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The Hope of Lent

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Lent is a time to remember Jesus chose to die for us and that meant He would suffer. It’s also a time for hope and remembering Jesus rose. That gives us hope all year. We can hope as we pray, and we need hope when we’re sad or to face tough days During lent, read scriptures on hope as well as ones related to Jesus giving his life for us. Put these verses or references on slips of paper to fill a little hope chest. Add in symbols that are reminders of the road to the cross and resurrection—such as a little nail, thorn, and more. When you need hope, pull out a verse to read and an object. Then thank God for hope and replace the items in the chest. Scriptures on hope: Hebrews 6:19 Romans 15:13 Romans...

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Two Great Love Stories

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Jesus told us the two greatest commandments center around love. The first is to love God completely. The second is to love other people as we love ourselves. We see these commandments being lived out in two love stories. The book of Ruth shares a great love story about a poor woman named Ruth. She loved her mother-in-law, Naomi, and both were widowed. Their husbands had died. Ruth chose to stay with Naomi and to follow Naomi’s God. Ruth chose to work hard and serve Naomi, sweating and bending over all day in fields to pick up the little bit of wheat left over after the men harvested the wheat (called gleaning). The owner of the field she gleaned in noticed her. His name was Boaz and he showed his love for God in following God’s laws and caring...

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Important Firsts

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

January is the first month of the year, so let’s look at a few important firsts with a man named Philip. He was among the first to serve others in a ministry. He served food to widows daily (Acts 6:1-8) He was the first follower to preach outside of Jerusalem (Acts 8) He was the first to share the gospel with a Gentile (Acts 8) He was one of the first directed by the Holy Spirit He was the first man in the New Testament to be transported to another place (from the desert to Azotus (Acts 8:39-40) Read the story of Philip or retell it in your own words (or use the one below). Discuss some firsts for this year to choose to serve others and share your faith. Chat about the Holy Spirit and how you can...

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Neighborly Christmas Cheer

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” Luke 22:39 Christmas is a great time to show love to your neighbors. I have always made Christmas bread that I shape into candy canes, trees, and hearts for the people on my street. I’ve had neighbors send over cookies, mail cards with their family photos, or to stop by and invite me to go caroling. I’ve also lived where the neighborhood held a party. Whatever you do, use the time to be kind and pray for those around you. As a family consider a few ways to express joy: Make extra cookies or candies to give a small plate of them to a neighbor with a Christmas card. Make cards and pass them out. Pass out candy canes...

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Prepare for Advent-ure

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

  As Christmas draws near there’s more than gift lists to prepare. We need to prepare our hearts. One way is with an advent wreath. Advent begins December 3rd, so prepare ahead by making plans to focus on Jesus during December. It can be fun to light an advent wreath each day. Each candle has a name and meaning that inspire us to act on the word.   Week 1 – Hope Read about the hope of Jesus coming in prophecies: Isaiah 9:7 the prophecy of the savior to come from the line of David Micah 5:2 the prophecy of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem Isaiah 7:14 the prophecy of the virgin birth Hosea 11:1 the prophecy of Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt with Jesus Isaiah 61:1 and Isaiah 35:4-6 the prophecies that Jesus would perform miracles Bring hope...

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Cooking with Kids

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Make the most of mealtime Read about Jesus and the chat he had with Peter at a beach picnic in John 21:15-22. He didn’t harp on Peter’s past mistake (denial) but asked him about their relationship: Do you love me? Jesus went to the heart of getting deeper and building the bonds between them. Use time together to express love, and ask questions that involve purpose and faith. Laugh together. Share jokes, childhood memories of parents, or baby stories of growing children. Make meals a pleasant affair. Add compliments for each child. Be aware of needs. Ask about everyone’s day and listen to their hearts about what happened and the needs of tasks and schoolwork they need to finish. Be aware of what’s on the calendar for each person, young and old. That helps you root for one another....

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