Family Devotion

Family Devotion


Spiritual Training

     When I was young, I was a “why” machine.  I wanted to know why things worked the way they did.  I wanted to know why I should or should not touch something.  I wanted to know why I was required to do things the way my dad said.  Many times my dad would answer my “why” with “because I said so.”

     Submission to parental authority is important but “why” is not a dirty word.  Teach your children “why” you read your Bible each day.  Tell them “why” you pray for them and how you pray.  Make sure you tell them “why” you want them to know Jesus.  An eternity in heaven is a valid reason but unpack the many other benefits of salvation.  Explain righteous living and why that is necessary.  Teach them what love is and how to demonstrate patience. Demonstrate the value of personal devotions in your own life as well as in their lives.  The best method is to teach them, show them, and do it with them. 

     The responsibility to raise our children to love the Lord and live a life surrendered to His will is a daunting task.  I still pray every day that God will help me not mess up my kids too badly. Resources make this challenging responsibility somewhat easier.  Below are a few of my notes from Sunday evening and resources to help you as you deal with the “whys” of your children. 
 
  1. Spiritual Training Begins With Me
    1. Develop a consistent personal devotional life
    2. Be accountable
    3. Have a Paul, Barnabas, and Timothy
    4. Write out your salvation experience  (testimony)
      1. Share your testimony with your children
    5. Write out how you maintain your integrity
    6. Have a time of personal retreat
      1. Let your kids know about it
      2. Teach them how to do the same
  2. Concepts to Communicate
    1. Jesus Came To Save Sinners
    2. God is Good
    3. God Is In Charge of Everything
    4. God Wants Us To Talk To Him
    5. God Made Everything  (Resources from The Village Church)
  3. Aids and Materials
    1. Devotions
      1. Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids  (Amazon)
      2. Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotions for Kids  (Amazon)
      3. The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers (Little Blessings)  (Amazon)
      4. Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God
    2. Bibles
      1. ESV
        1. Following Jesus Bible
      2. NKJV
        1. NKJV: Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible  (David Jeremiah)
      3. NIV
        1. NIV Boys Bible


Wes Writes Blog 2/10/17 Children’s Resources

When I was young, I was a “why” machine.  I wanted to know why things worked the way they did.  I wanted to know why I should or should not touch something.  I wanted to know why I was required to do things the way my dad said.  Many times my dad would answer my “why” with “because I said so.”

Submission to parental authority is important but “why” is not a dirty word.  Teach your children “why” you read your Bible each day.  Tell them “why” you pray for them and how you pray.  Make sure you tell them “why” you want them to know Jesus.  An eternity in heaven is a valid reason but unpack the many other benefits of salvation.  Explain righteous living and why that is necessary.  Teach them what love is and how to demonstrate patience. Demonstrate the value of personal devotions in your own life as well as in their lives.  The best method is to teach them, show them, and do it with them.  

The responsibility to raise our children to love the Lord and live a life surrendered to His will is a daunting task.  I still pray every day that God will help me not mess up my kids too badly. Resources make this challenging responsibility somewhat easier.  Below are a few of my notes from Sunday evening and resources to help you as you deal with the “whys” of your children.  

  1. Spiritual Training Begins With Me
    1. Develop a consistent personal devotional life
    2. Be accountable
    3. Have a Paul, Barnabas, and Timothy
    4. Write out your salvation experience  (testimony)
      1. Share your testimony with your children
    5. Write out how you maintain your integrity
    6. Have a time of personal retreat
      1. Let your kids know about it
      2. Teach them how to do the same
  2. Concepts to Communicate
    1. Jesus Came To Save Sinners
    2. God is Good
    3. God Is In Charge of Everything
    4. God Wants Us To Talk To Him
    5. God Made Everything  (Resources from The Village Church)
  3. Aids and Materials
    1. Devotions 
      1. Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids  (Amazon)
      2. Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotions for Kids  (Amazon)
      3. The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers (Little Blessings)  (Amazon)
      4. Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God
    2. Bibles
      1. ESV
        1. Following Jesus Bible
      2. NKJV
        1. NKJV: Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible  (David Jeremiah)
      3. NIV
        1. NIV Boys Bible


Redemption

The Great Commission calls each person to make disciples. This process begins with a clear understanding of the Gospel, the good news of hope in Jesus Christ. Our hope begins with redemption, the pardon of sins and sinfulness. Dr. Wayne Grudem does a masterful job of explaining this. As you understand redemption more fully, you can incorporate this theological truth into your disciple making process.
 
Everyone is in need of redemption. Our natural condition was characterized by guilt: ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23). Christ’s redemption has freed us from guilt, being ‘justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus’ (Romans 3:24).

The word redeem means “to buy out.” The term was used specifically in reference to the purchase of a slave’s freedom. The application of this term to Christ’s death on the cross is quite telling. If we are “redeemed,” then our prior condition was one of slavery. God has purchased our freedom, and we are no longer in bondage to sin or to the Old Testament law. This metaphorical use of “redemption” is the teaching of Galatians 3:13 and 4:5.

Related to the Christian concept of redemption is the word ransom. Jesus paid the price for our release from sin and its consequences (Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:6). His death was in exchange for our life. In fact, Scripture is quite clear that redemption is only possible “through His blood,” that is, by His death (Colossians 1:14).

The streets of heaven will be filled with former captives who, through no merit of their own, find themselves redeemed, forgiven, and free. Slaves to sin have become saints. No wonder we will sing a new song—a song of praise to the Redeemer who was slain (Revelation 5:9). We were slaves to sin, condemned to eternal separation from God. Jesus paid the price to redeem us, resulting in our freedom from slavery to sin and our rescue from the eternal consequences of that sin. (Wayne Grudem)



Spiritual Health

Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually.  (3 John 2  HCSB)

Health, vitality, and well-being are essential for a person to have the strength necessary to accomplish any task afforded them.  God has given us the task of “feeding lambs”, those precious lives entrusted to us.  In order to complete such a daunting call, we must first be healthy spiritually.  Remember, you can never take your “lambs” further than you have gone yourself.  To lead, you must be out in front, especially when it comes to spiritual health and vitality.  Parents and church family, let’s commit ourselves to growing more healthy in 2017, especially in the realm of the spirit.  

I am including some notes from Sunday evening’s message on

Spiritual Health

.  I hope the thoughts and references are beneficial.  At the bottom of this page I am including a web address for a bible reading chart I have found very helpful.  Join me in committing to a healthier 2017.  
  • Spiritual Well-Being
    • Spiritual well-being is centered on the belief in a sovereign God brought about by a personal relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. 
        • That relationship with Jesus is not stagnant but growing.
        • We maintain this vital and growing relationship through personal devotion.
          • Prayer, meditation, and Bible reading
      • To experience spiritual well-being, you must be a person of integrity. 
        • Integrity is where your beliefs meet behaviors 
          • A godly person is one who is: 

1. a person of knowledge,
2. a person moved by faith,
3. a person like God,
4. a person careful about the worship of God,
5. a person who serves God—not man,
6. a person who prizes Christ,
7. a person who loves the Word,
8. a person who has the Spirit of God residing in him, 

9. a person of humility, 

10. a person of prayer, 

Consistent Spiritual Growth

    • Eph. 4:14-15  “Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ.”
      • Not tossed around spiritually- 
        • CONSISTENCY is vitally important for our personal spiritual growth!
        • Daily consistency in our devotional and prayer life
      • Speak and live the truth in love
      • Grow Up In Christ
  • Evaluation
  1. Do my values guide my daily life? 
  2. Do I recognize that spiritual growth is a lifelong process? 
  3. Do I evaluate the meaning of events in my life?
  4. Are my personal values constructive and realistic? 
  5. Is my walk consistent with my talk?
  6. Do I have a usable set of morals, standards, and ethics?

http://www.bible-reading.com/bible-plan.pdf



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