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This morning as I was tooling around the I-tunes store seeking a new podcast to listen to, I found this! It’s my other blog’s podcast!
It’s under the podcasts>audio>Kids & Family>New & Noteworthy category!
If you’ve not checked out the Christian Home and Family Podcast – go do it now and help me spread the vision for Christ-centered homes!
You may not have heard, but I’ve launched an additional web ministry – Christian Home and Family. It’s got the typical blog, resources, a prayer wall, videos, and a podcast… and it’s going pretty well so far.
I am very excited about a two-part interview I did with my 3 older kids regarding the role of parents in helping their children develop the habit of daily Quiet Time… and the goal of that practice, ongoing relationship with the LORD.
I also have another upcoming interview (October) with a very high profile Christian businessman that I can’t disclose fully - yet. But you’ll be among the first to hear about it when I can!
Anyway, could you help me out with a little bit of “social proof?”
- Go to my podcast page
- Subscribe to the podcast
- Listen and then RATE the podcast (at the bottom)
- Leave a comment (at the bottom)
All of these things will help me rank higher in the I-tunes directory, and therefore come across the radar of many more people that the podcast may help.
And who knows, you may benefit from the podcasts you listen to as well!
Can you help me out? – Thanks!
After some breaks for various Sunday events we’ve resumed our sermon series through the book of Ephesians – IF/THEN.
The latest sermon covers Ephesians 5:18-33.
LOVING SUBMISSION: EXAMPLE #1 – MARRIAGE
Over at my other site, I got the podcast going (finally). Episode 1 is now live and on Itunes, Zune, and other platforms.
I’d appreciate any suggestions, subscriptions, comments, or help you can give in passing the word along about this new ministry venture!
Introducing Christian Home and Family
I’ve been working on a new web-venture… and TODAY IS THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH! It’s a ministry endeavor aimed at using the great blessing the LORD has poured out on my family to bring an even broader blessing to others! It’s Christian Home and Family with Carey Green!
It’s designed to help followers of Christ make Christ the center of their home. Drawing on my experience of God’s grace in my own home and family, and my knowledge of the scriptures, I’m providing teaching, coaching, and resources that are truly helpful in making godly sense of the mess that family life can be.
My approach is very simple: All of life is an act of stewardship. Every believer in Christ is responsible before God to make the most of the life and resources God has entrusted them with, for His glory. Our stewardship before God over arches every aspect of who we are – spirit, soul, and body – and I’m working to help believers in Christ faithfully carry out that stewardship individually, and in respect to those under their care.
My instruction focuses on those three areas – spirit, soul, and body – and their relationship to the everyday issues of home and family life… marriage, parenting, communication, household organization, life management, education, and many others.
I truly feel this is a “calling” for me… on the same level as my calling to the Pastorate. God has placed this on my heart so strong, so heavy, and so passionately… I LOVE IT!
Christian Home and Family already includes:
- Regular blog posts (3 to 5 times a week) – subscribe!
- Topical indexes (Family Foundations, Spirit Health, Soul Health, Body Health, Marriage, Parenting, Education, Reviews)
- Resources & other services
- Parenting, marriage, or family coaching
- Prayer Wall (leave your request any time)
- On-site voice mail to leave me your question or suggestion!
Coming in the near future:
- The Christian Home and Family Podcast (debuts within the next two weeks)
- A possible “User Forum” to discuss home and family issues from a Christian perspective (what do you think… would that be helpful?)
I’m excited… but open to any and all ideas you have to shoot my way!
Your help is needed!
You can help me in the following ways…
- Use the various contact forms to shoot me suggestions or comments aimed toward helping me improve the site.
- Help me spread the word! You know and rub shoulders with many who I may never have the chance to meet. Please consider recommending the website through your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, etc.) as well as your personal relationships.
- Help me contact guests for the podcast! I’d love to interview people like Dennis Rainey and James Dobson (if you know them, could you make the introduction?). But I’m also interested in interviewing anyone you know who has significant, Christ-honoring things to share about Christian home and family life. Could you introduce me and suggest the interview?
- Subscribe to the blog, either via email or in your favorite reader. It makes a difference to new visitors if I have 4 subscribers or 40 or 400. They will be influenced to join by your presence.
- Join in the conversation by commenting at the end of the posts. The more commenters I have, the more others are encouraged to join in.
- Share the posts you like with others, via the sharing buttons at the bottom of each one. This is another “social proof” issue, where others are more likely to share posts they see have already been shared.
- “Like” and pass along my Facebook page! – www.ChristianHomeAndFamily.com/facebook – Many people are influenced by the number of “likes” a Facebook page has. They will be more likely to check out what I’m doing if I have more “likes”…so “like” me!
- Pass along resources on the site to others! – If you find something on the Christian Home and Family website that you find helpful, pass it along!
- Add this ministry project to your prayer list! – I truly want to see the LORD do His work through these efforts… your prayers will help!
Any additional suggestions or comments?
Ever since the bandwagon for “same sex parenting” has begun rolling, we’ve all been told that the outcome of same-sex parenting in the lives of children is really no different than in a traditional family. I’ve always had my suspicions about those statements, and felt that I could make a biblical case against it, but the stats on the subject simply didn’t exist – YET.
It seems that studies are beginning to show the exact opposite.
You can read one of the articles I read on the subject HERE.
Having said all that, let me say this…
The real issue is not what is best for children. It’s not about homosexual relationships. It’s not about human rights. The real issue is that when people stray from God’s design, bad things happen. (Romans 1)
I have to admit, to myself and to those who have to live with me… that I am often unloving. (gasp!) Any thinking person would have to admit the same is true in them, at least to some degree. As I’ve pondered this fact, I’ve come up with at least 5 reasons why it is the case for me…
#1 – I am afraid of people. - I don’t mean this as in “I’m afraid they will hurt me or treat me badly,” though I guess that could be the case for some. For me it’s more in this way: “I’m afraid to interact with people because I’m not sure I’ll be up to the task.” All people (including me) are broken and hurting, in need of love. I don’t always feel up to the challenge of giving it to them as I know I should. So ironically, the very fact that I’m not good at loving others often moves me to be even more unloving… by withdrawing from social contexts, avoiding certain people who I know are needy, or not taking initiative with others simply out of love and concern for them. It may also manifest itself in me not engaging with others because I’m afraid of what they might think of me, or conclude about me. All this shows me (again) that…
#2 – I am insecure. – This is really the bottom line of the previous point, but warrants a little more investigation. Though I’ve been around the block enough times to know that there truly are areas and things that I’m gifted by God to do, I still feel uneasy when it comes to dealing with people. I still feel this way even though I’ve seen the LORD use me in such relational contexts time and time again. Loving others simply doesn’t come very naturally to me, and I let my feeling of discomfort with it get the best of me. I know that some of this tension exists because of personality and gifting (which are what God has made them, and are therefore good), but the fact remains that I’m insecure. I can’t help but feel that there’s a place in this where I’m not trusting God as I should…
#3 – I care more about things than I do people. – There are certain things I really enjoy doing and being involved in… and other things that I don’t – at all. AS EXAMPLES:
- I like organizing stuff and planning out things.
- I like studying.
- I like preparing sermons.
- I like working on special projects.
- I like writing.
- I don’t like the messiness of relationships.
- I don’t like the difficulty involved in good communication.
- I don’t like feeling obligated toward others (though many times obligation is a good thing… as in “duty.”)
- I don’t like dealing with people’s emotions (or my own for that matter).
DID YOU NOTICE… most of my “likes” have to do with things… most of my “dislikes” have to do with people? Personal preferences may be signs of where I’m more gifted, which is good to know. But when I allow my preferences to dictate where I spend my time, I’m moving toward the realization that…
#4 – I’m selfish. – No justifications. No arguments. Just an admission that it’s true. I want what I want. I want to do what I want to do. Way too much of the time I consider what I want before I consider what another may need. For some reason I’ve become very good at making the needed self-sacrifices when it comes to my family. But when it comes to those who are not as close to me I have a much harder time. Is the fact that I love my family more than the generic “other person” the reason that I’m able to sacrifice unselfishly for them? Probably. So how am I to understand that? I’ll probably always (and probably always should) love my family in greater ways than I do others. How am I to love those others, who are not my family, in just as effective terms, even though the same kind or depth of love is not at the root of my actions?
# 5 – I am not very compassionate. – I am able to sympathize with those who are suffering or in need, honestly, I am. I can put myself in their shoes most of the time, and feel at least some of what they feel. But even though that’s true, I often think the plight of others’ pain does not touch me as deeply as it ought. Maybe I don’t know enough of the facts of their situation. Maybe I don’t put myself into their shoes enough. Maybe I just don’t step away from my “to do” list long enough to let myself truly be moved with compassion. I need to be more compassionate. I need to care more about people.
Where to from here?
Sometimes this fact of my unloving-ness immobilizes me. I feel stuck, unable to change it, and hopeless that there’s really anything that I can do to change it. I don’t like feeling that way. In fact, I hate it.
So where to? What CAN I do?
Biblically, I only see one thing… to walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:18). I must learn to step obediently into every work God has appointed for me to do (Ephesians 2:10) – whether I feel like it or not, whether I feel up to it or not, whether I believe it to be one of my strong suits or not. As I do, He will produce His fruit in me and through me… the first of which is love (Galatians 5:22).
In the end, it’s not up to me to produce the fruit of love… it’s up to me to submit to the Spirit’s lead, which allows HIM to produce the fruit of love in me.
I’m thinking about “blogging” my couple’s marriage devotional, “The Marriage Improvement Project” for anyone who would commit to doing it for the sake of their own marriage. If you don’t know about the MIP, it’s a couple’s devotional study I’ve put together that has helped many couples I’ve counseled. It’s designed for both spouses to go through together, with some discussion built in.
The way I’d go about it is that I’d post one day’s devotional at a time, at an interval of every other day.
AND I’D BE DOING THIS TOTALLY FREE!
- Saturday: I “blog” the “How To Use This Book” chapter
- Monday: I “blog” the day 1 study
- Wednesday: I “blog” the day 2 study
- Friday: I “blog” the day 3 study
- Sunday: I “blog” the day 4 study
- Tuesday: etc. – you get the idea… until Day 40 is done.
I’m curious what you think…
Would you do the work of improving YOUR marriage if I posted it? Talk to your spouse and let me know through the comments below! If you don’t see it posted at a later date… nobody was interested.