Though little children may not fully understand the meaning of Scripture verses, God works through His Word. When you encourage your child to memorize Scripture, you are giving eternal truths that gradually will become more fully understood. See four top reasons to encourage children to memorize Scripture along with details on new Foundation Verses resources.... More
In the heart of every Christian grandmother is the desire for her grandchildren to know Jesus as their Savior. This was my heart's desire nine years ago when I wrote the text to Jesus Is Most Special. It didn’t start out as text for a children’s book about the birth of Christ. It was simply the expression of one grandmother’s heart that her granddaughter would know of God’s love in sending the Savior.
Parents and teachers: Do not grow weary in providing your students and children with the “ordinary” means of a godly education: reading and teaching from the Bible, offering godly encouragement, attending corporate worship, listening to the preached Word, praying, singing hymns, etc. Because it is through these means that God, by His sovereign grace, does extraordinary things!... More
As a child, October 31 only meant two things to me: costumes and candy – lots and lots of candy! I wonder how many children, even children from Christian homes, think the same?
Often lost on this date is something vastly more significant: Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of a Roman Catholic Church in Wittenberg, Germany, in the year 1517. With this act, Martin Luther sparked the great Protestant Reformation. As Christian parents and teachers, we must teach our children about this historic movement.
When I first became a grandparent nine years ago, people would ask, “How do you like being a grandma?” My answer typically was something like, “It’s great! All of the benefits of having children without the responsibilities.” I quickly came to realize that that was a really careless, thoughtless answer. Why? Because God has given grandparents a huge and glorious responsibility—one that is also an awesome privilege…
Parents, if you aren’t already doing so, sing God’s truth over your children. Consider including it in your bedtime routine. Sing over them when they are fearful and troubled. Sing over them when their hearts seem far from the Lord. Sing over them in times of celebration—always pointing them toward the unshakeable, all-satisfying, unending joy found in God alone, through Christ alone. Sing!... More
The challenges facing the coming generations are perilous, and many of the factors feeding this generational frenzy seem insurmountable. How can Christians and churches reverse the effects of social media? How can Christians show coming generations the glory of family and recapture the spectacular gift of children? How can churches convince sexualized teenagers that God’s design for sex is the pathway for true flourishing? How can anyone stop the floods of secularism and liberalism converging in on America’s coming generations?... More
I am an avid gardener. But last summer I was laid low by knee surgery, so I simply planted my garden in late spring and then “let it go” for the rest of the summer, thinking that a couple of months of neglect wouldn’t matter too much. It’s amazing how many weeds can take root and take over a garden in a short period of time!
How about the “garden” of children’s discipleship? Will it be okay to take a few months off from doing any kind of formal biblical instruction due to the seemingly overwhelming obstacles related to our current circumstances? Should we just let children’s ministry “go” this fall until we can all get back on track as a church and in our families?
With all the uncertainties due to COVID-19—the cancellations, disruptions, anxieties, stress, lack of people willing to volunteer, and parents feeling overwhelmed by added responsibilities, etc.—some may conclude, “This year could prove to be a disaster for children’s discipleship.” But I want to encourage a second type of response.... More
“Wisdom” is a term that is not used much in contemporary culture. And, looking around at what is happening in our world, its practice is even more scarce. However, this must not be the case in our homes and churches. Our homes and churches, by God’s grace, should be “wisdom factories” for the glory of God and the joy of our children. But what exactly is wisdom, and why is it important for their lives? How does wisdom take root and grow? Shouldn’t we just keep focusing children on the gospel?