BONUS: HABITS AT HOME

“What 4 Appointments Will Change Your Home?”

In the USA, 7 out of 10 marriages last. If a husband and wife attend church weekly, then 5 marriages out of 6 will thrive. Most surprising is research from Roman Catholic priest and sociologist Father Andrew Greeley. He found only 1 divorce happens in every 1,105 marriages if a couple will go to church, read scripture, and pray together often. 

It's a simple miracle called "Couple Prayer."

The hearts of your family are changed first not by the ministries in God's house but in your home.

READ Deuteronomy 5:1-6:9 (Consider good family habits.)

WRITE your SOAP journal first, share with friends.

PASTOR PHIL MCCALLUM ASKS,  

Parents have more influence over their kids than social media, friends, coaches, or teachers. The secret is to mix faith into sitting, walking, resting, and waking as a family.

Evergreen’s small groups are built on the same values, so the four appointments will  help those who live alone or with friends.

1. Eat Together. "Talk about them when you sit at home..." (v. 7) Eat one meal, sitting at a table together every day, and include Jesus in it.  Go around the table and ask, "What was your 'high' and 'low' today?" Laughter, sighs, and learning will happen.

2. Communicate on Your Commute. "Talk about them...when you walk along the road..." (v. 7) The average American family spends an hour together in the car every day. Use worship songs, audio books, spontaneous scenery conversations, and prayer (with the driver’s eyes open).

3. Pray Together at Night. "Talk about them...when you lie down...." (v. 7) Experiment with couple prayer. A parent can pray at the bedside of every child every night. With teenagers it’s worth staying up, because the best conversations often happen late at night! 

4. Greet Each Other In the Morning. "Talk about them...when you get up."  (v. 7) Wake up expectancy! Look everyone in the eye and say, "Good morning!" Speak positive words over your kids’ potential.  Stop and pray at the door before your family leave the home. Your kids, spouse and friends will be better able to move up in a down world.

PRAYER

Oh Christ be the Head of this house, the unseen guest at every meal, and the silent listener to every conversation. Amen.

VERSE OF THE WEEK

Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:7

FOR MORE INFORMATION

  • Watch "Try This At Home" a video message from Pastor Phil McCallum.