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 13-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!

Lesson 5: Wise Words for Families (Proverbs 5, 13 & 31)
Families are under attack. The definition of marriage and family is changing in the popular culture. The pressure of culture has both spouses working hard so that "family time" is limited. Even when the family is all together, they are often looking at screens and not talking with each other. The idea is to pass Biblical principles down to your children. How much time is spent on that? Culture also promotes marital unfaithfulness. Let's explore what wise words the Bible has to protect families against the popular culture!

Lesson 6: The Royal Love Song (Song of Solomon 1, 5, & 8; Leviticus 20)
One "family season," is passion. That is how we get the family, right? This week we study the pleasure and limits on passion. What could be more exciting? Let's dive into the Bible and see what it has to teach us!

Lesson 7: Keys to Family Unity (Ephesians 2, 5 & 6; John 17; Philippians 2; Ruth 1-2)
Do you believe that the family is the basic building block of society? If true, then if the family breaks down, the nation breaks down. Do you believe that your nation is breaking down? A "key" is something that unlocks a door or a secret. Let's open our Bibles and see what the Bible teaches are the keys to unlock the secrets to family unity!

Lesson 8: Season of Parenting (Luke 15, 1 Kings 17)
I recently had a great moment in life. It was Mother's Day! My wife, daughter, and granddaughter were in the house. My daughter was unhappy because of an interaction with my granddaughter. It reminded me of when my daughter was unhappy with her mother (or me) for very similar reasons. I had to chuckle. The irony was great. Parenting is a grand opportunity for parents to better understand their relationship to God and to instill in their children a love and understanding of God. It is a limited time opportunity, and the stakes could not be higher. Let's dive into the Bible and see what we can learn about parenting!

Lesson 9: Times of Loss (Mark 5, John 11)
Have you ever thought that life is like a hill? As you gain more experience in what you do, as your reputation and circle of friends widen, things get better? What happens when you get to the top of the hill and start looking down? For some people, life is a series of hills and they have experience in repeatedly looking down. Let's explore what the Bible has to say about handling the trip down!

Lesson 10: Little Times of Trouble (Proverbs 17, Ephesians 4)
Are you harsh to those you love? My wife, a retired church school teacher, used to tell me that parents would report how well-behaved and kind their child was at school, but was something quite different at home. Are members of your family more polite, kind and longsuffering towards strangers than those they love? Why is that? Is that the way things should be? Let's dive into our study of the Bible and see what it teaches about kindness to others!

Lesson 11: Families of Faith (Acts 10, Judges 2)
Two weeks ago, we discussed the difficulty of facing loss. One of the main problems with loss is that we face change, and most people want to avoid change. What if change comes from a needed improvement in our spiritual understanding? What if change comes from a failure to understand or remember God's will for us? Let's jump into our study of the Bible and learn more about how to make positive change and avoid negative change!

Lesson 12: What Have They Seen in Your House? (Isaiah 38, 2 Kings 20, 2 Chronicles 32)
Hezekiah was a great king! He followed God's will and turned his country away from idol worship. When he faced death, he turned to God for help. In most ways he was faithful to God. But, he lacked discretion and he struggled with pride. These problems brought great harm to his country and his descendants. How about you? Does your lack of discretion, your pride, or your lack of obedience undermine your desire to advance God's Kingdom? Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and Hezekiah to see what we can learn!

Lesson 13: Turning Hearts in the End Time (1 Kings 16-18)
Last week a young man came into my office and told me about how law school had matured his thinking. I knew what he was talking about. He had been in my class a few years ago and was a real "pain" because he was openly skeptical about my teaching on constitutional law. Disagreement is part of learning. This was something different. During law school he gave his heart to God, and this year he has been one of my best helpers in an important constitutional case I'm filing with the U.S. Supreme Court. God has changed his attitude! Our lesson this week is about changing attitudes and turning hearts to God. Let's jump into our study of the Bible!

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