RE: [allaboutfamilies] All About Families Newsletter August 26,2006

FW: [allaboutfamilies] All About Families Newsletter August 26, 2006

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Thank You for sharing this

I’m passing it forward to share with others & will
have it printed up as a reminder to me

Hope that you all are having a Blessed Day

Love Your Sister in Christ & Fellow Stander



—–Original Message—–
From: Dorothy [mailto:]
August 26, 2006
3:09 PM
Subject: FW: [allaboutfamilies]
All About Families Newsletter
August 26,2006


This was a good question for me, today, and I
thought I’d share it with all of you, too.  

Mikal Frazier, the marriage and family counselor mentioned after Jim’s article
was the lady who first recommended Ed Wheat’s book, LOVE LIFE FOR EVERY MARRIED

Love and prayers,

From: Norman Bales
Date: Sat,
26 Aug
12:58:14 -0500
Subject: [allaboutfamilies] All About Families Newsletter
August 26, 2006

All About Families Newsletter
August 26, 2006
Norman Bales, editor


by ³Mr. Jim²


³Mr. Jim² is our son. He serves as the children¹s minister for a large church.
He works hard to help those children follow Jesus. He doesn¹t
see children¹s ministry as substitute parenting. He views it as an opportunity
to provide resources for parents to help their offspring make Jesus the center
of their lives. Sometimes parents and church workers send mixed messages. We
say that Jesus is the center of our lives, but we act in a different way. Jim
challenges all of us ­ parents, children, husbands, wives, grandparents, even
single persons to take
a careful look a
t the things we value.


* * * * *

by ³Mr. Jim² (Jim Bales)

In this summer¹s Vacation Bible School we talked a lot about treasure.

We tried to make it very clear to the kids that ³Jesus is Our Greatest Treasure.²
It sure has made me think, though; do I behave as though Jesus is MY greates
t treasure?
How about YOU?

Think with me for a minute. What do we do with our most valuable possessions?
We buy insurance. We store them in a safe place. We run to
the bank to make a deposit. Each month we check our statements to make sure
they appreciate in value. We show off every chance we get. We have them
appraised by an expert.  Bottom line:  We focus attention on our most
valued belongings.
That¹s what makes things valuable in the first place; other
people focus attention on and desire them, too

So I ask myself, ³Where is my attention focused?² Where¹s yours? I know I spend
an enormous amount of time ³working for the church,² but am I focused on Jesus?
I know plenty of people who spend hour upon hour volunteering and serving
selflessly in the church and in the community.
Our family commitments are overwhelming a
t times.

What¹s your motivation? Where¹s your focus? If I¹m being
honest, I¹m not sure I can always say I¹m doing it with Jesus in mind. Can you?

So what do we need to do to focus attention toward our greatest treasure?
Prayer is great ³insurance² agains
he obstacles that
threaten our treasured relationship. We certainly can find more value every
time we check God¹s ³statements.² Are you ³showing off² your
passion for Jesus and not just going through the motions of service? Do you
consult any ³experts² in the field to help you understand the value of a
relationship with Jesus?

Here¹s the other bottom line. These are all things we do when we have earthly
possessions that we value.

If we aren¹t exhibiting similar behavior (or better) when it
comes to Jesus — is He really our greates
t treasure?

What do you value? Where are we going to focus attention this
week? My mom always says, ³The proof is in the pudding.² The Bible says
t this way, ³For where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also.² Matthew 6:21

* * * * *
If you have questions about marriage and family relationships, you can "ASK
THE COUNSELOR." Address your questions to Mikal Frazier. Her address is


Southern Hills Church of Christ
9080 Southwood Drive
Shreveport, Louisiana 71118
(318) 686-2190

Norman Bales:
Ann Bales:
Mikal Frazier: <>
Jim Bales <>
Web: <;




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