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Feature Friday (08/24/18)

Being a dad is one of the greatest joys of my life. I get to see my children grow, develop, and learn. It is exciting to walk with them, talk with them, and live life with them as I get to see life through their eyes. So often they see things differently than I do or in a way that I have not seen it for sometime.

It’s funny as you grow older it’s easy to become cynical or just apathetic to the everyday joys of life. Which is actually one of the greatest fears of mine as a parent. What if my kids grow apathetic or cynical in important things in life? What if they grow cold toward people? Relationships? Truth? The gospel of Jesus Christ?

These fears and concerns give rise to an important question as the leader of my home. How can my wife and I create a home that not only fosters real relationships with God and one another, but one that even doubters, seekers, and prodigals would want to come to? In answer to that question comes Jim Putnam’s article “Creating An Ideal Home That Your Prodigal Will Find Hard to Leave, But Easy to Come Back to“.

Read the article, you will not regret it. And as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day.

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Feature Friday (02/23/18)

There are lots of things I hope and wish for my children. One of my great desires is that my son will grow up to love and enjoy sports as much as I do. I already see the joy music brings my oldest daughter and I am excited to see how that grows over the years. All our children love to sit and read and listen to a good story. But there is one area, one object, one thing I not only hope and wish my children to love but pray they enjoy thoroughly. What is it?

Reading God’s Word. It is a constant, daily prayer of mine that our children will come to not only be able to read but desire to read God’s Word on their own. I pray that will long to read how God rescued His people out of Egypt. My desire is for them to be enthralled with the unconventional means God used to save Israel and mankind on so many occasions throughout history. But the hard part is: how can I be part of an encouraging that desire?

David Murray shares “6 Tips for Reading the Bible with Your Kids” that challenged me toward this goal. While he shares 6 great tips the greatest truth I walked away from by reading this article was that in order for my kids to desire God’s Word I must first be reading and desiring it as well.

Enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (10/27/17)

A kind friend. A financially responsible young adult. An upstanding citizen. A committed church member. A hard worker. A faithful spouse. And the list could go on and on and on. There are so many things, as a parent, that I want to instill and see my children grow up to be. Some have to do with competencies, others have to do with conduct. But by and far the greatest desire I have for my children is in the character department. Above all else, I want my children to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

I want my kids to have a faith that stands firm beyond the walls of our house and the years of our direct influence. It is an overwhelming task. It is a burden I can only bear when I recognize I am not the one who is ultimately responsible for the salvation and sanctification of my children. But I do play a role. Research shows a parents influence far exceeds any other in terms of faith development. But what exactly should I be seeking and developing in my children to see a lasting faith in their lives? 

There are 10 influences that Jana Magruder unpacks in her research backed book “Nothing Less“. But since we all don’t have time to read an entire book this weekend, Eric Geiger “Reveals the 5 Biggest Influencers on Your Child’s Spiritual Health“. If you are a parent, you NEED to read this.

Enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (8/4/17)

There is always one. All the other children were listening just fine. They had taken their seats on the floor and were ready for the upcoming lesson. It was that time of the children’s program for the kids to settle down, listen up, and enjoy a great story telling video and lesson. However, there was the one.

When asked where he wanted to sit his reply was, “I don’t want to sit down”. When told he needed to sit his simple and loud response was, “No”. When the adult leader finally got him to sit down, all he did was make noises and bother the other kids attempting to listen to the story. Ever have this issue?

So what can we do to Engage a ‘Problem’ Child? In this video, Bruce Linton (who has been in children’s ministry for over 20 years) shares a few tips and one personal story to encourage all of us to engage that problem child. Check out the video here and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (7/28/17)

It was a late Saturday night. The kids were up 3 times through the evening. And the alarm clock went off at 6:30am. What should be a most relaxing and exciting morning, had shaped up to be the most exhausting night and morning of the entire week. It was Sunday and that meant no sleeping in, no procrastinating getting out of bed, and certainly no lazy morning. But sometimes, even as a pastor, I have to ask, is it worth the lack of rest and hurried mornings for my kids and I to be in church?

To answer this question is Jenny Funderburke steps in with an convicting and encouraging article. Her 5 Reasons Your Kid Should Be in Church are great reminders and hope filled encouragements for all of us, but especially those with children asking questions like: “is it worth the fight?” “is it worth the effort?” “will it be worth it in the long run?” Jenny answers all of those questions with a resounding yes in the article.

Enjoy and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (06/30/17)

Children. Leadership. I love talking about both. I enjoy having children and a place to be in leadership. Children are a blessing and yet hard work. Leadership is a blessing and yet hard work. Both of these topics have so much in common. And yet it is so rare to hear people combine the two. Which is why this week’s feature friday was such a challenging and enjoyable read for me.

I pray Tommy Bowman’s “3 Leadership Lessons From My Kids” is a challenge and encouragement to you as well. What other lessons from your kids would you add to this list? Comment below. And as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

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