Family Devotion: Sin Enters

**Note: Family Devotions is a time when a family can get together to talk about faith and have open discussions about critical questions.  It is okay, not to have answers to their questions, feel free to say, “I don’t know” and search the answers out together as a family.**

Younger Family Activity: Picnic Time

It may be cold in some areas of the country, but here in the Northwest this week it’s going to sunny and nice.

Gather the family together to have a special picnic as a family.   Go out to the park or set it up on the floor of the living room.   I recommend KFC Family Meal at the local park because I love fried chicken and fresh air.  But wherever and whatever you have with your picnic, just have fun.

Have the meal, but set aside something that looks good that isn’t meant to be eaten and tell the family that we can’t have it. A good example would be a chocolate cake.  Eat the meal together, maybe even do a family activity.  Just don’t eat that one item.

After a while and many questions later, tell the story of Genesis 3.  Ask the family, about the story.  Questions could be “How do you think Adam and Eve felt, before and after?”  “Why do you think they disobeyed God?”

Allow the family to enjoy the meal and talk about sin.  How sin is disobeying God’s will, but thankful Jesus came to save us from our sin.  Pray for your family and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Older Family Activity: Would You Rather

Sit down with your family and play would you rather.  Things to consider.

  • Coke or Pepsi
  • Crocs or Flip Flops
  • Cake or Cookie
  • Vanilla Frosty or Chocolate
  • English or Math
  • Dogs or Otters
  • Beach view or Mountain view.

Ask them “What are some choices you make regularly?”

There are some choices you make every day that are a no-brainer or have no significance.  But sometimes there are choices we make that are difficult and can hurt people that we care about.

Genesis 3, Adam and Eve made a selfish choice and because of their choice, they disobeyed God.  Which allowed sin to enter the world.  They made the wrong choice and because of that wrong choice, had to deal with major consequences.  Thankfully we have a God, who forgives us when we sin and because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven.  We still have to deal with the consequences of our bad choices, but we don’t have eternal consequences because of Jesus.

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Building Godliness

Parents as the maturest (hopefully you are) Christians in the home, we know godliness is highest of virtues. For those who don’t know what I mean by godliness, I will give a brief description.

Godliness is the outward affect of living within God’s will. God’s will, in general, is for all people to live according to his commandments.

It is the will of God that we not sin. It is the will of God that we have no other gods before Him; that we love our neighbor as we love ourselves; that we refrain from stealing, coveting, and committing adultery. Yet the world is filled with idolatry, hatred, thievery, covetousness, and adultery. The will of God is violated whenever His law is broken.1

As we practice living under God’s will, the more others will see God through our actions, which is godliness.

Godliness is the result of spiritual training, and like physical training, it takes effort.

Paul say’s in 1 Timothy 4: 11

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

How do we train godliness in our children? Where do I start?

Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to be posting twice a week on critical character traits that we need to improve in our own life, but also in the lives of our children.

Traits like honesty, compassion, kindness, self-control, consistency, and justice to name a few. We will be diving in over twenty character traits that will help improve you and your children to be godly.

First Post is How to Build Honesty


  1. R. C. Sproul. Can I Know God’s Will? (Crucial Questions Series) (Kindle Locations 91-93). Kindle Edition.