Parent’s Progress 07.25.13

This week we are bringing you some fun summer ideas, the benefits of quantity time and understanding stress levels.


Read more...

Authentic Discipleship

BY CARL BRANNON

In the 2004 Olympics, riflery favorite Matt Emmons was one shot and 8 points away from a gold medal in the 50-meter target competition. He carefully steadied his rifle, focused through the scope and dialed in on his target.

Then, with a calculated breath and his finger delicately positioned on the trigger, he fired his final shot just as the target centered in the crosshairs of his scope. Confident the shot was good enough to secure the gold medal, Emmons waited for the points to register on his target. After a few moments with no score, he requested that the judges check the target for malfunction. Further inspection revealed that Emmons scored 8.1, but he shot the wrong target. He dialed in and fired at Target 3, but he was positioned in Lane 2. Comments about Emmons’ error now follow him to every major competition.


Read more...

The Art of Translation

BY BISHOP MATTHEW THOMAS

As a bishop with global responsibilities, I have had many translators in a wide array of countries assist me in making my message understandable and useful. Some translators have been better than others, but I can’t complain about any of them. They all know more languages than I know.

I have found the best translators to have three qualities.


Read more...

Big Crowds, Small Groups

BY JOSHUA BROOKS

One of the most important hours of my ministry week is my Tuesday morning guys’ group, where I have the privilege of investing my life in four young men (18–21) who are sensing a call into full-time vocational ministry.

Even though I love to preach God’s Word to the larger church, it’s in the small group that discipleship and leadership development happens best. This is where I have the opportunity to be transparent and share my life in a way that is more caught than taught.

This is Jesus’ way of making disciples.


Read more...

New Missionary Family Needs Support

Evoys

WLFMC’s Missionaries of the Month

Steve Evoy is the new Asia Area Director for Free Methodist World Missions.  He started April first of this year.

Steve supervises US missionaries serving in Asia, and engages and empowers a growing number of godly, competent national leaders.  He has been instrumental in the initiation and building of the Free Methodist Church in Nepal over the last 13 years.

Steve and his wife Jenny have two daughters, Jade, 7, and Lily, 5.   Currently they are living in Wolverine, Michigan where he is pastoring.  The family will move to Thailand once they have raised their support.

 



Parent’s Progress 7.18.13

This week we bring you some insightful articles on the lives of teenagers by Jim Burns, of Homeward Center for Youth and Family.

 

Who is that Stranger in My House?

I’m the first to admit it wasn’t easy for me when my girls became teenagers. “The change” was not gradual for our kids. Our living, affectionate, obedient girls suddenly copped attitudes, danced with danger, said and did outrageous things, and weren’t very fun to be with some of the time. When I would hear about their antics, my usual response to Cathy was, “Are you kidding me? What were they thinking? I can’t believe they did that!” Most of the time it really wasn’t horrible stuff, but it floored me how they could be so dangerous, outlandish, or frankly, plain stupid.

To finish this article, click here.


Read more...

I Remember

by Pastor Rick

I remember.

Its a funny thing about memories. We seem to recall what we want to recall. If we have fond memories of a time or place, we forget what was unpleasant. On the other hand, if we do not have fond memories, then nothing good could have possibly happened in relation to said time, person or place.
I remember my childhood. I grew up in Florida. I remember warm weather, fun vacations, lots of boisterous noise and many hours spent playing outside.

But memories can be tricky.


Read more...

Tuesday’s Child

 

 

Tuesday's Child

For years we’ve celebrated beautiful stories and testimonies to validate the success of International Child Care Ministries, and now recently published research* confirms the effectiveness of child sponsorship. Some highlights:

  • The probability of a sponsored child finishing secondary school increases by 27%
  • The probability of a sponsored child completing a university education grows by 50%
  • Sponsored children stayed in school 2.4 years longer than non-sponsored children
  • Sponsored individuals are 35% more likely to obtain a white collar job as an adult
  • More sponsored children get married, but at a higher age, on average almost 2 years older
  • Sponsored girls are more likely to bear children in their 20s, not their teens
  • Sponsored children more often become village and church leaders as adults
  • Other children in the family and the village experience a spill-over effect with enhanced results as well

 

We’ve always had success stories, having empirical evidence to show the long term benefits of child sponsorship adds to the incentive to participate. Share these research results with friends and encourage them to sponsor a child!

Love Casts Out Fear

“Lord, make me love and I will no longer be afraid of suffering.”

Francois Fenelon, Meditations on the Heart of God

 



Seeking to Follow, Not be Followed

Cover Image

“Jesus Christ—the youngest minichurch pastor in history…

Whenever the crowd got big, he’d say something such as, ‘Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.’ Not exactly the sharpest church-growth tactic. I can almost picture the looks on the disciples’ faces. ‘No, not the drink-my-blood speech! We’ll never get on the list of the fastest growing movements if you keep asking them to eat you.’

By the end of that speech, all the crowds had left, and only twelve men remained. Jesus apparently wasn’t interested in marketing himself to the masses. His invitations to potential followers were clearly more costly than the crowds were ready to accept, and he seemed to be okay with that. He focused instead on the few who believed him when he said radical things. And through their radical obedience to him, he turned the course of history in a new direction.”

Excerpted from Radical by David Platt


Daily Reflection: Are you more concerned about having a great crowd of followers or being a radical follower of Christ?



Designed with Purpose

Cover Image

The Bible makes it clear that we were designed from the start to live for a unique reason. For a dream. A big idea. A personal mission. That’s because you and I are made in the image of a forward-looking, purposeful God.

In other words, before God starts something, He is certain of the outcome.
God created you with a divine undertaking in mind. Before you were born, God knew you. And He knew what He wanted your life to be like.

That’s why God calls us to live on purpose, keeping the end in view. And what’s more, He invites us to seek Him in order to learn what His perfect plan is for our lives. Then, with that plan in mind, we can reach His and our greatest dreams. Anything less is a mistake, a lie, and a ripoff.

Excerpted from Chazown by Craig Groeschel