The Bible by Pastor Ed Young

I think a lot of parents here would echo that.  I think some of us would say, “You know, I’m getting the parental job done pretty well.  But the spouse thing is not going that great.”  Today I’m launching a brand new series of talks called the Parent Map.  We’re talking about traveling to an ultimate destination.  I’m excited about this destination, because I truly believe this series can change the course of our culture.  I don’t make that statement lightly.

Why do I say the culture?  Because, so goes the family, so goes the community; so goes the community, so goes the culture.  But I’m going to warn you: it might get bumpy now and then.  We might take some detours and hit some dangerous curves, but stay with it, because I’m excited about the results.  I know I need it as a parent, and I think you need it too.

Have you ever asked these questions of yourself?  Sometimes I just question myself.  Do you ever say things like this: “Should we even have children?” or “When should we bring children into the world?”  Pretty good questions.  Maybe you’re dealing as a husband and wife with infertility.  Infertility is rampant among this demographic.  You don’t tell anyone about it, but every time you see someone who’s pregnant, every time you see a child, you’re reminded of what’s not happening with you.  What do you do?  How about the adoption option, and other choices out there?  Have you ever asked this one?  I have.  “When and how do I teach my children about sex?”  The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees.  Good question.  Or maybe you’re asking yourself this: “I have a special-needs child.  Is there something in the Bible that will help me, because, Ed, to be honest with you, this why question is really messing me up.”  Maybe you’re a single parent, and you’re saying to yourself, “I feel like I’m sinking.  I feel like I’m just so immersed in the life of my kids that I can’t get my head above water.  How do I do that?”  You’re an adult, and you’re trying to deal with your parents.  And you’re stressing out over those issues.  Is there help?  Any guidance out there?

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