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What is Leadership in the Home?

By Family Discipleship

 He [an overseer] must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive… 1 Timothy 3:4 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 1 Timothy 3:12 Scripture tells us that elders and deacon are to manage their household well. The same word translated manage is used in Romans 12:8 and translated as leadership. So we could also say that an elder and deacon are to lead their households and children well. Yet, in spite of the fact that all parents are to be leaders, few actually think clearly about what…

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Family Love Makes The Triune God Visible

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If we emphasize the unity of God, we picture in our mind, a lonely, mysterious God who, we think, may have created man and woman because he was lonely. Much as a widower might purchase a dog to overcome loneliness, God made man and woman to have a relationship with. The truth could not be further from this thought. Our God who is one in essence, is nevertheless three in persons. Before time began, God dwelt in perfect community, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Tim Keller states it this way: “So we believe that the world was made not by…

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ERLC 2018 – Church Structure, Parental Insecurity, and Parenting Adult Children

By Family Discipleship, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

I recently had the privilege of participating on a panel at ERLC 2018 – The Storm-Tossed Family.  Following were the questions we were asked to prepare for and my bullet point responses. What would you add? Parents don’t see their role as disciple-making. They are busy making sure they are fed, staying out of trouble, and getting into school. How does the disciple-making paradigm change the way we think about parenting? I know what it’s like to be busy – 4 kids each two years apart. 6,4,2, newborn, 2010 was our teen year – 19-13. We are not connecting what…

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Family Discipleship – For What Purpose?

By Evangelism, Family Discipleship

This blog and my writing focus on passing the gospel to our children. Rightly we are concerned about the number who seem to grow up in a Christian home but reject the faith. But we must not make this the ultimate purpose of our lives or even our children’s lives. We should ask the deeper question of, “To what end?” If we want our own hearts and our family’s hearts to reflect God’s heart, then what does that look like? What vision do I hope to inculcate in them? My Country Only? As the American culture disintegrates around us, it…

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Spurgeon: Tell Your Children

By Family Discipleship

“Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.” — Joel 1:3 In this simple way, by God’s grace, a living testimony for truth is always to be kept alive in the land-the beloved of the Lord are to hand down their witness for the gospel, and the covenant to their heirs, and these again to their next descendants. This is our first duty, we are to begin at the family hearth: he is a bad preacher who does not commence his ministry at home. The heathen are to be sought…

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How Jack Harbaugh Discipled His Two Super Bowl Sons

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Very interesting article for anyone who wants to disciple their children to pursue football Jesus. The writer, who I think is a Christian, makes these observations. What I came looking for was a how-to and what I left with was the feeling that we have overcomplicated things in our pursuit of perfect parenting. How two brothers end up coaching each other in the pinnacle of their profession is actually quite simple. Jack did something that he loved passionately, and he included his children daily in pursuit of that passion. “I’d like to say that I think that they took from…

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Fighting for Unity: 12 Practices that Lead to Family (and Church) Harmony

By Church Life, Family Discipleship

Where two or three are gathered… there is conflict waiting to happen. So reads the back of Peacemaking for Families. But we can create a home culture where peacemaking is practiced. In fact I would argue that we should fight for unity. I originally put the following list together for life together in the church. But as you will see, it also applies to the family as well. These are things to practice in our family and teach others. I cover much of this in Chapter 13 of The Disciple-Making Parent. 1. Pray for unity. Jesus is praying this way….

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7 Principles to Guide Family Devotions

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In a previous article, we have begun to think about the importance of family worship. In this post, we'll examine seven principles that have guided our family: 1. Simple and consistent beats the elaborate.When we open the word around our children, we are simply laying one brick in their foundation of their understanding. We do not need to have elaborate discussions every time. Think of the football team with running plays that make three or four yards at a time. They are not spectacular but each play moves the ball down the field. Every time we have opened up the...
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Basic Family Worship

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James Grant says that most men do not have family worship because they cannot explain the Bible well and they do not pray well.  With those objections in mind he offers this super basic plan that any dad can follow. Plan to have family worship after an evening meal Read through a good book Say the Lord’s prayer after reading the book That’s it. You cannot get much simpler than that! His book suggestions include: “Jesus Storybook Bible – We read through this book as a family, and I love it. Guess what…so did my kids! The great thing about this…

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One Father’s Family Devotion Routine

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One father’s family devotion routines. Good to hear what one father is doing. Some specific suggestions include: 1. Have a Routine. 2. Have Intentional Evenings. 3. Take time to play. 4. Have a Bible Time. 5. Have a Question and Answer Time. 6. Have Family Prayer. We did similar things when our kids were younger. It is difficult to keep these going. Would love to check in on him in a few years. But, these are good reminders of some categories that are to be included with our kids.

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