What if you knew your child’s growth and development would be severely stunted without a certain food in his or her diet? What if you knew that without this food your child would become sick and prone to horrible diseases? You would make sure your child’s diet included it at all cost!
There is a vital “food” that both you and your child need daily. Without it you cannot grow spiritually. Without it your family becomes more susceptible to the ungodly influences of our society and its diseases.
This food is the Word of God. It is free and easily available from the Bible. Jesus said, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word tht comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4.
Our church offers opportunities to nurture your family with this “bread of life.” Sunday school and worship are great places to begin. There is also Bible study or Friendship Circle on Wednesday evenings.
These are well prepared meals of spiritual food given in ample servings. But they are not enough.
None of us would think of feasting one or two meals a week and fasting the rest of the time. It’s not enough for you and your children either. You need a steady and daily diet of God’s Word. To do that you need to build a family altar.
A family altar is not something you make out of wood. A family altar is a time of family worship you build into your schedule. The instructions are simple:
Dedicate 15 minutes of your day to be your family altar time. For our family, this is first thing in the morning before breakfast. When this is not possible, right after supper is the best alternative.
To find time in a micro-wave fast lifestyle will require sacrifice and a reordering of priorities, but it is possible!
Read a portion of the Bible or a Bible lesson written for children. Our church library and any Christian bookstore has many resources for children of any age.
Apply the Bible lesson to your life. Use the lesson as an example of the right thing to do. Learn Bible promises that tell how God helps us.
Pray for the needs of your family and others. Teach your children to pray for God’s help in doing what is right. Be thankful to God for His blessings.
The most important thing is to get started and be consistent. If you neglect the family altar one day, it is easier to miss the next day.
A time for family Bible reading is the single best investment you can make for the spiritual welfare of your family. Don’t let them starve. Feast on the bread of life!