Wednesday, July 16, 2014

TURNING POINTS: "Turning Points for the Family"

Here are the notes from the message this past Sunday at New Life Community Church.  If you desire to listen to this message, you may do so by going to our website at  God Bless!

Turning Points, Part 2                                                                                    Sunday, July 13, 2014
 “Turning Points for the Family”

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:  Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”  28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the lawMatthew 7:24-29 (NIV)

Current state of the family.
A.  Family values
What are Family Values?
There are several lists, but they generally all include the following:
1.      Promotion and support of traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
2.      Opposition to all attempts to re-define marriage away from the one man/one woman model.
3.      Opposition to sex outside of marriage.
4.      Support of a complementarian view of role relations in the home.
5.      Belief that parents should have the final say in raising and educating their children.
6.      Opposition to legalized abortion on demand.
7.      Belief in the sanctity and primacy of the home.

B.  Original Design vs. Current Breakdown
1.      Two-career families
2.      Single-parent families
3.      Blended families
4.      Proliferation of no-fault divorce
5.      Abortion
6.      Infant day care
7.      Latchkey children
8.      The rise of same-sex marriage

Like John Denver we’re “coming home to a place he'd never been before.”


Saroo Brierley

In 1986, five-year-old Saroo Munshi Khan and his 14-year-old brother were searching the streets for spare change in their home city of Berhanpur, India. Saroo's older brother Guddu wandered beyond the station and Saroo fell asleep waiting for his brother's return. A few hours later, Saroo woke up 1,500 kilometers away, in Calcutta, eons away from his home and family. He survived on the streets for weeks, was taken into an orphanage, and was adopted by an Australian family and grew up in Hobart, Tasmania.
Twenty-six years later, he found his way back to his hometown with the help of Google Earth. An article explained Saroo's journey back home:
In 2011, using vague memories and Google Earth imagery, Saroo identified his home town. Using the ruler feature in Google Earth, he mapped out a search radius by making an educated guess about how far he traveled by train. After countless hours of scouring this area of Google Earth imagery, he came upon a proverbial needle in a haystack. Saroo spotted one vague landmark that led him to the next, helping him unlock a five-year-old child's memories. He eventually spotted a neighborhood, street, and tin roof that looked familiar.
In Saroo's words, "It was just like being Superman. You are able to go over and take a photo mentally and ask, 'Does this match?' And when you say, 'No,' you keep on going and going and going."
In 2012, Saroo embarked on a trip from Australia back to India. Once he arrived, he shared his story with locals, who helped him find his way back home to his mother and surviving brother and sister. Twenty-six years after accidentally leaving home, he finally found his way back.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  Genesis 2:24 (ESV)


The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”  Genesis 12:1-3 (NLT)



If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?  Psalm 11:3 (NKJV)

Resist the WORLD’S WAYS.

Luke 19:1-10
1Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.  Luke 19:1-4 (NKJV)

5And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.   8Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” 9And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10“for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Luke 19:5-10 (NKJV)

He was a God-seeker

He took Jesus home


He made things right

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