I want ideal but I think I am stuck with the real | Avalon Church

Just imagine:

• It is always sunny, about 76 degrees with a mild breeze.
• There is always enough money in the bank.
• Friends and family are always happy with what you say and do.
• The Georgia Bulldogs win every football game they play.

Sounds like an ideal world, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t it be great to live in an ideal world? Regrettably, the last time the world was ideal was in the Garden of Eden.

Okay, let’s lower our global expectation a little. Wouldn’t it be great to have an ideal family? No arguing or yelling; only kind and uplifting words; a peaceful home where each fulfills their own responsibilities and also assists the others; the children are respectful and obedient; everyone knows they are loved and actually experience it.

Regrettably, the last time there was an ideal human family was also the Garden of Eden.

So if the world and the people in it have been messed up for so long, why are there so many words in the Bible that at least imply, if not actually command Christians to pursue the illusive ideal family? And what do we do when, no matter how hard we try to be obedient, our real family is still a mess?

This question and many others will be part of Pastor Dales new sermon series – “The Ideal Family – and How to Deal with my Real Family.”

In preparation for the introductory message in this series, let me encourage you to read the following verses:

• Ephesians 4:29-5:2 – some thoughts about how to get along in any relationship
• Ephesians 5:21-33 – the ideal marriage
• Ephesians 6:1-4 – the ideal family
• Romans 7:16 – the way we tend to do life
• Romans 8:1 – the reason to keep trying

“We are aspiring for Strong Families that are equipped and nurtured to pass on the legacy of faith, biblical truth, knowledge and wisdom from generation to generation.” (an Avalon Church Value)

Pastor Jim

P.S. Weekend to Remember getaway on June 6-8 at The Westin Lake Mary.

What you and your spouse will hear during the Weekend to Remember® is the result of more than three decades of biblical research by a team of men and women who distilled what it takes to have a successful marriage and family. The speakers will show you exactly how to pursue a marriage that really works through stories of their own breakthroughs and blunders. They want you to leave the weekend with encouragement, hope, and practical tools to build and grow your relationship. That’s why they call this a Weekend to Remember.

David and Celba Alfonso recently attended a Weekend to Remember and will be available in the lobby on Sunday, May 11, to share their experience and assist with registration for this event. In the meantime, you can learn about Weekend to Remember at http://www.familylife.com/weekend and about the Lake Mary event specifically at: http://shop.familylife.com/p-3243-orlando-lake-mary.aspx

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