Building a Strong Family by Joe Alain

Building a Strong Family
Joe Alain
Psalm 127


An all-female law firm is turning heads in Chicago with a new billboard and a blunt message: ''Life's Short. Get a Divorce.'' Oddly enough, the firm says about their advertisement, that ''It promotes happiness and personal integrity.'' Others see it differently. Rick Tivers, a clinical social worker at the Center for Divorce Recovery in Chicago told ABC News the billboard ''trivializes divorce . . . This makes divorce seem like it's not a big deal, and it's a huge deal for many people.''

The advertisement probably doesn't surprise us considering the state of our culture today. Real family values have been eroding now for decades. According to an ongoing Barna Group study, ''although many Christian churches attempt to dissuade congregants from getting a divorce, the research confirmed a finding identified by Barna a decade ago (and further confirmed through tracking studies conducted each year since): born again Christians have the same likelihood of divorce as do non-Christians. Among married born again Christians, 35% have experienced a divorce. That figure is identical to the outcome among married adults who are not born again: 35%.''

It's obvious that Christian families need help. The fact that we express faith in Christ doesn't mean that building our families will be easy. And the help that we need is certainly not going to come from our culture. In our passage of Scripture today, Psalm 127, we discover some things that will help us build healthy families. We see some foundational teachings from the Lord that will help us.

What does Psalm 127 tell us about building healthy strong families? First, if we are going to have a healthy family, . . .
1. Make Christ the Center of Your Home (127:1, 2)
The building of a house can refer to the actual construction of a dwelling, or the creation of a family (see Deut. 25:9). Building a physical house without giving proper attention to the foundation is a recip ...


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