Family Devotion Ideas, Part 2

Last month I discussed the various aspects we have included in our family devotions over the years. This month I’d like to share with you some of the resources we have used.

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Egermeier’s Bible Story Book
Elsie E. Egermeier

I believe we went through this Bible story book a couple of times. It has over 300 stories, and at the back of this large book are some factual questions to go along with each Bible story.

Muffin Family Books

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The Muffin Family Picture Bibles
V. Gilbert Beers

  • Through Golden Windows
  • Under the Tagalong Tree
  • Growing Up with God’s Friends

Although these books are out of print, I wanted to still list them. We were able to find them used through places such as eBay, and they were well worth the search.

Each of the books listed above has 11-19  Bible stories followed by a cute Mini and Maxi Muffin story that emphasizes the same Bible truth as the Bible story.  Factual and application questions to help the children think are provided after both the Bible stories and the Mini and Maxi Muffin stories.

The One Year Bible for Children, by V. Gilbert Beers
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The One Year Bible for Children
V. Gilbert Beers

This book has a Bible story for each day of the year, spanning from Genesis to Revelation. There are usually three sections of questions or comments at the end of each story. The “Remember” questions ask for facts from the story. The “Discover” and “Apply sections do a great job of encouraging the children to think a little bit more about what the story means to them and how they can apply it to their own lives.

Leading Little Ones to God

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Leading Little Ones to God
Marian Schooland

Do you want your children to learn more about who God is? In 86 lessons, this book teaches all about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirt, salvation, growing spiritually, praying, church, and future events. Most lessons also include discussion questions, a memory verse, Scripture reading, hymn, and prayer. What a great little book for helping to ground our children in the truths of the Bible!

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For Instruction In Righteousness

For Instruction in Righteousness: A Topical Reference Guide for Biblical Child-Training
Pam Forster

Our copy of this book is quite worn with use over the years. It’s not what you would think of as a normal devotion book, but we have used it as such many times to help focus on character issues we saw in our children. It covers 52 topics. Most topics include the following information.

  • What the Bible says about a particular sin
  • What the Bible says will happen to the person with this sin
  • What the Bible compares this sin to
  • Bible stories that show the results of the sin
  • Bible verses and stories that show the blessings of avoiding this sin
  • Bible verses to memorize

Along with each Bible reference, this book gives excellent comments and objects lessons to help explain the verses further. We have recommended this book many times over the years. Although it’s not cheap, it’s a book you will use over and over again.

Sticky Situations

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Sticky Situations: 365 Devotions for Kids and Families
Betsy Schmitt

Each day has a short story to read and discuss and then 5 solutions to choose from, along with a scripture passage to read. Their answers are in the back of the book with some discussion questions and comments.

There is usually one quite silly answer that gave us quite a laugh. Although we didn’t agree with every answer in the back of the book, the topics definitely opened up some wonderful discussions!

We used this book when our children spanned elementary through junior high. There is also Sticky Situations 2: 365 Devotions for Elementary Kids.

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FrontLine Clubs Family Guide

Our church uses a children’s program called FrontLine on Wednesday nights. It does an excellent job of helping us train our children to memorize Scripture, serve others, and get into God’s Word.

The Frontline program has a Family Guide that goes along with what the children are learning each week. It contains 15 weeks of devotions with 5 devotions in each week for a total of 75 devotions. If your children are a part of the FrontLine program, it does a great job of reviewing the lessons learned that week. Even if your children are not part of the FrontLine program, it is still an excellent resource to consider.

Each devotion is divided into the following 5 sections:

  1. Appetizer (a suggested song to sing)
  2. Bread (a memory verse to learn)
  3. Salad (an activity)
  4. Main Course (a Bible passage to read and discuss)
  5. Dessert (prayer time).

31 Biblical Virtues

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31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children
Bob Hostetler

This free resource is simply a list that I use to pray for our children, and we are also currently going over each of these virtues in our family devotion time. I read the virtue along with the accompanying prayer. Our kids then use their Bibles on their kindle or tablet to search for verses about that virtue. This has allowed our children to become more involved in our family devotion time.

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These are just some of the many resources that we have used over the years. I’d love to hear from you.

Leave a comment to let me know what resources you have used.

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