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Contentment

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Do you complain and whine because you want a new game, you are bored, or unhappy? Those are signs that you are not content even though you are greatly blessed and loved. In Philippians chapter 4, Paul said, I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, Paul knew a secret to contentment. He learned to be happy with whatever he had. He could rejoice with gifts, parties, and friends. He could also be thankful on lonely days when he was in prison and had little food. He learned to look at God and thank him for whatever he had. He also trusted God would bless him on other days and would...

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Baking with Kids

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Taking a warm tray of muffins out of the oven fills a room with a wonderful aroma. It’s fun and good training to bake with kids. They appreciate the food once they make it and it builds life skills. After baking, sit and share the fresh bread. Relax and enjoy the time together. Breaking bread together often opens up hearts and conversations. Try an evening with several types of bread and discuss all the many varieties. Add to the experience of baking by reading Scriptures about bread in the Bible: Feeding a crowd with bread (and fish) in John 6 Jesus announcement that He is The Bread of Life and the significance of that (John 6:35) A dream about bread (Judges 7:13) Working for bread/necessities (Genesis 3:19) Jesus and communion (Matthew 26) Prayer for daily bread (Matthew 6:9-13) The...

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Starry Nights

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

“God made the Big Dipper and Orion. He created the Pleiades and the southern stars.” – Job 9:9 “He made the moon and stars to rule over the night. His faithful love continues forever.” – Psalm 136:9 Choose a clear night to stay up late enough to watch the night sky. Lie on blankets and look up. Use an app (like Skyview) or chart to identify constellations. God made the stars and knows them by name (Isaiah 40:26 and Psalm 147:4-5). Stars are massive balls of hot electrically charged gas held together by gravity. The sun is also a big star. It’s the closest star to earth. As light from a star travels through the atmosphere they appear to twinkle. Stars actually have different colors, from reddish to blue, depending on the temperature on the surface of the star....

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Teach Your Kids by Cooking with Local Produce

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Summer is a great time to use local fruit and vegetables. You might even have your own garden where you can pick vegetables as they ripen. Or maybe there’s a local place to go and pick, or a great farmer’s market. Teach your children how to tell when a fruit or vegetable is ripe. Tomatoes continue to ripen after picked, but strawberries don’t. Farming is a very old occupation for people, and it started with Adam (Genesis 3:17-19). Jesus told parables about farmers (parable of the sower in Matthew 13:3-8 and the gardener and barren fig tree in Luke 13:6-9). Chat about parables and other references Jesus made to farming. Summer is also a good time to teach kids to cook and make some muffins or breads with that produce. Try the following non-dairy blueberry muffin cupcake recipe. I...

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Icy Fun Hot Summertime!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset, Melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith. ~ Psalm 19:6 MSG Cold ice goes well on hot summer days, especially when incorporated in fun and games. It’s inexpensive fun that can be used to teach about science. Remember that ice can be as hard as a rock, so set some safety rules (like no throwing ice cubes at people). Ice Fun Build with ice cubes. If needed, shake a little salt on cubes to act as glue. Try freezing water in larger molds, too. Let them sit in the sun to melt around the outside edges and then slip them out. Play icy games. Ice cubes are small enough to hold and pass or slippery enough to slide. That makes them naturally fun when used as...

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Philip and the Ethiopian Object Storytelling & Crossword Puzzle

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

(based on Acts 8:25-40) Supplies: Large bag or basket with the following items: Angel Road map Crown and coins Toy wagon Paper Dove Running shoe/sneaker Small Bible Toy sheet Cross Heart Water Party Hat (write rejoice on hat) Philip was an early believer in the church. Using these objects will help tell what happened with Philip and the Ethiopian. Explain that for every story part, there’s an object to hold up. Enjoy this and then make up your own Bible story object lessons. The early church chose Philip to be a deacon. After that Philip’s life took off in new directions. Philip became a great preacher, amazing even his friend, Simon, with signs and miracles that took place wherever Philip went. Many people listened to Philip and believed in Jesus. Wow! Now it was Philip’s turn to be amazed....

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