My Lord and My God {5 Minute Devo}

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Back in the days of kings and queens, what did the king have power to do?

(Almost anything he desired.)

 

People in the kingdom would answer the king by saying, “Yes, my Lord.” “Right away, my Lord.”  “As you say, my Lord.” 

(Feel free to add more sayings and add an accent as you say these or even act it out.)

 

Here is a fun activity if you have time.

(Even if you have teens!  This will be short and fun.)  Pretend someone is the King or Queen (sit them in a chair as their throne or sit them up on a higher place) and have the rest of the family pretend he/she is the King or Queen) and address them appropriately….The King/Queen could even “command” their subjects to do things for them.  Mom/Dad could even take a turn at being King/Queen.  Have fun. Laugh and within limits, allow the “subjects” to do what they command.  (Keep it simple or if you have time, have fun with it.)

 

Read or have someone read: John 20:24-31

 

When Thomas says, “My Lord and my God” what does he mean by “Lord?”

(He was saying that He believed in Jesus so much he was making Him ruler, giving him control.  That he would follow Him wherever and do whatever he said.  He would obey Him no matter what.  He was submitting to His rule.  NOT OUT OF FEAR, but he was willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ, because of who he believed Him to be: God.)

 

How do we make Jesus “Lord” in our lives today?

(By submitting everything to Him, to His rule. We give Him permission to rule in our lives because we know He knows best, cares, is creator and God!  Not because we are forced, but because we decide to, we choose to.)

 

What does this look like (specifically)? 

  • How does mom/dad live differently than others?
  • How does a teenager live differently when Jesus is Lord?

[NOTE: Mom/Dad, when you answer questions, too, you reveal to your children that you are learning and growing with them.  Want your kids to catch your faith? Let them see you seeking, growing and learning, too.  It’s not just something they need to do. They need to know you have not “arrived.”  Because, you don’t want them to grow up thinking they have to be perfect.  Why? Because they will feel defeated when they realize they never will.]How does making Jesus your Lord and your God affect: (use some of the suggestions below or your own.)

  • How you do your homework?
  • How you do your chores?
  • How you act?
  • How much you worry? (If He is God, do you have faith He is in control?)
  • What you say?
  • How you practice?
  • How you do something you really don’t want to do?
  • How you obey when it’s really hard?
  • How you treat others, even when it’s not cool or easy?
  • How you spend your money?

What is one thing you need to make Jesus “Lord” of?  Why haven’t you before?

What is Faith? {5 Minute Devo}

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 Five Minute Family Devotion

 

The majority of college students who had a faith that lasted attributed their lasting faith to FAITH CONVERSTIONS in the home.  Whether you are having dinner, in the car or having morning devotions as a family, these devotions can help you talk about faith, making faith real and relevant.

 

WHAT IS FAITH?

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SIT AT A TABLE OR HAVE AT LEAST ONE PERSON IN A CHAIR and ASK THEM THESE QUESTIONS (preferably, an old or unfamiliar chair.)

 

ASK:

  • How did you demonstrate your faith in the chair you are sitting in?

ANSWER: You believe it will hold you, you have a hope that is so confident, you sat in it.

 

  • Does it take faith to believe the chair you are sitting in will hold you?  Why or why not? 

ANSWER: It depends on the chair… Maybe it’s an unfamiliar chair that looks worn out and rickety.  You may have never sat in it before, so maybe you were a little uneasy about sitting in it, because you don’t really know the chair. 

 

But maybe it’s easy to have faith in the chair because you trust it, you sat in it before, probably many times, you have seen other people sit in it.  You inspected how it’s made and you realize it is well built… You have so much faith in it, you are willing to put all your weight down without fear of it crashing to the ground.

 

Have someone READ Hebrews 11:1.

 

ASK:

  • From this verse, what is faith? (In your own words.)
  • You demonstrated your confidence in the hope that the chair would hold you.  How do we demonstrate our faith in God?  In other words, how do you demonstrate your confidence in the hope that He will come through for you?
  • How can you become more confident in God? 

 

The more you inspect God (like you may have done with the chair, the more you read the Bible), the more you become familiar with Him, the more you see other people trust Him, and the more you trust Him with the little things (the more you “sit” in Him), your faith will grow. Then you will be able to trust Him with even bigger things life brings your way.

 

  • What is one thing you should trust God with right now? (What’s one thing you are stressed, worried about? One thing where it’s hard to do what is right?)
  • Are you willing to?  Why or why not?

Faith Conversation 3: Taming The Tongue Part II: Reckless Words

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DOWNLOAD & PRINT: Taming the Tongue Part II Reckless Words

Taming the Tongue Part II:   Reckless Words

Our children need to realize how our words affect us and the others around us.  Our tongue can get us into deep trouble or be a blessing to others.  Here is a Faith Conversation you can have with your kids on this important and sometimes overlooked subject.

Conversation Starter:

Gossip, backbiting, name calling, put-downs, hurtful sarcasm… They all hurt.  How do they affect others (esp. brothers and sisters)?

One minute video for all ages:

http://www.sermonspice.com/product/17001/the-power-of-the-tongue

For teens: You may find this video more impactful for your junior high/high school teen:

http://www.bluefishtv.com/Store/Downloadable_Video_Illustrations/2049/Gossip

DOWNLOAD & PRINT: Taming the Tongue Part II Reckless Words

 

Faith Conversation 2: Taming The Tongue

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It is so important to have “Faith Conversations” at home in between Sundays.  Many faithful college students said they attributed their strong faith to the fact that they had faith conversations in their home.  We hope these will help you to talk about God, making faith relevant, wherever you are: in the car, at dinner, in a restaurant, etc.

See Faith Conversation 1 and a video entitled The Lasting Impact of Faith Conversations

This is Part 1: Taming the Tongue

Our children need to realize how our words affect us and the others around us.  Our tongue can get us into deep trouble or be a blessing to others.  Here is a Faith Conversation you can have with your kids on this important and sometimes overlooked subject.  (Part 2: Reckless Words & Part 3: Lying and Cheating are coming in the days to follow.)

Faith Conversation 2: Taming the Tongue Part 1

Let us know in the comments section below how it went!

Family Devotion: Trusting God

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in 5 Minute Devotions, Blog, Family Devotions

How can you “impress” on your children a trust in God?  Here is a devotion you can do as a family.  The very young, and even teens, will have some fun with this activity and discussion on trusting God with everything!  (Print the devotion here.)

Topic: Trusting God.

Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6

DIVE IN:

Free Falling

Your children can take turns participating in this activity.  Have one at a time stand on something (a chair, bed, etc.) off the ground (waist level works best).  You can decide on the height, but you want to make it somewhat challenging.  You could even blindfold them.

Have them cross their arms to grab their shoulders.  Mom, dad and other family members can get behind them and lock arms together so the one falling can fall straight back into their arms.  You could even put a mattress underneath for added protection.  Instruct the faller to stay straight and stiff like a board and fall into the safety net of their family’s arms.

Have each child do this.  If you don’t have enough family members to catch the faller, you could do this with another family or as an alternative you could blindfold each child and take them by the hand (or by verbal directions) on a tour of their surroundings.

After everyone is done, talk about it. You can ask:

  • Was it hard to do?
  • Why?  [Intentionally falling is not something we naturally do; it goes against all logic.]
  • Why was it hard to trust, even your family/parents?
  • What does it mean to trust?

 DIVE DEEP:

Read (or have one child read) Proverbs 3:5-6 from a Bible. (It’s important to read it from a Bible.  We want our kids to become familiar with reading their Bible.)

Ask:

  • What does it mean to trust God?  Is it the same as “believing” in Him? (Letting Him guide and lead us, obeying Him even when we don’t feel like it.)
  • When can it be hard to trust God?
  • How does God know we really trust Him? (Through listening and obeying Him.)
  • How do we learn to trust God more? (By reading the Bible; by trusting Him in the little things.  Then we realize He is trustworthy and it will become easier to trust Him with bigger things, etc.)
  • What are benefits of trusting God?

DIVE UP:

  • How do we completely trust God as a family?
  • Is there something going on right now which is stretching us to completely trust God?
  • In what area are you (each family member) having difficulty trusting God?

 

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