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

AND

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.

sermon notes

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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What? Me obey?

Bibles 2“Wherever we are in the continuum of time, we suggest that imitate means exactly what it meant in the life of the first-century disciples – to follow even when it is uncomfortable, to learn the easy and hard lessons laid out before us, to be willing to commit fully to biblical doctrine and the truth contained therein, and to imitate Christ as a submitted servant to the will of the Father.” p. 136

Christ’s call to obedience found in the Great Commission, Matthew 28:16-20, is for every faithful follower. We parents can find no more precious place to pursue it than in our homes.

Contact us to purchase a copy of the #1 Resource for Worshipping Families and uncover what God has for you in your journey as a disciple and parent.

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Start with Me

Boaz in church“Having the children tucked in bed on a Saturday evening always brought a sense of peace to our home and hearts. This was the time when we were able to prepare ourselves for Sabbath worship. We laid out our own clothes and made sure our materials for the morning were ready. For a time this included a ‘church bag,’ which we will explain in the next chapter. We used whatever time was left to make sure that as many preparations as possible for Sunday dinner were accomplished.” p. 60

Often the best way to make progress toward a goal is to begin by adjusting our own behavior. We parents would do well to consider the way we prepare our own hearts for the worship of our Holy God. What we do speaks much louder than what we say.

Contact us to purchase a copy of the #1 Resource for Worshipping Families and learn more about this valuable undertaking.

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Encourage & Enrich

Us in church“The goal we are pursuing is to introduce the next generation to the blessings of corporate worship. In that process, we expect to encourage their maturing faith and to enrich the larger community of believers as well. In a very real sense, the benefits of this undertaking are too wonderful to withhold either from our children or from the body of Christ.” p. 45

Surely, in spite of any negative experiences we may have had and no matter how we feel about including young ones in the worship gatherings of the church, God expects His chosen people to prioritize the passing on of the faith and the deepening of our worship.

What better way to accomplish these tasks than as a combined effort?

Contact us to purchase a copy of the #1 Resource for Worshipping Families and discover more about God’s perspective and its application in real life.

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Real Parents of Real Children Welcome Here

Phoebe“Please do not think that we carried a china doll into the sanctuary. Our daugher was a living, breathing, crying, wetting baby. What is more, at that time, the church was meeting in a high school auditorium with stadium eating on steep concrete steps. The only safe place we could sit was in the front row, and we chose the first two seats near the door. We had to arrive quite early to be sure we could get those particular spots.” p. 38

In the early days it felt a bit as if we were going through a trial by fire. Maybe that’s where you are now. Or maybe you want to make sure you never go there.

God has a way of teaching and training parents and children at the same time.

Contact us to get your own copy of Children in Church, the #1 Resource for Worshipping Families. Or arrange for a group study. We’ll be happy to meet your needs.

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From a Leader to Leaders

Curt in jacket“Allow me to suggest that, Since Scripture does not mandate that children always be present in corporate worship, we may not make it compulsory either. Nor may we-nor should we-prohibit the attendance of the young, simply on the basis of their tender age. Scriptural narrative indicated that the children were often present in the ceremonies and worship of Israel and of the New Testament church. This does not mean that there was never a mother behind a bush or a father outside the synagogue comforting, encouraging, or disciplining a child.” p. 139

Families in biblical times were not so different than families today the world around. As we commit ourselves to the nurture of the next generation in the worship of our holy God, let us be intentional in word and example to reflect the attitudes and actions of His Son, our Lord, Jesus the Christ.

Rev. Dr. J. Curtis Lovelace H, F, GF  (Husband, Father, Grandfather)
Co-author

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