False Security?

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We live in a “Guarantee” society. When we purchase big ticket items, they often come with guarantees. If we become unsatisfied or if the product breaks, the company will take care of it. They’ve got us covered, and this gives us a sense of security.

For most of the “big ticket items” related to our American life we can purchase insurance, which is also a type of guarantee. We can get car insurance, boat insurance, renters or homeowners insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, and of course life insurance. We can even get our money federally insured, so if someone would steal it out of a bank, the government will replace it.

Having insurance gives us security that even in a worse case scenario, things will be taken care of. We’ve got ourselves protected; all the bases are covered; we think we’re safe, but in a sense we’ve only surrounded ourselves with bubble wrap.

We develop this false sense of security and safety. We insulate ourselves and try to remove ourselves from anything that might cause us to worry, because we want to be able to relax and enjoy life. But in the process we forget how truly short life is, and we become distracted and don’t prioritize the really important things in life.

No one knows how long they have on this earth. While we think that we will be here for a long time, there is no guarantee that we will be here a week from now, or even ten minutes from now. Research has shown that 10 out of 10 people die… it’s only a matter of time.

So why do we live as if we have forever? Why do we waste our days away in trivial pursuits? To quote Annie Dillard: “How we live our days … is how we live our lives.” Why do we keep putting off the most important things when this life is but a breath?

Do you realize that you could die today… that it’s honestly a real possibility? Are you ready if your time is now? Are you ready to stop playing games with God? Are you ready to start living?

Luke 12:15-21

The CALL of the Cross

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Read Matthew 7:13-14 as a family. Discuss what you think these verses mean.

So what did you come up with? Are things as black and white as Jesus is painting them?

If we take Jesus’ words simply at face value, what are the implications for our lives? How do we respond appropriately to this?

The Christian life is more than just believing the right things, memorizing the right things, and following Jesus “in your heart.” The Christian life is a LIFE that is lived for Christ!

The CALL of the Cross is “to come and die.” To daily kill off your sinful self, and live for Christ. To love God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul.

Do you agree with the above statements? If so, discuss as a family some practical steps to take as you journey together on the narrow road to Christ.

The CURE of the Cross

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This video is a promotional piece for a book by Kary Oberbrunner. The title of the book, Your Secret Name, is based on Revelation 2:17, in which Jesus is promising a new name to those who are victorious in him.

The imagery in the video is something that resonates with all of us. Because we live in a sinful world and because we are sinful people, as we go through life we find ourselves dirty and even dragged through the mud. Life beats us up and breaks us down.

But in Christ our story (and our name) is changed. In Christ, we are forgiven, faultless, and free. This is the cure of the cross.

On the cross, Jesus became everything that is bad about us, so that we could become everything that is good about him! That’s good news. 1 John 1:9, Jude 1:24, and Romans 8:1-2 are passages that clearly show our new standing in Christ.

As a family discuss these questions:

1) What does it mean to be forgiven? Faultless? Free?

2) Many times we don’t feel forgiven, faultless, or free. It takes faith to trust that what God has said about who we are in Christ is true. Why do you think we doubt our new standing in Christ?

3) Faith could be defined as living as if what we hope is true… IS TRUE! How can we as a family encourage each other and strengthen each other’s faith?