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Family is the bedrock of society. Where the family goes, society follows. Therefore we need solid, healthy families, to love, nurture and raise up the healthy society of our future.

Family is also where many of us find our identity. We identify with our family name, family history and family beliefs.

You are a gift to your family, and it is a gift to you. I'm personally immensely blessed to be the husband of my beautiful wife and father to our precious son.

God has intentionally placed you in your family, and you are an integral part of it. Make no mistake, you are here for a reason. You are not an accident, and there is a purpose for your life.

As human beings, we have a very special place within God's creation. The Bible tells us that humanity is made in the very image of God (Genesis 1:26 – 27, NIV). Moreover, God desires that each of us would choose to call Him Father, and to be His children (Luke 11:2, NIV). It is as part of God's family where we find our true identity. Our loving God does not impose his will on us however, but lovingly invites us to freely choose. Not only does God place us within our earthly families, but He wants us to choose to be part of His broader eternal family too.

Simply by faith, by believing what Jesus said he did for us, God gives us the right to become children of God (John 1:12, NIV). Imagine that! To be a child of the Creator of the Universe, is a truly awesome thing.

And what does it all mean? It means truly knowing and being with God, not just now, but for eternity.

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith…(Galatians 3:26 – NIV)

One of my interests is researching my family tree. Not only is it interesting, but your historical family links you with past events throughout history, and many far away and exotic places.

There are many interesting and useful websites for family history research. You will usually need to verify the facts however, using other sources, but the internet can be a useful starting point. You may want to start searching at

Click on the "" to check out this useful website for family history research. You may also want to do a Google search for information submitted to the internet, by others who have already done some research.

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