We have been looking for a new church home for almost a couple of years, we have been visiting a couple, but not ready to make it our home yet. Part of me feels I need to stay out of the church system for a period of time. I don't mean not fellowshipping with other believers...so don't scold me! :-) I feel that God may have called me to a place temporarily. In the meantime I wanted to know if anyone has some good ideas for family devotions until we find a place to worship?Mike
Growing up, my mother would wake us kids up a bit earlier so we could read through the books of the Bible, a little bit each morning before we were off to school. We didn't read from cover to cover, but simply picked a book and stuck with it until we finished and then picked another book. The devotions were short, usually only ten or fifteen minutes. A little reading, a little discussing, and a little praying.On Sunday, when I am home, we gather together and listen to a sermon off the internet and discuss it briefly, and pray. One morning my dad threw a loop into the system by asking us to quote the stories of redemption through Jesus Christ systematically, starting in Genesis!
God has called my wife and I to leave our fellowship and we have just begun the hunt for a new place to consider a church home. We are a new, young family and have no consistency at all in our lives (a result of school and working in retail). I am a young man who is trying to mature in my study and understanding of God. All this to say that I feel this is a good question because it is one that I am interested in knowing what others do with their families. I have been developing a consistent and meaningful personal study time, but I am finding that many men who do that do not take what God reveals to them to their families like they should. I don't have an idea for a book, but I have an idea for a time. My mentor and his family (all 11 of them!) have a time of worship at the end of every dinner. They do this even before they do the dishes or start cleaning up. For them, it is a time where they are all home, together and able to settle down and spend some intimate time together with God.
You may find the Westminster Assembly's Directory for Family Worship helpful:[url=http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p417-direct_fam_worship.html]Directory of Family Worship[/url]Where are you at in TN?Grace to you,Taylor