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Discover the Book - September 7

  • 2020 Sep 07

How to Lead a Family Altar

In this lesson we are taking a look at our owner's manual. You see we were bought with a price, we are no longer our own. The Owner of your life and my life has written out just what He expects from each of us. He also has included instructions that keep us running in tip top condition - FOREVER.

Have you looked at your Bible that way this week?

  • It is the exact and perfect and errorless guide to maintenance (how to stay victorious),
  • Fuel needs (how to grow by eating spiritually),
  • Warranty questions (assurance of salvation) and so on.

There is nothing more vital nor practical than to consult the Owner's Manual God's Word! 


Deuteronomy 6:7-9 "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.8 "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9 "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."


A Simple plan:

  • Read the Bible to them
  • 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?]
  • Start a Spiritual Life Journal on them [saved, prayed, wanted to be a missionary, reading achieved in the Word, and so on.]
  • Pray every night with them [sing and sit together].
  • Tell them stories from when you were a child and use them to teach moral, spiritual and practical lessons on your failures and successes.
  • Tell them Bible stories and APPLY them to their lives.
  • Learn the verses they are learning.
  • Start them a read through the Bible chart and help them.
  • Take them on your ministry trips to rest home, hospital, visitation, evangelism and so on.


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:

  • I would love my wife more in front of my children.
  • I would laugh with my children more--at our mistakes and our joys.
  • I would listen more, even to the littlest child.
  • I would be more honest about my own weaknesses, never pretending perfection.
  • I would pray differently for my family--instead of focusing on them, I'd focus on me.
  • I would do more things together with my children.
  • I would encourage them more and bestow more praise.
  • I would pay more attention to little things, like deeds and words of thoughtfulness.
  • 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."

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