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
In a special interview David Michael and Timothy Paul Jones answer the question, "How might the pandemic change how the church and families disciple our children?" Additionally, David shares a timely vision and framework for discipleship found in the newly released book Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of Children.... More
“Zealous” is not a word you hear very often. Yet we are seeing it in action all around us. The current events have called for measures that are intense, vigorous, passionate, earnest…zealous. Even handwashing is being done with a renewed sense of fervency. We are being reminded that half-hearted, apathetical responses simply cannot combat life and death realities. Zeal is needed.
But the need for zeal is especially called for when it comes to grounding our children in the gospel.
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
Now more than ever, we need to clearly and repeatedly communicate to our children the incomparable message of the gospel in all its depth and breadth. They need to have clear, well-articulated, biblical answers to the most pressing questions. ... More
It has always been true that none of us “know what tomorrow will bring” and in recent days we are experiencing just how true it is. Our routines have been disrupted to one degree or another and we are having to adapt to unexpected circumstances. For those who are dealing with the unexpected and unimaginable suspension of weekend church services including Sunday school and midweek activities, consider at least two opportunities that this situation provides.... More