Brick by Brick

traditional familyWhen one thinks of church families there is a temptation to think that all families look alike.  I might assume, for example, that most families are like mine.  My wife and I were both raised in the Church of Christ, attended a Christian University where we met, fell in love and married.  We have three biological children and live in a middle class neighborhood.  In many ways ours is the stereotypical church family.

The problem with stereotypes is they can be quite misleading.  On Sunday we heard some beautiful testimonies which gave us a fresh look at the families making up our youth ministry.  A single high school student, raised a Buddhist, who comes by himself to church.  An infertile couple who adopted two beautiful children now part of our youth ministry.  A single mother who has raised three boys by herself.

Not represented on Sunday were the children in our youth program who come from divorced households and must split time between their biological parents.  Such children are often only at church and church activities every other weekend.  There are also children with medical issues and other problems (visible and invisible).  We have biracial children and families from a variety of cultures.

The stereotypical church family is only one of many types of families that make up our church.    By acknowledging our diversity we give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to form us brick by brick into a beautiful temple of worship.  The unity we share is not because we are alike; rather it is because we are all one in Christ.  He is the chief cornerstone who holds us all together.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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