The Lord’s Prayer – Video (1-26-12)

January 26, 2012 – The Lord’s Prayer

In the sermon on the mount Jesus gives some training on prayer, then he teaches us how to pray with His model known as the Lord’s Prayer. There is much we can learn from this instruction and model for praying in our families.

Jesus redefines our Relationship with God

Abba Father

When Jesus instructs His disciples on how to pray he opens by saying “Our Father”. He uses the word Abba, which has the connotation of ‘Daddy’. It is a term of closeness – Father to Son. This is the God we have always known, but for the original disciples it redefined who God is in relationship to His people. Before Jesus, there was great fear in speaking the name of God.

Here is a short clip from Monty Python that humorously shows us the fear that went into God’s name.

But Jesus says, Daddy – We no longer live in fear of the name, but realize we are to come to God with confidence – like a son would approach his daddy.

A word about the Families in Faith Web Page.

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Web links for further training:

The Lord’s Prayer for Children

 

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Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd – Springfield, VA 22152

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Jesus fulfills the Law (1-19-2012)

 Hearts in Hands - giving away


This week a new Youtube video went Viral – nothing new there, but this one had an interesting message about Jesus and Religion. The first time it was forwarded to me there were just under 2 million hits, later this week when I got it sent to me again there were more than 15 million views. Perhaps you saw this video as well. Below is the original video, and then a Lutheran Pastors response. I recommend watching both – they fit into this weeks discussion on Jesus coming to fulfill the law and the prophets.

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word
 

Freestylin’: Jesus = Religion

Web Sites for Further Training

3rd Use of the Law from the Book of Concord

Teaching on the continued use of the Old Testament Law today
Written using Hebrew names (Yeshua for Jesus, Elohim for God, etc.) – the author quotes the New Testament to show the continued use for the law.

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Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church   www.poplc.org
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd – Springfield, VA 22152

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The Beatitudes (1-12-2012)

Families in Faith – 1-12-12 The Beatitudes

This weeks video starts down the path of learning about the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus and how we can and should teach our children about Him. We learn today about the Beatitudes – a seemingly backwards list of people who will be blessed. Find ways you can teach your children about this list of expectations and blessings for those who follow Jesus.

Biblewise.com

From Biblewise.com comes the following teaching on the beatitudes.

(The following texts and ideas are based on the King James version of the Bible and “The Message” by Eugene H. Peterson.)

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

When your spirits are low, when you feel at the end of your rope, shut out self-pity and listen to God for good ideas, instead. Putting your personal plans aside in favor of God’s plan brings you a refreshing heaven-like result, right now.

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

Sometimes we feel sad because of a bad experience, a poor test grade, a failure in a sports event. At the time, such things may seem so important. But at that very moment, you are comforted by God’s unconditional love for you. Find this comfort in your ability to try again, correct a mistake, rejoice in another’s victory.

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

Don’t knock meekness – it can mean self-knowledge, understanding who you are and what you can do. And with that understanding, you can realize you already have an inheritance of everything you need as God’s intelligent, talented, joyful heir.

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

Your appetite should be for spirituality, for living a Christ-based life, rather than for a wish-list of material stuff. Your reward is a life over-flowing with all the good you can use.

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

Those who are merciful care about others – their needs, their hopes. And in reaching out, you will find your own good dreams fulfilled.

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

Today, “pure in heart” means purity of mind and body – freedom from impure debasing thoughts and activities, sometimes attractive to young people. When you get your inside world right, you will see God’s hand at work in your outside world.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

You can be an example to others on how to be cooperative, non-combatant, even-tempered. Rather than putting fighting or competition first, you will be surrounded by equally talented and loving family members – all part of God’s eternal family.

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven….Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you….Rejoice…for great is your reward I heaven.”

Commitment to God is sometimes not appreciated – even scoffed at, but don’t let this deter you. Lies about you, bullying, and put-downs show that others are uncomfortable with their mean ways. But you are in good company – Jesus and those who preceded him and followed him were treated the same way. Be happy you have chosen the very best way and you will find that others will follow you! Your reward is not put off to some future heaven; enjoy heaven right here and now!

Don’t postpone the blessings! Your discussion with your family is highly important in making these teachings come alive.

Web sites for further training

Wikipedia article on the Beatitudes

What the Beatitudes Teach

Other Web Sites for Christian Parents 

Christian Iphone apps – A nice compilation of iphone/ipad apps

Christian Answers – A Web site for answers to common questions

Families in Faith is a Free email resource. We will send an email every week offering tips, suggestions, training, and encouragement to parents as they work to pass the faith on to their children.

Please share this email with others. You can also encourage others to sign up for Families in Faith online by having them text the word “families” to 22828 or go to www.poplc.org/familiesinfaith

Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich

Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd – Springfield, VA 22152

Epiphany (1-5-2012)

Epiphany – the culmination of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Marked by the visit of the Magi and their unexpected gifts. Their gifts that would provide for Mary and Joseph as they fled to Egypt and would continue to provide throughout Jesus’ life. It is a season of focusing on the life and work of Jesus.

Web Sites

Impress your kids – a web site with ideas for families to impress faith at home

The Season of Epiphany – Extra teaching about Epiphany

Jesus Fulfilled Old Testament Prophecy – Biblical references that demonstrate how Jesus fulfilled OT prophecies

Jesus Quoting from the Old Testament

Epiphany Celebration with CakeEpiphany Celebration - cake

Everyone loves Cake! There is a wonderful Epiphany tradition that involves a “Kings Cake”. This could be a fun way to introduce Epiphany in your homes.
The special cake has a crown on top and a hidden “bean” inside. The finder of the bean gets to be King for the day, deciding the families activities.

Check out “Rhythm of the Home” for ideas, including a recipe for the Kings Cake.

 

 

Families in Faith is a Free email resource. We will send an email every week offering tips, suggestions, training, and encouragement to parents as they work to pass the faith on to their children.
 
Please share this email with others. You can also encourage others to sign up for Families in Faith online by having them text the word “families” to 22828 or go to www.poplc.org/familiesinfaith

Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich
Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd – Springfield, VA 22152
©2012, all rights reserverd