Online Family Devotion July 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

*Note-We had been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.  We finished her list last week.

I’m taking some time this week to prepare our next series.  In the meantime, here’s a family devotion that is one of my most popular posts.  It was the number one viewed post yesterday!

You can view the Fruit of the Spirit –  Gentleness family devotion here:

https://kathyhutto.wordpress.com/kid-devos/fruits-of-the-spirit-gentleness/

 

 

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In His Presence Family Connection June 6

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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.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Pride

Read the definitions found at Websters 1828 Dictionary here.

Talking points:

  • Do I think of myself as superior in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank, etc. to the point of thinking I’m better than others?
  • Is it hard for me to see and admit when I’m wrong?
  • How can I use my talents, gifts, and accomplishments to bring glory to God? (Example, Tim Tebow who humbles himself and acknowledges where his talent comes from and is quick to use his status to point to Christ)

Confess this sin to God.  Ask Him to help you capture prideful thoughts.

In His Presence Family Connection June 5

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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.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Love of the World (material things)

Talking points:

  • Do I think my money is mine?
  • Are my decisions motivated by money?
  • Do I think my possessions are mine?
  • Do I choose to use them for God’s glory?

Confess this sin and think of strategies for using your resources to exemplify your love for Christ.

 

 

In His Presence Family Connection May 23

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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.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Neglect of Bible Reading

Take some time to discuss what that means.

  • Are you reading the Bible individually each day?
  • Are you reading the Bible daily as a family?
  • Why is it important to read the Bible often?
  • Why don’t people read their Bibles more?  What prevents this?

Pray and confess this sin.  Reading the Bible daily may take discipline at first.  But, the more you do it, you will begin to see the Scriptures come alive.

 

Suggested daily reading for tween and teen boys: (1 chapter a day..or break up further)

David’s 400 Men (very exciting adventures of David after he was on the run from Saul up to the time he was anointed king)

1 Samuel 20 – 2 Samuel 2:4

Suggested daily reading for tween and teen girls: 

Read the stories of women of the Bible such as Ruth, Esther, Hannah…

(You may choose to use Bible Studies for Preteens to aid in this.  Kids read from their own Bibles.  This resource will break that down for them and ask thoughtful questions.)

Suggested daily reading for women:

Join us daily on this blog at 6:30 as we read through the Gospels.  In three weeks, we will begin reading about Women of the Bible using John MacArthur’s book, Twelve Extraordinary Women as a supplement.

Suggested daily reading for men:

Pick a book such as James and read it through purposefully.

In His Presence Family Connection May 5

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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…

I usually try to suggest a movie for your Friday night.  We’ve had a “Lord of the Rings” marathon going this week and you might want to watch these movies over the weekend.  There are 3 movies in this series (and then you have The Hobbit, which has 3 more).  These movies are PG13 and not for little eyes.  The special effects are very good!

See if you can pick out the Christian symbolism.

You might also want to learn more about the author J.R.R. Tolkien and his books here.

BTW, the books make great read-alouds for all ages!

 

 

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 14

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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 March 28

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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…

Read Jeremiah 29:11

Talking Points:

  • Discuss your Spring Break plans.
  • It’s great to make plans.
  • God makes plans for us too. Discuss the difference between the day to day plans we make and the ones God has made for us.
  • Sometimes we have a plan in mind and when things don’t go as “planned,” how do you respond? Discuss.
  • How can we be open to God’s plans – even if they differ from our own and even if we initially don’t want to accept them
  • Discuss Kent Brantly whose plans were to be a doctor.  God had a plan for him to move his family to Africa and practice there.  He obeyed.  Later, there was a terrible sickness called ebola that was spreading.  God’s plan for Kent was that he stay and continue taking care of the sick people there.  He was afraid, but he knew this was God’s plan.  He chose to lay down his own plans for God’s better plans.  How did God use what happened to Kent to glorify Himself (awareness to this sickness, opportunities to share the gospel to the masses, etc.)

Reminder, Facing Darkness, the movie featuring Kent Brantly is playing in select theaters this Thursday.

 

 

In His Presence Family Connection March 27

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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…

Read James 1:4

Note: Some Bible translations use the word steadfastness, which is patience.

Talking Points:

  • Do you ever struggle with unanswered prayer?
  • Let family members share about something they have prayed repeatedly about.
  • Do you ever think, what’s the point?  I don’t believe God will ever answer this prayer?
  • Do you ever question God because what you’re asking for seems like such a good thing that God would want to do?

Read John 14:13-14

Anne Graham Lotz wrote a beautiful article in the April edition of Mature Living (published by Lifeway).  Although I’m not a senior, I always pick up a copy because the articles are so rich!  I plan on reading the article to my family tonight.  If you can get a hold of it, it would be a good read.

Here are some main points from the article…

  • Whatever you ask when it’s in My will is much different than I’ll do whatever you ask.
  • We often believe surely God wants to answer this good prayer I’m praying.  Since His Word is true, we know that if our request were in line with His will, He would answer favorable.
  • So, there must be another reason.
  • For Anne, after praying her husband would get well from a terrible infection that had hospitalized him, she felt God wanted to do something for her husband on the inside.  Something spiritual.  Not physical.
  • She began to pray differently, asking God to give Danny a fresh touch from heaven – a glimpse of the “Lord seated on the high and lofty throne.” (Isaiah 6:1-8)
  • It’s then that she began to see God’s Spirit at work.
  • I am not to demand and assert my will, but to ask Him what He wants.
  • Ask Him how to pray so that His will is done in my life and in the lives of my loved ones as it is done in heaven.
  • Praying in His will takes the struggle out of unanswered prayer.