Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WHAT DO YOU WANT?: "Restoration of Families"

Here are the notes from the message this past Sunday at New Life Community Church.  5th in the series WHAT DO YOU WANT?  Title:  "Restoration of Families".  If you desire to listen to this message you may do so by going to our website at  God bless!

What Do You Want?, Part 4                                                             Sunday, February 9, 2014
 “Restoration of Families”

46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.

51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.  Mark 10:51-52 (ESV)

Three Words for the New Year

“At the same time,” says the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”  Jeremiah 31:1 (NKJV)

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, Ephesians 3:14-15 (ESV)

And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”  Malachi 4:6 (NKJV)

1.     Family relationships are a BATTLEFIELD.

After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14 (NIV)

The story of a dysfunctional family

All through Scripture:
Adam and Eve – Cain and Abel

I am looking particularly at Isaac and Rebecca

We have to battle…


27 When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.  Genesis 25:27-28 (ESV)


They struggled from birth.

21 And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.  Genesis 25:21-22 (ESV)


Genesis 27:13-14

Jacob:  But Mom, Dad’s going to be really mad if he finds out what we’re doing.
Rebekah:  Don’t worry about your Dad.  I’ll take care of him.  You just do what I tell you.

Stand for your family.

2.     We tend to RUN from CONFLICT.

Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”  Genesis 27:41 (ESV)

3.     BLESS your family.

All these are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them as he blessed them, blessing each with the blessing suitable to him.  Genesis 49:28

Elements of Blessing

1.     Meaningful Touch

2.     Spoken Words

3.     Expression of High Value

4.     Picturing a Special Future

5.     An Active Commitment

By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.  Hebrews 11:21 (NKJV)

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