Yesterday was our second week talking about "Parent Traps" that lay in wait for every parent, every mentor, every discipler, etc. The topic? "What if…?" (the fearful parent).
- You Don't Have To — You don't have to live in fear. The "spirit of fear" is not from God (2 Timothy 1:7). You don't have to be nagged by it when you wake up, bothered by it as you go about you day, gripped by it when the pressures start to build, or assaulted by it when you lay down again at night. You don't have to be afraid.
- Bayou Praise — Did you guys hear the steel guitar & slide our band had yesterday morning? I LOVED it. Thought I was praising God down in the Bayou.
- The Video — I was really proud of our whole team this week. About midweek, we had the idea of presenting the stunning stats on what happens to teens every day in the U.S. in a video. Our team (i.e. not me) grabbed the stats found on pp.2-3 of The Father Connection. They developed a moving video (in PowerPoint of all things!) and put the video to Coldplay's Fix You. Great job Kristy, Ben, Adrian, & everyone!
- The Last Days — I just summarized Paul's description of the descent of society in the last days. But if you haven't read the full passage yet (2 Timothy 3:1-13), take 60 seconds and do so.
- Give Your Fears to God — I referenced one of my favorite stories of someone laying their BIG-TIME (legitimate!) fears before God, & seeing God do MIRACLES. It's King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18-19. Read it. Learn it. Love it. Live it! 🙂
- Collective Learning — We're asking people to
participate in shared learning during the series…and we're
"incentivizing" people. For every note we receive at our
"stories" email address or church website, we'll drop your name in a
hat for a drawing on the last week of our series. (The more ideas you
send, the better chance you have!) We're looking for:
- God Moments
- Best Practices
- Questions (that you'd
suggest I answer on Sun, Sept 13)
Next week's parenting trap is called "Under Pressure"…how would God have us to cope with the increasing stress of parenting in today's society?