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Raising Great Kids

May 10, 2009 | Ephesians 6:1-4 | parenting, family

In the TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, after they show us how bad the family’s living conditions are, they interview the family to discover what they love and design a house the expresses their passion, then they start raising the house…

The apostle Paul told the Ephesians how to raise their children according to God’s design. As Christians, we can follow God’s Word in the discipline of our children and raise them up to maturity according to God’s intent. The text gives four steps to raising great kids:

Following God’s Family Blueprint

May 3, 2009 | Ephesians 5:21-6:4 | family

The apostle Paul told the Ephesians that their family relationships could be restored to God’s intent by submitting first of all to the Spirit and then to one another becoming the family that God designed. We can follow four steps to God’s blueprint for the family and experience the blessing of oneness and being a light to this world for Christ.

Tearing Down to Lay a Better Foundation

April 26, 2009 | family

In the TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, they always show us how bad the family situation is, then they get the community together to tear down the old house and build a brand new one from the foundation up. There’s wisdom in that. First, tear down the poorly built house, then build a new one on a better foundation.

There are some things in our families that need to be torn down, that need to be repented of and forgiven. Then, we can build our families on a new and better foundation… the foundation of the Word of God.

Facing the Family Crisis

April 19, 2009 | 1 Samuel 2:12-26 | parenting, family

A family in crisis

April 17, 2009 | parenting, teenagers, american family, family

“People who don’t take care of their … own families, have given up their faith. They are worse than someone who doesn’t have faith in the Lord” (Timothy 5:8 CEV). “What am I going to do, Pastor Gary?” A woman cried as she burst into my office. “What’s wrong?” I asked while handing her a Kleenex

Inviting the Kingdom to come

October 31, 2008 | king, kingdom, Christ, family

“Thy Kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10 KJV). “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air

Turns out I’m a Momma’s boy

August 8, 2008 | mother, faith, family

“Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband–how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly

Hotdogs, cupcakes, and koinonia

June 6, 2008 | picnic, summer, fellowship, family

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 (NIV) We had our 16th annual “Hot – Diggity – Dog Schools Out” event last night. I still remember our first one in 1992. We thought we needed to get together to celebrate the start

Vacation at Smith Mountain Lake… Combs Style!

July 9, 2007 | vacation, family

Ever feel like you need to take a break after you get back from vacation? That’s pretty much true for any Combs family vacation. We seem to have a real problem dialing it down a notch. But I guess that’s just our nature. We love adventure, excitement and risk. So, if we take a vacation