Every Roll Wins!

It’s a coffee drinker’s favourite time of year – Roll up the Rim to Win! That is, if you’re not too snobby for Timmy’s coffee. I love it even though I seem to have a knack for helping my friends win as more than I win. This year, they’ve switched to digital rim rolls. Now I know that it’s different and many people like the way it used to be, but honestly, this switch was inevitable and I like the rewards. 
Rewards are powerful motivators. That’s why virtually every large company has some sort of reward system. Do you have rewards in your home? Would you reward your spouse or kids for doing regular tasks or their extraordinary effort?
 

Would you reward your kids for reading or memorizing the Bible?

I remember talking to a mom named Darcy about 12 years ago. She rewarded her kids with $1 for each verse they memorized. 
This can be a wise investment. Giving monetary value to what we eternally value. 
Some families choose not to reward their children for, what can be, regular Christian living and discipleship.
If you were to reward your kids financially as they invest in their spiritual growth, there’s some suggestions:
1) Pray
2) Be willing to follow through
3) Think about what motivates your kids – some kids like money, others like candy
4) Set a good example – this may be the most important key to making any reading or memory plan work.
5) Be strategic. Find or create a Bible Verse Chart. Use a Bible Reading Plan or choose a Bible at their Reading level
6) Talk about what they’ve read: “Tell me about what you’ve read.” “What did you learn about God?” “Who did you read about today?” Reading along with them will help you discuss with your family.
 
In our house, using rewards has inspired my oldest son to read all of The Story NIV, 450 pages, in less than two months. I know Christian adults that haven’t opened their Bibles in 2 months. My other son loves candy, so he’s willing to memorize Psalm 23 for $2 in candy. 
I also have a habit of taking my boys for a “coffee break” or “daddy day” once a month, one-on-one, and we will discuss our Bible reading and memory verses while we enjoy each other’s company.
 
To me, these are valuable investments in our families spiritual development. How do you encourage your kids to read their Bibles and memorize the Word of God? Let me know, email me: tylerlhac@hotmail.com 
 
Psalm 119:11 – I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Deuteronomy 6
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.a] Love the Lordyour God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
 
The Story for Kids – selections from the NIrV
The Story – selections from the NIV

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Busy, Busy, Dreadfully Busy…

There’s a few of you who probably recognize that the title of this post is from the song in the classic VeggieTales episode Are You My Neighbour? 
Do you ever feel like you’re too busy. Too busy to get everything done on your “To Do” list, too busy to spend time with people, too busy to get the projects done around the house, too busy to rest, too busy to read your Bible and pray.
 
This summer, our family was quite busy, but thankfully we were able to use our vacation time to rest and be refreshed in our faith. Then kids went back to school and we bought a different house and moved. In the week before and after our move, I found myself so consumed, busy, and tired, I was getting a little weak on my daily Bible reading and rest.
 
It can be SO easy to get distracted and “dreadfully busy” that I focus on my jobs and myself. Now we’re into the fall season and it’s a great time to re-establish some healthy rhythms of rest, reading and praying. Here’s a couple practical tips I find helpful for myself and my boys.
 
  1. Keep you Bible and books in a convenient place
  2. Stop working and stop cleaning and stop fixing at a reasonable time so I’m not too tired to wake up earlier
  3. Kids are loud and need attention, so you may have to wake up before them to focus
  4. Make a plan and keep truckin’ along
  5. Pray for others
I’m also reminded of the three points from Pastor Mike’s message last week on Genesis 13:
  1. Comfort in life is not a basis for godly decisions
  2. Consequences follow every decision
  3. Blessing & Worship follow godly decisions
Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

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I Choose to Worship

This morning as I was getting ready to crack open the Word, I was listening to some Christian music with the boys. And one great song led to another. An hour later I found myself sitting and praying and worshipping the Lord as I listed to some Church Online from Rend Collective.
 
That wasn’t really how I had planned to start my day.
I didn’t get to check off a chapter from my Bible reading plan list.
 
As I sang along with the YouTube worship, I started to get distracted by some of my other plans for the days and other projects I’m excited about. I was about to get up and check something the is very important, but then the words literally came up, “I choose to worship.” So I sat back down and re-engaged in how amazing God’s is.
 
Things always come up, even good things. How precious it is to sit and choose to worship. 
The week ahead may be filled with challenges, concerns, worries and stress. Seriously, almost every week is. Let’s choose to worship.
 
John 4:23-24
 
23 Yet a time is coming and has now comewhen the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
 

“Jesus didn’t say to worship in feelings and circumstance, but he said in spirit and truth.” Gareth Gilkeson

 
Oh, and while I was enjoying this holy moment in my living room, miracle #2 happened – my boys were playing together… WITHOUT FIGHTING! Praise God. 
 

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June 7 – Episode 12: The Bible Help Us

Episode 12 – The Bible Helps Us Know God

premiering Sunday June 7 at 9am

Solomon Activity Sheets

Memory Verse: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Hoy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
 
If you would like to be in the KidZone show, email kidzoneshow@gmail.com.
 
 

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What a Mess!

Let’s just say that more than once I’ve looked around my house and thought – what a mess! How did it get so messy? And some days it seriously feels like I spend all day cleaning up after my boys. I know my house isn’t spotless, but I really like it when it’s close to tidy and the floor is clean. I know we should train our kids to clean up after themselves, but I’m still working on that and that will have to be a post for another day.
 
But there are some thing you should leave lying around. In many relationships, spouses may leave things lying around as hints for one another. What I’m talking about is what you should leave lying around for your kids or grandkids.
 
You should leave your Bible and Christian books lying around house. I don’t mean on the floor or stairs or right beside the stove; I mean you should leave these books in convenient spots.
 
1) When you keep their Bible and Christian books in convenient spots, it can make it easier to find and read at a moments notice. I’ve seen my boys just grab the closes book and ask, “Dad can you read this?” It almost doesn’t matter what the book is, they just grabbed it because it’s close.
 
2) When you keep your Bible in convenient spots, you are often more likely to read it. Plus, kids may also notice that you’re Bible is out and assume you’ve been reading it.
 
This is important because when parents read their Bibles kids are likely to follow your example. Not all the time, not every time, but there’s a reason my kids like to make coffee and donuts any time they’re near a play kitchen. 
 
Modelling authentic faith is one of the most important things a parent can do to help their children discover faith for themselves. 
 
There is one thing that is assumed in this post – that you have Christian books. If you don’t have much of a Christian book library for your kids, now is the time to start one. 
 
a) Ask your friends what they recommend
b) Head to Kennedy’s Parable and let your kids pick a book. We do this during the Book Fair and I let them pick any book they want. I honestly don’t care if it’s a Berenstain Bears Christian book for $4.99 or the Indescribable Devotional Book for $21.99. It’s a wise investment – seriously!

Wondering what to read in the Bible?

Check out the F-110 New Testament Reading Plan for Kids or the F-260 Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers – and keep a copy in your Bible so you can easily access it and post a copy on your fridge and in your reading spot


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Redberry Family Camp

I’ve been wanting to take my family to Family Camp for a long time. It is a great way to have a faith-filled vacation. Plus, in my studying I’ve discovered that when students have an opportunity to head to Bible Camp, it has a significant impact on their faith journey as they follow Christ their whole loves.
 
This past week, I had the privilege of being the guest speaker at Redberry Bible Camp and we talked about some of the Essentials to our Faith as we lead our families. Our family really enjoyed the meals, not having to do dishes, not having to cook meals, playing street hockey, pony rides, basketball, archery, tuck, swimming, illusionist, board games, jungle swing, and chapel. It was a LOT of fun and I really encourage families to consider going to family camp in 2020.
 
Here are some of the downloads and resources that I was talking about during chapel:
Bibles
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible
  • The Story for Kids
  • The Story

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Memorizing the Map

This morning I took a quick glance at the map on my phone, then started driving towards Victoria Ave and then Living 
Hope Alliance Church in Regina. Then I used Siri and bluetooth to call home to my family. As I started to get closer to LHAC, I realized I’m not sure I’m on the right road, maybe I should pull over and end the phone call. Then I realized I was actually taking a shorter and more direct rout to LHAC. It’s amazing how God takes us where we need to be, even when we don’t realize it.
 

So where are you headed this summer in faith?

If you have a map and God’s help, it’s a whole lot easier to get to where you’re going!

Here’s a plan that my oldest son and I are journeying on for the summer – It’s the NT portion of the Foundations 260 Bible Reading Plan from Robby Gallaty and it includes memory verses. Jari and I usually read the passage after breakfast, before he goes to school and before I go to work and then we pray for friends who we can invite to Fun Camp and/or who need Jesus.
 
Now what do you do with the passage you’ve just read? Here’s a free download of what I call the Discovering the Bible Bookmark to guide you through some reflections you can use for many passages, especially narratives (stories).
 
On another note, we’ve started implementing a rule in our house, BEFORE summer his – No screens until cloths are on, teeth are brushed, you’ve read for at least 10 minutes (preferably the Bible), and you pick up toys. So far, it’s a bit of a battle, but a necessary one. 

17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17

 

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Too many Bibles?

 
When I stated parenting, I faced an internal conundrum… how many children’s Bibles to I really want on my shelf? Do I want to buy my son a Bible at every stage of his life? If I purchase one every 2-3 years, that could get expensive.
 
As we started reading to our son, two things became apparent. 1) Different Bible have different vocabulary, reading levels, and pictures. 2) Any money spent on a Bible or faith books is money WELL spent. If parents are willing to read the Bible to and with their kids, I’m not sure we can have too many Bibles.
 
So on our shelf we have 5 different children’s Bibles, along with a bunch of other good Christian books. Every child is different and he/she may enjoy different Bibles and books at different levels of their understanding. Here’s a list of some we like and which age they’re best for from our experience:
 
We use this Bible in our younger KidZone classes. It has pictures that are easy to see and short chapters that are great for their attention spans. The only down side to this Bible is that it’s kind thick and doesn’t really hold up to kids tossing it around.
 
The artwork in this Bible is very creative and I love how every chapter accurately points to Jesus.
 
The Story for Kids – Age 6-10 
This Bible uses large selections from the NIrV to cover the the overarching story of the entire Bible.
 
Hands On Bible NLT – Ages 7-12
Once kids are able to read on their own, they can spend time in this complete Bible and continue to enjoy the Word.
 
These Bibles look great, are well used around the globe, and are also relatively affordable. 
 
NIV Student or Study Bible
The Student Bible a lot of study notes that can help a person understand more of the content and important thoughts that are going on. The Study Bible is almost the same, but has more study notes and is a little bigger. 
 
Other notes: I always keep an eye on how big a Bible is. These dimensions are idea: 14.3 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm. We also like the Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible. My personal favourite is the CSB translation, but it’s not very common, my next go-2 is ESV.

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The Number One Thing

What has the BIGGEST Impact on influencing a Child’s Life?

Janna Magruder published the book Nothing Less – Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith – It is a survey of 2000 parents of young adults by Lifeway. In it she discovers the top ten influencers in children’s lives that develop them into mature believers. Here’s a list of the top 4:

#4 listening primarily to Christian music.
#3 Child regularly served in church – notice it doesn’t limit this to parents who serve, but children who serve.
#2 Child regularly spent time in prayer
And #1 – Child regularly read their Bible while growing up.
 
Where do we start?
I’d suggest starting with the record of Jesus’ life, the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
Another place to start is at the beginning.
 
Foundations 260 Reading Plan (F-260). The F-260 is a two hundred and sixty day reading plan that highlights the foundational passages of Scripture that every disciple should know. Print it out, check off what you’ve read, and read at the pace outlined or at your own pace.
 
Read Scripture App – Bible Reading mixed with introductory videos
 
Don’t Give Up! You may make a plan and then get distracted for a day, week or year. When that happens, pick up the Word and keep on reading.
 
Bibles for Everyone – Get every person in your family their own Bible to read daily.
The Story – Using the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel in 31 chapters. The Story for Kids is also available.
God’s Story for Me – Excellent for toddlers and pre-schoolers
The Jesus Storybook Bible – For preschoolers and early elementary kids
Hands On Bible – A Fun Bible for kids that can read, especially kids that like crafts, experiments and discovery.
NIV Study Bible – Great for anyone that can read, this Bible includes footnotes and helps that can help you dive deeper.
 

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Surrounded

If you’re friends with a sports fan, it is likely obvious. Sports will have a way of finding its way into anything. Their favourite team will show up in their decorations, cloths, schedules, and you may even get told “I can’t tonight, the game is on.” They have a way of surrounding themselves in the culture.

 
What kind of culture do you surround yourself in?
 
I love my sports teams, I love coffee, and I love people. You’d probably have to spend about 10 minutes with me and I’ll probably have already mentioned all three. The truth is, I love God. I believe that Jesus is my saviour. And really, my faith in God is more important to me than anything. So how do I surround myself with Jesus culture?
 
Step 1 – Worship God
 
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
 
Here’s a FREE resource from Seeds Family Worship you can use to have Family Worship Time and add to a culture of faith in your home.
 
Step 2 – All the Time
 

This past week I was able to visit Millar College of the Bible, the college I attended, for their missions conference and represent Envision and the missions side of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. It was a wonderful and restful weekend. One of the many things that made it great was an attitude and culture that is focused on Jesus. I know I can’t go back to college at this stage of the game, and it was a special conference. But I can put my phone down. I can go to church and listen to sermons throughout my day (like when I’m prepping supper or relaxing at the very end of the day), I can listen to Christian music, I can read the Word, I can talk to my boys about Jesus’ great love, I can pray with my friends for the unreached, I can love my neighbour and I can give generously.

 
If the women don’t find you handsome, at least they should find you humbly following Jesus.
 
Check out “I Can Only Imagine” Air1 or LHAC on Spotify

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