When Truth78 was founded 23 years ago, the concern was that too many children were growing up in our churches and homes, blinded by the attractions of the wide way that leads to destruction, and ignorant of the truth about God, His works, and the narrow gate that leads to eternal life (Mt. 7:13-14).
Now, over two decades later, there is even more reason to be concerned. It seems that the force and speed of secularization is greater than ever, luring young people toward idols of the age that cannot satisfy or save. I tremble to think of the world my grandchildren will face.
In the U.S., we are daily hearing about, debating, protesting, expressing outrage, and more over “racism.” It’s definitely a topic that needs serious discussion. But in order for our children to understand the issue and respond rightly, they need to be taught about it from a distinctly biblical worldview. What does the Bible have to say about racism? What does it look like? What’s the solution?
Join us for an evening with David Michael, Sally Michael, and Jill Nelson to glean wisdom and insight into growing zeal for the intentional, comprehensive discipleship of the next generation.
As mothers, it is tempting to be consumed with the busyness of life—getting meals, changing diapers, bringing children to school, doing laundry, attending to the myriad of necessary tasks to manage a household and family—at the neglect of our spiritual development. If we would nurture the faith of our children, we must first nurture our own growing relationship with the Living God.
The disease, disasters, outrage, destruction, despair, and death we've seen in the past year can, if left unchecked, bring forth hopelessness. Consider learning the hymn "Christ Our Hope in Life and Death" together as a family. Sing it over your younger children and encourage your older children to sing along with you.
I wholeheartedly believe that God is able to bring about true repentance and belief in young children. Pastor Dennis Gundersen believes this, too. But he also wants to caution us and point out some important realities, especially regarding children growing up in Christian homes:
How common will it be to hear a profession [of faith] from a child who is being reared in a Christian home, especially in a home where biblical instruction and exemplary godly faith is presented to him frequently, perhaps even daily, God giving your family grace! Should we then actually be surprised to hear him say that he believes the things his parents believe?...
In such a family climate, can it then be considered a remarkable thing that a child says he
Children are hungry to be welcomed again. This provides us with an extraordinary opportunity to invite them to learn about the One who eagerly welcomes children into His glorious and eternal Kingdom. One way to welcome children to this gospel hope is by hosting a Backyard Bible Club. Just think, your own backyard, no matter how big or small, can serve as a place to welcome children in Jesus’ name and teach them about His marvelous love, power, goodness, mercy, and redeeming work.
God displays His power so that man might see His greatness. When we truly see the greatness of God, our response should be worship. That is what the newly revised God Always Wins curriculum for VBS and Backyard Bible Club is all about—showing the greatness of God so that children may come to worship Him.
As you celebrate Easter this year, may this prayer be encouraging in shaping your personal prayers of praise and in serving you in opportunities you might have to pray with your family and others.