Wednesday, 16 March 2011

I have hidden your word in my earphones

Meet the Rizers is an album that like the Seeds Family Worship aims to put the words of Scripture to tunes that we can't get out of our heads. 

You can sample and download their tunes here: (Meet The Rizers)

Dads (and Mums too!) read this (below) written by one of the blokes behind The Rizers. 
First he highlights how teaching our children the Scriptures is our responsibility
  • "You shall teach [God's words] to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking in the way, and when you lie down and when you rise" (Deut. 11:19).
  • "...the father makes known to the children your faithfulness" (Is. 38:19).
  • "Make them known to your children and your children's children" (speaking of the things that God has revealed) (Deut. 4:9).
  • "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4).
  • "Which he commanded our fathers to teach their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments" (Psalm 78:5b-7).
But of course: 
There are hundreds of things that can get in the way of taking the time to sit with your kids and spend time learning the Word of God: lack of discipline, lack of experience, lack of a sense of importance, and many more. Sometimes it's getting over the ideal that you might have in your head. There will be chaos, your wife will need you to do something, the dog will need to go out, your son will not think it's cool at all—but those memories of parents who loved them enough to make an effort will leave a lasting impression on your kids' hearts. So Dads, parents—lets do this!
So then he gives 4 tips on how to help your children:
  • Set a Goal. Try one verse a week. This will allow you to dwell on that verse, apply it, and talk about it through the week. Not all the kids will learn at the same pace, so this will also allow some flexibility.
  • Be Consistent. Figure out when, where, and what works for your family. Make it realistic: maybe it's morning, or dinner time, or in the car on the way to and from school—or have them say their verse to you before you leave for work.
  • Choose the Verses. Pick verses that make sense for your whole family to learn. You can even taper the verse to just a section for the younger kids.
  • Make it Fun. SING SONGS! Repetition is key. So whatever way works for your family, have fun doing it and be creative.
Finally he ends with an exhortation & prayer to pray as we embrace this call: 
Psalm 119:11 says "I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." The Word of God is "living and active," it's "profitable for teaching, reproof, for correction and training in righteousness," and it "does not return empty." Thank you God for your powerful Word. It's life-changing, life-shaking, and I desire for it to penetrate not only my life, but the life of this amazing family you entrusted to me.

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