Posts Tagged ‘faith’

The Ultimate Goal

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Encouragement, Family Devotions, Grandparents, Heart Connections With Your Kids

If the target of Satan is the family, then your heart is the bulls-eye.

I should stop writing to let that sink in.  Reread that.  I encourage you to stop, think, pray about what this means for you and your family.

Pursue the Ultimate Goal this summer.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6.9

The Ultimate goal of parenting/grandparenting is to connect our children’s hearts to HIS; to connect them with the heart of their heavenly Father.  David Platt said, “The Ultimate Goal is NOT for our kids to behave and be moral upright citizens….Our goal is not for our kids to make great friends, to develop a great self-esteem, to get into a great college, be a great leader, find a great spouse, have a great career with a great income, and then a great retirement.  The ultimate goal of parenting/grand parenting is for them to love a GREAT God.  So much so they will abandon everything this world has to offer in order to follow after Him: no matter what he says, no matter what it costs them and no matter what it costs you.”

Most parents have a vision for their children: get good grades, get into a great college, eagle scout, black belt, 4.0 gpa, etc.  Those are all good things, but the problem is our vision often doesn’t extend to eternity.  We get distracted by earthy things that keep us from being able to focus on God. We want to make sure we give our children every opportunity to succeed in school/sports/music, get into a great college, be socially well adjusted and yet, are not so much concerned about their souls.  (Read Psalm 78:1-8.)

WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES: Are we parenting for earthly rewards or for KINGDOM, heavenly, rewards?   God, our Father, wants our children to know Him personally, intimately.  Even more than we do.  He loves them even more than we do.

Wrap your family in His love, convey the heart of our Father to your children as you enjoy your summer.

The Ultimate Goal…

Jonathan

[This is an excerpt of our workshop, sharing the vision of the importance of faith at home. If you would like to schedule this or other workshops, you can email Jonathan at jc@homesdevoted.com.]

Questions:

  • Are we connecting their hearts with God’s?  In what ways?  When can we have family devotions?
  • How are we pursuing a Kingdom vision with our children?
  • What is our vision for your family? For our children?
  • How might we be conforming to the world vs. seeking God’s plan for our family? Are we just doing what everyone else is doing or do we have a vision from God for each of our children and we are parenting in light of that? (Romans 12.1)
  • If you are a grandparent: How can I be accomplishing the Ultimate Goal with my grandchildren?

 

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.

The Best and Worst  25 Minutes of My Day

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Dads, Encouragement, Heart Connections With Your Kids

Two days ago Josh, our 9 year old son, wanted me to chase and catch him.  It often involved a little tackling, grabbing, the stretching of clothing.  For 25 minutes, I ran.  Honestly, I kept him on the ground often just so I could catch my breath.
Just he and I.  Running.  Catching him (sometimes).  Rolling on the ground. Laughing. Talking smack. Grass stains. Sweat.He loved it. Complete uninterrupted time with dad. No siblings.  No phone.

Interviews From Bangkok

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Interviews

Is the church around the globe a lot different than America?  Hear from four people in different parts of the world discuss the tremendous need for Christian parents to live their faith at home.  Homes Devoted is now encouraging and equipping churches globally!  God is doing amazing things!

We want to encourage you to watch this video as a family and then have a family devotion using this to help ALL THE TIME (a family devo).

Transcript below (minus interviews):

As you may know, I was invited to speak at a global summit in Bangkok.  What an exciting experience to worship with and hear from other Christ followers and hear what God is doing around the world.  The theme of the conference was on rooting and releasing children; getting them grounded, rooted, in the Word, in faith and then encouraging them to be released to do great things in ministry for God.   I thought I was going to be one of many voices advocating the importance of parents “impressing” their faith in the home as Deuteronomy 6 says, but what I realized was the role of parents discipling their children in the home, had not been a focus or emphasis at all with so many people I met.

Of course, the enemy would be on the attack of the homes all over the world; seeking to prevent impressing the faith on the children.  1 john 5:19 says “We know that we are of God and the whole world is under the sway of the evil one.”   The home is crucial for faith development and it is going to be a primary target no matter what country we live in.

By God’s design and with God’s grace, parent-child discipleship is most effective.  Think about it…the average family spends 1 hour a week at church.  George Barna revealed that, in America, over 90% of Churched parents do not practice any spiritual disciplines at home other than saying a mealtime prayer.  We have the majority of families going to church on Sundays, but not embracing God throughout the week, not living out their faith where children experience living life with God as part of the daily routine.  The consequence is that we are losing the majority, (up to 88%) of children growing up in the church.

To my amazement, the rest of the world isn’t any different when it comes to faith practices in the home. Instead of just telling you what I learned, I asked some of my new friends if I could interview them, so you could hear it in their own words.  You might be just as surprised as I was.  Luckily, my cell phone did an okay job.

VIDEO Inverviews: Jonas, Gabriela, Michael, Leisl & Petrus

Does this sound familiar?  Does this represent churches you know?   It is essential that people all over the world focus on the home; on living out their faith in all aspects of life.  John 15:4 says we are “to abide in Christ.”  First John 15:4 encourages us to ‘walk just as He walked.”  We must share this vision with the world, so children might know our God who is alive and working and trustworthy.

These are just a few of the people I was able to get on video.  It doesn’t include people I talked with from Poland, Sweden, U.K., Ukraine, Pakistan, Egypt, Peru, Singapore and from around the U.S.

HomesDevoted™ is seeking how to best minister and equip pastors and families locally and now, globally.  We are writing family devotions and other replicable resources and systems for churches and families to apply worldwide and with your help, they can be translated into Pakistani, Spanish, French, Albanian and other languages.  We are skyping pastors and ministry directors.  We are speaking every opportunity we get to large and small groups alike and hosting conferences for churches.

Jonas, from West Africa, asked me to come share this message at a national conference in April of 2016.  Pastors in Peru asked me to speak at their conference to 2,000 pastors from all over Central America.  The need is tremendous.  Parents and grandparents need to be informed, encouraged and equipped.  Pastors are looking for the resources and tools to empower the parents and grandparents as they build up the next generation of believers.  Parents are looking for family role models.

Pray for us as we are truly dependent upon God and what He wants us to do and where He wants us to go.  Live out your faith with your children and grandchildren in a bold and powerful way.  Would you please pray about giving financially to God and the mission He has for Homes Devoted?   Join with us…Be a part of how God is using this ministry to help spread the faith changing message to families across the globe.  We know this message will impact families, cause revival in churches and help save a generation we are losing.  It starts with you.

Thank you so much to those who have already partnered with us…You are impacting families all over the world!  We are still in need of more monthly supporters, so we can focus our energy and efforts towards ministry.  Maybe your small group might be interested in supporting us.  Maybe the company you work with matches donations.  Maybe you have a year-end contribution coming.  Maybe you are deciding on how to bless ministries with your tithe for 2014.  Please keep Homes Devoted in prayerful consideration.  If you would like us to personally share this vision with you or a group of any size, please let us know!

God is doing amazing things.  Eph 3.20-21 says “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

It is His power at work and for His glory.   We hope you will join us as we take this message to people all over the world.  Your tax-deductible donations are easily made online from our website.

Thank you so much, please stay connected, let us know how we might be able to serve your families and most of all, please keep praying for us!

Bangkok Bound…Homes Devoted Going Global

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Grandparents, Video Challenges

(Below is a transcript of video.)

In confirmation that the mission of Homes Devoted™ is God’s heart to minister to families and churches, the Lord has provided an opportunity I could not have even imagined: to serve pastors and ministry leaders at a GLOBAL summit in Thailand!!

Dr. Rob Rienow of Visionary Family Ministries (http://visionaryfam.com/) and Dr. Scott Turansky of the National Center for Biblical Parenting (http://visionaryfam.com/) serve on the global advisory team for a movement called the 4/14 Window (http://www.4to14window.com).  Scott Turansky serves as the chairman of the North America family ministry team and has personally asked me to represent the USA in facilitating the family ministry track of this summit with Pastor Matthew Ling of Malaysia!

This movement is stirring in the hearts of pastors all over the globe!  From traveling the east coast in May to now venturing to the other side of the planet, I am thrilled to endeavor in what God is doing!  I don’t know what doors God is going to open or the difference this is going to make for His Kingdom, I am just humbled and honored to be a part of what He is doing.

You too can participate in this mission to equip parents all over the world!  I need to raise support of $2,750 to fund the mission.  One thing is for sure: God is working, leading and guiding.  To donate towards His work, it is now even more convenient through our new online donation site.

Please be praying for us through all that God is doing; it is an honor and privilege to serve Him in this way!

This amazing mission, and the miracles surrounding, remind me of Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

So the next generation might know,

Jonathan

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