In His Presence Family Connection – January 20

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

Today’s post… (Grace and Second Chances)

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (rated PG) comes out today.  You might choose to take your family to see it.

You can read Focus on the Family’s Plugged In review here.

You can watch the Trailer here.

Even if you don’t get to go see the movie, you can watch some of the clips and interviews at the Official Movie Site for the movie.  There are even conversation guides on the site.

Talking Points…

  • Discuss the difference between mercy (not getting what you deserve) and grace (getting what you don’t deserve).
  • Point out examples of grace found in the movie.
  • Second chances is a theme that you see in the movie.  Is it hard to give people who have wronged you a second chance?
  • Read Matthew 18:21-22.  Jesus says to forgive 70×7, meaning lose count.  Forgive innumerably.
  • Thank God for forgiveness and for always giving you grace and second chances.  Ask Him to help you do the same to others which, thereby, points right back to Him and He receives glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In His Presence Family Connection – January 19

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.  It will never take more than 20 minutes for you to do.  Twenty minutes will allow your tots to hang in there and and your teens to stick around.  Be sure to subscribe to get the daily post delivered to your Inbox.

Today’s post… (Prayer)

C.H. Spurgeon was a Baptist preacher in the 1800’s.  His sermons are still influencing people today!  He has been called the “Prince of Preachers.”

Spurgeon wrote, “Prayer is… doubt’s destroyer, ruin’s remedy, the antidote to all anxieties.” (from Lifeway’s 40 Days of Prayer:  Day 19; Prayer is the Antidote)

Talking Points…

  • How much time do you spend praying most days?
  • Are there other activities that are taking up a big part of your time (that are not work or school related)?
  • Daniel prayed 3 times a day (Daniel 6:10).
  • Have each person make a plan to personally pray certain times during their day.  Someone might choose mornings.  Someone else might try 3 times – morning, lunchtime, and evening.  Set a timer on your phone until you’ve established a habit.
  • Daniel, at the risk of the lion’s den, prayed at an open window.  Choose a place that will be your prayer spot when you are at home.  Choose a quiet place, away from distractions.

 

Here’s a short video on Daniel for your little ones, from Friends and Heroes.  (4 minutes)

http://www.friendsandheroes.tv/episode1-daniel-lions-den.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In His Presence Family Connection – January 17

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

Today’s post… (The Beatitudes)

Read Matthew 5:3-12

Watch this video excerpt from Drive Thru History. (2 minutes)

Talking Points…

  • Discuss the following words (found in the Scriptures you just read) and what they mean.
  1. poor in spirit (humility)
  2. mourn
  3. meek (others before ourselves)
  4. hunger and thirst for righteousness (a right relationship with God)
  5. merciful
  6. pure in heart
  7. peacemakers
  8. persecuted for righteousness
  • It’s hard to rejoice when others persecute you.  Does it make it easier knowing that God sees when you choose to love your oppressors?  (verses 11 &12)
  • Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines beatitude as: “Blessedness; felicity of the highest kind; consummate [complete] bliss; used of the joys of heaven.”
  • We may not see all the rewards of living the life described above until heaven.  Go back through the list and discuss.

 

 

 

In His Presence Family Connection – January 16

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

Today’s post… (Kindness)

Here’s a coloring page for your little ones to work on while you talk.

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Read Ephesians 4:32

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Memorize this verse this week, as a family.  Have everyone point out times when family members are caught implementing it this week.

Talking points…

  • Discuss what kindness is.
  • Discuss what being tenderhearted means. (see note at end)
  • Think about some wrong things we do to Christ. (Examples, disregard Him, sometimes for a whole day by not even talking to Him…disrespect His name, using it like a slang term…etc.) Yet, He still forgives us and loves us.
  • Does knowing Jesus forgives you help you want to be more forgiving when others wrong you?

Read Matthew 6:12 (from the Lord’s Prayer) in the Amplified Bible version below.

“And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment].”

  • Discuss what true forgiveness looks like.

Take a moment to really let Christ’s forgiveness sink in.  Thank Him for forgiving you and for His example of what true forgiveness is.

 

(Tenderhearted – Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines tender-hearted as “Very susceptible of the softer passions of love, pity or kindness.” Sometimes when we’ve been wronged and our feelings have been hurt, we harden our hearts as a coping mechanism.  After all, we want to avoid more pain.  We put up boundaries.  But, Ephesians 4:32 teaches us that we are to have hearts that are softened and ready to forgive.  That’s not easy.  In fact, it can be scary to be so vulnerable.  Remember, you can trust your heart to God.  Rest assured, its in good hands.)