Archive for April, 2009
In my last post, I mentioned that one of the recent resources we’ve used in family worship is from Seeds Family Worship. We bought their “Seeds of Purpose” album and are really enjoying it. One nice perk is that when you buy a CD, they send you two so that you can give one to a friend.
For an example of the quality of songs musically, check out this video. Also, you can listen online to everything here.
One of the great joys for our family over the last few months has been our times of family worship. Until recently, I always had a sense that I should be leading our family in worship or devotions, but I had a tough time understanding what it should be like (it always seemed overly formal). But as Abby has gotten older (she’s a few months away from being 3), we’ve seen that her love for singing, dancing, and running around has created an environment that is rich for simple and fun family worship. In fact, she enjoys it so much that almost every week at some point she asks if we can do family worship that night.
Based on our lives, commitments, and schedules, we probably do family worship once or twice a week. Here’s what it looks like for us:
1. We turn on a CD with great worship music, dance around and sing. Often times, this includes songs that we sing in church, a few songs from our friend Kristie Braselton, and, recently, some songs from Seeds Family Worship. I always tell Abby to “sing loud,” because I want her to learn to enjoy praising God with energy and passion.
2. We pray and thank God for some truth that was in one of the songs we listened to.
3. We read a story from the Jesus Storybook Bible. This is a great kids Bible that connects every story to Jesus (which makes it a must-read for every adult!). We typically read it in order and pick up wherever we left off the time before.
4. We talk about the story and try to help Abby understand it. This is a great exercise for us to try to keep things simple, but not lose any of the meaning or weight of it.
5. We each take turns praying for our friends, family, the world and ourselves. We pray big prayers and little prayers. We often lead Abby through “repeat-after-me” style prayers, but sometimes she turns it loose (kind of funny when that happens).
All of this takes anywhere between 20-60 minutes, depending on how much time we take. I’m sure over time this will change and morph, but for now it’s a great way to keep God central in our home and train our kids in the gospel. I’m not committed to this form or method, but I am committed to the idea and practice of family worship.
If you have any other ideas or things that have helped your family, please post them in the comments below!
Just as we continue to study the importance of a life well lived in our “132 Pictures” series, I came across this music video from LeCrae (produced by Desiring God Ministries) of his song, “Don’t Waste Your Life.” I also looked up the lyrics and posted them below so you have a better chance of following along. Enjoy.
I know a lot of people out there scared they gone die
couple of em thinking they’ll be livin in the sky
but while Im here livin man I gotta ask why
what am here fo I gotta figure out
waste my life/ no I gotta make it count
if Christ is real then what am I gone do about
all of the things in Luke 12:15 down to 21 you really oughta go and check it out
Paul said if Christ aint resurrect then we wasted our lives
well that implies that our life’s built around Jesus being alive
everyday I’m living tryin show the world why
Christ is more than everything you’ll ever try
better than pretty women and sinning and living
to get a minute of any women and men that you admire aint no lie
We created for Him outta the dust he made us for Him
Elects us and he saves us for Him Jesus comes and raises for Him
Magnify the Father why bother with something lesser
he made us so we could bless Him and to the world we confess him
resurrects him so I know I got life matter fact better man I know I got Christ
if you don’t’ see His ways in my days and nights
you can hit my brakes you can stop my lights
man I lost my rights I lost my life
forget the money cars and toss that ice
the cost is Christ
and they could never offer me anything on the planet that’ll cost that price
Suffer Yeah do it for Christ if you trying to figure what to do with your life
if you making money hope you doing it right
because the money is Gods you better steward it right
stay focused if you aint got no ride
your life aint wrapped up in what you drive
the clothes you wear the job you work
the color your skin naw we Christian first
people living life for a job make a lil money start living for a car
get em a house a wife kids and a dog when they retire they living high on the hog
but guess what they didn’t ever really live at all to live is Christ yeah that’s Paul I recall
to die is gain so for Christ we give it all he’s the treasure you’ll find in the mall
Your money your singleness marriage talent and time
they were loaned to you to show the world that Christ is Divine
that’s why it’s Christ in my rhymes That’s why it’s Christ all the time
my whole world is built around him He’s the life in my lines
I refused to waste my life he’s too true ta chase that ice
heres my gifts and time cause I’m constantly trying to be used to praise the Christ
If he’s truly raised to life then this news should change your life
and by his grace you can put your faith in place that rules your days and nights
Yesterday I quoted from John Piper’s message, “Boasting in the Cross,” about what real tragedy is. Here’s a video (sorry, best quality I could find) of Piper delivering this himself at Passion OneDay 2000. The part that I quoted begins around 3:50.
During last week’s sermon, we discussed how Jesus died as a substitution for guilty sinners. This was clearly seen in the person of Barabbas, the insurrectionist who was set free as Jesus literally died in his place (on the cross Barabbas was about to suffer on himself). Below is a great video explanation of the gospel based on this story (and it’s well done).
Have a Good Friday.
In his marvelous book, The Reason for God, Tim Keller writes:
Each year at Easter I get to preach on the Resurrection. In my sermon I always say to my skeptical, secular friends that, even if they can’t believe in the resurrection, they should want it to be true. Most of them care deeply about justice for the poor, alleviating hunger and disease, and caring for the environment. Yet many of them believe that the material world was caused by accident and that the world and everything in it will eventually simply burn up in the death of the sun. They find it discouraging that so few people care about justice without realizing that their own worldview undermines any motivation to make the world a better place. Why sacrifice for the needs of others if in the end nothing we do will make any difference? If the resurrection of Jesus happened, however, that means there’s infinite hope and reason to pour ourselves out for the needs of the world.
In today’s sermon, I quoted a thing about Jesus being the ultimate fulfillment of the Old Testament called “Jesus is True and Better.” It’s something that I first heard in Tim Keller’s message, “Preaching the Gospel” (audio | video), and as far as I can tell it was originally written by Ed Clowney (though I’m not sure). Nonetheless, I think it may change the perspective in which you read the Old Testament. Here it is:
Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us.
Jesus is the true and better Abel who, though innocently slain, has blood now that cries out, not for our condemnation, but for acquittal.
Jesus is the true and better Abraham who answered the call of God to leave all the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void not knowing wither he went to create a new people of God.
Jesus is the true and better Isaac who was not just offered up by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us. And when God said to Abraham, “Now I know you love me because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love from me,” now we can look at God taking his son up the mountain and sacrificing him and say, “Now we know that you love us because you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love from us.”
Jesus is the true and better Jacob who wrestled and took the blow of justice we deserved, so we, like Jacob, only receive the wounds of grace to wake us up and discipline us.
Jesus is the true and better Joseph who, at the right hand of the king, forgives those who betrayed and sold him and uses his new power to save them.
Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant.
Jesus is the true and better Rock of Moses who, struck with the rod of God’s justice, now gives us water in the desert.
Jesus is the true and better Job, the truly innocent sufferer, who then intercedes for and saves his stupid friends.
Jesus is the true and better David whose victory becomes his people’s victory, though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves.
Jesus is the true and better Esther who didn’t just risk leaving an earthly palace but lost the ultimate and heavenly one, who didn’t just risk his life, but gave his life to save his people.
Jesus is the true and better Jonah who was cast out into the storm so that we could be brought in.
Jesus is the the real Passover Lamb, innocent, perfect, helpless, slain so the angel of death will pass over us. He’s the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the true lamb, the true light, the true bread.
The Bible’s really not about you – it’s about him.
This has been a good and stirring week of preparing to preach on the Cross of Jesus in Mark 15:1-41. My heart feels ready to burst with things to say about the unspeakable sacrifice of the Savior. In the meantime, maybe this brief video will give you a taste of the pain, love, and glory that we see at the Cross.