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Family Devotions by bigplew
December 29, 2007, 11:23 am
Filed under: Devotions

by Mike Plewniak

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Devotions are something every guy needs to establish as soon as possible. As you begin to lead a wife and a family, it leaks over (maybe pours over would fit better) into each one of them. So, for those who already have kids, here are resources to help.

Some helpful questions and tips on family devotions. Ligon Duncan says: “My own answer is you start family worship as soon as possible, as soon as one is married, and continue it after children come along, no matter how young the children are (and the younger the better). The point is not for the youngest children to be able to comprehend (or even to sit still during it!). The point is impress upon them, by paternal example the priority of God and his word in all of life. They learn this, even if they comprehend nothing in the reading, praying and singing, simply by seeing a father pausing day after day to read the word with his family.”

Here is a little advice on family worship by John Newton (writer of Amazing Grace): “I think, with you, that it is very expedient and proper that reading a portion of the word of God should be ordinarily a part of our family worship; so likewise to sing a hymn or psalm, or part of one, at discretion; provided there are some people in the family who have enough of a musical ear and voice to conduct the singing in a tolerable manner: otherwise, perhaps, it may be better omitted.”

Here is a scripture reading plan by Eric Liddell for family devotions.

(HT: Justin Taylor)

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