God’s sovereignty over all things does not warrant a “hands-off” approach by God’s people. Rather, God calls His people to display His love, compassion, and mercy to a hurting world. How can we help our children grow in this way? Here are six suggestions.... More
As our children and grandchildren increasingly face a hostile world, what thoughts will lead and guide them? Will they reflect upon the glorious truth that God is, indeed, the ruler yet? And furthermore, will they know and understand the nature and extent of that rule so that they will have unswerving confidence in Him no matter what the circumstances in their lives and world? It's crucial for our children to learn of God’s providence—His active rule over all things. ... More
Few things encourage us more than teachers, parents, and pastors who are zealous for sharing the truth of God’s Word in homes and Sunday schools across the country, and in a growing number of countries around the world. Even though we have never met most of these faithful servants in person, we enjoy a precious kinship with them as true partners because Truth78 is zealous for the discipleship of the next generations. ... More
How can we as parents and teachers help children understand the glorious riches of the gospel? It begins by understanding how the role that God has given us is like that of a farmer. Have you ever pictured yourselves as farmers and your children and students as soil?
One of the things that brings a smile to my face every Sunday morning is the presence of little children—even some 2-year–olds—sitting with their parents in the corporate worship service. They are not all perfectly behaved, and sometimes their parents look a little frazzled by the end of the service. A few children won’t make it all the way to the end and will be taken out by a parent. And, once in a while, a child who should be taken out is left in the service. But these are very minor inconveniences compared to the wonderful benefits of having children in the corporate worship service.
What if you were to ask your children and the children in your church this simple question today: What’s special about today? What do we celebrate and why? Would the historic event of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door to the door of a Roman Catholic Church in Wittenberg, Germany in the year 1517 come to mind—an event that sparked the great Protestant Reformation? Why does this 502-year-old event even matter? Why should we teach our children about it and celebrate it?
We fill words with meaning. The more important the word and what it relates to, the more essential to “fill it” and interpret it with the intended meaning. When it comes to our children’s and students' response to the gospel, two words require careful attention: repent and believe.
On the long drive home from our Louisville conference, the Truth78 team listened to “One Generation Shall Praise Your Works to Another,” a sermon by John Piper during the early years of David and Sally Michael’s ministry to families and children at Bethlehem Baptist Church. This message by John beautifully communicates the heart and soul of the vision and mission of Truth78.
What might happen in our classrooms if we took these words by David Wells to heart:
Until we recognize afresh the centrality of God’s holiness, until it once again enters into the innermost fibers of evangelical faith, our virtue will lack seriousness, our belief will lack poignancy, our practice will lack moral pungency, our worship will lack joyful seriousness, our preaching [and teaching] will lack the mordancy of grace, and the church will be just one more special interest pleading for hearing in a world of competing enterprises.
Before ascending into heaven, Jesus gave every Christian in every century a commission with eternal significance:
…"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."—Matthew 28:18-20