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Parenting: Early Years

Our Hearts are Still Connected

By Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

Though we cannot nor should control our children, we do want to be intentional in our parenting. One of our goals is to raise children who are biblically wise and not foolish. Wisdom is skilled living in God’s world. And wisdom starts with fearing the Lord (Prov. 9:10). With the individualism of the West and the nature of the human heart, it is easy for adult children to say a “Thank you!” and then launch out, without thinking much about their parents. I certainly did that as a young person. But though they may have left our house they have not left…

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Ideas, Truth, and Falsehoods

By Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

Maybe after reading this, you will think it was written by Captain Obvious. But for some reason, as I have been meditating on these thoughts, I am seeing the world a little differently. And I wonder if it will help you as you speak with your teen or young adult. IdeasWe swim in an ocean of ideas. Our children also swim in an ocean of ideas. Some ideas are presented through teaching and conversation. Others come through the arts and media. For this method we might think of TV, documentaries, advertisements, movies, or  music. Ideas are everywhere! As our children get older, they are exposed…

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Family Pastor, Your Home is Your Focus Group

By Church Life, Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

As a side benefit of my conference ministry, I am privileged to meet a number of godly young pastors. Some have the role of family pastor and some are senior pastors with a heart for family discipleship. The very reason they have me in to speak is because they want to equip the parents in their church to pass the gospel to the next generation.  They also know the church is important in this calling. And so they will launch initiatives to encourage and help parents. But too often those initiatives have less success than they wanted. What seemed like a…

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The Characters of Easter – Dan Darling

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast
On this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent, we engage in a compelling conversation with Dan Darling about his book, "The Characters of Easter". We explore the surprising insights into the lives of Peter, John, Judas, Pilate, and other figures from the Easter story. We discuss how these real people with complex emotions and decisions bring depth to the biblical narrative. We also touch on the challenges and rewards of parenting, and how the sacrifices made by the parents of James and John provide a powerful example for modern families. Join us as we reflect on the transformative power of Easter...
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Forgiveness in the Family

By Family Discipleship, Marriage, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

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 how much we…

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Raising Children to the Glory of God – Ed Moore

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast, Uncategorized
In this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent, we present a special message from Ed Moore. Drawing from his extensive personal and pastoral experience, Ed shares valuable insights on parenting. He underscores the significance of expressing love to our children frequently and the impact of creating memories through spontaneous, fun, and creative activities. Ed further highlights the role of faith and grace in parenting, narrating his own journey of learning from failure and defeat. This episode is full of wisdom about raising children in a godly, impactful, and joyful manner. Resources From This Podcast The Cross Centered Life, by C.J. Mahaney...
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Five Reasons to Make Dinner an Event

By Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

When Sharon and I were starting out as a family, we brainstormed on different practices that we hoped would characterize our family. Why? God gives us the privilege of creating a little family culture. For example, we have the privilege of determining the food we eat, the music in the house, the decorations on the wall, and the values we hold. It is a privilege. It is also a reflection of our imaging God. We are (rightly) ruling over this little part of God’s world. One of those values we had was we both wanted to emphasize family dinners. We…

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How Heaven Motivates Our Holiness – Chap Bettis

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Marriage, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast
In this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent podcast, we delve into how a biblical understanding of heaven can profoundly impact family dynamics and relationships. We'll explore themes of heaven, holiness, and their relevance to daily life, emphasizing the importance of actions that please God rather than seeking human approval. The episode highlights the anticipation of heaven as a motivation for Christians to live holy lives, especially in family contexts. We also discuss the reality of judgment and grace, offering practical advice for believers to apply in their daily lives and relationships.   Resources From This Podcast The Glory Now Revealed,...
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Magic Phrases We Used with Our Young Children

By Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years

I was in Charlotte teaching my Parenting with Confidence material and it got me thinking about little magic phrases that were repeated in our house when our children were little. No, I can’t point to a verse backing each of these up. But they do fall under wisdom application. Use them if you think they might be helpful.  “Freeze” – This was our code word for absolute unquestioning obedience. Sharon and I would only use it for semi-life threatening circumstances like walking across a parking lot. With four children in six years, there were times that there was only room for one or…

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Heaven and the Exciting Things Awaiting Us – Andy Davis

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast
On this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent Podcast, we have a thought-provoking conversation about the concept of heaven and its significance in our lives. We are joined by special guest Dr. Andy Davis, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina, and author of the book "The Glory Now Revealed." We discuss the transformative power of remembering and learning about God's glory, the impact of rewards in shaping our eternal perspective, and the profound connection between our past experiences and the fullness of God's redemptive story. Discover how this understanding can bring hope, joy, and a renewed sense...
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