Journey Through The Bible – New Resource!

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Scott Brown (Director of the NCFIC) has just completed a Family Worship resource titled, “Journey Through the Bible”. Here’s what he has to say about it…

Journey Through the Bible came about from our family worship times as we read the Bible together as a family.

As our children were growing up, our family made it our practice to read the Bible from cover to cover. We did this for many years. Some of our children learned to read by reading progressively more words as we read the Bible together.

We took turns reading going around the circle. The little ones would repeat one or two words that we coached them to pronounce. Those who could read would read one to five verses and the best readers would read five verses each. We would read around four chapters per day, usually in the morning.

As each year passed, I kept adding to a document which contained introductory information about each book. I used this document to give my family background information for each book and to record the things I felt were important about it. By the time our children were adults, I had over 400 pages of notes. These notes documented the following kinds of information:

  • The historical context of each book of the Bible.
  • The questions I asked them.
  • An explanation of the meaning of each book.
  • A list of the important matters of each book.
  • A list of key memory verses.
  • A basic outline of each book

This book is a compilation of these notes as well as notes I collected as I studied these books on my own and as I preached through them over the years.

JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IS AVAILABLE NOW – IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER A COPY, PLEASE CONTACT US, OR YOU CAN ORDER DIRECT FROM THE NCFIC ONLINE STORE HERE. We may be able to get a deal on shipping if there is interest in a bulk order.

Watch the video below for more info…

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Having a Family Integrated Perspective in a Non-Family Integrated Church.

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NEW WEBINAR & ARTICLE

We mentioned a while back about an upcoming webinar we were recording on the subject of “Having A Family Integrated Perspective in a Non-Family Integrated Church”. This has now been completed, following an article of the same name that Kris was asked to write for the NCFIC (National Centre for Family Integrated Churches) based in the USA.

In the webinar, hosted by Scott Brown (Director of the NCFIC) Kris, along with Craig Houston (who spoke at ENGAGE), and Jason Dohn (Pastor at Sovereign Redeemer, NC), discuss the article, and give practical pointers for families who would like to be part of an integrated church, but do not have that option.

Click here to view the webinar and article.

Living A Grace-Paced Life in a Crazy-Paced World…”Thermometer or Thermostat?”

This is part 5 of a series of posts I will be sending out every Friday,  relevant to the theme of this year’s ENGAGE Family Discipleship & Home Education Conference (only 5 weeks to go!!!). The posts will be short, to the point, and practical – designed to help you/your family in preparation for the conference (you will still benefit if you’re not coming to the conference!). Here goes with the fifth post…

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Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Crazy-Paced World…“Thermometer or Thermostat?”.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV – 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

In the last post, we talked about the importance of “slowing down to speed up”, and why it’s not always the amount of time we spend doing something, that makes it valuable or worthwhile – but rather it’s about what we are actually doing.

As we consider the theme ENGAGE 2017, it’s important to acknowledge that a “grace-paced” life, is not an easy life, or an unbusy life, or a care-free life. There are too many misunderstandings about the grace of God such as this, that incorrectly shape the thinking of some Christians. So what is a “grace-paced” life?

Essentially, it boils down to one thing – and that is a life that is centered around Christ. By way of analogy, it’s the difference between living your life like a thermometer or living your life like a thermostat.

Think about it – a thermometer is constantly changing, according to the external conditions and influences around it. Alternatively, a thermostat is stable, and once set in place, plays a vital part in changing and influencing the external conditions around it.

So one of the ways in which we can experience “grace-paced” living, is by acknowledging God in any and every situation. Our relationship with God is not to be confined to Sunday mornings and personal devotions – God should permeate every area of our lives.

Therefore, when you next (and it probably won’t be long!) find yourself in one of those frustrating/why did this happen/inconvenient/stressful situations in daily life – take a moment to step back. Then, ask yourself if you are looking at this situation in a way that declares “God-is-nowhere”? Or – with the eyes of faith, can you look at this situation in a way that declares, “God-is-now-here”? A subtle but significant difference!

“Our relationship with God is not to be confined to Sunday mornings and personal devotions – God should permeate every area of our lives”. 

As a family, we are currently dealing with some “home maintenance” challenges – nothing life-threatening, but the kind of thing that can easily add unwanted stress and strife to daily life. We found comfort during family devotions this morning, reminding ourselves that several years ago a long-drawn out, frustrating, time-consuming issue we had with our carpet, actually gave us a really good opportunity to build a relationship with a certain tradesman and share the gospel! By God’s grace we became less changeable (thermometer), spending less time wondering why God had allowed the situation – and instead became more constant (thermostat) seeing God in the situation.

It was a good reminder that God is weaving His will into every part of our lives – and the more we center our lives around Him, the more we, and others will see Him in all situations.

For thought, prayer and application: What is your first thought when you hit one of those annoying, everyday life challenges? Do you wonder why God would allow such a thing to happen, or do you stop and consider that God may have actually orchestrated that thing to happen? Whether it’s a challenge with an appliance, a strained working-relationship, a difficulty with one of your children, or a persistent but aggravating home maintenance issue – try to pause, and acknowledge that God is in control, and that He may have divinely prepared this situation for your life, to help you become more like Christ. Bring the situation to prayer, and seek in God’s strength to be the thermostat that remains unchanged, rather than the thermometer that goes up and down. 

Click Below To Read Previous Posts in This Series…
Part 1 – “It is Finished!”
Part 2 – “Intention vs Intentions”