Family

April, May, June 2019

Want to learn more about Family? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 4-part series.

Lesson 1: The Rhythms of Life (Genesis 1, Psalms 71, Job 1, Acts 9)
Seasons are something that I have been trying to avoid! How is that? When I was young I lived in Michigan. We had four seasons there. As soon as I could, I moved to the south where we mostly skip the winter season. As I get old, I'm telling myself that I'm pushing back the final season of life. So far it is mostly working! Our new series of lessons is about the seasons of a family. Let's explore what the Bible has to teach us on that subject!

Lesson 2: The Choices We Make (Matthew 7, Proverbs 22, Ephesians 5, Ecclesiastes 2)
Many years ago, a distant relative was having a serious conversation with me. I hardly knew him, but he was reviewing his life and sharing with me that he had made many bad choices. He wanted to know if I had the same experience. When I thought about it, I could not think of a single major decision that I regretted. He could not believe it. He was annoyed, and doubted my honesty. Friend, having no regrets about major life decisions is a life goal. While I am no longer as annoying as I used to be, I believe our lesson will help us to reach the goal of making right choices in life. Let's dive into our study of the Bible!

Lesson 3: Preparing For Change (1 Corinthians 10, Psalms 71 & 127)
One of the family stories my wife likes to tell is that her mother stressed to her that she liked "sameness." She did not want any changes in her life. Six weeks later, she got married and moved to a new residence. So much for "sameness." Generally, people fear change. Like my mother-in-law, they say they want "sameness." Let's dig into our study of the Bible and see what it has to teach us about changes in life and how we should evaluate them!

Lesson 4: When Alone (Ecclesiastes 4, 1 Corinthians 7)
After thirty-three years of marriage, my work location changed so that I was only home on the weekends. During the week, I was free to eat dinner wherever I wanted, and go wherever I wanted. No need to make a joint decision with my wife. At first it was fun. After a while, however, I became lonely when eating out by myself. Although I was not really alone because my adult daughter was living with me, and I was working long hours, it gave me some idea of what it would be like to be alone. Let's explore what the Bible has to say about the positive and negative aspects of being alone!

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