Family Devotions

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Chronological Scripture Readings for the Passion Week

Christians often use this week to remind themselves of the events of the last week of Christ’s life. Indeed Scripture devotes a disproportionate amount of space to this final week. Perhaps you could use the following traditional placement of the events for your devotional thoughts this week.

Click here to print the schedule.

Saturday
John 12:2-11
(see also Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 4:3-9)

Sunday – Official Presentation of Jesus to Israel
Luke 19:29-44
Matthew 21:11-17
(see also Mark 11:1-11, John 12:12-19)

Monday – Cleansing of the Temple
Mark 11:12-18
John 12:20-50

Tuesday AM – Official Challenge of Christ’s Authority
Mark 11:19-25
Matthew 21:23-23:39 (see Mark 12:1-40, Luke 20)
Mark 12:41-44 – The Poor Widow

Tuesday PM – Prophesies Based on Jewish Rejection
Matthew 24:1-25:46

Wednesday – The Plot to Kill Jesus
Matthew 26:1-16

Thursday – The Last Supper
Luke 22:7-16
John 13:1-38
Luke 22:17-20
John 14:1-17:26

10:30 PM- 1:00AM – […]

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Help For Family Devotions

I love this article on no-frill family devotions. In it the author proclaims the trouble with “big” family devotions – inconsistency.

Key paragraphs:

“I was grateful for an older friend who came along and encouraged me to scrap the complicated model and simply pick up the Bible and read it to my family. “Just start reading through a book of the Bible, maybe start with the Gospel of John,” he said. “Now that my kids are grown, they tell me that our time together reading the Bible was the most meaningful part of their spiritual formation.”

“When I asked him what kind of discussion they had about the text, he said they would talk about what the passage revealed about God and what it revealed it about us […]

From Desiring God: Six Benefits of Ordinary Devotions

Jon Bloom at Desiring God gives Six Benefits of Ordinary Devotions. Good to pass on to our children.

Soul Exercise (1 Corinthians 9:24, Romans 15:4): Devotions are like exercise for our souls.
Soul Shaping (Romans 12:2): The body will generally take the shape of how we exercise it. Running shapes one way, weight training shapes another way. The same is true for the soul.
Bible Copiousness (Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:97, Proverbs 23:12): A thorough, repeated, soaking in the Bible over the course of years increases our overall Biblical knowledge, providing fuel for the fire of worship and increasing our ability to draw from all parts of the Bible in applying God’s wisdom to life.
Fight Training (Ephesians 6:10–17): Marines undergo rigorous training in order to so ingrain their weapons […]

The 3Rs for Digging a Little Deeper in Your Devotional Time

Kevin DeYoung gives 3Rs to help dig a little deeper in your devotional time. Find something in each Scripture to

Rejoice
Repent
Request

So for this morning one verse I read was Psalm 25:1-15. For verse 4. Show me the right path, O Lord. Point out the road for me to follow.

1. Lord, I am so thankful that you are a God who guides, who points out the path, who hears prayers for guidance.

2. Please forgive me for the times that I have not requested aid. I have gone headstrong in my own way.

3. Specifically, show me the right path in ______________ . What would you have me to do?

 

Try it. Teach it to your children. Use it for family devotions.

Family Worship Month

January is Family Worship Month. It is a great time to recovenant with the Lord to bless your family in this way. You can look at this link and this link for more resources. And you can read the following blog posts from a forthcoming booklet.

Introduction to Family Devotions
7 Principles to Guide Family Devotions
10 Suggestions on What to Do for Family Devotions
4 Practical Suggestions for Family Devotions
When NOT to Have Family Devotions
4 Questions to Ask When Reading Your Bible

While you are here, you might also check out the verse lists for topical studies if you have older children and our booklet for training your family in public worship.

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Family Devotions – A Great New Year’s Resolution

Everything fights against having family devotions. You know you should but…..

Maybe you are asking why start again when I know that I will slack off? Did you know that an airplane is offcourse 90% of the time? How then does it arrive at its destination? By making constant corrections. You too can arrive at your destination by making constant corrections.

I need the challenge to restart this great means of grace? Do you?

Read some of these articles for encouragement.
Introduction to Family Devotions
7 Principles to Guide Family Devotions
10 Suggestions on What to Do for Family Devotions
4 Practical Suggestions for Family Devotions
When NOT to Have Family Devotions
4 Questions to Ask When Reading Your Bible

What to read? Depending on the ages of your children you might:

Read through a Bible […]

Verse List – Is Anything too Hard for God?

Note: These verse lists are given as quick, topical studies to help moms and dads do studies on a date with their child, for family devotions, or for teens to do on their own.

Unbelief: Sarah’s laugh of unbelief (Genesis 18:12-13) still finds its equivalent today in cynicism or a resigned laugh toward God and our circumstances.

Response: The Lord responds with a gently, rebuking question: “Is anything too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14), This theme of the power of God over impossible circumstances is repeated  many other places as well including:

Job 42:3 – I know that you can do all things.
Matthew 19:26 – With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible.
Luke 1:37 – Nothing is impossible with God.
Ephesians 3:20 – Now […]

When You Should NOT Have Family Devotions

This is the fifth article on family devotions. The introduction is here. Seven Principles to keep in mind is here. 10 Ideas for Devotions is here.

The devil, the flesh, and the world will fight this time of family discussion and prayer. It is possible for this time to become negative, where the family is in a downward cycle of conflict around family devotions. Perhaps the children are not under control for a discussion and so there is constant distraction and correction. Maybe you as the leader are droning on, boring your family  to tears, and not asking questions to involve the other family members. Perhaps you have been following a long established pattern that is… to speak plainly, boring.

Whatever the reason, if family devotions is a negative experience, […]

4 Practical Suggestions on Family Devotions

This is the fourth article on family devotions. The introduction is here. Seven Principles to keep in mind is here. 10 Ideas for Devotions is here.

Here are a few more practical suggestions for family devotions that our family has followed over the past 20 years.

1. Start while the family is eating. If you decide you want to have devotions around the dinner table, then it might be good to start while everyone is still eating. This will help focus the conversation and keep little people occupied.

2. Let little hands do something to keep them busy. If you decide you want to do something a little longer after dinner then make sure their hands have something to do. Our family let little hands color or play with a small […]

10 Suggestions on What to Do for Family Devotions

This is the third article on family devotions. The introduction is here. Seven Principles to keep in mind is here.

In the previous article, I suggested mixing things up. This leads right into the question of, “What do I do?” Over the past eighteen years, our family and other parents in our church have done all sorts of things. It depends on the needs and ages of the children.

1. Read a book of the Bible. Sometimes our family would read through a book of the Bible. After reading through a chapter I might ask them a simple question or two like, “What can we learn about God (Jesus, the Holy Spirit)? What can we learn about ourselves?” As the children grew older, we invested in some […]