Life! Orientation | Devotions with Dad

Pentecost Sunday

For dad only, a devotional for Pentecost Sunday:

In the Upper Room

We fail if we only raise good kids. We must raise biblical kids. We want them to know the Lord the way He wants us to know Him. The apostles preached to families with children. They told them, “This promise of the Holy Ghost is for you and your children.”

However, Pentecost did not end with speaking in tongues. It also included baptism in Jesus’ Name (Acts 2:21, 38), the truth of God manifested in Christ (2:34-36), and principles of separation from society’s sins (2:40).

Our kids must … → Read More: Pentecost Sunday

Anger (3 of 3): Right Kind of Mad

For dad only:

Get to the Heart of Anger

Many times a good dad will get boiling mad for the right reason. How we respond, however, makes a huge impact on our children’s lives.

If you see your kid coloring on the pages of the family Bible, you may become furious over such sacrilege. However, you cannot cuss the child out and kick him with your boot. Bridle your anger and ride it productively, not destructively.

In such a situation you may have to order a “Cease and desist” command immediately, then go for a walk to think of a … → Read More: Anger (3 of 3): Right Kind of Mad

Anger (2 of 3): Selfish Madness

For dad only:

When You Feel Angry

What makes you mad? Do you fear you are a control freak? One blow-up will not make-up for the weeks and months I have wasted by not training my children properly. Kids should not behave out of fear of angering dad.

Loss of control

Most men get angry when life feels out of control. We want to make things happen our way. When we realize our kids will never be perfect, we will have fewer stomach ulcers. When we admit our own blame in the short-comings of our children, we won’t take so … → Read More: Anger (2 of 3): Selfish Madness

Anger (1 of 3)

For dad only:

How to Be the Best Parent

Being a good parent is less about learning techniques and more about becoming a good person. You become the best parent by becoming a good Christian, a good citizen, and a good example.

Dad, you cannot keep on struggling with lust and anger problems your whole life and think you are going to raise boys who escape the same traps.

Raise anger-free kids

Your children will not have anger issues if you do not. However, if you and I enjoy our daily “angry hour,” we are discipling our young men and … → Read More: Anger (1 of 3)

Mother’s Day

Help your kids understand the importance of mom. Help them find creative ways to express their love for her. Dads help children by teaching them with this mother’s day devotional and by… … → Read More: Mother’s Day

Mission (3 of 3): Soul-winning

Help your kids learn how to win-souls. Kids do want to tell others the message and will with help. Soul-winning comes natural to children when they understand the importance and the power they can have in the world. Begin by… … → Read More: Mission (3 of 3): Soul-winning

Mission (2 of 3): My Mission

For dad only:

Traveling where He Leads

Note: This lesson will be understood best in the context of the Life! Journal called “Life Mission.” Download and print of the PDF version of this daily journal on finding your life purpose, or click the links below for each of the seven days of this study:

The Captain Picks His Team Blast Off! In Coming! Destination: Earth God Works with Your Abilities Defeat Spiritual Laziness Accruing Kingdom Interest The Body at Work

Take this devotional time to help your children identify or at least begin thinking about what God would do through … → Read More: Mission (2 of 3): My Mission

Mission (1 of 3): Team Effort

For dad only:

Coach the Team

Coaches show the team how to play the game. It works like this: 1) the coach demonstrates while the team observes him, 2) the team practices while the coach advises and encourages them, 3) the team plays with the coach at a distance. Eventually those team members can coach others in what they have learned.

Witness while they watch

The best way to teach your children to represent Christ to a lost world is to let them see you do it. Let them see you share compassion with the lost. Let them see you … → Read More: Mission (1 of 3): Team Effort

Life (3 of 3): God’s Map

For dad only:

Word of God – Word of Man

If your children learn about God’s nature by observing your love, attitudes about punishment, and your level of patience, what do they learn about God’s Word by hearing your words? Do you keep your word? Do you tell the truth? Do you encourage and build them up or put them down?

Word for Word

When doing devotions, many parents have wondered about using different translations. I use multiple translations with my kids because it helps them get the message of the Scriptures. I love the KJV, but it can distract … → Read More: Life (3 of 3): God’s Map

Life (2 of 3): God’s Grace for Kids

For dad only:

Gracious Parenting

Do you enable your children or merely instruct them? Do you empower them or just order them around? Do you inspire greatness or demand conformity? Learn the art of grace-filled parenting and watch your children embrace God’s grace, too. Do this devotional on God’s grace for children and watch their understanding grow.

Grace for grace

Children need to learn good graces. They must learn to be polite when making requests, meeting new people, or receiving a gift. They do not learn to be gracious by us just saying, “What do you say?”

Children learn good … → Read More: Life (2 of 3): God’s Grace for Kids