The Ties That Bind

What is family? What are the ties that bind godly families to overcome tough times? What can be accomplished when Jesus Christ is at the center of any relationship? Read message below by Voices Against the Grain blogger, Herbert Bowen, Jr.

Proverbs 12:7- “The wicked die and disappear, but the family of the godly stands firm.” (New Living Translation)

Herbert G. Bowen, VATG Guest Blogger

Herbert G. Bowen, VATG Guest Blogger

Who can shake up a family more than outsiders? When turmoil strikes where have all our friends gone? Why is it that family members are treated more harshly than those unrelated to us? There are a bevy of questions we could try to answer, but with God none apply. Why? Because godly families cannot be shaken up. Outsiders don’t deter the minds of the family. When trouble strikes they turn to God for strength. Ungodly behavior flees that family because Christ is at the center. Turmoil might separate that godly family, but God uses individuals to heal the rifts that sought to separate them. Sons and fathers reunite. Husbands and wives begin to work together. Brothers and sisters rush to the aid of one another. Family…it’s a beautiful sight when unity is stressed over independence. For a new dawn rises on that family’s home, while God removes all the proverbial scar tissue that surrounded their hearts. Amen

About Herbert G. Bowen, Jr.

Born in King of Prussia, Pa., Herbert G. Bowen Jr., accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at the tender age of 5. An active member of the Central Church of God in Charlotte, N.C. where he resides, Herbert serves as a youth/discussion group leader, where he has preached and taught Sunday school, as well  as Wednesday night service. In addition, he has preached at Second Baptist Church in Pottstown, Pa., Destiny City Church in Salisbury, N.C.  At his current age of 24, Herbert is the youngest board member on the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Leadership Council, where he serves to lessen the costs of tuition for African American students. Moreover, Herbert serves on the PureHope advisory board, where his commitment to “wait until marriage” fits perfectly with PureHope’s mission to bring a Christian solution to an immoral culture.

Finally, Herbert through the will of God writes weekly devotionals to combat the decreasing morality in the 18-30 age group a.k.a., “the transition gap.” This is an effort to re-introduce Jesus Christ to this spiritually starved generation. His devotionals go out to 2,000+ people and continues to grow under the Lord’s watchful eye.  He is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Business Management. He provides business expertise to help others start their businesses.


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