David Michael

  1. A Key Component of Effective Children’s and Youth Ministry

    A Key Component of Effective Children’s and Youth Ministry

    The people who have the most access, the best opportunity, and the greatest potential influence—not to mention the biblical responsibility for helping children walk in the truth—are their parents. My plea to parents and grandparents is that they make the most of the fleeting opportunity they have.

    The life of a parent today can quickly become consumed by so many good things that there is little time left for what is most important. Parents must not trade the greater things for lesser things.

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  2. Teach Them…While Eating Bagels

    Teach Them…While Eating Bagels

    In Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Israel gathered to hear the word of the LORD spoken by Moses: “these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.“ The responsibility to teach Israel’s children was given to all of Israel, not just to parents. As King David put it several decades later, “One generation shall commend [God’s] works to another and shall declare [His] mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4). Today, we are the people of God, in Christ, who have been entrusted with the privilege and responsibility to invest in the faith of the generations. Deuteronomy 6 gives us direction for how to fulfill this calling and responsibility: ... More

  3. For Us, And Our Children after Us

    For Us, And Our Children after Us

    May this prayer by David Michael shape your prayers for the next generation in this season. Blessed be Your name O LORD, for You have wondrously shown Your steadfast love to us.  How blessed are those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty! ... More

  4. Easter Joy in Resurrection Victory

    Easter Joy in Resurrection Victory

    As you celebrate Easter, 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. ... More

  5. In the Works: A New Kind of Children’s Bible Resource

    In the Works: A New Kind of Children’s Bible Resource

    Among all the resources that Truth78 has developed over the years and all the ones we are planning for in the future, I don’t think there is one that I am more excited about than More Than a Story, a new resource to introduce children to the whole counsel of God. ... More

  6. Prayers for Children that Reflect the Greatness of God

    Prayers for Children that Reflect the Greatness of God

    I have to confess that, over the years, my prayers on behalf of my children and students have often been smaller in scope and weaker in depth than they should be. In part, this is the failure of my mind to more intentionally ground prayer in the powerful truths of Scripture, and the failure of my heart to truly and fully love and embrace these truths—eternal truths, such as the immeasurable greatness and worth of God. Truths that clearly communicate God’s purposes and promises for His people, enjoyed through Christ alone. Truths regarding the almighty power of the Holy Spirit to bring life, growth, and maturity in our children. ... More

  7. Prayer for a Suffering Child

    Prayer for a Suffering Child

    “Easier said than done” not only applies to the words we say but also the words we write. I wrote in Big, Bold, Biblical Prayers for the Next Generation that sometimes we feel more urgent about the lesser things and neglect to pray for the greater things. I challenged us to cultivate a sense of urgency for the greater things while trusting God to take care of the lesser things. Since writing those words, my willingness and ability to act on the conviction that undergirds those words has been tested. ... More

  8. The Prayers of this Generation Matter to the Next

    The Prayers of this Generation Matter to the Next

    Over the years of our ministry, my wife Sally and I have taught various classes and seminars that offer vision and practical strategies for Christian parents who are committed to faithfully raising their children in the “instruction of the Lord.” ... More

  9. A New Year Prayer to Our Everlasting God

    A New Year Prayer to Our Everlasting God

    Everlasting Father, We come to You as our everlasting Lord and Savior and King who rules an everlasting kingdom that shall never be destroyed, with an everlasting dominion that shall never pass away. 2018 has quickly passed away, but You are from everlasting to everlasting. The grass has grown and withered, the flower has bloomed and fallen, but You are the everlasting rock that remains forever. ... More

  10. A Christmas Prayer of Praise

    A Christmas Prayer of Praise

    As you prepare to celebrate Christmas and Christ's coming into our world, I wanted to share with you a Christmas prayer of praise, actually two prayers of praise. My hope is that these prayers can be encouraging in shaping your personal prayers of praise for Christmas, but also that one of these may be helpful in shaping opportunities you might have to pray with your family and other guests you may be with this week. ... More

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