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This month we are working our way through a series titled “The Christian Family, Living for Christ in the Present.”

Marriage and the family are under great stress today.

The church has a vital stake in the husband / wife relationships and the parent / child relationships of those who call themselves believers.

Today we are talking about Friends of the Family.

We have all heard or experienced stories of floods or cyclones coming through and destroying houses.

The people who have lost their homes probably felt secure, because they may have seen flooding or cyclones previously.

We can imagine what they must have felt as all the work they had invested in those houses started to fall apart of become submerged.

They were forced to leave their homes in fear.

Many kinds of enemies, often unseen ones, eat away at the foundations not only of our houses but of our homes.

The financial investment we have in our houses is not all that is threatened, the very survival of our families is vulnerable.

To paraphrase a common Scripture verse Mark 8:36, For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

We could say “What good is it for some to gain the whole world but forfeit their family?”

But as sure as there are enemies of the family, there are also certain friends of the family.

Jesus not only taught us what to guard against but what to embrace.

He not only taught us what to do, but he helps us see how to do it.

In today’s Scripture reading, Jesus gave us the clues we need for building healthy families.

Until next time

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