Included in this week’s issue:
Seeing the Better Part of the Glass That Is Full
Your staff know the folks in your congregation who are the work of the ministry. But it’s helpful and encouraging to reflect on the faithful ones who do the work of the ministry, and do so quietly and cheerfully.
Go around the table and have each staff member mention one, two, or three members who help you carry the load in selflessness and have done something special for you and those you’re ministering to lately. Try to mention those who are not as well known for their service but have been a blessing to your church.
We think you’ll have plenty of folks to thank God for.
The Unavoidable Wrestling with Temptation
There is no man wholly free from temptation as long as he lives, because we have the root of temptation with ourselves, in that we are born in concupiscence. One temptation or sorrow passes, and another comes; and always we shall have somewhat to suffer, for we have fallen from perfect happiness.
…He who resists only outwardly and does not pull up that sin by the root shall profit little, nay, rather temptation will return to him more quickly and will be all the more terrible. Little by little though, through patience and longsuffering, you shall conquer by the help of God rather than by violence and your own strength of will. In the midst of temptation, often seek counsel; and do not deal harshly with one who is tempted, but comfort and strengthen as you would have done to yourself.
-Thomas ‘a Kempis, Imitation of Christ, chapter 13.
What is the Actual Divorce Rate?
There has been a great deal of confusion over the last few decades on what the divorce rate in the United States actually is. We’ve heard some wild numbers here at Focus on the Family as well as some creative explanations for why certain figures are either true or false. Recently we dug into the best social science research to help explain what the true answer actually is. That brief report is here.
This report also shows that one’s risk of divorce is sadly extremely high for some, but nearly nil for others. You will find it very interesting to learn what life factors determine which. One’s faith and obedient Christian discipleship plays no small part in protecting against divorce.