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Family Devotions During the Holidays

  The following is a transcript of the Family Ministry Podcast episode titled "Family Devotions During the Holidays." ( 00:00 ) Hello, and welcome to the Family Ministry podcast, where we equip you to disciple your kids God's way. I'm Maranda Gomes, and in today's episode, we're going to talk all about family devotions during the holidays. Now, I can already hear some of you fussing at me. You're saying, or at least you're thinking, "Oh, she better not be getting ready to talk about Christmas because you're not allowed to talk about Christmas in my world until after Thanksgiving." Well, just hold your horses for a minute, because first I am going to talk about Thanksgiving. ( 00:33 ) But I also am going to address Christmas during this episode because I want to help you prepare for the Advent season, which starts on December 1. So if I waited until after Thanksgiving, it wouldn't give you very much time to prepare. So I thought I'
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How Should Kids Behave in Big Church?

The following is a transcript of the Family Ministry Podcast episode titled, "How Should Kids Behave in Big Church?" Hello and welcome to the Family Ministry podcast, where we equip you to disciple your kids God's way. On today's episode, we're exploring the topic of how kids should behave in big church. And of course by big church, I mean in the sanctuary with everyone together. I think this is a big and interesting topic, especially at Cobblestone, because every first Sunday of the month we worship together as one big family with the kids and everybody all together. So before I address the topic of how kids should behave in big church, I think it would be helpful to first address the question of why should kids be in big church? We've answered this before, but in case you haven't heard it, the reason is because we're a family. We are all one big family. Cobblestone's core value number five is that we will be a church that is focused on discipling

All About Family Devotions

Maranda: Hello, and welcome to the Family Ministry podcast, where we equip you to raise your kids God's way. Today we're going to be talking about family devotions. Now, I know I've mentioned family devotions in the past and it's just kind of been, "Well, when you're doing your family devotions, you should do this," or "You can explain this during your family devotions," but I haven't actually explained what family devotions are or how to do them. So that's what we're going to do here today.  So first, what is it? What are family devotions? Well, family devotions are a parent led Bible and prayer time for the whole family together. Individual devotions are still encouraged. Each of your kids above a certain age should be doing their own individual Bible and prayer times, but we should also come together and do that as a family. So that's what we're going to talk about.  Now, if you're already doing your family devotions, j

Parenting in Step with the Holy Spirit

The following is a transcript of the Family Ministry Podcast... Hello, and welcome to the Family Ministry podcast, where we equip you to parent your kids God's way. Today we're addressing the topic of parenting in step with the Holy Spirit. And today's topic was inspired by the last two Sunday sermons at our church. You don't necessarily have to listen to those sermons to understand this podcast, but if you want the full context and you haven't heard those sermons, you can get them out our website . The first one is dated July 24, 2022. That was Andrew's sermon titled, "1 Corinthians 12." And the second one is dated July 31, 2022. That was Tim's sermon titled, "Love." So what we're going to talk about today is how the topics addressed in those sermons apply to parenting. And the first thing we have to recognize, and that Andrew introduced in his sermon, is that we need the Spirit to understand the things of God. That's based off o

Instilling a Biblical Worldview in Our Kids

The following is a transcript of the Family Ministry podcast episode of the same name. Before reading, it may be helpful to first listen to this sermon , dated July 10, 2022. Please use earbuds or listen when kids are not around as the sermon covers sensitive topics. MARANDA Hello, and welcome to the family ministry podcast, where we equip you to disciple your kids God's way. I'm Maranda, and today we have a special topic for you. We are going to be talking about instilling a biblical worldview in a culture of ungodliness. This podcast was inspired by Andrew's sermon last Sunday. So, if you were not at church last Sunday, and you haven't heard that sermon, I recommend you go to the sermon podcasts on the website and look for the sermon dated July 10, 2022. And the title is The Gospel: I Am Not Ashamed. I highly recommend listening to that podcast first, and then come back and listen to this one so it will all make sense. And to help me address this very special topic,