01 MAY

May Update from Dr. Ron Stewart, Interim Pastor

When Joshua was ready to retire as the leader of God’s people, he called all the people together and gave them a challenge. Joshua 24:14-15; “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for your selves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

I am convinced that all the problems in America, Tennessee, Alcoa, Mayville, and in your family, could be overcome if we would all accept the challenge of Joshua and declare, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Over the next few weeks I am going to be preaching a series of messages (not sermons) on the family. I am not an expert on family matters, but after 54 years of marriage, raising 4 children, and making a lot of mistakes, I have learned some valuable lessons from life. I have learned that my wife should be the most important person in my life. I learned that my job as a parent was not to raise children, but to raise adults. I learned parents are to discipline their children not worship them. I discovered that my actions impacted my children more than my words. I learned that my children sometimes wanted me to say no to them. I realized that my children would never be perfect because they had my genes. I discovered that the one who cares the least about the marriage is the one who controls it. I learned that the one who is spiritually mature will be the first one to say, “I’m sorry.” I learned to do my best, pray daily for my family, and trust God to do the rest.

In the middle of the family series we will have a MARRIAGE FIXER/UPPER WEEKEND. Does that mean it is only for marriages that are in trouble. NO! I like the house I live in, but sometimes I have to paint and fix somethings. No marriage is perfect. We all struggle at times, and if you come to the conference you will learn we all struggle with the same things. Here are the topics: THE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS IN MARRIAGE: HIS NEEDS, HER NEEDS AND THE UNMET NEEDS IN MARRIAGE: THE M.I.C.E.S. IN YOUR MARRIAGE. We will also have a time when you can ask, anonymously on a card, any question you have about marriage or the family.

Becky and I accepted Joshua’s challenge years ago and God has blessed our family in amazing ways. I hope after this family series, and the marriage conference, every family at MABC will be willing to join us in saying, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”