How to Lead a Family Altar
In this lesson we are taking a look at our owner’s manual. You see we were bought with a price, we are no longer our own. The Owner of your life and my life has written out just what He expects from each of us. He also has included instructions that keep us running in tip top condition – FOREVER.
Have you looked at your Bible that way this week?
- It is the exact and perfect and errorless guide to maintenance (how to stay victorious),
- Fuel needs (how to grow by eating spiritually),
- Warranty questions (assurance of salvation) and so on.
There is nothing more vital nor practical than to consult the Owner’s Manual God’s Word!
WHAT IS THE KEY FOR A GODLY DAD?
Deuteronomy 6:7-9 “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
SOME PRACTICAL WAYS WE DADS CAN START TO DISCIPLINE OUR CHILDREN
A Simple plan:
- Read the Bible to them
- Begin Monthly breakfast dates with our children asking them these questions [what do you like about the way God made you, our family and God; what do you want to be when you grow up?]
- Start a Spiritual Life Journal on them [saved, prayed, wanted to be a missionary, reading achieved in the Word, and so on.]
- Pray every night with them [sing and sit together].
- Tell them stories from when you were a child and use them to teach moral, spiritual and practical lessons on your failures and successes.
- Tell them Bible stories and APPLY them to their lives.
- Learn the verses they are learning.
- Start them a read through the Bible chart and help them.
- Take them on your ministry trips to rest home, hospital, visitation, evangelism and so on.
FATHERS: WOULD YOU DO IT ANY DIFFERENTLY?
One father summed it up this way. He said, “My family’s all grown, and the kids are all gone. But, if I had to do it all over again, this is what I’d do:
- I would love my wife more in front of my children.
- I would laugh with my children more–at our mistakes and our joys.
- I would listen more, even to the littlest child.
- I would be more honest about my own weaknesses, never pretending perfection.
- I would pray differently for my family–instead of focusing on them, I’d focus on me.
- I would do more things together with my children.
- I would encourage them more and bestow more praise.
- I would pay more attention to little things, like deeds and words of thoughtfulness.
- And then, finally, if I had to do it all over again, I would share God more intimately with my family; every ordinary thing that happened in every ordinary day I would use to direct them to God.”
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Paul begins his second missionary journey.
Inherent within man is a tendency to want to work his way to heaven. Accepting a gift with gratitude does not seem to be enough; human beings want to do something to earn it. While Paul and Barnabas are at Antioch, some men come down from Judea and teach: “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved” (v. 1). This issue grows into a major debate involving the leaders in Jerusalem, but in the final analysis, Peter’s argument wins out: “Why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?” (v. 10). The council in Jerusalem then sends a letter to the Gentile churches encouraging their faith and assuring them that they are not under bondage.
Since none of us could earn it, praise the Lord that salvation is a gift:
Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. . . .
Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite. . . .
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises on the harp to our God . . .
The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy. . . .
He has not dealt thus with any nation;
And as for His judgments, they have not known them.
Praise the Lord! (Psalm 147:1, 5, 7, 11, 20)
Pause for praise and thanksgiving.
Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions,
And like a cloud, your sins.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind, and pray this affirmation to the Lord:
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
- Unity in the body of Christ
- Greater commitment to the Lord
- Your activities for the day
Close with this prayer to the Lord:
Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!