Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ten Reasons Why (Family) Devotions Are Important

From Woodrow Kroll's Taking Back The Good Book. (Chapter twenty-one, "What Parents Can Do.")
Having family devotions is crucial. I'm sold on family devotions. They kept my family connected as the kids were growing up. Now they are keeping my grandchildren connected to their families. Here are ten good reasons why you should have consistent family devotions in God's Word:

1) Devotions provide communication with God (Ps. 25:4-5; Ps. 119:145-52)
2) Devotions quench our spiritual thirst (Ps. 42:1-2; Ps. 84:2; Phil. 3:10)
3) Devotions are the basis for personal spiritual growth (1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18)
4) Devotions provide a safeguard against spiritual immaturity (1 Cor. 3:1-3; Ps. 119:9-11)
5) Devotions provide insight for daily living (Prov. 10:4; Prov. 17:27-28)
6) Devotions prevent schizophrenic faith (1 John 4:1; Eph. 4:11-15)
7) Devotions provide daily comfort and encouragement (Ps. 119:81; Rom. 15:4)
8) Devotions prepare us to share our faith (1 Pet. 3:15; Luke 24:27)
9) Devotions provide daily direction (Deut. 5:27; Ps. 119:105)
10) Devotions show our respect for the Bible's Author. (Ps. 19:9-10; Ps. 119:127-28)

Having a family time in the Bible will not only be a link between family members, but it will also provide a safeguard against creeping Bible illiteracy in the next generation. (170-171)

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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