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Do you tell stories?

Posted on October 21st, 2016 · Posted in Narrative, Parenting

If you are interested in your children living a life of faith, you need to tell stories! The Psalmist wants God’s people to vividly remember the great deeds of God in redemptive history. Then, he pledges that his children will hear these stories: We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. (Psalm 78) “We will not hide these truths from our children.” This is an important step towards raising.. read more

Fighting Peer Pressure

Posted on July 16th, 2015 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Narrative

The narrative of King Jehoshaphat and King Ahab in 2 Chronicles 18 provides insight into the dynamics of peer pressure. When you or your children yield to peer pressure you are, in effect, dividing your loyalties between God and man. This double-mindedness simply does not work. It results in decision making that is foolish. Many sins that young people become entangled with begin when they yield to peer pressure. This story of King Jehoshaphat demonstrates that young people are not the only ones susceptible to this problem. Jehoshaphat should have.. read more

Out of Darkness

Posted on September 4th, 2014 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Narrative

Ruth lived in a land of darkness.  In some ways her world was not unlike ours. Babies were sacrificed in order to gain personal well-being. Moab was a godless country.  Despair reigned instead of hope.    The one bright spot in Ruth’s life was her mother-in-law, Naomi.  There is irony here. Naomi had lost her husband and two sons as a result of her husband’s ill-advised plan to find a better life in Moab. Yet, even in Naomi’s bitterness and sadness, she still retained her faith in the Lord of.. read more

Redemptive Thrillers

Posted on July 11th, 2014 · Posted in Narrative

How familiar are you with God’s redemptive thrillers?   Perhaps this is not a category of biblical literature that is familiar to you. If this is true, you are missing out on something special. These thrillers actually do exist! They are found in the compelling narratives of the Old Testament.   Psalm 78 urges parents and the church not to hide the truth of God from your children. If these narratives are not presented with the drama and action with which the Holy Spirit wrote them, then God’s truth is.. read more

Is God on coffee break?

Posted on April 28th, 2014 · Posted in Narrative, Worldview

There are times when everything goes wrong all at once. The kids are out of control. There are problems with the car or the house. You are tired to the bone. There are far too few hours in a day to get done what needs to be done. You try to pray but it is like God is on coffee break.  Life gets like this sometimes.  Jehoshaphat had a moment like this. But he was rescued by the power of praise. Praise often is the last thing thought about when.. read more

Stories for Life

Posted on October 29th, 2013 · Posted in Narrative

Man was made for stories. We remember stories. We laugh at stories. We cry over stories. We are motivated by stories. Why? Because God made us to love stories. The legacy of a culture is told by narratives, not by encyclopedias. Even in a culture as bent on moving away from God as our current one is, there are still biblical stories etched into the minds of people in our culture. These biblical narratives transcend ideological barriers. The Prodigal Son, The Good Samaritan, the Christmas Story, and others speak of.. read more

The Value of Biblical Narratives

Posted on January 15th, 2013 · Posted in Narrative

Man was made for stories. We remember stories. We laugh at stories. We cry over stories. We are motivated by stories. Why? Because God made us to love stories. The legacy of a culture is told by narratives, not by encyclopedias. Even in a culture as bent on moving away from God as our current one is, there are still biblical stories etched into the minds of people in our culture. These biblical narratives transcend ideological barriers. The Prodigal Son, The Good Samaritan, the Christmas Story, and others speak of a God.. read more

Biblical Narratives and Your Children

Posted on August 25th, 2009 · Posted in Narrative, Worldview

Man was made for stories. We remember stories. We laugh at stories. We cry over stories. We are motivated by stories. Why? Because God made us to love stories. The legacy of a culture is told by narratives, not by encyclopedias. Even in a culture as bent on moving away from God as our current one is, there are still biblical stories etched into the minds of people in our culture. These biblical narratives transcend ideological barriers. The Prodigal Son, The Good Samaritan, the Christmas Story, and others speak of.. read more

Jehoshaphat and Peer Pressure part 2

Posted on July 9th, 2009 · Posted in Narrative, Parenting, Ruling Desires

The narrative of King Jehoshaphat and King Ahab in 2 Chronicles 18 provides insight into the dynamics of peer pressure. When you or your children yield to peer pressure you are, in effect, dividing your loyalties between God and man. This double-mindedness simply does not work. It results in decision making that is not sound. Many sins that young people become entangled with begin when they yield to peer pressure. The story of King Jehoshaphat demonstrates that young people are not the only ones susceptible to this problem. As we.. read more

Jehoshaphat and Peer Pressure part 1

Posted on July 8th, 2009 · Posted in Narrative, Parenting

One of the more remarkable examples of peer pressure or fear of man found in the Bible is the story of Jehoshaphat and King Ahab in 2 Chronicles 18. The Spirit is God was gracious to provide such a clear and vivid account of the dynamics of peer pressure. There is much you can use in the chapter to teach your children about this all too common tendency of making the opinion of others more important than the opinion of God.

Hope and Switch Defeated

Posted on April 7th, 2009 · Posted in Narrative

The world is continually attempting to deceive people by promising that what it offers is truly satisfying. Then, when the promise is believed and the offer is accepted, the hope quickly turns to  bitterness and disappointment. This tactic is what I referred to in an earlier post as “hope and switch.” Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, fell prey to the world’s offer of provision. He doubted God’s covenant and struck out on his own. But the book of Ruth gives an example of one who did not fall for the world’s deceptive.. read more