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by Muriel Larson
Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NLT)
Is your family altar one of enthusiastic expectancy or does it draw yawns? What can we do to make it more interesting and spiritually rewarding?
Seek Gods Guidance
He promised, I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go (Psalm 32:8) Our Lord was the most fascinating teacher who ever lived; thousands listened to Him for days! Certainly He can help us make our family times with Him a highlight of our familys day. Gear the get-together to your family.
If you have young children, you may wish to use a Childrens Bible or Bible story books written for children. Or you might read Scriptures and then explain in simple language what they mean. Or a scriptural book geared to your childrens understanding might be used. For one period of time we read daily from the Childrens Pilgrims Progress Book. Our young daughter eagerly looked forward to each reading.
Sing a gospel song or chorus. Let old children take turns reading the scripture. Take prayer requests and have a round-robin of prayer. Encourage scripture memory and creative worship.
Encourage a Spirit of Praise
Let family members tell of answered prayer and other blessings. Pause briefly to allow them to praise and thank the Lord for these. Recognition of Gods blessings along with spoken gratitude for them are powerful builders of faith and love toward our Father. And after all, isnt that a main purpose of family altar? Psalm 92:1 says, It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High; to show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning and thy faithfulness every night.
Richard Monckton Milnes said, The Christian home is the Masters workshop where the processes of character molding are silently, lovingly, faithfully and successfully carried on.
Title: "Family Altar"
Author: Muriel Larson
Publication Date: July 2, 2002
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