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UYC 2015 Christian Living Theme: Become Like Our Heavenly Father

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Become Like Our Heavenly Father

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Do you know your Heavenly Father? You will get the opportunity to do just that if you attend one of the United Youth Camps this summer since this is our main Christian living theme.

Each day you will hear details about God the Father and how much He desires you to be a part of His eternal family. Notice some of God the Father’s major characteristics:

God the Father is

  • Supreme Ruler of the entire universe (1 Corinthians 15:27-28 1 Corinthians 15:27-28 [27] For he has put all things under his feet. But when he said all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. [28] And when all things shall be subdued to him, then shall the Son also himself be subject to him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
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  • Spirit (John 4:24 John 4:24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
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  • Love (1 John 4:16 1 John 4:16And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.
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  • A family: God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ are building a family (Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
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    ). You are a part of God’s family (Ephesians 3:14-15 Ephesians 3:14-15 [14] For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, [15] Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
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  • Absolute righteous character based on perfect love toward all (check out Who Is God? at www.ucg.org/booklet/who-god).

God the Father is not out of touch!

Imagine that God the Father dwells in brilliant beauty (Revelation 4:1-11 Revelation 4:1-11 [1] After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter. [2] And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. [3] And he that sat was to look on like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like to an emerald. [4] And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and on the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. [5] And out of the throne proceeded lightning and thunder and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. [6] And before the throne there was a sea of glass like to crystal: and in the middle of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. [7] And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. [8] And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. [9] And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, [10] The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that lives for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, [11] You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.
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), constant joy and harmony. He desires to share this with you for all eternity! Remember that He is fully aware of your life—what you are going through each day, including your frustrations, discouragements and successes.

By no means is He a far-removed Father who is out of touch with His family. In fact, it’s just the opposite—the Father has kept “current” with each generation of human beings since Adam and Eve. Go ahead and share with Him what’s on your mind—after all, He is a Father. David wrote in Psalms 55:17 Psalms 55:17Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
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: “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.”

Share eternity

As a teen or young adult in God’s Church, God the Father has already chosen you to be a part of His spiritual family now (1 Corinthians 7:14 1 Corinthians 7:14For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
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God the Father desires to share His eternity with you and to bless you as a member of His eternal spirit family. Our prayers are to be directed to our Heavenly Father (Matthew 6:9 Matthew 6:9After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name.
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) and we study His Word for the specifics on how to live our lives according to His divine will: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalms 119:105 Psalms 119:105Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
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You are invited to have an awesome and deeply personal relationship with God the heavenly Father. We will continue this inspiring theme at the teen camps this summer and at Winter Camp. We look forward to seeing you there!

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