Some know this challenge first hand. For others the folly bound up in the heart of their child has become an inferno of hard-hearted rebellion. Still others grieve over their adult children’s choices. These and other family battles can leave us in search of hope, forgiveness, and a God-empowered path forward.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24
Who knew at the beginning of their day what a glorious, shining, one-in-a-million day it would become? The action plans were laid—dad at home to work and study, mom and the girls to school and errands—normal and nice! And the day did follow an ordinary course of events for awhile.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.—2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Wait with Purpose
The gospel is for all people, including children. We dearly love young hearts and it is our hope that our approach to loving children for Jesus’ sake would be supremely favored by God and secondarily received well by parents as a helpful assist to their good work in their home. Our desire is to serve parents and their children by providing them a season of the gospel call that is marked by purposeful waiting for baptism and participation in the Lord’s Supper.
2013-2014 MOMS Speakers, Topics and Descriptions
Alphabetical by Topic
2013-2014 Theme Verse
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear. 1 John 4:18
Being the Smile of God to Your Children
Joe Rigney (Listen now)
Storybook Bibles and your Children
By Bud Burk, Pastor for Child & Youth Development, Downtown
Parents, are you considering purchasing a new children’s storybook Bible for your children? There are so many options. If so, perhaps these following words will help you.
I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.—2 Corinthians 1:23–24