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As Matthew 20:28 tells us, "the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." Families can follow Christ's example by serving others. For each day of Advent, we have found scripture and a family activity or conversation to talk about and show what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus, so that we may all "Know Him By Name."
You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time. It is illegal to wake a bear to take its picture. No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour. Believe it or not, those are actual laws in various places. They sound pretty silly, don’t they? The Israelites might have thought the same thing when God gave them some of His laws. For instance, God told them to only eat meat from animals that had split hooves and chewed the cud (Leviticus 11:3). Huh? God also required that any clothing with mildew on it must be taken to the priest to “examine the mildew and isolate the affected article for seven days” (Leviticus 13:50). Can you imagine taking your dirty laundry to your pastor? God, in His infinite wisdom, had good reasons for each law He gave. He intended them to benefit not only the Israelites but also the world. Copyright (c) Melinda Means and Joanna Lutz, Focus on the Family."
Your culture is the environment you live in every day. It’s the TV you watch, the advertisements you see, the music you listen to and the Web sites you visit. It’s the way people dress, talk and act around you. Culture is so much a part of your life that you often don’t even notice it. You just accept it without thinking. And that would be OK, except for one thing: Your culture lies to you. Did you know that every day, little (and big!) lies slip into your mind and heart? Don’t believe it? Let’s put culture under the magnifying glass and discover those lies. Copyright (c) Lindy Keffer, Focus on the Family.
"When crews build a skyscraper, they dig down before they build up. Only structures anchored on solid bedrock are secure enough to withstand dynamic forces of nature and remain strong. Building your spiritual life is similar to constructing a skyscraper. In Matthew 7:24-25, Jesus said people who hear His words and put them into practice are like a wise man who builds his house on the rock. Unless we have a foundation anchored on Jesus Christ, the Solid Rock, we’re likely to fall apart when life challenges us with unexpected events and everyday pressures. Copyright (c) Candy Arrington, Focus on the Family."
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