by Jeff Schreve

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The FUNctional Family (2 of 5)
Series: Modern Family: God's Wisdom for Today's Families
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Ephesians 4:1-3

If you have your Bible, please turn to Ephesians chapter 4. I want to talk today about "The FUNctional Family." Now the word dysfunctional is one that we hear a lot, dysfunctional is an adjective that means "not operating normally or properly." It means "deviating from the norm in a way that's regarded as bad." Dysfunctional is a term that's so often attached to family. We talk about the dysfunctional family. You don't hear much about the functional family, but you hear a lot about the dysfunctional family. I ran across this definition for the dysfunctional family. It says, "A dysfunctional family is one in which conflict, misbehavior, and often abuse on the part of individual members occur continually and regularly, leading other parts of individual or other members of the family to accommodate such actions." That's a good definition. Man, there's something wrong in one part of the family and it causes the other part of the family to act in kind of a different, weird, dysfunctional way in order to accommodate the bad actions of maybe a dad, or a mom, or a son, or a daughter. The situation for dysfunctional families tends to be this way: They're co-dependent adults. There are addictions in that family, substance abuse so often in that family, and lots and lots of anger. Kids don't like tension. They can't stand it when home is a tension-filled place, when mom and dad are fighting and yelling at one another. They don't know what to do. They're caught in the middle. They don't know what to say and their stomachs just begin to churn.

Hey, God didn't create family to be a dysfunctional thing. He didn't create home to be a place where it's just World War III. You know, we understand, as little kids, what home is supposed to be. When I was a kid growing up, my home had a lot of fighting in it because, as I told you last week, my parents had ...

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