Growing Through Distractions from Family

For some time, I have been guilty of allowing other distractions to keep me from investing and discipling my family . Coming to this realization of the God-given responsibilities I’ve been charged with is not easy or enjoyable. We heard preached a few Sundays ago [listen here] about our appointed tasks to train our children in the ways of God.

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:7

But I get distracted, very distracted. My distractions take various forms: Continue reading

Failure is not Final

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again…. Proverbs 24:16

I’m so thankful for the truth that failure is not final. The Bible is filled with examples of men and women who committed a major mistake and yet God still chose to use them following their moment of failure. Consider…

  • Abraham chose not to walk by faith (Gen 17), but later became known for his faith (Heb 11).
  • Moses killed an Egyptian. He spends 40 years isolated in a desert and yet God chose Moses to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt. Continue reading

10 Reasons to Date Your Spouse

If you feel like you and your spouse need to get to know each other again, may I suggest you go on a date? I know dating is what you did before marriage, but often times with busy schedules it seems like we could go for weeks without meaningful conversation. So here are ten reasons, why you should date your spouse: Continue reading

Couples Retreat Video

We had a great time at our couples retreat this past weekend. Comment on this post if you’d like me to send your picture to you.

Sincerity Is Overrated

“If you prayed that prayer, and you really meant it in your heart, then you’ll go to heaven when you die.”

Many of us who grew up attending Gospel-preaching churches have heard–and repeated–this statement countless times. Of course, I don’t debate its truthfulness. Whenever a sinner genuinely calls upon Christ in repentance and faith, their salvation is secure.

But what this statement reveals is the weight we place on sincerity as a test of the genuineness of a person’s salvation experience. As long as you “meant it,” you’re good to go.

I believe this is a serious mistake, especially when dealing with children.

Sincerity is an inappropriate test of the genuineness of a child’s salvation. Why? There are at least five reasons: Continue reading

Philippians Memorization Project

Last Sunday night, I observed that we may be yielding less-than-awesome results from our efforts to teach kids the Bible, in part because we grown-ups aren’t taking the initiative to internalize the Word of God ourselves.

In an effort to curtail this tendency, a few AWANA leaders and I are attempting to memorize the book of Philippians by the end of the school year.

I hope you’ll join us.

You’re probably an expert memorizer, but since I’m not, I did a little research on how to best go about it. You can find the plan we’ll be using here (feel free to adapt). Here is a free online audio version of Philippians. And below are a few tips that I gathered on how to effectively memorize long passages of Scripture: Continue reading

Book Review: Instructing a Child’s Heart

Tripp, Tedd & Margy. Instructing a Child’s Heart. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherds Press, 2008. 179 pages.

You may have heard that time flies when you’re having fun.

I’ve also found that time flies when you have kids. Eighteen years–give or take–and they’re gone. Of course, the amount of time you have to really gain a foothold of influence with your kids is even shorter than that. When you subtract all the time it takes to work and sleep and send them to school, etc., you’re left with very little time indeed.

My purpose in pointing this out is that–given the fact that they don’t come with an instruction manual–few people have the time or the ability to think through everything it takes to raise godly kids.

That’s why I’m glad that God has been gracious enough to give us resources like Tedd & Margy Tripp’s Instructing a Child’s Heart. Continue reading