Friday, May 31, 2013

• F U N C T I O N A L . f a m i l y

C H R I S T I A N S . U N D E R . C O N S T R U C T I O N 
• F U N C T I O N A L . f a m i l y 
LUKE 15:11
prodigal son

of or having a special activity, purpose, or task; relating to the way in which something works or operates :
(the Family Unit)

 affecting the operation, rather than the structure, of an organ : (bigger than me)

Mathematics of or relating to a variable quantity whose value depends on one or more other variables.

Rather than Look at the Word Dysfunction -
because this is ultimately what we WANT .
if WE SEE WHAT IT “SHOULD” Look like
we can more Easily Correct where we are currently Falling short.
the MAIN Elements required for :

a Family
a Home
to be Functional 
is remembering that 
“the WHOLE is Affected by every “one” involved “

Although it seems RARE that ALL the “ones” are Always in tuned with oneAnother
it is very IMPORTANT that we CONTINUE to Understand that 
the DEEPER we Engulf ourselves in “our specific ROLE”
in that WHOLE,
the Better chance we have of
helping  RESTORE  BALANCE to the WHole.
Like the bible says, 

Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

There will Definitely be Times when one of the “variables” of the WHOLE 
(one of the family members or Team Members)
will Not be Concerned  at all with “the Whole” .
This is Not the TIME to follow suit or 
to be Overcome with Anger and do the Same.
this is when you, one of the Variables of the WHOLE,
must Dig DEEPER in your ROLE in that UNIT
REMIND that other VARIABLE, that somehow GOT DISCONNECTED -
 of how LOVED they are 
HOW Important their ROLE is 
and HOW NEEDED they are.

THIS IS NOT a Time to Criticize and Condemn with Harsh Words 
that have no Trace of Love.

SOMEONE Must be more Concerned with the “WE
 than the “my” .
this is the ONLY Way a Family becomes Functional.

this Kind of Attitude can become Contagious amongst the Other VARIABLES
if *you are CONSISTENT and LEAD by Example.

Mathematics of or relating to a variable quantity whose value depends on one or more other variables.

this Definition here Reminds us of WHY this FUNCTIONAL Nature is SO Important.
Because as a WHOLE , the Unit is GRADED.
as a WHOLE, the Unit Finds it’s WOrth.
as a WHOLE is Passes or FAILS.

for what Purpose  has God assembled your FAMILY, TEAM ?
have you Ever thought about that Question ?
It’s Wise to AT LEAST ASK.
While we want to CREATE our OWN TEAM, 
first ASK, why did God assemble this TEAM .

it is Like a Group Project at School.
When Done correctly,
everyone in the GROUP gets one GRADE
based on what they DID as a UNIT.

this is WHY, 
even if it’s only One Person - no matter their Rank, 
if they SEEK to RESTORE the “Love Bond”,
if that one person Seeks to SATURATE the Unit with Their Love
they can Destroy the DYSFUNCTIONAL Element .

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

through Consistent RESPECT &  
Self-Sacrifice”, which is LOVE -
Balance, Order and FUNCTIONALITY can be Restored
 just as God intended for it to be.

when it comes to the PARABLE of the 
Prodigal Son:

we Focus today on the Relationship between the Brothers.
When we look at a HEALTHY Relationship between Brothers
there is a Certain CAMARADERIE that Exist.

mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together 

But when this Element is MISSING
and  instead their is  INDIGNATION & Strife
something FOREIGN , that is not of God, 
has entered into the HEARTS of One or BOTH of the brothers.

anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment

angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict 

The Benefit of this lesson today 
is to Present you with an Opportunity to do a SELF-CHECK.

if you are in a dysfunctional Home, 
dysfunctional Family, 
dysfunctional Relationship
LOOK WITHIN “you” FIRST and see if your HEART is right.
if you ARE MORE CONCERNED with the “WE” rather than the “me”.
it DOESN’T matter “WHO” started acting Inconsiderately First,
have you Let it Become a part of You ?

if you Find yourself NOT BEING ABLE to be HAPPY for the Celebration of another one of your Family members.
if you FIND it Difficult within yourself to HUG or SAY Hello.
if you FIND YOURSELF Avoiding or easily annoyed.
LOOK within you and PRAY GOD to
 REMOVE anything that is NOT LIKE HIM.

sometimes the FIX is as Simple as a HEART to HEART Conversation.

a Talk where you are :
 Transparent in how you Express what you are FEELING
but still Respectable in your Delivery.

but then there are TIMES when the Other person 
isn’t willing to have that TALK.
in those SItuations you STILL “do your Part”
Overcome EVIL with GOOD.

this PRACTICE right here,  being done by ONE PERSON
has SAVED MANY Relationships
and Restored Many Families .

more POWERFUL than EVIL.

Although this is only a Parable,
the situation is very REAL for many of us today.

this is LESSON is the beginning of our REMEDY from GOD.

it’s NOT about us 
DECIDING what the other people in the UNIT DESERVE from us.
it’s not about FAIR TREATMENT .
in the ROLE HE has Placed you in.


this is not of GOD-
this causes DYSFUNCTION -
1 Timothy 5:8
But those who won't care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.

1 Corinthians 6:6-8 
But instead, one brother takes another to court--and this in front of unbelievers!
The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?
Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.

i Understand that with so many Individual Variables 
in one UNIT trying to Accomplish a mutual Goal, 
there will be some Conflict 
and Disagreements and moments of Discord - 
so , with that being KNOWN,
our NEXT Question to get to the ROOT of the DYSFUNCTION is
HOW DO you RESOLVE Conflict ?

we all face Conflict -
but how you RESOLVE it
determines HOW much of the UNIT 
the Conflict will Actually Destroy.

the Underlining Point of this ALL is that 
the Adversary is SEEKING to Destroy FAMILIES.
have a Greater chance of PRODUCING the MORAL REBELLION & Social Decline we see / experience  in the world we Live in.
the HOME is the FOUNDATION, 
& what Life has to Offer.

when this is BROKEN, our Perspective Becomes Skewed -
a Godly MORAL CODE is never Embedded,
rather we are looking to “Local Media” to help establish our 
Moral Code & our Worth
Walls are Built up to KEEP our Vulnerability SAFE
 because the ONE PLACE we should have been SAFE  (Home) > 
WAS Overcome by the SELFISH-Ambitions of the Variables in the Unit.

THIS IS WHY protecting the FUNCTIONALITY of the FAMILY, the HOME, the Unit 
is So important to God.

the HOME is WHERE MORALS are Established 
in the LEADERS of today and for the Leaders of tomorrow .

More FUNCTIONAL Homes will change so many elements of our Society.
from the Music that is released to the Public,
to the Bills that are Passed by our government,
to the Rate of Crime,
to the Number of Abortions,
even all the way to TRAFFIC.

so let us CAST OFF the RAGING Desire to DISMISS everyone and SEEK our OWN.
in the END ,
 we end up SABOTAGING the Same Society we Hope one day we will Prosper in .


1 Peter 4:9-10
Show hospitality to one another without complaining.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

it is WHEN we Focus on the
 “WE” , Rather than only the “Me” 
that we Truly have a Chance at 
experiencing the Functional Family.

REMEMBER - even if *you are the ONLY VARIABLE FOCUSING on the “We” -
through Consistency / LongSuffering / Love 
it will begin to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Friday, May 24, 2013


O U T L I N e for :

one of the Most Popular passages in the bible is Psalms 23 •
but do we REALLY know what it means
and how it APPLIES to me ?

HOPEFULLY this brief outline will HELP :
TRY this:
i want you to LOOK at your LIFE 
Like it’s a Action Adventure Movie.
Some of the Key Elements in these kinds of Movies are
the Heros - the Villains
side kicks - the Victims
the Damsel in Distress - the Seductress
Conflict - Betrayal
Battles - Test of Loyalty
Lost Loved ones
the Happily Ever After

Although these kind of  MOVIES seem SO FICTIONAL
today i want you to see a Passage that could also been seen as the SCRIPT   for SUCH A KIND of Movie ;)
Psalms 23.

the Movie is called 
“the Path of Righteousness”.

NO NEED to Audition
Y O U ‘V E . B E E N . C H O S E N .
you’ve Been Chosen to be one of the HEROS .
This Adventure will TEST you in EVERY WAY,
sometimes the Trials May SEEM Unreal, or Fictional ,
you may FEEL at times like 
“this Can’t be Happening” .

and that is why i am HERE TODAY .

to Let you HEAR the ENTIRE Story -
so that NO MATTER what you FACE 
you won’t Give Up on the Hero in you
 BECAUSE you already know the ENDINg .


The Lord the Shepherd of His People
A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;He leads me in the paths of righteousnessFor His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil;For You are with me;
rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
I will dwell in the house of the LordForever.


first Understand Who God is:
the shepherd

a person who tends and rears sheep.

the Shepherds Responsibilities 
tend 2
verb [ trans. ]
care for or look after; give one's attention to 
• direct or manage; work in

tend 22
 look after, take care of, care for, minister to, attend to, see to, wait on; watch over, keep an eye on, mind, protect, watch, guard, supervise; nurse, nurture, cherish. ANTONYMS neglect.

rear 2
[ trans. ] (usu. be reared) bring up and care for (a child) until they are fully grown, esp. in a particular manner or place
raise, care for, look after, nurture, parent; educate.

it was very important that 
the ROLE of your HEAVENLY Father 
be  made clear in the beginning.

on this and every Journey
the Source of Everything NEEDED
journey preparation:

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Prior to Each Journey in this Adventure 
 there needs to be a Time of Rest & Restoration.
a Time to Help you Understand 
what will be Required along this Particular journey
& a time to HELP you Recover
 from your LAST Journey you were involved in.
side note:
I Love how this Translation says, Makes me to Lie down”.
i know for myself, i sometimes get Pre-Occupied or OverZealous and Forget i NEED to REST.
the NEED for REST
the NEED for Resting in Him ... 

so what is this GREEN Pastures:

• figurative place or activity regarded as offering new opportunities

it is HERE that God Presents the Hero with READy Resources.
a Resource can be :
specific People / Connections , 
or sometimes Material Things
that will Help the Hero on the coming Journey.

there is a Phrase that goes, “still waters run DEEP.”
and this is usually spoken from a Master to a Student 
or a Mentor to a protege 
to Help them Begin to GRASP the concept of Depth 
especially “psychological Depth”.
a Place where “dimensions” are Revealed. 

- 2 Corinthians 2:10
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 

This segment of your preparation is where you 
Gain the MOST Advantage & Greatest Perspective.
it is IN the Knowledge and Understanding THESE DEEP THINGS that
Confidence , Courage and Faith Begin to Blossom
Now our JOURNEY Begins! :

He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

the Path of Righteousness is difficult to explain 
because, it is a Path we Walk on by faith
, a Place or Mindset we consciously try to Stay in
 but it is also a Training Station where we are Purged for Perfecting.

the Path of Righteousness is almost like a FULL Pregnancy -
3 segments or 3 trimesters.
We have just completed discussing Phase 1.
from the beginning of the Psalms 23
we have Actually been on the Path of righteousness ,
even though it’s only Mentioning it now.
> the Writer *Intersects right here to Let us KNOW something 
Very Necessary.
the Path of Righteousness doesn’t always Mean Surrounded by green pastures and still water.
the Path LEADS THROUGH “other places”.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

the VALLEY: 
NOW, the Excitement Begins .

the Valley   .   of the SHADOW     .  of Death

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
Romans 6:23

And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Mark 16:15 
Go into the WORLD.
The HERO is sent into the “DARk PLACES” to SHINE.
a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface

one way the Valley of the Shadow of Death
can Be explained as is : 
the places where Sin and Evil are more Apparent.
clearly visible or understood; obvious :Bold

This is what Heros are Born for .

this is a PLACE where “something”- “some Lie”  is working overtime 
to Seduce the People 
away from the Light.
the choosing of SIN  Blocks the Light and Cast a SHADOW.

a Place where people are More Concerned with how Sexy they are 
rather than how Holy they are Living.
a Place where WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE 
is more important than the Characteristics you possess.
a Place where people are Cool with being Spiritual, but not being Christ Like.
it is a PLACE that LACKS the LIGHT & Love 
but has an Strong Appetite for Cruel Criticism
since JESUS CAME, died and ROSE with all Power-
IT CANNOT be Called the VALLEY of the DEATH.
it can only be the VALLEY of the SHADOW of death.
(read 1 Corinthians 15:55-57)
but it could be a PLACE where SIN is still being Blatantly Chosen by the People

This may be your Job,
your School
your Home
your favorite Coffee Spot
your Gym
a Church 
a Bus Route
 a Stranger on the STREET.

wherever it is, this is what & where 
the HERO has been prepared for.

This is the TASK, the Adventure
and Please Believe - “it GETS Real! out there”.
But Wonderfully -
God is Still with you.
God actually LEAD you here.
this is ALONG the PATH of Righteousness.

DID we know that
the PATH of RIghteousness
LEADS Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death ?

the Hero is Lead “in” the Path of righteousness
but Lead “THROUGH” the Valley.
Never Confuse those two.
the Rod & Staff:
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

the Rod: Disciplines
the Staff: Supports and Protects

Sometimes even the HERO wants to Venture off.
the Hero has been called to the Valley to be a Reflection of the True Light of God .
... but sometimes , if not careful, he can become SEDUCED by the same elements that are seducing the people that NEED SAVING in that PLACE.
God RESTORED your Soul and changed the way you think 
so that the HERO in you would ARISE,
not so that you would GO BACK to being Brainwashed while on a Mission.
God will definitely USE THE ROD
when NEEDED.
some of the TRIALS the Hero faces on the journey are Self- Inflicted.

this is a Result of the Hero getting off Course and the ROD 
“seeking to bring Him / Her BACK to Depths of Heavenly Reality”

1 Corinthians 10:23 
You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is good for you. You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is beneficial.

James 4:4 
You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

2 Corinthians 5:10 
For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for thegood or evil we have done in this earthly body.
the STAFF 
can be seen as a Actual WOODEN Stick used to Support a person who is tired or injured,
or the STAFF Can be seen from a practical perspective -
as in the “STAFF” from a work environment: 
all the people who Hold different jobs
 and perform different task to reach a MAIN GOAL.

as mentioned in the green pastures, 
God will supply the HERO with Connects, People, 
STAFF MEMBERS to help the HERO along the journey. 
the Happily ever After:

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
I will dwell in the house of the LordForever.

the Ending of this Adventure 
has a lot to do with the Coming of our KING
and that Moment when the Heros/Warriors meet the King.

what a GREAT DAY that will Be.
The day the King Rewards the Warrior 
and brings the Hero back into the Kingdom.

There is much to be Interpreted from this 3rd segment of Psalms 23
and i look forward to diving deep into it, but something tells me 
“this is enough for now”

Now is the time that 
you to MEDITATE on the HERO in you.
think about the Training you’ve Received 
and the preparation that has been made available to you.
Think about the resources you’ve been given
and the VALLEYS you’ve been placed in to be a Light.
this is your AWAKENING -

The HAPPILY EVER AFTER  has already been WRITTEN
the Heros  just needs to Make sure they remain being just that - 
 the Heros.

Revelations 22:!2 
"See! I am coming soon! My reward is with me to repay everyone according to hisbehavior.

NO Matter what Happens
Never Give up on the HERO in you.  
EVERYDAY remember the Power that WORKS Within you.

1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greaterthan the one who is in the world.


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