Field Notes – 31/1/W
January has been a busy month.
On top of family life, my work as a pastor, I’ve also had an article on sanctification to write, helped at The Hub Conference, and begun planning for Holiday Bible Club in the middle of February.
Blogging has had to take a back seat apart from the occasional post. That should hopefully change now, including regular posts of Field Notes, starting with this one.
Speaking of The Hub Conference. Excellent as always. You can read a report on it HERE.
The audio of the main talks is also available to download.
“A huge sign that I am over capacity is when I start skipping church because I have too much to do, and I don’t pray because I need to dive straight into work.”
Trevin Wax helpfully reports on a recent LifeWay Research Study in the States which found that children who remained faithful as young adults (e.g. identifying as a Christian, going to church, reading the Bible, and so on) grew up in homes where the following practices were present.
Bible Reading: “Children who regularly read the Bible while they were growing up were more likely to have a vibrant spiritual life once they became adults.”
Prayer: “The practice of prayer did not specify whether it was private or corporate, before meals or before bedtime, or in the morning. But prayer was present.”
Service: “The children were included and integrated into the church through the avenue of service.”
Singing Christian Songs: “Listening primarily to Christian music.”
“Also notable is the impact of the parents’ example of reading Scripture, taking part in service projects, sharing their faith, and asking forgiveness after sinning. In other words, the more the repentant, joyful Christian life was modeled, the more likely children were to remain in the faith.”
Sing Psalm is now available as an app. Check it out HERE.