Family, father, mother, child – these words can bring out huge emotions. Some of us have and have had the “perfect” family with love, grace, compassion, tenderness, patient discipline at the center. But most of us have not.

So dates like Father’s Day can be challenging. We’ve lost our fathers, have difficult relationships with our fathers, don’t know our fathers, lost our children and not known how to be nurturing and mentoring in a masculine role.

What’s a person to do? Carry on, be gentle with ourselves and ask Jesus for help, wisdom and courage. Nourish both the masculine and feminine in each of us, male and female both created in the image of God.

When we place our faith in Christ, God becomes our Father, we become his children, other believers become our brothers and sisters, and the church becomes our spiritual family. The family of God includes all believers in the past, in the present, and all who will believe in the future.

Being included in God's family is the highest honor and the greatest privilege you will ever receive. Nothing else comes close. Whenever you feel unimportant, unloved, or insecure, remember who you belong to. A Christian without a church family is an orphan. – Rick Warren, Meditations on the Purpose Driven Life

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 10:00 am when we gather as the family of God to worship and praise this Father who loves us unconditionally. We welcome Angie Jumper, our sister from Booneville, MS to share her perspective of our Heavenly Father and students and adults that have come with her. It won’t be the same without you.

Grace be with you,


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