A few weeks ago, at a meeting with the small group leaders he serves, my husband Brian interviewed Tony Reinke and his wife Karalee about their family devotions. Tony shared three “big picture” goals and some very helpful practical ideas as well. I was inspired by this couple’s passion to train their children in the gospel and excited to try some of their practices. And I immediately thought of how much you all would love to hear this as well. So listen to this two-minute clip and get ready to start tonight! (P.S. Thanks to Dave Wilcox at CLC for his efforts to get us this clip, in spite of a computer crash.) FAMILY DEVOTIONS with Tony & Karalee Reinke (Brian’s notes from Tony’s comments) 1. Remind your kids of the Gospel. Ways to do this: a) Reading the Jesus Storybook bible helps them to anticipate and/or encounter Christ in each section of Scripture b) Sing The Gospel Song c) Read from the Gospels. Doing this has helped their children go to bed thinking of their need for a Savior and God’s gracious provision. 2. Teach them the storyline of the Bible Although it’s 66 books, the bible provides one clear and coherent storyline. Children’s bibles like the Jesus Storybook Bible and The Big Picture Story Bible do a great job reinforcing this. 3. Teach them to cultivate gratefulness. End the evening giving thanks to God and praying those who have less or who are suffering.
What if I say the wrong thing?
What if I can’t answer her questions?
What if I totally botch the conversation?
These were just a few of the fearful questions swirling around in my brain last week as I anticipated 1:00 PM on Thursday. This was the time I had arranged to meet with an unbeliever who wanted to ask me questions about God.
Come Thursday morning I “happened” to check a blog I occasionally read and here was the post for that day:
Election Fuels Evangelism
And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. (AC 18.9-11)
Election and evangelism work together. God had chosen many in Corinth – he called them “my people” – though they were not yet saved. Because they were elect, God told Paul not to fear but keep proclaiming the gospel. Far from producing apathy, God’s sovereignty fueled Paul’s evangelism.
God has people all around us that he sees as saved. Let’s go on speaking and not be silent.
My apprehension immediately lifted.
This woman’s salvation was not dependent on me. God is the one who saves.
I simply needed to speak.
So speak I did. I certainly wasn’t eloquent. In fact, I don’t think I did a very good job.
Yet my deficiencies didn’t seem to diminish this woman’s interest. Even though she didn’t put her trust in Jesus Christ, she’s responding. She’s seeking.
Sitting in Starbucks that Thursday afternoon, my heart thrilled to think that perhaps she is one of God’s elect. And however feeble my effort, I know God was with me—he gave me grace to speak and not be silent.
Today we’re excited to launch The 52home Project here at girltalk.
Every weekday for the next 52 weeks, Janelle will post a picture of ordinary life—our ordinary lives—as seen through the lense of her camera.
Ordinary is where we all live most of the time. And yet our mundane, repetitive days are full of enduring work. Homes are being built. Families are being knit together. Little souls are being shaped for eternity.
The tedious is, in fact, momentous—when done for the sake of Christ: “…so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior” (Titus 2:10).
This truth can get lost in piles of laundry and dirty dishes. We need help to see the glory peaking out from behind the ordinary.
Our hope is that you’ll see your own ordinary, yet glorious life in these pictures. That you’ll glimpse the faithfulness of God that undergirds his faithful ones. That you’ll see reflections of the eternal in the everyday.
“So teach us to number our days that we will get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12