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I am crucified with Christ, and yet I live

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By: Rick

Mon, 27 Feb 2006 18:23:17 +0000

AN excellent statement about our purpose in life as husbands and fathers. I too am seeking to be a servant leader to my family. My father does not understand why I work from home and live the [somewhat] simple pioneer life, when I have a college degree and could be working for a large corporation with lots of benefits, etc. It was a very conscious decision to stay and work out of the home for maeger income, yet be here to help homeschool the kids and train them up in the way they should go. I will not have to answer to my dad or my sister when I am in heaven, but to my Lord and Savior alone! Glad that you mentioned Eli, and how he was too busy serving the Lord [was he really], and how he did not confront them in their sin, all the while he was indulging in his own sin of gluttony. When we have unconfessed sin in our own lives, it is hard to confront others about theirs. I particularly take comfort knowing that I am a minister of the word to my own family and those in my local fellowship of the church. We are a Holy nation, a royal priesthood, God's own posession. In Christ, Rick

By: Davis

Tue, 09 Aug 2005 20:38:30 +0000

I agree. It was suggested to me once to read From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya(a biographical history of Christian missions). The most poignant part of the book for me was not one the author was trying to make. It seemed that every other missionary I read about was sending their children off to some boarding school and never was an influential figure in their lives. Some of the book, if I recall correctly, described the messed up lives of some of these children. You have the right balance in your thinking. I'm with you.

By: Robert

Tue, 09 Aug 2005 15:24:09 +0000

Even for missionaries, the primary mission field must be the home. If they blow it there, then success on any other front is a hollow victory. My elders are responsible to care for me spiritually, but if they aren't taking care of their own families, they need to tend to their own gardens first. Some people are called as evangelists (Ephesians 4:11), but by no means are all people called in that sense. And we're not called to do anything that would cause us to fail in our primary callings. The fact that cliches exist about preacher's kids and missionary's kids, indicates to me that we've gone horribly wrong in our understanding and implementation of the work of pastors/elders and missionaries.

By: Davis

Tue, 09 Aug 2005 15:12:51 +0000

Thank you for your thoughts. I'm encouraged to see a man that knows his responsibility. You'd probably agree with me that for some thier focus may entail 3 children *and* being a missionary.