In His Presence Family Connection May 2


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 Mark 15:43.

There’s a line in the “Easter story” that I’ve missed all this time.  In the above verse, it says, “coming and taking courage,” Joseph went to Pilate to ask for Jesus’ body.

Imagine.  Joseph was a council member (Mark 15:43).  It was this council (Sanhedrin) that had forced Pilot to crucify Jesus, an innocent man.  Pilot might not understand why he would now ask for Jesus’ body.  Also, the other council members surely would be enraged by this.

But, that didn’t stop Joseph of Arithmathea.  Coming and taking courage, he did it.  And Pilot agreed.  And Joseph got to be a part of the fulfillment of God’s prophesies.

Are there times when God tells you to do something and you find it hard to have courage?  Discuss.

Think of some examples in the Bible of times when people had to choose to be courageous.  What was the result?

Courage is not the same as bravery.  Bravery has fearlessness in it’s definition.  Courage  involves being afraid, but doing it anyway.    Remember the shield of faith (trust) in yesterday’s family devotion.


In His Presence Family Connection May 1


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…

Shield of Faith

Read Ephesians 6:16, “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

Read more on the makeup of the Roman shield here. (start at minute 4:42 – 5:43)

MacArthur Study Bible Notes:  “The Greek word usually refers to the large shield (2.5 x 4.5 ft.) that protected the entire body.  The faith to which Paul refers is not the body of Christian doctrine (as the term is used in 4:13) but basic trust in GodThe believer’s continual trust in God’s word and promise is “above all” absolutely necessary to protect him from temptations to every sort of sin.  All sin comes when the victim falls to Satan’s lies and promises of pleasure, rejecting the better choice of obedience and blessing. ”

Trusting Jesus no matter what life brings your way is vitally important. 

Listen to this hymn remix by Casting Crowns, “Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”


The lady that wrote this song had been picnicking with her family when a little boy began to drown.  Her husband jumped in to save him and the frantic boy pulled them both down, causing them both to drown. 

In a line from Lord of the Rings, Gandalf says, “It’s what we do with the time given to us” that matters.

Pray for grace to trust Him more.


In His Presence Family Connection April 24


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 20


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 18


Today’s Post…

I think we’ll be listening to this Easter sermon for our family devo. tonight.  Thought you’d enjoy it too.

Click here.

It will create some good talking points.

Here’s a coloring sheet for your littles.

hope coloring page



In His Presence Family Connection April 10


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?