There are piles and piles of camping and hiking gear in our basement. Each piece of equipment reflects a specific need for the type of environment we face when we head out into the wilderness. Over the years, we provided our children with instruction on how to use each piece properly. But imagine if we had simply stopped there and never actually took them out camping and hiking. Or what if we took them out into the wilderness and they noticed that dad and mom seemed totally disinterested or spent the whole time grumbling and complaining? Would that make them more or less likely to become avid and skillful campers?
Proper instruction and joyful modeling. Both are essential, and even more so as we seek to pass on to our children the most important realities in the universe.... More
When I was a child, and even into my teens, I spent most of my free time outdoors. Whether playing active games with friends, exploring the neighborhood woods, or simply lying in the grass trying to identify different shapes or figures in the clouds, we spent much of our summer disconnected from media or other electronics.... More
We're excited to announce the release of a newly revised edition of In the Beginning...Jesus this August along with an improved poster that's available for use now.... More
With all the disruptions of the past few months, many churches are just getting started considering options for the coming Sunday school year. One of the biggest decisions is deciding which curricula to use for children and youth. As your church carefully and prayerfully evaluates the various options, we’d like to offer 20 benefits our curricula offers.... More
Without a doubt, one of the most significant and defining events in our children's lives occurred every night at bedtime. My husband would take Sarah and Jacob aside and have a time of prayer with them. At the end of the prayer time, he would lay a hand on each bowed head, and, using a Blessing Card, he would pray a "blessing" over them. Throughout the years, on good days and bad days, each day ended with a tired father calling out to God to bless his children. It was amazing to see how that blessing time served to calm troubled hearts and instill peace.... More
Last week, I was tempted to lose heart. So much injustice, despair, hatred, lawlessness, and senseless violence on display. Our old Minneapolis neighborhood—the one in which we raised our children—was the scene of massive looting and destruction. Friends reported to us that it now looked like a war zone. It’s enough to lose heart, especially in light of my hopes and prayers for the next generation of children in that neighborhood.... More
In these past two months, families have had a lot of “togetherness” time—maybe even too much if you were to ask all involved. During this time, children have had even more opportunities to observe their parents navigating a wide spectrum of difficult circumstances. What did they hear and see?
God’s eternal, unshakable, unchanging, almighty truth is the only sure foundation on which to stand—no matter what circumstances swirl around us or within us.... More
If we are not careful, we can become so mired in the suffering of this “present time” that we lose perspective on our eternal inheritance. We and our children need to be reminded of God's eternal purposes on a daily basis so that we, first and foremost, anchor our hope in Christ alone, and then live with eternity in mind. Christ will return and make all things new for the glory of God and the joy of His people. May we shine that light in this broken and suffering world!... More
If your church is like mine, your leadership is considering when and how to move forward in gathering together again as God’s people. While each church and family might choose a slightly different path in this regard, one thing strikes me as crucial: We need to look backward in order to move forward. We need to look back to the Scriptures and reaffirm and prioritize our biblical calling in regard to discipling the next generation. The disruptions we have experienced these past months give us an opportunity to really focus on this.