[stextbox id=”info”]This is a guest post by Rob Rienow of Visionary Family Ministries. I met Rob – and his lovely bride Amy – several years ago at a family camp we were both serving at in Wisconsin. I love his heart and his message. You can also find him in Twitter.[/stextbox]
God has blessed us with six children. It is the most demanding and most important mission of my life to do all in my power to impress their hearts with a love for God.
Central to my mission as a father is to help my children increasingly know, love, and believe God’s Word.
That is where the truth is. That is where the power is.
To this end, we continually strive to encourage our children to read the Bible privately each day. (I try to set the example, but fall short too often. Lord help me!) We gather as a family, according to Deut 6:7 for family worship – to pray together and read His Word. We also seek to follow the Old and New Testament practice of worshipping together in church as a family.
Three essential “spiritual meals” of the Word of God – private worship, family worship, and corporate worship.
One of the concerns that I have had as a pastor and as a father, is that when we read the Bible, or hear it preached, we hear a little chunk, separated from the rest of the biblical history. To make matters worse, we sometimes give children the idea that there is “Bible history” and then “Real history.” So there is Moses crossing the Red Sea – that is Bible history. Then there is Hammurabi’s code of laws. That is real history.
I want my children to see God’s great deeds in the pages of Scriptures as being just as real as the events they experience today, or the history they read about in their history book at school. Beyond that, I am convinced that unless we know what God has done in real time and space, we cannot know who He is. Why do I say this? Because God has chosen to reveal Himself in this way. He chose to reveal Himself in Word (the Scriptures) and deed (His sovereign acts as recorded in the Bible).
Our family set out to create a fun game for your iPhone/iPad which would help teach kids/teens/families the amazing things God did in the Bible and how those amazing things fit in with the rest of what was happening in the ancient world!
The game is called the Bible HIStory Game, and is available for free in the apple app store. (Click the picture to get it.)
It has great single player modes, various difficulty levels, but our family most enjoys the competition of multiplayer. The game is simple to learn – but very difficult to master.
I hope that you will check it out and let me know what you think. The free version of the game has 35 event cards to challenge you – the full version has over 400!
Our prayer is that God will use this simple game to help people around the world learn more about His amazing deeds and His amazing Word.