What does it mean to truly be a church? What does it mean to be Family? Growing up, in my family was most likely different than yours. I had two brothers, an older and a younger. Often times we didn’t agree on much, we would fight, argue, get mad and angry at each other. Yet we were still family. There was still a sense of loyalty to each other, a sense of obligation, there was love. We were blood. Being family meant something. It didn’t always mean that we agreed, it meant that we could look past our differences and still come together and eat at the same table. Now that we have grown and we are older, we have found, we still don’t always agree on everything, though we don’t fight and argue the same way that we did as children. Yet we value our differences of opinions more. We value perspective, we value experiences, we truly value each other. I believe that at Family we have to get away from feeling like we all have to agree with everyone and everything everyone says, but that we learn to see the value in those around us. At the end of the day we can still come and sit and eat at the same table and celebrate what God is doing in each other’s lives.
As we do that, I find it such an honor and a joy to be a part of this Family
Loving you all
Matthew and Siobhan Oliver
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The liberty of the Christian life is by surrender. It gives us: 1. Freedom from law. (Rom. 3:19; 6:14; -15; Gal. 2:20-21; 3:23-25) 2. Forgiveness, acceptance, and access to His presence. (Rom. 5:1-2) 3. Freedom from having to base our acceptance on our performance. (Rom. 7: 7-11; 10:3) 4. Freedom from sin, and declared cleaned! (John 8:34-36; Rom 3:19; 6: 3-23; 1 Cor.15: 16; Gal. 3:10-20; 4:21-31) 5. Freedom from our own faulty thinking and superstitions. (1 Cor. 6:12-13; 8:7-13; 1 Tim. 4:1-5) Because of these five reasons, we respond with obedience—not out of obligation (as a slave does), but out of gratitude and love. This new obedience is because of a changed heart and will. We are enabled to respond and continue in our new life by the Holy Spirit. Accountability helps us in our freedom in Christ, because we give up on our self will and focus on His. Like driving a car in a strange unfamiliar area and making Christ a passenger, we, as human beings, spend most of the time arguing, complaining, and debating the destination. Yet, we do not have a clue to where we are going. If we would allow Christ to get into the driver’s seat, He would be able to take us where we could never have gone before. In addition, if we sign over the “pink slip” to our Lord Jesus Christ, then He will take us to places that, even in our wildest imaginations, we could never fathom. Then, perhaps the love we are to receive and exhibit will flow ever so much more freely! The bottom line is: accountability is letting Christ drive! Accountability becomes the map to keep us moving on His road to His destination; if we throw away the map, then we go in the wrong direction; we will never get to the destination, and perhaps, even crash. It begins when we stop to ask for directions, His Directions! Papa Rich
What is accountability? It is a check and balance system to protect us from harm from ourselves and others. We do this by being open to what we are thinking and doing so we can receive encouragement and reproof, when needed. Christian accountability is accounting for what we are up to. It is the realization that we are liable, responsible, and answerable for our actions in life to God (Matt. 12:36; Rom. 2:16; 14:2; 1 Cor.3:10-15; 4:5; 2 Cor. 5:10), as well as to key Christians in our life (John 13:34 Gal. 6:1-2; Philip. 2:4; Heb. 10:23-24; James 5:16). Thus, we need to hold to our beliefs and keep in line with what we believe so it does not distract us from God’s path for us or discourage others from their path. Accountability allows us to be answerable to one another, focusing on key relationships such as with our spouse, close friends, colleagues, coworkers, a boss, small group members, and pastor. It is sharing, in confidence, our heartfelt Christian sojourn in an atmosphere of trust. Then, we can give an answer for what we do and understand where we need help in areas where we are weak and struggling, where and how we are growing, what we are learning, and to be encouraged. These precepts help us to stay on track, and get prayer, care, and support when we fail. We can also model guideposts for one another in order to keep going. Papa Rich
You matter. You matter because you are chosen by the Lord—you are His treasured possession. Jesus wants you to be with Him like a coach who recruits athletes; He has picked you to be on His team. He calls the plays and He expects you to excel in the position suited for your skills, gifts and experiences. You matter most to the Lord of Hosts. Since Jesus Christ thinks the world of you, He laid down His life on your behalf. “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4 Papa Rich
Tonight at Family - 6:30pm - ENGAGE Men's Group 7:00pm - Awaken In Love Young Womens Group 7:00pm - HEARTBEAT Youth Child Care is Provided
What an awesome opportunity to launch the creativity of a new generation!! Let's pack this camp out. We are so blessed to have this camp led by our own Kim Nieto. Send your kids and/or grandkids. If you have neither one - then sponsor a camper or contribute to the sponsorship of a camper. Let's make an investment into a new generation of artistic and creative ability.
TONIGHT AT FAMILY ---- Come join Julia Tinney at 7:00 pm as she leads a class entitled "Nutrition On A Mission" She will be walking us through a college level nutrition course with the integration of God's word to help equip us to live a healthy physical and spiritual life.
The quiet moments provide the best opportunities to hear from God. When God was making Himself known to Elijah, He sent a windstorm, earthquake, and fire. Yet God was not in those occurrences. The Lord came to Elijah in a still, small voice. Often, It's in the stillness we hear what will carry us through the storms, quakes, and fires of life. When we take advantage of the times of serenity to get before God and hear His voice, we will have what we need when the winds whipping around us. Blessings today Papa Rich
Tonight at Family - 6:30pm - Biblical Finances 7:00pm - Release House of Prayer - Come be a part of a time of awesome worship and prayer.
Just a reminder to come to the Release House of Prayer tomorrow night, Monday, May 20. We will be praying for the nations that surround Israel to pray blessing over them. Remember: "For God so loved the WORLD, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." The WORLD includes all nations, even those that do not like Israel, those that might not like us and those that we may not personally like.