3 items tagged "Disciple"

  • Set The Pace

    "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us..." Heb. 12:1

    There is nothing more rewarding, exciting, and fun (nerve-racking too!) then being a parent!  There are many blessings that come with being a parent, but great responsibility too!  Parents are the #1 influencer in a child's life and as you already know they're always watching and repeating what they see and hear.  The old saying "do as I say not as I do" is a foreign language to kids...the "bar" you set is what they will usually aim for.  That can be great news in alot of situations, not so much in others! 

    So when it comes to matters of faith, make sure you are setting the bar high!  Mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, uncle, (whatever relationship you have to a child) make sure you set the pace spiriually!  Don't walk or jog...let your children see you run after God with passion and perseverance!  Then watch how contagious this faith becomes for your kids!

     

    Here are a couple of ways you can "set the pace" in your home:

    -Believe God for to much, rather then to little.

    -Be a better person in private, then you are in public.

    -Pray.  Simple, but absolutely powerful!

    -Stay teachable

    -Be faithful in the little things

    -Prioritize the things of God first, in all things.

    -Teach your kids how to serve, by actually serving.

    More tips here

     

    Dont allow discouragement to keep you from "setting the pace".  God will equip you with everything you need to lead and be an example for your family!

  • Table Talk

     

    “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” -- Deuteronomy 6:6-7

     

    Spiritual conversations with our kids don’t have to be overthought and meticulously planned out. As mentioned in the previous post, life is busy! Sometimes, even the thought of adding an extra task to our busy schedules brings more anxiety than excitement. We become paralyzed by all the things we’re “supposed” to do. The good news is, having these important moments with our families doesn’t have to be difficult. We simply need to seize the moments in our normal, daily rhythms.

    One of the easiest moments you can take advantage of is where your family probably spends a lot of time already...mealtimes. Your interactions in the kitchen, at the dinner table, and even during cleanup, provide the perfect opportunities to talk with your family; to share with them about God’s truth, and what He is doing in your life.

    Here are a few discussion starters and activities you can try at your table…

    1. Start with fun conversation starters. Here are a few suggestions the whole family can join in on: What was the best part of your day? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? If you could have a superpower, what would you have? Where have you seen God at work today? These conversations are always fun and can lead into moments in which you can easily impress God’s truth upon your kid’s hearts.
    1. As mentioned before, don’t make this too complicated… just start! Let your kids in on what God has been speaking to you in your own devotional time. Was there something in scripture you read this morning you can share? What did it mean to you, and what can it mean for your family? It doesn’t matter how long the discussion is. The key here is you started. You seized a moment.
    1. Make it interactive! Kids love to get involved in what they’re learning. After you’re done eating, read one of their favorite Bible stories, and then have them draw a picture of the story. Takes no longer than 5 minutes and can open some doors for sharing and discussion.
    1. Make prayer cards to keep at your table. Grab some index cards and write down prayer requests you and your family may have. You can then review these requests each time you gather, and celebrate what God is doing when they’re answered! To keep it interactive, each child can be assigned a job. One can write the request, another can write “prayer answered”, etc.
    1. Set the pace! Make sure you’re being positive and genuinely look forward to these moments with your family. With little ones, I know dinner time can test everyone’s patience, but don’t give up! All good habits take work to develop. Stay committed to making these table times purposeful and enjoyable. So, whatever it is you do or discuss, know that it has eternal value!

     

    This is certainly not an exhaustive list, and what may work for some may not work for others. That’s OK. Keep at it until you find what works best for your family. The key here is to seize the moments that you can!

  • The Convenient Jesus

    The American culture boasts in its convenience.  Everything is better when done more simply and less time consuming.  We've become the impatient nation.  We like our fast food.  We use the self-checkout lanes in grocery stores.  Pay extra for overnight shipping.  We want fast answers to complex issues such as the economy, relationships, social justice issues, etc.  We even prefer to speak in half sentences and use emoticons to share how we are feeling! 

    We're busy people (another topic for some other day), so convenience is not all that bad.  It has it's pros, but are there any boundaries?  How would you feel if we can create a church experience that is super convenient to your schedule, pleases your short attention span, requires very little participation, and will make sure God doesn't do something crazy like, you know, show up?  Sounds like a radical way to follow Jesus, right? 

    Let's just get to it.  Convenience needs its boundaries and we've probably allowed things to bleed into the Church for to long.  Our desire to "win" people by making Jesus convenient has backfired.  We've created "converts" with no fire in their hearts and who avoid the risk of faith at all costs. There is nothing in the New Testament that is safe.  Jesus is anything but safe.  Jesus isn't looking for cheerleaders, He is seeking men and women who will follow Him into the game.  Convenience is all about you, but following Jesus is ALL about Him! 

    Convenient based Christians are focused on their own interests, worries, fears, priorities, and lifestyles.  Disciples are focused on Jesus.  Period.

    Convenient Christians are comfortable.  Disciples make sacrifices

    Convenient Christians prefer just to hear the word of God.  Disciples are about livingit.

    Convenient Christians are occasionally involved in the mission of Jesus.  Disciples are committed to it. 

    Convenient Christians will rationalize sin.  Disciples will repent

     

    There is so much more to following Jesus then just merely putting Him on your weekly calendar.  How about we take the restraints of comfort and convenience off of us and begin trusting that He actually can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think!  When we start to do that, buckle up, your about to encounter an adventure that is well worth everythingthat you are and have!

     

     

     

     

     

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