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Live With Urgency | ASC Families Blog

Hoist Your Sail # 19

What would you do if you knew Jesus was coming back this week? What would change in your day to day routine? Would you tell your kids anything different? Would you tell everyone you came in contact with about Jesus? Would you care what anyone thought of you?

I recently had opportunity to go to visit some friends at a mission organization in Japan. They really believe Jesus is coming back soon. They live differently than I do. They have an urgency to share Christ with others. Several of the people we met were taught Chinese as children in order to reach China for Christ. One lady shared with me that as a child she would come home from school and stay home on weekends just to study Chinese. She knew from a young age God would give her opportunities to share Him with people in China. He has used her for 16 years in China. It has not been easy, but she loves the people and wants them to be freed from idolatry. 
This group of missionaries challenged me, through their example, to live as if this was the last day I would be on earth. My desire is to be a part of the Kingdom work God is doing. I want to look around, see where He is working and join Him there. I want to hoist up my Sail like on a sailboat and allow His wind to carry me where He wants me to go. I heard someone say, “Always be ready to preach, pray or die”. I want this to be a motto of my life. I want to always be ready to give an account of where my hope is found. Jesus is my hope and my Savior. Jesus is my life. Are you ready for Him to come back?

1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”

This week your kids looked at the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:16-26

Main Point: The Holy Spirit changes us to be like Jesus for God’s glory.

Read ahead: 
Ephesians 6:10-19 (The armor ofGod)
Main Point: God gives us what we need to stand strong against evil.
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17
Big picture question: Who changes us? The Holy Spirit changes us to be like Jesus for God’s glory.

#HoistYourSail!

- Deborah Rowe, Director of Families on Mission

 

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The Control Tower | ASC Families Blog

I recently read an article by Steve Carter, teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, entitled, The Control Tower. In this article he talked about the importance of the airport control tower.  A plane only takes off or lands at the air traffic controller command.  The air traffic controller is the gatekeeper to the city. Their job is very important to keep millions of people safe everyday.  

Do you realize that you are the air traffic controller of your own mind and heart?  Are you letting a lot of anxious thoughts, fears, and worries take up headspace in your heart and mind?  I challenge you to deny access to any anxious thoughts landing in your personal airport.  If it helps you, give yourself a personal airport code.  My personal airport is DJR (my initials). When anxious thoughts start to come my way I can tell them they must land somewhere else. They are denied access into my headspace or heart space. Think about this.  Spend some time reading, journaling and praying through the following passage. I love that at the end of this passage we are told what to allow in our personal airport. We can deny anxious thoughts and worry and instead choose whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just... Try it out this week. Practice it.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - Philippians‬ ‭4:4-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

 

Parents, after explaining this idea to your children, discuss the following:

1. If you could fly anywhere, where would you go?

2. What are your initials, use your initials to create your own personal airport code.

3. What negative thoughts have you allowed to land lately in your mind and heart?

4. Read Philippians 4:8 again. What is a good thought of God that you have allowed to land in your mind and heart.

 

Pray for your family to be brave and take control of what lands in their hearts and mind.

(These questions and ideas came from the control tower by Steve Carter)

Last week your kids heard the story from 1 John 3:10-18 | Love One Another.  

Read Ahead: 1 Timothy 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Titus 2:11-14

Main Point: Paul encouraged church leaders to teach God’s word.

Memory Verse: Galatians 2:20

Big Picture Question: Why does God want us to obey him? Obedience is our response to God‘s love for us. 

#HoistYourSail!

- Deborah Rowe, Director of Families on Mission

 

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Search My Heart | ASC Families Blog

‬We are in the middle of spring time and with that comes spring cleaning and organizing.  I am not by nature a very crafty or creative person. Actually on many of the personality tests including the enneagram, I scored a zero in art. So for me to come up with creative ideas is pretty amazing. This week as I was organizing our bathroom and feeling so proud of the end result, I started thinking about spring cleaning my life.  I asked the Holy Spirit to search me and know me, every crevice, every corner and reveal anything that needed to be changed.  Spring is a great time to ask the Holy Spirit to search you and do some “spring cleaning” in your life. I challenged the elementary kids this week to draw a circle around them and tell God that they give Him everything in that circle.  I challenged them to give all of their self, no hidden corners or closet but all of who they are to Him.

I challenge you to do the same. Ask your kids about it this week. Ask them if God spoke anything to them this week.  I also reminded them that daily they can draw a circle around themselves and give God all of who they are.  The Holy Spirit is working in the lives of your kids. I can see it!  Ask God what He is doing and join Him there. Lift up your sail just like on a sailboat and allow His wind to power you in your parenting and in your own lives.

“And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  

Romans‬ ‭8:27‬ ‭ESV

Last week your kids heard the story from James 2:1-13

Read Ahead: 1 John 3:10-18 Love One Another

Main point: John wrote that others will know we are Christians because we love one another.

Memory verse: Galatians 2:20

Big picture question: Why does God want us to obey him? Obedience is our response to God‘s love for us.

- Deborah Rowe, Director of Families on Mission

 

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