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Resetting Family Worship

Resetting family worship

Jos_24:15  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

 

Routine.

A regular household will have an order of some sort each day. This may start with the usual get-up-out-of-bed-and-get-to-work routine and then ends with dinner, dishes, maybe some TV and then we’re ready for bed. For the health conscious, their routine may include 1 to 2 hours at the gym.

Television, Internet, sport and other forms of entertainment have caused many families to neglect their time with the Word of God and even just being a family! We are satisfied with going to church once or twice a week, maybe once more for a prayer meeting or cell group. If you lead a ‘Christian Home’ this should not be the case and you now have the opportunity and the responsibility to change this.

 

Recalculate.

Our Time with God

Take a few minutes and honestly calculate the time you spend time on entertainment, television, sport or gym and compare that to your time with God. I believe that there should be a balance, and yes, maybe we need time to relax and be ‘entertained.’ The question though: what is the balance intended to be? What does God have in mind for us as families and how can we get back to being real ‘Christian Homes’ again?

Our time with our children

The general belief in our days is that the Sunday School teacher or the Youth Leader – or the pastor –  should educate our children in Scriptures. This is as wrong as it can be! As parents, we should be teaching our children in the ways of the Lord. There is no way a Sunday School program can teach your children. If we should calculate the time children our children spend in the Sunday School, you will understand that the Sunday School teacher does not have enough time at all. Let’s say you bring your children once a week to Sunday School. The year has 51 weeks, now take away the school holidays: let’s say 20% is taken away, that leaves us with 30 Sundays. Out of these you or your children may be sick, or you may not be able to take them for whatever reason. Let’s estimate that to about 10% of the available weeks, leaving us with around 27 weeks (already almost half of the Sundays of the year).

Should we take a conservative 1 hour, (60 minutes) per Sunday School lesson – as absolute quality time of teaching – the teacher only spends about a day (27 hours) with your child! 1 day out of 365 days! Can you honestly expect one person to teach your child in the ways of the Lord if he/she only sees him 1 day in the year? I do not think so.

Compare that to spending an hour each day with your child. You can do the calculations yourself.

 

Reset.

The biggest reason why we are not having family worship times is because we feel either inadequate or we simply do not make the time to do it. We think that the family worship time should be a mini version of a regular church meeting. Our traditions and idea of what church is, causes us to think this way. If we realize that WE are the church – everyone – then we will have a different approach.

If we profess that we are Christians, then we should also lead the way in family worship so that when people come to our homes, they will see what family worship is and that we are a Christian family. The family is the back-bone of society; if we turn our families back to God, our society will turn back to God!

It is time to RESET!

Father God, help us to renew our minds a reset and help us to reset our families to what You have intended it to be. Lead us by your Holy Spirit so that we can make a difference in our families, community and ultimately in society.

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RECALL NOTICE:

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically Continue reading RECALL NOTICE:

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Thought for the Week

How desperate are you for God
How desperate are you for God

Never Stop Waiting

Selections From Luke 2
There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah…. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for Him what was customary under the law, Simeon took Him up in his arms, praised God, and said: Continue reading Thought for the Week

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Do you understand what you read?

Acts 8:26-40

This specific chapter deals with the event when Philip was instructed by God to go to the south down from Jerusalem to meet up with a man on a chariot.

Background:

The background to this event describes that Philip went down to Samaria to preach Christ unto them (verse 5).  And Philip was not an apostle (or pastor), he was one of the seven deacons ordained to look after the daily ministration of the needs of the widows, so that the apostles could spend their time in prayer and ministry of the word. (Acts 6:4).

Continue reading Do you understand what you read?

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How to Get Along with People.

1stRemember the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.

This simple code of behavior, when practiced, made our schools, and society, a far better place than they are today. The Golden Rule has been called the greatest principle of human relations and originated from the Bible with these words of Jesus: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12).

According to Jesus, two great commands serve as the foundation of all the teaching of law and the prophets (Matt. 22:37-40). The first and greatest commandment is to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, and soul.” He stated that the second great command is to “love thy neighbor as thyself,” which is another reference to the Golden Rule. In other words, “love” is the act of doing unto others as we would want them to do unto us.

The Golden Rule continues to be Jesus’ expected standard of behavior by His followers.
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Becoming a Champion for Christ – The Champion’s Creed

conqueror1I. Introduction.
As born again believers, we must all come to realize that God has given us the ability to be champions in life. We can reign over all things. There should be nothing to difficult for us. When we look to God our possibilities in life are without limitation.
Luke 18:27 But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The Jerusalem Bible says, “There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength.” Continue reading Becoming a Champion for Christ – The Champion’s Creed

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GRACE

familystudiesI had the privilege to take part in a men’s breakfast yesterday at Jabez Ministries, West-Village, Krugersdorp.

What an exciting time! Thanks again to Pastor Frank and Pastor Hilton for the arrangements.

One thing that struck me was that the men of South Africa really need to stand up and take their rightful place in the home and in society. Our responsibilities as leaders of our households can not just be thrown in the wind. This does not mean that your wife should be ready to attend to your every demand. We should rather be willing to serve our families. Past Hilton also said that if we want to be leaders, we first need to be servants! This is in line with scripture where Jesus said that “If you want to be great in God’s kingdom, learn to be the servant of all.”

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