Homefront - September 2015

We each have our own personal identity – it’s what we believe to be true about ourselves combined with what others have told us. However this personal identity usually gets in the way of excepting how God truly sees us. To find our identity in Christ, we must abandon any image of ourselves that is not from God.

God takes our identities and weaves them together into one beautiful masterpiece. No thread – good or bad – is wasted in this masterpiece. When the Weaver looks, all He sees is his love and redeemed creation….

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Homefront - August 2015

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God’s chosen teacher. It is He who causes spiritual growth and formation when and as He chooses. As such, we have articulated 10 distinct environments to create in your home. We desire to create spiritual space, which we refer to as an environment, in which God’s Spirit can move freely.

Nothing is more important in our spiritual lives than knowing and being known by God. We live in a world that denies absolute truth, and yet God’s Word offers just that. As we create an environment that upholds and displays God’s truth, we give children a foundation of knowing God, studying His Word, and cultivating a relationship with Him through Christ.

Just as the environment of KNOWING describes, we live in a world that denies and dismisses the existence of absolute truth. What a tragedy! We face an urgency to pass on the truth of God and His Word to the next generation. As we learn God’s truth, we open up to knowing God Himself and entering into relationship with Him. As we create space that allows our families to study God’s Word, we’ll develop a hunger and thirst to know Him more. 

Homefront - July 2015

Story reading and telling is an important part of our children’s development not just for the sake of literacy but for their spiritual growth as well. Telling God’s story to our children is the most important role we have as parents—it gives them a perspective of how God

has been moving throughout history and allows them to see how He is working in every person’s life today.

In this month’s issue of HomeFront we have focused on sharing stories around the campfire. GOD’S WORD (page 20) focuses on John 21:1–14 where Jesus shares breakfast with His disciples around a campfire. Our FAMILY TIME RECIPE (page 14) and KIDS IN THE KITCHEN (page 16) are both campfire meals that will encourage your family to share a meal and share
a story! 

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Homefront - June 2015

Without love, our faith becomes futile. The environment of LOVE AND RESPECT recognizes that children need both love and respect in order to be free to both receive and give God’s grace.

Key to this environment is the value that children are respected because they embody the image of God. We must speak to them, not at them, and we must commit to an environment where love and acceptance are never withheld because of one’s behavior.

First Corinthians 13 says if we don’t have love, everything else we do is futile. It’s worthless. So, without love, it doesn’t matter if we have all the knowledge in the world. It doesn’t matter if we’re helping kids understand who God is and we’re modeling what that looks like. If we don’t do all of it in a loving way, then it’s simply worthless! Wow! That’s a sobering thought. When we create an environment of LOVE AND RESPECT, we’re helping identify the image of God in every person.

This month, be looking for ways to take the environment of LOVE AND RESPECT beyond your family time with HomeFront. Challenge your family to find opportunities to show love and respect to others in everyday interactions! 

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Homefront - May 2015

The environment of SERVING encourages a posture of the heart that asks the question, “What needs to be done?” It allows the Holy Spirit to cultivate a sensitivity to others and reminds

us that we’re called to a cause bigger than one individual life. It helps fulfill the mandate that, as followers of Jesus, we’re to view our lives as living sacrifices we generously give away! 

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Homefront - April 2015

Our entire faith rests on these beautiful words from Matthew 28:6. The fact that Jesus rose from the dead means that death no longer holds any power over us. Because Jesus conquered death, nothing can stand in His way. And when we believe this, His Spirit dwells within us and transforms us with the power that raised Jesus from the grave! We no longer need to live in fear.

As parents, it’s our responsibility to push our children out of their comfort zone so they can experience the transforming power of God’s Holy Spirit... 

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Homefront - February 2015

We are people who have experienced God’s love through Christ and God’s forgiveness in the model of Christ. Christ was and is our living example. The environment of MODELING serves as a hands-on example of what it means for all of us to put this faith into action.

This month, as you model for your family what it looks like to live out a compelling and authentic faith, 

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Homefront – January 2015

This month we’re looking at the environment of COURSE CORRECTION. This environment flows out of Hebrews 12:11–13 and is the direct opposite of punishment. Instead, biblical discipline encompasses a season of pain, a building up in love, and a vision for a corrected path for the individual with the purpose of healing at its core.

Most people probably think this sounds like a painful process. And it can be! When we find ourselves “off course” in life, sometimes just the realization that we’re wrong can be painful. Sometimes the consequences of our decisions can be painful. However, God has a way of using our mistakes and missteps to make us beautiful and powerful examples of His love. We pray your family will experience the healing and restoration God brings to His children. 

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Homefront - December 2014

In this issue, we explore the environment of FAITH COMMUNITY. The Bible refers to this community in many ways: the body of Christ, the believers, and those who walk in the faith. Since God designed us to live in community, there are experiences with Him that can only be had within the context of relationships.

In those relationships, we experience aspects of God’s character that are new to us, we receive a fuller picture of who we are, we get new pictures of what our Father’s love looks like, and we learn to embrace our true identity in Christ as it is affirmed and called out by those who love us. 

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Homefront-November 2014

The environment of IDENTITY highlights who we are in Christ. According to Ephesians 1, we have been chosen, adopted, redeemed, sealed, and given an inheritance in Christ. This conviction allows children to stand firm against the destructive counter-identities the world offers.

Our culture constantly feeds our families the lies of false identities. School, friends, TV, magazines, music, and so much more continually tell our children that who they are isn’t good enough—that they need to be someone different. As we attempt to spiritually raise our families and redeem what the world has taken, it’s essential to be rooted in truth.

We have to affirm the Christlikeness we see in our children as they strive to stand firm against false identities. In a world that finds identity in shallow and fleeting things, only the truth of our identity in Christ can offer true meaning and purpose. 

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Homefront-October 2014

This months' theme is "knowing".

The environment of KNOWING says, “God knows me, and I can know Him.” Nothing is more important in our spiritual lives than knowing and being known by God. We live in a world that denies absolute truth, and yet God’s Word offers just that. As we create
an environment that upholds and displays God’s truth, we give children a foundation of knowing God, studying His Word, and cultivating a relationship with Him through Christ.

We live in a world that denies and dismisses the existence of absolute truth. What
a tragedy! We face an urgency to pass on the truth of God and His Word to the next generation.
As we learn God’s truth, we open up to knowing God Himself and entering into relationship with Him. As we create space that allows our families to study God’s Word, we’ll develop a hunger and a thirst to know Him more. 

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Homefront-September 2014

This month's theme is storytelling.

The environment of STORYTELLING recognizes that God has been working throughout history. He is still moving and working today. All of the things that He has done, is doing, and will do in the future aren’t stand-alone, independent stories. These things all relate to one another, and together they create one amazing story, which we like to call The Big God Story.

As we’re inspired by The Big God Story, we’re called not to keep it to ourselves but to give it away. We’re called to share our experiences of encountering a loving and faithful God. We’re a faith community that needs to hear how God is moving and creating a unique story in each of our lives. As we share these stories, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can inspire and strengthen one another’s faith.

Our hope is that this next generation will get a firsthand, awe-inspiring view of God as we pass down our personal stories of dependence on the Holy Spirit and share how God has shown Himself to us in unique and tangible ways.

We pray that this month, as your family begins to tell stories, your family will be encouraged, and that telling these stories will compel you to share them with others. 

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Homefront-August 2014

This month's theme is Love and Respect.

Without love, our faith becomes futile. The environment of LOVE AND RESPECT recognizes that children need both love and respect in order to be free to both receive and give God’s grace.

Key to this environment is the value that children are respected because they embody the image of God. We must speak to them, not at them, and we must commit to an environment where love and acceptance are never withheld because of one’s behavior.

First Corinthians 13 says if we don’t have love, everything else we do is futile. It’s worthless. So, without love, it doesn’t matter if we have all the knowledge in the world. It doesn’t matter if we’re helping kids understand who God is and we’re modeling what that looks like. If we don’t do all of it in a loving way, then it’s simply worthless! Wow! That’s a sobering thought. When we create an environment of LOVE AND RESPECT, we’re helping identify the image of God in every person.

This month, be looking for ways to take the environment of LOVE AND RESPECT beyond your family time with HomeFront. Challenge your family to find opportunities to show love and respect to others in your everyday interactions! 

Click here to download a PDF of this months issue (be patient).