Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to make Bible Study Personal Again!

I recently ran across this short video on how to make Bible study personal again for those who feel burned out on studying the Bible.  I found Dr. Powlison's remarks timely and helpful.  If you are struggling with studying your Bible this may be a good starting point to refresh your reading and personal time with God.


Dr. David Powlison - Making Scripture Personal from CCEF on Vimeo.

shālôm

Thursday, March 24, 2011

How to Make a Day with Your Daughter Special!

I recently took my daughter out of school for the day (they were going to a play about a little girl who whined a lot).  This was our Daddy-Daughter day and we had a great time.  Not only do I get the joy of spending time with my daughter, but I also instilled in her a sense of security.  I hope that as she grows up she will see me as someone who loves her and only wants the best for her.

So how do you make your Daddy-Daughter day special.  Here's just a few ideas.

1.  Do something you will both enjoy.
My daughter is 6 and I'm 45.  Playing dolls does not sound like fun to me and fixing cars is not her idea of a good time.  My daughter loves strawberries and is studying space in school.  We took some time to make "space food" by drying strawberries.  We spent time going to the store to buy the berries, cleaning the equipment, cutting the strawberries and the waited for them to dry.

2.  Play a simple game they like.
While the strategy behind "Candy Land" is not very complex you can still have fun playing a couple of rounds.  The game is even better if they get to win.

3.  Don't sweat the small stuff.
While my daughter and I were at Burger King getting our drinks she accidentally knocked the try and spilled the fries (my fries) all over the floor.  I could feel the anger well up inside, I really like fries.  But then I remembered why we were there and it was not to eat fries.  We were there because I love her and wanted to spend time with her.  I also took this as an opportunity to teach.  Instead of asking for more fries, which I'm sure they would have given me at no charge, I explained that because it was our mistake we would just have to go without.  We had a great time.  Grace and Mercy go a long way.

I'd love to hear please your own stories or ideas.  And for more ideas try a search of father daughter at your favorite search site.

shālôm

Sunday, March 13, 2011

God Can Still Use You!

Our church along with four others in the area just finished up our yearly Missions Conference.  The final message was a simple one from Matt 6:21 "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  A major part of the message was the testimony of a man from Russia named Roman.  In terms of worldly evil Roman was a very bad character and yet God looked down on him with grace and mercy and is now using Roman in amazing ways to share the Gospel in Russia.

While listening to the various missionaries and seeing all their pictures this weekend I was reminded of the depth of my sin.  Listening to Roman's testimony I was reminded of God's great love and how much He has given that I might be forgiven, and that I can still be used by Him for His work (Eph 2:10).

So what next?  Where is my treasure?  I believe God is calling me to a work bigger than I can ever imagine.  For now I am waiting and preparing.  By I am storing up my treasure in the form of Prayer and Money in God's work, where I hope that one day my heart will follow.  What about you, where are you storing your treasures?  We must remember that we must be either goers or senders!  There are no other options.

shālôm

Friday, March 4, 2011

How to Start Family Devotions!

Do you have a desire to start family devotions with your children and just don't know where to begin.  If so then here are four easy steps to help you get started.

1. Get Family Devotions, or Family Devotions 2 by Josh McDowell.
2. Get your children together just before bed time.
3. Read the devotion scheduled for that day.
4. Pray with your children and send them to bed.

I realize this is a bit over simplified, but to be perfectly honest this is what my wife and I did.  My children were 4, 5, and 7 when we began.  I had delayed family devotions for some time because I felt that my children were just too young to fully understand and sit still.  This will be a personal decision for each family.  Pray and seek God's wisdom for the proper time for your family.

I finally decided that the oldest two would be able to handle sitting still for 15 minutes, and the youngest would just have to learn from the others.  Since then hardly a night goes by without spending this time together.  On a few occasions my wife and I have been too tired to have devotions and the kids beg us to have them anyway.  Our time together studying God's word is very important to them and has become a very special time for us.  My prayer for you would be that God would give you the opportunity to share God's word with your children in a special and meaningful way.

shālôm