Issue Number Forty Two

Don's Schedule
Please pray for these
ministry opportunities
in September, October, and November

  • California Baptist University
    8432 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA

  • First Baptist Church of Norco
    Norco, CA

  • Carrollton Baptist Church
    Carrollton, VA

  • Panfork Baptist Encampment
    Wellington, TX

  • Trinity Baptist Church
    Amarillo, TX

  • First Presbyterian Church (PCA) Menís Retreat
    Schenectady, NY

  • Adirondack Bible Chapel Men's Retreat & Sunday
    Piseco, NY

  • Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware Pastorsí Conference
    Columbia, MD

  • Menís retreat at First Baptist Church,
    Woodville, TX

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Start Your Week By Stopping

The front-page headline in an issue of USA TODAY awhile back reads, "24/7 almost a way of life." The article begins with, "The nation has an unofficial new motto...24/7. 24/7 isn't just an expression, it's a cultural earthquake that is changing the way we live."

In times past we had to arrange our lives so we could shop and run errands before places closed. Now we have the "convenience" of shopping at increasing numbers of stores that stay open around the clock. We can get the latest news or find something interesting on TV twenty-four hours a day. Email piles up in our inbox day and night, and entire galaxies of useful websites wait to be explored in the ever-expanding universe of cyberspace. Partially because of such unprecedented opportunities provided by technology and prosperity, we also suffer with less sleep than any previous generation. Eventually, though, the need for sleep keeps us from staying busy a full twenty-four hours of every day.

But the "7" part of the 24/7 is another matter.

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A Resource to Help You "Stop"
with Your Family

The above article reminds me of how my family looks forward to each evening when we "stop" and remind ourselves—and one another—that we serve a God of order and rest. In a fallen world it is easy to get carried away with the duties of each day. Nonetheless, for ten minutes or so in the evening, my family stops all other activities and joins together in the reading of Scripture, prayer, and a song of praise to our God. Our Family Worship has become a cherished time and one in which the Lord has used to enable us to stop and rest for a short while together each day.

I have written a small book and recorded an enhanced audio CD in which I 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 practical resource that 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
This helpful resource is for:
  • Couples
  • Parents of children of all ages
  • Single parents
  • Those preparing for marriage
  • Empty-nesters
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 ten-pack or box of hundred of the book or CD.

Use them as giveaways or as book studies for men's groups or families.

Order today from The Center for Biblical Spirituality at 502-921-0309 or online at http://biblicalspirituality.org/fworder1.html#order. For more info, see http://biblicalspirituality.org/fworder1.html or write Info@BiblicalSpirituality.org

We are excited to announce that you can now download the Family Worship audiobook at christianaudio.com. You will have the same enhanced features as found on the CD except you will have instant access to the audio. While there, you can check out Don's Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, too.

Family News & Notes

It's back in the classroom for Don. His largest class (more than a hundred) is Personal Spiritual Disciplines (based largely on his Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life book) at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The course is designed to train the each student to "discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness" (1 Tim. 4:7). Enrollment continues to grow at SBTS (www.sbts.edu), the flagship seminary of the SBC. If you are thinking of seminary, you are welcome to visit anytime, but an ideal date is October 15 on Seminary Preview Day (http://www.sbts.edu/future-students/visit-campus/southern-preview-day/).

Caffy has resumed her once-per-week Art History course at Dorothy Sayers Classical School and the discipleship course at the Seminary Wives Institute each Thursday night at Southern Seminary. She really enjoys both these teaching opportunities. But the main event on her daily schedule is the completion of the construction and administration of the details involved in moving her mom to live here. The work has taken longer than scheduled, and that has complicated the transition.

Laurelen has acquired her driver's license since the last newsletter, so that has brought another dramatic life-change to the Whitney household. In addition to her senior classes at high school, she is taking eighteen hours of college work, working two nights per week, and singing with the church's worship team.

Farm & Garden Report

Writing deadlines have dominated the schedule, so the farm and garden work this summer was minimal. The blueberries were again a big disappointment, and a second soil sample may have spelled doom for any long-term success for blueberries at the present location. The blackberry cultivars, while few in number as they are still getting established, were terrific, with many as big as a man's thumb. The raspberries are about to wind down, but they have been a daily delight for more than a month. They are easy to grow, and so good. Plant some this fall at your place!

Caffy's bees produced a few gallons of honey this summer, which is okay for four hives. She's hopeful for a little more this fall. She would be a tad disappointed except for the fact that last year she harvested no honey from them, and she's been too busy to tend to them as she'd like. The big life-change events in the family have also meant the lavender got no attention this summer. It produced well, but wasn't harvested as thoroughly as last year, so there was little room for a second crop in late summer. Caffy's hydrangeas—especially the oak leaf variety—are enormous now, so they are well-established.

Overall, we've had a very dry summer here in this part of the Bluegrass State. All the majestic tulip poplars (our state tree) are losing their leaves early, presumably because of the heat and drought.


  • Pray for perseverance for Don to complete years-long writing project THIS FALL.
  • 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 the Lord's power upon Don's preaching and teaching in local churches, retreats, and conferences this fall.
  • 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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