Don’t Make This Movie Mistake

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Ideas

Movies  are a big part of our society.  It may be a regular source of entertainment for your family.  Unless we are proactive, we could end up watching with our kids or letting our teens see on their own, some terrible movies that look so funny and family friendly from the trailers.

Well, worry no more.  We have www.pluggedin.com. (This sounds like an infomercial.)  Recent movies, books, and video games are reviewed, listing in detail the good and bad.

When your kids want to see Daddy’s Home which looks funny and innocent from the trailer, you think to yourself, “It can’t be all that bad. After all, there are little kids in it.” All you have to do is look it up at Plugged In.  Here you read:

AT LEAST 15 S-WORDS. “B–CH” AND “A–” ARE EACH UTTERED ABOUT HALF A DOZEN TIMES; “H—,” THREE OR FOUR TIMES. THERE’S ONE USE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING VULGARITIES, CRUDITIES OR PROFANITIES: “B–TARD,” “FOR CRIPES’ SAKE,” “P—Y,” “WUSSY,” “PR–K,” “BUTTHOLE,” “HOLY BALLS,” “NUTS,” “D–KIE” AND “P—ED.” GOD’S NAME IS MISUSED BETWEEN 15 AND 20 TIMES (TWICE PAIRED WITH “D–N”). WE HEAR ONE ABUSE OF JESUS’ NAME.

I wonder how many parents make the mistake of bringing their kids to see a movie only to shrink in their seats or put their hands over their eyes during scenes?

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Helping you have Homes Devoted,

Jonathan

A Family Devotion for Christmas

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

May your family draw closer to each other and towards our Savior throughout this Christmas Season.

Here is another sample of a great resource called the Family Bible Library.  Christmas Devo FBL Wise Men & Good Gifts
For more tips on starting family devotions click here.
For more info on the Family Bible Library click here.

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Family Devotion: Christmas {5 minute devos}

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

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.

2.5 Years After Saddleback Cancels Youth Worship: Follow up Interview with Josh Griffin

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Challenging, Ideas, Why Kids In Worship

Our first interview was 5 months after Saddleback started canceling youth worship once a month to have families worship together, appropriately called: Worship Together Weekend. As expected, everyone was excited about the change…at first….

In this second interview with Josh, we talk about the importance of kids in worship, what Saddleback has learned and how they have adjusted since starting Worship Together Weekends.

PS. My wife corrected me. Our boys were 3 and 5 years old…Not 5 and 7… 🙂 How time flies.

Give Family Experiences vs. Stuff

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Challenging, Family Devo Tips, Ideas, leaving a legacy

A friend of ours sent this link to us and I wanted to forward it on as well.  With it, she said, “Kids won’t remember their best day of TV or video games, but they will remember family times, family events, family vacations, family projects, family ministry, etc… My Christmas encouragement to you is for you to plan to use your time and money to create meaningful family experiences rather than just giving lots of stuff. ”

She is so right!  There is great insight in this article about giving experiences. 46 Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff and Why.

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I want to add the importance of spending time together experiencing God’s Word.  Nothing has helped our children enjoy God’s Word more than the Family Bible Library.  I know this sounds like a commercial, but having family devotions with the FBL has helped our children experience God’s Word for over a decade. People would ask us how our kids know so much scripture.  FBL is the answer.  I can’t help but share what I know works for us and many other families.   (Sample below.)

How much are you going to spend this Christmas giving your family something that deepens their faith over the next decade?  Give experiences and not just stuff.

Helping you have homes devoted,

Jonathan

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Click here for a “thankful” devotion you can use as a family. I wrote some personal notes on the pages as well.  It’s a Bible passage (Luke 17: 11-19) in story form with some questions to ask.  There isn’t any prep or crafts to organize (although reading it through once helps you know which questions are best for your family.)

Find a time, like at a meal or before bed.  Read the story with your children (even teenagers) and close with a thank you prayer: “God, I thank you for ___________.”

This story is taken from a resource called the Family Bible Library which we have used for 14 years.  It’s a fantastic 8 volume set that spans Genesis to Revelation.  To learn more about the FBL, click HERE. (You may want to think about purchasing it as a family Christmas present that will bless your family spiritually for years to come.)

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