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God & News Reporting

"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live […]

The Bible and Your Leadership

I run in the paths of your commands, for you have set my heart free. —Psalm 119:32 In our last full post we talked about teaching our children to evaluate the impact of the entertainment in their lives. This raises an important point about the role of the Bible in parental instruction. God wants us to rely upon the Scriptures in all areas of our life. On the basis of passages like 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 2 Timothy 3:15-17 we affirm that the Bible is the only perfect or infallible rule for faith and life. I


Dan has just posted the following comment about today’s post, Young Children, Teenagers & the National Day of Silence.    You say in your post, “These topics are difficult to talk to adults about, let alone middle school age children. Yet this is exactly what parents, church leaders and teachers must do if we are to prepare our children for the world they will enter.” Why IS IT that these things are difficult to talk about? I have some of my own ideas from my personal experience, but would appreciate your insight. Dan asks,”Why is it difficult to talk about areas of sexual sin?” Let me suggest at least one reason for the difficulty, along with a suggestion for overcoming […]

Things to Invest in….

"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “ Luke 12: 32-34. In the last post I referenced Luke 12:13-34 with regard to wise investments. Jesus says to invest your life in things that will not wear out, in treasure that will not be exhausted. That raises some questions: where is this treasure, and what are these things that will not wear out? How do […]

The Death of the Grown-Up

If you are a grown-up you may find it surprising to read that you have died! Diana West has written a timely book about the direction of our culture. The Death of the Grow-up is the title. Her book examines how the 20th century moved towards the worship of a youth culture, especially teenagers. As Christians, this observation should not come as a surprise to us. Biblical principles of child-rearing have long been put aside. These principles were replaced with a child-centered approach advocated by the mainstream of 20th century educational thinkers such as John Dewey.  Shepherding and instructing children are now seen as archaic in the dimming light of the 21st Century. It is now politically incorrect to think […]

Crisis Prevention 2008

Often new years bring new crises. Here is a plan to perhaps lower the number of crises you and your family may face in 2008.  Much of Christian writing about families addresses various crises in which folks may find themselves entangled in. In counterpoint to these materials, which are often needed, many of the titles from Shepherd Press actually help you eliminate some crises before they actually begin.   The Proverbs encourage you to a life of anticipation of evil snares which may lie ahead. This encouragement begins in the first chapter. Solomon’s wisdom is:   2 for attaining wisdom and discipline;        for understanding words of insight; 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,      […]

Where to begin?

This blog is about you, your children, and God. Far too little is written about your children from a biblical perspective. There is much written from man’s perspective. There are anecdotes and hand-me-down intuitions too numerous to count. In 1995, Shepherding a Child’s Heart entered the discussion about raising children. What distinguished this book from others at that time is that it presented a comprehensive view of raising children from a biblical viewpoint. The truths presented in Shepherding frame the discussions about rearing children in a biblical light. This biblical light focused upon recognizing the importance of the heart. Behavior can be manipulated, contrived and deceptive. Underneath behavior lies the heart. When the heart is addressed, the frustration of dealing […]