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Communicating the Gospel: God’s goodness to your young children

Posted on June 24th, 2008 · Posted in Authority, Communication, Gospel, Parenting

The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.  — Proverbs 16:21 For wisdom will enter your heart,  and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. —Proverbs 2:10 If you have been following this series of posts on communicating the Gospel to your children, you will recall that we started the practical application by looking at teenagers and then working backwards. Now we are at the age of young children and toddlers, ages 0 to 5. How do you communicate the goodness of God to these little.. read more

Communicating the Gospel, God’s Goodness to your Teenagers

Posted on June 17th, 2008 · Posted in Communication, Parenting, Teenagers

The wise in heart are called discerning,   and pleasant words promote instruction. Proverbs 16:21 If the wisdom of God has entered your heart then you can say that God has been good to you. This pleasantness of heart should result in pleasant words from your mouth. What do I mean by pleasant words? I’m not talking about careful, manipulative words that play polite “control” games with others. No, pleasant words should illustrate the genuine joy and pleasure that results from experiencing the power of the Gospel in your life… read more

Communicating God’s Goodness to Your Kids

Posted on June 14th, 2008 · Posted in Communication, Parenting, Proverbs

10 For wisdom will enter your heart,   and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.  Proverbs 2:10 Psalm 13 is a tender reminder that God has been good to us. As parents, we long for our children to know his goodness firsthand. How does that happen? This, of course, is the big question—but the starting point is less complicated than you might think. Allow me to ask a question from Psalm 13. Do you believe that God has been good to you?

Fairness and Jesus Christ

Posted on June 10th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Godward Orientation, Parenting

…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.  Matthew 20:28 Fairness is an unchallenged Goliath in the army of humanism. The modern days soldiers of humanism see the “fair” treatment of humans as an inalienable right of individuals, to the exclusion of the old notion that there is a God to whom man is accountable. The Humanist Manifesto mockingly scorns such notions. (See the Humanist Manifesto.) John Dewey and other important educational thinkers.. read more

It’s Not Fair – part two

Posted on June 7th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting

So the last will be first, and the first will be last.  Matthew 20:16 The modern concept of fairness is rooted in achieving justice. Biblically, however, both fairness and justice must be defined as doing things God’s way. From a Christian perspective, the only way to be fair is to apply God’s word accurately to a given situation. Is this the same thing as making sure each child gets the same number of minutes to play with a toy, or making sure that each child has the same number of.. read more

It’s Not Fair – part one

Posted on June 5th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting, Worldview

So the last will be first, and the first will be last. Matthew 20:16 In a recent post I identified fairness as a Goliath of humanism. The Goliath metaphor represents an idea or a practice so culturally accepted that it becomes a champion of conventional wisdom, even while standing in opposition to the truth of Scripture. So this metaphor represents concepts that are seemingly unchallengeable. There are several such modern day champions which challenge biblical truth. Humanism is the modern source of these champions, though the issues they represent are.. read more

Humanism – Today’s Goliath

Posted on May 29th, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Worldview

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. —2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Young David was undeterred by the huge champion Goliath. Unlike his fellow Israelites, he did not compare Goliath’s size and strength with.. read more

Gratitude

Posted on May 27th, 2008 · Posted in Parenting

I am grateful to you, the readers of this blog, for your participation in this new online community. Biblical parenting is both challenging and rewarding. This blog is one way to find encouragement as you face the challenges of addressing more than outward behavior in raising your children. Your reading of the blog and your comments are certainly an encouragement to me. Please continue to pray that God would richly bless our efforts to shepherd our children to love Jesus Christ deeply from the heart.

God, Cyclones, Earthquakes and the News

Posted on May 15th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Parenting, Shaping Influences, Worldview

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17 In the latest mini-post I referenced the death and destruction that have occurred in Burma and China in the last few days. As of this date the AP reports that in Myanmar as many as 128,000 have died and over 2 ½.. read more

Come to Christ each Day

Posted on May 7th, 2008 · Posted in Parenting

But those who hope in the LORD   will renew their strength.   They will soar on wings like eagles;   they will run and not grow weary,   they will walk and not be faint.  —Isaiah 40:31 The Bible frequently describes the Christian life using the language of warfare. We are to overcome evil with good. We are to fight the good fight. We are to put on the full armor of God. The Word is the sword of the Spirit. This imagery is not given to alarm us.. read more

Mini-Post re: Praise & Criticism

Posted on May 1st, 2008 · Posted in Parenting

Since there have been a few comments regarding the posts on praise and criticism here is a mini-post addressing a question from Dan. Sometimes parents hesitate to give praise for fear of encouraging pride and boasting. That is certainly understandable, and we need to think carefully how we offer praise so we’re not simply building up an ungodly, self-centered arrogance. Godly praise, on the other hand, is an opportunity to encourage your children by acknowledging God’s help and kindness to them. For example,  Yes, Cameron, I saw you gave your.. read more

Let another praise you

Posted on April 30th, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Proverbs

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;          someone else, and not your own lips.” —Proverbs 27:2 Karen asked the following question in response to an earlier post. I find that my children often point out the good that they do. While I do thank them at that point and express how their good blessed me, what words should I use to make sure they do not crave the praise of man? Something to the effect of…"Yes, I am so blessed by your cleaning up without.. read more

Why?

Posted on April 22nd, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Ruling Desires

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these… Galatians 5:19-21 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our.. read more

Protection

Posted on April 21st, 2008 · Posted in Communication, Parenting, Teenagers, Toddlers

20 My son, keep your father’s commands        and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever;        fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you;        when you sleep, they will watch over you;        when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For these commands are a lamp,        this teaching is a light,        and the corrections of discipline        are the.. read more

From Young Children to Teenagers

Posted on April 17th, 2008 · Posted in Music, Parenting, Teenagers

20 My son, keep your father’s commands        and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever;        fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you;        when you sleep, they will watch over you;        when you awake, they will speak to you. We will be looking at Proverbs 6:20-24 in the next few posts. In this post we will look particularly at verse 22. This verse talks about the intimate.. read more

Young Children, Teenagers & the National Day of Silence.

Posted on April 15th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Parenting, Teenagers

20 My son, keep your father’s commands        and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever;        fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you;        when you sleep, they will watch over you;        when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For these commands are a lamp,        this teaching is a light,        and the corrections of discipline        are the.. read more

Glad You Asked!

Posted on April 10th, 2008 · Posted in Parenting

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 As a follow up to the post on April 8, Don Fields made the following comment. Good stuff. I think most parents would read this and think, "Impossible. Unrealistic. You’re dreaming." They have no foundation for this type of conversation with their children. They might even.. read more

With all Your Heart

Posted on April 8th, 2008 · Posted in Family Worship, Parenting, Worldview

Hear, O  Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD  your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. — Deuteronomy 6:4-6 And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,.. read more

Almost Always…

Posted on April 2nd, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Parenting

The fear of the LORD leads to life:   Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.  —Proverbs 19:23 The fool says in his heart,        "There is no God."  —Psalm 14:1 Note: a number of blogs and web sites have commented on this study.  It is important for parents to understand the movement of our culture towards a relativistic view of sin. USA Today, on March 19th, reported on the state of sin in  America. In an article titled “Has the notion of sin been lost?” the Nations’ Newspaper.. read more

Authority for building up

Posted on March 31st, 2008 · Posted in Authority, Parenting, Proverbs

He who answers before listening—        that is his folly and his shame. Proverbs 18:13 This post is directed to husbands and fathers. However, wives and moms are free to read as well. You may even want to forward this post to your husbands. Men, God has charged us with leading our families. The biblical basis for our leadership is found in such passages as Eph. 5:25-33 and Eph. 6:4. This leadership is an awesome responsibility. We are to represent Christ to our wives and children. In 2.. read more