Van Til’s Apologetic – Highlights and Summary

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In Van Til’s Apologetic, Greg Bahnsen seeks to distill Cornelius Van Til’s lifetime of defending biblical Christianity into a mere 700 pages or so. The apologetic method can be difficult to comprehend on first exposure. However, after wrestling with it a few chapters it becomes clear that the method is not complex but all too simple. So simple that some… Read more »

Loving to Know by Esther Lightcap Meek – Review

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Esther Lightcap Meek challenges the ‘default’ way of knowing common to western civilization since the dawn of the Enlightenment. This default, attributed chiefly to Descartes, seeks knowledge by reasoning through various facts using laws of logic to reach conclusions that are ‘certain’. Meek shows how this is all wrong. She’s not a relativist. She maintains there is absolute truth but… Read more »

Family Devotion Ideas

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Every Christian family should have a routine time of focusing on the scripture and praying for one another. This time is commonly called “devotional” or “Family Devotions”. Some call this Family Worship or the Family Altar. Our family uses the simple term “devotion”. Quick Start You can start a daily family devotion right now with just a Bible. Daniel chapters… Read more »

Family Devotion – Memorization

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The family should work together on memorizing passages of scripture. You can memorize sections of scripture up to a chapter or more in length by simply taking a verse at a time. Memorize a phrase or sentence, making sure not to start the next phrase until everyone has the current phrase well memorized. Before going on, be blessed and motivated… Read more »

Family Devotion – Prayer

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After a period of study and discussion, the family should pray. Dad should begin by thanking God for what was just studied and learned and asking Him to enable the family to faithfully fulfill what’s been learned. Then various petitions can be made. These can be for needs mentioned in church the week before, for personal family needs, and other… Read more »

Family Devotion – Topic Studies

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With regular Bible reading as the centerpiece, other resources can be used to draw together Biblical ideas. Study topics in Proverbs such as ‘money’, ‘anger’, or ‘joy’. Or take a few days to cover specific issues your family may be facing such as ‘vocation’ when changing jobs, ‘baptism‘ when someone in the family first understands and embraces the gospel, or… Read more »

Family Devotion – Scripture Reading

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Studying God’s Word is the core of your family’s daily devotional. Knowing His Word leads to knowing His character and will. This in turn properly motivates our prayers and songs. You should focus on reading directly from the Bible using a good translation such as the NASB, ESV, or NKJV. This forms the core of your reading, though you may… Read more »

Family Devotion – Worry and Anxiety

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It seems there’s always something to worry about. Overcoming worry and paralyzing fear is a struggle for most people – very few seem truly carefree and optimistic about the future. Yet Christians have a most secure future so should be the happiest people on earth. How can we live this life of “Blessed Assurance” that Christ has won for us?… Read more »

Family Devotion – Baptism Study

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One of the greatest blessings a parent can know is to join with a young child in a study of baptism. As the child comes to understand salvation and to express their own willingness to serve Christ, they are ready to be baptized. Baptism is a sacrament that should be taken seriously and well-understood by the child. Your whole family… Read more »

Catechism and Family Devotions

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Generations have enjoyed learning Biblical truths with various catechisms. The Children’s Catechism is simple enough for the very young, yet contains the most profound truths of the Christian faith. Other biblically sound Christian catechisms are the Westminster Catechism, Baptist Catechism, Heidelberg Catechism, and Luther’s Small Catechism Here are more suggestions for rich, daily times together as a family, from our… Read more »