Parenting

  1. 6 Ways to Help Families During Corporate Worship this Summer

    6 Ways to Help Families During Corporate Worship this Summer

    As our churches are reopening, we are hearing plenty about the awkwardness of following distancing guidelines within the church. What is talked about less is the nosier elephant in the room: the kid element. Even while worship has resumed, nurseries and Sunday schools remain closed, leaving parents trying to figure out how to keep kids happy and quiet while attending this strange new model of worship. It won’t be easy, but here are five things churches can do to help families in a stressful season of trying to worship together.... More

  2. A Father’s Blessing: A Bedtime Hotline to God

    A Father’s Blessing: A Bedtime Hotline to God

    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

  3. Discipleship—Teaching and Embodying the Gospel

    Discipleship—Teaching and Embodying the Gospel

    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? ... More

  4. A Rock of Truth for Our Children…and Ourselves

    A Rock of Truth for Our Children…and Ourselves

    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

  5. Biblical Truth #7—When Jesus Returns He Will Restore All Creation

    Biblical Truth #7—When Jesus Returns He Will Restore All Creation

    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

  6. Biblical Truth #6—God Designs All Suffering in a Christian’s Life to Work for our Good

    Biblical Truth #6—God Designs All Suffering in a Christian’s Life to Work for our Good

    For a Christian, suffering is not simply enduring life in a fallen world. It is not simply toughing it out until Christ returns. Rather, it serves as a precious gift.... More

  7. Biblical Truth #5—God Is with His People in the Midst of Suffering

    Biblical Truth #5—God Is with His People in the Midst of Suffering

    Our heavenly Father is not indifferent to the current suffering of His children. All suffering will serve to complete His perfect plans for us, and He will provide all that we need to endure every trial and tribulation. Though our children may seem sheltered from many of the hardships and trials of this world, if they are to become faithful followers of Jesus, they will suffer to one degree or another. Therefore, we must prepare them for suffering, giving them a biblical perspective so that, by God’s grace, they will remain steadfast under trial and receive the crown of life.... More

  8. Foster a robust partnership between church and home

    Foster a robust partnership between church and home

    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? ... More

  9. Biblical Truth #4—Disease, Disasters, and Calamities Point to Our Desperate Need for Jesus

    Biblical Truth #4—Disease, Disasters, and Calamities Point to Our Desperate Need for Jesus

    The world makes much of independence and self-sufficiency. Yet we are to our very core, by God’s good design, dependent and needy creatures. But we often don’t recognize the breadth and depth of this neediness until a crisis arises. The world is under a curse because of sin, and no amount of technology, intellectual know-how, hard work, or lending a hand to our neighbor, while all good things, will satisfy or provide for our greatest need—the need for salvation in Christ alone. This fourth lesson in the devotional series focuses on our desparate need for Jesus.... More

  10. Biblical Truth #3—God has Subjected the Whole World to a Curse Because of Sin

    Biblical Truth #3—God has Subjected the Whole World to a Curse Because of Sin

    In the midst of peace, prosperity, and comfort, people often gloss over the utter brokenness of our world. But sudden calamities, like the one we are experiencing, have a way of stripping away the veneer of “all is well.” Something is desperately wrong with the world. All creation groans. Why?... More

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