Instant Family Devotions: 52 Bible Discussions for Anytime, Anywhere Use

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Parents want their children to grow closer to God, but may not always know the best way to facilitate that growth. Mike Nappa and Jill Wuellner take the guesswork out of family devotional time with this practical, imaginative resource. They provide a year's worth of engaging, transforming, and easy-to-lead Bible discussion guides for parents and children. Combining biblical depth with entertaining and educationally sound teaching techniques, this book will both challenge and ...
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Instant Family Devotions: 52 Bible Discussions for Anytime, Anywhere Use

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Overview

Parents want their children to grow closer to God, but may not always know the best way to facilitate that growth. Mike Nappa and Jill Wuellner take the guesswork out of family devotional time with this practical, imaginative resource. They provide a year's worth of engaging, transforming, and easy-to-lead Bible discussion guides for parents and children. Combining biblical depth with entertaining and educationally sound teaching techniques, this book will both challenge and inspire families toward lasting spiritual growth.

All 52 studies require zero pre-session preparation and can be used in a variety of settings and times--around the dinner table, during family-night activities, or just before bedtime. They are also perfect for impromptu lessons in Sunday school classes and elementary-aged youth groups.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801014338
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 950,133
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Nappa is publisher of FamilyFans.com, a monthly e-magazine, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author and editor of many books, including Instant Small Group and The Jesus Survey.

Jill Wuellner
is the senior editor for FamilyFans.com, a movie critic, and a former educational ministry professional. She is currently involved in women's ministry leadership.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Is Watty Piper Anyway? 12

How to Use This Book 16

Section 1 Discussion Guides about the Old Testament

1 Picture Perfect 23

Theme: Created in God's Image. Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31

2 Tip-Top Tower 26

Theme: Pride. Scripture: Genesis 11:1-9

3 Introducing… 29

Theme: Meeting God. Scripture: Genesis 28:10-22

4 Ten to Win 32

Theme: Ten Commandments. Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17

5 Donkey Sermons 35

Theme: Perspective. Scripture: Numbers 22:21-35

6 Walls Come Tumblin' 38

Theme: Facing Challenges. Scripture: Joshua 6:1-25

7 Me and My House 41

Theme: Serving God. Scripture: Joshua 24:14-24

8 Too Easy for God! 44

Theme: Obedience. Scripture: Judges 7:1-22

9 Faithful Friends 47

Theme: Loyalty. Scripture: Ruth 1:3-18

10 Inside-Out Eyesight 50

Theme: Character/Inner Beauty. Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:4-13

11 The Bigger They Are… 53

Theme: Courage. Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:20-50

12 Bountiful Bread Crumbs 56

Theme: God's Faithfulness/Thanksgiving. Scripture: 1 Kings 17:7-16

13 The Lord Is… 59

Theme: God's Presence. Scripture: Psalm 23

14 Noisy Is Good! 62

Theme: Worship. Scripture: Psalm 150

15 Smart Sayings 65

Theme: Wisdom. Scripture: Proverbs 3:3-8

16 Parent Power 68

Theme: Parents/Mother's Day or Father's Day. Scripture: Proverbs 6:20-23

17 God's on the Clock 71

Theme: God's Timing. Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

18 Dem Bones, Dem Bones 74

Theme: Hope. Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14

19 A God Risk 77

Theme: Purity/Obedience. Scripture: Daniel 1:1-20

20 Death before Dishonor 80

Theme: Risky Faith. Scripture: Daniel 3:1-28

21 Stop. Start Again. 83

Theme: Change of Heart/Repentance/New Year's Day. Scripture: Jonah 3:1-10

22 Just What Does God Want from Me? 86

Theme: Faithful Living. Scripture: Micah 6:6-8

23 Help! 89

Theme: God's Protective Care. Scripture: Nahum 1:7

24 Are You There, God? 92

Theme: Unanswered Prayer. Scripture: Habakkuk 1:2-5

25 Be Strong-God Is Stronger 95

Theme: Discouragement. Scripture: Haggai 2:1-9

26 Kindness Counts 98

Theme: Compassion/National Compassion Holiday. Scripture: Zechariah 7:8-12

Section 2 Discussion Guides about the New Testament

27 Bearing Gifts, We've Traveled Afar… 103

Theme: Jesus's Birth/Christmas. Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

28 Under Water 106

Theme: Fear/Halloween. Scripture: Matthew 8:23-27

29 Who Is Jesus, Anyway? 109

Theme: Jesus Christ. Scripture: Matthew 16:13-17

30 What Are You Waiting For? 112

Theme: Following Jesus. Scripture: Mark 2:13-17

31 Good, Better, Best 115

Theme: Greatness. Scripture: Mark 9:33-36

32 Easier Done than Said 118

Theme: Failure. Scripture: Mark 14:66-72

33 It's Just a Little Sin 121

Theme: Temptation. Scripture: Luke 4:1-13

34 Who's My Neighbor? 124

Theme: Kindness. Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

35 Anywhere Prayer 127

Theme: Prayer/National Day of Prayer. Scripture: Luke 11:1-4

36 Who's Hungry? 130

Theme: God's Provision. Scripture: John 6:1-15

37 Dead-End Beginnings 133

Theme: Death. Scripture: John 11:17-44

38 Wow. Did You See That? 136

Theme: Jesus's Resurrection/Easter. Scripture: John 20:1-18

39 Ain't No Thing 139

Theme: God's Determined Love. Scripture: Romans 8:35-39

40 Sincerely Yours 142

Theme: Healthy Friendships/Friendship Day. Scripture: Romans 12:9-21

41 Body Works 145

Theme: The Church/Body of Christ. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

42 Harvest Talk 148

Theme: Spiritual Growth/First Day of Autumn. Scripture: Galatians 6:7-10

43 Powerful Weakness 151

Theme: Grace. Scripture: Ephesians 2:6-10

44 All Dressed Up 154

Theme: Loving Lifestyle. Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17

45 Lucy, He's Ho-ome! 157

Theme: Jesus's Return. Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

46 Book People 160

Theme: The Bible. Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

47 Faith Is… 163

Theme: Faith. Scripture: Hebrews 11:1

48 The Say-Do System 166

Theme: Faith-Filled Lifestyle. Scripture: James 1:22-25

49 Tame That Tongue! 169

Theme: Self-Control. Scripture: James 1:26; 3:2-10

50 Love Like You Mean It 172

Theme: Love/Valentine's Day. Scripture: 1 John 4:7-12

51 True or False? 175

Theme: Truth. Scripture: Jude 1:17-25

52 What's Up? 178

Theme: Heaven. Scripture: Revelation 4:1-11

Appendix: Twenty Tips for Fantastic Family Discussions 181

Scripture Index 186

Theme Index 187

Notes 189

About the Authors 192

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