Este es un corto extracto del eBook que estamos terminando. Algunos preguntan si es suficiente enviar a nuestros hijos a una clase dominical para que aprendan de Dios. Pues aquí te damos algunas cosas qué masticar por ahora! Ya tienes tu cafecito listo? Okey, sentémonos a platicar.
This is the last of a 5-part video conversation about Seeking Significance in a success-driven world. Thank you for staying with us as we walk through such an important subject!
I love what was said about one of the main lies from our enemy: “You don’t matter”, and what an easy target we make when we aren’t in meaningful relationships with others.
Question: What do you need to give more significance to? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
Bless the Lord, O my soul…Who satisfies your mouth, your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation with good so that your youth renewed is like the Eagles, strong, overcoming, soaring. (Psalm 103:1-5 AMPC)
I’ve been dealing with a bad attitude lately. Yes, around here we call it the stinky britches attitude. One where I started slipping into discontentment because I thought I wasn’t getting enough alone / me / my interests time. The truth is my husband was giving me plenty of time to write, read and do other things.
Are you ready for this? I thought…
Wow! These just keep getting better!
I agree with the guys that we’ve complicated our relationship with God. Sometimes our church culture is not conducive to the application of this phrase: “It’s not about religion, it’s about relationship.” Have a listen and join us for I believe is one of the main points of this conversation!
Check out the previous videos here…
So...There is a huge connection between significance and our relationships. Who are you adding significance to? Who’s adding significance to you? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
A highlight for me in this video is the ordering our “do’s” according to our significance, therefore adding flavor to the meat of life, rather than trying to live by the toppings alone. These guys are great!
Question: Is Jesus your taco? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
Hi there! It’s great to see you again! Last time, Brad talked about the real issues at stake when dealing with Gender Matters. Today, I’m answering a question from one our Spanish readers (which is why you probably saw the Spanish version a few days ago… yes, I’m just getting around to translating it!)
“Ok, I get all that you said in your post, but how do I explain these matters to my little kids?”
Well, I like to ask myself “What does Papa God do with us, his kids, in situations like these?”
As you know, we are in this world, but not of it, and therefore will always encounter cultural currents that are contrary to what God teaches us. Similarly, our kids live in this reality every day!
I think our Heavenly Father does this:
Brad and our friend Derek record a great conversation I think is relevant to us all, no matter what our sphere of influence. Take a look at Part 1 if you missed it!
I love how they are defining the words “significance” vs “success”, and how relationships play into both! Good stuff!
Question: How about you? How important do you think relationships are in our sense of significance? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
¡Hola! ¡Qué gusto verte de nuevo! La vez pasada, Brad habló acerca de la Cuestión del Género que ha estado surgiendo en varios países. Uno de nuestros lectores preguntó: “Bien… me parece muy bueno todo esto, pero cómo le explico estas cosas a mis hijos chicos?”
En situaciones como esta, me gusta preguntar: “¿Qué hace Dios con nosotros, sus hijos, en situaciones similares?”
Vivimos en este mundo, pero no somos de este mundo, y por tanto, siempre habrán corrientes culturales contrarias a lo que nuestro Papá Dios nos enseña. Similarmente, nuestros hijos viven esa realidad todos los días!
Creo que Papá Dios hace lo siguiente:
Brad and our friend Derek Dean sat down and recorded one of their most recent conversations. I think so many times people don’t have deep, meaningful conversations about God because it’s not their norm, and yet, this is one of the best ways to grow! Pull up a chair, grab a coffee, and join in! Let us know your thoughts and comments!
This is part 1 of a 5-part series.
One of our old students in Mexico asked us to address the gender issue as the Mexican government is debating laws etc around this. So grab a coffee and a cookie and let’s talk this over for a few minutes.
There is an increasing movement to ‘de-gender’ the world. I remember overhearing a conversation on a plane almost 20 years ago between an older woman and a younger woman.
The older woman said, “What are you studying?” the younger replied, “Women’s studies.” The older asked, “What do you hope to accomplish with your education?” The younger answered, “We hope to remove gender specific words and ideas from our vocabulary!” The older gave a reply that I don’t remember but her tone was one of shock and disbelief. I remember looking at Celina and we both quietly laughed and said, “They’re crazy! This will never happen!” I wish we were correct but it is happening in many countries.
There’s no way I can answer all of the questions on our cultures’ current thoughts on male and female identity in one post. I believe this battle, if it is to be won, will happen in conversations between people, like the one I heard on the plane that day. I want to plant a few thoughts into our minds that will help us as we have these conversations.
What’s wrong with removing gender?
I know what many people think it doesn’t matter if we all know who’s a boy and who’s a girl, but the main issue I see with removing or lessening gender is one of identity. And the problem with the lessening and confusing of gender centers on the lessening and confusing of the identity of our Creator.
Scripture teaches us that God made mankind in HIS image and in HIS likeness. It says MALE and FEMALE made He THEM. (Gen 1:26-28). My ‘maleness’ isn’t just connected to me it’s connected to God Himself! The same is true for Celina’s ‘femaleness’. Our gender is part of HIS IMAGE. It’s demonstrates an aspect of who God is not just who we are.
In my imagination, I have seen the creation of man like this: God makes Adam and for a time Adam has both the male and female perspective inside of him (I’m not speaking biologically but more psychologically). Because God is a great Father, He is setting mankind up for an important life lesson. There was a period of Adam’s life where he was living out God’s plan alone, but with the ability to interact and understand things as both male and female.
Then God says, “It’s not good for Adam to live life by himself and with such independence. He needs someone LIKE him so he can live in interdependence.” So God creates Eve. Now, where did God go to make her? He didn’t turn to the earth again and make something new. He went to where she already was…IN ADAM! He pulled from Adam everything female and made Eve.
Look at what Adam says the first time he sees Eve, “This IS bone of MY bone and flesh of MY flesh” There is a ton of insight in his first declaration of who he knew Eve to be! She wasn’t some strange and different creation she WAS and IS himself!
If we can get men and women to quit seeing themselves as different and see themselves as part of EACH OTHER then we’d answer so much of the gender debate. When we remove someone from their gender, we are disconnecting them from one of the primary demonstrators of who God is in them!
In my opinion, men and women are not so much fighting over identity as they are fighting over EQUALITY.
The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 2, ” Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility], who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it].
I love the attitude of heart that Jesus had. He KNEW He was equal, so He didn’t fight to PROVE that He was. I’ve come to believe that anytime I’m fighting to prove to someone else that I’m equal to them it’s because I have forgotten that I AM equal to them.
Paul also tells us that in Christ there is no distinction between nationalities, sexes, or socioeconomic status because we are all ONE in Christ. We are all equal to one another because we are all sons and daughters (Gal 3:26-28). We are united with Him; therefore, we are united to each other. No one greater than the other because He is the one who fills ALL in ALL! (Eph 1:22-23)
It’s time for us to go and have these conversations with the world around us. I think they just haven’t heard the truth that their identity is a reflection of their Creator and that through His sacrifice for them they are already EQUAL!