Family

God’s love illustrated

In the Garden of Eden, God established the first family. After creating Adam, He said: “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner” (Genesis 2:18). Beginning with a rib from Adam, God formed Eve. Then He told them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). Children would enhance their union and ensure the future of the human race.

Throughout history families have formed the basic unit of society. Ellen White wrote: “The family tie is the closest, the most tender and sacred, of any on earth” (The Adventist Home, p. 18). Yet throughout history Satan has attacked families—through polygamy, adultery, sibling rivalry, homosexuality, pornography. As families fracture, so do the individuals involved.

Thankfully, God’s work focuses on preserving and restoring families. The Bible provides numerous examples of God’s restorative power, such as the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) and the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). Furthermore, God uses family relationships as symbols of His relationship with us. Jesus repeatedly referred to God as “Our Father” and Himself as “the Bridegroom.”

He wanted to communicate that God, like a good father, feels forever connected to us and desires to bless and save us. And Jesus, like a loving husband, treats us with forgiveness and devotion. The book of Hosea ends with the words of the Lord to His people:  “I will take you for my wife forever; I will take you for my wife in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy” (Hosea 2:19).

They Never Said, “I Love You”

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Even You Can Have Family Worship

When Paul and Abbie’s first child, Jessica, was about 6 months old, they began to wonder about…

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Reclaiming Intimacy

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Protect Your Kids Online

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Try Having an All-In Night with Family

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Vacations for Better or Worse

It was the summer that I turned 16. My mother, stepfather, brother, sister and I piled into our anti…

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Children

Building a Whole Life From the Beginning Jesus made a profound statement about children when He told His disciples, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Luke 18:16, NRSV). While the disciples feared that the children might…

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Youth

Remember Your Creator The Seventh-day Adventist Church began like a Silicon Valley start-up—led by young people with vision and passion for a cause. People such as Ellen White, John Loughborough, J. N. Andrews, Uriah Smith and John Harvey Kellogg made a significant impact on the developing Seventh-day Adventist Church while still teenagers and young adults.…

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Men

Men have a special responsibility in society as they serve as leaders in their families and as servant-minded role models in their communities. As men grow in maturity and raise a family, they have an incredibly important role to play as husbands and fathers.  In showing loving leadership at home, fathers are able to give…

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Women

In the image of God During Jesus’ ministry on earth, He valued the contributions of women and elevated their status. For instance, He initiated a deep conversation with a Samaritan (outcast) woman—who subsequently evangelized her whole town (John 4). He protected the woman caught in adultery and challenged her to begin a new life (John…

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