Sunday, September 4, 2011

Faithful Families Resources September 4 2011

Weekly Inspiration

Parents shouldn't give up doing what is best for their children even when their children are ungrateful. 
                                                                                                            Martin Luther

Family Closeness
Stopwatch Games
With a stopwatch and a bit of imagination, your family can clock hours of crazy contests.
  • How long does it take to blow a perfect bubble after you put a new piece of gum in your mouth?
  • How long can you chew your food for before it disappears?
  • How many times can you click in a minute?
  • How long does it take to run around the house?
  • How many baskets can you shoot in 2 minutes?

  • If you were told tomorrow that you were going to jail forever how would it change the way you act or live?
  • If you were told tomorrow that you were adopted how would it change the way you act or the way you live?
  • If you were told today that you are a special child of God how would it change the way you act or live? 

With your family read: Matthew 18.21-35
 Questions for Discussion:
  • Is forgiving someone seventy times a lot?
  • Do you think Jesus really meant we should keep count?
  • Who do you think the king might be in this story?
  • Who do you think the first slave might be?
  • Knowing God forgives us, why do we often find it hard to forgive? 
Journey through the Bible
Journey through the Bible will provide five readings each week you can use in order to get a good overview of the full sweep of the story of God and His people. There are a variety of ways you might use these readings. As a parent you might read them to get a better understanding of how the divine drama unfolds. You could read them to your children and discuss them. Some are longer than others and might need to be broken up.

Genesis 9.8-17                        God’s covenant with Noah
Genesis11.1-9                          Tower of Bable
Genesis 12.1-9                        Call of Abram
Genesis 15.1-8                        God’s covenant with Abram
Genesis 21.1-7                        The birth of Isaac

Prayer and Celebration
Gratitude Board
On the fridge or at your table keep a small white board called a gratitude board, and on it things are recorded and dated whenever someone is passing by that they want to say thank you for or that they are glad about. These can be used once a week or one a more regular basis as the focus for family prayers.

Bonus Family Activity
Follow the Leader
Depending on the age of your children play a game of follow the
leader. The leader goes around the house doing a variety of things. Eg. Crawl across the carpet, jump through the dining room, climb over a bed, clap hands in the bathroom etc. Everybody has to do what the leader does.

(This material is based on and draws from earlier Faithful Families emails by Stephen Harrison & Richard Browning: An Unless Ideas Production.) Unless otherwise noted all material on this blog is copyright Stephen Harrison and Richard Browning

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