Family Time

If you are a parental figure, consider and answer these 7 questions. . .

1. How hard is it for you to set aside “family time”? What have you found to be most helpful to make sure your family gets priority time?

2. Today. Right now. How can you better serve your children?

  • Spending more time with them?
  • Giving them your undivided attention?
  • Giving them more affection?
  • Blessing them with special meals and other fun/meaningful occasions?

3. How could you get your children more involved in planning and celebrating family traditions? Are there ways you could enhance the spiritual dimension of your traditions?

4. How can you formally (e. g. family devotions) and informally (e. g. throughout your daily routine) communicate to your children the lasting values of who God is and what He has done?

5. What was the best vacation your family ever took? How can you begin planning a vacation that will honor the Lord by producing great memories for your children?

6. How regularly do you  go to (participate in) worship services as a family? What’s the most and least positive aspect of your family’s church involvement?

7. What can you do (as a parent) to make your family’s church (or worship) experience – and your children’s feelings about it – better?

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Can Influence Be Overcome?

(Can Influence Be Overcome?) Bible Question.

Question:

“I was married, divorced and have since become a Christian. I cannot be around my ex-husband due to the risk. However, before I was a Christian I was very mean to my ex’s sons (my stepsons). They saw me as a horrible example and even now must think that if I am a Christian, being a Christian is a bad thing. I am now so happy to be saved. But can my stepsons be reached by the gospel, or are they beyond saving because of my bad influence?”

Answer:

Jesus makes it clear that He cares about how we treat each other. . .

but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!” – Matthew 18:6, 7 (New American Standard Bible)

The Lord warns us that if we lead others into sin we should be fearful. And this is even more true when those we influence toward evil are the innocent, such as children. Yes, we should always be aware of the example we set and the impact it has on others.

But, you can be forgiven for this sin, just as you can be forgiven for any other sin. When you came to Jesus in repentance and submission, ALL of your sins were washed away, including this one.For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more.” – Hebrews 8:12

As to whether your sons can be saved, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” God’s grace can reach them, but only if they hear the word and respond to it as you have done. When you became a Christian you accepted your sinfulness, turned to God and let Him wash you. If your stepsons do that, they too can be saved. You may have influenced them negatively, but they can be reached. Since you are out of touch with them, the best thing you can do is begin to pray that they will hear the word and obey the word of God.

Pray that other opportunities and people can minister to them. Perhaps, over time, God’s word will open their hearts, just as it did Lydia’s (Acts 16:14), and just as it did yours! Then, the mistakes and poor choices of your past will not only be forgotten by God, but overcome by Him as He works to save your stepsons.

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My Brother Won’t Forgive Me

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Full-Time Trust

Full-Time Trust – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

It’s easy to trust God on Sunday during worship services.  It’s Monday through Saturday that’s the problem for most people. How can you trust God all the time, no matter what is going on in your life? Notice Luke 23:46 and Colossians 3:15 – 4:6 for some answers. Both Scripture references are taken from the New International Version.

Christ’s Confidence: Luke 23:46

“Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.”

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A Christian’s Confidence: Colossians 3:15 – 4:6

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers,do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

4:1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

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1. Describe the tone or mood of Colossians 3:15 – 17.

2. Why is thankfulness such a key ingredient in a Christian’s life?

3. What do these verses say about roles and attitudes in a Christian marriage?

4. Look at verses 20, 21. What does this say about God’s design for parent-child relationships?

5. Now read Colossians 3:22 – 4:1. Let’s assume Paul’s instructions can apply to employees and employers today. What does he say our attitude should be toward work? Our employers? Our employees? Why?

Paul wasn’t living in some ideal world when he wrote these instructions. He knew life wasn’t always fair or just the way he wanted. He chose to trust God no matter what was going on in his life.

6. Suppose your life is rotten right now. Why can you, as a child of God, still follow these instructions? Consider Colossians 3:17, 23 – 25 and Colossians 4:5, 6.

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