Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Family Devotion Encouragment


Last year I signed up for weekly family devotions from Splink. Check out this week's devotions here. I'm a fellow learner and not an expert, but here are a few pointers:

1. Keep it fun. This summer Sherrill and I bought the age appropriate Sword Study on Jonah. Since Jonah is our topic we've taken trips to the Sandy Hook lighthouse and gone seining for sea creatures.

2. Keep it short. Of course attention span varies with age, but the last thing I want is for Bible study to be viewed as boring.

3. Challenge your children to seek answers for themselves from the Scriptures. Certainly we want to provide answers, but avoid doing so too quickly. Take note at how often Jesus' answer to a question was first with a question of His own.

4. Be excited for insights made by your child. Say things like, "Wow, I've never thought of it that way..." as often as you can.

5. Share your own insights! What is God teaching you through His word.

6. Memorize verses together.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Parable of the Sower and Four Soils-- Questions for Reflection

Dig Deeper

The Parable of the Sower and four soils is recorded in Matthew 13:3-23; Mark 4:3-25; and Luke 8:4-15. This parable is unique in that all three of these gospel writers include Jesus’ explanation of the parable, “This is the meaning of the parable…” (Luke 8:11). What do the following Scriptures reveal about the identity of the elements in this parable?


Matthew 13:19a; Luke 8:11--

The Sower

Matthew 13:37--

Seed sown on the path

Matthew 13:19b; Mark 4:15; Luke 8:12--

Seed sown on rocky soil

Mark 4:16-17; Luke 8:13--

Seed sown among thorns

Matthew 13:22; Luke 8:14--

Seed falling on good soil

Matthew 13:23; Luke 8:15--


What kind of soil best represents your life? Jesus described the good soil as producing a crop “yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (Matthew 13:23). What type of “crop” do you observe in your life? Character (Galatians 5:22,23), Witness (John 15:8; Romans 1:13), Worship (Hebrews 13:15), and Generosity (Philippians 4:17)

Memorize This

John 15:8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. ESV