Family Time
November 2, 2019, 10:00 AM

Honoring God

The first podcast is about how one truck driver sees his opportunities to honor God.

Read Colossians 3:17

Do you view your daily interactions with others as a way to honor God like the truck-driver viewed his vocation? (Parents/Grandparents ask your kiddos.)

Just as the truck-driver committed to spending an extended period of time alone with God while driving, how can you and/or your family make time to focus on God?

Keep being faithful to tell people about Jesus! You never know who’s listening.

The second podcast is about how Christians live as practical atheists often without even realizing it.

Read/Recite and meditate on  Colossians 1:15-20

What secular current(s) are you caught up in? (Share your struggles.)

How can you guard yourself and/or your family from being sucked into our secular culture?

Are you living as if God is relevant to all of life? 

October 19, 2019, 10:00 AM

Toy Box Propaganda

"Culture is most powerful not where it is in your face, but where it's quiet and assuming." -John Stonestreet

The time has come for Christian parents, grandparents, and the church to speak clearly to the next generation. Silence will not suffice! This podcast is roughly 4 minutes. Listen to it with your family or by yourself multiple times. Parents, Grandparents, and church family: It's your job to speak the Truth. Below are some helpful tips on how to practically disciple your family. 

    •    When culture (friends, tv, social networking sites, etc.) promotes any view contrary to God's design as found in His Word, you must point out the lies, and discuss them in age appropriate ways. Ignoring the lies and hoping they won't notice is foolish.  

    •    Next, you must point them to God's design. Teach your kids God's truth; His Word is TRUTH! (John 17:17)

    •    Continue to filter what you and your family  watch and listen to, but you also must address the lies before and as they come up. They are not going to disappear. 

    •    Allow your children to ask questions and help them understand. Don't let your kids be sold a false worldview. There's only one true worldview and it's God's. 

    •    Scriptures to discuss for this topic: Genesis 1:26-28, 2:18-25.

September 21, 2019, 4:17 PM

John 17

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 John? John, son of Zebedee, a disciple who was in Jesus’s innermost circle (His inner circle was made up of James, Peter, and John) (John 21:24-25).
Who is the author speaking to? Believers and non-believers
Why is the author speaking to them? He wrote his letter so that believers and non- believers would know that Jesus truly is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. (John 20:30-31)

Central Truth: Jesus, who is the only one able to go before God because of His perfection, is praying for His disciples and those who would become His disciples! We need to pray the same things for ourselves, our family, and our church family.
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!

After, or as you are reading the passage, write down phrases that Jesus prays for us as followers of Him. (Examples: to be unified, sanctified, for us to be joyful, etc.)

Take turns praying those phrases you just wrote down over one another out loud (if Dad is available, let him go first to set an example). If your family member does not know Jesus, pray that they would come to know Jesus!
If you have time, pray those phrases over our church family as well.

Thank the Lord for His Word, His prayers for us, and praise Him for all that He has done! Also, spend some time listening to a couple of your favorite worship songs together. If you cannot think of any, here are a couple of suggestions (second one is an oldie, but a goodie!):
*Questions that may arise:
What does sanctification mean? Sanctification means to constantly look more and more like Christ, to be transformed into His image.

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