Family Devotions

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7 Principles to Guide Family Devotions

In a previous article, we have begun to think about the importance of family worship. In this post, we’ll examine seven principles that have guided our family:

1. Simple and consistent beats the elaborate.When we open the word around our children, we are simply laying one brick in their foundation of their understanding. We do not need to have elaborate discussions every time. Think of the football team with running plays that make three or four yards at a time. They are not spectacular but each play moves the ball down the field. Every time we have opened up the Scripture and discussed some aspect of Scripture we have been successful. Remember our help from J. C. Ryle:

We must not expect all things at once. We […]

Introduction to Family Devotions

Here is an introduction to Family Devotions after a recent article encouraged women to challenge their husbands in this important task.

Talk about when you sit at home … Deuteronomy 6:7

I begin this section with some trepidation. Family devotions can be the Holy Grail of Christian family life. Have family devotions consistently and you are “in.” Admit that you fail at family devotions and….well, let’s just say you are a second class Christian family.

Family devotions is not the magic bullet that guarantees success. I grew up in a church going home and I am walking with the Lord today. Yet, my father never once had anything close to family devotions. On the other hand, men I greatly respect consistently conducted family devotions when their […]

How A Wife Can Help Her Husband Lead Family Devotions

A great little article here about how a wife can rightfully encourage her husband in the duty of family devotions.

She did it without nagging like a dripping tap, which is known in Vietnam and Proverbs as a torture technique.Key lines:

She didn’t hint, like we’re playing some sort of subtle marriage sign-language game I’m supposed to decipher.
She did it without making me feel like I was slacker, though I was being one.
She didn’t talk to me about it in the midst of one of the busy moments of life.
She made a date, some condensed milk coffee, and asked if I would be ok with her telling the kids each night that after dinner and bath, and before bedtime, part of the new routine would include family […]

Proverbs and Money

Some devotional help for our children! Kevin DeYoung recently taught his congregation the following 10 Principles on Money from Proverbs.

Ten Principles on Money and Possessions from Proverbs

1. There are extremes of wealth and poverty that provide unique temptations to those who live in them (Prov. 30:7-9).
2. Don’t worry about keeping up with the Jones’ (Prov. 12:9; 13:7).
3. The rich and poor are more alike than they think (Prov. 22:2;29:13).
4. You can’t out give God (Prov. 3:9-10; 11:24; 22:9).
5. Poverty is not pretty (Prov. 10:15; 14:20; 19:4).
6. Money cannot give you ultimate security (Prov. 11:7; 11:28; 13:8).
7. The Lord hates those who get rich by injustice (Prov. 21:6; 22:16, 22-23).
8. The Lord loves those who are generous to the poor (Prov. 14:21, 31; 19:7; 28:21)
9. Hard work and good decision-making usually lead to increased prosperity (Prov. 6:6-11; 10:4; 13:11; 14:24;  21:17, 20; 22:4, 13; 27:23-27; 28:20
10. Money isn’t […]

Around The Web

Muslims are exploiting the secular values in the public square by advocating for the mosque at Ground Zero. Are we raising our children to understand what is at stake?

Are you raising your child to love the local church? Why should the local church be important to us? from Randy Alcorn on Vimeo.

Even pediatricians are recognizing influence of media on hypersexualizing our kids. Are you? See also this article in USA Today.

NYT article entitled Teaching a Toddler to Curse –  about parents watching their children pick up their own curse words and what they think about. Our children truly are this imitative. And scary the parents who don’t find something wrong with this.

Spurgeon on Family Worship – Quoting Matthew Henry

Interview with David Helm Author of The Big Picture Story Bible

David Helm talks about how the Big Picture Story Bible came about. at Between Two Worlds

My notes below:
18:04 – How do we energize the body to make home ministry a priority?
The church, which is the buttress and foundation of the truth, has a foundation of the family.

23:30 Raising Gospel kids not good kids.
Raising good kids and gospel kids is a matter of life and death.
Not just raising them to answer the phone correctly. OT is not Aesop fables. Moses, there is more going on that God took care of Moses. Graham Goldsworth – Gospel and Kingdom
Devotional preaching of OT is killing us. These stories are not Aesops fables but about God’s redemptive story and kingdom.
Also, how are we dealing with their conscience? They […]

Basic Family Worship

James Grant says that most men do not have family worship because they cannot explain the Bible well and they do not pray well.  With those objections in mind he offers this super basic plan that any dad can follow.

Plan to have family worship after an evening meal
Read through a good book
Say the Lord’s prayer after reading the book

That’s it. You cannot get much simpler than that!

His book suggestions include: “Jesus Storybook Bible – We read through this book as a family, and I love it. Guess what…so did my kids! The great thing about this book is it explains stuff. So this will take away the initial worry of trying to explain a Bible passage that you do not understand. And as you read this, […]

One Father’s Family Devotion Routine

One father’s family devotion routines. Good to hear what one father is doing. Some specific suggestions include:

1. Have a Routine.

2. Have Intentional Evenings.

3. Take time to play.

4. Have a Bible Time.

5. Have a Question and Answer Time.

6. Have Family Prayer.

We did similar things when our kids were younger. It is difficult to keep these going. Would love to check in on him in a few years. But, these are good reminders of some categories that are to be included with our kids.

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