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November 2, 2019, 10:00 AM

Honoring God



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

https://worldandeverything.org...

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. 

http://www.breakpoint.org/2019...

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. 

http://www.breakpoint.org/2019...




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)


SCRIPTURE John 17
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!


OBSERVATIONS
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.)


APPLICATION
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.


PRAYER/PRAISE
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!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npe6gqweNUk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAplJ0_jDFc
      
*Questions that may arise:
What does sanctification mean? Sanctification means to constantly look more and more like Christ, to be transformed into His image.




September 6, 2019, 12:00 PM

John 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 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 nonbelievers alike would know that Jesus truly is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. (John 20:30-31)


SCRIPTURE John 9 Central Truth: Only belief in Jesus, who is the Son of God, can truly save you.
 
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 he is not available, go for it mom, aunt, grandma, etc.
 
-Have the kids read some parts, if they are able!
 
-If your kids are like our little one, and music aids in learning and memorization, then sing “Amazing Grace” together either before, after, or during the study! It is a great reminder that we once were blind, but now we get to see just like the blind man did in this passage!


 OBSERVATIONS Questions to Ask: Once again, tailor this to your family. Obviously, with our toddler 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 -Have you put your faith in and surrendered your life completely to Jesus? Why or why not?  -Are you more like the blind man’s parents in the story (afraid to proclaim Jesus as the Christ because of being ostracized) or the blind man (speaks the truth about Jesus)? Why or why not? -How can you and your family prepare for suffering when following Jesus? -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:
 
Who are the Pharisees? The Pharisees were Jewish leaders who were obsessed with the law. Most of them were extremely legalistic and more worried about knowing God’s law than about knowing God.  




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.
  


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