March 5, 2013
As the first episode portrayed the life of Abraham, it came to the part when Abraham takes Isaac up on the mountain to offer a sacrifice. We all know the story; we’ve heard it a thousand times and can recite it in our sleep. But to watch it played out in “real life” was incredibly moving. To see a father torn by his desire to obey his God and at the same time to protect his child was heart-wrenching. We don’t often talk about how Isaac might have responded, but it seems appropriate to think he was scared, wondering what was going on, and like the movie portrayed, pleaded with his father. ...Read More
January 29, 2013
Society in general seems to be trying to de-emphasize the critical role father’s play in the lives of their children. But the social implications on the other end of removing fathers from the equation are not insignificant. In fact, recent studies and research suggest that both marriage and fathers might be the biggest keys to successfully raising children. First, let’s look at the statistics showing the devastating effects absent fathers have on children:...Read More
January 17, 2013
If you or your children have smartphones, you might find these suggestions for wise use of technology helpful. ...Read More
January 9, 2013
It’s the start of a new year and many people are making resolutions and vowing to never drink soda, smoke, eat processed foods, or step through the doors of McDonald’s ever again. It’s that time when people feel that change and “starting over” is appropriate. I will confess, I’ve never been one to make resolutions or alter my life in some dramatic way at the first of the year; but I get it.
Since this time of year has so many people focused on setting goals I thought I would share some things I picked up on the net that seemed worthwhile to consider.
January 2, 2013
As parents we want our kids to trust us and know that we say what we mean and mean what we say. But the only way to ensure that such a message is clearly communicated is to be consistent and intentional in our dealings with our kids. If we have to use other means to back up our word, an oath, a promise, a bribe, then we can be sure that our kids don’t believe that our “yes” means “yes” and our “no” means “no.” In other words, our kids don’t trust us. ...Read More
November 7, 2012
God has given fathers the central role in teaching, training, disciplining, and leading his family and kids. So it comes as no surprise that when a father abdicates this role and refuses, for any number of reasons, to accept his God-given responsibility that his family is more vulnerable to attacks and falling apart. ...Read More
October 24, 2012
You might be thinking, like most well-intentioned parent, that your kids don’t need any other adults because they have you and will talk to you about anything and everything. Well, let me ask the same question Carey Nieuwhof asks in his recent article on this topic, did you talk to your parents about everything? Of course not.
So the question becomes, who do you want your kids talking to about the important things in life, and the things they question, wonder, and worry about? Doesn’t it make a little more sense to hand-select the other adults in your kids’ life than to sit back and “see what happens”?
October 15, 2012
You may not know this, but pastors are under a heavy burden to preach the “whole counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27) Ultimately pastors will stand and give account to God for how they led the flock God gave them. So quality pastors seek to preach and teach even the hard parts of the Bible that other stay away from. This is done not to anger or insult anyone, but to bring to light the truths of Scripture that are designed to grow us spiritually. ...Read More
October 3, 2012
Did you know that October is ‘Pastor Appreciation Month”? No, I’m not making it up, it really is, Google it and see if I’m lying. During the month of October congregations around the country take time to show their pastor just how much they appreciate him and his family. Everything from homemade cards and baked goods, to gifts, and vouchers for watching their kids so they can have a date night have been given. The possibilities are endless. ...Read More
September 27, 2012
As I’ve been saying, you have to model the behavior you want your kids to learn. You have to be the example for the attitudes, habits, values, and behaviors you want your kids to pick up and carry with them. So, if you want your kids to model the biblical principle of forgiveness, you must first model it for them. If you refuse to submit yourself to Scripture and model forgiveness, you can be assured that not only will your kids not understand the need for it, or live it, but they will always have an excuse for ignoring the principle. ...Read More