Message: “02 General Session: Shaking Up the Family Tree: God Does the Unexpected” from Alasdair Groves

Alasdair Groves - October 2, 2017

02 General Session: Shaking Up the Family Tree: God Does the Unexpected

CCEF Conference:  Family

Time and again God’s plan for our families does not unfold as we would like it to. But this is nothing new. Whether with Jacob and Esau or Mary, the mother of Jesus, God has been stretching, re-working and even redefining families since the beginning. This talk follows up on God’s plan to create families by exploring his redemptive purposes in upending our expectations for what families should be. We’ll focus on how to grab hold of the good things God holds out to us in our surprising, and often uncomfortable, experiences of family.

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Embracing the Blessing. Facing the Brokenness. Family. What image springs to your mind? Big smiles and warm hugs? Dark looks and harsh words? An empty frame and yearning for what never was and may never be? Perhaps it’s more complicated than that–maybe the smile is real, but the eyes reveal something more. Perhaps blessing and brokenness are tangled together. Or perhaps we’re troubled when we compare the snapshots in our mind with images of family immortalized by Norman Rockwell or the picture we envision of what a “Christian family” is supposed to be. But what are we to make of the fact that in all of Scripture not one single family is held up as an idealized role model? How can that be? Because the Bible is no stranger to the complexities of family. At this year’s National Conference, we’ll be exploring the ways God forms and reforms family, how he shapes and reshapes us through family. Whatever our situation or experience, whether single or married, old or young, whatever roles we play, this conference will help us face the brokenness and embrace the blessing of family. Used with permission. This recording is copyrighted by the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). This recording is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws and may not be reproduced, transmitted, displayed, prepared as a derivative work, or performed in any form without the prior written consent of CCEF. The distribution of this audio is done with full permission from CCEF. All rights reserved. For more information on classes, materials, speaking events, distance education and other services, please visit


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