The Challenge: DAY 17 – Beatitudes #2

Those who MOURN

Welcome to DAY 17 of the 40-Day Mission-Minded FAMILY CHALLENGE!

Today’s focus is to realize our total need for God, by being POOR IN SPIRIT, along with having a godly heart that will MOURN for the needs and injustices that grieve the heart of God. Throughout this 4th week, we are working through the BEATITUDES from the Sermon on the Mount, continuing with Matthew 5, verses 3-4.

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A few questions for feedback:
Ask your kids if they understand what it means to be POOR in SPIRIT? And as a family, what types of needs in the world do you MOURN about? Or do you realize that you don’t really care as much as you should? If so, how can you stir up more compassion for specific needs and injustices in the world?

The Challenge: DAY 16 – Beatitudes #1

day6-240The DISCIPLES

Welcome to DAY 16 of the 40-Day Mission-Minded FAMILY CHALLENGE!

During this fourth week, we’re going to focus on memorizing and studying the Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Today’s focus is Matthew 5:1-2, and the difference between being a “disciple” of Jesus, or a “disciplined” one who follows hard after God, rather than merely “one of the multitudes” in church.

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A few questions for feedback:
Would you say your family leans more toward being one of the multitudes, or are you growing as disciples (or “disciplined ones” following Jesus)? Think about each member of your family; how is each person (parents and kids included) growing and maturing, right now, as a faithful disciple of the Lord?

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mmcThe Mission-Minded Child – Book Giveaway!!!

To encourage more comments and interactions during the 40-Day Mission-Minded Family Challenge, we had a drawing this week for a FREE copy – including FREE shipping – of The Mission-Minded Child – Raising a New Generation to Fulfill God’s Purpose. Our winner, who will be contacted by email for mailing information is . . . .

Jennifer and her family, from Canada!!!

Congratulations, Jennifer. We hope you enjoy this book, and pray that it will be encouraging. My heart in writing The Mission-Minded Child was to challenge families to focus more on God’s Great Commission, and to become more effective for God’s kingdom and for eternity. We thank everyone for all of your comments and feedback this past week. Please keep those comments coming!!!

The Challenge: DAY 15 – Prayer #5

Families who PRAY!

Welcome to DAY 15 of the 40-Day Mission-Minded FAMILY CHALLENGE!

Today’s video will challenge you to pray together as a family – real and honest before God – relying on His righteousness and grace, not your own works.

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A question for feedback:What are your thoughts about praying together as a family? Has this been a challenge for you, or has it been easy? Have you found any keys – or answers – that could help or encourage other families to pray together?

COMING NEXT WEEK: The BEATITUDES – with a Mission-Minded Focus!

The Challenge: DAY 14 – Prayer #4

Kids who PRAY!

Welcome to DAY 14 of the 40-Day Mission-Minded FAMILY CHALLENGE!

Today’s 5-minute focus will encourage you to motivate your children in prayer. Parents usually have no problem motivating their kids in sports or school, yet sometimes don’t want to “push” their kids spiritually. As mission-minded families we especially need to encourage our kids in disciplines that matter for eternity.

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A question for feedback:
Do you encourage your kids in their personal prayer life?
How are you doing this, specifically? And how are your kids growing in the Lord right now?

The Challenge: DAY 13 – Prayer #3

Parents who PRAY!

Welcome to DAY 13 of the 40-Day Mission-Minded FAMILY CHALLENGE! Today’s challenge focuses on parents being an example to your kids, by PRAYING consistently.

Feel free to leave comments and feedback. Let’s encourage one another to become more mission-minded.

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The Challenge: DAY 12 – Prayer #2

A Place to PRAY!

Welcome to DAY 12 of the 40-Day Mission-Minded FAMILY CHALLENGE! Today’s challenge focuses on establishing a specific PLACE for your personal devotion time and quoting a prayer by missionary martyr, Betty Scott Stam, the importance of surrendering everything to the Lord.

Feel free to leave comments and feedback. Let’s encourage one another to become more mission-minded.

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(By the way, rather saying Jesus was “so busy” during His time on earth, I prefer to say that He had such a vast eternal purpose to fulfill in such a short 3-year period. One remarkable aspect about the life of Jesus is that He was never “stressed” or overly “busy-busy” like we often are.)

The Challenge: DAY 11 – Prayer #1

A Time to PRAY!

Welcome to DAY 11 of the 40-Day Mission-Minded FAMILY CHALLENGE!

Today’s challenge focuses on establishing a specific TIME for prayer. Learn Hudson Taylor’s “spiritual secret” for effective ministry: TIME ALONE WITH GOD.

Feel free to leave comments and feedback. Let’s encourage one another to become more mission-minded.

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The Challenge: DAY 10 – God’s Commands #5

His TRUTH

Welcome to DAY 10 of the 40-Day Mission-Minded FAMILY CHALLENGE!

Today your family will learn the HAND COMMANDS (finger motions) for the Ten Commandments #9 and #10 – about being truthful (not lying, or bearing false witness against our neighbor), and not coveting.

Day 10 of the 40-Day Mission-Minded FAMILY CHALLENGE – daily encouragement to become more effective for eternity. Today focuses on Commandments #9 & #10, with the HAND COMMANDS, along with surrendering everything to follow Jesus.

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A few questions for feedback:
Discuss Commandment #9 – As a family, do you speak God’s TRUTH? Are there times that you may tell only “part” of the truth, or mislead others by not giving full information? Do you ever struggle with lying or being deceptive? (Does your mind ever ponder or “camp too long” on lies of the enemy? Do you ever think about these lies, or speak them to others, even to yourself, rather than God’s TRUTH?)
Commandment #10 – What does it mean to “covet”? Sometimes, by merely going “window shopping” too often, or browsing through store catalogs too frequently, it can lead to “coveting” unneccesary things. As a family, discuss being content with what you have. (And would you be willing to be content if God asked your family to live a simpler life for His purposes?) Discuss the story of Jesus and the rich young ruler: What did Jesus ask of this man? Has God ever presented you with “one thing” to surrender? If God asks anything (or everything!!!) of you, don’t go away sad. Respond to Jesus, and follow Him fully!!!

The Challenge: DAY 9 – God’s Commands #4

His DESTINY

Welcome back to DAY 9 of the 40-Day Mission-Minded FAMILY CHALLENGE!

Today your family will learn the HAND COMMANDS (finger motions) for Commandments #7 and #8 – about keeping thoughts and actions pure (not committing adultery or “allowing” it into your home via movies or other media!!) and not stealing.

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A few questions for feedback:
Discuss Commandment #7 – As a family, how are you keeping your thoughts and actions pure? Do you have standards and guards over the media entering your home? Do you have boundaries (even for moms and dads) to protect marriage purity (such as not being alone with someone of the opposite gender, guarding unnecessary phone conversations or copying-in your spouse on emails or online networking)? Are each of your kids and teens guarding God’s best (in their thoughts, actions, and modesty) for their future spouse and marriage? How?? (Do you know of resources that have helped your family in this area? If so, let us know. It’s important for mission-minded training!!!! For teens, it’s also a good day to focus on God’s definition of marriage as ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN, for life!!!)
Commandment #8 – Is your family honest before God (and not “stealing” in regards to even little things)? Does your family ever borrow things – even from siblings – and not bother to return them? Are you, as a family and as individuals, faithful to your giving to the Lord (see Malachi 3:8-12 about “robbing” God)?

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