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  • The Spark of Life | The Family International
    been deemed unsound We now know a lot more about cells than we did in the 1950s In particular we have learned more about DNA and RNA the amazing molecules that contain and transmit the information for life and which inhabit the interior of cells The processes and mechanisms of heredity continue to pose impassable barriers to evolutionary theory while pointing to design in creation and a designer whose intelligence far surpasses our own Even if the 20 standard amino acids could be created by chance scientists have calculated the formation of a 100 amino acid long protein this is a small protein the largest contain about 27 000 amino acids assembling by random chance to be 4 9x10 191 A chance of 1x10 50 is regarded as impossible so this is not only impossible it is impossible many times over Stanley Miller s experiment is largely regarded in scientific circles as a failure but even if it had been more successful it would only have proven that intelligent life could create life in a test tube In other words the conclusion would have better supported the theory of intelligent design than the theory of evolution Ironically human life did originate in inanimate matter the dust of the earth It just didn t happen the way evolutionists suppose The account of Creation that appears in the first chapter of the Bible Genesis 1 tells us that God made all living things on the third fifth and sixth days and on the other three days He made inanimate objects Most of Genesis chapter 2 covers the sixth day and the creation of man is explained in a little more detail And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul Genesis 2 7 KJV Dust from the earth was transformed into a human being the first man Adam It was the breath of God that provided the spark of life And there s more In the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians chapter 15 the apostle Paul refers to the first man Adam and the Genesis account of Creation and it is particularly interesting that he does so in connection with Jesus the Resurrection and the prospect of our resurrection It is written The first man Adam became a living being The last Adam Jesus became a life giving spirit The first man was of the earth made of dust the second Man is the Lord from Heaven As was the man of dust so also are those who are made of dust and as is the heavenly Man so also are those who are heavenly As we have borne the image of the man of dust we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man When we are raised to eternal life then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written Death is swallowed up in victory 1 Corinthians 15

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  • Playing God? | The Family International
    take that into consideration and judge accordingly By the same token there are those who are motivated by selfishness or pride or who have rejected the truth of God s Word or the voice of their conscience I hold those people fully accountable for their actions Those who choose wrongly without knowing will receive instruction gentle reproof and training when they pass over to the afterlife Those who knew better are more accountable and they will have to suffer more severe consequences In the past most people believed in and trusted God They knew that life and death were in His hands This faith and understanding brought peace of mind But in this day and age because so many people do not believe in God or look to Him and Me for answers they have lost their point of reference and therefore they have no peace It is this lack of faith coupled with pride and independence which robs people of the peace I could give them and causes them to take matters into their own hands to play God Many people are sincere but sincerely wrong They want to do what s right and think they are but because they don t ask for divine wisdom in the matter they go far astray Doctors scientists politicians and judges may think that they know what s best and that it s their right to decide such matters but they don t and it s not Wayward man in forgetting God is reaping the fruits of his own wrong living I don t fail but because the wicked of this world refuse to receive the truth and be guided by My love they fail The world is heading downward moving toward an increasingly godless society where man s system will make

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/10/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Love without Partiality | The Family International
    with others we must be very careful to not judge according to appearance but judge with righteous judgment John 7 24 Making a hasty judgment based on something negative that you hear is not wise and is usually incorrect There are at least two sides to every story If we respond to the first negative word about a situation or people by rejecting any possibility of there being any good in them then we are certainly guilty of judging a matter before we hear it in its entirety and it will be folly and shame to us Proverbs 18 13 We can t love or even sympathize with people unless we understand them and we can t truly understand them without putting ourselves in their place or trying to see things from their perspective Love the sinner hate the sin This is a distinction we need to always make We must not let the sin negate our love for the sinner We must not see the sin as all encompassing for love will cover a multitude of sins 1 Peter 4 8 As the Bible says There is none righteous no not one Romans 3 10 We need to learn to see beyond the sins that are found in each person to the good that is found in each person No one is all bad and nothing is all negative We need to look for the good and the possibilities in people and situations Whether someone is black or white or yellow or brown a Jew or a Gentile Buddhist or Hindu or whatever should have nothing to do with it It s sin that the Lord doesn t like not people s race or color or social status If people have to be free of their sins before we can love them who will there be to love If we start judging people on the basis of their sins who will ever meet our standard If the Lord kept a record of sins who could stand Psalm 130 3 We re all hopeless without God s love and that s the only thing that can save us While God teaches hatred of sin He shows great love for the individual sinner just as He did for each of us God created people to be different and He loves them all His great love and grace reach out to all of His creations the same He didn t make some that He loved less and others that He loved more He doesn t love people with a certain color of skin any more than He loves people with another color of skin If we show a prejudicial belittling demeaning spirit like that toward others it must hurt Him very much We are supposed to love all people the same Jesus gave His life for all humankind How could He love one person more than the other when He has shown the very greatest love possible by dying for each of

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/4/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Raising Happy Children | The Family International
    He loves you and He wants to be your best Friend Give them God s Word Teach your children to love God s Word and how to apply it personally and they ll know where to find the answers faith and conviction they ll need to not only make it through childhood but also to become happy productive adults Give them your time As much as your children may need and appreciate the material things you provide they d rather have you Teach them by your own example Don t try to be perfect but be someone your children can look up to and trust Try to be what you want your children to be Give them discipline and training a clear standard of right and wrong Children are happiest and feel most secure and confident when they know what s expected of them Set clear boundaries and rules as to what your children are allowed to do and set reasonable punishments for crossing the bounds or breaking the rules Promote honest open communication Give them your undivided attention when they re trying to communicate Be a good listener Show sincere interest Try to see things from their point of view Give them praise and encouragement All children thrive on praise It s more important to praise children for good behavior than it is to scold them for bad behavior Always try to accentuate the positive Have faith in them for what they can become Ask the Lord to help you see their potential as He does Express your love Children need reassurance Put your love into words and actions For more tips on parenting see the Keys to Parenting series of booklets from Aurora Production Tweet All Topics Views on Issues The Future Reflections on Life Relationship with God

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/14/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Marriage Advice | The Family International
    Let all that you do be done with love 1 Corinthians 16 14 Start each day with a kiss and affection Love one another fervently 1 Peter 1 22 Say I love you often throughout the day Put your feelings into words Compliment each other Constantly tell your spouse how thankful you are for them and how wonderful they are Set aside special times when you can be alone just the two of you with no work no problems and no kids to tend to That their hearts might be knit together in love Colossians 2 2 Show love and affection even when you don t feel like it Love suffers long and is still kind 1 Corinthians 13 4 Be sensitive to each other s desires and needs and try to fulfill them as much as you can Do to others what you would have them do to you Matthew 7 12 NIV Treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters Love bears all things believes all things hopes all things endures all things 1 Corinthians 13 7 Share your innermost feelings with each other but temper your honesty with wisdom to avoid hurting each other s feelings Speaking the truth in love Ephesians 4 15 Set aside regular times to discuss your children and their upbringing and to pray for them Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it Proverbs 22 6 Take everything your dreams problems needs and worries to the Lord together Pray and ask Him to work them out according to what s best for you In all your ways acknowledge Him Jesus and He will direct your paths Proverbs 3 6 Be quick to apologize and make

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/13/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Serve One Another in Love | The Family International
    esteem others better than himself Philippians 2 3 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love in honor giving preference to one another Romans 12 10 Submitting to one another in the fear of God Ephesians 5 21 and Bear one another s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ Galatians 6 2 It s a little easier if it s voluntary If we decide to serve someone a meal for example we re serving but it s our own idea The idea of through love serve one another is more like doing the bidding of another When it comes to that then we have to have quite a bit more grace and humility and yieldedness And if we re bearing in mind this through love serve one another principle we re of course not going to ask others to do anything that is hurtful or harmful Whether we re doing the serving or others are serving us it s all going to be loving and we re all going to benefit What we ask of others may sometimes be a sacrifice for them but by the same token we will be serving them too and sometimes sacrificing for them so it will be a two way street Jesus said He came not to be served but to serve Mark 10 45 So what does that make Jesus A servant Jesus made Himself of no reputation taking the form of a bondservant Philippians 2 7 So Jesus was a servant and He is still our servant He is waiting to do our bidding He says Ask and it will be given to you seek and you will find knock and it will be opened to you Matthew 7 7 In other words He says I ll do your

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/12/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Overcoming Vices | The Family International
    But before you can get rid of him you have to recognize that he is there that there is an actual spiritual force binding you to that vice and you have to want to be free of that vice badly enough that you are willing to confess your problem to Jesus pray for deliverance and take a stand against future temptation The moment you pray and ask Jesus to deliver you you will be delivered You have Jesus promise on that All authority has been given to Me Jesus in Heaven and on earth Matthew 28 18 Whatever you ask in My name that I will do John 14 13 If the Son Jesus makes you free you shall be free indeed John 8 36 When you pray remind the Lord of these and other promises He has made in His Word This shows you have faith in His ability to fulfill His promises Never doubt for a moment that the Lord is going to answer and He will He has to because He has promised to Some changes are instantaneous but others take a while Even after prayer and spiritual deliverance it often takes time to completely break free from the habit The Devil and his forces don t just give up and go away They will try to retake the ground they have lost But you have the advantage now Before deliverance the pestering spirit may have had quite a bit of control but after deliverance it is within your power to resist its regaining control This must become the new focus of your prayers You must also take practical steps to fight falling prey to it again Some vices have such a strong grip on their victims that they re almost impossible to overcome without spiritual reinforcements in the form of others prayers and encouragement If after praying for deliverance strong temptation threatens to rob you of the victory over your vice or addiction you may need to confess your problem to others who are strong in faith and ask them to pray with you against it as well as to help provide support and safeguards to help you not give in to temptation Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed spiritually and physically The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results James 5 16 TLB If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven For where two or three are gathered together in My name I am there in the midst of them Matthew 18 19 20 Although you are delivered from the evil spirit s grip you still have the ingrained habit and will probably continue to be tempted in that area for a while especially if it has been a big problem for years But don t give up Resist the very thought of temptation

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/18/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Communication Tips | The Family International
    I can With most people if you show that you re sincerely concerned about them and what they re going through they ll eventually come out of themselves and be more specific They do want to open up but they just need help The Bible says Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water but a man of understanding will draw it out Proverbs 20 5 Some people are brought up from childhood to believe that it s a sign of weakness to show their emotions or to talk too much about their feelings They re suffering from the classic condition of the stiff upper lip and consequently they have never developed the ability to talk meaningfully with another person They have never learned how to share openly with someone else and they have difficulty finding the words to say Others are fearful of exposing what they feel or think They don t want to run the risk of being rejected or hurt if someone else disagrees with them Others have the attitude that talking won t do any good so why bother They may have tried at some point to get through to another person and it didn t work so they stopped trying altogether And some people simply don t believe they have anything to offer others They don t think that their ideas are worthwhile They have a low opinion of themselves and so withhold their comments and personal feelings Hang ups and fears such as these keep us at a shallow level of communication But love understanding patience and a listening ear can free us from these negative and restrictive attitudes so we can move to deeper more meaningful levels Tweet All Topics Views on Issues The Future Reflections on Life Relationship with God

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