A new year is upon us and—no surprise—our world is in upheaval. No matter how much we as parents and a church community try to absorb or deflect the societal conflicts on behalf of our children, there is no way to completely shield them from the realities in which we now live. Nor, should merely shielding our children be our top priority. Rather, let us strive to equip our children. We must equip them to live in a fallen world with a strong and sure hope and defense: the Gospel of Jesus.
How can parents, teachers, and the church work toward this end in the coming year? Here are a few New Year resolutions to consider:
What needs are you facing as 2021 comes to a close and you look ahead to the new year? Have your needs shown you how dependent you are on God? In the latest podcast, David Michael and Dan Claassen talk about our utter dependence on God and how that should motivate us to pray big, bold, biblical prayers.
All of us at Truth78 are laboring together in this glorious season, and in every season of the year, for the comprehensive discipleship and ultimate joy of the next generation. We pray that the Lord would bless and satisfy you with all that is ours in Christ Jesus, who came into the world to save sinners. That is the best news ever, and the knowledge of that truth is the best gift that we can give to the next generation.
Are you looking for an easy but meaningful way to help the children in your life better focus on Jesus this Christmas? Do you long for them to grow in their understanding of the events surrounding His birth? Is it your desire that faith in Christ would be fostered and strengthened? Do you want them to be inspired to truly worship the Savior, Christ the Lord?
How often do we read the Word, set it aside, and go about our day without thinking how what we just read applies to life? It’s easy to run the words through our minds, but so much harder to have them sink into our hearts. We can read the Bible and walk away unchanged.
Since traditions can span generations, it is worth the effort to invent and plan them with purpose, content, and clarity. Traditions create memories. So, it is wise to consider what memory we are creating, and if it is a memory we want to reinforce every year.
As Joshua recognized that he was nearing the end of his life, he summoned all of Israel, together with their leaders, in order to address them regarding their faithfulness to the Lord going forward. He reminded them that Israel was to be a distinct people. They were to be set apart from the godless nations around them in faithfulness to the Lord. And while there are some differences today in how God’s people are to be distinct from the rest of the world, we are still called to be distinct.
I have been teaching I Will Build My Church on Wednesday nights to a large, delightful group of first through sixth graders. One of the things I remind them again and again is: “The most important regular gathering of our church is the Sunday morning worship service.” Why are Sunday mornings so special?