Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunday Circles The Resurrection

Sunday Circles
        Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock

Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross
Memory Verse: Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (NKJV)

Lesson: The Resurrection

                Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of First principle

First Principle: Whoever has been forgiven much, loves much. (Luke 7)
Scripture Reference: Mark 16: 9  Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.
Question: What could be some reasons why Jesus appeared first to Mary?
Additional Scriptures:
John 20: 1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
John 20: 11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.
Follow Up Question: What are some added benefits of showing up early and staying late?
Conclusion: Mary not only came early but also stayed longer than the others. These actions make Mary seem more committed to Christ. This demonstrated love and devotion to Jesus was no doubt a factor in her becoming His first choice to “go and tell” the others that He was alive.

                Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of next principle

Second Principle: Chosen or Frozen … it’s a personal choice!
Scripture Reference: Mark 16:10  She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.
Question: Describe some of the differences between the activities of the disciples and the actions of Mary that morning.
Follow Up Question: What do you think motivated, or captivated, the followers of Jesus that Sunday?
Conclusion: Everyone faced the same disappointment and had the same reasons to be afraid. However Mary responded differently. Mary chose to do her weeping as close to Jesus as she could possibly get while the disciples kept their distance. Mary went and wept, they stayed away and wept. Pain can freeze the faith of some. They were all in pain but only Mary took her pain to Jesus. Chosen or frozen … it’s a personal choice.

                Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of next principle

Third Principle: Be quick to believe good news from God.
Scripture Reference: Mark 16:11  And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
Question: Why did the disciples disbelieve Mary?
Follow Up Question: Give some reasons why you think it seems easier for some people to believe the bad news rather than the good.
Follow Up Question: What will it take for you to believe that God has a remedy for your greatest problem?
Conclusion: Mary was sent by Jesus to tell His disciples that they had no more need to be afraid, disappointed and in pain however they would not believe her. When we refuse to believe the message or the messenger God sends to us, our problems, though already solved, will continue to rule over our lives. Even in our greatest pain we should always be looking for God’s help to suddenly appear and take the pain away. God never fails …

        Pastor Ron closing remarks and the Rest of the Story …

Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer

Memory Verse

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Standing at Rest


Luke 24 NKJV
52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before.
54 That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.
55 And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid.
56 Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

  • God’s greatest work is most often accomplished while we are resting.
  • Waiting on God is not wasting time.
  • While we are waiting on God, God is working.
  • What we do while we wait can often determine how long we wait.

Ephesians 6
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints — 

When we have done everything we can do, the most Godly thing we can do is to Stand at Rest …

For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5&6)

Sunday, April 13, 2014



Today we are blessed to have among us some of the finest men and women among I know. These are pledged to serve and protect us, our families and communities as sworn officers of the law. God bless our police men and women … they have a special place in our lives and I hold a tremendous respect for them and what they do for us on a daily basis.

As a young man I attended a police academy where I learned how to be a law enforcement officer and then furthered my hopes of a police career by continuing my education in the criminal justice field. Once on the job however, I realized that not everything is as textbook perfect as the classroom led me to believe.

Whether investigating a traffic accident, a missing persons report, a domestic disturbance or a crime scene, I quickly became aware that not every witness sees the same thing. Take something as simple as routine traffic accident. After interviewing each witness independently one might conclude that they had all been at completely different accidents.

What I came to understand is that people focus on and often recall certain facets and facts which are like pieces to a puzzle. After taking several statements I could most often put the puzzle together and reconstruct the accident from the several vantage points which complimented each other and provided me a better grasp of what had actually happened.

Some officers I worked with spent huge amounts of time trying to get the witnesses to all agree when in fact, they did agree but they were simply adding ancillary bit of information that had caught their eye, each bit a vital part of the truth. To comprehend the truth I had to listen to all of them.

In many ways this is not unlike the 4 Holy Spirit led individual accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus as witnessed and testified to by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Matthew recounted what caught his eye, Mark recorded the perspective of Peter, Luke researched and reported from several eye witnesses, while John was wholly given to the greater and deeper earthly aspects of the divine nature of Christ interacting with mere mortals. Somewhat different, all of these anointed and appointed records go together to tell one story … His Story – the Truth!

So, this morning I want to take the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John accounts leading up to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and present them to you as one story. I will try my level best to not confuse you or make you feel jerked around. What I propose you do is follow me on this synoptic walk through the 4 Gospels and then get a copy of the notes I have published for today and read each verse in context to verify the report I will present today.

Are you ready? Let’s begin at the same place we began last week; 

Luke 22
1 ¶  Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover.
2  And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Jesus, for they feared the people.

John 11:57  Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.

John 12:1 ¶  Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead.

Mark 14:1 ¶  Two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Jesus by trickery and put Him to death.

Matthew 26 - Jesus, knowing this, said to His disciples:
2  "You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified."

Matthew 26:6 ¶  When Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper,

John 12:2  There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.

Mark 14:3  And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.

John 12
3  Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
4  Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said,
5  "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"
6  This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.

Matthew 26:10  But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.

John 12:7  But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial.

Mark 14:8  "She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.

Matthew 26:12  "For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial.

Mark 14
9  "Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."
10  Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them.

Matthew 26:15  and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

Luke 22
5  And they were glad, and agreed to give him money.
6  So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Jesus to them in the absence of the multitude.

Last week we launched from this scripture to discuss the crucifixion. This morning we are going to focus on the burial of Christ. Jesus made it clear that Mary used the oil to anoint His body for burial. Later Jesus told His disciples:

John 14:19  "A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.”

The crucifixion of Christ speaks of death. Galatians 2:20 says that we are crucified with Christ and by that crucifixion we enter into death with Him. However, there is a distinct difference between the fundamentals of death and those associated with burial.

When we die, we cease to see the things of this world. However, only when we are buried does this world cease to see us. When we are buried, the world and those in this world only see where we are buried and what we are buried in. In Christ, the old us dies and then afterwards we can be buried in Him. The scriptures tell us about a grave for our old man.

You may see your old man dead to sin but is the world still contending with your old nature? Has the old you gone down into the grave with Christ or does that old nature keep getting up and running around? Are you dead and buried or just dead and stinking up the place? The biggest problems we face are not always the lost but often the saved who live like they are lost. When others see you do they Christ who covers you or do they see you uncovered? Want some good advice? Cover up! … You might say How?

Would you like to be buried with Christ? The first step is to make sure your old man is indeed dead. When we get saved our old man dies and a new man is born. You were born once, but you need to be born again.

Once born again, the new man takes the old man down into the waters of baptism and buries him and leaves him there. This is the first step. And, if that old man tries to get back up we smack him back down and remind him that he is dead and buried and no longer has any place in this life.

This can happen with you … you can do this … in fact, you are the only one who can do this. Perhaps you have been saved by faith in Jesus but nobody around you at school or on the job or in your family really knows it. Perhaps they continue to see and have to keep dealing with your old man. That’s the worst you … the one that is dead but won’t stay buried and just keeps hanging around stinking up the place. You may need to be buried …

There are Three Things Are Certain this morning:
1.   God is unafraid of your problems
2.   God is unlimited by your past
3.   God is unashamed to call you His own

How about you? Are you ashamed of Him? Will you identify with Christ? Will you say yes to being buried with Him by faith? Are you ready to publically identify with Jesus and take that next step? Will you be water baptized in His name?  Are you ready to let the world see you in Christ?

Next Sunday, April 20th, we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The following Sunday, April 26th, we are going to be water baptizing everyone who wishes to bring their old man or woman and put them in the grave. There is a power in baptism … it is the power to cleanse our conscious towards God, stop the haunting voices of the past and finally bury that old nature.

If you would like to follow Christ in water baptism on the 26th then today I want to pray a special “beforehand” anointing over you in the name of Jesus. Come now …

Sunday Circles Secret Discipleship

Sunday Circles
        Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The rock

Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross
Memory Verse: Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (NKJV)

Lesson: Secret Discipleship
Bible Character: Joseph of Arimathea and a man called Nicodemus

                Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of First principle

First Principle: God is unafraid of our problems
Scripture Reference: John 19:38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus.
Question: What does it mean to be a “Secret Disciple”?
Follow Up Question: If Christianity was a crime in America as it is in many countries, what would be the evidence presented against you in your workplace, school or life’s daily social activities?
Conclusion: As Christians we are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. In order to be of any help a light must be seen and salt applied. God is not ashamed nor afraid of the problems our faith in him might give rise to … neither should we be overly concerned about it.

        Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of next principle

Second Principle: God is unlimited by our past
Scripture Reference: John 19:39  And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
Question: How do we often limit ourselves and others by the choices they have made or things they have said or done in their past?
Follow Up Question: Should we limit our acceptance of the Apostles Paul or Peter because of their history of denying Christ and persecuting the Church? How can we help set others free to do better than they did.
Conclusion: God is more interested in what we will do than what we did. Nicodemus had a history of not publicly identifying with Jesus as Messiah but that was the past. God chose Nicodemus in spite of his past.

                Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of next principle

Third Principle: God is unashamed to call you His own
Scripture Reference: John 19:40  Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.
Question: Do you think God positions people to stand up and speak up for Him in critical moments?
Follow Up Question: Do you imagine anyone expected Joseph or Nicodemus to provide for and bury this convicted state and Church criminal?
Follow Up Question: What do you think motivated these “Secret Disciples” to stand up and speak up for the Body of Christ in that critical moment?
Conclusion: God prepares us, promotes us and positions us for our greatest use. When the time comes, we will find more courage and be more ready than anyone imagines … even if our Christianity has been a closely guarded secret!    

        Pastor Ron closing remarks and the Rest of the Story …

Luke 12
8  "Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.
9  "But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.

There is a time for every person to stand up and speak up for Jesus. You will know when it is your time. Light must be seen and salt must be applied to be of any value. Don’t let your relationship with Christ remain a secret any longer … Be ready to: Stand up & Speak up for Jesus!

Testimony: Hugh Gibbs … “you mean you knew … and didn’t tell me …”

Memory Verse

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Crucified With Christ


Luke 22  NKJV
1 ¶  Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover.
2  And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Jesus, for they feared the people.
3  Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.
4  So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them.
5  And they were glad, and agreed to give him money.
6  So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.
7 ¶  Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed.

What followed that day and into the next morning is both the most tragic and yet the most wonderful events history ever recorded. There was a dinner connected to the Feast of Passover which I understand would have been eaten on a Thursday evening that year just after sundown. We remember this as the Last Supper eaten in a borrowed Upper Room.

All 12 Disciples were present and watched as Jesus took the bread, blessed the bread, broke the bread and gave it to each one and said, “Take and eat, this is My Body which is broken for you.” And after the same manner He took the cup and instructed them to drink as He declared, “This cup contains the New Testament in My Blood which is shed for you.”

After supper Judas Iscariot left the Upper Room. It was thought by the other disciples that Judas was sent on a mission of mercy to give to the poor … in some ways that was true. You see Judas was the one who kept the money bag for the ministry. It must have seemed to many to be a very important position to have held within the group. However the most valuable treasure among the followers of Jesus was not the money but the ministry. Judas had agreed to take money from the High Council to help them stop the ministry of Jesus.

Later that evening Jesus was betrayed by Judas with a kiss. The soldiers immediately took Jesus to Pilate where He was accused and questioned. Then Jesus was taken across the city to King Herod where He was mocked and ridiculed. Herod draped a purple robe on Jesus and sent Him back to Pilate. In all of this the remaining disciples of Jesus and those women who followed Him kept their distance for fear of also being accused.

Although Pilate could find nothing worthy of such punishment and would have set Jesus free, His accusers incited the crowd and pressured Pilate to crucify Him. Pilate ordered that Jesus be scourged by the Roman Soldiers. They cruelly beat Jesus laying 39 stripes on His back. As was prophesied by Isaiah and confirmed by Peter, those very stripes paid for our healing. Then, Pilate condemned Jesus to death on the cross.

That Friday morning Jesus was led to the Roman execution site called Golgotha, meaning the place of the skull, also called Mount Calvary. He was nailed to a wooden cross at about 9am and raised high for everyone to see. The cross was a cruel and torturous punishment which ultimately suffocated its victims while onlookers and passersby spat on and mocked the dying. It was not unusual for death to take its time, even days for some, before strength was depleted and death claimed its victory.

Around noon that day, a very special high holy day, the day upon which the feast was set to begin at sundown, the sky grew dark and the sun refused to shine. It remained dark across the face of the earth for the space of 3 hours until finally our Lord spoke the words, “It is finished!”, and He died. With this the debt of sin was fully, finally and eternally paid, and the way was made for man to approach God for forgiveness and reconciliation. This was confirmed by the veil of the Temple being torn from the top to the bottom exposing the Holy of Holies to whosoever will.

Earlier I said this was the most tragic and yet the most wonderful event history ever recorded. How could it be both? Tell me: Who wanted Jesus, the loving and caring Son of God, the Promised Messiah of the Jews and eternal Savior of the whole World to die? Who wanted Jesus dead?
·        The religious Jewish leaders of that day wanted Jesus to die …
·        The devil wanted Jesus to die …
·        Even God and the angels in heaven wanted Jesus to die …
·        And, so did I!

I wanted Jesus to die. I didn’t know it for years but that’s what I wanted and that’s what I needed … I wanted Jesus to be wounded for my transgressions, bruised for my iniquity, chastised for my peace and scourged with those stripes for my healing … I wanted Jesus to die … it was the only way that I and my family and my friends and even my enemies would ever have the chance to know Him, to be forgiven and be born again. Without His death, we could not live.

Sad to say but with so many wanting Him crucified, Jesus hung on the cross abandoned and alone. He even cried out to His Father from the cross:

Matthew 27:46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

It is not enough that we know about Jesus … we must know Him. However, second to knowing Jesus is to know more about Him …

Do you know Him?

Allow me to help you know Him better …

Hebrews 5
7  (Jesus), Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His fear,
8  though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
9  And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.

He authored our salvation because we needed a Savior … we all need Jesus. How can we neglect so great a salvation and so great a sacrifice? He died so that we could live.

We know He died for us and that without His sacrifice we could not live – but … why did He do it? Why did He willingly offer Himself to pay for something He did not do? He did not have to die for Him to become the Son of God, He was already the Son of God … He only had to die for me to become a son of God. In the Garden of Gethsemane He pleaded with His Father to find another way if possible.

Why did He do it? Because He saw you and He loved you that much. That’s right, He saw you and He saw me when He was on the cross. We were in His heart while He hung there. That’s what the Apostle Paul realized and by the Holy Spirit wrote:

Galatians 2
20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

The reason Jesus willingly went to the cross was because of love … You see, The Love of Christ
1.   Gives first …
2.   Gives most …
3.   Gives always …

You will know this love when you know Him … do you know Him today?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sunday Circles-The Crucifixion

Sunday Circles
        Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock

Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross
Memory Verse: Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (NKJV)

Lesson: The Crucifixion
Bible Character: Jesus

                Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of First principle

1 John 4
7 ¶  Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
8  But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9  God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.
10  This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
11  Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

First Principle: Love Gives First
Scripture Reference:
Romans  5 NLT
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.                           
Question: In what arenas of life can we see love giving first?
Conclusion: True love gives first. True love forgives first. True love takes the first step without the promise of reward or reciprocation.

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of next principle

1 John 4:19  We love Him because He first loved us.

Second Principle: Love Gives Most
Scripture Reference:
John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Question: How can we pattern ourselves after God’s example? Share some practical ways we can give more than we expect to receive in return.
Conclusion: True love is willing to give more than it receives.

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of next principle

Third Principle: Love Gives Always
Scripture Reference:
1 Corinthians 13:7  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Question: Does love apply in situations outsides of the home, marriage and family? How about in the workplace; inn school; or in the community?
Conclusion: The love of God is first given to us for us and then given to us for others. We are expected by God to be like Him: to love first, love most and love always. In this we do show the love of God to a lost and hurting world.

Pastor Ron closing remarks and the Rest of the Story …

John 13:35  "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

The Greatest Commandments: Love God more than we do ourselves and love others as much as we do ourselves.

Memory Verse

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Helping Your Family


Many times I am asked the question: “What can I do about my family”; or “What can I do for my family”; or “How can I help my family”?

Without regard as to whether or not your family members are connected to God, the number one thing you can do to help them; to encourage them; to meet their needs or be a continual blessing to them is for you to live your life as a true reflection of God. We have the most impact on others when our life reflects the love, the kindness, the mercy and the justice of God. Unless and until God holds a commanding place in our lives we should not imagine that we are convincing or convicting others to choose Him. Why should others in our family be devoted to God when we are not?

God chose us so that we might show Him to others.

1 Peter 2:9  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The Apostle Peter wrote this after having had a revelation given to him by the Holy Spirit. Once Peter imagined that only the Jews were special and that only the Jews were God’s chosen people. After the revelation Peter received from God in a vision at Joppa and then seeing the fulfillment of that vision the next day in Caesarea, as recorded in Acts 10, Peter understood that all who call upon the name of the Lord are accepted by God and welcomed into His family. Each born again child of God is chosen and special.

Peter did not just make up these words … rather the Holy Spirit illuminated and confirmed words which had been given through the prophet Moses to the Children of God centuries earlier. Let’s look at those words from:

Deuteronomy 7
6  "For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.
7  "The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;
8  "but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
9  "Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
10  "and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face.
11  "Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them.
12 ¶  "Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers.
13  "And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.
14  "You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock.
15  "And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you.

The best way to help your family is to live your life in a way that pleases God. There is no better outreach to another individual than your personal testimony. Nothing speaks as loud as the way you live your life.

Sometimes we may wonder how we can be a better reflection of God …

Micah 6:8  He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

If we err in life, let us err on the side of grace …