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Doing Family Devotions

One of my big things is the idea that I am a resource to parents and families, not the replacement for mom and dad as the primary influences in their children's spiritual development. A while back I actually taught a Sunday morning about influence and the need for parents to be parents. I provided a variety of resources at that time that were user-friendly and ready for mom and dad to pick up, read, and apply in their families.

One of those resources was a simple two-sided sheet of paper on how to do family devotions. I've heard so many parents say that they don't do devotions with their kids for all numbers of reasons, the greatest being they don't know how to relate spiritual truth to children.

In my efforts to find something a dad in a hurry or a single mother could use that offers practical instruction, I came across this blog post from 2006 by Pastor Erik Raymond. As soon as I read it I thought 'this is it! This is usable!'

So I did a google search, foun…
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