What Do We Know?

Stats on Modern Families.

Changing the Culture: The Master's Plan

Speak Their Language

  • Eliminate phrases like (that's so gay; your “real” mom/dad; your “real” kids; gave her up for adoption)
  • Eliminate “”Give this your mom or ad.”
  • Careful what you offer and how you advertise it

Go to them

 

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What Is a Crisis?

Radical chane of status in a person’s life. Unusual instability.

Important to determine the tipping point that makes a situation a crisis

Crisis: A time of danger, a time of opportunity

Death of a Spouse

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A New Definition of Family

Wayne —  September 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

If we are going to minister to kids from non-traditional homes and minister to their families, we have to understand what a family is. It seems like an easy thing – to define the word family. It seems easy, that is, until you try to do it. Seriously though, take five minutes away from reading the rest of this article and write down your own definition of the word “family.” It is just one word afterall.

One recent report on the status family concluded the following:

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I didn’t get to hear a lot from Jason Grey at the conference due to limited time, but I liked what I did hear. They did teach me something new as an intro to the second song. The name of God “YHWH” represents the “breath sounds” of the Hebrew language. So, what if the name of God is represented by our very breathing? Make sure to check out “The Sound of Our Breathing.” I love a musical artist who also makes me think!

About Jasob Grey: Jason Gray has emerged as a songwriter of extraordinary depth, with a noteworthy ability to convey deep theological truths in engaging three-and-a-half minute songs. The Minnesota native is steadily drawing legions of fans who recognize his ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level, offering not escape or distraction, but healing and hope. His 2012 release, “A Way To See In The Dark”, was named Album of the Year by critics and garnered three top-five radio singles, including Nothing is Wasted, which hit #1 for nine weeks.

The title of Jason Gray’s newest Centricity Music release, “Love Will Have the Final Word”, speaks of decisiveness and closure. It’s a statement of confidence and determination. And it’s true: we live in the assurance that through all of our ups and downs, the ultimate victory has been won for us, and Love has spoken.

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It’s a great night for music at the Kidmin Conference (though most nights are, so that isn’t a real surprise). Next up on the playlist was the band Unspoken. I was moved and inspired by their song “Lift My Life Up.” And their final song, “Who Are You” is such a great message of hope in the grace of God. I guess it’s a good thing I stocked up on iTunes gifts cards!

 

About Unspoken: Unspoken is a multi-cultural band comprised of four members: Chad Mattson (lead singer), Jon Lowry (bass) both from Maine, Mike Gomez (electric guitar) from the Dominican Republic, and Ariel Munoz (drums) from Puerto Rico.

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Lindsay McCaul was another artist I was introduced to at this year’s Kidmin Conference. She only performed two songs, but were top notched. Her song “One More Step” is a beautiful recounting of an earthly father’s encouragement and love.

I’ve already purchased and downloaded it, and I encourage you to get the album too. Here is the iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-more-step/id902720160

 

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Often the kid with the worst parents needs you the most.

What does hope really look like?

Isaiah 30:15 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, but you would have none of it.”

We need to give God our expectations.

God will never be handcuffed by your failures or unleashed by your successes.

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