Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, families will be gathering together around a meal to build an altar of praise, worship and prayer. If you are single or an empty nester, we also want to encourage you to gather together with others as a spiritual family to do the same. Have a wonderful time, and we look forward to hearing how your time went.
Dinner Table Discussion
Table discussion does not have to be limited to the following questions.
- Share one or two blessings you are experiencing in your life.
- Share a difficult situation or challenge you may be facing.
- How may these experiences be impacting others around you either positively or negatively?
- Choose a simple song to sing as a family.
- Have a short round of praising God for who He is.
Message for the family
What about Your Spirit?
Read p. 202 (July 10) from “Abba’s Heart” and prepare a short devotion appropriate for your family.
- The message can be paraphrased or be read depending on the age of your group.
Read the following questions and have them reflect and listen, then share.
In Acts 27, during a raging storm when all hope was lost, Paul was assured by an angel that he would stand before Caesar. All 276 people on the boat was saved because of Paul’s obedience and faith in God. Not only was Paul blessed by God, the people who were present with him, also received the collateral blessing.
- How is God’s blessing flowing through you to your household, school, workplace, neighborhood and other various groups that you are a part of?
- Reflect on how your mistakes, careless actions, or blunders have affected people around you.
- In what ways are you actively accessing the power and authority from God to bring blessings to others?
Bless each other to be able to hear God’s direction and the courage to run and share about Jesus this week.
Collateral Blessing or Damage
No man is an island, we are all related to some group of people: vertically, we are related to our ancestors; horizontally, we are related to others who are part of a group that we belong to. We are all parts of a family, a race, or a nation. If you work in a company, you are a part of the company. You may belong to professional societies or are member of a trade union. Your children are educated at schools or institutions. Many young people are members of fitness clubs and so on. We are all related horizontally to some other people. The issue at hand is: are you bringing collateral blessings to them or cause the group to have collateral damage.
When Achan sinned during the time of the Canaan conquest led by Joshua, the whole Israel camp suffered defeat. When Jonah was running away from the Lord, the Lord caused a big storm to come on the ship that he was in and the other passengers suffered collateral damage. Here in the Book of Acts, we see the apostle Paul bringing collateral blessings to the other prisoners and passengers that were in the same ship.
Paul was probably the only person who knew God and heard God’s voice on the whole ship. While the centurion did not heed his advice earlier, Paul was not offended but kept pressing on to bring the Word of God to the people. When all hopes were gone, Paul stood up and told them that they should have listened to him. It was not to condemn them but to encourage them that there would not be any loss of life but only of the ship. The reason he said so with confidence was that an angel of the Lord stood before him that night and told him about his destiny of standing before Caesar. If he was to be kept by God to finish God’s will, the rest of the people on that ship were also to be spared because of collateral blessing.
After the boat went aground, the soldiers wanted to kill all the prisoners for fear of their escaping. But the centurion, who wanted to save Paul’s life, prevented the soldiers from killing the prisoners. All the others prisoners had their lives spared because of Paul once again. For the sake of the righteous, the Lord often would relent from sending calamities to a group of people. When Abram was interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah, the Lord gave him the assurance that if there were a number of righteous persons there, He would not destroy the cities.
Are you a part of some groups, churches, companies or associations? You need to intercede for the groups that you are a member of. Pray for the nation and its leaders, confessing their sins for you are a part of the group. Are you bringing collateral blessings to damages to the groups? Are you taking leadership with the authority and power from God in those groups? Be a blessing!