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Teaching Our Family to Forgive

By Family Discipleship

Forgiveness in the Family A young man was telling me about his upbringing. He enjoys his grown siblings but his parents are a challenge. When I asked the reason, he replied that there had been so many offenses between the two of them that they now just coexist as roommates. More and more I am convinced that a primary ingredient in a marriage, in a family, and in a church is forgiveness. Love and forgiveness are the gospel-glue that hold relationships together. Living in a gospel-filled home does not mean we are perfect. It does mean we forgive much based on…

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Barriers to Family Discipleship

By Family Discipleship

If we seek to honor the Lord in our family, we can expect opposition. The world, the flesh, and the devil will fight us all the way. But identifying the opposition can help us fight it. I was recently asked what I thought were common barriers to being a disciple-making parent. Here is my answer. Family Discipleship Barrier #1 – Not knowing what to do  One thing I hear from parents regularly is that they don’t know what to do. Parents can make discipling their child too hard, thinking they have to do a dozen different things all at the same time. Or they…

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Discipleship is a Process, Not a Product

By Family Discipleship

Discipleship is a Process Last weekend I led a seminar on raising sexually healthy kids. In today’s world, this topic is even more of a challenge. But apart from the content, I have been thinking about the method of teaching our children. And it reminds me that I need to remember God’s method as well as God’s content. The key thought? Discipleship is a process, not a product. It is easy to fall into the error of thinking that all we have to do is teach our children something once and they should be all set. Or we should take them through a…

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Book Review: The Master Plan of Evangelism

By Book Reviews, Family Discipleship

As disciple-making parents, we are committed to doing all that we can to raise our children to love and follow Jesus Christ. We know that we cannot control them or change their heart. But we want to do all that we can to influence them. Who is our premier example in this endeavor? Jesus! The twelve apostles as well as many other men and women turned the Roman world upside down. But did they do it without any preparation?  The answer to that question is a resounding, “No.” When we read the gospels, we learn that Jesus spent time ministering…

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Teaching Love 101

By Family Discipleship

Practicing Love 101: For Us and Our Children Jesus told us that the greatest commandments were to love God and love one another. Augustine observed that sin causes us to curve in on ourselves – the opposite of love. We want to train our children to love others and we want to practice these things ourselves. But what does it look like? Below, I have created a quick list of what you might call Loving 101 – The Basics. Church is a perfect place to practice these things. Please Don’t Filter This Out But before we start, I need to clear up an…

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Jonas Williams: Chick-fil-A Secrets and Your Family

By Family Discipleship, Podcast

I bet almost everyone listening to this podcast has eaten at a Chick-fil-A. What are their behind-the scenes-secrets, and how can you apply them to your home? You are in for a treat today. In this podcast, we are going to talk to Jonas Williams, owner operator of the Chick-fil-A in Seekonk, MA.  This recorded conversation came about because I wanted to learn from him about how Chick-fil-A restaurants are so well run. Why? Well, Scripture tells us that elders and deacons are to manage their households well. While certainly every lesson can’t directly apply, many can. Jonas became serious…

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Proverbs 22:6 – A Second Look at an Unpopular Verse

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Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22 6 This verse used to be popular for Christian parents. In it, God seems to promise that if we, the parents, do what we should, then our children will not leave that training. For earnest Christian families this verse was foundational for seeking to raise their children in the faith. The thought went something like this – “If I will train them well, they will not be prodigals but will follow the Lord as adults.” But this…

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Jen Wilkin – Building Community in the Home

By Family Discipleship

I had the privilege of hearing Jen Wilkin at the 2018 ERLC Convention. Her talk on building community was excellent. It will be worth your time.       Her main points. Community comes through shared rules. Community comes through shared responsibility. Community comes through shared language. Community comes through shared affection. Community comes through shared time. Community comes through a shared faith.  

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Shepherding Your Spouse and Children: Ideas and Resources from David Michael

By Family Discipleship, Podcast

  Do you want to grow in your role as the family shepherd? What are just a few tools that could equip you for this vital task?  I sat down with my friend David Michael co-founder of Truth78 and talked about several things he has practiced, still practices, and encourages the church where he serves as Pastor of the Next Generation.  Listen in to this podcast to hear how he prayed over his children as they grew up and how he equips parents, and particularly fathers, to help prepare their children for believer’s baptism. You are going to be challenged…

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