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The Real Meaning of October

Have you ever wondered what “October” means? Where did it come from and what spiritual emphasis could it have for you this month?

Let’s find out…

The Really Meaning of October

“October” actually comes from the number “eight” (ôctō in Latin, like Octogon, a shape with eight sides). It was the eighth month in the old Roman calendar, but kept its name after January and February were inserted into the calendar. In other words, it has a name that is no longer true.

Throughout Scripture, God changed people’s names too. Abram to Abraham, Jacob to Israel, etc. This marked the end of who they were and beginning of who they are.

When I came to Christ, it marked the end of who I was and beginning of a new life.

The Bible says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

Although October is usually associated with Halloween, pumpkins and spooky monsters, October is truly a season of change and a time of ending. Perhaps it’s time for a change in your life. Are you ready for God to give you a new name? If you know Christ, are you living up to the name He has already given you?

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Christmas Family Devotion #9

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, part  4

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Take turns roasting marshmallows over a candle. This can be safely done inside, but be sure to tell your children never to do this unless you are with them. Also, if you put the marshmallow on a fork to hold it over the flame, don’t immediately stick it into your mouth. Instead, scrape it onto a plate and use a separate utensil with which to eat it

ASKHow did the marshmallow change when it was over the fire? (It looked different. It even tasted different. It got hot, etc.)

SAY—Just like the flame brought a change to the marshmallows, Jesus can bring a change to anyone who is willing to give their lives to Him.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 from your Bible.

SAY—It doesn’t matter how good or bad a person is or what they look like or what mistakes they’ve made, Jesus is willing to save anyone who comes to Him. Jesus can even change the heart of the meanest person in the world if that person is willing to accept Him as Lord and Savior.

PRAY—Pray for someone you know whom you think doesn’t know Jesus.

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New Year’s Devotion

YOU WILL NEED: A Bible marked at 2 Corinthians 5:17

GAME: Part  1 – Tell everyone to go get one thing that is OLD.

Take turns letting everyone show what he has and why he chose that item.

SAY: Just because something is old doesn’t mean that we get rid of it. Sometimes old things are very important. The same is true with memories.

ASK: What is your favorite memory from this past year?

ASK: What was your least favorite thing that happened this past year?

SAY: But sometimes when something is old, we want to get rid of it.

ASK: What is something old you got rid of this past year? (i.e., an old pair of shoes, an old toothbrush, etc)

ASK: Are their some old habits or attitudes that you would like to get rid of for the New Year?

GAME: Part  2 – Tell everyone to go get one thing that is NEW.

Take turns letting everyone show what he has and why he chose that item.

SAY: A new year marks a great time to start a new beginning.

ASK: What is something you would like to change about your life this next year?

ASK: What is something you would like to change about our family this next year?

ASK: What do you want God to do in your life this next year?

ASK: If you could do anything to serve God this next year, what would it be?

Read and discuss 2 Corinthians 5:17 from your Bible.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY (depending on the ages of your children): Have your kids write letters to themselves describing their spiritual goals for this next year. Help your kids to fold up their letters and put them in envelopes. Then put the letters in a safe place. Tell the kids that you’ll open the letters as a family in a year.

PRAY—Ask God to bless your family and to glorify Himself through you family this next year.

This family devotion is from:

72 Family Devotions for Spiritually Training Your Kids
ON SALE for $5.99. Regular price: $9.99 USD. Nonfiction.
Featuring 72 action-packed, easy-to-lead family devotions. Set aside a night or two each week for a “special time” where you and your kids can have family fun together and learn valuable lessons from God’s Word. No advanced planning is needed. Anyone can do this. The ebook contains devotions concerning a variety of topics including salvation, fear, trust, sin, forgiveness and much more.

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