Easter Continued…5 Min. Family Devotion that continue after Easter

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#1 John 20:6-20

Read the verses and ask some questions:

  • Do you know why your mom and dad want you to keep your room neat and clothes folded and put in their place?  Jesus folded his clothes.  Verse 6-7
    • (Here is a funny question you can ask your kids.  You can laugh and joke about this.  This is not my theology to justify all the neat freaks out there, but if you needed justification, this is the best verse you will find. 🙂   Keep a straight face to see their reaction.  Then one of them will ask if you are serious and then you can start smiling.
    • But, since we are on the subject, you could ask, “How should we keep our bedrooms/house?”   (I’ll let you take that discussion where you want, but for us, we want to be ministry ready.  We want (not that we always are) to be able to use our gift of hospitality and that means keeping our house neat enough that we can “do a 4 room clean up” in a few minutes.  Well, maybe 15 minutes.  Carrie, my wife, has done a great job keeping our house ready to have people over with a few moments notice.)

(Back to the devo…)

  • Why do you think all the guys left the tomb? (vs. 19.  They were afraid.)
  • Why did Jesus came after everyone had left except Mary?  (My son said, “Because He wanted to stretch their faith.”)
  • How would you have reacted if you were in the locked room and suddenly Jesus appeared?
  • Mary was filled with emotions. One minute she is weeping, because Jesus is gone.  The next minute, she is overjoyed, because Jesus revealed Himself to her.  Even though we don’t see Jesus, how can we know He is with us?  (Through His creation, what He has done in the past, His Word tells us so, and through His Holy Spirit.)

 

#2  John 21:1-14

Read the verses and ask some questions:

 

  • Why did they go fishing?
    • If they don’t know, ask this: What did they do before Jesus asked them to follow Him?
    • They back to the thing they knew how to do.  They went back to the family business. They didn’t know what they were supposed to do now that they were leaderless.
  • They didn’t catch any fish, then a man says to cast their nets on the other side of the boat.  That is a silly idea.  Know why they did?
    • They heard that before.  Jesus said that in Luke 5.4.
  • Do you know who John is referring to when he says the “disciple whom Jesus loved” in verse 7?
    • Himself
  • How many times had Jesus showed Himself to them? (Verse 14: 3 times.)
  • Peter once again “plunged into the sea.”  I think it would have been funny to see a grown man jump into the water and swim to shore out of complete excitement.  How might you have responded?
  • Jesus loves these guys doesn’t He?  He really cares.  Isn’t it good to know?  How do you know Jesus cares for you? (He has blessed you with parent(s) who love you and care about you. He gave us His Word that says He loves us…and He proved that love for us by going to the cross and suffering for our sin.  That is good news!)

More coming.  Check back daily.

 

Family Devotion: Christmas {5 minute devos}

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Elizabeth & Zacharias: Patience

Read Luke 1:11-25

The Bible tells us that Zacharias and Elizabeth “were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6 NKJV). Zacharias was a priest who served in the temple. We’re also told that they were “well advanced in years.”

Despite this, they had no children because Elizabeth was barren. This could not have been easy on them. For the people of Israel in this time, it was considered shameful if a woman was unable to have a child. Imagine the grief this must have caused them, particularly Elizabeth. No doubt, the light of hope in a child of their own must have dimmed and burned out long ago.

Around the time of the first century, the duty of burning the incense in the temple fell to Zacharias. As he stood alone in the Holy Place, the angel Gabriel appeared before him to proclaim that their long wait was finally over . . . God had ordained for them to have a son named John. Gabriel told Zacharias that his son would be his joy, great in God’s sight, in the vein of Elijah. He would be the forerunner for the King of Kings; the one who would “make straight the way for the Lord.”

Sometimes, God puts something in our hearts, a great passion and desire, but then wants us to wait for His timing so His perfect plan can unfold. The wait, especially if it’s a long one, can cause us to doubt and lose heart.

You’ve probably heard the age-old expression, “patience is a virtue.” All throughout the Bible, we see God rewarding those who patiently wait upon Him, who trust in His promises and His faithfulness to fulfill them. We also see those who don’t wait and often learn difficult lessons. Elizabeth and Zacharias patiently waited upon God and trusted He knew best. Though the reproach of others hurt, this righteous couple found comfort in the arms of the Lord, and in His time, He took their shame away!

It’s not always easy to wait on God’s timing, but the rewards we reap when we do are well worth it!  

Are you experiencing some situation that, like Elizabeth and Zacharias, is testing your patience?

What might God be teaching you?

Elizabeth didn’t see what God was up to …for years.  Even if you can’t see how God is at work, what can you do to trust Him?  Will you trust Him?

*This devotion was edited from a devotional from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale called The King Has Come: Prepare Your Heart.  It can be found in the Bible app.

Forgetting What You Look Like {5 Minute Devo}

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ASK THE KIDDOS:  
Have you ever forgotten to look in a mirror and then after you left the house and got somewhere (like school or work or a meeting) and realize you didn’t fix your hair or you had a stain on your clothes or… 
(Mom or dad could share a story of a time they did this. For me, one of the times was when I cut myself shaving and I put a little piece of tissue paper on my cut to stop the bleeding.  I went to school with this still on!)
How did you feel?  Foolish? Embarrassed?
Now suppose you did look at yourself in a mirror and noticed (whatever it was from above), and still ignored it and immediately forgot about what you looked like?  How would you describe someone like this?  Careless?  Foolish?
Why do you think of them like that? Because they ignore what they see. They don’t care enough about themselves to make a change or correct what is wrong.
If I (Daddy/Mommy) had an important meeting and I didn’t care about what I looked like, what would this tell the person I was meeting with?
 
READ:  James 1:22-25 
 
ASK:
How would you describe someone who hears God’s Word, but does not apply it to their lives?
• Why do you think of them like that?
• How do they really feel about God?  
 
Deeper:
Why does James say it will set you free? You won’t be trapped by all the consequences of bad choices.  You can rest in the authority of God.
What is the result of doing what God says?  Blessing.
• What are you choosing to ignore about God’s Word or His commands?  
 
 
PRAYER: “God, Help us to follow you, no matter how hard it is, knowing you have the best and perfect plan for us to follow. ” 

What Have You Been Given? {5 Minute Devo}

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Read Matthew 25:14-30

You may want to stop in the middle of the reading to let your child(ren) know that a talent was a lot of money. Not just a $100…no one really knows. It could have been silver (worth around $7,000 today) or gold (worth around half a million dollars today).

 

ASK:

• Which servants were faithful? How?
They used what their master gave them to increase the master’s success.

• Which servant was unfaithful? How?
He didn’t use what the master gave him. He was lazy. He didn’t want to work. He didn’t care about what the master wanted. He only cared about himself.

• How would you have reacted if you were the master? Would you have been pleased with what the lazy servant did? Why?
Because he was selfish. He didn’t use what the master gave him. He wasted what he could have done with it.

 

In this parable, Jesus is teaching the disciples that He is going away (but He will be coming back!) and that we are to continue His work using the gifts He has given us.

 

• What are the gifts of time, treasure, and talent that God has given you?

• How could you use your time for God? How could we serve God as a family?

• What treasures do we have that we can use to bless others?

• What talent do you have? How could you use it for God?

• How can you be faithful with what God has given you?

The Greatest Gift {5 Minute Devo}

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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” —Luke 2:8-11

 

Read Luke 2:8-11

 

Ask:

Can you imagine being the first to hear about the first Christmas morning?  How would you have responded to the Angel of the Lord?

 

Say: 

The shepherds were told about the true meaning of Christmas; plain and simple.  But there are a lot of things that distract people from the real meaning of Christmas.

 

Ask:

  • What distracts people from experiencing the true meaning of Christmas?
  • How do you think Jesus would want us to celebrate His birthday? (Staying focused on Him and doing what He would want us to do is the most important. Have you ever thought about singing Happy Birthday to Him? Giving Him a present?)
  • How have you already gotten distracted?
  • What will you do to help you stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas?

 

Pray: 

“God, Thank you so much for giving us the greatest Gift possible!  Help us to stay focused on You!  Help us to love others and just as you gave your Son Jesus for us, help us to give to others.”

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