Devotional

  1. He Is Risen!—A Free Devotional for Families

    He Is Risen!—A Free Devotional for Families

    This Sunday, we celebrate the historical, bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Most children in our homes and churches are already acquainted with the stunning narratives of the resurrection as recorded in the Gospels. Many can even recite the angel’s words to the women at the empty tomb: “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.” However, it’s also paramount that we teach them the glorious significance of Jesus’ resurrection—what it accomplished, what it guarantees for the future, and how we obtain these promises.

    The resurrection of Jesus is God's gift and proof that his death was completely successful in blotting out the sins of his people and removing the wrath of God...From the cross the Son of God cried, "It is finished" (John 19:30). And by means of the resurrection, God the Father cries, "It was finished indeed!" The great work of paying for our sin and providing our righteousness and satisfying God's justice was finished in the death of Jesus. Then, in the grave, he had the right and the power to take the keys of death and open the door for all who come to him by faith.—John Piper (from The Passion of Jesus Christ, copyright ©2004, pages 100-101)
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  2. Something Infinitely Better than Self-Esteem

    Something Infinitely Better than Self-Esteem

    It can creep into our classrooms and parenting in seemingly harmless ways. It’s often well-intentioned and, in the short-term at least, gives children a warm sense of well-being. It just feels right. What is it? Encouraging self-esteem. Consider how important, biblical truths can become skewed if we put the emphasis in the wrong place… ... More

  3. 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

  4. The Enduring Power of Christmas + Free Lesson/Devotional

    The Enduring Power of Christmas + Free Lesson/Devotional

    There is wonderful variety displayed in the Christmas celebrations of our churches and families. Some are shaped by years of special traditions. Some are unique to our cultural backgrounds. ... More

  5. Cultivating Contentment at Christmas

    Cultivating Contentment at Christmas

    In a child’s mind, the thought of Christmas often conjures up the anticipation of gifts—lots and lots of gifts.“Can I get ____ for Christmas? Which presents are mine under the tree? When can I open them?” While there should be a sense of excitement, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to give gifts to our children, it can often serve as a great challenge to the heart. ... More

  6. Great Books at Christmas Time: The Prince’s Poison Cup + Book Offer!

    Great Books at Christmas Time: The Prince’s Poison Cup + Book Offer!

    Are you looking for something to occupy your children through the long, cold winter days? Wondering how to keep them busy during the coming school break? Have you considered how you can make Christmas more spiritually significant? One answer to all these questions is to give the gift of great books! One such book is The Prince’s Poison Cup by R. C. Sproul. ... More

  7. A Priceless Treasury for our Children

    A Priceless Treasury for our Children

    The stores are already displaying Christmas decorations and stocking their shelves with an abundance of every imaginable toy and gadget. As you walk down the aisles, you can almost hear the toys and gadgets calling out: You really want this. You need this. You deserve this. This is what will make you happy! Our children and grandchildren are no more immune to the lure of new and exciting things than we are. ... More

  8. An Anchor for Your Child's Soul

    An Anchor for Your Child's Soul

    I was looking back over the post below from two years ago, and it struck me: The “hard news from doctors” I referenced then is still hard news today. Back then, my nephew received a diagnosis that his cancer had returned. And now, two and a half years later, he still struggles daily from severe complications of a bone marrow transplant. How does a young man in his 20s not lose hope in the midst of a seemingly undefeatable illness? By trusting in Christ and placing his full confidence in His sovereign goodness! It may never be cancer that your children face, but their lives will be touched by suffering. May we diligently prepare them for that day! ... More

  9. Speaking to Children So They Will Speak Truth

    Speaking to Children So They Will Speak Truth

    At the start of the Truth78 launch event in April 2018, Ryan Fullerton, head pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church spoke about the experience of using Truth78 curriculum in Immanuel's children’s ministry. What follows is drawn from his remarks. ... More

  10. Dad's Unmatched Spiritual Influence

    Steve Watters recently caught up with Bill Farley to ask about the need for family discipleship, for dads to take the lead as spiritual example and guide, and the challenges dads can expect to face and what to do about them. Farley is a retired pastor, father, grandfather, and author of Gospel Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting. ... More

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