Who bears the responsibility for the discipleship of the next generation? What are parents called to do? What is the role of the church? What is the relationship between the two?
At a time when our world has been shaken, fear and confusion can invade our hearts. But God’s Word gives us the truths we need to stand firm in this shifting world. The book of Job written centuries ago speaks timeless truths we need for today. Do your children know these truths? Sally Michael shares a summary of those truths as she reads chapter 9, Now My Eye Sees You: The Testing of Job, from her forthcoming book More Than a Story. ... More
What is the point of a church having Sunday School or other programs for children and youth? Will it have a lasting spiritual difference in their lives? Is your own home serving as a crucible for Christian discipleship? What are your dreams and aspirations regarding the faith of your children? What will be needed from both church and home to guide and inspire the next generations toward mature faith in Christ?
“Zealous” is not a word you hear very often. Yet we are seeing it in action all around us. The current events have called for measures that are intense, vigorous, passionate, earnest…zealous. Even handwashing is being done with a renewed sense of fervency. We are being reminded that half-hearted, apathetical responses simply cannot combat life and death realities. Zeal is needed.
But the need for zeal is especially called for when it comes to grounding our children in the gospel.
Some of the most important things we can learn are not to be found in textbooks.
It's important to teach from a heart that loves and embraces the truths being taught. Like so many spiritual things, the fear of the Lord is better “caught” than “taught.” Children very often pick up our attitudes—those we respect, they tend to respect. Our attitude toward God is also sensed by them—not so much by our words, but by our actions, and our heart affections; it is very easy for them to sense what we feel, to honor what we honor, and to disregard what we disregard.... More
We need to train our children from a young age to appreciate and participate in the worship service. To do this, they need to be in the worship service. Church services give us the opportunity to come into the presence of God with other people of God, both young and old. As children observe and join believers in worship, they learn to focus on God and see His greatness (learn more at Children in the Church Service).
As we come to the end of 2019, we are grateful for our long-term readers of this blog as well as those of you who started reading in the past year.
We thought you might appreciate a review of the 5 most read posts from this past year. We hope these are an encouragement for you as you prepare for the year ahead.
As the year comes to a close, it is fitting to praise God for His help and grace, to give thanks for His provision, and to look to Him to guide 2020. We marvel as we look back on 2019 to see all that God accomplished!