Archive for October 2014

November: talk. pray . do


In Deuteronomy 6: 5-7 we find what Jesus called, “the first and greatest commandment.”  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength.  these commandments that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children and when you sit at home….”

God commands parents to impress the truths of the Bible on the hearts of their children.  We do this by spending time talking about God’s word and sharing our faith with them as we live our lives day by day.  An important part of obeying God’s company in this passage is being very intention about setting time aside at home to read the Scripture, pray and focus our attention on the God that loves us so much that he sent His Son to die for us.

This time together will also deepen and strengthen family relationships and provide an opportunity to take the lead in passion on faith to your children.  As your family’s faith grows at home, it will lead to great worship and service as you seek to follow God’s greatest commission to go and make disciples of all nations.


TALKAsk your child… feel free to skip questions or add new ones as age appropriate

  • Why do we need to be thankful?
  • Read Psalm 100
    • How is God described in the passage?
    • What does this passage say we should do as a result of what we know?
    • What are some ways that we as a family can offer up thanksgiving to God?
    • Why is it hard to be thankful when we know that God is good & gives us everything we need?

PRAY:  A powerful way to pray as a family is to follow the A.C.T.S model

  • A – Adoration: telling God how wonderful He is
  • C – Confession: admitting our sins to God
  • T – Thanksgiving: expressing our gratitude to God
  • S – Supplication: asking God for things we need

You may choose to pray through one or all of these sections. Invite anyone who wants to pray to do so.

Adoration – Psalm 100 is written as a prayer of adoration to God. As a family try praying this passage out loud.

Confession – knowing that God is perfect and that we are not, we need to confess to God what we have done wrong. This helps prepare our hearts to give Thanksgiving to God. Its important that a parent begin this time of confession. Kids need to see parents set the example how to humbly admit and confess.

Thanksgiving – take time as a family to first thank God for who He is. Have the children pray one word prayers of thanksgiving for who God is like – “holy”, “loving” “merciful”, etc.

Supplication – God invites us to share our needs and requests to Him. Like a loving Father, He loves us. Ask God for things we need.


  • Create a Family Thankful Journal this month (provided materials)
  • Discuss as a family what are some things we are thankful to God for


Digging deeper:  Its really easy to become cynical and discouraged. Conversely its hard to be thankful and grateful at times. 

  • Open your Bible to the concordance in the back or do an internet search at www.biblegateway.com  Look up “thanksgiving” “thankful” and “thankfulness”  Take some time to look at some of the passages.  What do you notice about these verses?
  • How would you describe someone with a grateful or thankful heart or attitude to God verses someone who was not?
  • How would you describe yourself in this area? Would you be a thankful person?
  • If a TV reality show followed you around, how would you be described?
  • What are some practical things you can apply to your daily life to live a life of gratitude?




God Made a Covenant with David

In the Bible, the words “promise” and “covenant” are synonymous with each other. A promise is a commitment given by someone and received by someone else. All promises are con- sidered binding by the one who made them, meaning that the promise giver is expected to fulfill that promise. The promises of God are sacred, and several references give evidence of that—2 Samuel 22:31 says “the promise of the Lord proves true; Psalm 12:6 says “the promises of the Lord are promises that are pure.”

The promises of God cover a vast array of themes—longevity, posterity, deliverance, and restora- tion are just a few examples. In spite of all the different promises from God, they all seem to point to one all-important promise—salvation. The people of God were sustained by the promises of restoration and preservation until the ultimate promise was fulfilled in Jesus. “The promise of the life which is in Jesus Christ” (2Timothy 1:1) is the culmination of all promises by God.

Jesus Christ is the promise of God.


Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 5.00.09 PMLast week we learned about a special friendship. David and Jonathan, King Saul’s son, were the best of friends. This was a big deal be- cause Saul was jealous of David and trying to kill him. David and Jonathan’s friendship was so strong because they were both committed to honoring God and doing the right thing no matter what it took. God used Jonathan’s friendship to protect David from the anger of Saul.



Why is it important to develop godly friendships? Friendships are an important part of our lives; they can either help us or hurt us. Having godly friends can help you be committed to God and to do the right thing no matter what it takes.


Scripture Reading:   2 Samuel 7


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For a fun song that gives an overview of 2 Samuel, go online and search YouTube for “The Fabulous Bentley Brothers – 2 Samuel” by Buck Denver from What’s in the Bible.


Talk About It

      1. In the beginning of the chapter, David looked at his beautiful home and made a decision. What was his decision? He saw that he lived in a great cedar home, but that God was being worshipped in a tent. David wanted to build a great temple to the Lord.
      2. What did God tell Nathan to tell David? The Lord said that He did not need a house of cedar; if He needed a house of cedar, He would have had the leaders in the past build it for Him.
      3. God then made some incredible promises to David. Look at verse 16—what three things did God promise to David? God promised David a house, a kingdom, and a throne that would last forever.
      4. What did this promise mean? No one is sitting on David’s throne now. Did God not keep His promise? God was not speaking of David’s rule on earth over Israel. God was making David a promise that one of his descendants would be King of Kings and Lord of Lords! 1,000 years later, King Jesus would arrive from the line of David!
      5. Read Luke 1:29–33. What are the similarities between 2 Samuel 7 and Luke 1? All God’s promises to David were fulfilled God gave Jesus the throne of David that would reign forever.
      6. God has kept every promise He has ever made. How does that make you feel knowing God keeps all His promises all the time?



Use your prayer time thanking God for His many promises to you, and that you can depend on God to keep them. Ask God to help you remember His unfailing promises when you are tempted or sad or happy


2 Samuel 7 God Made a Covenant with David – Vista Dublin lesson (10/26/14)   Vista Worthington lesson (11/9/14)

Praying with Your Children

No matter how old your children are, it’s never too late to begin praying with them. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.


Newspaper Prayer. Try this idea at the beginning of the day as you’re eating breakfast. Have each family member take a portion of the newspaper and circle items that he or she feels need to be prayed for. Then ask family members to pray for the things they circled.

Sentence Prayer. You can help your children pray aloud by giving them a sentence to complete, such as:

 “Lord, I thank you for . . . ”

 “Lord, forgive me for . . . ”

 “Lord, help my friend . . .”

 “Lord, help me be more . . .”

 “Lord, help me to let go of . . .”

 “Lord, give me the courage to . . .”

 “Lord, one of the fears I need help with is . . .”

Highs and Lows. Ask your children what their “highs” were from the day, and then ask them about their “lows” from the day. Share your highs and lows as well, and then pray about them together.

Prayer Journal. Share your prayer requests with the other members of your family, and then record them in a prayer journal. One person can pray for all the requests you’ve listed for the day. The next time you pray together, look over the requests you listed previously, and update any changes and answers. This is a good way to see how God has been active in your prayer lives.

A.C.T.S. Prayer. This well-known form of prayer is easy to remember:

 A stands for adoration. Begin the prayer by simply adoring God for who He is.

 C stands for confession. Spend some time confessing your sins.

 T stands for thanksgiving. Take time to thank God for the blessings He has given to you and your family.

 S stands for supplication. Lift up specific areas of your life in which you need God to provide for your needs.

Remember that prayer is just a conversation with God. Let your children hear you talking with God about your day, your concerns, and your joys, and then ask them to do the same.