The word family can have vastly different meanings depending on life experiences. For some people, family signifies a source of strength. For others, family brings up memories of abuse or neglect. For many people, family evokes both positive and negative feelings.
Others pray to receive a family — a spouse or a child they have not yet met. Some people hear family and think of their siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins.
Parents may hear the word family and immediately think of their children. This issue of LLM includes several articles that discuss the parent-child experience. As a parent, I
appreciate the helpful and encouraging tone of these articles. They stand in sharp contrast to a lot of what I read from (both Christian and secular) parenting blogs and magazines that predict calamity if parents deviate in any way from the writer’s advice for feeding, educating, disciplining or entertaining a child.
Jeff Finley, Managing Editor
Even if you have no living relatives or are estranged from family members, you can still be part of a loving family. If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, “you are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family”
(Ephesians 2:19 NLT).
Downloadable PDF: LLM July 2014
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- Table of Contents
- [Feature]: Hope for Spicy Families
- [Foundation]: Confession is Good for the Family
- [Bishops]: Well at Home, Well With the World
- [History]: Parental Authority
- [Action]: Miracles in Mumbai
- [News and Briefs]: Jubilee Kids! at GC15
- [Discipleship]: God’s Not-So-Hidden Purpose for Families