In the midst of a disaster, we often fail to remember the millions upon millions of ways God has been good, kind, and loving to us—even to people who are in rebellion against Him. And there is no greater demonstration of God’s love, goodness, and kindness toward us than in the sacrifice of His one, beloved Son for people who rightly deserved His everlasting wrath so that we might inherit everlasting life and joy. Therefore, whether in sickness or in health, plenty or want, safety or harm, He is deserving of the greatest love, devotion, thankfulness, and praise!... More
Unless something drastically changes, most of us will be experiencing an Easter like none we’ve ever experienced. Sadly, there will be no gatherings with our local churches to worship in glad adoration together and greeting one another with joyous, “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” There will be no traditional family gatherings after church with extended family, etc. Most of us will be “locked” in our homes, obeying stay-at-home orders that were issued over the fear of COVID-19.
In a world experiencing turmoil, uncertainty, fear, hardship, suffering, and death there is only one unshakeable hope—knowing, trusting, and resting in the Sovereign Creator of the universe. For those who trust in His sovereign, good, and loving rule, we can endure the present difficulties of this world as we look to Him as our anchor and strength. The King of kings and Lord of lords is on His throne bringing about His perfect purposes, for His glory and our everlasting joy.... More
Some of the most important things we can learn are not to be found in textbooks.
While Sunday Schools aren't meeting, teachers can still provide parents with GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) pages. These pages are simple to use, which is especially helpful since many families are already feeling overwhelmed by the disruptions of daily routines.... More
Church and parents, let’s be at the forefront this Easter season in spreading the best news of all. Let’s make sure our own children and the other children we care about are told the immeasurable riches of the gospel that was accomplished and secured in Christ. Let’s highlight and emphasize the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection in light of the entire storyline of Scripture: Who is Jesus? Why did He die? Why does it matter that He rose again? What does this mean for me?... More
Our children, grandchildren, and students are listening. Especially when they are young, they will simply repeat what we say. What will be better for their souls—and our own? To be quick to speak with complaints, frustration, and impatience? Or to speak with the life-giving words of Scripture? In order for the latter to happen, we must be Bible-saturated people who are continually, by the power of the Spirit, being transformed by the Word.... More
We often joke that our children grew up with another set of parents in their lives, along with an additional set of grandparents. These men and women were godly, mature believers from our church who served as invaluable mentors for our children. Little did we know at the time, as young parents, the rich benefits we and our children would reap from these relationships.
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 serve as a great challenge to the heart.
Do you ever find yourself wondering how best to fit family devotions into a full schedule of school, sports, music, and church commitments? Bruce Ware offers a practical suggestion. He says it’s helpful to think through ways that we can recall the past words of God, the past works of God, and the everlasting character of God together as a family throughout everyday life.