Once a year Son Shine Ministries sends a letter to those on its mailing list asking them to partner with us financially. This end-of-year fundraiser is critical to our work, and we pray for a LOT of responses—large and small. We are hoping that dozens will give for the first time and that we gain many new monthly sponsors. We value your prayers for this effort, and we invite you to participate.
We are grateful to our local businesses who earlier this fall responded in a big way by giving $6,350 to help us reach families through our Marriage Care program (and future Family Care program).
Next year is packed with ministry oppportunities, and our team can't wait! Thanks for your support and friendship! Click here to give now!
Grounded Inwardly but Focused Outwardly
Denver Seminary President Mark Young and his wife, Priscilla, contribute an excellent chapter in a new book on marriage released recently. As a part of their preparation to write their chapter, they took the opportunity to summarize the most important beliefs they have about marriage.
Of the five points they listed, all were within the context of the greater mission of God. Their second point reads, "Our marriage is to be grounded inwardly but focused outwardly. The strength of our marriage and integrity of our family life determine the strength and integrity of our ministry. How we relate to God, to each other, and to our children provide a foundation for how we relate to others."*
The Apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthians that they were "walk[ing] by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). This is the current reality for those of us who are in Christ—that because of the Lord's enablement, we are living (walking) by faith. As we live out our faith at home, our unity strengthens, and our attention can be focused on a common mission of sharing Jesus.
No human marriage is perfect. We all struggle at times, because maintaining oneness in our marriage is difficult! Fortunately, God is at work within us, enabling us to do what he has asked (cf. Philippians 2:13). In fact, we are dramatically loved by a perfect God, and he wants our marriages to work and to be a part of his mission.
"Dear Father, we long to live out what we believe and to be a team of reliable witnesses for you. We ask for your help to strengthen our marriage and family. Help us to remember that in our weakness, you are strong, and that through our many imperfections, we can point to a perfect God who loves us and gave his very life as a substitute for us. In Jesus' name, amen."
*Mark S. Young and Priscilla Young; "Chapter 15: Marriage and the Mission of God"; Marriage: Its Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World; Curt Hamner, John Trent, Rebekah J. Byrd, Eric L. Johnson, and Erik Thoennes, eds. (Chicago: Moody, 2018), 356