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The Weird Thing About Reading the Bible Is

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I have been a Christian since I was 16 years old. I don’t mean I have been going to church since I was 16. I mean I have been attempting to submit my entire life to Jesus Christ since I was 16. It is not easy. The largest roadblock to this submission has been myself. And the largest thing about myself that has gotten in the way is my aversion to routine.

(What does this have to do with Fathering? I am convinced that as I seek to become more like Jesus, I become a better father, a better husband, and even a better version of me. If you disagree with this statement, I challenge you right here, right now in the comments for just one quality of behaviour of Jesus that I might emulate that would not make me a better father, husband or person. Just one. Go ahead. I await your comments.)

But here’s the funny thing about it. Very early on I noticed something about reading the Bible. Reading the Bible is something that pretty much every church tells you is key to figuring out how to follow Jesus personally. In fact, if a church tells you that it is not key, then I’d argue you aren’t going to a Christian church. But being the contrarian that I am I rarely accept what I am told “because”. There has to be a reason. Read the rest of this entry »


Family Discipleship Plan

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BibleI have not been satisfied with any devotional ever, and my kids hate sitting still for Bible stories. But I am convicted that I need to take my job as the leader of this household seriously and set the example and pattern for growing in the Lord.

To that end, I am starting today. I am starting a morning Bible time with my older boys, and plan to get the younger ones involved as they learn to read.

I have given each of them a small notebook. In this notebook, I am asking them to, before they eat, before they shower, before they play a game in the morning, take their Bible, pick a chapter, read it and then answer these three questions:

1. What does it say?
2. What does it mean?
3. What is God trying to teach me through this passage?

Then, after breakfast, I am going to get them to share their #3 with me and their brothers, so we can learn from each other.

That’s the plan. My hope and prayer is that we can develop a family pattern in the month of August before school starts, so that it is fixed and routine by then.


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