Dear Friends in Christ,

“You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19)

On Sunday morning, I was talking with the parents of 2 young children (ages 2 and 4), about an age appropriate Bible. Both mom and dad lead their children in bed time prayers, but they wanted to add some Scripture to their nightly ritual. They were not sure where to begin. I showed them a couple of age appropriate Bibles and told them about Pastor Rich Melheim’s Faith 5. This is a simple, easy to implement prayer and scripture practice that can be shared with children in 5 easy steps:

The Five Steps of the FAITH5™:

  • STEP ONE: SHARE your highs and lows
  • STEP TWO: READ a Bible verse or story
  • STEP THREE: TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows
  • STEP FOUR: PRAY for one another’s highs and lows
  • STEP FIVE: BLESS one another

More Info on Faith 5

During this Year of Scripture, we will aspire to grow as Christian disciples through three distinct practices:

1. Daily Bible Reading

  • March 25 Judges 19-21
  • March 26 Ruth
  • March 27 1 Samuel 1-3
  • March 28 1 Samuel 4-8
  • March 29 1 Samuel 9-12
  • March 30 1 Samuel 13-14
  • March 31 1 Samuel 15-17

Click below for the entire 2019 Daily Bible Reading Schedule.

Daily Reading Schedule

2. Bible Reflection to help us to become fluent in the language of sacred scripture. The artists at the Bible Project do a great job of bringing Scripture to life. Check out this poster on the Book of Ruth. All Bible Project posters can be downloaded and shared, for free.

Bible Project Posters

3. Bible Study Click here for the Sermon on the Mount Bible Studies.

Sermon on the Mount Bible Study

4. The Northwestern Ohio Synod 2019 Book of the Year is A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible: Learning to Read Scripture’s Story. Edited by Robert W. Wall and David R. Nienhaus.

A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible

Click on the book to read a book review by Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin.