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ReFocus on Family. September 23, 2012. Refocused on Christ. Refocused on Christ Refocused on Priorities. Refocused on Christ Refocused on Priorities Refocused on Attitude. Refocused on Christ Refocused on Priorities Refocused on Attitude Refocus on Family. Did You Know?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Refocus on Family

ReFocus on FamilySeptember 23, 20121Refocused on Christ

Refocused on Christ

Refocused on Priorities

Refocused on Christ

Refocused on Priorities

Refocused on Attitude

Refocused on Christ

Refocused on Priorities

Refocused on Attitude

Refocus on Family

Did You Know?Fifty to 65% of first marriages end within the first 15 years.

About 40 % of children who do not live with their biological father have not seen him during the past 12 months; more than half of them have never been in his home and 26% of those fathers live in a different state than their children.*

According to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data, over 24 million children live apart from their biological fathers. That is 1 out of every 3 (33%) children in America. Nearly 2 in 3 (64%) African American children live in father-absent homes. One in three (34%) Hispanic children, and 1 in 4 (25%) white children live in father-absent homes. In 1960, only 11% of children lived in father-absent homes.

The Family is In TroubleWhat is the problem?

We are Out of Focus

We have Cataracts9What is a cataract?A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision.

Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people.

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12What are some things that make us out of focus? 4 CataractsCataract #1 Disrespect

This occurs when you do not consider your family members as valuable.Remember this: You will respect what you value!You value God youll worship Him.You value your spouse youll be concerned with his/her emotions.You value your children youll be concerned about themYou value your parents youll be concerned about them

Psa. 139:13-18 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mothers womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.13What are some things that make us out of focus? 4 CataractsCataract #1 Disrespect

Cataract #2 Apathy

This is the heart that believes that all of life and family ought to revolve around you.

Here are some very basic indicators to see how far along you are in this area:

1. Do you ask How did your day go today?

2. Do all the weekend, holiday, family plans revolve around your interests?

3. Could you recite the major activities that your family has been involved in this week?

4. Do you know what new interests, books, friends your children have learned or met this month?

5. Are you concerned with how your family makes you look?14What are some things that make us out of focus? 4 CataractsCataract #1 Disrespect

Cataract #2 Apathy

Cataract #3 Selfishness

This is the heart that believes that all of life and family ought to revolve around you.

Here are some very basic indicators to see how far along you are in this area:

1. Do you ask How did your day go today?

2. Do all the weekend, holiday, family plans revolve around your interests?

3. Could you recite the major activities that your family has been involved in this week?

4. Do you know what new interests, books, friends your children have learned or met this month?

5. Are you concerned with how your family makes you look?15What are some things that make us out of focus? 4 CataractsCataract #1 Disrespect

Cataract #2 Apathy

Cataract #3 Selfishness

Cataract #4 PrideProverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

I Peter 5:5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.16How do we stop the Cataracts?Follow Biblical PrinciplesEphesians 6:4; Deut. 6:1-9;

How do we stop the Cataracts?Allow the home to be a safe place

How do we stop the Cataracts?Allow the home to be a safe placeAdjust your schedules

How do we stop the Cataracts?Make following Christ a priority

THE TOP 10 WAYS TO TURN OFF YOUR KIDS TO CHURCH

THE TOP 10 WAYS TO TURN OFF YOUR KIDS TO CHURCH 10. Schedule personal or family events to conflict with church services and activities.

THE TOP 10 WAYS TO TURN OFF YOUR KIDS TO CHURCH 10. Schedule personal or family events to conflict with church services and activities.

9. Dont get too close to anyone in church. Refrain from developing relationships with Christians lest your children learn the joy and benefits of fellowship with other believers.

THE TOP 10 WAYS TO TURN OFF YOUR KIDS TO CHURCH 8. Look often at your watch during worship and complain bitterly, look annoyed, or freak out when church lasts longer than you think it should.

THE TOP 10 WAYS TO TURN OFF YOUR KIDS TO CHURCH 8. Look often at your watch during worship and complain bitterly, look annoyed, or freak out when church lasts longer than you think it should.

7. Tithe and financially support your church and its missions with the same enthusiasm you pay taxes.

THE TOP 10 WAYS TO TURN OFF YOUR KIDS TO CHURCH 6. Do the best you can to make sure the kids arrive on time to soccer lessons and school events, but dont worry if they miss or are late to church.

5. Bring your family to church only when a.) you have nothing better to do; b.) you have a personal need; c.) you feel really guilty.

THE TOP 10 WAYS TO TURN OFF YOUR KIDS TO CHURCH 4. Dont volunteer for anything or make any kind of long term commitment at church. Remember, youve got to keep your options open to do things that are more important.

3. Change churches every few years.

THE TOP 10 WAYS TO TURN OFF YOUR KIDS TO CHURCH 2. Remind your kids how imperfect your church leaders are and regularly point out their mistakes.

1. And whatever you do, dont let church influence the way you live your life.How do we stop the Cataracts?Make following Christ a priorityMake boundaries Parents for Children not children for Parents

How do we stop the Cataracts?Involve yourself in each others lives

How do we stop the Cataracts?Involve yourself in each others livesInitiate conversations about important issues

How do we stop the Cataracts?Learn always Love unconditionally Listen earnestly

How do we stop the Cataracts?Yield

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