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Proverbs 31:21 -
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

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FAMILY WORSHIP TIME
By Elder Hulan Bass

Jacque and I have three children, David, Eddy and Sherrye. As young children growing up in Lubbock, TX each Wednesday evening we had what we called "Family Time." Usually it consisted of my reading from The Bible - a verse, but usually a chapter, and then discussing it. There were always questions and views exchanged. It was a time of bonding. Our children have later told us, many times that was one of the most special times in our family, they remembered with much tender feeling. That was a "high time" to them and the retrospective is very pleasant to them - and us.

It was during those tender years, that seeds of fundamental, foundational doctrines were planted and grew to become mature attitudes. To take an Old Testament Narrative and tell the story was very interesting, intriguing, exciting and stirring; however, the historical aspects came alive, as such was projected into the New Testament Church, with principles of doctrine as guide-lines to live by today. In the New Testament grace age, we need those O.T. Figures, shadows, projections, symbols and prophecies. It has said that the O.T. conceals what the N.T. reveals.

The roots are the O.T. and the tree is the N.T. The Projector is the O.T. and the screen is the N.T. Romans 15:4 - "For what so ever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." 1 Cor. 18:11- Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples; and they are written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come." The study of the N.T. is greatly enriched by a good basic foundation in the history and prophecy of the O.T. How my heart aches when reflecting back upon those wonderful days when our children were young, at home, and looked to their parents for all guidance, and knowing that we failed in many ways.

Those "Family Time" Wednesdays are still precious to Jacque, my and the children's memories.

Family Worship Time at home is almost a lost art. Very few families today have time for such. Today's modern contemporary society is at such a hectic pace of activities, schedules and secular, social etiquette of learning at most schools, public and private lessons in everything imaginable, till the evening at home with the family together as a unit, is almost unknown. Every member of the family has their own TV, CD player and computer, with which to reach outside of and beyond the immediate family members, till the simple communications available within the family is lost in the shuffle.

There is no substitute for a Family Communication Time. Most families today don't even sit at the table together for the evening meal. What can draw the family members together? Many secular, social entertaining and recreational activities might, but the real basis of our lives should be "God Centered." Acts 17;28 - "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being." Psalms 100:3 - "Know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture."

There is no greater nor more noble cause of drawing the family together than to have an evening dedicated to "Family Togetherness," where family values , the real values of life are discussed. This is the place and time for plotting our course, finding our bearings, and realizing our past, present and future destinies. God's Holy Word, The Bible is the Rule Book. It is our complete guide to all righteousness and Godly Living. My Dad, the late Jesse Bass, was one of thirteen children- seven boys and six girls. They were raised on a farm, in Jones County, Texas. In the early infant years of the 20th Century, there were no such things as convenience and luxury, as there is in this high technological age of the waning years of this century. Simplicity was the rule. Even electricity was rare on the farm. Candles, kerosene or gas lights were the lights of the night.

After working in the field during the day, by all the children old enough to hold a hoe, then there were home chores each evening to be completed, such as gathering the eggs, milking the cows, feeding them, the horses, chickens and hogs, cooking supper. Next, all gathered around "Pa Bass," and every evening, not just once a week, he then read a chapter from The Bible, and discussed it. There was no TV, CD, VCR, Stereo or radio. There were no competitions for holding attention, in these "down home" days. These children grew up close, knowing and living by God's Word, and Church on Sunday was the high light of the week. The family is still close, even though Pa and Ma Bass, and most of their children have now passed from the walks of this mundane sphere.

The cousins, though many have inter-married and their spouses are of a different denomination; yet those early years of training were passed on to the children and their children, just as God taught Israel in the olden days - Deut. 6:7-12 [Read This] This verily was the bedrock basic foundation of our founding fathers of this great nation, the U. S. A.

Elder Sylvester Hassell wrote of his father, Elder C. B. Hassell [1808-1880] thusly; "As far back as I can remember he was in the habit of assembling his family around the family altar every morning and evening to read a portion of Scripture, sing a hymn of praise, and to pour forth in the most humble and reverent manner his thanksgiving and supplication at the throne of grace. I can truly say that these were the most affecting happy and blessed seasons of my life. There are evergreen spots in memory's waste, forming the nearest approach to heaven that I have ever realized on earth. He sang well, and taught his children to sing. On Sunday morning after prayers, he took great delight in instructing his children in Scripture history and the purposes of God in salvation, and continually, both by precept and example, he strove to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

I have often felt and said that I would rather have such a father than all the riches, honors and pleasures of the world. For some generations the Primitive Baptist of Williamston held prayer meetings at each other's houses every Sunday night; since the war my father has had all these meetings at his house. [hfb-The Civil War]. His spirit was singularly attuned in prayer and praise. I never knew a man who could more truthfully say, with David, I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." I

It is very important at this juncture, to include from the Baptist Witness, Feb. 1999 Issue, the following excerpt = "Hassell focuses much attention on the history of the Kehukee P.B. Assoc., of the state of N.C. He spoke from the Philadelphia Confession of Faith which had been adopted by this assoc. This confession was also unanimously approved and republished with explanatory footnotes by the Nat'l Meeting of P.B. held in Fulton, KY in 1900. We see that concern was expressed over the lack of family worship and the proper training by their parents.

"And verily there is one spring and cause of the decay of religion in our day which we cannot but touch upon and earnestly urge a redress of, and that is the neglect of the worship of God in families by those to whom the charge and conduct of them is committed. May not the gross ignorance and instability of many, with the profaneness of others, be justly charged upon their parents and masters, who have not trained them up in the way wherein they ought to walk when they were young, but have neglected those frequent and solemn commands which the Lord hath laid upon them, so to catechize and instruct them that their tender years might be seasoned with the knowledge of the truth of God as revealed in the Scriptures, and also by their own omission of prayer and other duties of religion in their families, together with the ill example of their loose conversation, have inured them first to a neglect, and then contempt, of all piety and religion?

We know this will not excuse the blindness and wickedness of any but certainly it will fall heavy upon those that have been thus the occasion thereof; they indeed die in their sins, but will not their blood be required of those under whose care they were, who yet permitted them to go on without warning - yea, led them into the paths of destruction? And will not the diligence of Christians with respect to the discharge of these duties in ages past rise up in judgment against and condemn many of those who would be esteemed such now?

I close this exhortation with the teachings of -Deut. 11:18-21- "Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by thy way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house and upon the gates; That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth."

I do not say that enrolling and involving your children in so many social, recreational, physical and mental activities of this current environment is wrong, but such should simply be an exercise in priority. When there is not enough time during each week to fit all those things into the agenda, so as to have time to study and meditate in God's Word. then elimination of those other areas of attentiveness needs scaled back and the re-aligning of priority. Simply stated, as does Jesus in His sermon on the Mount. Matt. 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you." Then, and then only, can you expect the timely results - that we can relive the "days of heaven upon the earth."

May Zion and her daughters prosper in the Lord, in the days ahead. May pleasant seasons abound.

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