William Edward Torian::79

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William Edward Torian, 79

William Edward Torian died Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 1:15 am. He was 79.

Mr. Torian was born on November 5, 1935 in Roxboro, NC. He was the son of Johnny K. Torian and Hattie Stephen Torian. He was married to the late Ella S. Torian on August 29, 1959.

He retired from United States Air Force after more than 20 years of honorable service. His military career took him to many countries which include Vietnam, Japan, France and Germany. He spent an additional 20 years as a Civil Servant taking him to Germany, Italy and Turkey. He lived his retired life in Dover, Delaware and continued to travel throughout his life.

He is survived by his two daughters, Ella D. Torian of Spring Hill, TN and Wanda T. Carlson of Milford, CT; son-in-law, John D. Carlson of Milford, CT; 3 grandchildren, Daniel S. Carlson of Ballston Spa, NY, Matthew D. Stallings of Murfreesboro, TN and Regina M. Carlson of Milford, CT; sister Maralyn Winstead; three sisters-in-law Christeen Torian (NC), Beatrice Moore (GA) and Carol Burton (NC), four brothers-in-law Otis Scott, Sr (NC), Clarence Scott, Jr (NC), Floyd Wayne Scott (NC) and Shelly Burton (NC) and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Sympathy and condolences will be received on Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 4 to 6 pm at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Delaware Hospice Center of Milford, DE.

The Truth – La Verdad

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The truth is… do we know the truth? Are we secure with ourselves to promote the truth? How many times do  we tell a color-coded lie to hide the truth? We share a little white lie to cover the truth. At times, based on the situation and how it affect others, we feel as if we do not tell the whole truth, we can spare a child’s feeling if we determine that he or she is not mature to handle the situation. Instead of risking traumatizing a child, we may administer the amount of truth we release to children. However, as mature individuals, how about living with the Truth and administering it to ourselves and other like-minded Christians? What is the Truth? In praying to God for His disciples Jesus said “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17). The Truth is the Word of God and He has blessed by sacrificing Jesus to reconcile us to our Lord. Who is the Truth? According to John 14:6, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

We should never be ashamed of the Truth, the Word of God, or what He has done for us. We should strive to mature in the love, knowledge, and truth of God. We will fulfill our roles in spreading the Good News of the Gospel if we continue “speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). We have the power to unshackle ourselves from this world because we are not from it. Jesus has us covered in prayer to complete our God-given task while engaging in Spiritual warfare. Jesus states. “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it” (John 17:15-16). As we embrace the Truth of the Word of God, accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and not only listen to the Word, the Truth, but also do what is says (James 1:22), we establish a good foundation to survive the storm. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

La Verdad

La verdad es… ¿sabemos cuál es la verdad? ¿Estamos seguros con nosotros mismos para promover la verdad? ¿Cuántas veces decimos una pequeña mentira para ocultar la verdad? Compartimos una mentira blanca para cubrir la verdad. A veces, basada en la situación y la forma en que puede afectar a los demás, sentimos como si no le decimos toda la verdad, podemos proteger los sentimientos de un niño si determinamos que él o ella no están maduros para manejar la situación. En lugar de arriesgar traumatizar a los niños, administramos la cantidad de la verdad que compartimos con ellos. Sin embargo, como individuos maduros, ¿cómo vivimos con la Verdad y administrarlo a nosotros mismos y con los demás cristianos maduros? ¿Cuál es la verdad? En la oración a Dios para Sus discípulos Jesús dijo: “Santifícalos en la verdad; tu palabra es la verdad.” (Juan 17:1). La verdad es la Palabra de Dios y Él nos ha bendecido con el sacrificio de Jesús para reconciliarnos con nuestro Señor. ¿Quién es la verdad? Le Escritura en Juan 14:6 revela, ” Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida —le contestó Jesús—. Nadie llega al Padre sino por mí.”

No debemos avergonzarnos de la Verdad, la Palabra de Dios, o lo que Él ha hecho por nosotros. Debemos esforzarnos para madurar en el amor, el conocimiento y la verdad de Dios. Vamos a cumplir con nuestro rol en difundir la Buena Noticia del Evangelio si “En cambio, hablaremos la verdad con amor y así creceremos en todo sentido hasta parecernos más y más a Cristo, quien es la cabeza de su cuerpo, que es la iglesia” (Efesios 4:15). Tenemos el poder para liberarnos de este mundo, porque no somos de él. Jesús nos ha cubierto en la oración para completar nuestra tarea dada por Dios al enfrentarnos en esta guerra espiritual. Jesús declaró, “No te pido que los quites del mundo, sino que los protejas del maligno. “Ellos no son del mundo, como tampoco lo soy yo” (Juan 17:15-16). Como estamos a favor de la Verdad de la Palabra de Dios, aceptamos a Jesucristo como Señor y Salvador, y no sólo escuchamos la Palabra, la verdad, pero también hacemos lo que dice (Santiago 1:22), establecemos una buena fundación para para sobrevivir la tormenta. “Y conocerán la verdad, y la verdad los hará libres” (Juan 8:32).

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Spiritual Q-Tips

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Most of us struggle with our past. We have failed, sinned, and generally messed up somehow someway. While this struggle is tough enough for our own minds to deal with, it is compounded when we marry. “The two shall become one,” is a Biblical truth. Our reality often falls short of this statement.

Two imperfect people stand before someone like me and boldly state their vows. These promises are made in good faith, and usually contain words like, “love, serve, honor, faithful, and forever.” Life experience, and most statistical studies, confirms the truth that these promises are not kept.

How do two people who sincerely love one another go from stating these vows lovingly looking into each other’s eyes to divorce? At one time just being together was enough to bring joy to the heart and a smile to the face. A gentle touch on the hand would send shivers down the spine. Two lovers couldn’t wait to be together, but now, they can’t wait to get away from each other. What happened?

There are of course many reasons, but the one I want to focus on deals with how we hear one another. Many times, as two people live together in marriage, the way we listen to each other changes. I am not talking about the ability to discern decibels, but how we listen to one another.

Hurts and wounds are inevitable in marriage. Disappointments, harsh words, unkindness, thoughtlessness, and selfishness will invade every marriage at some time or another. In fact, I believe it is nearly impossible for two people to live together without irritations arising. What we do with those irritations, hurts, wounds, and disappointments will have a direct impact on our hearing.

When we are the receiving end of a hurt or harsh word from our spouse, we have a choice to make. This choice will impact more than just the current situation. In fact, our choice will have the potential to affect almost every future conversation we have with our spouse. We must choose wisely.

If we allow the hurt, harshness, selfishness, or any other less than desirable behavior of our spouse to reside in our heart and fail to deal with it, our hearing becomes impaired. Whenever we have the next conflict or discussion with our spouse, the unresolved issue interferes with our ability to hear clearly.

We will begin to hear our spouse through the filter of that unresolved issue. We will soon begin to assign motives to them, interpreting what they say through that hearing aid, and in most cases, it will distort the current conversation.

We soon begin to use words like, “always,” and “never” in our discussions. Typically we will become defensive and assume that our spouse is attacking us, even when they are not. A simple question like, “Did you get the laundry finished today?” can escalate into a full scale war of words.

The one being asked the question allows a rush of past wounds and thoughts to be attached to the motives of the one asking. “They think I am lazy. Why are they always criticizing me? They don’t appreciate me for all I do, but always have to point out where I fall short.” etc.

While these thoughts or ones like them rush in, the one asking the question simply wanted to know if a shirt was washed. A simple question launches an argument and additional hurts and wounds. If left to fester, every conversation after this one now includes all the previously received wounds and is further distorted by the laundry discussion. When the next issues arise, even more communication ground has been lost.

We have a listening problem, but really it is a heart issue. We simply don’t know how to communicate to our spouse our hurt or to learn to let go of offenses. We fail to deal with the issues when they arise, and the cost is huge later on. How many couples have walked away from one another in anger because they couldn’t talk any more?

  • “You don’t understand?”
  • “You just don’t get it?”
  • “Why can’t you see this?”
  • “If you loved me you would understand”
  • “I can’t talk to you anymore.”

What really happened is an ear buildup of hurt wax. We need to clean out our ears so we can hear the one we love without all that buildup hindering what is really being said. We need to be in the current conversation without allowing all the previous ones to distort this one. This is not easy, but we must learn to deal with our hearing loss, if we hope to avoid becoming another statistic.

There are several ways to deal with a wound, hurt, or disappointment other than allowing it to simmer into anger and bitterness. We can simply overlook it. Proverbs 19:11 states that it is a man’s (or woman’s) glory to overlook an offense. We can choose to assume the best of our spouse instead of the worst. We can assign them good motives instead of evil ones. We have that choice.

If we can’t overlook the offense, we can continue the discussion. We need to ask what I call “The next question.” When your spouse says something to you that rubs you the wrong way, before reacting make sure you understand what they actually meant by what they said. For example ask: “This is what I heard you say, is that what you meant?” You both might be surprised by the answer.

Another technique is to not react to the reaction of your spouse. If you ask a question and get some surprising, hostile response, try to figure out what caused it. Something is going on. There is something not right and arguing won’t help. Loving, caring discussion often will. Rarely do we have all the information in any given situation. Not reacting to the reaction will help calm down the reaction.

Remember at one time you couldn’t wait to be with this person. You longed for the day when you could spend the rest of your life together. You wished your time talking, touching, and simply being together would never end. Something changed. What was it? Almost always the answer involves communication based problems, and hurt infected ears. Maybe we all just need some spiritual Q-Tips to help us clear up some of our hearing loss. it can’t hurt, and it might just help.

Dr. Jeff Klick


About Dr. Jeffrey A. Klick
Dr. Jeff Klick has been in fulltime ministry for over thirty years (since 1981). He currently serves as the senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship in Kansas City, Kansas, a church he planted in 1993. Dr. Klick married his high school sweetheart, Leslie, in May of 1975. They have three adult children and ten grandchildren. Dr. Klick loves to learn and has earned a professional designation, Certified Financial Planner, earned a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary, a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Master’s International School of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary . In addition to serving as senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship, Dr. Klick is a consultant with The Institute for Church Management, weekly shares on two radio shows on the Alive in Christ Radio Network, and also serves on the Board of Directors for The Council for Family-Integrated Churches. Dr. Klick is a frequent blogger on several websites and has published multiple books.

Blog and Personal Website: www.jeffklick.com

Author Page for all my books: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L3BNLW

Does Your Marriage Have A Prayer?

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I am not referring to survival, though that may very well be at stake, I am referring to focus. Have we stepped back from our marriages and asked why God wanted us to do this in the first place? Why did God come up with the idea of two people getting together and spending the rest of their days trying to figure out how to live together? What was He thinking? Was He bored and needed some entertainment?

If we remember the Garden of Eden account in Genesis, we can get a glimpse into what God was thinking. After all, it was God who told Adam, “that it was not good for him to be alone.” God is the One who said, “I will make a helper suitable for Adam.” God’s idea, therefore it is logical that He must have a plan and reasons for this activity that we know as marriage.

I do not pretend to know all of God’s reasons but here are some for our consideration. First, Adam was incomplete without Eve. I don’t mean that being single means you are less of a person than someone who is married, I simply am saying that being married will help you to grow and change in ways that being single will not or cannot. When we are single, we have a greater say over many areas of our life. Our time, habits, preferences, goals, can all be developed without the opinion or possible impact on anyone else. This is not true when we are married. We no longer are alone and our actions affect more than ourselves. Paul the apostle put it this way:

I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

When we are single, we can maintain a more, “undivided devotion” to the Lord than after we are married. Adam would become someone different with Eve than without Eve. I have a friend whose first wife died after they were married for 20+ years. I knew this man well in the context of his first marriage. I now know him in the context of his second marriage, and while he is the same man, he is different. Being married to his second wife has brought out different characteristics than being married to his first wife. Adam with Eve would be different from Adam without Eve. The same is true with each one of us.

In addition to our personalities developing in conjunction with someone, another reason for marriage is partnership and the maximizing of impact. Consider this passage:

Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:11-12

Two heads are better than one. Two viewpoints often provide insights that would be missed by only one. No two people think exactly the same way and that is a good thing. In marriage, a husband and wife will often view the same situation from completely different angles. If they can grow to the place where they respect and value each other’s viewpoint, instead of always trying to talk the other one into their own, they will have more wisdom, and probably make better decisions.

God usually draws two people together that are very different in temperament, skill sets, and personality. Why? Does He really have some warped sense of humor or is this part of His plan to help both people develop, grow and mature? If two people are exactly alike, one is not necessary. Since most people will marry someone that is vastly different from them, the growth opportunities abound. Of course, we have to get past the obstacle of our pride in thinking we are always correct, but that is possible. Take it from someone who is proud, it can be done. Not only can we humble ourselves and learn from our spouses, we must if we want to become all that God desires for us.

Another reason for marriage, and this one is both resisted and often overlooked, is the power in prayer that can take place in the union. God states in His word this powerful truth:

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19

What an amazing coincidence that marriage involves two people. A husband and wife that will learn to pray together will have great strength and intimacy. The opposite is also true. Almost any Christian married couple will readily agree that they should pray together but how many actually do? Other than a quick bedtime prayer with the children or a short blessing over the meal, how many couples actually pray together? How many should? What would happen if we did?

While I do not know the answer to all of those questions I do know this much. Our marriages would be better off if we learned how to pray together. I also know that our enemy hates praying couples and he will do whatever he can to thwart it. Why? What does he know that we do not seem to? Why is it so hard for a couple to pray together on any regular basis? Should it be? Why would most of agree that we need to pray together but studies show that most of us don’t?

Again, those questions need to be answered and the sooner the better. They need to be answered in our marriages and today would not be too soon. Our marriages are under attack at a record rate – do they have a prayer? If not, why not? Now, that is a question to consider, isn’t it?

About Dr. Jeffrey A. Klick Dr. Jeff Klick has been in fulltime ministry for over thirty years (since 1981). He currently serves as the senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship in Kansas City, Kansas, a church he planted in 1993. Dr. Klick married his high school sweetheart, Leslie, in May of 1975. They have three adult children and ten grandchildren. Dr. Klick loves to learn and has earned a professional designation, Certified Financial Planner, earned a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary, a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Master’s International School of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary . In addition to serving as senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship, Dr. Klick is a consultant with The Institute for Church Management, weekly shares on two radio shows on the Alive in Christ Radio Network, and also serves on the Board of Directors for The Council for Family-Integrated Churches. Dr. Klick is a frequent blogger on several websites and has published multiple books.

Blog and Personal Website: www.jeffklick.com

Author Page for all my books: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L3BNLW

Christian Tension

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by Dr. Jeff A Klick. A one-winged bird will not fly straight. In fact, it probably will not fly at all. The bird needs both wings to soar and the imagery is applicable to us. The Bible is full of tensions (two wings) that help keep us air born in our faith. For example:

  • • If you want to be great in the Kingdom of God, learn to be a servant of all.
    • We are saved by grace alone and not by works, yet our faith is proven by our works.
    • God is the Sovereign Lord of the Universe yet we are told to act in certain ways and given a choice to obey or not.
    • God knows all things yet we are told to pray in order to make a difference.
    • We are told to love the sinner yet hate the sin.
    • The devil is a defeated foe yet we are told to resist and overcome him.
    • We are free in Christ yet we limit our freedom for the sake of love.

Those seven are enough to make my point and I am sure you can think of many more. In fact, I found one today during my reading time:

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. Matthew 24:12

Interesting. One wing that is often exalted is love, grace and freedom in Christ. We are saved by grace, live in grace, and are under grace, God is love, we are free from guilt, and any mention of obedience, works, or human effort invites a verbal beating. Those on the other side (wing) shout, “Lawlessness” as the danger of over emphasis on grace and God’s love. They continue, “What about obedience, grieving the Holy Spirit, holiness, and overcoming temptation and sin?” Picking either wing at the expense of the other will result in erratic flight patterns.

Over the last 39 years or so, I have observed many that have shouted, “grace, I’m free in Christ!” They are of course correct. However, many times this revelation has resulted in sinful excesses because of that truth. We are warned by Peter:

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16

Jesus said that because of lawlessness love would grow cold. Interesting. Most people that use grace as a cover for all manner of sin do end up despising anyone that asks for deference or holiness. Perhaps Jesus was right after all. Lawlessness eventually turns love cold.

On the other wing, those that go down the path of law, endless rules and man-made standards of holiness will end up despising everyone that disagrees with them. Sounds like Pharisee thinking to me and Jesus never accused those guys of demonstrating love.

If love is our calling card to the world, and it is, we must learn how to fly with both wings intact. We need grace without lawlessness and obedience without bondage. In other words, we need to be people who know and obey all of the Scriptures, and not just our favorite doctrines.

About Dr. Jeffrey A. Klick Dr. Jeff Klick has been in fulltime ministry for over thirty years (since 1981). He currently serves as the senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship in Kansas City, Kansas, a church he planted in 1993. Dr. Klick married his high school sweetheart, Leslie, in May of 1975. They have three adult children and ten grandchildren. Dr. Klick loves to learn and has earned a professional designation, Certified Financial Planner, earned a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary, a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Master’s International School of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary . In addition to serving as senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship, Dr. Klick is a consultant with The Institute for Church Management, weekly shares on two radio shows on the Alive in Christ Radio Network, and also serves on the Board of Directors for The Council for Family-Integrated Churches. Dr. Klick is a frequent blogger on several websites and has published multiple books.

Blog and Personal Website: www.jeffklick.com

Author Page for all my books: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L3BNLW

A Challenge to My Fellow Grandparents

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By Dr. Jeffrey A. Klick

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.” Proverbs 17:6

As I was sitting in the hospital room holding our fifth granddaughter, the revelation hit me that I was no longer a young man. I know it should have dawned on me sooner, but I was too busy to dwell on such things. Having turned fifty-three recently (and two additional grandchildren later,) my thoughts yet again turn to those who will follow in my steps when I leave this earth for my reward. What am I leaving them? How will I be remembered?

When our first granddaughter arrived, there was an instant bonding between us, at least from my point of view. I held her in my arms and delight filled my heart as I gazed at that little girl. I marveled and rejoiced that I had lived to see this day. At age 42, it was quite a jolt to be a grandfather, but it was a delightful shock! When Lydia arrived, my wife and I needed to evaluate our roles as grandparents. We were not her parents, yet there seemed to be something we were supposed to be doing beyond what the bumper stickers proclaimed about grandchildren (Spoiling them and sending them home, or spending their inheritance.) There certainly was a strong generational connection, but we were not sure what our responsibilities were.

Those of us, who have given our lives for the raising of our children, can find it somewhat confusing as to our new roles as grandparents. As parents, we exercised almost complete control over our children until they were adults. Eating, sleeping, education, clothing and just about every other decision was made on behalf of the child, or at least in concert with them. As our children grew, we were very involved right up until they left our home. Now, here is a newborn baby and the temptation is to resume our former roles. However, this must be resisted! These little ones are not ours, but belong to other parents who are just beginning the task we have completed. So what are we supposed to do as grandparents?

Here are a few lessons we have learned on this grandparent journey over the last eleven years. First, pray often for the new parents. They need wisdom and insight on how to adjust to the new family member and they will need an abundance of guidance as the child grows. Second, be available to assist in babysitting, house cleaning, cooking, and any practical matter needed. Like so many, it would have been wonderful to have a night out now and again when our children were young. We simply did not have that option. Now we can provide that for our grown children and they have all told us that it is such a blessing! Third, always remember to turn the heart of the child back to the parents. These precious gifts are not yours, but belong to their parents. Our job as grandparents is to reinforce what the parents want, not to contradict or undermine. Sometimes this can be challenging, because by the time we become grandparents we certainly have learned a few things from our experiences. We observe the mistakes of youth, and the temptation is to jump in and give an unsolicited opinion. A proverb I coined years ago goes like this:

“Woe to the man who gives his opinion when it is not being asked, it will be reckoned unto him as a curse!”

If we develop a trusting relationship with our children as they age, our opinions will be asked for and valued when they are older and in need of our assistance. However, giving our opinion to our adult children before it is asked for, will result in being labeled as a meddler and can damage your relationship for years.

One key point is that we must never undermine the parents to the grandchildren even if we disagree with the parents. If we observe harmful or dangerous behavior, then we must appeal to the parents discreetly, but never turn the hearts of the children away from their parents. We must reinforce what the parents are doing, not undercut it. Remember what you wish your parents had done when you had your children still at home…then try to be that person! When a grandchild asks us for anything, if the parents are around, we always send them back to the parents, thus keeping the lines of authority clear. Grandparents that sneak behind the parents’ backs are teaching rebellion and disrespect for authority, so we must be careful what we teach by our actions and attitudes!

As grandparents, we are modeling to another generation (whether we realize it or not) what it looks like to walk with God. Self-focused grandparents are missing a great opportunity to invest in the future. Our culture glorifies self-gratification and unfortunately, many godly people have bought into this lifestyle without considering the outcome of this choice. The thought goes something like this –”I have lived my whole life raising my children, now I’m going to enjoy life and take care of me!” This lifestyle is evidenced by multitudes of grandparents moving to the coasts or deserts instead of staying by their families. From my perspective, this is a waste of experience and a loss to the next generation. Someone said years ago that very few people in nursing homes regret not spending more time at the office or on vacation, but almost all regret the time lost with their families. We never get to spend time twice so we must choose wisely the first time!

Even if you feel you have nothing to offer because your life has been full of mistakes, you have your love and experience to offer. One of the best ways to gain knowledge is by learning from other people’s mistakes and then trying to avoid repeating them. How beneficial it would be for the older generation to pass on to the younger one the wisdom that was learned from all those mistakes! Do not waste them by keeping them all to yourself! Experiences should be passed on to those that follow us, both good and bad, for each possess a lesson or insight.

As grandparents, our goal should be to be godly examples that love and serve the next generation. We need to avoid violating the parents’ authority and instead reinforce it to their children. We are not called to spoil grandchildren, but to help in the training process of them. We are blessed to enjoy this gift from God and take our responsibilities seriously, and not simply live to gratify our flesh. Another generation is at stake and we must give ourselves selflessly to assist in capturing it for Christ!

I appeal to the grandparents (and future ones) that may be reading this book to consider their involvement with the next generation. Is warmer weather really worth missing this opportunity? Playing golf and having abundant free time is great, but what about investing in your grandchildren or great grandchildren? What about taking time to share your story with them? I love the ocean and taking walks enjoying breath-taking views, but I would rather not ever see them again, than miss my grandchildren’s lives! I can visit the ocean but moving away from my family is not an option. I would rather shovel ten feet of snow than miss the fellowship and joy of my children and grandchildren. Wouldn’t you? Your family needs you more than the RV Park or your Bunko partners.

What could you do to help? How about offering to homeschool the child or children one day a week for the frazzled mom? Perhaps babysitting once and awhile to allow the parents a night out for pleasure or even some necessary shopping. Please consider writing out your personal testimony for the next generation, sharing some of your success stories or failures, focusing on what you learned from them. We all have so much to offer—may we not waste our knowledge! Please prayerfully consider where and how you live out the rest of your days. It is not too late to reengage in the battle, for the next generation is at stake!

About Dr. Jeffrey A. Klick Dr. Jeff Klick has been in fulltime ministry for over thirty years (since 1981). He currently serves as the senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship in Kansas City, Kansas, a church he planted in 1993. Dr. Klick married his high school sweetheart, Leslie, in May of 1975. They have three adult children and ten grandchildren. Dr. Klick loves to learn and has earned a professional designation, Certified Financial Planner, earned a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary, a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Master’s International School of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary . In addition to serving as senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship, Dr. Klick is a consultant with The Institute for Church Management, weekly shares on two radio shows on the Alive in Christ Radio Network, and also serves on the Board of Directors for The Council for Family-Integrated Churches. Dr. Klick is a frequent blogger on several websites and has published multiple books.

Blog and Personal Website: www.jeffklick.com

Author Page for all my books: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L3BNLW

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Ambassadors for Christ Radio :: Liner Notes

Trust in the LORD!

On this edition of Ambassadors for Christ Radio Spiritual hour, we discuss Trust in the Lord! We must Follow God as He leads the way! As He calls you to fulfill His glory, we must be obedient, humble ourselves, and keep God first. Our Lord is the Greatest Leader! Allow Him to lead us in His way and guide our footsteps. All the glory belongs to the Lord and we need to ensure His will, not our wants is done!

According to Jeremiah 17: 7-8, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (NIV).

Please join this edition of Ambassadors for Christ Radio as we discuss how to Trust in the Lord. Accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We invite you to listen as we interview Mrs. Amanda Correa from Mama C’s Ministry. She will share how God is blessing the ministry and the importance of being obedient as you personally walk with God! To God be the glory!

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Marriage: The Perfect Tool for Spiritual Growth

JeffKlickPhoto-138-207-06162014Marriage: The Perfect Tool for Spiritual Growth:

While earning two doctorate degrees, a foundational principle was hammered into my brain – look for presuppositions. Underneath every thought, vision, and action lay something that motivates and underpins. With every thought and action taken, each of us functions with many pre-assumptions.

For example, I operate under with the presupposition that you can read when I write this. In addition, there are assumptions regarding who will read it, how they will respond, and if they will catch the intended humor in the above sentence. We all bring many presuppositions to every thought and conversation, even if we are aware of possessing them.

I have a presupposition regarding marriage. In fact I have several. God is good, God had a plan, God knew what He was doing, and God had specific ideas in mind by creating the institution of marriage.

Here is one of my important pre-assumptions – Marriage is the perfect tool to help us mature in Christ. God knew exactly what it would take for each of His children to grow up. God decided that the vast majority of people would marry, reproduce, and fulfill His commands regarding discipleship, evangelism, and even care-taking of His creation.

While beyond the point of this article, marriage is a supernatural picture of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:32), the primary evangelism/discipleship tool for reaching the next generation (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), and God placed humans on earth to take care of it (Genesis 2:15).

What is the point of this writing is that marriage provides an excellent tool for spiritual growth. In fact, I believe it is one of the primary tools God uses to develop the fruit of the Spirit in His children’s lives. There is a gift of singleness, but the majority of God’s people will marry. Therefore, my presupposition is that God had a plan for this joining.

Science, along with detailed, extensive and expensive studies, reveal that men and women are different. I could have saved them a great deal of time and energy by simply asking any five-year old, but that is not the point. Men and women think differently, speak a different language and often have entirely different value systems. Is that by design or was it an oversight by the Creator? We must answer that question.

Your answer will determine your behavior. If God didn’t have a plan for the differences, then the goal becomes conforming our spouse into our image. We will spend our days and energy fighting the differences instead of embracing them. If God did create us differently, then there is another purpose for His decision to do so.

I would suggest that He did create us on purpose and fully intended for there to be major differences. We are created physically and emotionally differently. Any married couple quickly learns these facts. We tend to enjoy the physical differences and fight the emotional ones.

While not pretending to know the fullness of God’s wisdom or intent in His creation mindset, I would venture to state that He knew in advance what He was doing, and why. What we can know with certainty is that marriage provides some excellent spiritual growth potential!

For example, the fruit of the Spirit grows in the soil of marriage almost unlike anywhere else. Built right into our day by day relationship are the opportunities to walk in love, experience joy, seek peace, learn patience, demonstrate kindness, practice goodness, remain faithful, become gentle and walk in self-control. (See Galatians 5:22-23)

What better place to demonstrate agape love than in our marriage? 1 Corinthians 13 graces the walls of most homes, but do we actually put it into practice within those same walls? We can often quote it, but living it out is harder when it comes to our spouse. Yet, God placed that person right there in our lives to learn to do exactly that! We learn to walk in Biblical love through marriage.

Love is kind, patient, does not envy, boast, is not arrogant or rude, does not insist on its own way, is not irritable or resentful, bears all things, believes all things, hopes and endures all things. Love never fails and love is the greatest of what abides. What else besides marriage provides us with such an easy opportunity to grow in Biblical love? Who is closer to us to learn on and to actually put the love actions into practice? All of the love attributes are action words. They require an object and I would suggest that our spouse is the perfect choice.

As we look at spiritual maturity throughout the Scriptures, we will find descriptions that include such things as death to self, servanthood, esteeming someone as better than our self, humility, long suffering, patience, and overcoming all manner of sin. All of these and more are accomplished by marriage. We learn to grow in self control, we learn how to speak life not death with our tongue and we learn how to curb our anger. It is almost as if God knew (sarcastic humor) what was needed for spiritual maturity and came up with the perfect solution – the marriage covenant.

I would encourage you to read the following verses with your spouse in mind and see if my presupposition regarding marriage is true.

  • John 13:34-35 – we demonstrate the reality of Christ by our marriage
  • 1 John 4:20-21 – if our spouse is not our brother or sister in Christ I don’t know who is
  • Matthew 22:36-39 – two greatest commandments – love God, demonstrate it by loving your neighbor, again, if our spouse doesn’t qualify as our closest neighbor I don’t know who does.
  • Galatians 6:10 – is our spouse of the household of God? I think so.

We often attempt to implement these verses first towards those outside of our home. I would argue that unless we begin within the home we are missing what God intended. Frankly it is easier to love the stranger or someone across the globe, than loving my spouse, but I wonder what God thinks about that?

If my desire is to grow spiritually, then beginning to look for opportunities within my marriage is the place to start. At least, that is my presupposition. What’s yours?

Dr. Jeff Klick

About Dr. Jeffrey A. Klick

Dr. Jeff Klick has been in fulltime ministry for over thirty years (since 1981). He currently serves as the senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship in Kansas City, Kansas, a church he planted in 1993. Dr. Klick married his high school sweetheart, Leslie, in May of 1975. They have three adult children and ten grandchildren. Dr. Klick loves to learn and has earned a professional designation, Certified Financial Planner, earned a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary, a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Master’s International School of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary . In addition to serving as senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship, Dr. Klick is a consultant with The Institute for Church Management, weekly shares on two radio shows on the Alive in Christ Radio Network, and also serves on the Board of Directors for The Council for Family-Integrated Churches. Dr. Klick is a frequent blogger on several websites and has published multiple books.

Blog and Personal Website: www.jeffklick.com

Author Page for all my books: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L3BNLW

Calming Storm // Calmando La Tormenta

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Calming Storm in our lives requires us to recognize who we are in Jesus Christ. Regardless of the depth, length, and width of the troubling situation we may confront, believe, and release the Word of God over your situation and rest assured that our Father will respond in His timely manner. Dressing up daily in our Sunday best, the Armor of God (Ephesians 6) enables us to stand our ground and promote God’s principles as He leads the way into battle. Focus on the Word of God and drink from His well. This allows us to function humbly and effectively to survive the duration of the battle. In Calming Storms Jesus “rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” (Mark 4:39, NIV). Calming Storm will reveal how to stand still awaiting Spiritual guidance to exercise our gifts to ensure successful victories. Glory to God!

Calmando La Tormenta en nuestras vidas nos obliga a reconocer quienes somos en Jesucristo. Independientemente de la profundidad, la longitud y la anchura de la preocupante situación en que podemos enfrentar, debemos creer y liberar la Palabra de Dios sobre nuestra situación y asegurarnos de que Nuestro Padre responderá en Su tiempo. Vistiéndonos diariamente en nuestra mejor vestimenta del domingo, la Armadura de Dios (Efesios 6) nos permite mantener nuestra posición y promover los principios de Dios cuando Él dirige el camino durante la batalla. Concentrémonos en Su Palabra y bebamos de Su pozo. Eso nos permite funcionar humildemente y eficazmente para sobrevivir la duración de la batalla. En Calmando la Tormenta, Jesús “reprendió al viento y ordenó al mar: — ¡Silencio! ¡Cálmate! El viento se calmó y todo quedó completamente tranquilo” (Marcos 4:39, NVI). Calmando la Tormenta revela como permanecernos firmes esperando la dirección Espiritual para ejercer nuestros dones asegurando la victoria. ¡Gloria a Dios!

Mama C’s

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Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Amanda Correa is a Colorado native currently living in Panama with her husband and 3 children. Upon living in Panama she and her husband started their baking business/ministry, Mama C’s, which was completely God sent. She makes North American home-style cookies and other desserts that you would not typically find in kitchens or bakeries here in Panama.

Their business not only allows for her to be able to be at home and care for her children, but it has also served as a vessel for her and her husband to be able to pray for, and with, their customers/fans and also evangelize to them. The Lord has shown her the importance of obedience, faith and abiding in Him, not only through the start up of her business/ministry, but also through the relocation of her life to Panama.

If Amanda had to sum up the the Lord’s hand in her life these past recent years she would tell you (in a nutshell) “Sometimes the Lord has to remove just about everything out of your life to grow you the way He wants to; prune you, pluck you and even go in and cut you. We never see it at first, but it’s only because of His desire for us to bear fruit and then more fruit. That is why I have found His pruning process to hurt so good”!

God’s pruning: It hurts so good.

John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit”.

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