Deuteronomy 11:18, 19, “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
Deuteronomy 31:19, “Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.”
Parents are to teach their children. Teach them songs about Jesus. Teach them the Word of God.
We teach our children and teens physical and mental essentials, we should teach them spiritual essentials as well.
STEPS TO TAKE IN ESTABLISHING THE FAMILY ALTAR
- Choose a time when all the family can be together. This could be first thing in the Morning; the last thing at night, just before bed; or perhaps some other time in between. The important thing is to establish this as a habit.
- Choose how much time you can spend together as a family. It could be for 30 minutes, or it perhaps for 10 minutes. When you first get started, the important thing is to spend time together as a family centered around the Word of God.
- Choose a book of The Bible to read from. Any of the 66 books will help. I personally suggest starting in Psalm.
- Dad, you lead! Open up in prayer, and ask all to open their Bibles and turn to Psalm 1. You start with reading verse 1 and ask each family member to read the next verse, then the next verse, until it comes around to you again.
- Talk to your family. Give testimony as to how God has instructed, helped, provided, encouraged, etc. Your family needs to know that they have a Father who walks with God.
- Ask your Family to give testimony. Encourage your family to tell of God’s working in their lives for that day. Your children need to develop a personal walk with The Lord, and be able to recognize it and tell about it.
- End in prayer. Dad, you should start by ending in prayer. Your children will be able to hear you pray. How wonderful memories being made of hearing Dad pray for the family! This will impact your children and teenage children the most.
If you are beginning Family Altar for the very first time, this may start off slow, and feel like you are fumbling your way through. This is true for most things that are new to us. In reality, you cannot “mess up” the Family Altar. This is time well invested with your family.
As you get accustomed to the Family Altar, allow yourself the liberty to incorporate a book to read through together. Books about Missionaries, Biographies of Christian Leaders, a Commentary on a book of the Bible, books on prayer, spiritual warfare are all good books to read through. The Baptist Bread publication is another good Family Altar read. You may want to get some Hymn Books and sing as a family.
You will find what works with your family…and the best part is that you are investing in the Family.
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Brother Steven Blankenship