twenty minutes a day. He was lobbying to use those allotted minutes early in the morning before the start of school. I heard his mother rightly inform him that school was first and if he did well in school then he could play the iPad later. I listened to his frustration grow with each attempt to change his mother’s mind, but she was immovable. All of a sudden, the door opened and his little six-year-old feet stormed out of the bathroom. He made it about three steps down the hallway and then he began to cry. I noticed it was a unique cry. It didn’t appear to be a cry of disappointment or even anger. It was far softer. I sat on the bed and called him over to myself and placed him upon my knee. He laid his head on my shoulder with tears rolling down his cheeks as I asked, “Son, are you having bad thoughts about your Mommy?” He replied in a broken and weeping voice, “Yes, Daddy.” And I said, “Oh, Son, do you remember what we talked about last night during family worship?” He said, “Yes, Daddy.” And I proceeded to tell him again, “Christ’s shed blood for sinners is sufficient to
FAMILY WORSHIP IS A MEANS OF GRACE AND THE BEST WAY I KNOW TO CENTER OUR HOMES CONSISTENTLY, REGULARLY, AND FAITHFULLY UPON CHRIST.
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cover over your sins, every bad thought you have ever had, including these. You just need to trust in him. How about we confess this sin to Christ and ask for forgiveness right now?” And he said, “OK, Daddy,” and we prayed and he confessed. Family worship is a means of grace and the best way I know to center our homes consistently, regularly, and faithfully upon Christ. Jason Helopoulos (ThM., Dallas Theological Seminary) is ordained in the PCA and is Associate Pastor at University Reformed Church, East Lansing, MI. He is the author of A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home and The New Pastor’s Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry.