The other day my daughter-in-law sent me a video of my 3-year-old grandson holding a pack of Blessing Cards in one hand while placing his other hand gently on his baby brother’s head. “What are you doing?” his mommy asked. “I am blessing him.” And he proceeded to mumble some words of blessing over his brother. That video brought this grandma to tears – happy, hope-filled tears. This future father (Lord willing) who has already learned to model what he daily experiences from his own daddy… who experienced it from his daddy. A father’s spiritual legacy that, by God’s sovereign grace, is doing far more than we could ever imagine in the lives of the next generation and beyond!
As parents, we pass along many things to our children, both intentionally and unintentionally – physical traits, mannerisms, values, family traditions, hobbies, and more. But are you intentionally and whole-heartedly passing on to them what is MOST important?
With the diminishing practice of honor in the wider culture, it’s imperative for Christian parents and the church to teach children what honor is—what it looks like, sounds like, and involves—and why God is worthy of the highest honor.... More
What is greatness in God’s sight? Too often I wish for my children, (and even for myself), greatness that is praised in the world’s eyes: high grades, academic accolades, advanced degrees, leadership positions, world-shaping achievements, visible fame, etc. This has been a temptation in every age.
Many parents are diligently and faithfully discipling their children—others don’t know where to even begin. Your church is probably a mixture of both kinds of parents. One thing is for sure: The church is called to equip parents for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12)—ministry to their own children. What this looks like in each local church may differ somewhat, but at the very least it requires some strategic intentionality and practical assistance on the part of the church. ... More
Gospel doctrine is not some kind of cold, academic knowledge—it’s absolutely stunning and lifegiving. Imagine how embracing this view of gospel doctrine might transform the way you teach. What a wonderful reminder of why we must carefully teach and explain essential gospel doctrines with increasing clarity and depth as children grow and mature.... More
We are earnestly and deeply committed to giving our children and students a theological education that equips them to become mature disciples of Jesus. We believe that involves acquainting them with both the breadth and depth of Scripture—teaching them the whole counsel of God.... More
Imagine the following scenario: You have become fully convinced that your church needs a more rigorous plan for the comprehensive discipleship of children and youth. Maybe you were spurred on by watching our recent “Zealous Together” event. Now what? How can you best spread this vision and encourage your church and other parents and teachers? What if parents and teachers are hesitant to try something new?
My grandkids love to be read to and the evidence is scattered all over their houses—books everywhere. They love a good story filled with exciting plots, twists, interesting characters, poignant life lessons, all conveyed with colorful illustrations. But as much as they will be enriched by these wonderful stories, they need to be read something that will provide them with much more than a story. That is why I’m thankful that More Than a Story is part of the older ones reading routine.
Summer is a wonderful time for children to go on new and exciting journeys—parks, zoos, museums, vacation destinations, or they can simply have friends over to enjoy playing a new game in the backyard. But it’s also an ideal time to take children on a much more exciting journey to discover and better understand the gospel of Jesus. That is why the little booklet, The Greatest Treasure was written.