Issue Number Forty One

Don's Schedule
Please pray for these
ministry opportunities
in July, August and September

  • Dogwood Church
    Tyrone, GA
  • Franklin Crossroads Baptist Church
    Cecilia, KY
  • Jeffersontown Baptist Church
    Jeffersontown, KY
  • Faith Community Church
    Kansas City, MO
  • Fairview Baptist Church
    Columbus, MS
  • Multi-Church Family Retreat
    Leitchfield, KY
  • California Baptist University
    8432 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA
  • First Baptist Church of Norco
    Norco, CA

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Avoiding the Sinkhole Syndrome

You know the story. The man has been believer in Christ for decades. To all outward appearances he's a man of Christian faithfulness and integrity. He has maintained a reputation as a fine example of public and private faithfulness to the things of God for decades. Then, without warning, it all collapses into a sinkhole of sin. Everyone wonders how it could have happened so quickly. In most cases, it soon becomes known that—like most sinkholes—the problem didn't develop overnight.

Several years ago, this man likely had a relatively consistent devotional life through which the Lord often refreshed, strengthened, and matured him. But with each passing year, his busy life became ever busier. Increasingly he saw his devotional life more as a burden—a mere obligation sometimes—than a blessing. Because of the massive doses of Bible teaching he'd heard—in addition to the knowledge gained teaching church Bible classes himself—he began to imagine that he needed less private prayer and Bible intake than when he was younger and not as spiritually mature. Besides, he had so many other God-given responsibilities that surely God would understand that he was too busy to meet with Him every day.

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So little family worship regularly exists in Christian homes, it is probable that even in most of our best churches, most of our best men do not lead their wives—and children if they have them—in family worship. Having your family in a good, Bible-teaching local church is crucial to Christian parenting. But it is not enough for conveying your faith to your children. Moreover, it is unlikely that exposure to the church once or twice a week will impress your children enough with the greatness and glory of God that they will want to pursue Him once they leave home.

In this small book/CD, I want to declare one main point: God deserves to be worshiped daily in our homes by our families.

Family Worship: In the Bible, in History, and in Your Home is a helpful resource for:

  • Couples
  • Parents of children of all ages
  • Single parents
  • Those preparing for marriage
  • Empty-nesters

This practical resource will show:

  • Where the Bible clearly implies family worship
  • How so many of our Christian heroes practiced family worship
  • How every Christian family can practice family worship
  • The three simple, practical elements of family worship
  • Answers to the most common questions about family worship

The audio CD contains the contents of the entire book

  • Gift idea for commuters
  • Great for those who prefer audio books
  • Contains a printable text file with an outline of the message
  • Contains a printable text file with a study guide of the message

Bulk discounts for a 10-pack or box of 100 of the book or CD.

Use them as giveaways for men/families on Father's Day.

Order today from The Center for Biblical Spirituality at 502-921-0309 or online at www.BiblicalSpirituality.org/order1.html. For more info, see http://biblicalspirituality.org/books.html or write Info@BiblicalSpirituality.org

A free Father's Day resource for churches: "Simplify Family Worship" bulletin insert. To read or download, click here.

Family News & Notes

Don has been Acting Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary during the mini-sabbatical of Dean Russell Moore. Much of Don's time has been devoted to a years-long writing project he expects to finish this summer.

Don plans on attending the SBC in Orlando. If you are scheduled to attend, drop by the Southern Seminary booth and say hello. Are you a prospective student at Southern planning on attending the convention? On a first-come, first-served basis Don will bring prospective students as his guests to the Southern Seminary luncheon on Wednesday during the convention at 12:30. This is always a very good meal as well as an opportunity to hear Dr. Mohler speak. It will also provide guests with an occasion to ask Don questions about the seminary. Only a handful of these free tickets ($20 in advance; as well as at the door, subject to availability) are available. To request one of these tickets, email Info@BiblicalSpirituality.org. For more info about the banquet or to purchase tickets, go to http://events.sbts.edu/blog/2010/03/03/southern-seminary-luncheon-at-the-sbc/

Caffy has completed the once-a-week Art History course she taught at Dorothy Sayers Classical School and the discipleship course she taught at the Seminary Wives Institute each Thursday night at Southern Seminary. Now she is focused on preparing for her mom to move in.

Laurelen has finished her junior year of high school and is counting the days until she can get her driver's license this summer. A few weeks ago she ran her first mini-marathon. Her next big event is Vocal Arts at DePauw. The photo is Laurelen at the prom:

Farm & Garden Report

Don has been too busy writing to do much farm and garden work this year. Basically maintenance level work. The first strawberry harvest is winding down, but the first blueberries are coming in—the North Sky variety. They are small, but sweet. Like last year, though, things don't look promising for the blueberries. A recent soil sample report doesn't give much hope for the future of the blueberries, either. The raspberries are looking great so far, as are the blackberries.

Caffy's bees have been little workaholics. Last year she got zero honey, and at a statewide "bee school" in the spring they predicted that next year would also be bad. This year, however, the bees act like they are making up for last year and getting ready for next year. She has as many as ten boxes on one hive, each box weighing sixty pounds. She only has four hives, but still expects lots of honey. She's also pleased with her hydrangeas. The first cutting of two varieties of lavender was brought in this past week. It's looking great also. If lavender can be grown in your area—give it a try. It's been very easy to grow and the benefits of the harvest can last for years.


Pray for perseverance for Don to complete his writing project THIS SUMMER.

Please ask the Lord to give us wisdom and grace as we transition Caffy's mom here.

Pray for the Lord's blessing on our family's growth together in grace. Ask His blessing upon our reading of Scripture, praying, and singing each day in family worship.

Pray for God's blessing upon Don's ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and through The Center for Biblical Spirituality.

"The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you" (2 Timothy 4:22).

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