Faith Conversations for Families

Faith Conversations for Families

by Jim Burns

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Overview

Most Christian parents know that the best way to leave a God-honoring legacy to their family is to nurture their children's faith . . . but many don't know where to start! This new resource from Jim Burns, founder of HomeWord, will equip parents to start important conversations with their kids—family time with an eternal impact. Faith Conversations for Families makes it easy to invite God into quality family time. Each section outlines an easy-to-follow dialogue, which is flexible for children of different age groups. In addition, suggested activities and exercises make spiritual formation adaptable for kids with varying learning styles. The six family-friendly topics included in this book are:

Who Is Jesus and Why It Matters: Help parents talk with their kids about why His life, death, and resurrection are so important.

What Prayer Is All About: Parents can introduce vibrant conversation with God into their family's time together.

What It Means to Be Christian: Parents can lead their kids toward a faith commitment and spiritual growth, through open communication and exciting biblical expression.

A Strong Family: Parents can teach, guide, and strengthen healthy bonds within the family.

Loving and Serving Others: Parents can talk with their children about servant leadership and self-sacrifice and be challenged to serve in and outside of their home.

Building Morals and Values: Parents can help their kids discern and navigate cultural influences that run contrary to a biblical worldview.

In the heart of every Christian parent is a desire to help their children grow spiritually. Faith Conversations for Families helps parents make that desire a beautiful reality.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764214196
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/20/2011
Series: Homelight Resources
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 - 10 Years

About the Author

Jim Burns is president of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. He is also the host of the national radio broadcast HomeWord with Jim Burns. Jim's passion and purpose for this broadcast is to build God-honoring families through communicating practical truths that will enable adults and young people alike to live out their Christian faith. In addition to the radio program, Jim speaks to thousands around the world each year through seminars and conferences. He is an award-winning author, whose books include Creating an Intimate Marriage, The Purity Code, Confident Parenting, Faith Conversations for Families, and Teenology. He has been featured through numerous media outlets including CNN, ABC, Focus on the Family, and Library Journal. Jim and his wife, Cathy, have three grown daughters and live in Southern California. Visit www.homeword.com for more information.

Table of Contents

Preface: Take the Faith Conversations Challenge 7

Introduction: Family-Time Faith-Focused Conversations 9

1 Prayer: Communication with God 15

2 The Prayer of Relinquishment 18

3 Does God Answer Prayer? 21

4 The Lord's Prayer 24

5 Developing a Disciplined Devotional Life 27

6 Worship 30

7 The Bible 33

8 Getting Your Spiritual Life in Shape 37

9 Praise 40

10 Confession and Forgiveness 42

11 Thanksgiving 46

12 Asking 49

13 God's Unconditional Love 52

14 New Life 56

15 A Lifestyle of Love 60

16 Discipleship 66

17 Setting a Strong Foundation 68

18 Obedience 72

19 Faith 76

20 Spiritual Growth 79

21 The Will of God 81

22 Jesus 84

23 The Holy Spirit 86

24 The Church 90

25 Congratulations, You're Gifted 94

26 Becoming Others-Centered 99

27 Serving the Poor and Oppressed 102

28 Servant Leaders 105

29 Getting Your Priorities Straight 108

30 Heroic Leadership 110

31 Integrity 113

32 Friendship: A Priceless Gift 116

33 The Great Commission 119

34 The Power of Affirmation and Encouragement 122

35 Sharing the Good News 125

36 God and Sex 129

37 The Sexual Purity Challenge 131

38 Drugs and Alcohol 135

39 The Fight for Control 139

40 Substance Abuse 142

41 Your Mind and the Media 145

42 Contemporary Christian Music 148

43 Discretionary Viewing 151

44 Family Roles and Goals 154

45 Expressing Appreciation 157

46 The Power of Being There 159

47 Resolving Conflict 163

48 Frazzled Families 167

49 The Birth of Christ 171

50 The Crucifixion of Jesus 174

51 The Death of Christ 177

52 The Resurrection 182

Acknowledgments 185

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