Coping with Problems: 7. Faith (Part 3) / Solutions
Each day, we have faith that the sun will rise. When it comes to spiritual matters, do we trust God just as deeply, especially in times of trials? Join Steven Lloyd and Don Ruhl in this lesson as they look at Biblical examples of faith discuss how we can maintain a strong confidence in God.
Coping with Problems: 6. Faith (Part 2)
God is the perfect counselor. He understands us completely and has the solutions to living a happy life. When people do not have faith in Him and reject His counsel, they are forfeiting the hope that God offers. In this lesson, Steven Lloyd and Don Ruhl discuss how we should trust God in every aspect of our lives and not look to worldly wisdom.
I consider it a blessing that our nation marks one Sunday a year to honor fathers.
Bailey McBride | The Christian Chronicle
June 12, 2017
I knew my father was a good man, but I had to be a father myself before I valued all he was to me.
He was very quiet. He never made small talk. He tried to teach me to throw a baseball and a football, but my coordination made those impossible tasks. We had better luck with fishing and golfing, but his greatest contribution to my life was encouraging me to study and get as much schooling as possible. He only finished the eighth grade and always felt the handicap of not having education to advance his career.
My dad was a hard worker. He helped me get through college. He was 75 before he was a believer. I really only got to know the heart of my father after he retired and had traveled for two decades. He lived in a retirement center near me, and we had meals together and talked about life.
The births of my three children were among the happiest events of my life. They all gave me endless joy throughout their childhoods. All three look as if they were stamped out of the same mold, but the differences in their personalities were an education for me. All three were strong enough to challenge my patience and my judgment. They helped me grow socially as I saw them face life and change. They enlarged my world by introducing me to new books, new people and new spiritual depths.
(PHOTO FROM PIXABAY.COM)
Although I have always considered myself a person of faith, having children expanded and enlarged my faith. All three children were born by caesarian sections, which forced me to trust in God’s guidance for the doctors caring for my wife. In those days, fathers did not touch their babies until they were going home from the hospital.
For seven days with each child I watched, admired and wept over their new life, depending on God to guide doctors and nurses.
My children helped me learn how to have fun and enjoy the simple things. Then they became adolescents. Learning when to direct, when to advise and when to step back taught me how complex each human being is and how precious decisions are in making a great person.
Although I have always considered myself a person of faith, having children expanded and enlarged my faith.
The stage of dating and marriage was the stage where I learned the most. The friends my children brought into my life caused culture shock. I found it hard to remain neutral. Some of them I wanted to keep as friends even after my child moved on. Some confused me. I am thankful my children were wise and understood what they needed and wanted. My sons-in-law (Phil Roe and Patrick Brown) and daughter-in-law (Karen) are amazing, godly people that I love almost as much as the children born to us.
The best part of being a father is that it leads to being a grandfather. That is the greatest truth about family. My eight grandchildren range in age from 13 to 32, and they are the most precious lives I can imagine. Some of the most joyous times of my life have been spent with them. The memories from baseball games, soccer matches, high school graduations, college graduations and international trips are treasures that enlighten my life every day.
Many of you were earning a living for the family while your wife worked at home and devoted most of her time to the children.
Even more of you shared parenting duties while you wife worked and improved the financial strength of the family.
Many fathers devote most of their time to rearing and training children. Fathers have great opportunities and responsibility to help their children become faithful, loving, serving people. Being a father encourages dependence on God. The complexities of guiding physical, social and spiritual growth are too much for mere men. We need God and his guidance every day.
A former basketball star and his wife address students about faith. Plus, a huge donation is made to the university by another big name in the NBA.
PHOTO BY KRISTI JONES, LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY
Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, talk with Lipscomb’s president, L. Randolph Lowry during the Imagine 2017 event.
After he was diagnosed with HIV 25 years ago, it was Magic Johnson’s Christian faith that saved his marriage, the basketball legend told the Lipscomb University community during a Monday visit to the Nashville, Tenn., campus.
Johnson, who dominated the court during his 13 seasons as point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, and his wife, Cookie, spoke to students, faculty, staff and donors at the 4,000-student university associated with Churches of Christ. The visit was part of the university’s Imagine 2017 series, titled “Nashville: Prosperity for All Corners of the City.”
Magic Johnson — now president of basketball operations for the National Basketball Association team where he once played — stressed the importance of education and faith as he addressed Lipscomb students, Nashville’s NewsChannel 5
— Lipscomb University (@lipscomb) April 4, 2017
“I grew up poor, but I never had poor dreams,” Magic Johnson told the students, WKRN reports. “Never let anybody define who you will be, and it’s very important.”
Cookie Johnson also spoke about faith and forgiveness during the event. She recently released her memoir, Believing in Magic: My Story of Love, Overcoming Adversity, and Keeping the Faith, which focuses on her marriage, motherhood and Christianity.
The HIV diagnosis, she said “changed the course of our lives forever.”
— MegaTitansFan (@TitansLavaFan) April 4, 2017
For Lipscomb, the Johnsons’ visit wasn’t the only exciting news connected to professional basketball.
Magic Johnson (holding a picture of himself) and George Shinn at the Imagine 2017 event at Lipscomb University
George Shinn, former owner of the Charlotte Hornets, gave the university a gift of $15 million — an investment in the university’s College of Entertainment and the Arts.
The gift, the largest in the university’s history, will fund a new events center and other initiatives.
Shinn told the audience, “I love what you’re doing at Lipscomb, and I want to thank all of you (donors in the audience) for what you’ve done to support and lift up this university… Be proud of it and please continue to support it.”
Chellie Ison | The Christian Chronicle
April 04, 2017