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“Do You Have a Stressed Nest?”
by Tom Goodman
April 6, 2005

A pastor once ended his sermon on family harmony by holding up a little cross made of palm fronds.  He said, “We have a box of these homemade crosses at every door.  As you leave, please pick up a cross and hang it in your house as a reminder to forgive others as Christ has forgiven you.  Hang it in the room where you face the most conflict.”

As the worshippers filed out, a woman pointed to the box of crosses and said to the usher, “I’ll take five.”

Maybe you can identify!  Do you live in a “Stressed Nest?”  Homes get stressed when we don’t know how to express our anger, when we have different expectations in the bedroom, when we’re always in trouble financially, and when our kids are out of control.

This Sunday I’m beginning a series of talks called “Help for Your Stressed Nest.”  We’re going to see what the Bible has to say about family life.  Notice the topics:

This Sunday I’ll begin the series with a talk called, “How to Be Good and Mad.”
Then on April 17, my message is called “Til Debt Do Us Part?”  We’re going to see what the book of Proverbs has to say about money management.
Then on April 24 I’m bringing a talk called, “The Bedroom: Playground or Battleground?”  The Bible has some really practical advice for this really important issue in married life.
On May 1 my message is called, “When Unchurched Harry Met Sally.”  A lot of folks are in a marriage where one person is a believer and the other person isn’t.  The Bible tells us exactly what to do about that situation.
Then on May 8, Mother’s Day, we’ll get guidance on “Raising Your Kids Without Raising Your Blood Pressure.”
On May 15 I’ve got a guest speaker coming to talk about family life, and we’ll end the series on May 22 seeing what the book of Proverbs has to say about time management in your family.
I don’t have to tell you how important these topics are for your family and for the families around you.  Bring a friend to this important series!  I especially challenge those in Adult 4, 5, and 6 who have adult kids living in the Austin area:  if you’re grown son or daughter isn’t involved in a church, try to get them here for this study!

It all begins this week at 10:45 a.m.!


—Don’t Skip These Important Notes—

New Classes! Three new classes began last Sunday at 5:00 p.m. It’s not too late to join:

Building Your Child’s Faith, led by Upward Basketball Coordinator Jennifer Tobey.  Provides proven means for introducing your child to Christ and helping them understand what Christianity is all about.
Christianity and Islam, led by Susie Miller.  You will gain a better understanding of your faith and how to interact with the faith of your Muslim friends.
Finding Your P.L.A.C.E., led by Herb Ingram.  You will discover your unique P.L.A.C.E. for service in the kingdom of God!

Mom-to-Mom.  This Friday, April 8th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parlor.

Topic:  Keeping your joy in the midst of difficult circumstances
Speakers:  Jan Cammack and BJ Linam
Contact:  Melinda Johnson 310-0590 for details and to arrange childcare.

Discover Hillcrest:  This Sunday, April 10.  The class will be held right after the morning service, AND LUNCH IS PROVIDED!  The class is for those who want to become members, and for those who just want to learn more about Hillcrest.  Topics include:

       *  The most important thing you need to know about Jesus
       *  Four fundamentals of spiritual growth, using the acronym "H.I.L.L."
       *  Our church's key values and strategy
       *  How to "connect" with others in the church

While I teach the adult class, BJ teaches "Discover Hillcrest Kids" for children ages 8-12, and Jim teaches "Discover Hillcrest Youth" for students in grades 6-12.  Childcare is provided for children under the age of 8.

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