Family Time
June 14, 2019, 12:00 PM

Proverbs 19



Good ways to start Family Devotional Time:

1. Find a spot - Depending on the age of your family (children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, etc.) you can do this inside, outside, or at the dinner table if you are like us and your kiddo needs to eat to be able to be still and listen

2. Pray – Thank God for His Word and ask Him to speak through His Word to you and your family.

 
Good Reminders:
 
Who wrote Proverbs? Solomon (Proverbs 1:1) Who is Solomon? He is King David’s son, who also became king of Israel, who asked the Lord for wisdom at a very young age (1 Kings 3:5-12) Who is the author speaking to? He is speaking to his son as well as any who wants to gain wisdom (Proverbs 1:2-8) Why is the author speaking to them? He is telling the reader they may gain wisdom by fearing the Lord, which involves listening to the Lord’s teaching, loving Him, and obeying Him.

SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 19
 
Ideas for reading the passage this week: - It’s always good for dad or the male leader to lead in the devotional time when available.
 
-Have the kids read some parts, if they are able!


OBSERVATIONS: Questions to Ask:

Once again, tailor this to your family. Obviously, with our one and a half year old we will just read the proverb and focus on one specifically (probably verse 20)
 
-What do these proverbs say about God? (Ask this question as soon as your little one is able to dialogue with you!)

-What do these proverbs say about those who are believers? 

-Are there any other observations you made?

-Are there any questions about the proverbs?*(Remember to help your family focus on the central truths of the passage. Do not get too sidetracked from what the passage is mainly about. With that said, always give whoever freedom to ask questions and don’t make them feel silly.)
 
 
APPLICATION: -How could you as an individual prioritize God’s wisdom in your life? -How could you prioritize God’s wisdom with your family? -How could you allow God to change your attitude and actions to please Him based on these proverbs? -How can we put what we have learned into practice this week? -How can we use what we have learned to point others to Christ? -How will what we learned today affect our worship of the Lord this weekend?


PRAYER: This week pray over one another. If you have a big family, pray for the person on your right. If it’s just you and your neighbor, friend, or husband, take turns praying over one another. If you don’t know what to pray for, ask that person how you can be praying for them. 
 
*Questions that may arise: -Try to use a study Bible as you read through the Proverbs to help you understand the individual proverbs that might be confusing for us in this day and age! 




May 24, 2019, 9:00 AM

The Parable of the Sower Mark 4:1-9



Good ways to start Family Devotional Time:

1. Find a spot - Depending on the age of your family (children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, etc.) you can do this inside, outside, or at the dinner table if you are like us and your baby needs to eat to be able to be still and listen

2. Pray – Thank God for His Word and ask Him to speak through His Word to you and your family.
 
Good Reminders: Who wrote Mark? Mark Who is Mark? Mark, also known as John Mark, was a close companion of the apostle Peter. Who is the author speaking to? Mark seems to be written for more of a Gentile audience, due to his explaining of customs and words that most Jewish readers would have already known. Why is the author speaking to them? Mark does not explicitly come out and say why he was writing to the Gentile audience, but you can tell from his writings that he wants everyone to know that Jesus truly was and is the Son of God.

SCRIPTURE (Mark 4:1-9) Central Truth: True followers of Jesus listen to God’s word, obey it, and allow their lives to be transformed by it. 
Ideas for reading the passage this week: - It’s always good for dad or the male leader to lead in the devotional time when available.
-Have the kids read some parts, if they are able!
-Go outside when teaching on this parable and show examples of dry rocky areas where not much grows, or put out birdseed and see how much is left at the end of the day, etc. You can be creative.
-You could also have three different small pots: one with rocky soil, one that goes by your bird feeder, and one that has good soil. Plant something in each of them and see how they each grow over the coming weeks. 

OBSERVATIONS: Questions to Ask: (Once again, tailor this to your family. Obviously, with our almost one and a half year old we just read the passage and tell him the central truth, and that is as much as his attention span can handle.) 
-Can anyone retell the passage in his or her own words?
-What does this passage say about God? (Ask this question as soon as your little one is able to dialogue with you!) -What does this passage say about those who are believers?  -Are there any other observations you made? -Are there any questions about the passage?* (Remember to help your family focus on the central truths of the passage. Do not get too sidetracked from what the passage is mainly about. With that said, always give whoever freedom to ask questions and don’t make them feel silly.)

APPLICATION -How can we help each other prioritize reading God’s word and being transformed by it? -How can we put what we have learned into practice this week? -How can we use what we have learned to point others to Christ? -How will what we learned today affect our worship of the Lord this weekend?

PRAYER:  Thank the Lord for His Word, praise Him for all that He has done, and ask Him to help you and your family apply what He has taught you. If you have time, you can always ask your family members if there is anything you haven’t talked about that they want to pray for. You can do this every day as well!
 
*Questions that may arise: -For a fuller explanation of the parable, read Mark 4:14-20




May 4, 2019, 2:00 PM

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Psalm 139



Good ways to start Family Devotional Time:
1. Find a spot - Depending on the age of your family (children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, etc.) you can do this inside, outside, or at the dinner table if you are like us and your baby needs to eat to be able to be still and listen.
2. Pray – Thank God for His Word and ask Him to speak through His Word to you and your family.


Good Reminders:                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Who wrote Psalm 139? David
Who is David? God’s chosen king for Israel, who although made mistakes, was a man after God’s heart
Who is the author speaking to? The author does not have a specific audience. The Psalms are poetic where the author writes about his situation and about God’s characteristics.


SCRIPTURE Psalm 139
Central Truth: God The Creator has always been, will always be, is everywhere, and is all-knowing.
Ideas for reading the passage this week:
- It’s always good for dad or the male leader to lead in the devotional time when available.
-Have the kids read some parts, if they are able!


OBSERVATIONS Questions to Ask:
Once again, tailor this to your family. Obviously, with our one year old we just read the passage and tell him the central truth, and that is as much as his attention span can handle 
-What does this Psalm say about God? (Ask this question as soon as your little one is able to dialogue with you!)
-What was your favorite part of the Psalm and why?
-What does this Psalm say about those who are believers?
-If your kids are old enough, you may ask what this passage says about abortion?
-Are there any other observations you made?
-Are there any questions about the passage?*(Remember to help your family focus on the central truths of the passage. Do not get too sidetracked from what the passage is mainly about. With that said, always give whoever freedom to ask questions and don’t make them feel silly.)
  
APPLICATION
-What do we need to do to put ourselves in positions where God can search and know our hearts?
-Based on what we now know from verses 13-16, how are we prepared as a family to help those considering abortion to choose life? (Pray for them, help at the Blessings House, help support a family in some way, adoption, etc.)
-How can we put what we have learned into practice this week?
-How can we use what we have learned to point others to Christ?
-How will what we learned today affect our worship of the Lord this weekend?


PRAYER
Thank the Lord for His Word, praise Him for all that He has done, and ask Him to help you and your family apply what He has taught you. If you have time, you can always ask your family members if there is anything you haven’t talked about that they want to pray for. You can do this every day as well!


*Questions that may arise:
Why does David say he hates God’s enemies in verses 19-22 when Jesus tells us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:43-45)?
Confusing questions like this remind us that we must always read Scripture as a whole and let Scripture interpret Scripture. We must also remember that not everything in Scripture is prescriptive, meaning you must do this. Rather, some things in Scripture are descriptive, meaning describing an event or an emotion.
David is being descriptive in this Psalm describing how he feels towards God’s enemies. He hates God’s enemies. Throughout Scripture we see it is okay to have righteous anger, anger directed at those who go against God and His plan (Ephesians 4:26-27, Matthew 21:12-13). However, we are still called to love and pray for our enemies.
  




April 12, 2019, 8:00 PM

God is Our Hope and Salvation: Psalm 42



Good ways to start Family Devotional Time:

1. Find a spot - Depending on the age of your family (children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, etc.) you can do this inside, outside, or at the dinner table if you are like us and your little one needs to eat to be able to be still and listen.

2. Pray – Thank God for His Word and ask Him to speak through His Word to you and your family.

Good Reminders:

Who wrote Psalm 42? It is not stated who specifically wrote this Psalm
Who is the author speaking to? The author does not have a specific audience. The Psalms are poetic where the author writes about his situation and about God’s characteristics.

SCRIPTURE Psalm 42

Central Truth: Even in the midst of depression and sadness we must remember, like the psalmist did, that God is our eternal Hope, our Salvation.
Ideas for reading the passage this week:
- It’s always good for dad or the male leader to lead in the devotional time when available.
-Have the kids read some parts, if they are able!
-At the end of studying this Psalm together, you could have your family write their own Psalm, or draw out a picture of Psalm 42.
-If your family likes music, this is a song written about Psalm 42 (it’s a little slow for younger children). 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7O7LQpQaoc

OBSERVATIONS

Questions to Ask:
Once again, tailor this to your family. Obviously, with our one year old we just read the passage and tell him the central truth, and that is as much as his attention span can handle 
-Can anyone retell the Psalm in his or her own words?
-What does this Psalm say about God? (Ask this question as soon as your little one is able to dialogue with you!)
-What does this Psalm say about those who are believers?
-Are there any other observations you made?
-Are there any questions about the passage?*(Remember to help your family focus on the central truths of the passage. Do not get too sidetracked from what the passage is mainly about. With that said, always give whoever freedom to ask questions and don’t make them feel silly.)

APPLICATION

-When you are sad, how do you react?
-How can remembering God has saved us for all eternity help us in our sadness?
-How could you allow God to change your attitude and actions to please Him based on this passage?
-How can we put what we have learned into practice this week?
-How can we use what we have learned to point others to Christ?
-How will what we learned today affect our worship of the Lord this weekend?

PRAYER

Thank the Lord for His Word, praise Him for all that He has done, and ask Him to help you and your family apply what He has taught you. If you have time, you can always ask your family members if there is anything you haven’t talked about that they want to pray for. You can do this every day as well!




March 29, 2019, 9:00 PM

New Heaven and a New Earth: Revelation 21



Good ways to start Family Devotional Time:

1. Find a spot - Depending on the age of your family (children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, etc.) you can do this inside, outside, or at the dinner table if you are like us and your little one needs to eat to be able to be still and listen

2. Pray – Thank God for His Word and ask Him to speak through His Word to you and your family.
 
Good Reminders: Who wrote Revelation? John (1:1; 4; 9; 22:8) Who is John? John the apostle was one of Jesus’s closest disciples. Who is John speaking to? John is writing to the main seven churches in Asia (1:4), but also to Jesus’s bondservants (followers of Jesus) (1:1). Why is John speaking to them? To explain to his audience what Jesus revealed to him about His second coming.


SCRIPTURE (Revelation 21:1-8)

Central Truth: God is going to make a new heaven and a new perfect earth where He is with His people, but those who do not follow God will be separated from Him forever in the lake of fire.
 
Ideas for reading the passage this week: - It’s always good for dad or the male leader to lead in the devotional time when available. Also, if your son is mature enough to lead the devotional, allow him to lead the whole thing or certain parts.
 
-Have the kids read some parts, if they are able!
 
-Bible Reading Tip: Reading Revelation can be quite intimidating, but don’t be discouraged! Primarily focus on the big picture – God is definitely coming back, He is going to judge the nations, He will be victorious over the enemy, and He will make all things new! 


OBSERVATIONS

Questions to Ask: Once again, tailor this to your family. Obviously, with our one year old we just read the passage and tell him the central truth, and that is as much as his attention span can handle.
 
-Can anyone describe the passage we just read in his or her words? -What does this passage say about God? (Ask this question as soon as your little one is able to dialogue with you!) -What does this passage reveal about you? -What does it say about those who are following God? -What does it say about those who aren’t following God?
-Are there any other observations you made? -Are there any questions about the passage?*(Remember to help your family focus on the central truths of the passage. Do not get too sidetracked from what the passage or story is mainly about. With that said, always give whoever freedom to ask questions and don’t make them feel silly.)


APPLICATION

How should this passage affect our daily mindset and our attitude? -How can we use what we have learned to point others to Christ? -How can we put what we have learned into practice this next week? -How will what we learned today affect our worship of the Lord this weekend?
 
PRAYER

Thank the Lord for His Word, praise Him for all that He has done and will do, and ask Him to help you and your family apply what He has taught you. If you have time, you can always ask your family members if there is anything you haven’t talked about that they want to pray for. You can do this throughout the week at the dinner table as well.
 
 
*Questions that may arise:
 
Who is the “one who conquers” in verse 7? The “one who conquers” is the one who has believed in Jesus Christ to save Him from His sins, submits to Jesus as His Lord, and remains a faithful follower of Jesus.




March 15, 2019, 11:00 AM

God is Love: 1 John 4



Good ways to start Family Devotional Time: 

1. Find a spot - Depending on the age of your family (children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, etc.) you can do this inside, outside, or at the dinner table if you are like us and your baby needs to eat to be able to be still and listen 

2. Pray – Thank God for His Word and ask Him to speak through His Word to you and your family.


Good Reminders: Who wrote 1 John? Although the book does not explicitly state the author, the earliest testimony of the church names John the author. The three epistles 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John all bear his writing characteristics.
Who is John? One of Jesus’s closest disciples. Therefore, he is an eyewitness! (1 John 1:1-3)
Who is the author speaking to? There is no specific recipient named. Therefore, it is called a general epistle. John was writing to believers.
Why is the author speaking to them? He is writing this letter to remind the reader of the gospel truth (Jesus defeating death on the cross) so that they may have fellowship with Christ and other believers, false teachers would not sway them, and they would not fall into sin (1 John 1:3-4; 2:1).

SCRIPTURE: 1 John 4:7-21
Central Truth: We know God is love, because He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. In turn, if we love God, we must love others the way He loves us!


Ideas for reading the passage this week:
- It’s always good for dad or the male leader to lead in the devotional time when available. If you think your older son is ready to lead a devotional, let him do it sometime!
- Don’t forget to read with passion!
- Have the kids read some parts, if they are able!
- If you have extra time, read 1 Corinthians 13 as it explains all the characteristics of godly love.


OBSERVATIONS
Questions to Ask:
Once again, tailor this to your family. Obviously, with our one year old we just read the passage and tell him the central truth, and that is as much as his attention span can handle J
-Can anyone retell the passage in his or her own words?
-What does this passage say about God? (Ask this question as soon as your little one is able to dialogue with you!)
-What does this passage say about those who are believers?
-Are there any other observations you made?
-Are there any questions about the passage?*(Remember to help your family focus on the central truths of the passage. Do not get too sidetracked from what the passage is mainly about. With that said, always give whoever freedom to ask questions and don’t make them feel silly.)

APPLICATION
-How could you allow God to change your attitude and actions to please Him based on this passage?
-How can we love on another better this week?
-How can we put what we have learned into practice this week?
-How can we use what we have learned to point others to Christ?
-How will what we learned today affect our worship of the Lord this weekend?

PRAYER
Thank the Lord for His Word, praise Him for all that He has done, and ask Him to help you and your family apply what He has taught you. If you have time, you can always ask your family members if there is anything you haven’t talked about that they want to pray for. You can do this every day as well!


*Questions that may arise:
What does propitiation mean? Propitiation means that Jesus completely satisfied God’s requirement for sins, so that we could be forgiven. You could use an example of someone owing a debt to someone (us), but then this prince (Jesus) stepped in and paid the debt for you. Not only did he pay the debt for you, but He wanted to become your best friend, bring you to His palace, and share His inheritance with you as well! You could keep going with this example.


What does it mean when the Bible says perfect love casts out fear? The writer is explaining to the reader that when we become a believer we do not have to be terrified of God’s wrath. We still revere God and stand in awe of Him and His glory, but we do not have to live in fear of eternal punishment.
  




February 22, 2019, 12:00 PM

Faith In Action: James 2



Good ways to start Family Devotional Time:

1. Find a spot - Depending on the age of your family (children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, etc.) you can do this inside, outside, or at the dinner table if you are like us and your baby needs to eat to be able to be still and listen  

2. Pray – Thank God for His Word and ask Him to speak through His Word to you and your family.
 
Good Reminders: Who wrote James? James (James 1:1) Who is James? James is the half-brother of Jesus Who is the author speaking to? The 12 tribes in the Dispersion (believers, specifically Jewish believers, who were being persecuted) (James 1:1) Why is the author speaking to them? To encourage them to endure (stay strong in the faith, despite being hurt for their beliefs in Jesus) and put “feet to their faith.”
 SCRIPTURE  (James 2) Central Truth: Do not treat others better because they are wealthy or look a certain way. We are to love everyone equally. Also, our actions display what we believe. If we truly believe in Jesus, then our actions should line up with how He tells us to act in His Word. 
 
Ideas for reading the passage this week: 1. It’s always good for dad or the male leader to lead in the devotional time when available. Also, always feel free to have your older son lead the devotional if you think he is ready!

2. Have the kids read some parts, if they are able!
 
-Activities at the end of the lesson:  1. Let each person do a family trust fall to teach what faith producing works means. If you believe your family will hold you up (faith), then you will fall into their arms (action). 2. You can also all sit down in chairs together. If you believe that chair will hold you up (faith), then you will sit in it (action).
 
 
OBSERVATIONS

Questions to Ask: Once again, tailor this to your family. Obviously, with our one year old we just read the passage and tell him the central truth, and that is as much as his attention span can handle.
 
-Can anyone describe the passage we just read in his or her words? -What does this passage say about God? (Ask this question as soon as your little one is able to dialogue with you!)
-What does this passage reveal about you? -What does it say about those who are following God? -Are there any other observations you made? -Are there any questions about the passage?*(Remember to help your family focus on the central truths of the passage. Do not get too sidetracked from what the passage or story is mainly about. With that said, always give whoever freedom to ask questions and don’t make them feel silly.)


APPLICATION

How can we put what we have learned into practice this week? -How can you love your “neighbor” better this week? -Do you need to ask forgiveness for committing the sin of favoritism? -How can we use what we have learned to point others to Christ? -How will what we learned today affect our worship of the Lord this weekend?
 
 
PRAYER

Thank the Lord for His Word, praise Him for all that He has done, and ask Him to help you and your family apply what He has taught you. If you have time, you can always ask your family members if there is anything you haven’t talked about that they want to pray for. You can do this throughout the week at the dinner table as well.
 
 
*Questions that may arise:
 
-Is James saying that works save you? 
 
James is not saying that works save you. When we look at the Bible as a whole, we see that we are saved by faith, and that salvation is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9). We also see throughout the Bible that when we have abiding faith, it will show by the fruit we produce (John 15:5). In simpler terms, when we believe Jesus as Savior and submit to Him as Lord, our lives change. As we learn more about Jesus and what He desires for us, our actions look more and more like His. Faith is active together with our works (James 2:22).