What’s the Purpose (and the Benefit) of Family Devotions? (Episode 43)

Today’s episode is titled “What’s the Purpose (and the Benefit) of Family Devotions?” Today’s episode is sponsored by The Getty Music Worship Conference that is titled simply “Sing”. It will take place in Nashville from August 19-21 and will feature Keith and Kristyn Getty, John Piper, John MacArthur, Joni Eareckson Tada, Alistair Begg, and a whole host of other great speakers. You can learn more about it here. Original article

What’s the Purpose (and the Benefit) of Family Devotions?

What’s the purpose of family devotions? Probably no habit or discipline is so lauded, recommended, or even commanded among Christian families than this. But what’s the point of it? What is it meant to accomplish? Over many years of leading family devotions, I have been surprised to learn that it’s both more and less than I had expected. As Aileen and I began building the habit of family devotions, first as something that followed dinner and later as something that …

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10 Ideas and 10 Tips for Family Devotions in 2019

A new year is just about upon us, and as it dawns, we have a new opportunity to lead our families in devotions. Whether you’ve been utterly consistent or mightily struggling, here are 10 ideas and 10 tips that may help as you consider the year to come. Ten Ideas for Family Devotions Just Read the Bible. This is the simplest suggestion of all: Just read the Bible a book at a time. Younger children tend to do best reading …

Practical Advice for Family Devotions

During the recent EPIC trip to England I was able to hold an event in London where we opened the floor up for questions. Here is my answer to one of the questions: What is some practical advice you have for family devotions? (In early June I will be in South Africa where I will be holding another similar event. Join me in Johannesburg on June!)   Transcription About family devotions: yes, I would say family devotions first ought to …

The Art of Godliness, Episode 3: Family Devotions

Today I bring you episode 3 of The Art of Godliness, the new podcast hosted by myself and my good friend Paul Martin. The purpose of the podcast is to think out loud and in public about how to live a quiet and peaceful life, godly and dignified in every way. In episode 1 we discussed conflict resolution and in episode 2 turned to honoring parents. Now, in episode 3, we turn to family devotions. We discuss what constitutes family devotions, …

Ask Me Anything (Family Devotions, Christian Comedy, Women in the Church, etc)

I continue to receive lots of Letters to the Editor, hence I continue to attempt to answer lots of Letters to the Editor. Here’s a new batch that include answers to questions on family devotions, whether church is for believers or unbelievers, Christian comedy, if and how women can serve in the church, and so on. I hope you find them helpful. Could you suggest several options for material to help me stay on track leading family devotions with my …

Ask Me Anything (Gifting, Marriage in Heaven, Complementarianism, Family Devotions)

Here is another edition of Ask Me Anything. Today we cover using gifts, death, marriage in heaven, family devotions, and the outworkings of complementarianism. How do you balance using your gifts to edify the local church versus the universal church? Your blog has greatly edified me, but I wonder what your opinion is on striking the balance? Should you be more focused on your local church instead of blogging to benefit the universal church? This is a question I’ve had …

10 Ideas and 10 Tips for Family Devotions in 2017

With a new year dawning, many Christian families will resolve to approach family devotions with greater faithfulness in the year ahead, or perhaps even to begin family devotions for the first time. These are great resolutions! Here are 10 ideas and 10 tips that may help. Ten Ideas for Family Devotions Read the Narratives. Read through the big picture of the Bible by focusing on the narrative (story) parts. In the Old Testament, read Genesis, parts of Exodus (you might …

Ask Me Anything (Jesus Calling, Family Integrated Church, Family Devotions, and More)

Today I am kicking off a new “mailbag” feature. A year ago I introduced Letters to the Editor, a means for readers of this site to provide input and feedback. Now I am adding a complementary feature, an opportunity for me to answer questions you have asked. Today’s questions concern Sarah Young and her books, family devotions, family integrated churches, personal devotions, and reading. Sarah Young and Jesus Calling Have you ever considered contacting Sarah Young and finding out her …

Why We Fail at Family Devotions

I have written about family devotions a number of times (most recently in How We Do Family Devotions), and it always leads to a response. Whenever I write about the subject, I immediately receive emails and messages from people who have tried and failed, or who are still trying and are convinced they are failing. I compiled some of that feedback and came up with a list of reasons we fail at family devotions. We Make it Too Hard I …