The Friday Five {2.3.17}

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Sending Christ’s Love

1. For the Nations Refugee Outreach – Some people who used to be members of our church (CCC Yukon) now work with For the Nations Refugee Outreach in Dallas. This past week they posted on Facebook about an opportunity to serve these refugees by writing them letters. We would encourage you to send loving gospel-centered words to these people who are now surrounded by strangers, trying to learn a new culture and language.

Race and the Christian

This past year has been particularly volatile for our nation as far as race relations go. As white American Christians, the first step toward healing these centuries-old wounds comes in recognizing our own failings and working to understand the feelings and history of the other side. These two links are good food for thought as we enter Black History Month:

2. We Need Black History Month

3. How Much Should a Gospel-Centered Christian Talk About Race

Parenting

4. Why Our Son Doesn’t Have a Smartphone  – Most articles I’ve come across with similar titles speak mostly of the dangers of sexting and pornography. Those are very good reasons for a child not to own a smartphone, but I was also encouraged by this article to think even deeper on the subject. Not necessarily about what dangers we are trying to keep out of our children’s lives, but the joys we don’t want them to miss out on.

Politics

5. The People Groan – But We Rejoice – A good reminder to live out 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and be thankful in all circumstances, even under the rule of Donald Trump as President. Lance is a friend of Matt’s from Arkansas, and in this article he shares all the good that has come since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.

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