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When God called Abraham and developed a people to be God’s family, He wanted them to create rituals that positively affected each member of the family

Sunday Morning Worship
February 16, 2014
Series: “Family 2.0”
Today: “Family Rituals”

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NLT And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Introduction

Intro: When God called Abraham and developed a people to be God’s family, He wanted them to create     rituals      that positively affected each member of the family.

A.  What is a ritual?  Deuteronomy 6:7 – “    repeat     them again and again.”

B.  Rituals create long term      memory      ; things we’ll never forget. Must

C.  There are three key words in our scripture today.

I.        MUST    .

A.  God was giving parents a      charge     ; authority over; their commission.

B.  Parents, start a plan today to create rituals that will      positively      affect your family. Wholeheartedly

II.        WHOLEHEARTEDLY       .

A.  God wanted total and joyful     buy-in    .

B.  Ask God to      energize      you daily!  Start each morning with a prayer:

“Father, keep me enthusiastic about the God honoring rituals we’ve committed to.” Repeat

III.      REPEAT     .

A.  God created us and He knows how our ___memories__ operate.

Deuteronomy 6:7-9  Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

B.  Your rituals need to be put on your      calendar      .

1.  When do we have our       God time       ?

2.  When do we go to       worship      ?

3.  When is       family       night?

4.  When is       date      night?

Conclusion:        Negative        rituals come without intention.        Positive        rituals take intentional effort!