10 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.”   -Deuteronomy 6:10-13

This morning, Pastor Rush reminded us through this passage that our homes should have a spirit of gratitude within them. He said, “In other words, don’t forget how God has blessed you. [This passage] reminds us to never start thinking you did it on your own.”

A healthy home, is therefore, a thankful home and is expressed in three ways:

Humility: It’s impossible to feel self-important (prideful) and thankful at the same time. Humility and thankfulness go hand-in-hand, because humility points the importance to others (most importantly God), not the self. It recognizes the blessings that come from another. (James 4:6)

Devotion: Devotion is much like commitment. It’s “giving God the benefit of the doubt during the good and bad times,” as Pastor Rush said. We must build within our hearts and homes reminders that when life gets hard (and it will), that God is completely trustworthy and worthy of our devotion. (Proverbs 3:5-8)

Joy: Finally, joy is the sign of a thankful home, because it undergirds a heart and home that knows “God’s got this.” We can be joyful in all circumstances because even on the cross, when seemingly all hope was lost…God had it under control. We know He’s got us, because 3 days later, He did! (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)


Which expression of thankfulness is most difficult for you to express as an individual: humility, devotion or joy? Which is the easiest?

How about for your family? Where do you see your family expressing humility, devotion and joy?

Take some time right now to bless one another. Use this sentence as a guide: “____________, you bring me so much joy because…”

Finally, take some time as a family to pray and express your thanks for your Father in Heaven…and pray for Mom, too!

Secrets of a Healthy Home Life

Scripture Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

God’s design for the family is distinctive and designed for the purpose of reflecting His image.

Distinction #1:  Our homes are a gateway (vs. 9).

God designed our homes to be a place where we love and honor Him. We guard our hearts and minds from things that harm our relationship with Him and with one another.

Distinction #2: Our homes are filled with conversations about God and His Word (vs.7).

God designed our homes to be a place where we grow in our relationship with God as we experience more of His presence, His promises and apply Scripture to our lives.

Distinction #3: Our homes are a place of legacy.

God designed the home to be the primary mission field to impact lives within our homes for His Kingdom.

Think and Talk About It!

* Ask God to reveal anything that is causing damage to your home and ask for His grace to remove/change those things.

* How can we invite God into our thoughts, speech and actions within our home?

 Faith Talk Cards (available in the Legacy Resource Center) is a great tool to help foster conversations about Scripture!


An Honest Table

Restore-The-TableScripture Passage: 1 Timothy 1:5

This morning we continued to “Restore the Table” as Pastor Ryan focused on the text of 1 Timothy 1:5. God is calling us into lasting relationships and one very practical way to do this is through having meaningful meals each week.  The sermon centered on dispelling three lies that rob us of Biblical loving relationships:

  1. “They don’t have to know everything.”— Loving relationships are honest and strive towards integrity.
  2. “I have enough needs of my own right now.”— Loving relationships are selfless relationships.
  3. “Our goal is to connect.”— Loving relationships are God-centered, not centered on us.

As we focus on the habit of “train” this month, let’s practice training ourselves to seek out Biblical, loving relationships with those around us for the glory of God.  Here are some discussion ideas for your meaningful mealtime today:

  • Why would the enemy want to feed us lies concerning Biblical relationships?
  • When we draw closer to God, how does that help us draw closer to those around us (think about the Triangle illustration from Pastor Ryan)?
  • What is one way that you can practice selflessness this week towards a person in your life?

Close in prayer: Thank the Lord for creating relationships and for wanting a relationship with us. Ask Him to help us create honest, selfless, God-centered relationships this week.

The Blessing

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Scripture Passage: Deuteronomy 30:19

The Blessing by Dr. John Trent.

We all will and are passing on a legacy to the people around us. This legacy can either be a blessing or a curse.  We can learn how to live out the blessing everyday by choosing to live and give the Blessing to those in our life.

It all begins with a choice. Deuteronomy 30:19 reminds us that we have two different choices:

  1. Life or Death
  2. Curse or Blessing

The Choice to Bless involves:

  1. Appropriate Meaningful Touch
  2. Speak Message (Praise)
  3. Attach High Value
  4. Picture of Special Future
  5. Genuine Commitment

Discussion Points:

  • Are there parts of your life where you have denied the blessing that the Lord offers us?
  • Who can you give the Blessing too?
  • What type of animal are you? (the lion, the otter, the golden retriever or the beaver)
  • How does knowing the personality type of those around you help you relate to them?