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Becoming part of the family


This past weekend, I spent a few hours with some of my family. It became a dual celebration for a special reason. We have several birthdays in September so we gather to celebrate them all at one time. This year along with the birthdays, the engagement of one of my granddaughters was celebrated.

Family is special in so many ways. We celebrate happy events, share times of grief, and do our best to encourage each other through some of the tough times life brings, and in all the other times. Raising a family is no easy task. It takes a lot of patience, love, energy, love, self-control, and did I mention love.

Charles Wadsworth said, “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” Of course that would work with mothers and daughters as well. There is a strong bond that develops when a family worships together and learns about family life through God’s Word. By the same token, life in general is made easier by having a strong church family tie, worshiping and sharing life with people who want to be encouraging.

First Baptist Church is celebrating an iFamily Life Conference next week beginning on Sunday, Sept. 23. It’s all about family and there is something for everyone, married with kids, married, single, single again, young adults, senior adults, and all the rest. We had a great time last Sunday evening as Christian comedian Bob Smiley kept us all laughing for well over an hour and it was good clean fun that the kids enjoyed as much as the adults. Families laughed together. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good like a medicine”; there must have been a tremendous amount of healing that night.

We want to invite you to share this special time next week with us as we learn about building strong families, and the role for each of us in the process of becoming one in Christ. Visit our website for more information about these nights, Sunday through Thursday, Sept. 23-27, when each night will have a different preacher to bring us a message at 6:45 p.m. We look forward to seeing you.

Have a great week and give God the glory.

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