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Xenos Counselors' Recap Favorite Parenting Advice

 

We asked Xenos’ Biblical Counselors what was the best parenting advice they have ever heard. Perhaps some of these ideas will intrigue you or spark a conversation in your family.

Chris Risley advocates for getting a regular date with each of your kids. “When they’re little, you may be going to McDonald’s so they can get chicken nuggets, but it’s worth it. Occasionally, they’ll give you a golden insight into what they’re thinking about.”  She also remembers the advice, “Turn off the TV.”

New Book from Gary on Colossians

"I have long loved Colossians as a concise yet profound summary of Paul's message about Jesus and the Christian life. It introduces spiritual seekers to what C.S. Lewis called "mere Christianity." It grounds younger Christians in their faith as they become familiar with its contents. Christian workers will derive lasting nourishment and motivation by memorizing and meditating on specific passages," Gary DeLashmutt states in his introduction to his new book on Colossians.

If you love Gary's teaching outlines that give you such a depth of understanding on the passage that he's covering, you will enjoy his new book, Colossians: Christ Over All; Christ in You.

New Oasis Procedures Coming for Classes Grades K - 5

Oasis will be changing their procedures for elementary and TNT classrooms over the next three weeks. Parents will be given a tag when they drop off their child in classrooms for Kindergarten - 5th grade. They will need this tag to pick up the child at the end of CT. This enables us to ensure the right child goes to the right adult.

We understand this may be an inconvenience for some parents, but we believe the safety of the kids is worth it. Please convey this information to other parents.

If you're dropping off a child for a friend, you'll want to pick up the tag and give that tag to your friend for pick up. If you're picking up a child for a friend, make sure you secure the tag from your friend before going to the child's classroom.

Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

by Pat Reeder, Equipping Division Coordinator

Philippians 3:4b-7––If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi was the most compelling book I’ve read in years. For my job, I read a lot books, most of them in tandem, picking them up and putting them down, whittling chapters away over months. Not so here: I could not put down Qureshi’s very personal, gripping tale of coming to faith in Christ.  

Approaching a book like this, a Christian believer might think as follows: Islam is a merciless religion of hate and violence. Qureshi surely had a miserable childhood under the draconian rule of his parents and imams. He bore this heavy burden joylessly but dutifully, because it was all he knew. No doubt, upon discovering the good news of freedom in Christ, he tossed off Mohammed’s heavy shackles in exchange for the easy yoke of faith in Christ.

Qureshi’s story is far more fascinating than this one-dimensional portrait. Qureshi is the Muslim Saul of Tarsus: he had a joyful childhood; he had a loving family; he was part of a warm Muslim community; he loved Islam and the Quran; he was a top student, receiving his MD; he was morally upright by almost any standard; and his family was financially comfortable. Like Saul, when he surrendered to Christ, he had much to lose and little to gain. But also like Saul, he couldn’t deny the truth of the risen Jesus Christ. SAFJ chronicles Qureshi’s journey from his happy Muslim childhood up to just past his conversion.

Book Recommendations from Gary DeLashmutt

Gary DeLashmutt, lead pastor and elder at Xenos, recently suggested some great reads.

A Passion for God: The Spiritual Journey of A. W. Tozer, by Lyle Dorsett - This is an even-appraisal of Tozer's Christian life and ministry. Dorsett critiques aspects of Tozer's family life, but acknowledges his prophetic impact on the church.  Like us, Tozer was "the treasure in an earthen vessel."

Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith, by Michael Reeves & Experiencing the Trinity, by Darell W. Johnson - Both of these theologically orthodox authors are trying to show that the Trinity is not just a philosophical problem to solve, but also at the heart of a vital spiritual life.

Book Recommendations from the Elders

This week, we hear from elder Jody Kear about several books he recommends.

True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer
This is a great old standard to read out loud with youngish Christians, not new believers. Since the book is based on lectures, it works well read aloud. Schaeffer has a great knack for taking a spiritual truth that is difficult to comprehend and making it seem way more concrete. Truths like our death and resurrection with Christ and the reality of the power of the indwelling Spirit become way more real. It's been a joy re-reading this.

Opening Doors Through Hosting

Hosting a high school home church means opening your doors to teenagers, often a lot of teenagers. Dave and Anne Durell host a high school group at their home and it’s created a buzz in their neighborhood. It’s amazing how God is using hosting a high school home church to open up relationships with other adults.

 “My husband and I have the privilege of hosting a high school home church in our home,” Anne says. “The college leaders do all of the work and have been very respectful of our home. So many kids have come to Christ and it’s great to be a small part of that.” The home church has grown so much that it recently planted another group on the east side.

“As an added benefit,” Anne continues, “a neighbor asked what was happening on our home on Sunday nights. She enjoyed watching the students having such a wonderful time. I explained that it was a high school Bible study led by college kids from our church and she was enchanted. A few weeks later I heard another neighbor bragging about our home being used for a Bible study Sunday nights.”

Haiti Emergency Relief Update

by Jim Leffel

Friday, October 7th, we responded to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti through an initiative to provide 270,000 meals and safe water to our homeless and hungry Haitian brothers and sisters. This aid was intended to provide immediate relief to thousands in the Les Cayes area so devastated by the hurricane. The cost was $22,000 to mobilize a respected, accountable, indigenously staffed NGO to distribute this food.  

Home Churches Follow Up on Vision Outlined at SOTC

Ryan Lowery outlined a vision for the church at the State of the Church meeting back in January. Home churches would look at the various phases of adult life and choose a ministry focus.

Darlene Allen, one of the leaders of the Allen Home Church, feels like she’s seen great fruit from her group’s decision to focus on IFI and Renegade. “Because there are so many diverse serving opportunities in these two ministries, we have seen most of our home church members eagerly volunteering to serve. People are serving together in new ways and it’s drawn us even closer together.”