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Inheritance of Faith – Share Scripture

“The objective to living is to pass on a heritage of faith to those you love and to be with them in eternity.” Dr. James Dobson

A strong foundation in the Bible is one of the most important things you can leave for your kids. We want our children to know not only the Bible, but also the God who has revealed Himself to us in its pages.

Some people think the Bible is just a book of rules telling you what you should and shouldn’t do.
The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show us how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. The Bible is about God and what He has done.

What sometimes gets lost in the journey through the Bible is the good news of what Christ has done to save the lost. You see, when we focus on reinforcing good behavior, we miss the heart-change brought about by the gospel. Be good is not the message of the Bible. “Be saved” is.

The Bible is primarily a book that communicates God’s heart to us. It helps our children understand who God is , and we want our children to know that God is good and He is the Hero who sent His son to die for our sins. So, this week, find a time to share the Bible with your children and introduce them to the God who loves them this way: “He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Inheritance of Faith – Being There

Solomon writes, “Children are a heritage from the Lord…” (Psalm 127:3). For the purpose of this devotional, I want to focus on the word heritage. The word heritage means something that is passed down from preceding generations. It means to leave an inheritance. Now there are all kinds of things you can inherit. You can inherit a title. You can inherit property or money. The Bible says you can inherit the sins of your father to the third and fourth generation (Exodus 34:7). But the best inheritance we can receive is children and the best inheritance we can leave our children is an inheritance of faith.

I love what Dr. James Dobson writes about leaving an inheritance of faith: “The objective to living is to pass on a heritage of faith to those you love and to be with them in eternity.” We want to leave an inheritance of faith for our children so that we can spend eternity with them. But, we also want to leave an inheritance of faith; because the greatest thing we can do for our children is to give them a sincere faith.

One of the greatest ways to leave an inheritance of faith for your children is by building a relationship with them. You see, your children view your presence as a sign of caring and connectedness. You bless your children by being present. This means that when you’re with them, you get rid of the distractions. You put your cell phone away; you turn the TV off and you are intentional about spending time with your children, because there is great power in being there.

I recently heard a quote that goes like this: “If the devil can’t make you bad, he will make you busy.” I get that we’re all busy and I think one of the biggest problems in our culture today is the extreme pace at which we live our lives. This fast pace gets in the way of us being present in the lives of our children and building relationships with them. We bless our children with our presence and we build relations with them by being there.

Jesus is way more important than any of us. Jesus was busier than any of us. He was healing people, He was performing miracles, and He was going about His business of being the Savior of the world. But, He didn’t allow that to affect His relationship with children. He said, “Let the little children come to me” (Mark 10:14). Jesus allowed children to be in his life. He allowed children to interrupt his life. He put His focus on children and as parents we need to imitate Jesus and treat children the same way He did. We need to be there.

So, this week find a place in your schedule to carve out time to be there for your children. Play a game with them, read a book to them, sit down and have a conversation with them. There is great power in being there. If you don’t have children, find a way to invest in the life of a child around you.

“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

New Movie: WAR ROOM


We want to make you aware of a movie that will be theatres on August 28th.   From the creators of Fireproof and Courageous comes WAR ROOM, a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives.  Please join CCC Men in helping get the word out about this movie and more importantly the message about the power of prayer and go see the movie the weekend of August 28th with your friends and family.

Here is a link to the website WarRoomTheMovie.com

We will have resources and small groups meeting as a follow up to the movie in September.  Be sure to check your e-mail, Facebook and the hub for additional information.

Clip: War Room Weight Room Scene

Show Your Suffering

Pain and suffering are a reality for each of us. Whether it’s physical, emotional, or mental; we all experience pain and suffering of one kind or another. Not only will you experience pain and suffering; if you’re a parent, your children will endure pain in their lives as well. Our parental bent is to protect our children and take away their pain and suffering at all cost. But what if instead of trying to protect our children, we show them how to navigate the pain they’re experiencing. What if we let them see our suffering.

You see, most of us keep our pain internal. We’re afraid to show it. In contrast, by letting our children see us suffer, they get to see what matters to us, they get to see what is important to us, and they get to see what we love. Yet most of us don’t share our pain, we keep it to ourselves. When pain strikes, we may blame. We blame our spouse; we blame our children; we blame our job; and we blame God. Others run. They run toward a bottle to numb the pain. They run to a computer and look at illicit photos/videos to get lost in a fantasy world and hide from their pain. They run to their game console. They run from God.

Here’s the thing, what if instead of blaming God or running from God, we trusted in God and His promises? What if we let our children see our hurt? What if in the midst of our pain and suffering we looked to the cross and in doing so showed our children the love of God, who suffered for us. I love what Revelation 21 says, “Behold, I am making all things new” (21:5). You see, we don’t have a Savior who is just making new things, but we have a Savior who is making old things new, also. That gives me great hope! So, when your body is broken, when your heart is broken, run to the God who makes all things new. By losing the things we think we love, by losing what believe is so precious to us, we gain God who is far more valuable than anything we could own or desire. Let your children see this.

“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Noble Men

Fridays / 6:15 – 7:30 AM / I-188 / Begins August 14

Noble Men will be studying “Walking With God in the Desert” by Ray Vander Lann (Book-Video 12-week series). We will be taking a walk through the land of the Bible with focus on the historical, geographical and cultural context of the sacred Scriptures. We will look at desert life for Israel and how it applies to difficult “desert times” in our lives; the loss of a loved one, unemployment, a crisis of faith when we think that God has disappeared. Instead, we discover that it’s only when we are totally dependent on God that we find Him closer than ever and can experience His amazing grace and provision.

Contact Jim Ratte / jrnuke@cox.net / 402.290.1608

Men’s Groups

Now is a great time to join a men’s group, check out these options available.

Tuesday August 11

Journey Men @ 7 – 8:30 PM Porch Building Conference Room at CCC

This group is ideal to connect with other guys in discussions around topics to help men grow closer to God. All men are encouraged to join these discussions, no matter how many sessions you may be able to attend. Throughout this class, different materials will be purchased to facilitate discussions.

What is your Mindset?

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he writes that we should have the same mindset as Christ. He writes, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5-8). So, what kind of mindset are we to have? Well, if you look at this passage, you see that Jesus lived the life that we could never live, died the death that we should have died, He took our punishment for us, and He humbled Himself for us. So, that is the mindset we are to have…humility.

I love what C.S. Lewis says of humility. He said, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” Humility is self-forgetfulness and this is the mindset we should have as parents. So, to humble ourselves, to walk in humility is to ask for forgiveness. There is no more humbling thing than to ask for forgiveness from our kids. To go up to a four year old and say, “I’m sorry, will you forgive me?” That takes a lot of humility. You might think they’re only four, what do they know. They know you’re being proud and arrogant. It takes humility for us to apologize to our children.

True story: A couple of weeks ago, we were getting ready for church and I was extremely irritable. I know, hard to believe that I could be irritable, but I was. I wasn’t kind to my family that morning. So, on our way to church, I turned the radio off and I said to my family, “I don’t know what is wrong with you guys this morning, but you have caused me to have a bad morning and I think each of you owe me an apology.” Ok, maybe that’s now how it went, but I did turn of the radio and said, “I love my family, and I owe each of you an apology. I made this morning all about me and I didn’t honor you as my family. I didn’t respond it a righteous way to you guys this morning and I’m sorry; will you forgive me?” They did.

Here’s the thing, I had to drop my pride, my arrogance and my ego, think of myself less and have the same mindset as Christ. I showed humility and apologized. In doing this, I set an example for my children to follow and now my son is quick to apologize and ask for forgiveness? So, what is one way that you can imitate Christ’s humility this week? Is it saying you’re sorry to one of your children for a way you responded? Even if you have adult children and have a strained relationship with them because of something you did; have the same mindset as Jesus, think of yourself less, humble yourself and say “I’m sorry!”

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)