How to Revive a Dying Church

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You’ve seen them everywhere—squashed in between the latest superstores, crumbling on the outskirts of the neighboring subdivision, and hiding behind tall grasses off the freeway. There are old churches scattered all throughout urban areas in the Western world that are either being slowly forgotten or have already faded into the background. Replant is the story of how those local churches can be saved—from the inside out.

Instead of a five-step guide to church revitalization, Replant describes two drastically different leaders—Mark DeVine and Darrin Patrick—who took it upon themselves to revive a dying Kansas City church and return it to its former glory. This book aims to help pastors and leaders “take risks for God’s glory, to raise your gaze to what is possible, to challenge what is comfortable, so that God’s plan A—the local church—advances.”

The book begins with DeVine, a professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, being assigned the new position of interim pastor at First Calvary Baptist Church—a classic church equipped with a beautiful sanctuary of ornate woodwork, colorful stained-glass windows, commanding organ pipes, and several decades’ worth of neglect and congregational decay. Upon seeing the church, DeVine instantly felt compelled to restore both the building and its congregation:

“The church of Jesus Christ is not a building; it is people. But First Calvary’s magnificent sanctuary was not just a building either. It commanded a historic and still-strategic outpost on the frontier of gospel advances namely within one of the increasingly secular cities of America, which are now among the fastest-growing mission fields on the planet.

I found myself unable to contemplate this declining flock with nonchalance. At stake were not mere bricks and stained glass, but the advance of the light against encroaching spiritual darkness.”

DeVine then took it upon himself to unseat the “cartel” of four long-time church members inhibiting growth, and connect First Calvary with the thriving church of a former student—that of Darrin Patrick, vice president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and pastor of The Journey. What happens once these two churches join forces? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out, but what I can tell you is that this story is one that pastors all over the world can relate to and learn from. It examines how churches suffering under the burden of shrinking congregations, crumbling infrastructure, and lack of morale can once again be revived for the glory of Christ.

“All contexts—suburban, rural, and urban—need new churches. But there is a special need for new churches in cities. By planting and replanting churches in urban centers, we have a strategic opportunity to influence the entire world, because the entire world is coming to live in, work in, and visit cities.” —Darrin Patrick

Discover their story for yourself: download this new book, Replant: How a Dying Church Can Grow Again on Vyrso today.

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Enter to Win Logos 5 and Pastoral-Leadership Resources!

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Pastoral leaders need encouragement and revitalization. That’s why we’ve put together a giveaway full of resources for just that. Refuel for church leadership with six Vyrso books to inspire the preacher and leader within, three one-year subscriptions focused on leadership and preaching, a one-year subscription to Bible Study Magazine, and a new Logos 5 Starter base package for theological and scriptural support.

Two one-year magazine subscriptions—a $44.94 value!

Bible Study Magazine brings you enriching insights and sound advice from respected Bible teachers, professors, historians, and archaeologists. Read stories from pastors and scholars who have been shaped by Scripture in both practical and radical ways. This magazine is published by Logos Bible Software bimonthly and delivered right to your mailbox.

Leadership Journal talks about current events and relevant issues as they intersect real ministry situations. Christianity Today publishes this journal to help church leaders stay ahead of the curve. This subscription will be delivered to you monthly, as well as give you access to exclusive content online.

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PreachingToday.com offers an online subscription to uniquely inspirational illustrations and articles for strengthening your sermons. This resource—with hundreds of sermons and sermon-series ideas—is brought to you by Christianity Today.

BuildingChurchLeaders.com is another entity of Christianity Today, geared toward equipping you to empower more leaders within your church. Get downloadable training tools, expert advice on handling church conflict and emergencies, and many other resources to support your church leaders in any season of life.

Six Vyrso books—a $51.94 value!

Read the most leadership-savvy books Vyrso has to offer. We’re including John C. Maxwell’s Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know, Larry Osborne’s Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page, and Dave Kraft’s Leaders Who Last.

Then get inspired for Sunday morning with Vyrso titles on preaching: Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert’s Preach: Theology Meets Practice, Alistair Begg’s Preaching for God’s Glory, and Drew Dyck’s Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying.

Logos 5 Starter—a $294.95 value!

Logos 5 Starter will save you hours of researching and referencing. Search your new library (including more than 200 resources) for a topic or passage and find exactly what you’re looking for in seconds. This base package also boasts a powerful tool called Bible Facts: search for a person, place, thing, or event to pull up every time that specific thing is referred to in your library—even indirectly or as a pronoun!

That’s almost $600.00 in prizes—and a lot of resources for one giveaway—enter for your chance to win the whole lot!

Entry closes July 31. We’ll select and notify the winner August 1. If you win and you already own Logos 5 Starter and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. The winner will need to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prize. By entering the giveaway, you’re opting in to receive emails from Logos and promotional partners.

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Stop Chasing the Wind and Start Chasing Your Wife

7 ways to be her hero

After leading countless men’s retreats and conferences, and serving as the teaching pastor at Saddleback Church for 15 years, author Doug Fields discovered something pervasive in Christian culture: the way men talk and the issues they discuss are not properly represented or addressed in Christian relationship books. That’s why he wrote his latest book, 7 Ways to Be Her Hero: The One She’s Been Looking For, which is specifically designed for men and written how men talk.

In 7 Ways to Be Her Hero, Fields outlines a simple plan that includes seven perfectly doable actions that will transform your marriage. According to Rick Warren, “This book should storm into your living room, demand an audience, and become every husband’s best friend!” Get 7 Ways to Be Her Hero for just $9.99 on Vyrso!

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7 Ways to Be Her Hero packs a powerful punch. Here’s an excerpt:

Here’s the sad truth: when our dreams fizzle, we simply learn to settle for lesser dreams. In fact, many of us settle for the crap that culture has sold to us about what men are supposed to be like: we are supposed to chase things, and we took the bait, hook, line, and sinker.

For men it turns out that the object of the chase is not the important thing. In fact, it is secondary. We can chase prestigious careers, piles of money, positions with esteem, accolades from corporate headquarters, power to control others, women to conquer . . . whatever. It is the act of chasing that is important. But every man who has ever done the chase thing knows that even if we catch whatever it is we are chasing, the chase is never over. There is always something else to chase!

It appears that a man’s drive for the chase goes back thousands of years. The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes was written by one of the most successful and prosperous men to ever live, the wisest of them all, King Solomon. Solomon appeared to have it all. In his forty-year reign over Israel, he spearheaded massive building projects, including the first temple in Jerusalem. He collected thousands of horses and chariots. He amassed great wealth and treasure. He was very much into the ladies, having seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines.

Solomon was a master of the chase. Yet, reflecting upon all he had accomplished, he wrote: “But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind” (Eccl. 2:11 NLT).

Sadly, we have bought into the cultural construct of manhood. We are addicted to the chase. We are busy, and our busyness validates our sense of importance. Yet we, like Solomon before us, are chasing the wind. We are too busy to notice that the chase is killing our souls, wounding our wives, and destroying our marriages. Whenever I speak to women’s groups, I hear them loud and clear that our chase is not their chase:

• “I’d rather have him make less money and be around more.”

• “He’s so engaged with work that he’s not engaged at home.”

• “I used to think he did this for the family, but in the end, it’s more about his ego.”

Guys, you are driven to provide for the needs of your family. This is the grain-of-truth, the God-given wiring, and the sacred cog of the chase. But many of us have managed to bury the truth under layers of self-interest and self-fulfillment until the truth has been lost. The point of the chase has become the chase itself. I am not suggesting you shouldn’t work hard, but I am suggesting that if you are defining your value by the chase—by your ambition, your work, and your achievement—then you are simply chasing after the wind, and ultimately, it is meaningless . . . When we are addicted to the chase, we leave nothing to our wives but possessions and regrets. I will say it one more time, hoping that dawn will break over those with marble heads: your wife doesn’t want the presents your credit card buys or the status your busyness conveys. She wants a vital and intimate relationship with you, and this requires your presence in her life. It requires you to make a proactive choice to invest your time and energy in your (one) life together.

And here is a bit of biblical truth to drive the nail home: there is only one thing on this earth the Bible talks about being one with. It’s not your job, your kids, your ministry, your hobbies, your golf game, or your fantasy football team(s). It is your wife. And if you are chasing anything else at the expense of oneness with your wife, you are chasing the wind.

A hero is not created when a man chases the wind. A hero is created when a man recognizes he has been chasing the wrong things and realizes that his wife should be the object of his chase.

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Discover the seven simple steps to establishing a happier, healthier marriage: get Doug Fields’ new book, 7 Ways to Be Her Hero: The One She’s Been Waiting For, for just $9.99 on Vyrso!

 

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Finding Peace of Mind in the Psalms

Seeking God in the Psalms

For over 30 years, Boyd Bailey, founder of Wisdom Hunters, has passionately pursued truth and wisdom through his fulltime career in ministry, executive coaching, and mentoring.

Bailey begins each day by spending time in the Word and writing down his reflections and questions. In 2004, he began emailing these brief reflections to a small group of fellow “wisdom hunters,” and they became so popular that he decided to compile them into a devotional. He now has 11 devotionals, which cover topics like marriage, fatherhood, money management, the Psalms, and more, and reach over 100,000 people across 86 countries.

For a limited time, you can get all of his Wisdom Hunters devotionals for just 99 cents each! Or buy them all for just $10.89.

Peace of mind

Each of these devotionals are written in real time, and they take you through Bailey’s thought process immediately after reading Scripture. Here’s an excerpt from Seeking God in the Psalms that addresses finding peace of mind:

Once you apply the peace of Christ, you have peace of mind. Peace of mind gives you a platform for living purposively. Because you live purposively and peacefully you garner influence with others. People are attracted to the peaceful. They want to learn how to find and apply peace to their life circumstances. Your friends or family may not acknowledge it, but your peace is proof of God’s existence. Peace is a powerful apologetic for the Almighty. Only Christ can explain your calm during a crisis. Because you lean on Him, others want to lean on you. You are a lean-to for your Lord. So use prayerfully this platform of peace for ministry. People will line up for peace of mind.

Lastly, use your peace of mind as a gauge for God’s will. If you have peace, proceed. But if you lack peace, heed. God’s peace is a green light to go forward. The absence of His peace is a red light to refrain. Therefore be sensitive to the Spirit’s peaceful prodding to go or stay. Either way, you are OK as long as the Lord’s peace is preeminent. Peace gives you a state of mind that thinks clearly and wisely. Peace positions you for right thinking. Do not impulsively barrel ahead without peace of mind. Emotions can play tricks on our trust and good sense.

Therefore, check your feelings with faith. Slow down and make sure you have a peace about moving forward. Stand up to the pressure of people. They do not have to live with your decision; you do. Peace is God’s protection from unwise choices. His peace is a prescription for success. So slow down and pray. Pray for the peace of God, which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Peace reveals His will. Peace of mind does not fear, but hopes in Him.

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Street-Level Faith: The Story of Paul David Tripp

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Paul David Tripp is a pastor, an author, and an international conference speaker, yet he still finds time to run his own ministry. As president of Paul Tripp Ministries, he strives to connect Jesus Christ’s transforming power to everyday life. Tripp’s unique vision has led him to write 14 books on raw Christian living—and eight of these can be found on Vyrso. Tripp’s preaching and teaching is inspired by a passion to help people connect the gospel to every aspect of their life—a necessary feat in our broken world.

Faithful relevance

Bible Study Magazine recently sat down with Tripp to hear about his experience in preaching and teaching Christianity on the “street level.” Check out this excerpt from the cover story:

“Tripp can relate to those who struggle to see how faith plays out in real life. ‘Growing up, I didn’t understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. I learned that Christ died for my past sins and I am forgiven because of His death. I learned that Christians can look forward to eternity because of Christ’s sacrifice.’ But he didn’t learn how faith in Christ was for the here and now—what it means in terms of family, parenting, relationships, the workplace, finances, and sexuality. ‘I heard about God’s plan of mercy and forgiveness, yet I lived in a culture that offered laws, rules, criticism and condemnation instead. There was disharmony between the message and the realities of everyday life.’

‘For a long time, I studied the word of God to understand its content—the theological information it contained. That’s a very important step in the process, but I stopped before I ever asked how it spoke to the particular issues of life in a broken world.

He sees the Bible differently these days. ‘The Bible is a grand redemptive story, but it may be better to say it’s a theologically annotated story. To some degree, every passage tells something about God, about me, about life in the fallen world, about the disaster of sin and the operation of God’s grace—every passage tells me something about every dimension of my life.’”

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Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine before July 31 to get the Paul David Tripp issue and continue reading. And explore more of Tripp’s powerful books on pastoral ministry, marriage, and more: check out all of his titles on Vyrso today.

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Get 11 Wisdom Hunters Devotionals for $0.99 Each!

Wisdom Hunters Sale

Through July 16, get 11 Wisdom Hunters titles for 99 cents each—or buy them all for just $10.89! Wisdom Hunters’ ministry, based in Atlanta, was created to encourage Christians to apply God’s unchanging truth in a changing world. Whether you’re a mom, a small group leader, or someone wanting to get more joy out of your job, Wisdom Hunters’ founder Boyd Bailey has created a devotional designed to help you make a habit of spending daily time in the Word and applying Scripture’s truth in your life.

Reaching more than 80 countries across the globe, Wisdom Hunters has a devotional for everyone. Here are a few 99-cent books to choose from:

Seeking Daily the Heart of God

Go deeper into God’s Word every day. This book offers three-minute devotions for every day of the year, and it challenges you to know God better and fill your life with his wisdom. Begin each day with a clear and applicable Scripture reading and lesson, and discover how seeking God’s heart every day will enrich your life and empower your spiritual walk.

Wisdom for Marriage

Get scriptural wisdom and practical tips for a better marriage today. These 30 devotional readings are designed to move you from settling for a mediocre love to an unselfish love that flows from the love of the Lord. This easily digestible, yet impactful book covers envy, pride, hope, prayer, and much more as it dissects the most beloved Bible verses on love and marriage and applies them to your life.

Infusion

Get the spiritual truth and encouragement you need to infuse the Word into your life and extract sin. This 90-day devotional offers a fresh look at Scripture, and it’s specially designed to encourage you to spend regular time with God. This process of regular spiritual infusion gives you the emotional and mental stamina to “walk wisely” within a world of hurt. Each day’s entry includes Scripture paired with a devotional reading and a concise spiritual lesson.

Wisdom for Work

God created you to find pride in your work. In fact, a job well done invites the commendation of Christ, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” By serving as a strong steward of your gifts and skills, you bring honor to Christ. This devotional will help you focus on Christ and his character as you face both work-related struggles and successes.

Wisdom for Fathers

Do you ever feel inadequate or overwhelmed as a father? You’re not alone. But the struggles you face as a father offer the perfect opportunity to approach your heavenly father for wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. Discover how to practice godly principles in your everyday life, so you can be the husband, leader, and father God designed you to be.

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Take 80% Off the Father-Daughter Bundle!

Daddy's GirlThis last week we’ve been offering amazing deals on 24-hour book bundles that provide wisdom and encouragement for dads everywhere. Today’s Father-Daughter Bundle is filled with titles designed to strengthen and inspire your relationship with your daughter. The icing on the cake?

Here’s what you’ll get:

1. Nourishing the Seed: Learning to Please Father God by Bob Mumford

These devotional-sized teachings are designed to spiritually move you forward in a greater understanding of what the father’s love means. You’ll come alongside Bob Mumford’s 55+ years of experience as he teaches in-depth concepts on how to cultivate, nourish, and produce fruit in your life. The end of each chapter contains additional thoughts, questions, diagrams, and charts to add a deeper understanding of the concepts discussed.

2. Eyes of Honor: Training for Purity and Righteousness by Jonathan Welton

Find an honest and refreshing viewpoint that offers hope and complete freedom from sexual sin. Jonathan Welton devoted himself to finding a way to find freedom for years through books, 12-step groups, and counseling—with no success. Through the encouragement of countless friends who longed for freedom, Welton found answers in Scripture. In Eyes of Honor, he presents how to live a pure life by understanding your personal identity, the proper view of the opposite sex, and recognition of your enemies.

3. What Guys See That Girls Don’t by Sharon Daugherty

What are guys looking at? What picture do men see you paint? Sharon Daugherty speaks frankly—with Scripture as her backing—to teens and young women about the impact of their dress and behavior on the opposite sex. Find practical advice your daughter can use to project radiant beauty from the inside out, develop a pure and genuine aura, and send the appropriate signals, all while living joyfully with God-set boundaries. We recommend that you read this book with your teenage daughter as she establishes her own sense of style; learn more about her developing personality and impart your keen wisdom!

4. Raising a Lady in Waiting: Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Daughter Avoid a Bozo by Jackie Kendall

Learn from bestselling author Jackie Kendall as she opens her heart to share her experience raising daughters that navigate the challenges of relationships. Get valuable principles that help you effectively guide your daughter to maintain high relationship standards, guard her mind from false relationship images, and teach her the value of waiting for God’s best. As a parent, you are your daughter’s most influential mentor and coach—help her make wise decisions today!

 

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Leadership: A Lesson from the Good Shepherd

The Shepherd Leader at Home

Today only, get the Shepherd Leader Bundle for only $17.99—that’s 70% off! This Father’s Day–themed bundle includes Timothy Z. Witmer’s insightful book, The Shepherd Leader at Home, as well as Family Vocation: God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood; Ten Secrets for a Successful Family: A Perfect 10 for Homes That Win; and God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation. This deal is only available for 24 hours, so download the Shepherd Leader Bundle now!

Think of someone in your life that you respect as a leader. It might be a parent, a teacher, or an unexpected mentor. Reflect on this person for a moment: what is it that gives them that charismatic leadership quality? Maybe it’s their kind eyes or endearing smile, or maybe it goes deeper than that—a listening ear, a quiet confidence, a humble opinion. A leader is someone who cares and nourishes those around them. According to Oswald Sanders, “True greatness, true leadership, is achieved not by reducing others to one’s service but in giving oneself in selfless service to them.”

A biblical perspective on leadership

The Bible often portrays godly leaders as shepherds. Contrary to popular belief, a shepherd is so much more than a glorified sheep babysitter. A shepherd’s first duty is to truly know his sheep. Imagine yourself wandering Israel’s deserts circa 50 BC and running into your friend and his flock. When you part ways, how do you figure out whose sheep are whose? A good shepherd can differentiate his sheep from any other flock. In John 10:14, Jesus declares that he is “the good shepherd.” He knows our hearts; not a hair can fall from our head without him knowing. Now that is a GREAT shepherd!

While sheep seem as though they all act the same and have the same needs, some wander off quicker than others. In the same way, Jesus knows that each of us must be led in a different way. Knowing each sheep is the foundation to being able to effectively lead, provide, and protect them—all in their own special way. It’s that selfless service that’s the key to shepherding the flock. The sheep listen because they know of the shepherd’s immense love and concern for them; they trust him to provide for their needs and protect them from harm.

The shepherding father

For patriarchal families, the father is the leader of the home. In the book The Shepherd Leader at Home, Timothy Z. Witmer examines the idea of fathering from the role of a shepherd. Leading a family is much different than leading a flock of sheep—even from leading a team or business. Rather than leading with a booming voice or demanding nature, Witmer says that a father should continuously strive to follow the pattern of leadership set by the good shepherd.

This is easier said than done though—as always. With a spouse and any number of kids to care for, a family’s needs are endless. What works for one may not work for another. There is no one-size-fits-all manual for leading a family. The closest thing is learning how to shepherd a family. Listen to your family. Care for your family. Pray for your family. Above all, seek wise counsel from the good shepherd—he is your father in heaven.

For a more in-depth look at what it really means to shepherd your family, download the Shepherd Leader Bundle for 70% off—today only! You’ll get:

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Today Only: Get 70% Off the Fatherly Counseling Bundle!

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For just 24 hours, get four books for just $16.99 with the Fatherly Counseling Bundle—that’s 70% off! This bundle is filled with resources to help strengthen your leadership skills, be a positive role model to your kids and to other men, conquer life’s biggest struggles, and more!

Here’s what you’ll get with the Fatherly Counseling Bundle:

1. What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him by Byron Forrest Yawn

There’s no doubt that having strong male role models in your life is a key factor in conquering sin. But what about the people who never had these role models, or the men who are struggling to fulfill this role? In What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him, Byron Forrest Yawn offers 30 key principles to help men identify and fill the gaps that occurred in their upbringing, benefit from the hard-earned wisdom of men before them, and prepare their own sons to face down life’s challenges. This book applies to every man and aims to reinforce the significance of male leadership in everyone’s life.

2. Men Counseling Men: A Biblical Guide to the Major Issues Men Face by John D. Street

This powerful resource brings together the advice of the internationally acclaimed biblical counseling program at The Master’s College, and it addresses some of the toughest male issues with grace and practicality. Written by the school’s faculty members, Men Counseling Men equips both trained professionals and lay people to provide biblically sound advice to men who are struggling with depression, parenting, sexual purity, and more.

3. A Man after God’s Own Heart: Devoting Your Life to What Really Matters by Jim George

Drawing on more than 25 years of ministry experience, Jim George argues that all men need is a genuine desire to grow spiritually—God’s grace does the rest. George offers instruction and encouragement to help make lasting changes to your marriage, your job, and demonstrating God’s love in your life. Embark on a journey toward greater growth and spiritual maturity with this powerful book.

4. The 10 Best Decisions a Man Can Make by Bill Farrel

Get hands-on decision-making tools to help you make intentional choices you won’t regret. Discover the joy of finding your place in God’s plan by exploring the positive benefits of making healthy decisions, develop a plan for godliness that relieves you of the burden of self-effort, and learn to make choices based on personal character, as opposed to impulsive emotions.

Don’t wait—this bundle expires in 24 hours! Get the Fatherly Counseling Bundle for 70% off, then check back Monday for our next Father’s Day book bundle.

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5 Steps to a Stronger Family Foundation

Holding Your Family Together

Parents have the most spiritual influence over their children, so how can you be sure you’re building strong faith habits for your kids? To start, treat spiritual habits like you would other daily habits. You encourage your kids to brush their teeth in the morning, eat their fruits and vegetables, and do their homework, right? In the same way you hold them accountable for everyday habits, encourage them to build spiritual habits.

The 5 at-home faith acts

According to counselor and author Richard Melheim, author of the widely popular book, Holding Your Family Togetherthere are five key steps to keeping your family together and bringing them closer to God. Every night, he encourages families to:

1. Share your highs and lows

Neurologically speaking, sharing the high points and successes from your day sends powerful neurochemical transmitters that bolster the immune system, regulate hormonal systems, and trigger positive electro-chemical changes throughout your body. Science lesson aside, sharing insights from your day opens up communication with your kids and helps them build healthy habits for future relationships. It also encourages them to always find something positive about their day, and the Bible calls us to share our joy together (Romans 12:15).

2. Read a Bible verse or story

According to Melheim, by the time kids reach age 18, they’ve been exposed to 60,000 hours of media, 11,000 hours of school, and only 2,000 hours in quality conversations with their parents. Instead of filling their minds with outside influence, enrich their lives with the Word. As Paul writes in Philippians 4:8–9, we should fill our minds with things “honorable” and “true.” There’s no better way to achieve this then by spending time in Scripture.

3. Talk about how the Bible reading relates to you

This requires digging into your day and Scripture. Even though you might not see a connection on the surface, it’s there. Here’s Melheim’s perspective: “. . . fill your children’s lives and imaginations with God talk, God’s story and your connection to God’s story, and your children will grow up knowing they are precious children of the beautiful Savior, the king of creation.”

4. Pray for one another’s highs and lows aloud

Praying aloud involves a deeper level of communication that most families don’t practice. It demands that you pay close enough attention to the highs and lows of your child’s day that you can repeat them back and ask for the Lord’s guidance. It not only shows that you’re listening and care, but it also teaches them who to bring their thoughts to every day: God. It acknowledges that although God already knows everything about them, they can’t build an intimate relationship with Jesus unless both sides communicate.

5. Bless one another before turning out the lights

Melheim regards this as the most beautiful and profound step of all. He writes: “Words have the power to change realities and usher in new realities. When a blessing from God is spoken in faith and received in faith, it has the power to transform lives and invent a future of hope, power and joy. When we are blessed, we feel love, value and hope coursing through our veins and hearts.” Blessing our children empowers them to feel loved and secure every single night.

By making these nightly habits, building a strong family foundation will become second nature. But the hardest part isn’t starting the plan, it’s following through with it. Get all of the advice and guidance you need to stick with these five faith acts: get Holding Your Family Together: 5 Simple Steps to Help Bring Your Family Closer to God and Each Other for just $9.74!

 

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