My 5 for Friday (December 9, 2016)

During busy times, it is important to stay in touch with your family relationships. Are you achieving important family goals and priorities?

Evaluate your own family and equip yourself to be effective and fruitful with this week’s My 5 for Friday.

  • Navigating Family Tensions at the Holidays by Russell Moore. Peace. Honor. Humilty. Maturity. Perspective. Russell Moore offers these 5 principles as thoughts that “followers of Jesus ought to remember, especially if you’ve got a difficult extended family situation.” Take a moment to meditate on these helpful insights as you prepare for family holiday gatherings.
  • 6 Ways to Encourage Stewardship at Home by Art Rainer. What are you doing to encourage good stewardship in your family? Art Rainer reminds us that “developing a culture of stewardship in your home is not always easy. It may take time, dedication, and hard work.” He gives 6 simple suggestions to get started.
  • Why Our “Family Revivals” are Some of Our Better Meetings! by Dave Young. Dave Young reports that he has “been preaching local church revival meetings for almost 23 years and am increasingly asked to put an emphasis on the home and family in our meetings.” He is noticing that these meetings are yielding noticeably better results than traditional preaching meetings. Take a look at 5 reasons why he believes this is the case.
  • Commited: Family Bible Verses (Free Printable Cards) from Tara Tegard. Tara believes that “the goal of bringing up children is to raise up Spirit-filled followers of Christ. We want the children in our care to know the Word, to trust in Jesus, and to be led by the Holy Spirit to do great works for the Kingdom of God.. And yet, the opposite is often the case.” To accomplish this mission, she created Family Bible Verse Cards, which you can download for free. (Disclaimer: she uses the New Living Translation.)
  • Five Benefits of Regular Family Worship by Tom Ascol. Does your home have regular family worship? “Regular family worship is valuable and brings many blessings to parents and children alike,” writes Tom Ascol. Consider five specific benefits he has observed.
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