Training Your Children for Worship 3: Prayer Checklist and “Time for Worship” Cards for Kids {Free Printable}

Today’s post is the 3rd in our 4-part series of free printables to help you train your children for worship. If you missed either of the first two posts, below are the links.

1: A Devotional Guide on Worship

2: Family Devotionals on the Acts of Worship

Today, we are sharing TWO free printables with you!

FIRST, we have a “prayer checklist” that can be used either in a family devotional setting or during a worship service to help a child focus on the importance of prayer. While prayer is not meant to be just a “checklist,” we also need to teach our children that prayer is more than some type of “I want” list.

SECOND, we are pleased to offer “Time for Worship” cards. This set of cards is meant to be printed out and taken to worship by children. The cards can be stapled together, put on a ring, or just stacked and carried. Each one shares some things to remember with it is “time” for a particular avenue of worship (when it’s time to sing, when it’s time for the sermon, etc.). Designed for smaller children, these could be adapted for older kids as well.

To view/download these printables for free, simply click on the picture. We hope this is a great help to your family!

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I Hope He Makes It

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Leaving my house one afternoon this week I pulled on to the main road that leads toward the interstate. About a quarter mile down I noticed a small turtle just getting started across the busy pavement. I made sure not to hit him with my right front tire and I said to myself, “I hope he makes it!” Poor little fella! Life for turtles can be tough, right? Good thing they have a hard shell, right?

I continued down the road about another quarter mile and my heart stopped and I began to worry about the turtle. I stopped in the middle of the road. I turned around in an awkward place not meant for such activity. I went back to get the turtle. As I came close to him two vehicles approached ready to smash him to pieces. I saw that I was not going to arrive in time to get out of my truck before they came to him. So I stopped on the other side of the road and turned on my emergency lights. I waved at the drivers of the van and pick-up to look down at the road. I was not sure they would see or care. But they moved, and they missed the turtle. I got out of my vehicle quickly and moved him to the other side of the road, just on the grass. A cataclysmic demise for the turtle was at least temporarily averted.

Formulate your own opinions about me, no big deal. But there was a reason I could not let the turtle die. Oh, he may have made it, but the attitude “I hope so” was not sufficient when there was something I could personally do about it. How many times have we said about a person, “I hope they make it”? How many times have we said, “I am praying for you,” but have done nothing to help? How many times have we said, “I hope that situation works out,” when we could have been a part of the solution?

So, is someone you know lost spiritually? What are you going to do about it? Is someone you know hungry or naked or in prison or sick or in need? What are YOU going to do about it? Is someone grieving? Is someone lonely? Is someone hurting? Is someone in a situation where you could make a positive impact and help promote change or simply be a friend? I believe there is more than just someone in your life in such a place. No matter how hard their shell, and no matter how true it is that they will probably cross that road again at some point – they are on it now – and you can help them safely to the other side.

God is going to hold us accountable for more than just our activities. He will also call to remembrance our opportunities.

I have peace of mind about the turtle. It is my greater aim to be at peace also with both God and men.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” – Galatians 6:10

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The Next Six Years

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I might as well go ahead and admit it; I like C-Span. Well; I like some parts of C-Span.

I’m not “into” the daily committee meetings, live sessions of the House of Representatives and Senate, etc. What I do like is some of their weekend programming. I don’t get to watch a lot of it, but I enjoy some of that programming when I get a chance to watch or listen.

I especially find interviews with authors about their books to be of some interest. Recently, while doing something else and listening to one of those interviews, I heard a comment that captured my attention.

The man being interviewed was an historian. I’d seen and heard him before. He has written a number of books about various historical characters and events.

The comment he made that I thought was interesting had nothing to do with one of his books, though. It had to do with him, his life, and his career.

He was talking about a new position he was taking, the responsibilities of that position, the move he would be making, etc. In the course of talking about all of that, he said (and this may not be an exact quote, but it is pretty close)

The next six years of my life are pretty well mapped out.

Really?!

Earlier in the interview, he had talked about a time when he had almost died due to a heart attack. He told of a friend who got him to a hospital in time for his life to be saved. It seems to me that, with that experience in his background, he might be wise to not be so sure about the future.

Interestingly enough, just one day after I heard that interview, our local news was filled with stories about the murders of members of a family who had returned home after a Sunday morning worship service. I do not know what their plans were for the next six years, or for the rest of that day for that matter. I think it can be safely assumed that their plans did not include leaving this earthly existence when they did.

A huge part of being an historian is doing hours and hours of research. I might suggest to the man I heard interviews–and to all of us–to dust off a book we might use all too sparingly and read these words:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For  you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (James 4:13-16; ESV)

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Friday’s Family Friendly Finds {October 31, 2014 edition}

Do you not find it amazing that today is the last day of October? They say that time seems to go faster as you get older. If that’s the case, Methusaleh might want to look out, because I must be getting really old!

Of course, today is Halloween, and whether you celebrate this holiday or not, we hope you enjoy the sights of the changing seasons…and maybe eat a piece of candy, too!

On to this week’s family links.

Family Friendly Finds

This Week’s Finds

The Small Things that Make or Break a Marriage {We are THAT Family}

3 Ways a Man Can Keep His Family Together {Jackie Bledsoe}

Why My Kids Don’t Come First {for the family}

5 Must-Know Tips When Teaching Kids about Money {ChristianPF}

What Would Your Wife Say? {Life in the Kingdom}

Our Week in Review

The following were our five most-viewed posts over the past week. These were not necessarily published in the last 7 days; they just drew the most views. (Original publication date in parentheses.)

#5: A Devotional on Worship {Free Printable} (October 22, 2014)

#4: Friendly Fire (October 28, 2014)

#3: On Disruptive Children in Worship (October 21, 2014)

#2: Celebrations (October 30, 2014)

#1: Why We Made Our 7-Year-Old Sign a Minecraft Contract (October 27, 2014)

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Celebrations

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You can find out a good deal about a person simply by observing what they celebrate. To celebrate is to “observe or commemorate with ceremonies or festivities.” There are certainly times where celebration is in order. But it seems that our self-centered world is rejoicing in many things that are not worthy of celebration.

We should not celebrate when we perform ordinary responsibilities. Twice this year an NFL defensive player has injured himself and perhaps ended his career for celebrating the execution of a tackle. Stephen Tulloch and Lamarr Houston both tore their ACL’s because they tried to jump and make a dance move after they sacked the quarterback. They are supposed to sack the quarterback. They should have gone back to the huddle and prepared for the next play. God made us in such a way that we can’t kick ourselves our pat ourselves on the back. We should understand that doing our job is the least we can do.

“So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ” – Luke 17:10

We should not celebrate when people suffer. We justify such feelings if the one suffering has been unkind to us or hurt us. We tend to enjoy watching the defeat of any person who is or has made themselves our rival. Perhaps we may even go so far as wishing for bad things to happen to certain people for reasons that seem fair to us. And yet God never rejoices over the loss of a soul, no matter the reason. And love never rejoices when sin abounds or when wounds are inflicted.

“Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’ – Ezekiel 33:11

We should not celebrate when the game hasn’t ended. “The Music City Miracle,” “The Bluegrass Miracle,” and “The Play to Beat the Band,” should all remind us that the game isn’t over until the last second has come off the clock. Many people misunderstand salvation by believing it happens in a baptistery. In reality it begins with grace that comes from God alone, it is realized in obedience, and that same obedience that gave birth to forgiveness is required until our physical death. We can live in grace and at the same time understand that in stewards it is required that one be found faithful.

“And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” – Mark 13:13

We should not celebrate a victory that comes at too high a cost. One Sunday morning an elder met a Christian baseball coach in a restaurant at lunchtime. The baseball team had just come from the field having won a tournament, and the elder had come from worship. A stressful greeting was met with the coach making this comment, “I am sorry we missed the assembly, but at least we won the game.” Unfortunately the coach was mistaken. There were no winners on that field on that particular Sunday. Every person who forsook the assembly lost. In spiritual matters Jesus taught that we can only win by losing.  When we let God be first-place in all things, everyone wins. If a choice we are making cannot be celebrated in eternity, it cannot be celebrated now.

“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” – Matthew 16:26

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Training Your Children for Worship 2: Family Devotionals on the Acts of Worship {Free Printables}

Last week, we shared the first of four free printables to help you train your children for worship. If you missed that one, which was a devotional guide about worship, click here and you can get it for free.

To continue with the free stuff, we have another family devotional guide for you this week. This time, though, it is a SET of devotional guides. There are five in all, one for each of the five avenues of worship.

As with the other guides, these are meant to help you have family devotionals that are only about 10 minutes in length and that help by getting input from the children.

Just as a tip, it might be good to focus on one avenue of worship each week. In fact (as a head’s up), our free printable next Wednesday will help you focus on one of the avenues of worship (prayer).

We hope you find these helpful, and we hope you’ll pass them along through social media so others can benefit from them, as well.

Simply click on the picture below, and you will be taken to a page where you can view and/or download the guides. Enjoy!

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Friendly Fire

[NOTE: This post was originally published on jimfaughn.com. It is reprinted here with permission.]

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Military spokesmen and the news media seem to use a variety of phrases in an attempt to sanitize some of the unpleasant aspects of war. From time to time, we hear reports of troops being wounded or killed by “friendly fire.” That somehow sounds better than having to report that the damage was done by one of our own bullets, missiles, bombs, etc.

Sometimes, the evidence indicates that the fire was not so friendly. At times, some apparently take advantage of the confusion caused by the intensity of a particular battle to settle some personal grudge with a fellow soldier (maybe a superior officer).

I have wondered at times how often “friendly fire” damages the Lord’s army. Could it possibly be that some of our wounds and casualties come from our own ranks?

We know that Paul had to deal with “…perils among false brethren” (2 Cor. 11:26). He also warned that: “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another” (Gal. 5:15).

Sadly, it seems that some have neither learned from Paul’s experience, nor heeded his warning. Some in the Lord’s army seem more intent fighting a brother or sister, discrediting them, spreading gossip about them, and/or ignoring them than they are on waging war against our real enemy.

“Friendly fire” among us may cause the loss of two souls. The one “fired at” may be so wounded that he or she never recovers. The one who does the “firing” is most certainly damage beyond measure until and unless he or she repents.

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Why We Made Our 7-Year-Old Sign a Minecraft Contract

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Minecraft. I know very little about this game, except that our son has been begging us to download it for months. It is one of the few times he has truly fixated on something for more than a few days.

After doing some light research and seeing that is a fairly harmless game, we decided to let him get the game on Leah’s iPad…

after he signed a contract.

That’s right, our 7-year-old had to sign a contract to get and play the game.

The short document stated such things as:

  • He would pay for the game himself out of his saving jar.
  • If he complained when told to turn the game off, he could not play it for 2 weeks.
  • He can only play for one hour on Saturdays and at other times only with permission.
  • If we catch him playing the game at other times, the game is taken away for a month.

We read the contract with him and he signed it (after writing “I will agree”…how cute is that?), then gave us the money for the game. Leah and I also signed it (as “mommy” and “daddy”).

Now, at this point, some of you think we are tyrants. He’s seven years old. How could we possibly do this to our son?

Better: why would we do this?

Well…

It teaches him about responsibility. He is responsible for paying for the game and for checking with us for upgrades or other downloads.

It holds him accountable. He knows the contract, and we are keeping it posted on our refrigerator. He cannot claim to just “forget,” and things be okay.

It keeps us accountable. We signed the document, too. So, if we just let him get away with things that break the contract, it will chip away at our influence.

It is how things are done in real life. We sign our names to things all the time as adults. It is better for him to learn about this now with such a small thing, than to have his name on his first contract be for a job, rent agreement, or mortgage, where the money involved and level of responsibility are so much higher.

QUESTION: What do you think of this parenting tactic? Share your reactions in the comments!

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Friday’s Family Friendly Finds {October 24, 2014 edition}

Things just continue to churn here at A Legacy of Faith. If we haven’t told you recently, thank you! You have helped our site continue to grow, and we simply pray that you are encouraged by each post and podcast you receive from us. This site takes some work, but it is a labor of love, and we hope you enjoy it.

Now, on to this week’s family links.

Family Friendly Finds

This Week’s Finds

Grieving Miscarriage {Start2Finish}

7 Thoughtful Ways to Raise Non-Materialistic Children {ChristianPF}

Suggestions for Influencing Teens {National Center for Biblical Parenting}

7 Strategies for Talking to Your Kids about Sex {for the family}

Our Week in Review

The following were our five most-viewed posts over the past week. These were not necessarily published in the last 7 days; they just drew the most views. (Original publication date in parentheses.)

#5: Episode 7: Training Your Children for Worship {Podcast} (October 16. 2014)

#4: What if Satan Subpoenaed Your Sermons? (October 16, 2014)

#3: An Important Lesson from an Unexpected Source (October 20, 2014)

#2: Training Your Children for Worship 1: A Devotional on Worship {Free Printable} (October 22, 2014)

#1: On Disruptive Children in Worship (October 21, 2014)

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What Did Jesus Really Look Like?

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Images of art and culture often shape our minds concerning those faces we have never seen. The depictions of historical figures before the days of photographs have often cast into our minds a portrayal that may not be completely accurate.  How many times have you gotten to know a radio personality by ear, had a vision of that person in your mind, and then saw them on television or in a photograph – only to find they look completely different than what you had imagined?

If one were to compare the picture that the Bible paints of Jesus with the last 2000 years of  portraits of Christ from art and culture, there would be a stark contrast between the true Jesus and the one we have come to know. Just google “what did Jesus look like” and search images. You will find everything from blonde and beardless to a man of Asian or African descent. The point is that people have decided to paint their own image of who they would like for Him to be and what they would be comfortable with as far as a Savior is concerned. But I would like you to think for a few moments with me about a man that was more beautiful than we could imagine, but not in physical appearance.

Jesus was a rugged man. He was a carpenter and he had carpenter’s hands. They would have been rough and calloused. They would have been cracked and possibly scarred. They would not have been soft and gentle. They were beautiful because they were working hands.

Jesus was a strong man. He was a man’s man. We get the image from pictures that he was slight of build and not too muscular. Pictures show him as average in size, and at times even effeminate. But I know of a man who drove out money changers and overturned tables in the temple. He took a whip and drove men of prominence and influence away from God’s holy place of worship. Nobody dared fight back. He was a man who could win a physical match against one or more like himself. This makes his physically imposing appearance even more beautiful. Children longed to sit on his lap, and he willingly went to the cross without objection when people he could have handled were spitting in his face.

Jesus was not a good looking man. This may bother you. You may want him to be handsome, but the Bible says that he was not. One version says, “There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him” (Isaiah 53:2). He was of Jewish decent and so he looked like a common male of his culture and time. Unless you knew him personally you would not have said, “This must be the Son of God.” He often slipped through crowds unnoticed (Luke 4:30; John 5:15, 7:11, 11:56). The people he grew up with saw just another boy from Nazareth. The women who came to him did not do so because he looked like a movie star. They were often broken and just needed someone who cared. This makes the face of Jesus so much more beautiful. It was not what was seen in the outer man that drew multitudes, it was what was coming out of him from within.

Jesus probably didn’t have long hair. But you’ve probably never seen him depicted without it. You see the beard, the flowing locks, and the glowing countenance. The men of his day did not wear their hair long, and if they did it was often thought of as a disgrace (1 Cor. 11:14). It is likely he had a beard as this was common among the Jewish men. This would have made him even more unrecognizable. In short there was nothing about him in outward appearance that would have made anyone give him a second look. This makes the appearance of Jesus more beautiful, in that in reminds us that God sees beauty in what may be viewed by humanity as common or plain.

Jesus had a humble birth. He was raised in a poor family. He was not attractive. He had to work hard. He walked lonely and dusty roads. He was despised and rejected and we did not esteem him. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and we hid our faces from him. Jesus was all of these things because God loved us too much to send a Redeemer that looked the way we would have wanted. He sent the Advocate we needed. The real Jesus is too beautiful for pictures and portraits. Only God can paint a Savior.

“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

– 2 Corinthians 4:6

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