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Balancing Church and Family

Your family is not apart from your ministry; it's a part of your ministry.
Howard Hendricks

A generation ago, a man wrote in his Bible, "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God." That rule ordered his life.

For twenty years, he scurried from Korea to Africa to China to India to Europe saving souls, housing orphans, and building hospitals. Through his documentary films, radio broadcasts, and personal appearances, he awakened the social consciousness of an entire generation of American Christians. In the process, he formed a worldwide relief organization, World Vision, that continues to be one of the most effective Christian relief agencies. The man's name was Bob Pierce.

But while Bob Pierce was reaching the world, he had greater difficulty embracing those closest to him. He accepted the axiom, "If I take care of God's business, God will take care of my family." His consuming work kept him away from home for months at a time. Relational distance increased as time ...

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