In His Presence Family Connection April 28

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Today’s Post…

We are reading the story of David, Nabal and Abigail this week.  We are really digging in.  If you missed those, you can click here and here and here.

We finished up the story from 1 Samuel 25 yesterday, but let’s take a closer look at Abigail today.  Recall how she dismounted her donkey, fell on her face and bowed down to the ground before David.   She was at his feet pleading with him and apologizing for Nabal.

Abigail did nothing wrong.  But she humbled herself and begged David’s forgiveness.

Read Philippians 2:3.  (Challenge your family to memorize it.)

What if we each asked, “What would make the other person happy?”

Scenario:  Sister – I want to play with my brother and his friends, but what would make my brother happy?  I know he enjoys playing with his friends alone sometimes.

Brother – I want to play with my friends, but what would make my sister happy?  I know she enjoys playing this game and wants to play too.

Home is a safe place.  We ALL have to work to keep it a safe place.  (emotionally)

Make a list of times when it seems hard to stop and consider the other person such as…

  • Tired
  • Hungry
  • In the middle of doing something
  • Focusing on something

What are some strategies you could use to help you stop, humble yourself and respond in the right way? (For example, I use silly band bracelet to help me remember different things I’m working on.  Right now, I’m wearing a yellow one for pride.)

 

 

 

In His Presence Family Connection April 27

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Today’s Post…

We are reading the story of David, Nabal and Abigail this week.  We are really digging in.  If you missed those, you can click here and here.

Tuesday, we read that Nabal refused to give David and his men some food, even though they had provided protection for his sheep and shepherds.  So, David tells his men to get their swords.  He and 400 of his men head out to attack Nabal.  In fact, David vows to kill Nabal and all the men in his household.

Fun Fact:  David didn’t get to keep Goliath’s sword after beheading Goliath with it.  It was actually kept by the priest, Ahimelech, and wrapped in cloth and stored in a tabernacle.  Later, David finds it!  He’s now using it as he leads his men.  Read 1 Samuel 21:9.

Read 1 Samuel 25:14-17.

One of the young men told Abigail what Nabal had done.

Read 1 Samuel 25:18-19.

How did Abigail respond?

Why do you think she did this?

Read 1 Samuel 25:20-22.

Abigail rode up on a donkey as David was coming down toward her home.

What had David vowed to do?  (verse 22)

Read 1 Samuel 25:23-31.

What did Abigail do when she met David?

Had Abigail done anything wrong?

Re-read 1 Samuel 25:28.

Do you think Abigail believed God would make sure David was appointed King over Israel some day?  (Remember, right now he is hiding from Saul.)

Read 1 Samuel 25:32-35.

Did David agree not to attack?

Can you imagine what would have happened if Abigail had not chosen to humble herself and bring food to David and his men?

Tomorrow, we will talk more about humility and what it means to be humble.  This is a great lesson for siblings, so be sure to come back here tomorrow.

In His Presence Family Connection April 24

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We are reading the story of David, Nabal and Abigail this week.  We are really digging in.  Yesterday, we talked about the setting.  You can click here, if you missed it.

Today’s Post…

Read 1 Samuel 25:2-3.

Describe Nabal.

Describe Abigail.

Nabal’s name means “fool.”  We will see that Nabal’s name fits him perfectly.  He’s going to act very foolishly toward David.

Read 1 Samuel 25:4-8.

David heard that Nabal was sheering his sheep. Feast Day was a special day of celebrating after all the sheep had been sheared.  The owner was overjoyed at the abundance of wool he could now sell.

What reason did David give for asking for some food during the feast?

Read 1 Samuel 25:9-11.

How did Nabal respond?

Did he give David and his men some food?

You can be sure that news of David and Goliath had spread.  You can also be sure that Nabal had heard about how Samuel had anointed David as the next King of Israel.  (1 Samuel 16:13)  The first part of the chapter we are reading this week hints at this.  It says that Samuel had died and Israel gathered together and lamented or mourned for him.  (1 Samuel 25:1) Samuel was the last judge of Israel.  Nabal knew all about him and about David.

Why do you think Nabal responded the way he did?

Read 1 Samuel 25:12-13.

How did David respond?

Let’s see what happens on Thursday.  (I don’t post on Wednesday since we are a church.)

 

 

In His Presence Family Connection April 24

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This week’s Family Connection will be a little different and you can Comment and let me know if you like it.  We will study one Bible event the whole week.

Read 1 Samuel 25:1-38.

Explain that you will unpack this story all week.

Today, we will just focus on the setting.

David was on the run from Saul.  He went to a desert area.  He was soon joined by 600 men (1 Samuel 23:13) .  They were made up of men who were in distress, in debt, and discontented.  (1 Samuel 22:2).  David became Captain over them.

I found this picture for the Wilderness of Paran.  You might be able to find another picture to show your family.  If so, comment and share the link, please.

In His Presence Family Connection April 20

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Today’s Post…

Watch the Andy Griffith episode, Sermon for Today.

(Just a fun video to lead into the devotional I’ve entitled, “What’s Your Hurry?”

Talking Points: (written from my point of view as I share it in my devo time with my children tonight)

  • When you get the urgency to do something on the spur, its a good idea to “red flag” that notion.
  • What I’ve found in my life is that God usually tells me to do something and then I begin to pray about and ask Him for confirmation.  And He provides it, usually from several sources (a sermon, a Scripture, something I read…)
  • What I’ve found is that when I act impulsively, I usually put my foot in my mouth and/or “set back” something the Lord was working on or trying to do in that person’s life or it hurts my relationship with that person.
  • Be aware the enemy loves to trick us into acting impulsively.  He will make that thing seem so urgent.  He will make it seem like the best thing and the right thing to do in the moment.  He will make you believe it’s up to you to act – now!
  • But, I’ve found that God usually doesn’t tell me to do something on the spur of the moment.
  • Of course, there are times when He does need us to act quickly, but I could probably count those times on one hand.  (based on my personal experience)  For example, once we were at a restaurant and I felt led to share the gospel with a man that sat down nearby.  I did not do so, and regret it to this day.
  • But, more often than not, impulsively rushing forward to do something (even if it seems like such a good thing) is not always the best choice.  And often, that strong impulse is from the enemy.
  • Pray every morning and ask God for discernment for your day.

In His Presence Family Connection April 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…

Title: Why should we avoid sin like the plague?

(I gave this one a title because it has a very clear purpose.  This one is a MUST, especially if you have teens.)

Read Mark 6:49-52.

The disciples couldn’t understand the significance of Jesus’ miracle with the loaves and fish.  Verse 51 says they were amazed when He walked on the water and then got into the boat the wind ceased instantly.  They had just seen a miracle when the loaf.  Why were they still not really “getting it.”

Verse 52 says they couldn’t understand because their hearts were hardened.

Why?

Answer:  Their hearts were impenetrable.  They didn’t understand not because they were ignorant, but because they had a rebellious heart.*

Read Mark 8:14-21.

Jesus was talking about evil influence while the disciples worried He was talking about their not bringing bread along for the boat ride.

Again, He calls them out for their hardened hearts (verse 17).  They were “rebellious, spiritually insensitive, and unable to understand spiritual truth.”*

It seems like when we entertain sin, a little bit of our heart gets hardened.  Continuing in this attitude leads to a hardness of heart and a blindness to truth.  It’s scary to think that someone like this doesn’t even realize they are “blind.”

Re-read Mark 8:18.  Discuss.

For this, and many reasons, we should avoid sin at all costs.  Don’t entertain it.  Keep your heart from hardening by not giving in to rebellious thoughts.  Capture your thoughts quickly and don’t allow yourself to complete actions that aren’t in line with what Christ would want you to do.  Don’t risk a hard heart!

Read Isaiah 44:20.

Pray and ask God to help each family member stay away from sin and a rebellious attitude.  Pray that your spiritual eyes always remain open.  Pray for anyone you know who is living in rebellion and seems to have a hardened heart.  Remember, God can do impossible things!  He fed multitudes and calmed the sea.

 

*The John MacArthur Study Bible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In His Presence Family Connection April 14

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Today’s Post…

Start a tradition of reading the Easter story much like you do the Christmas story each year.  Serve resurrection rolls.  See recipe below.

Read Mark 15-16 with your family.  This is the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

Find an age-appropriate Easter video to watch together.

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Easy Resurrection Rolls

Unroll crescent dough; leave in triangles (may need to stretch it out a bit).  Roll regular sized marshmallow with butter.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Wrap the crescent around the marshmallow, making sure there are no seams!  Bake at 350 for about 10 or 15 minutes.  Take out and cool.  Gently poke a hole in the side of the roll and it should be hollow where the marshmallow melted.

In His Presence Family Connection April 11

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Today’s Post…

Jelly Telly has 5 Minute Family Devotions for the week of Easter.

Younger kids might enjoy these fun, animated devos.  Check those out here.

Older kids and adults might enjoy the Joy Fm’s Easter Story Montage.

 

 

 

In His Presence Family Connection April 10

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Sorry for the delay.  I’ve been working on a Bible Study on Anna for my Growing Character Bible Study Journal.  I thought I’d let our Family Connection center around her tonight.

Today’s Post…

Read Luke 2:36-38

Try to pick out everything you can about what you learn about Anna from these verses.

Make a list on a piece of paper so you can see it.

Your list may look like this:

  1. daughter of Phanuel
  2. prophetess
  3. older lady
  4. widow
  5. lived on temple grounds
  6. served God
  7. fasted and prayed
  8. heard Simeon’s blessing
  9. spoke of Christ to those in Jerusalem

Talking Points:

  • Why do you think God chose to include Anna in the Bible?
  • What kind of person do you think she was?
  • What can we learn from her life?
  • Define faithfulness.  How was Anna faithful?