The Value of Worship at Home

“Children who have learned to worship at home will not find it difficult to worship in the church. Children from worship-less homes cannot be led easily to appreciate the meaning and the value of church worship. A mark of the decadence of our civilization is the decline of family worship. Its revival would be one of the most significant signs of spiritual recovery. The use of one of the popular aids to family devotions, with suggestions for daily Bible readings and prayer, would prove of inestimable value in the promotion of worship in the home, where the best of all training in worship may be received.”

Gaines Dobbins’s, The Churchbook: A treasury of materials and methods, (Nashville, TN: Broadman, 1951), p. 157

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Our Children Will Never Cherish the Gospel if They’re Not Sickened by the Ugliness of their Own Sinfulness

This past Sunday, I posted a need on the City…

This past Sunday at 1 pm, I posted a need on The City.  We needed someone to do childcare for our community group at 6:30 that very evening, and posting a need on the City was sort of a last-ditch effort.  After I posted, my husband and I were hopeful that someone would respond and prayed they would, but we were fully prepared and half-expecting for me to watch the kiddos during group.

A couple of hours later, just about the time that I was thinking, “If nobody has responded by now, nobody ever will,” a sister in Christ whom I had never met emailed to say that she was happy to watch our kids.  This dear woman, who has a very young child of her own to care for, saw the need and stepped in to fulfill it. Continue Reading…

Thursday Book Club: “Bible Alive” Series adds Stories of David

This week is our last in the book of Psalms as a church.  I thought I’d bring our attention to some new books out by Carine Mackenzie.  The latest books in the “Bible Alive” series for ages 4-11 are David the Shepherd, David the Soldier, David the Fugitive, and David the King. This is an addition of four little books to her “Bible Alive” series, which already includes six Jesus titles and four Moses titles.  Each of the books engages children as the stories are retold from key biblical texts.  A distinctive of the series is its strong focus on salvation.  In David the Shepherd children learn lessons of courage, and in David the Soldier, about trusting God in times of waiting.  David the Fugitive tells of God’s faithfulness and David the King presents God’s forgiveness.   These are great resources for talking to your kids about the man behind many of the psalms.

I received a complimentary copy of David and the King from Christian Focus as part of the book blog tour.  This did not affect my opinion of the book in one way or another.

Ask Class: For Kids & Parents with Questions about Salvation & Baptism

Sojourn’s Student and Family Ministry is offering class for children and their parents called “Ask Class: For Kids & Parents with Questions about Salvation & Baptism.”  The goal is to answer the questions of kids and their parents who are seeking to understand the gospel, salvation, baptism, and assurance.  We want to partner with parents, who have been commanded to teach their kids about God.  The class will be led by Pastors Jared Kennedy and Gary Almon.  Our hope is that this class will be a catalyst for more gospel conversations between parents and their children.  The two-week class is on March 21st & 28th during the 11:00 AM service at the Midtown Campus, The 930 Art Center, on the third floor.  The first session will cover issues related to Jesus and salvation.  The second session will cover issues related to baptism and assurance. Continue Reading…