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Unless The Lord Builds The House

Remember Psalm 127!

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.

Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  
They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

The Way I See Christ In You

Gather your family around the kitchen table and then give a sheet of paper and a marker to each member of your family.  Instruct each member of your family to write the following sentence at the top of the paper:

     “The way I see Christ in _________________      is . . .”                                 [person’s own name]

For example, on my paper I would write, “The way I see Christ in Mark is . . .”  When everyone is ready, have each family member pass his or her paper to the person on his or her left.  Give everyone 60 seconds to write down whatever comes to mind to complete the sentence.  When the 60 seconds are up, pass the papers to the left again, and continue doing so until everyone receives his or her own page back.  Then go around the table and have each person read what the other family members wrote.


(From “Faith Begins At Home” by Mark Holmen, Regal Books 2005, p.60)

Family Service Project

Faith Begins At Home-Family Service Project: If you want to make a lasting memory for your family, do a service project together.  This could be as simple as going to an elderly person’s home and doing yard work or participating in a roadside cleanup project.

The project isn’t as important as the act of doing service together.  Find something your family is comfortable with and get busy.  You won’t be disappointed.  In fact, you’ll quickly discover that you will receive more than you give.

To help you get started, consider the following:

• What could your family do, without being asked, to help a neighbor?

• What could your family do to help preserve God’s creation and care for it?

• What is something that you family could do to help at church?

• What could you give away, and to whom could you give it?

(From “Faith Begins At Home” by Mark Holmen, Regal Books 2005, p.89)