The Family Altar was once an integral part of Christian families in the nation. It is time to repair the altar of the Lord that has broken down. (1 Kings 18:30)


“Your home is a Christian home only if God’s Word is exalted within the home as God commands that it shall be.”

~ Normal V. Williams, author of How to Have a Family Altar.


“It is not enough that we pray as private individuals in our closets. We are required to honor God in our families as well. At least twice each day, in the morning and in the evening the whole household should be gathered together to bow before the Lord… to confess their sins, to give thanks for God’s mercies, to seek His help and blessing. Nothing must be allowed to interfere with this duty; all other domestic arrangements are to bend to it. The head of the house is the one to lead devotions, but if he be absent, or seriously ill, or an unbeliever, then the wife would take his place. Under no circumstance should family worship be omitted. If we would enjoy the blessing of God upon our family, then let its members gather together daily for praise and prayer. ‘Them that honour Me I will honour’ is the promise.”

~ Arthur Pink (1886-1952)


“God didn’t make the course and destiny of nations and of individuals dependent on the decisions of Congresses and Parliaments, nor did He lay this power in the hands of rulers and kings; but God placed it in the praying family! This is why the devil cannot ruin nations of men until he has destroyed the homes of prayer! That why Satan hates the family altar.”

~ Norman V. Williams


“The simple fact that parents and offspring meet together every morning and evening for the Word of God and prayer is a great fact in household annals. It is the inscribing of God’s name over the lintel of the door. It is the setting up of God’s altar. The dwelling is marked as house of prayer. Religion is thus made a substantive and prominent part of the domestic plan. The day is opened and closed in the name of the Lord. From the very dawn of reason, each little one grows up with a feeling that God must be honored in everything, that no business of life can proceed without Him and that the day’s work or study would be unsheltered, disorderly, and in a manner profane but for this consecration. When such a child comes in later years to mingle with families where there is no worship there is an unavoidable shudder, as if among heathen or infidel companions.”

~ James W. Alexander (1804-1859)


“To read the Word of God daily to your children is not just a good idea. It is imperative for the saving of our nation. It is crucial for the preservation of future generations—our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

~ Nancy Campbell


“The advantage and blessings of family worship are incalculable. First, family worship will prevent much sin. It awes the soul, conveys a sense of God’s majesty and authority sets solemn truths before the mind and brings down benefits from God on the home.”

~ Arthur Pink


“The greatest Bible institute in the world is a father reading the open Bible to his family.”

~ Norman V. Williams


“The home is God’s greatest agency for the transmission of His Word from one generation to another. This responsibility cannot be passed on to any other person, or persons, or to any other agency. It cannot be shirked except at painful loss to the never dying souls of the children and all concerned.”

~ Norman V. Williams


“One vibrant, pulsating and faithful family altar home will stir a whole community for God! And not only a community but the whole world!”

~ Norman V. Williams


“The daily regular and solemn reading of God’s holy Word by a parent before his children is one of the most powerful agencies of a Christian life. We are prone to undervalue this cause. It is a constant dropping, but it wears its mark into the rock. A family thus trained cannot be ignorant of the Word. The whole Scriptures come repeatedly before the mind. The most heedless child must observe and retain some portion of the sacred oracles; the most forgetful must treasure up some passages for life. No one part of juvenile education is more important… To deny such a source of influence to the youthful mind is an injustice, at the thought of which a professor of Christianity may well tremble.”

~ James W. Alexander

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