Have you ever met another believer in Christ and after about 15 minutes you felt as if you’ve known them for a lifetime? Isn’t it wonderful how that works! It’s God’s Spirit bearing witness with our spirit as brothers and sisters. We are family!
I met some new family this past weekend in Raleigh, NC. I had the privilege of speaking at the Raleigh Chinese Christian Church where I delivered a Family Conference.
Here are the sessions I taught:
Friday – Session #1: (7:30-9:30 pm)
“Worldview and Parenting”
Your worldview will have a tremendous impact on how you parent. If you believe the Bible to be God’s Word and you choose to follow the tenets and principles outlined therein, you will find comfort in the process. The question is: “Will we use the Bible or follow the patterns of this world in raising our children?” You might be surprised to learn what your worldview really is. This session will dissect the worldview we actually possess and what drives our decisions in how we parent.
Saturday – Session #2: (Potluck Dinner 5-6 pm, Session: 6-7:30 pm)
“Raising Christ-Centered Young Adults-Rite of Passage”
When do we expect a child to become an adult? Are there Biblical guidelines? The answer is: Yes! In this session we will discuss what the Bible teaches about childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The things we discover might surprise us. Certainly, we believe what the Bible records in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This session will detail the path outlined in Scripture for the passage from childhood to adulthood.
Saturday – Session #3: (7:45-9:15 pm)
“Do’s and Don’ts of Parenting”
This session will flesh out in detail parenting tips from Scripture on how to handle disobedience, “attitudes,” lack of self-control, temper-tantrums, etc. within our homes. We will turn to the book of Proverbs and discover practical, every-day encouragement on how to parent in our fast-paced, hectic culture.
Sunday – Session #4: Bible Study/Sunday School (9:30 – 11 am)
“Relationships-Dating-Marriage-What Does the Bible Say?”We live in a culture where casual relationships begin as young as 8 or 9 years old, but is recreational, dating healthy and more importantly is this Biblical? With a divorce-rate of 50% in America (and this includes the church), there is certainly a need for seeking answers from the Bible on relationships and God’s purpose for them. This session will address what the Bible says about relationships.
Sunday – Session #5, Morning Worship (11:40 am – 12:30 pm)
“Role of the Father in the Home-‘Houston We Have a Problem!’”There has been an explosion! “Houston We Have a Problem!” was the words spoken from astronauts heading to the moon when catastrophe struck. The same is true for today’s families. The “family” has been fragmented and decimated in our culture. In this session, we will look at Psalm 78 and see how the role of the Father in the home is absolutely crucial in making sure we get our children home.
We had a wonderful time. Or at least I did! I took Clara and Andrew with me. They did so well! Don’t take my word for it. Ask anyone at RCCC. They’ll tell you. 🙂 I must tell you that we expect our two 8-year-olds to be able to do what we tell them to do. It’s that simple. We don’t bribe them or scare them or try to use any other means to parent them other than to teach them what the Bible says about training. What’s that? Obedience. We expect obedience. Isn’t that what God expects? Yes! Obedience. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” So, I’m proud of them (in a good way).
By the way, if you would like the notes for the conference, just email me and I’ll send you any session or all sessions if you’d like. Email: email@example.com.
My new friends…my brothers and sisters in Christ were so gracious to us! Here’s some pics:
Here’s the English Pastor of the church (they have three congregations: Chinese, Cantonese and English):
That’s Po-Wing Tham. He’s a hard-working man. He was constantly on the move and he is a “get-it-done” guy. I enjoyed talking with him. We have a lot in common. It’s good to have time to speak with another person who knows what you do and you know what they do and you can “compare notes.” Thanks Pastor…you blessed my heart!
I must tell you that on Saturday, I got to spend some wonderful time with Clara and Andrew at a park and Chuck-E-Cheese. It was a blessing! I sure do love my children! I’m just so blessed! We went to a really nice park in Cary, NC.
I don’t think they’ll ever forget this past Saturday? Why? Because kids just remember doing stuff with their daddy. I sure do! I remember playing golf with my dad. Cutting wood with my dad. Going to Chicago with my dad and going to Spartanburg, SC with my dad. Thanks Pop!
Clara met a wonderful little friend named Lilly.
Lilly has been adopted like Clara and Andrew have in our family. She has sweet parents and I enjoyed speaking/meeting with them as well.
So, it was a fantastic weekend! I sold about 80 books! I just ordered more from my publisher, Henry Neufeld of Energion Publications in Gonzalez, Florida.
Check out his site: http://energionpubs.com/ He and his wife Jody are wonderful people and love the Lord and use their company accordingly.
Last thing for now. We have a mission team in Texas/Mexico this week. Here’s their update from last night (via Sherrie Matthews, Lauren Testerman and Katy Isaacs).
After a failed take-off where the plane actually got off of the ground, we ended up back in the Dallas airport to be moved to a new plane.
Some said it was thrilling, while others found it frightening! This is momma and daughter, Monica and Kaity Dowell…
Church service Sunday morning went wonderfully and we were blessed to sing, memorize Scripture, learn and teach. It was a Spirit-filled time.
The church behind the young ladies is ready to have the roof poured!
It was precious watching Ms. Frances holding Oscar and Miriam’s (the pastor of the church in Progreso, Mexico and his wife’s) baby, Eli. Tell me that Mission work isn’t for all ages!
Here’s Lauren Testerman loving on the sweet children. There were many children who fell in love with the new team members as easily as they had with the veterans.
There was a foot washing in Toni and Monica’s group showing servant-hood. Toni Bryan washing feet…
It was truly amazing and humbling to watch.
We played ball afterward and had a blast!!
To sum up the past two days, we can say that the Lord has blessed above and beyond. There have been thrilling surprises, like a failed flight; but there have been amazing wonders. Two teen girls prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior tonight (Sunday night) at Bible school. The team has bonded so well already. We can only see hope and joy in the faces of the children as we hug them. We will rise early tomorrow to begin construction on the roof at the church. We are so excited for this week. God must have so much in store. We are so ready to be apart and let Him work! This was day one and day two, and it was GOOD.
And that my dear friends is another example of brothers and sisters working together! Seeing souls saved! Doing God’s work! Man, I love mission work! I get my shot in June when I lead a team from our church and a team from Henderson, NC from Central Baptist Church along with another dear Brother, Keith Hawkins. Ken Bryan is leading our team in Mexico this week and Steve Bryan (no relation) will be leading our second team. Yep…that’s right! We’ve got three teams doing work in Texas/Mexico this year! Do you think our Father in heaven is pleased? I do! He sees his children (brothers and sisters) working hand in hand. Whether it be in Raleigh or NC or TX or MX or Ethiopia or India or China…as believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we’re brothers and sisters and the thoughts of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in heaven, when we’ll all be together with the Father… Well, it gives me goose bumps…or should I say “mission” bumps!