Family Worship(Home Church)

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A family is a father, a mother and a child or children, ideally, from a biblical perspective. Worship is to honor the “worth” of God, or “worthship” if I may. Family worship is a family expressing the worth of God in the conscience of the family. God, of course is the Triune God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Christian worship is then giving the proper honor to our God in everything wherein He is God! He is Lord of all, so every aspect of life should be to His honor.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”, (1Co 10:31). There are many ways we can glorify God, but here Paul begins with the most basic acts of eating and drinking. Where does most of this ideally take place? In the family. Have you thought of the holiness of a meal? We have spent may hours in holy fellowship with brethren around the table. Perhaps you have never thought of fellowship around a table full of delicious food as glorifying God, but that is the standard Paul sets in this verse.
In our day we speak of the “house of worship” or the church building where we go to worship. We can worship almost any where. In the New Testament, and for centuries after Christ returned to the right hand of the Father, believers met in their homes normally to worship God in an assembly. Consider:
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. (Act 5:42)
WHEN?
WHERE?
WHY?
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, (Act 2:46)
And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in thy house: (Phm 1:2)

Where was the church? It was in Philemon’s house.

Note the simplicity here. When? Daily. Where? Every house. Why? To teach and preach Jesus Christ. You don’t need an organized clergy for this. You don’t need men with letters after their names to direct this. You don’t need the government to regulate it. It doesn’t take any extra money to make it work! Anyone who knows that he is a sinner, that Christ is the only Saviour, and that He can trust his whole being for time and eternity to God, knows enough to teach and preach Jesus Christ. Simply teaching is to present the facts and preaching is the exhortation or encouragement to live the facts. Family worship is simple.

 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward,” (2Co 1:12).

With some 450,000 churches in our country today, few people realize that there were no church buildings as we know them for centuries after Pentecost. Further, you will see in history, that shortly after the emphasis was shifted to buildings, and organized religion, the world went into what we call the Dark Ages for about a thousand years or until the Great Reformation. Throughout the Dark Ages, God had a witness, usually in small home assemblies who were usually persecuted by the organized religion which was called by the world, Christianity. This is dark, but there are many good, well documented history books showing the horrors of organized christianity which had little or nothing to do with our precious Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now consider with me, what is the most basic realityof a family, something even more basic that eating and drinking? Marriage! “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge,” (Heb 13:4). The purpose of marriage is to honor or glorify God. The heart of the family is the marriage which produced it. In our culture, sadly, marriages are usually based on attraction. That attraction might be sex, tradition, ambition or even religion. The attraction should be the wonderful purpose of Christ, and His glory.  Oh, how it would change things if, for instance, when a young lady was considering marriage, she would think first to ask ,

  1. Would this young man be faithful in leading our young family in the worship or honor of God?
  2. Would he be able to lead in family devotions?
  3. Would he be able to pray in a crisis?
  4. Would he be able to trust God in all things financial?
  5. Would he shape our lives daily to honor my precious Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ?
The young man would ask,
  1. Would this young lady be an example for our children?
  2. Would she be able to follow me as I lead the family in serving God?”
  3. Would she pattern her life after Ephesians 5 and 1 Peter 3 and other scriptures?
  4. Would she be a woman of prayer?
  5. Would she be able to help in the ministry God has given us?

You see, the family is something like this: God has a purpose and he saves a young man to carry out that mission. He then gives him the darling of his heart to help him carry out His commission. “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him,”(Gen 2:18). Adam needed someone to help him tend the garden of Eden! Further, the father and mother need help, so children are given to help in completing the wonderful plan God has for the family. This is the ideal, and grace is given to recover from the failures of meeting the ideal.

Since the family is the heart of God’s purpose in the life of the mother and father, it is safe to say that Christ Jesus can provide everthing needed in the family by His infinite grace. He will provide every thing needed for Family Learning, Family Health, Family Birth, Family Business, and Family Defense. This ministry is devoted to showing how Family Worship is the bedrock or foundation for everything the family needs.  Brother Hal Stanley

HOME BUSINESS

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FAMILY BUSINESS

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? (Luk 2:49)

Since the purpose of the christian family is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, wouldn’t it be wise to “follow in his steps”, 1 Pet. 2:21? On this subject we enter in to the finances of the family. How does God want us to “make a living”? If you ask a sample of people the question “What do you do?”, they will mostly answer by telling you their occupation or job, or basically how they make money. If our sample was from christians or non christians the answers would probably be the same. If you ask these people why do they live where they live, they will say something like “This is where I work.” Now let me introduce another factor. The Bible says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows,” (1Ti 6:10). Is it possible that the deep apostasy our nation is in is because we have peirced ourselves through with many sorrows because the love of money has dominated our motivations in living, and not the passionate desire to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ by depending on Him for everything in life?

Let us make a comparison. We can earn money to sustain our families to be able to carry out the mission our Heavenly Father has given us. From another angle, we earn money so that we can fulfill the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. We want our children to have high paying jobs so they can have all “the things we never had when we were growing up”. Now I know we need money, and lots of it in our society, but I know that “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” (Php 4:19). Further, “And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful,” (Tit 3:14). I take it that this refers to an honorable job which allows one to take care of “necessary uses” so that they be “not unfruitful”.  

THE STRONG ARMS OF GOD OUR FATHER!

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THE STRONG ARMS OF GOD OUR FATHER!

Underneath are the everlasting arms.” — Deu_33:27

God-the eternal God-is himself our support at all times, and especially when we are sinking in deep trouble. There are seasons when the Christian sinks very low in humiliation. Under a deep sense of his great sinfulness, he is humbled before God till he scarcely knows how to pray, because he appears, in his own sight, so worthless. Well, child of God, remember that when thou art at thy worst and lowest, yet “underneath” thee “are everlasting arms.” Sin may drag thee ever so low, but Christ’s great atonement is still under all. You may have descended into the deeps, but you cannot have fallen so low as “the uttermost”; and to the uttermost he saves. Again, the Christian sometimes sinks very deeply in sore trial from without. Every earthly prop is cut away. What then? Still underneath him are “the everlasting arms.” He cannot fall so deep in distress and affliction but what the covenant grace of an ever-faithful God will still encircle him. The Christian may be sinking under trouble from within through fierce conflict, but even then he cannot be brought so low as to be beyond the reach of the “everlasting arms”-they are underneath him; and, while thus sustained, all Satan’s efforts to harm him avail nothing.
This assurance of support is a comfort to any weary but earnest worker in the service of God. It implies a promise of strength for each day, grace for each need, and power for each duty. And, further, when death comes, the promise shall still hold good. When we stand in the midst of Jordan, we shall be able to say with David, “I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” We shall descend into the grave, but we shall go no lower, for the eternal arms prevent our further fall. All through life, and at its close, we shall be upheld by the “everlasting arms”-arms that neither flag nor lose their strength, for “the everlasting God fainteth not, neither is weary.”  C.H. Spurgeon

NO GOOD THING WILL THE LORD WITHOLD!!

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NO GOOD THING WILL THE LORD WITHOLD!!

“And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The Lord is able to give thee much more than this.” — 2Ch_25:9
A very important question this seemed to be to the king of Judah, and possibly it is of even more weight with the tried and tempted O Christian. To lose money is at no times pleasant, and when principle involves it, the flesh is not always ready to make the sacrifice. “Why lose that which may be so usefully employed? May not the truth itself be bought too dear? What shall we do without it? Remember the children, and our small income!” All these things and a thousand more would tempt the Christian to put forth his hand to unrighteous gain, or stay himself from carrying out his conscientious convictions, when they involve serious loss. All men cannot view these matters in the light of faith; and even with the followers of Jesus, the doctrine of “we must live” has quite sufficient weight.
The Lord is able to give thee much more than this is a very satisfactory answer to the anxious question. Our Father holds the purse-strings, and what we lose for his sake he can repay a thousand-fold. It is ours to obey his will, and we may rest assured that he will provide for us. The Lord will be no man’s debtor at the last. Saints know that a grain of heart’s-ease is of more value than a ton of gold. He who wraps a threadbare coat about a good conscience has gained a spiritual wealth far more desirable than any he has lost. God’s smile and a dungeon are enough for a true heart; his frown and a palace would be hell to a gracious spirit. Let the worst come to the worst, let all the talents go, we have not lost our treasure, for that is above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. Meanwhile, even now, the Lord maketh the meek to inherit the earth, and no good thing doth he withhold from them that walk uprightly.  C.H. Spurgeon

Child Welfare Manifesto

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Arkansas Senator Issues “Child Welfare Manifesto” – Child Abuse Perpetrated by the State Must Stop

Sen. Alan Clark

Photo source: YouTube [1]

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

As an Arkansas State Senator, Alan Clark has taken seriously his responsibility to hear the voice of the people in his state. When citizens brought the story of the Stanley family to his attention, he investigated.

Homeschooling parents Hal and Michelle Stanley’s 7 children were removed from their home one cold night in January 2015, over false allegations that they were poisoning their children with an unapproved mineral substance. The children have since been returned home, but their lives were turned upside down.

See their story:

Arkansas Takes Away 7 Homeschool Children because Father had Unapproved Mineral Supplement [2]

Taking-Stanley-Children

Stanley family children being removed from home during the night because the father allegedly used an unapproved mineral supplement. Photo from the Bringthestanleykidshome Facebook Page [3].

In the two years that followed the seizure of the Stanley children, Senator Clark has investigated the actions and policies of his state’s Department of Children and Family Services. He was stonewalled at some points, as DCFS officials resisted Congressional efforts to hold the state agency accountable for their actions. In October, Senator Clark wrote concerning his efforts to obtain information on the Stanley case:

Most do not know that I had to hold the DCFS budget to get that information and the whole Arkansas legislature had to back me to force them to comply. They are clearly more secretive than they have to be. They are clearly more secretive than the law allows.

What he found within the agency was a frightening abuse of power, where innocent families suffer and are torn apart, and children often suffer even more abuse at the very hands of those who are supposed to be protecting them.

See:

Arkansas Senator on CPS Kidnappings: “No Horror Movie Ever Prepared You for This” [4]

Shortly after, an internal email was discovered that showed that the agency was well aware from the beginning that they had no legal right to intervene in the Stanley family. That email was the “smoking gun,” but it was withheld from the legislative oversight committee that Senator Clark co-chairs, prompting him to write that “the gloves are about to come off,” and that all those who had hindered efforts to get at the truth would be exposed.

Arkansas Senator Writes to DHS “The Gloves are About to Come Off” as Cover-up in Stanley Case is Discovered [5]

Child Welfare Manifesto

On December 26, 2016, Senator Alan Clark posted to his Facebook page his vision for Child Protective Services, which he has entitled “Child Welfare Manifesto.” In it, he acknowledges the great harm that is being done to children in the name of protecting them, and gives some common sense considerations that lawmakers in every state would do well to pay attention to as they examine the Child Protective Services agency and its impact on the families in their state.

Here is the document in its entirety:

CHILD WELFARE MANIFESTO

The new rule in child welfare should be borrowed from Hippocrates. First, do no harm.

There is so much argument about how often the government/state should intervene, how much we should intervene, how we should intervene, should we intervene.

We know or we should know of the intense psychological, often permanent trauma that can be and is inflicted by removing children from their families and placing them with strangers. Every time we move them that trauma is compounded. If the strangers we place them with are not extraordinary human beings the trauma is compounded more.

We must consider that before we remove a child. Someone who truly understands the weight of that should be the only one making that decision. We should be absolutely sure that we have a better solution before we make that removal.

We cannot continue to make the decision that a child’s current situation is not acceptable, only to move them into another unacceptable situation. That is child abuse perpetrated by the state.

We do not just need to reform the system. We need to rethink the very nexus of the system. We cannot continue to assume that the new situation for the child is superior to the old situation, simply because it is the best the state can do today.

Children are not playing cards to be shuffled here and there at the state’s whim. They are not cattle that can be herded from pasture to pasture as it is convenient for the state. For that matter, neither are parents or foster parents. If we are going to take custody of a child it must be with the same care that we would parent our own child. Anything less is to be guilty of negligence ourselves.

The horrible situations that some children face should no longer be used as an excuse for trauma and abuse both, active and passive, committed by actors of the state, even with the best intentions.

We either must intervene in less cases or we become a much more intensively, caring, compassionate, thinking nursery to the children we profess to care so much about that we took them in the first place. If a child is going to suffer abuse it is better that they suffer it in the natural surroundings of their own family than in the foreign unnatural surroundings perpetrated by the state.

There are enough cases out there of the state making egregious mistakes to place the State of Arkansas on the Child Maltreatment List, I think. The state can appeal, but that is one case where I would like to be the administrative law judge.