These are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said as he told his sons good-bye. He blessed each one with an appropriate message.
All of chapter 49 of Genesis records the individual blessings Jacob gave his sons. Each one is an example of a father’s careful observations of his son’s character and potential. Blessings were serious business in Old Testament families. We could make a huge impact on our children if we made it a point to institute parental blessings as part of our family life. Author Gary Smalley has written extensively on this particular subject, and his books have many practical suggestions.
One of the basic changes we can make in our family thinking is to expand the way we treat occasions like birthdays, graduations, holidays, weddings, and other special events. How can we add to each of these occasions intentional moments of blessing? Can we find a way to include an “appropriate message” in each one? Where can we start?
By: John Starke is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and managing editor of TGC Reviews, the book review site of The Gospel Coalition.
Many ways to teach our kids the Gospel, here are some of them, according to John Starke, we can teach the Gospel through everyday prayers.
By Justine Hyde
Many people ask me, “What do ‘family devotions’ look like at your house?” or, “How do you pastor your family?” or even more simply, “Do you pray or read the Bible with your wife and children?” Here is one attempt to answer those questions.
Please click on this link to read the full article and to find out how to disciple your family.
How I Pastor My Family | The Resurgence.
We will not hide the truth from our children;
we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
so the next generation might know them-
even the children not yet born-
and they in turn will teach their own children.
So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
not forgetting His glorious miracles
and obeying His commands.
~ Psalm 78 : 4, 6-7
My husband and I have been married for 2 years and 4 months and we are still young and learning a lot of things as family. Having a toddler now means we have one more lesson to learn in our live, how to become a good parents and examples to Abigail, our daughter.
In the previous article, Pastor Tim Smith encouraged us to lead our family in worshipping God. In this article, he wrote some simple steps how to start the worship in family. There are:
1. Keep it short
5. Keep it regular
6. Older kids set the example
7. Limit TV
To read the full article, please visit the link below:
The Mars Hill Blog | Blog Archive » Practical Ideas for Family Worship.
“Me and all my family will worship God!”
Your Family: Your First Ministry
Before anyone can qualify to lead others through preaching, teaching, or song, they have to first be able to lead their family. This responsibility falls first and foremost on fathers, who are charged by God to bring their children “up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). This is one of the foundational qualifications for leadership, “for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” (1 Tim. 3:4–5) We are called to diligently teach our children both as a lifestyle and in specific times as we gather (Deut. 6:6–7).
The sad truth is that for many Christians, leaders or otherwise, this foundational time of fellowship and instruction simply never happens.
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The Mars Hill Blog | Blog Archive » Leading Your Family in Worship.