Here are answers to some question you may have.
What is your basic approach to daily devotions?
We believe in a simple yet varied approach. We use a common order of worship each day that helps teach the basics texts of the Christian faith. However, large pieces of the devotion change weekly. We believe that families should read together, pray together, memorize together, and sing together. The content of each of these pieces changes weekly.
Why should families read scripture together?
We read the scriptures together in order that we might know Jesus and his love for us. All of the scriptures lead to this wonderful end. John 5:39 says, "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me," 2 Timothy 3:14-16 reminds us of this same truth, "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness," Everyone of every age needs to know Jesus and His Salvation.
Why should families pray together?
In Luke 18:1, Luke says of Jesus, "And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart." Jesus told the people the parable of the persistent widow who continue to cry out for mercy and help. We also are to pray constantly and regularly. We pray whenever the need arise and we also set time aside daily to pray even when things seems well. Through prayer, we find peace.
Why should families memorize together?
In, Deuteronomy 6:6 God the Father says, "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart." We live in a world where it is assumed that nothing must be remembered because everything can be quickly and easily looked up. But many times temptation, sorrow, or guilt come so quickly that we must have the Word already dwelling inside of us. The truths of God about his Son Jesus are not to be referenced only in times of need but are to be the constant companions of the children of God.
Why should families sing together?
Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." Singing is something that people either love to do or run away from typically. But the scriptures tell us that God's people are singers by nature regardless of their skill. We sing because our hearts overflow in thankfulness. We sing because good hymns teach us good truths. And we sing because music has a way of making truth stick in our minds.
How long does this approach take each day?
This answer will largely be determined by the one leading the devotions. The amount of things they include and the time they devote to discussion will determine how long it takes. However, everything suggested in our core resource can easily be done in 15-20 minutes.
Who are the authors of these resources?
All resources are authored by Pastor Dan Galchutt and Pastor Philip Hoppe, both active pastors in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.