Family Values

 

Family Values

Abraham Lincoln said that "The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people". Below are links to several documents that Mary and I have been putting together since the mid 90's. They are an attempt to define what we believe and are based on God's word. We have used these values over the years as the basis for the decisions we have made  as a couple, as parents, and as followers of Christ. The first document, the 'Levy Core Values' is a one page consolidation of the four most important family values that we live by as a family and have tried to instill in our sons. The second document, the 'Levy Family Values' is a more exhaustive and detailed attempt to define what the biblical position is on various issues facing families today in America.  The third document, 'Twenty Things I Want to Tell My Sons' is a web based document that was inspired by a small book of similar title (no author is listed on the book). I started reading the book, and felt that I really needed to do my own twenty things rather than use theirs (I did borrow a few from the book).

Below that are links to various things God has downloaded into our lives over the years that were meaningful enough to us that we wrote them down. All of these documents are home grown, and I am no theologian so I probably got a few things wrong. (Please read with a grain of salt.) If there are any serious errors in any of the documents, please let me know and I will revise it. To access the document you are interested in just click on it. 

Below that are some of the books that have influenced us the most, both recently and in the past.  At the bottom of the page are some of the biblical manhood studies I have done that have affected our family the most positively and that I would recommend for others who are interested in pursuing a relationship with God and learning more about biblical manhood.  One study not listed was called "Dad the Family Shepherd", and unfortunately it is no longer available.

Values really do matter.  If we drift with the culture and its values, our marriages and children are pretty much doomed because of the current all out moral free-for-all we find ourselves living in right now in America.  Eventually, we may even regret most of our life, looking back from our deathbed over a life of bad decisions, regrets and a poorly lived life in general.  But if we integrate godly values into our lives, and base our daily decisions on those values, it will make a difference.  Psalm 1 talks about the man who does not go along with the culture's values but rather delights in God's values, saying that he will be like a fruitful tree planted beside streams of water.  By living according to God's values, which can be found in His word, our life becomes a blessing to those around us.  We encourage you to choose this path, to choose to delight in God's values in your life.  We believe you, your family and everyone around you will be the better for it.  It is your choice.

Levy Core Values
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Levy Family Values
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Twenty Things I Want to Tell my Sons

Other Writings

Deny Yourself, Take up Your Cross, and Follow Me - Intro
Deny Yourself
Take up Your Cross Daily
Follow Me
Living for Things under the Sun
The Golden Calf
Walking with God
Levy Core Values
Five Smooth Stones
Wisdom
Love God
Restoration
Schindlers List
Do You Know....
Prayers for Children
The Road to Real Life Change
What we learned CG 2005 Spring
What we learned CG 2005 Winter
Footsteps of the Messiah Outline
Victory in the Fray
Jews Gentiles God and the Messiah
Real Man - from Robert Lewis Men's Fraternity
Family and Civilization Excerpt - Carle Zimmerman
Like a Child
Predestination, Election, and Free Will
It is Both
Your Only Son
Garden of Gethsemane
TDY
Who is Your Nineveh
Crown of Thorns
Matthew 16:24
Desire - Psalm 37:4 and Romans 1:18-32
Psalm 103
The Storm
Chopper Dave and God
The Power of an Exchanged Life
Temptation
The Rich Man And Lazarus
Walk in Newness of Life
What We Think
What We Say
What We Do
What We Are
The Letter Z
Three S
Perseverance
Colossians 3

Recommended Reading

Counterfeit Gods - Tim Keller
Prodigal God - Tim Keller
Reason for God - Tim Keller
Evidence that Demands a Verdict - Josh McDowell
Know Doubt - John Ortberg
Desire - John Eldredge
Rees Howells - Interscessor - Grubb
Axciom - Bill Hybels
Just Walk Across the Room - Bill Hybels
Wild at Heart - John Eldredge
Renovation of the Heart - Dallas Willard
Revolution of Character - Willard/Simpson
Stepping Up - Dennis Rainey
The Mature Man - David DeWitt
Footsteps of the Messiah - Arnold Fruchtenbaum (alternate source)
The Meaning of Marriage - Tim Keller
Crazy Love - Francis Chan
Pursuit of God - A W Tozer
Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ - Jeanne Guyon
Practicing the Presence of God - Brother Lawrence
Radical - Platt
Blue Like Jazz - Donald Miller
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire - Jim Cymbala
Rocking the Roles - Robert Lewis
Six Great Ideas - Mortimer J Adler
Pursuit of Holiness - Jerry Bridges
Locking Arms - Stu Weber
Who is this Man - John Ortberg
Anything by CS Lewis

Recommended Studies

Stepping Up
33 - A Man and His Design
33 - A Man and His Story
33 - A Man and His Traps
33 - A Man and His Work
The Great Adventure
Raising a Modern Day Knight
Quest for Authentic Manhood
Winning at Work and at Home
Various Family Life Studies

"Choose you this day whom you will serve.....but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Joshua 24:15