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Taking Faith Home


 
Mealtime Prayer:  
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, you heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.
 
 LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus  Christ, that you have protected  me through the night from all  harm and danger,  I ask you  to keep me this day, too, from  all sin and evil, so that in all my  thoughts, words and deeds I  may please you.  In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine.  Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me.   Amen.

LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER
I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have graciously   protected me today.  I ask you to forgive all my sins and the wrong which I have done.  And graciously keep me this night. In your hands I place my body and   soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me.  Amen.

       
TAKING FAITH HOME 10/17
CARING CONVERSATION: Discuss in your household or small group:
• Share about a time when you felt important.
 • Who is considered important in your town or city? Why?
 • What makes someone great in God’s kingdom? (Read Mark 10:43-44).
 • How did Jesus make himself the “slave of all”? In what ways can we follow his example?
DEVOTIONS:
Jesus told his disciples that following him would involve suffering (Mark 10:39). In your family devotions this week, pray for Christians who are being persecuted for their faith. Visit www.persecution.org to read about specific people and situations in need of prayer.
SERVICE:
There are many in our churches and communities who serve God and others, humbly and faithfully, without much recognition. Identify one such person you would like to honor. Send him or her a thank you card, or prepare a small gift in recognition of his or her efforts.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS:
Acknowledge the ways in which family and household members have served Christ through their words or actions, however large or small. This could take the form of a weekly or monthly gathering where “Servant of Christ” certificates are handed out to each person, noting ways in which God has used them to spread love and service to others. Encourage one another to continue to serve others. Here are some ideas:
 • Look around your neighborhood for service opportunities. Be ready to help a neighbor in need or to do an act of community service.
 • Take advantage of service opportunities offered through your church or local community.
 • Use your natural talents to make serving others easy and enjoyable.
 • Along with giving service, don’t be afraid to accept it as well.
 • Talk about your own experiences of serving and being served Make the connection between your faith and your actions.
 
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK: “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (TNIV)
A Prayer for the Week: O God, when I call I know you will answer, when I am in trouble, I know you will deliver me (Psalm 91.15). Amen.
Mealtime Prayer: Lord, you fill each cup, you fill each plate. Help us your love to imitate. Amen.
A Blessing to Give: May God watch over you wherever you go. May God keep you from falling, and answer when you call for help. Amen
 
TAKING FAITH HOME 10/24
CARING CONVERSATION: Discuss in your household or small group:
• Share about a time when you felt “put down” by others. How did you respond?
 • When blind Bartimaeus called out to Jesus, others told him to be quiet (Mark 10:46-52). What did Bartimaeus do? What did Jesus do?
 • Is it sometimes hard for you to stand up for your faith? Explain.
DEVOTIONS:
October 31 is observed as “Reformation Day” by many churches, a day to remember the reform that came to the Christian Church in the 1500s. As part of your family devotional times this week, learn together about the life story of the great reformer Martin Luther. Discover how he took a stand for the truth of the Gospel (a good website to look at is http://www.luther.de/en/leben.html). Give thanks to God for people who have influenced members of your family and household through their Christian witness.
SERVICE:
There are approximately 50 million people in the world who are blind. Ninety percent of these people live in the world’s poorest countries. 1.5 million children in the world are blind and another half million go blind every year, many because of vitamin A deficiency. Founded in 1908, Christian Blind Mission International (CBMI) is an independent Christian development organization dedicated to preventing and curing blindness and to the education and rehabilitation of people who are blind or have other disabilities. CBMI has over 1000 ongoing projects in 110 countries. Visit www.cbmi.org to find out more about the work of this organization, and how you can support their work.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS:
In celebration of the Reformation, make this week “Red Week” in your home. Decorate your home with red and enjoy red drink and food. If suitable, make time to watch the Luther movie together (2003, rated PG-13).  Share this quote from Martin Luther on parenting:
“Most certainly father and mother are apostles, bishops, and priests to their children, for it is they who make them acquainted with the gospel. In short, there is no greater or nobler authority on earth than that of parents over their children, for this authority is both spiritual and temporal. Whoever teaches the gospel to another is truly their apostle and bishop.”
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
Jesus is able always to save those who come to God through him because he always lives, asking God to help them. Hebrews 7:25 (NCV)
A Prayer for the Week: O God, you have done great things for us. Our hearts are filled with joy (Psalm 126.3). Amen.
Mealtime Prayer: God our Savior, we give you thanks for food so good, food so tasty, food so full of flavor! Amen.
A Blessing to Give: May the Lord Jesus hear all your prayers, meet all your needs, and give you faith to always follow him (Mark 10:48-52). Amen
© 2011 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries

TAKING FAITH HOME 10/31
CARING CONVERSATION: Discuss in your household or small group:
• Share about a time when you received something for free.
 • God gives a free gift to all who have faith in Jesus. What is it?
 • While God gives us the gift of his grace (forgiveness) for free, what did it cost Jesus?
 • How has God’s gift of grace changed your life?
DEVOTIONS:
October 31 is observed as “Reformation Day” by many churches, a day to remember the reform that came to the Christian Church in the 1500s. As part of your family devotional times this week, learn together about the life story of the great reformer Martin Luther. Discover how he took a stand for the truth of the Gospel (a good website to look at is http://www.luther.de/en/leben.html). Give thanks to God for people who have influenced members of your family and household through their Christian witness.
SERVICE:
Jesus said “freely you have received, freely give.” Organize some free gifts to give to your neighbors this week, such as plates of cookies. Work together to prepare and deliver your gifts.
RITUALS AND TRADITIONS:
In celebration of the Reformation, make this week “Red Week” in your home. Decorate your home with red and enjoy red drink and food. If suitable, make time to watch the Luther movie together (2003, rated PG-13). Share this quote from Martin Luther on parenting:
“Most certainly father and mother are apostles, bishops, and priests to their children, for it is they who make them acquainted with the gospel. In short, there is no greater or nobler authority on earth than that of parents over their children, for this authority is both spiritual and temporal. Whoever teaches the gospel to another is truly their apostle and bishop.”
SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS WEEK:
The free gift of God’s grace makes all of us right with him. Christ Jesus paid the price to set us free. Romans 3:24 (NIRV)
A Prayer for the Week: O God, you have done great things for us. Our hearts are filled with joy (Psalm 126.3). Amen.
Mealtime Prayer: Loving God, we praise your name for you are rich in grace. Please bless this food and hear the thanks we offer in this place. Amen.
A Blessing to Give: May the grace of God cover you, the love of God fill you, and the Spirit of God lead you. Amen
© 2011 Vibrant Faith Ministries. All rights reserved. Written by Pr. Greg Priebbenow and edited by Vibrant Faith Ministries
 

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