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October 2010 Newsletter

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

Winter approaches, and with it so does the two retreats we are looking forward to now. So much else has been going on at Biblical Families recently, including the many new members we have received and people that we have been talking with, as a result of the TLC SisterWives show (you can see the page we added for the online ad we ran here.) We welcome those folks, and invite old and new members alike to let us know how we can serve you – we are available for counseling and advice. Just drop us a note at staff@biblicalfamilies.org, or if you’d like to reach just the ladies ministry, at femina@biblicalfamilies.org .

But the real focus this month is on these retreats. Here’s the skinny for you: if you haven’t attended a Biblical Families retreat, and you have a Biblical view of polygamy, you don’t know what your missing: the chance to learn from others, receive prayer and encouragement from them, and just experience the fellowship that is so lacking for many isolated by the truth of plural marriage.

Our retreats are for everyone – those seeking more info, those uncomfortable with the idea still, those single, married, or very married. If you want more info, see our Retreat page, and send any questions you have to retreats@biblicalfamilies.org.

Here is what is coming up:

Phoenix, AZ Nov 5th-7th Just 2 weeks away! It is not too late to sign up for this retreat – just email now for details. This will be our only retreat on the West Coast for the next 6 months at least. And while we love our East Coast folks (some that we have seen at 5 or 6 retreats now), what is great about the West Coast retreat is getting to meet all new families – we have some we have been waiting a long time to meet at this retreat. Dr. Allen will be present and is planning some special sessions for us. We have a great hotel location in north Phoenix – if you thing you might be interested, let us know now!

Alabama, Dec 31st-Jan 2nd Las…

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Found out I’m Jewish!?

Greetings everyone! I don’t normally post on the forms. Even though I have commented before. Today I found my parental grandparents are of Jewish heritage. Even though they converted to Christianity. I believe my great grandparents or great, great grandparents left Judaism for Christianity. Since I’m seeing a lot of members became Catholic or Protestant. My Grandfather was a Sephardi Jew and my Grandmother was a Ashkenazi Jew. I personally will have pride in my new found heritage. Even though I have read online my mother has to be Jewish in order for me to call myself one. Yet I don’t see any of my friends who’s parent are not of the same heritage or religious belief calming that. What do you think? Should I study Judaism and my ancestry more or just close this chapter?

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Peace With God

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ – Romans 5:1

The phrase "peace for our time" was spoken on 30 September 1938 by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in his speech concerning the Munich Agreement.[1] It is primarily remembered for its ironic value. The Munich Agreement gave the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler in an attempt to satisfy his desire for Lebensraum ("living space") for Germany. The German occupation of the Sudetenland began on the next day, 1 October.

Less than a year after the agreement, following continued aggression from Germany and its invasion of Poland, Europe was plunged into World War II.

The idea of peace in this world is often fleeting at best. Even those times that we strive to ‘keep the peace’, perhaps by compromising our values, or even giving up God-given rights, we often find ourselves short-changed at best.

But peace for our time is possible; peace with God. Men’s hearts are constantly troubled and weakened by the circumstances of this age. But the Word of God gives us this promise:

The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Psalms 29:11

The peace of God can actually strengthen our hearts, when He blesses us with His peace.

When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7

The peace of God is such that when it permeates our lives, it makes even those that oppose us to be blessed with peace as well!

Peace with God ultimately rests in our accepting, by faith, the justification of God. Jesus died for our sins, paid that price for our justification before a righteous God. We have no worthiness in ourselves, because our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Yet, when we are justified, by faith in that shed blood, we receive the peace of God that passes all understanding

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep yo…

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Are You Being Persecuted by Leaders for the Love of Christ?

I wrote this for another post in another field/topic but thought I would add it here as this might be of some help to those of you are suffering persecution. I’ve modified it some to be more applicable to this aspect of suffering unjustly for the cause of Christ.

In many cases we, like Christ, have to suffer in order to be able to share true love with those who revile us, persecute us, and despise us and our message. Sometimes this even requires us to submit to those whom we believe or know to be unjust.

I was thinking back to the life of Christ in regard to his submission to authorities around him. In his case every earthly authority around him was unjust because he was the standard of perfection. That had to be hard living a life where every person you saw you could see all of their imperfections.

Yet I realized some things about him that really stood out. As Christians our goal is to be like Christ and to be conformed into his image. Sometimes for us to get Christ’s love to others we will have to suffer in order to get that truth to them. Many who persecute Christians are people who do not know the gospel of grace. Many know the gospel of morality and know religion, but few and far between understand grace.

But for us to understand grace, and for us to be able to properly administer grace to others it often requires that we suffer like Christ suffered. One medical doctor has well stated: "Is it not odd that the oldest two books of the Bible, Job in the OC and James in the NC, both start off on teaching people how to suffer for the sake of God’s mission?" What a powerful point. Sometimes, our suffering will be as we humble ourselves through the art of submission.

First, look in Luke 2:52. We find that Jesus Christ himself lived a submissive life to the people around him as he learned and grew in wisdom of both God and man.

Wow! Now that is powerful in my opinion. The text says: "And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God

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kids between two rocks

..my aunt has two kids. His husband is in jail, she’s out of the country working. The guy called her mother to get the two kids from us they’ve been with us for 3 years..Informing my aunt we gave the kids to them without hearing anything from our side..Now here comes the trouble they’ve been throwing issue’s on us that the mother of the kids are sending money to us and we’re not giving it to them while the truth is my aunt said when she called that she wont send money for kids under their care..they dont want the kids to come to us, they even dont want the kids to accept anything from us..the youngest had a fever since last week, last July 2 it was already 10 in the morning the kids were not able to have their breakfast..they even gossiping my mom to be the one who find a job for my aunt making it as an alibi to have them separated which in fact my mom was just informed by her that she’s leaving for another country to have a job and processing her passport already she’s already 40 how could my mom do that she had a mind of her own to influence her to leave his husband..my grandma is old she’s been supporting my aunts family, the two kids are growing, husband in jail with all the vices stuck on him and hitting her wife when drunk..We never knew that if not her daughter at age 5 told us.. Im just sad that the kids are goin through all this trouble they wont even allow them to go to our granny, she asked the mother of the guy if she could bring the kids with her for a week and have the younger one have a check up but they wont allow my granny..they even call the kids by names and letting the kids and saying to the kids profane words..well, their mom is planning to get them back by next year whether they like or not..if she needs to get her children without letting them know she’ll do that that’s what she said when she called us..hopefully situation will change.. :cry: :cry: :cry:

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