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The Community and Service of Parenting
By: Pastor Victor Borchard

The Church Crayon: Family Forever
“We belong to two families.” – Ed Moll & Tim Chester

Even though I’m a pastor (or maybe especially because of it), I’m learning that my kids need other voices speaking into their lives. They can only hear so much from mom and dad. Our church family is an essential gift from God to our immediate family. Today, let’s thank Him for both.
My old pastor in Idaho used to regularly say, “If this church doesn’t feel like home to you yet, it might be because you’re not doing any chores around here yet.” Few words make my kids freak out quite as much as that word, “Chores.” But it’s the truth. Every household has chores that need to be done, even the household of faith.
Personal Reflection: My immediate family serves our church family, together. Agree or disagree? Why or why not?

Mark 3:31-35, ESV.
31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

The Service Crayon: Only two choices on the shelf…
“Children are not the center of the world.” – Ed Moll & Tim Chester

A few years ago, one of the Christian family organizations did a study to learn more about healthy families. They found that the healthiest families served together. They were living for a cause greater than themselves. We’ve found that volunteering together is healthier than merely singing Kumbaya together.
There are only two choices on the shelf: serving God or serving self. Let’s teach our kids the transformative truth that this world doesn’t belong to them and that it doesn’t revolve around them. The world does belong to Jesus and our lives are to orbit the Son as we serve Him.
Personal Reflection: My children know that the world does not revolve around them because the world of our family revolves around Christ. Agree or disagree? Why or why not?

Mark 12:28-34, ESV.
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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