Facing the Challenge

chapter 9Chapter 9
Facing the Challenge

May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.
Psalm 20:2

“We talked; we prayed; we checked everything out. We thought we were going to make warm family memories, but we were wrong. Not only is everybody in this car uptight and unhappy, I can’t even remember where we’re going. Whose idea was it to go on this trip anyway? Let’s just turn around and go home. At least there we’ll be comfortable.”

Even when you feel like this, it’s possible to persevere.
We offer biblical support and practical strategies to reach your goals.

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Strategies Galore

PhoebeChapter 8
Entering the Sanctuary

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Psalm 63:2

When we were bringing up our children, we were usually in worship with the same local congregation. Curt was the pastor, and we were familiar with how the service would unfold. Looking at those circumstances might lead anyone to think our shepherding role as parents was fairly easy. The reality is that, as the pastoral family, we were at center stage, and the pressure to perform was high. We also served the Lord in other places and had to orient ourselves, as any other family would, as we met for worship with different congregations.

Whoever said it would be easy? Not us.
We walk you through a typical Sunday morning in real life.

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Special Request

CarolineChapter 7
Drawing the Message

The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the pine, the fir and the cypress together, to adorn the place of my sanctuary; and I will glorify the place of my feet.
Isaiah 60:13

It was a lovely Sunday morning as we made our way to the church we had chosen to visit. The ride was convenient, and the setting was comfortable. Others who were gathering welcomed us warmly and encouraged us to help ourselves to coffee or tea. We made our way to our seats, pleased to see that a number of parents had their children with them. The pastor went to the pulpit as we settled in to worship.

We were specially asked to share the idea of sketching sermons.
Sandra offers the insights and lessons she learned from Edith Schaeffer.

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Major Helpful Hint

churchBagChapter 6
Packing the Bag

The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim.
1 Kings 8:6

It was August of 1978, and we had been married 10 years. We had spent the last two years as students in Switzerland. We went to Europe with two backpacks, and we returned with much more. There was a pile of baggage around us at the Geneva airport that included our clothes, household goods, and cross-country skis. We held our first child in our arms.

Attention spans vary from child to child and age to age.
The Church Bag is a valuable resource for the growing years.

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Always Be Alert

FountainsChapter 5
Setting the Scene

Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
Psalm 150:1

We were shaken to the pits of our stomachs. What had we done?

It seemed like a harmless enough invitation, easy to accept without much thought. The family lived close by, and the father was a leader in their church. The mother would be home, and it was only for a few hours. Besides, Curt was working, and Sandra had a doctor’s appointment. In a way, we were thankful for the unexpected childcare provision. We had no idea that a birthday celebration would result in literal nightmares.

Let’s be realistic about the obstacles that will appear.
In that way we’ll be able to respond to them in ways that please the Lord.

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Baby Steps

Boaz in churchChapter 4
Laying the Foundation

Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.
1 Chronicles 28:10

 Before we continue our conversation, we want to be sure we are building on an established foundation. We trust you have spent some focused time with the Lord. Has He clarified things for you? Have you considered the road ahead with its challenges and rewards? Are you prepared to make this journey firmly resting in the Father’s hand? If so, with our destination in front of us and our provision in place, it is time to get under way.

Once the decision is made, it’s time to start making preparations.
Practical suggestions and real-life scenarios encourage the heart.

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Making the Decision

CIC2Chapter 3
Counting the Cost

But now, for a brief moment, the Lord our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage.
Ezra 9:8

God will make a way in some of the most amazing places. Curt was the guest preacher at a church in Nairobi, Kenya. A few days before we arrived, we learned that the leadership had decided to encourage the families in their congregation to worship together. The Sunday we were there was only the second week for the new arrangement. We were both surprised and curious about what led the elders in this direction. Pastor Joe and his wife did their best to explain.

It’s time to consider the various realities of this direction, the blessings, the price.
We offer suggestions for seeking counsel, taking stock, and reaching a decision.

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Continuing to Share

Will+CChapter 2
Understanding the Elements

Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.
Leviticus 19:30

Ruta is a dear friend now, but years ago she was an attendee at a mini-conference that Lifework Forum offered in an eastern European country. Her husband tended the children at home and sent Ruta for five days of biblical encouragement. The Wrights, local expatriates, attended as a family. Their five children ranged in age from fifteen-year-old Joan to two-year-old Philip. Everything seemed to be going along fine until Ruta suddenly broke down in tears.

In this chapter we review the basics of congregational worship.
We trust the LORD to bless those who read the words He provided.

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An Excerpt

CICChapter 1
Regarding the Word

You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance – the place, O Lord, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord, your hands established.
Exodus 15:17

It was a cold winter day that first Sunday. The drive to the church building barely gave the heater enough time to warm the Allens’ car. It was an exciting morning, as Brad would be preaching his introductory sermon to the body of believers that had called him as pastor. Carolyn sat quietly beside him, contemplating her next steps as his wife in this new setting. Little did they suspect how their calm assurance would soon be exploded.

And so begins our work to honor God and bring joy to His people.
We pray the LORD will bless those who read the words He gave us.

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HUGE Giveaway

W&CWe want to mark the one year anniversary of the publication of our book in a special way.

We’ve been pondering how to please God as we celebrate and we decided we want to include you. Besides posting some fun pictures of our grandkids for you to enjoy on the occasion we have an idea we think you’ll like.

There are copies of CIC lingering in our office that we’d like to make available the way Amazon Prime does, only better … and more personal.

We think we’ve come up with the Perfect Plan.

In return for a gift to Lifework Forum, our 501(c)3 ministry, made in the amount of the purchase price of CIC, we’ll provide

1) an autographed copy with a bookmark and free shipping


2) a FREE copy of the first CIC unit we’re releasing to assist parents and churches to apply the principles we present.

JamesThe Nurturing Hearts of Worship material is built on our signature Teaching and Training Approach, honed over 30 years of pastoral and international ministry.

50 pages of various components include an educational guide, scope and sequence, vocabulary lists, prayer prompts, information sheets for parents, and more.

Each lesson is organized around a specific focus with accompanying, measurable goals.

You can follow the careful conversation and activity prompts we offer or use them as jumping off points for your own creativity.

And what would a teaching and training approach for children be without related devotionals for the adults involved? Yup, we’ve got them too. It’s the same material we employed over the years to equip parents, teach children, and encourage bodies of believers to welcome children as participants in the corporate worship experience.

We offered this premiere unit to folks who visited us at the Authors Meet & Greet in April. They were excited by what they say and several walked away with their own copy. You’ll want to do the same. Here’s how.

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Let us know how many copies of CIC you need by sending an email to Sandra at SandraAllenLovelace@gmail.com. Be sure to give us both your street and e-mail addresses.* Your donation to Lifework Forum through our PayPal account at LWF or with a check sent to 258 East Shore Drive, Acton ME 04001 need only reflect the $14 CIC purchase price. We’ll take care of getting the book and your additional FREE treasures to you asap.

Please be aware that our inventory is limited and it won’t be long before we list these materials at our website store. So don’t delay.

Do feel free to share this offer with your friends and family, your small group or church. Why not start a CIC study with some friends? Wouldn’t that be a great summer activity!

Remember, a $14 gift will put the #1 Resource for Worshipping Families into your own hands as well as 50 pages of support to nurture the next generation in the worship of our Holy God. We encourage you to respond today.

PS  The last image is of the sermon notes from a young teen.

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