Message: “05 General Session: Families Helping People in Crisis” from Ste Casey

Ste Casey - October 5, 2017

05 General Session: Families Helping People in Crisis

CCEF Conference:  Family

The Lord blesses us with gifts so that we might use those gifts to bless others. This includes the gift of our families. But when we meet people with complex problems, we can be tempted to keep them as far away from our family life as possible. How do we grow in sharing the gift of our family’s strength and stability with those who have need or are facing a season of crisis? How does the love of Christ empower our family life to be a place of welcome, safety, and love to those who are isolated, addicted, or oppressed?

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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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