home transformed by God's love
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love
the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that
I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them
on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and
when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when
you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind
them on your foreheads. 9 write them on the doorframes of
your houses and on your gates." Deut.6:4-9
passage in the book of Deuteronomy is one of the most important
ones in the whole Bible. In this short verses God establishes
a firm foundation with His people to be transmitted to future
is the only true God, and He is one.
purpose of the law is a love relationship with God
were designed to love Him with all our heart, with all our
soul and with all our strength.
Word of God must be in the parents' hearts first.
Word of God must be transmitted to our children in the context
of daily life.
purpose of this teaching is to live consecrated lives to
applications of this passage to our modern families can be
truly life-changing. The majority of believers are so used
to going to church rather than being the church. Our "God
talk" usually happens in the church building rather that
in normal life situations. This has caused a dichotomy between
the secular and the holy, an unacceptable divorce of faith
and life. How do we fix this? Where do we start? This passage
gives us the answer: start with your heart, start at home.
word encourages us to take our faith and love for the Lord
to our domestic life. Let our faith impact our family relationships,
our children and grandchildren.
to the Scriptures, it is not the responsibility of the church
to teach our children about God, it is always the parents'.
We need to imprint upon them a faith which is born in our
can we begin to do this? The following is a good start.
to have a weekly family night
order to obey this word from Deuteronomy, we recommend for
both parents to do personal daily devotions: J1. By doing
this, God's word will be upon your hearts and will have His
word to share with your children.
you do not nourish yourself with God's word, you will have
no word of God to speak, for it is out of the overflow of
the heart that the mouth speaks.
set up a convenient day for a weekly family night. Make sure
all family members are committed to participate. During this
night do not allow phone interruptions, computers or other
commitments which could interfere with this special family
family night has three simple and transformational principles:
dedicate this night to get closer as a family and to express
our faith and love for God.
are some specific suggestions about your family night. Make
sure you have the three principles of: love, truth and obedience
in each family night.
Love: We start our family night strengthening our relationships
by cooking a meal together and eating. The family which eats
and prays together stays together! We give thanks to God for
His provision. During the meal we could ask the following
was your day? How can we pray for you? What are some of your
needs? What are you grateful for?
We can also select a family member for the night and all of
us can express our love an appreciation to that individual.
conclude our meal celebrating the Lord's Supper, inviting
the resurrected Christ to fill our hearts and our home with
Truth: During each family night is very important to include
the word of God. We are not talking about preaching but rather
a dialogue about the Scriptures. Those who are journaling
can share a portion of their journal.( J1)
you have little ones, a Bible video followed by a brief discussion
ask: What did you like the most and why?
you can have a role play about a bible story. Or you can have
the washing of feet and talk about servant leadership.
can pray for each other to be filled with the Holy Spirit
and anoint each other with oil. Kids just love these family
Obedience: We answer one of the following questions:
will I believe and obey from the word of God? What is God
asking me to change in my : a) Heart b) Words c) Actions
whom can I share what I learned in the week ahead?
conclude our family night with a prayer asking Jesus to live
His life through us, to bless us and to make us a blessing.
We pray for protection and for family unity.
we invite you to do it, and allow the Holy Spirit to transform
your family. We recommend doing it at least once a week.
is a warning: expect opposition from some family members to
have a family night. With wisdom and perseverance you will