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Special acts of worship in families

(1) Daily instruction in the Word of God. God should be worshiped by daily reading and instruction from His Word. Through questions, answers, and instructions, parents and children are to daily interact with each other about sacred truth. As Deuteronomy 6:6–7 says, “And these words, which I command thee this...
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Instill Truth

Proverbs 23:22–23 says, “Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” Solomon borrows imagery from the marketplace: parents are selling wares to their children. He urges the parents to...
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In Building Family Convictions

How does Ecclesiastes help us build family convictions? Ecclesiastes presents the message of Qohelet, which means “the assembler” but is often translated “the preacher.” Most of the book is Qohelet’s words spoken in the first person (1:12–12:7), but the book opens and closes with a third-person reflection on the book’s...
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The Joel Beeke Interview on Family Worship

We recorded a video interview with Joel Beeke on the topic of family worship, a spiritual discipline very close to his heart and the topic of a few of his books. We’re sharing that with you here on The Heritage Blog in case you haven’t seen it, along with a...
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The Need for Prayer Meetings

“We shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.” So wrote Charles Spurgeon in his famous address, “Only a Prayer Meeting.”[Only a Prayer-meeting (Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2000), 9.] By “the prayer meeting”...
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Office Bearers by Union with Christ

The Heidelberg Catechism (Q. 31) says Jesus is called the Christ because Christ means “anointed,” and He was ordained by God and anointed by the Spirit for His work as our prophet, priest, and king. What is perhaps more startling is the way the Catechism applies this to us in...
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Family Worship

I believe one major reason for this failure is the lack of stress upon family worship. In many churches and homes family worship is an optional thing, or at most a superficial exercise such as a brief table grace before meals. Consequently, many children grow up with no experience or...
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