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Discover the Book - May 14, 2007

  • 2007 May 14






How to Lead a Family Altar

Part 2




A Simple plan:

1.   Read the Bible to them

2.   Begin Monthly breakfast dates with our children asking them these questions [what do you like about the way God made you, our family and God; what do you want to be when you grow up?]

3.    Start a Spiritual Life Journal on them [saved, prayed, wanted to be a missionary, reading achieved in the Word, and so on.]

4.   Pray every night with them [sing and sit together].

5.   Tell them stories from when you were a child and use them to teach moral, spiritual and practical lessons on your failures and successes.

6.   Tell them Bible stories and APPLY them to their lives.

7.   Learn the verses they are learning.

8.   Start them a read through the Bible chart and help them.

9.   Take them on your ministry trips to rest home, hospital, visitation, evangelism and so on.

  A Sample page from a growing Dad’s Bible




Genesis 19:1-38 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.2 And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.”3 But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

4 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.5 And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”6 So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him,7 and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly!8 “See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”

9 And they said, “Stand back!” Then they said, “This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.11 And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.

12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city—take them out of this place!13 “For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.

15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.”16 And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”18 Then Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lords!19 “Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die.20 “See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.”21 And he said to him, “See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken.22 “Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23 The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar.24 Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens.25 So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

27 And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord.28 Then he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace.

29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had dwelt.

30 Then Lot went up out of Zoar and dwelt in the mountains, and his two daughters were with him; for he was afraid to dwell in Zoar. And he and his two daughters dwelt in a cave.31 Now the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man on the earth to come in to us as is the custom of all the earth.32 “Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.”

33 So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.34 It happened on the next day that the firstborn said to the younger, “Indeed I lay with my father last night; let us make him drink wine tonight also, and you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.”35 Then they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

36 Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.

37 The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day.38 And the younger, she also bore a son and called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the people of Ammon to this day.










v. 9 Compromise ruins our testimony















v. 23-29 Lot lost his wife, his fortune and his married daughters to Sodom! Loving the world is costly.




v. 30 Sin begets more sin.


v. 36 Compromise defiles our kids.



v. 38 His descendents became God's enemies!

  Lot and Abraham



Took The Best (13:11)

Trusted God

Lost His Wife (19:26)

Kept His Wife who became a  Mother of God's People

Lost His Kids (19:14)

Blessed His Children

Cursed His Descendents (19:38)

Blessed His Descendents

Lust Of Eyes (13:10)


Settled Gay Community (13:12-13)

Settled God's Country

Defiled Daughters (19:36)

Blessed Sons

Descendents God's Enemies (19:37)

Descendents God's People

Lot’s Line Ended

Abraham’s Line Never Ends

Competitor/ Opportunist

Peacemaker (13:8)

Took/ Grabbed

Trusted God's Choice (13:9)


One father summed it up this way.  He said, “My family’s all grown, and the kids are all gone.  But, if I had to do it all over again, this is what I’d do:

1.   I would love my wife more in front of my children.

2.   I would laugh with my children more--at our mistakes and our joys.

3.   I would listen more, even to the littlest child.

4.   I would be more honest about my own weaknesses, never pretending perfection.

5.   I would pray differently for my family--instead of focusing on them, I’d focus on me.

6.   I would do more things together with my children.

7.   I would encourage them more and bestow more praise.

8.   I would pay more attention to little things, like deeds and words of thoughtfulness.

9.   And then, finally, if I had to do it all over again, I would share God more intimately with my family; every ordinary thing that happened in every ordinary day I would use to direct them to God.”

I like the way Charlie Shedd[2] described it in one of his original promises to his tiny son, Peter:

     I hope that I will be able to make religion natural to you.  It is natural.  In fact, I think this relationship with God is the only thing that is one hundred percent natural.  We will pray together until it is easy for you to put your arms on the window sill of heaven and look into the face of God. Before I put you back in your crib, I want to tell you something Philip said.

     We had been out in the country for a ride.  It was evening and we ran out of gas.  We were walking along after we had been to the farm house, and I was carrying a can of gas.  Philip was only four.  He was playing along, throwing rocks at the telephone poles, picking flowers, and then, all of a sudden it got dark.  Sometimes night comes all at once in the country.  Philip came over, put his little hand in mine and said, “Take my hand, Daddy.  I might get lost.”

     Peter, there is a hand reaching to you from the heart of the universe.  If you will lay your hand in the hand of God and walk with Him, you will never ever get lost.