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
If your church is like mine, your leadership is considering when and how to move forward in gathering together again as God’s people. While each church and family might choose a slightly different path in this regard, one thing strikes me as crucial: We need to look backward in order to move forward. We need to look back to the Scriptures and reaffirm and prioritize our biblical calling in regard to discipling the next generation. The disruptions we have experienced these past months give us an opportunity to really focus on this.
What biblical truths are essential in order to understand the gospel? How and when should these be presented? How can we guide and implore children to respond in genuine belief?... More
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
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
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?
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
At a time when our world has been shaken, fear and confusion can invade our hearts. But God’s Word gives us the truths we need to stand firm in this shifting world. The book of Job written centuries ago speaks timeless truths we need for today. Do your children know these truths? Sally Michael shares a summary of those truths as she reads chapter 9, Now My Eye Sees You: The Testing of Job, from her forthcoming book More Than a Story. ... More
What is the point of a church having Sunday School or other programs for children and youth? Will it have a lasting spiritual difference in their lives? Is your own home serving as a crucible for Christian discipleship? What are your dreams and aspirations regarding the faith of your children? What will be needed from both church and home to guide and inspire the next generations toward mature faith in Christ?