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You’re a new husband (or plan to be), want a Christian Home, and are uncertain how to proceed. Be honest with your new wife, let her know your desire, and the two of you decide some “W” words. What will make up Family Altar (Scripture & prayer or these plus a song, or all plus memorization, etc.) Where to have it; it amounts to a worship service. When to hold it (my wife and I have had FA at night for yrs – when the children were home, we read around the circle). Who is to lead is decided by Scripture, you. That leaves Why. FA has more than one value but try to keep worship uppermost, try to exult Christ.

– eab, 12/11/16

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God is Light,

And in Him is no darkness at all. [1]

Has been true e’re since man fell;

And it was true before the fall.

God is Light. 

Oh, what truths in those words penned by John.

God is Light,

In the past, the present, and beyond!    

                – eab, 7/76



[1] One of the first verses our kids learned in Family Altar.

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At times – who can but honestly admit the stage?

The family altar would be calm and dry.

No quiver filled the voice, no moisture trimmed the eye.

Yon Ancient History stayed just that – flat as the page.

Distant battles were read, but did not seem to rage.

Light, the soul of poetry, was not freshly lit.

Finally – devotions closed, they closed with a sigh.


Ah, but those other nights – precious, dear other nights,

In moments for which no dad or moma prepares;

A son [1] leading out in prayer, thanks God for his stairs.

Verses once seen but darkly, take on brighter lights,

God illuminates truth which once held no delights.

His Word will not return to Him void

He Himself, so solemnly declares.         – eab, 9/97

[1] Our second son, Lincoln, about the time he started school, did this – it brought a smile to my praying face and then (as I realized his sincerity) it brought tears to my eyes.  This family altar was on Goodbread Street, Nevada, OH.

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