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Good and Messy

Let’s be honest. Family – marriage, parenting, being parented – is hard. Other families seem to have it all together. Yours, though, is . . . well, messy. What if I told you that good families are not flawless? That being a messy family doesn’t make yours a failure? The Bible tells the truth about how a family should function – and it tells the truth about how messy some of the most famous biblical families actually were. The good news is that all that truth is surrounded by grace. God’s grace means that your family can be good even if it’s messy. Beginning Mother’s Day and running through Father’s Day, we’ll explore what the Bible says about family. Even if yours is a mess right now, you’re welcome. We’re not all that tidy ourselves.

Sermons in this series

Messy World, Good God
It's Fathers Day. And we promise that the message is positive, uplifting and nice. It's about a guy in the Bible who was a man's man. Engineer. Lumberjack. Agricultural expert. Zoologist. You name it. This guy did it.
Good Things Happen in Homes
Why do restaurants advertise their food is “home cooked?” Why do hospitals decorate delivery suites to look like suburban bedrooms? And why do we call them funeral “homes” instead of mortuaries? Why do musicians from Miranda Lambert to Axl Rose sing songs about home? Because even when things go badly, home is good. Home is where good things happen.
What You Can't See
Over thirty years ago, two young men broke into an abandoned medical clinic in a town in Brazil. They stole a derelict cancer therapy machine and sold it for scrap to a junk dealer. The junk dealer took the machine apart and discovered a steel cylinder filled with a luminous blue substance that glowed in the dark. His young niece sprinkled some of the material on her arms and face, laughing, dancing and glowing in the Brazilian night. By morning she was sick. In three weeks, she passed away. Three others died. Hundreds were hospitalized. The mysterious substance from the cylinder emitted deadly, radioactive particles. Particles that were invisible. Sometimes, it’s the things we can’t see that are the most dangerous. (Read the news story of the tragedy here).
You Noticed
Even if you do everything exactly right, at the right time, in the right order with the right heart, family will still be messy. Of course, no one does it exactly right. Families are made up of people and people are sinners, so if things get messy from time to time, we shouldn’t be surprised. Here’s what IS surprising – how God reacts to the messes we make.
What God Has Joined
Marriage is the foundation of family life. So, if a marriage doesn’t make it, the family is shaken. Jesus had something to say about the permanence of marriage. In this message, we’ll focus on two core principles from his teaching. Hope you’ll listen in or watch!
It's All Good
Genesis, the first book of the Bible, tells the story of three families. Spoiler Alert! They’re all a mess. In fact, if the National Transportation and Safety Board did crash investigations on families, they’d have files on all three. Here’s the good news – God brings something good out of the mess. Join us this week as we kick off our series on the family – Good & Messy.

Why Our Members Chose Twickenham

First visit several years ago was confusing. First visit this summer, I was impressed with the service and the friendliness of the people. I was impressed with the focus on community. The openness, the understanding that the church is part of the world and local community.

I have always felt loved here. No one has ever judged me or made me feel less during any of my trials.

I consider the hearts of the people at Twickenham to be one of the greatest strengths. I have seen people quietly serve in so many ways and walk out life together. I also believe that the resources of the congregation can be a huge strength. Together, there is such a huge opportunity for ministry.

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