Monday, March 6, 2017

Jesus Is Omnipotent


Family Fun Icebreaker: Which superhero has the greatest power? Why?

Question: How Does Jesus Help You Relate to God?

Today’s Big Idea: Jesus Is Omnipotent

After a hopefully peaceful discussion with your family, picture the superhero that you decide has the greatest power and compare their power to God’s power. The power of God is greater than anything mankind can imagine. God-sized power created the universe and everything within it, such as planets and people. Jesus has the same power as God, the Father. Scripture shares that all things are created by Jesus (John 1:3–4) and held together by Him. Read Hebrews 1:1–4. Jesus is all-powerful. Jesus is different than an ordinary person. As an ordinary person, you can’t make anything hold together without glue! No one can. Jesus helps you understand God, the Father, by sharing that nothing is impossible with God. And now you know why — if God is all-powerful then He really can make anything happen. Jesus shares too that if you trust in Him and ask anything that agrees with God’s will, He will help you.

Talk with God: Read the scriptures aloud.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28:18 NLT

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. Hebrews 1:3 NLT

Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
There is hope in knowing the truth about the power of Jesus and knowing that nothing is impossible for Him.


Discuss with your family:
If you are in a relationship with Jesus, who has unlimited power, and you ask for His help, how can that be good for you?


Prayer suggestion: Pray for God, the Father, to encourage you to trust the real power of Jesus.
I will be praying for you!
Stacy


Stacy A. Davis, Author
Exerpt from Come One, Come All, a Sky Ranch Family Devotional
© 2016 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 27, 2017

He Knows Your Heart








Family Fun Icebreaker: When you don’t know an answer, whom do you go to?


Question: How Does Jesus Help You Relate to God?


Today’s Big Idea: Jesus Is Omniscient
When you don’t know the answer, do you search for it online before you ask a person? You can get all kinds of answers online. Often they are right, but sometimes they are wrong or distorted. Then what? Answers from Jesus are better than an online search. When you are in a relationship with Jesus, there are advantages. Jesus is all-knowing. Jesus said, "The Father and I are one” (John 10:30 NLT) and “Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father” (John 10:38 NLT). Jesus truly knows God, the Father. And Jesus’ answers are the same as answers from God. God has entrusted everything to Jesus including your thoughts and heart, so his answers are more personal and answered with you in mind. Jesus helps you relate to God because He has the exact same character and nature as God, the Father. Jesus knows what God knows.



Talk with God: Read the scriptures aloud.


(The disciples are speaking to Jesus) “Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to question You; by this we believe that You came from God.” John 16:30 NASB


(About Jesus) God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. John 1:3–4 NLT


Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
Scripture also tells you that God, the Father, and Jesus know your thoughts before you even form them into words, and God knows your heart and the reasons that you do what you do, so there is no point in lying or not talking to Jesus about your true thoughts.



Discuss with your family:
Why is it helpful to be in a relationship with someone that really knows you?



Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to help you trust Jesus for answers.


I will be praying for you!


Stacy



Stacy A. Davis, Author
Exerpt from Come One, Come All, a Sky Ranch Family Devotional
© 2016 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Valentine's Day Tradition by Lisa Clark


Early on we established a Valentine's Day tradition out of necessity. I had our youngest the end of December, and she was still so little and I was still so...in pajamas...that we decided to stay at home for Valentine's Day.
I cooked a home cooked meal (see below for our family favorite recipe - POPPY SEED CHICKEN), pulled out the china, and made my famous slushy strawberry drinks. Brad brought home flowers for all of his girls and we had the best time. We enjoyed it so much that we continued for years to come. As the girls grew older, we'd play "slow dance" music, and Brad would take his turn dancing with each girl, ending with the two of us.
During dinner, we'd go around the table sharing what we "loved" most about each other..building each other up, laughing with each other, maybe even crying a little.#useyourwords
Remember, the world isn't telling your loved ones how special and loved they are. That's your blessing. #family #raisingsinners #biblicalparenting

Poppy Seed Chicken
2 cups chicken (cooked and shredded)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tubes ritz crackers (crushed)
2 tbsp buter, melted
1 tbsp poppyseed
Spread chicken in greased baking dish. Mix soup and sour cream. Pour over chicken. Mix crackers and poppyseed. Sprinkle over soup. Drizzle butter over crackers. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Jesus is the Perfect Sacrifice


Family Fun Icebreaker: Have you ever done extra chores to help another person have less chores?

Question:
 Why Is Jesus Sent to You?

Today’s Big Idea:
 Jesus Is the Perfect Sacrifice


Taking on the duties of another in kindness is a form of sacrifice. God sent Jesus to be a perfect sacrifice for your sins. Scripture says, “But our High Priest (Jesus) offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” Hebrews 10:12 NLT. Jesus came to make a new covenant, a new agreement, between you and God. If you believe that Jesus paid the price for your sins, God will forgive your sins and no longer even remember your sins. Then, you will be welcome to pray to God while on earth and receive His help. And you will be welcome in God’s home (heaven) later on. The Bible shares that all people are eternal, meaning we all live forever. The eternal life that God gives welcomes you to live out your eternal life with Him in His home, heaven. But to be welcome there, you have to approach God on His terms, repenting of your sin. Once you are forgiven, you can have a real relationship or fellowship with God. You can be friends with God!


Talk with God: Read the scriptures aloud.

In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. Hebrews 5:9 NLT

For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.
 Hebrews 10:10 NLT


Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
God is serious about sin, and as long as you are sinful or rebellious toward God, He will not let you have access to heaven or Himself. God will keep you separate, away from Him. It is only through your repentance of sin and belief that Jesus paid the price for your sins personally that you can have a real friendship with God.

Discuss with your family:
Since heaven is God’s home, does it make sense that to be welcome there, you must follow His rules to get in and live there? What do you think God will say to someone who makes up their own rules and ignores God’s rules in an attempt to get into God’s home in heaven?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to help you trust in Jesus’ payment for your sins.


I will be praying for you!
Stacy

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Exerpt from Come One, Come All, a Sky Ranch Family Devotional
© 2016 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.



Monday, January 23, 2017

Jesus is The Good Shepherd





Family Fun Icebreaker: Sheep are cute and fuzzy, right? How are people like sheep?

Question: Why Is Jesus Sent to You?

Today’s Big Idea: Jesus Is the Good Shepherd

Sheep and people need a leader. We like to follow. Jesus is sent to lead you the right way and He leads by Shepherding. Read Psalm 23:1–6. What does a good shepherd do? A good shepherd helps your physical needs. He lets you rest; he nourishes you; he strengthens you; he takes you on right paths; he guides, protects and comforts, even in difficult times. He also helps your spiritual needs by restoring your soul and anointing your head with oil, and he causes goodness and lovingkindness to be a part of your life as long as you are with him. Jesus leads you in a kind and gentle way by teaching you to listen to Him through His Word, the Holy Bible. He is the Good Shepherd who leads you as you listen to the Holy Spirit direct your heart.


Talk with God: Read the scriptures aloud.

(Jesus is speaking) “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me.”
John 10:11–14 NLT


(Jesus is speaking) 
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 NLT

Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25 NLT

Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
Spending time in God’s Word, the Holy Bible, helps you learn to hear Jesus’ voice. He gently leads you in the right direction.


Discuss with your family:
Do you recognize Jesus’ voice when you hear His words read to you? What will help you learn to recognize His voice better?


Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to help you hear Jesus’ voice.


I will be praying for you!
Stacy

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Exerpt from Come One, Come All, a Sky Ranch Family Devotional
© 2016 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Mastering Sin by Lisa Clark



Mastering Sin



Have you ever had a conversation with your children about obedience? Hahaha Of course you have!!! Maybe DAILY??? We’re raising sinners!

In Genesis, Adam and Eve play the blame game when God confronts them about their sin.  They have little sinners, Cain and Abel, who live up to their name.  When Cain becomes envious and jealous of his brother, Abel, God confronts him.  Knowing Cain’s heart, God says, “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted (by me) if you do what is right.  But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at your door, eager to control you.  But you must subdue it and be it’s master.” 

Sin is crouching at your child’s door.  Sin wants to control your child.  Your child is only able to control his sin through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Our heart’s desire to obey and love God must be stronger than our sin desire. 


God knows our hearts.  He sees.  He knows.  Pray for your heart to be one that is devoted to pleasing God.  And pray your children know Him, follow Him and desire obedience.  Remember, you always want your children obeying God FIRST.  If they’re obeying God, they’re obeying YOU, because you are under His authority as their parent.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Jesus is the Prophet


Jesus is the Prophet
Family Fun Icebreaker: How would you describe yourself to others who had never met you? What would you tell them to look for if you met them in a crowd?

Topic 1 Question:
 Who Is Jesus?

Today’s Big Idea:
 Jesus Is the Prophet

God sent Jesus into the crowd of mankind and told us to watch for Him. God described Him as a prophet. A prophet speaks God’s message to the people of God. Jesus knew that God had been setting the stage for His arrival for a very long time. God spoke through many prophets who shared God’s Word. In the Old Testament, or Jewish Scriptures, Jesus knew there were many prophecies that told the people of Israel of a special future Jewish leader who would speak for God. Read Deuteronomy 18:15–18. There were hundreds of descriptions of what God’s Special Person would do and say. It was even so detailed that scripture tells the location and timing of His birth and descriptions of events in His life, even His death. God planned it all so that we would not miss that He very specifically sent Jesus.

Talk with God: Read the scriptures aloud.
Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:25–27 NLT

Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
A prophet speaks for God. But Jesus is more than a prophet—He not only speaks God’s Words, He is the Word of God. In scripture, His name is called the Word of God (Revelation 19:13).
Discuss with your family:
Considering that Jesus is called the Word of God, what are some helpful words from Jesus that you have learned from the Bible?

Prayer suggestion:
 Pray for a thankful heart that is filled with God’s Word!


I will be praying for you!
Stacy

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Exerpt from Come One, Come All, a Sky Ranch Family Devotional
© 2016 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.