What Every Family Needs

by Jul 1, 2024

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F: Faith

Hebrews 11:1-6

Faith is the assurance of what we hope for, the conviction of what we do not see. For by it, the people of old received their commendation. By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith, Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, and through his faith, he was commended as righteous, with God approving his gifts. Even though Abel is dead, he still speaks through his faith. By faith, Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death, and he was not found because God had taken him. For before he was taken, he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith, it is impossible to please God, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.

Faith is the foundation of our relationship with God. It means trusting in His promises even when we cannot see His work. Reflect on how you can strengthen your faith in both everyday matters and major life challenges.

Matthew 3:14-18

But John tried to deter Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment, heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him, I am well pleased.”

This passage teaches us the importance of obedience and humility. John the Baptist shows humility by recognizing his need for Jesus. Reflect on how you can seek justice and obey God with humility in your daily life.

A: Love and Joy

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men or angels but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Love is the foundation of the Christian life. Without love, our actions are meaningless. Reflect on how you can show genuine love in your relationships and community.

Proverbs 15:13

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

A joyful heart can change our perspective and those around us. Find ways to cultivate joy in your daily life and share it with others.

M: Money

Ecclesiastes 10:19

A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.

Money is a tool that must be managed wisely. Reflect on how you can use your financial resources to glorify God and help others.

Matthew 17:24-27

After Jesus and His disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, He does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” He asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for My tax and yours.”

Jesus teaches us the importance of fulfilling our financial responsibilities. Reflect on your attitude towards your obligations and how you can be a good steward of the resources God has given you.

I: Church

Psalm 133:1-3

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there, the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.

Unity in the church is essential for harmony and God’s blessing. Reflect on how you can contribute to unity and peace in your congregation.

L: Labor (Work)

Proverbs 24:10

If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!

Adversity tests our strength. Reflect on how you can remain steadfast and depend on God during difficult times.

2 Thessalonians 3:10

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

Work is an essential part of our lives. Reflect on your work ethic and how you can work diligently and with dedication, knowing that your efforts honor God.

I: Instructions (Rules for Living)

1 Peter 2:18

Slaves, in reverent fear of God, submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate but also to those who are harsh.

Proverbs 22:6

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.

Education and instruction are crucial for developing a godly life. Reflect on how you can guide and instruct the young in God’s ways.

A: Administration

1 Peter 4:10

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

We have all received gifts that we must use to serve others. Reflect on how you can be a good steward of the gifts God has given you.

Psalm 127

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain, you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for He grants sleep to those He loves. Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

Managing our lives and resources is essential. Reflect on how you can trust God to build your life and how you can value and care for the blessings He has given you, especially family.

Sincerely, Pastor Guillermo Camilla


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