Posts Tagged ‘Homes Devoted’

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

Celebrating Grandparent’s Day: Leaving a Legacy Contest

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

Leaving a Legacy Contest

 Learning from past generations to impact future generations.

The business of life often gets in the way of listening and learning from our grandparents: those of wisdom and life experience who have lived decades longer than our children.  Photo albums are left incomplete, journals are left blank and letters are left unwritten.  Therefore, memories are lost and wisdom is preserved instead of passed on.

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

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

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

 

8 Days To Win 4 Sea World Tickets!

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Challenging, Ideas

Homes Devoted™ wants to encourage your child(ren) to memorize scripture in our Sword Scene Challenge II and you could be taking them to Sea World on us!   Show your children this video invitation from our kids.

It’s easy to enter:

  1. YOU pick a verse to memorize.  Ask your kids what verse to memorize (or refresh and get creative with presenting one they already know) and work on it this week.  Just 5 minutes every day, even in the car! It can be fun.
  2. Record it.  Get creative!  Sing it!  Act it! Take a look at the video below of our kids reciting Matt. 5:3-12.
  3. Post it to our Homes Devoted™ Facebook page or paste a link to it in the comments below.  Receive a drawing entry for every verse recited (five verses equals five entries)!

There are lots of reasons to memorize scripture.  Here are just a few:

1.)    The Bible is called a SWORD (Ephesians 6:17: “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”) and

2.)    Psalms 119:11, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

The small print:

  1. Submit a video of your child(ren) saying the verses by heart by August 25 and you will be entered into the drawing! Yes, a parent can help with hand motions.
  2. Drawing will be done Monday morning, August 26th at 9am.
  3. Yes, you can post scripture you already know.  One verse per video post.
  4. Plan on going to Sea World by the 31st (Tickets only valid thru August 31.)

Forward this on to other friends and family, too!

 

The Lasting Impact of Faith Conversations

Written by Jonathan on . Posted in Blog, Family Devo Tips, Family Devotions

Doing a family devotion just might seem overwhelming or intimidating or just plain impossible!  What about having conversations about faith?
Watch video and then download another Faith Conversation you can use with your family this week.

This is a transcript of the above video:

Get this: When college students, with a strong faith, were asked, “Looking back, what would you say attributed to your lasting faith?”  A huge percentage of them referred to having faith conversations in the home.Connecting your children to the heart of God, doesn’t just happen by having family devotions and prayer times.  Those times are vital, but it also happens as we, throughout our daily routine, talk about the things of GodWe connect our child’s heart with God’s:

  • When we discipline and then pray together.
  • When we play and then apologize for being too competitive.
  • When we bring God into our decision making and ask for help.
  • When you turn off the TV, because it isn’t pure, noble, praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8)
  • When we do chores and work and mention how great heaven is going to be.
  • When we catch ourselves worrying and then remind the family that God is in control.
  • When we serve our neighbor, just because God compels us to love in action.
  • When we see a strange looking animal and wonder what God was thinking.
  • When we sin and talk about how easy it is to do wrong and how in need we are of a Savior!

This is what God intended when He said, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7

When we do these simple things, we bring God into the daily routine of life.  We live out constant communion with God.  We show our children a dependency upon God.  We demonstrate a real relationship with Him.   Do not be afraid to be bold and blunt with your children about the things of God.  They need to see you live out your faith and they need you to lead them until they decide to (hopefully) follow Him for themselves.  Then they will see what it means to be “in Christ”…a real Christian.

To help you on this journey of talking about God throughout life, look in your email every Tuesday for a conversation starter; a discussion on a scripture verse to help you some time throughout your week to help you devote some time to thinking about God.  It can be around the dinner table, in the car, at a restaurant, at bedtime, etc.  The point is to talk about God whenever & wherever; just do it.  When you do, you will be impacting the next generation and the generations to come; your kids, your grand-kids and your great-grand kids.  It starts now.


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