Friend of the Family News Letter

Family Issues


Fewer people than ever are committed to faithful attendance and involvement in their local church. Various studies and surveys reveal the following information. 31% of Americans never go to church. 28% attend once or twice a month. 22% attend every week. Many who claim to be Christians, but do not attend church, say they practice their faith in other ways. Barna says 3,500 people per day make the decision to stop attending church. Where do you fit in? Is the local church significant in your life, and should it be?  I know too many people who claim to be Christians, but do not attend church. Their excuses range from recounting the failures of hypocrisy in others to just complaining that they do not get anything out of the services. So, let’s start by considering the concept of a local church. Was it designed and ordained by God or was it of human origin? We know the church, the body of Christ was started on the day of Pentecost in harmony with the prophecy and instruction of Christ Himself. In Matthew 16:18, He said He would build His Church. In John 14:16, He promised He would send the Holy Spirit. After His resurrection, in Acts 1:4-5, He told his Apostles to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit, and that they would experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit when He came. Ten days later, on Pentecost, as found in Acts 2:1, the Holy Spirit came. Among other works, He performed His Baptism on the Apostles. Comparing I Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 1:22 and Colossians 1:18, we see clearly that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit puts people into the body of Christ, which is the Church. Peter later confirms what happened on Pentecost when he spoke in Acts 11:15-16. It is significant to note that Pentecost fell on the 1st day of the week. The 1st day of the week is the day of worship for Christians in celebration of the resurrection of Christ, which occurred on the 1st day of the week. The church then, started on the 1st day of the week and Christians have since worshipped on the 1st day of the week. The Sabbath is the 7th day of the week. God gave that day to Israel as a day of rest. On Pentecost the church began with three thousand putting their faith in Jesus Christ as the Messiah/Savior. The Apostles carried on evangelistic work in the Temple, going there day after day to preach Christ. The church, however worshipped on the 1st day. Much of the book of Acts details the gospel outreach in the Temple in Jerusalem and in the Synagogues of various cities. Out of that ministry local churches were established. When we get to Acts 20:7, we find the clear statement that the disciples gathered on the 1st day of the week for fellowship and the preaching of God’s Word.  Were you in church this past week? More next time.



Trends & Troubles


There is a lot going on in the world that should break our hearts. In our last article in this column I spoke of the incredible increase of crime, drugs and immorality. I raised those issues based on the warnings of Revelation 9 and the unbelievable sinfulness that will continue even when God brings harsh judgment on the world in the Tribulation Men will not bow to Him or repent of that sin. Those hard hearted rebels against God have made their presence known today. I marvel at it, and wonder how soon the Lord will come for His own at the Rapture. As we made our way to the past election I was concerned about many issues. Inflation, energy, the border, taxation, military readiness, supply chain, education, election integrity, the growing varieties of radicalism and more: all were high on my list of concerns. They are destructive in many ways. Many of those matters could be handled legislatively. I confess I have little hope for that to happen. As bad as all these issues are; the matters of underlying and greatest concern are those that reflect a total rejection of God our creator. They are what I would call crimes against nature.  The first issue is abortion. The recent Dobbs case decision by the Supreme Court did not solve the problem, but at least removed the phony idea that women have a Constitutional right to abortion. They said the matter needed to be handled by individual State Legislatures. That is helpful to the cause of life, but the matter still stands unsettled, because it has been made a political issue, not a scientific issue. The issue stands or falls on the individual life of the baby. If the baby is just a growth and only part of the mothers body, then it should be okay to destroy it. My body My choice, would be a legitimate claim. If the baby is an individual human being living in his/her mothers womb, then the Constitutional right to life controls the matter. Abortion at any stage of the pregnancy would be the murder of the innocent. To that issue God speaks and science speaks. Life begins at conception and that life is human and it is individual. This matter is so clear that it must be considered open rebellion of the created against the Creator, to deny the life, and legitimize its destruction. Humanity is in rebellion against God. There was a time when science could not define when life begins in the womb. Now science has caught up to the Bible. What the Bible has always taught is now affirmed through science. Abortion is one aspect of this direct rejection of God. More next time.         



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For The Family 


The question is: “How does your family measure up against God’s plan for marriage and family?” Last time in this column we talked about men. As a man, I believe my responsibilities are great as a husband and father. I accept the challenges of God ordained headship for myself, and believe that is the role God has for every man. Wives are not exempt from responsibility to be sure. I am reminded of Proverbs 14:1. It says, “The wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” The wise woman invests herself in her home and family. Sometimes a woman must work out of the house to provide or help provide for family needs. Those situations should be avoided if possible, especially if there are children still living at home. Children need the personal care and attention that only a mom can provide. Of course, it is common knowledge that millions of men are failing in their responsibilities, so sometimes the lady of the house must get a job. Part of the tragedy of those circumstances is the need for someone to care for the children. Millions of children spend hours under the care and oversight of someone other than their mom and dad. Care for preschool children is of great concern. Unfortunately, government is about to enter that picture as they move toward establishing compulsory education for children as young as age three. We need to fight against it, because it will seal the deal on the effort to indoctrinate our children with the most wicked ideas and philosophies ever devised by depraved humanity. Home-school or Christian school will be desperately needed as our society continues down the path to collapse. Moms and dads need to take a hard look at these developments, because God gives children to parents. We must not give them to someone else. Mom plays a crucial role in a child’s early development. As Proverbs 14 warns, “the wise woman buildeth her house”. It also warns, “…the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” To pluck down basically means, to ruin it.  It is to be recognized that everyone has a unique situation. My mom was divorced when I was three years old. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents when I was very young and a lot of time on my own, as I got older. She had no choice. If a mom can choose to be at home – that is the choice to make. More next time.

 

 

From Under the Umbrella

By Patricia E. Griffith

 

We are approaching a tender time of the year for me. The wicked world we find ourselves in becomes a tad kinder and open to the Gospel witness. I’m so impressed for the need to be bolder for the Lord. Our country is so evil, but God loves mankind and we are His witnesses to them. As I thank the Lord for His provision for us every day, I’m so burdened for myself and all Christians to be bold in proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ. We have the only answer to a lost and dying world – we must be bold. Christmas time is a wonderful time to be a witness to everyone we meet, everywhere we go, to tell them of our wonderful Savior. I hope you will join me in proclaiming our Savior’s birth, this Christmas season. John 3:16-17 are my perfect verses to give folks who need Him. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” I pray we will all be busy for Him and you will have a very blessed Christmas.

 


God is looking for men…

 

                Is He looking for you?

 

I hate sin in my own life, the lives of others, and the world in general. It is hurtful and destructive. In II Samuel 11, we find David falling into deep sin. He committed adultery with Bathsheba and then had her husband Uriah put in the forefront of the hottest battle. Then he ordered other soldiers to pull back and desert Uriah, so he would be killed. When confronted, David responded with a “broken and a contrite heart” (Ps 51:17). Broken means crushed. His confession to God was, “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned…” He in no way diminished his sin against Bathsheba and Uriah, but he was a man whose sin brought him to absolute brokenness and contrition before God.

 



ARE YOU WILLING TO BE THAT MAN?

 

 

 

Our Christmas greeting to you:

 

We are humbled and blessed by the many people who stand with us through friendship, prayer and financial support. We often step back to think of how the Lord has met our every need since we incorporated Biblical Family Ministries about this time in 1993.

As Christmas comes we are reminded what life is really all about. We bring the hectic schedule to a pause. We reflect on the fact that we live in a sinful world, but God sent us a sinless Savior. To receive the blessing of salvation however, each individual must personally put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ – nothing else, no one else. Our heart’s desire is for souls to be saved and families to be strong. Thank you for encouraging us in our labors. May you have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed 2023.

 

 

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Biblical Family Ministries Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit Christian ministry established in 1993 to present the Bible’s teaching on marriage, family, child training and other Biblical topics. Dr. E. Allen Griffith and his wife Patricia, work together in this ministry located in Downingtown, PA. They are assisted by Kimberly Schmelzer.



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