Marty Machowski, pastor, father, husband and writer penned Long Story Short, a gospel driven, field-tested family devotional that pairs well with The Gospel Story Bible. The easy-to-use devotional features seventy-eight lessons from the Old Testament designed for busy, time-challenged families of preschool, grade school, middle school, high school or homeschooled youngsters.
Readings and discussions take ten minutes a day, five days a week. Teachings feature biblical truth from the “cross-centered” Old Testament that point to Jesus Christ and salvation. Devotions begin with Genesis and end with Nehemiah and feature a single scripture theme that repeats for one week.
The simple format includes a brief reading, an explanation with three discussion questions and a short prayer. The first two days concern the central teaching, while the third day connects a New Testament scripture to the message and the fourth day completes the story. Readings from Psalms or a prophetical book tie the weeks teaching to the main scripture theme on Friday. Since this book is text without pictures, The Gospel Story Bible I reviewed Monday adds a nice touch for younger children. Review: www.examiner.com/list/the-gospel-story-bible-jesus-the-old-and-new-testaments-by-marty-machowski?cid=db_articles
We live in a busy world of schedules that conflict with work, home and school responsibilities. Parents and children are exhausted by days end with little time for family relationships or fellowship. Still, Christian parents want to teach children God’s Word with a message that transforms their minds instead of adding information that only informs.
This devotional meets that need because it encourages Bible reading, devotions and prayer, equipping Christians to really know God and not just know about God. Such knowledge shapes beliefs anchored in God’s truth that provide Christians a firm foundation to stand on. Otherwise we are like what Alexander Hamilton wrote, "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
Our children and families are our primary mission field. If children aren’t taught about God at home, they won’t learn about God in secular schools, media or among secular friends. On a scale of one to ten, Marty’s devotional is a twelve plus.
YouTube—Long Story Short by Marty Machowski—New Growth Press www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2bWw1UVFoQ
‘Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God’ by Marty Machowski, New Growth Press, 2010, 416 Pages, 978-1935273813, $19.99 www.newgrowthpress.com/
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