Consequences or Love of God – What Motivates Your Teenager?

| October 23, 2014

It is no secret teenagers face powerful temptations.  Parents want to make sure that consequences are in place to help protect their children. It is good to put deterrents in place for behavior that is unacceptable and sinful. But, for your teenager, still it comes down to that moment of decision; is the consequence enough […]

Seduction And the Cost of Saying ‘No’

| October 16, 2014

Many of us have long been aware of the many seductions our culture offers which leads to the great seduction or who we’ll ultimately follow. But it bears repeating. Every Christian will face and have to deal with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life in America and […]

Be Ready to Answer Your Kids’ Questions About the Bible

| October 13, 2014

By Jon Bloom at Desiring God Kids are thinkers. They ask good and sometimes hard questions. My kids have asked me some of the hardest theological questions between ages 5 and 8. They’ve queried me on comparative religion, death, eternity, heaven, hell, Jesus and the cross, and what about all those people who have never […]

When Jesus is a Cartoon

| October 13, 2014

By Kara Murphy published at Highlands Ministries Children’s Bible Stories In the Sunday school classrooms in which I taught years ago, each weekly lesson had a main idea that we repeated over and over. Platitudes such as “God loves me,” “I am special to God,” and “We are kind to one another” filled the teacher’s […]

Boy, Girl, or “Purple Penguin”?

| October 10, 2014

By Ken Ham at Answers In Genesis According to news reports (including on Fox News yesterday), a school district in Lincoln, Nebraska has recently given its teachers a handout to promote gender inclusiveness in their classrooms. This handout encourages teachers to stop referring to students as “girls and boys” but instead to describe students as a group, with phrases […]

I Know You Love Me Mommy and Daddy

| October 9, 2014

Spread the spirit of love and gratefulness through this endearing Christian children’s book that families will enjoy for generations! “I Know You Love Me Mommy & Daddy is a delightful children’s book that reinforces God’s unconditional love that parents are to share with their children.” -Michelle Duggar (2 Cor. 12:9) Mother of TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting […]

Don’t Waste Your Time Raising Children

| October 7, 2014

Another great one from Kelly at Generation Cedar I think I finally agree with the feminists that raising children is a waste of time. After all, anyone really can do it. So why not let a paid day care worker handle the messes, settle the squabbling, feed the babies, change the diapers and keep them happy so you can do something […]

Life and Death and the Last Days, or Why Eschatology Matters

| September 17, 2014

Bad eschatology breeds bad parenting, at least, and poor planning in general. Her children display obvious skepticism. As she sits trying to persuade them that the Rapture will indeed happen any day now, one daughter responds sheepishly, “Well, it could happen.” She is rebuffed immediately: “It will happen. There’s no ‘could’ to it.” In a later private session, the […]

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

| September 12, 2014

Some food for though… When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. […]

Our Children, Our Neighbors

| September 2, 2014

By Jen Wilkin at The Villiage Church If you asked me the single most important insight that has shaped my parenting, it would be this: Children are people. It seems self-evident. Clearly, they have arms, legs, ears, noses and mouths—enough to qualify. But the idea of their personhood goes far beyond possessing a human body. It […]

Loyalty

| August 30, 2014

From Femina One of the most important and long term fruits that our family is working towards is loyalty. We want our children to be loyal to Christ, loyal to us, loyal to one another, and loyal to their broader family – the people of God. Loyalty is not something that will spring out of nowhere […]

Making God real to your young children.

| August 30, 2014

  How can you make God real to your toddlers and young children? One way is talk about your awesome God 24/7 as Deuteronomy 6:5-7 commands. These words urge that God is to be loved so passionately that his commands will be on the hearts of his people. Once this heart infusion of the love […]

Fundamentally Afraid

| August 22, 2014

By Daniel Gardner over there. Parents, are your children cowered into becoming frightened poster-boys of your ideology? Know this: fear eventually wears off. And when it does, they will search for sure footing and find none. They’ll wish you had been honest, upfront and gracious about truth, instead of focusing so much on fear. Fear is appropriate when it walks alongside truth. But when it replaces truth, fear becomes […]

3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church

| July 31, 2014

And number three… Their parents preached the gospel to them. As a youth pastor, I can’t do all this. All this equipping that I’m talking about is utterly beyond my limited capabilities. It is impossible for me to bring conversion, of course, but it is also impossible for me to have an equipping ministry that […]

You Have Too Many Children to Give Them What They Need

| July 28, 2014

Somewhere along the line, we created an imaginary set of rules about what kids need  for healthy development and if you’ll listen closely, you’ll hear it: “To love my children is to buy them things.” Suffice it to say, if love equals providing material comforts,  American children are the most well-loved children in the world. Ironically, they […]