We should not limit members’ service opportunities to church activities. The glory of the Lord filled the area with light, and they were terrified. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Read the children’s story Bible. This refers to the managerial process of defining objectives and then devising ways and means to reach these goals. 80 The child John grew and became spiritually strong. Step 5: In this coming year, what will you do to grow in Christian maturity? . Bible Verses About A Healthy Marriage. What commitments (one or two) can you make that would help you listen to this word from the Lord? The style of the visit depends on a variety of factors: Finally, we need to keep in mind that what can be accomplished in a single visit is limited. 13 Suddenly, a large army of angels appeared with the angel. What changes in behavior or attitude are necessary? The Psalms are very helpful, although a caution should be raised as to their appropriateness for every occasion. Chaplains should take the initiative, at least asking the patient whether he would like to have him read a scripture and offer prayer. Step 3: Pray. What takes place within any visit depends in large part on the preparation that occurs before the visit. Some who omit Bible reading do pray occasionally, perhaps when requested to do so. How does the discipline help you meet God? The Christian disciplines include prayer, Scripture reading, meditation, study, worship, service, celebration, simplicity, and obedience. For one thing it ties you to one church and I believe you should serve all churches. Discussion focuses on how the children (especially teens) are making personal commitments. Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. SOME ministers do very little visiting in homes. 45 You are blessed for believing that the Lord would keep his promise to you.”. If the Lord is not involved in your household, whatever you do can be in vain. He will change parents’ attitudes toward their children. The plant intended by the word chedek is a thorny one used for hedges (Proverbs 15:19).Under another aspect thorns are a symbol of what is noxious and worthless (2 Samuel 23:6), or of sin and temptation.The most upright is sharper (worse) than a thorn hedge. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Then ask reflective questions: "I wonder what it would be like to be David?" I have good news for you, a message that will fill everyone with joy. When I was a hospital patient in 1971, some visiting ministers offered devotions; others did not. The Hebrew word for visitation, paqad, indicates a time when the Eternal God breaks into human history in order to bless or to punish individuals or nations. Remember to greet each person by name. This excerpt is from Guiding the Faith Journey: A Map for Spiritual Leaders by Neil de Koning, CRC Publications, 1996. He scattered those who think too highly of themselves. He will change disobedient people so that they will accept the wisdom of those who have God’s approval. Step 1: Read Philippians 2:1-13. Therefore, the holy child developing inside you will be called the Son of God. It is particularly intended to explain a bit of the rationale of the law so that it might better be understood by persons not especially trained in it, and also to point out certain areas of danger for the pastor. Step 2: Greet each other. Discussion focuses on what the children are learning. Explain the procedure of the visit. 64 Suddenly, Zechariah was able to speak, and he began to praise God. And the angel departed from her. Lead in an opening prayer. If so, the change in relationship will have to be dealt with up front. 28 When the angel entered her home, he greeted her and said, “You are favored by the Lord! The Bible teaches us that it, “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established,” and with that, “knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches” (Proverbs 23:3-4). 44 As soon as I heard your greeting, I felt the baby jump for joy. If you have time, you may discuss some of those matters. 12 This is how you will recognize him: You will find an infant wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”. We must also avoid the urge to preach a sermon.