Monday, 11 April 2011

Spiritual Leadership in the Home

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.Hebrews 10:25

Dennis Rainey offered the following post having to do with spiritual leadership in the home:
Ever witnessed anything like this at your house before? After falling under deep conviction during the pastor's sermon entitled "The Family Altar Will Save Your Family," Dad cranks up his courage and announces, "Tonight after dinner, we will have family devotions." Later, after finishing his spaghetti, he pushes his plate aside, reaches for the 10-pound family Bible and says, "Everyone please sit up straight and listen carefully. It's time for family worship."

Casting a pleading glance at Mom, he asks, "Honey, would you start us out with a praise chorus?" After a weak song attempt -- during which seven-year-old Tom blurts out, "This noise is making my head hurt!" -- Dad is already sitting upright and is uptight.

"Okay, now let's read some Scripture. What better place to start than the first three chapters of Genesis?" He then proceeds to read the lengthy selection.
"Does anyone have a comment?" Dad asks. A long silence follows. Tom sticks his face in his water glass and tries to drink through his nose, causing Chrissy, age five, to giggle. "Stop it, you two!" Mom exclaims. "Can't you see Daddy is being spiritual?"

"Dad, I've got a lot of homework," says Chuck, the family teenager. "Can we wrap this up?"

"Well, what about Genesis, everybody? Come on. Any comments?" Dad asks, his voice rising. Feeling desperate, he looks at Mom. She quickly averts her eyes. Finally, Chuck lobs in a conversation starter: "What do you think God was doing before the Bible began?"

"I have no earthly idea," Dad says. "Let's pray."

Does this sound painfully familiar? Well welcome to the club. Over the years I have met countless fathers/husbands who claim that they would like to lead devotions but feel totally ill-equipped. Let me recommend some books. For the husband and wife a book entitled Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, it is a devotional for every day of the year. For the dad try Long Story Short by Marty Machowski or The Jesus Story Book Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones which is good for younger children or For Instruction in Righteousness by Pam Forster an excellent book for children 7years of age and older which gives you a chance to teach your children Biblical principles.

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