Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Does anyone want to come with us?

We are embarking on a journey this year as a family to study and memorize the sermon on the mount, Matthew 5-7 in the New Testament. We have done in previous years, Philipines and last year we worked on James. This year we want to study the words of Jesus and his most famous sermon. There are only 110 verses, so if you did one verse a day, like we tend to do, and talk about it and work through it, you would have over 200 days to review and work on it. We try to get together every morning as a family but life happens and we don't always make it, so having some extra wiggle room helps a lot. It would be fun to journey together as families or individuals through this book this year if you are up for it. Please let us know. We started a bit late, so we are only on Matthew 5:6: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

And if you have never thought about having family devotions, and want to start with something a little different, here are a couple of resources: The Jesus Storybook is a great book. It goes through the whole Bible and shows how it tells the story of Jesus. Also, I preached a sermon on the importance of family devotions and the parents being the pastors of the family. You can find it here! Just look down to December 7, "Blessed like Mary." If you have never done family devotions and you want to hear from someone, here is a good description of what John Piper does. A couple of books that inspired us and began to help us see the value of time together in the Word was Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham and Ten P's in a Pod by Arnold Pent. And here is a great blog about how to get going on family devotions...

Regardless of whether you join us, may we all be encouraged, no matter what age, to be in the Word as a family... Don't stress about being perfect and don't worry if you are not a pastor. Just be consistent, and the days will grow to years, and you will see a progress and joy

So, any takers out there...? We would love to journey with some families across the oceans!

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