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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"The Culture and Your Family"

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrews 11:7

Reason for the Season



Sociologist and historian Carle Zimmerman, in his 1947 book Family and Civilization, recorded his keen observations as he compared the disintegration of various cultures with the parallel decline of family life in those cultures.  Eight specific patterns of domestic behavior typified the downward spiral of each culture Zimmerman studied.

*Marriage loses its sacredness...is frequently broken by divorce.  *Traditional meaning of the marriage ceremony is lost.  *Feminist movements abound.  *Increased public disrespect for parents and authority in general.  *Acceleration of juvenile delinquency, promiscuity, and rebellion.  *Refusal of people with traditional marriages to accept family responsibilities.  *Growing desire for and acceptance of adultery.  *Increasing interest in and spread of sexual perversions and sex-related crimes.

As you look over this list carefully, it is obvious that we face these same behaviors today. The things that have lead to the decline of whole societies exist today as the norm in our culture.  It is true that these things have always existed in the lives of individuals, or within certain circles of society, but when they become commonplace in the society as a whole the society is doomed.  Unfortunately, our culture has eroded past the line of destruction.  The modern family is no family at all.  Family has become a collection of fragmented families misfit together, coexisting to simply survive.  The Biblical concept of family is a thing of the past.

Now, not all is bleak.  Societies have gone down this same sinkhole of decay, and yet the truth about God’s type of family still exists.  There can still be godly families in individual cases.  These Biblical families can pass the truth to their children and their children’s children.  Godless societies can be reproved by the godly, but only if the godly stay strong in the way of the Lord.  Our culture is in great need for Christian families to become the kind of family the God intended for them to be.  We must stand as a direct contradiction to the world.  When we begin to follow the pattern of decay, we are losing the only light this corrupt culture has left.  Get your home in order!  Get some support at this week’s Family Conference!

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Previous devotions

"Love Constrains Us" - April 2, 2014
"Marching Orders" - March 26, 2014
"Sharing Jesus" - March 19, 2014
"The Importance of the Evening Service" - March 5, 2014
"Back to the Basics of Love" - February 12, 2014
"Preservation" - February 5, 2014
"The Basics of Tithing" - January 22, 2014
"A Sure Foundation" - January 15, 2014
"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013
"Thanks for Everything" - November 13, 2013
"Days of Thanks" - November 6, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013

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Words of Truth - April 9, 2014