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Tim Shorey – Respect the Image: How to Communicate Well

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

Our homes are filled with words. Some of these words are helpful and unfortunately, some are not. What if we had some help thinking biblically about communication? In today’s podcast, we’re going to be talking with my friend, Tim Shorey about his book Respect the Image. In that book, Tim uses the acrostic COMMUNICATE to give us biblical principles of communication. Chill Open Up Make Time Mean What You Say Understand What You Hear Nourish with Grace Initiate Peace Celebrate Others Assume You are Wrong Think the Best Examine Your Heart I think you’ll find our conversation enjoyable and practical…

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Chap Bettis – How Understanding Temptation Reorients Us

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

It’s easy as Christians to get into a sin confess cycle that we don’t actually back up and think about what comes before the sin. Once you start looking, you’ll find that both the concept and the word temptation are all over scripture. We would do well to recover and think about the biblical teaching on temptation and how it benefits those of us seeking to live out the gospel in our home. In this episode we’ll look at a proper understanding of temptation and how it can help frame the way we understand ourselves and shepherd our children.

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7 People God Tells Us to Honor

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

I have been bothered recently by a trend I see both in the church, in our culture, and in a younger generation. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until I heard of good friends who were “canceled” by their professing Christian daughters. Sharon and I raised our children with this couple, and while they certainly were not perfect, as far as we can tell they were not abusive. A second close family had a similar situation happen to them. They relayed their story to us with broken hearts. Both families have been cut off from their grandchildren. In addition, the…

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Am I a Hypocritical Parent?

By Christian Living, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

If our example is so important, then what should we focus on? Look with me at the words Paul used to describe the faith of Timothy’s mother and grandmother: I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. (2 Timothy 1:5) Sincere is the first word that Paul used to describe the faith Timothy had seen. The Greek word literally is “non-hypocritical.” The examples that Timothy had seen were non-hypocritical, authentic, and genuine. But what is hypocrisy? Some would say…

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How Do You Feel About Your Own Authority?

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

I recently returned from a wonderful time at Together for the Gospel (T4G) with over 11,000 in attendance. The conference encouraged me over the years as a pastor. There was always wonderful teaching, worship, fellowship, and books. Lots and lots of books! It was a balm to my soul. One talk this year was particularly helpful in thinking about authority. As I listened, I found myself thinking about all of the parents today who seem uncomfortable with the authority God says that we have. Much of this can be traced to a misunderstanding of the nature of authority that our culture…

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How Can Parents Exasperate Their Children?

How Can Parents Exasperate Their Children?

By Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

In the article from a few weeks ago, we saw that Scripture commands our children to honor us (Ephesians 6:1-3). But God also has instructions for us as parents. Positively, we are to bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). I unpack how to do this in the Parenting with Confidence material. But before God gives us the positive exhortation, he gives us a negative command. Don’t exasperate your children. Some versions translate this verse as, Don’t provoke your children to anger. Colossians 3:21 is a parallel verse. In it, fathers (and all parents) are commanded not to embitter or provoke our children,…

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How Can I Expect My Children to Honor Me Since I Am a Sinner Too?

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

I was recently asked this question at a conference. Have you ever wondered the same thing? Certainly, as parents, we blow it. Can we still ask our children to honor us? God has put children in our lives to shine a floodlight on our own need to grow. Time and time again we see our own sinful actions and reactions in our family. Yet Scripture also calls our children to honor us. How can we ask them to do this us when we are so sinful? (And I would add, are we calling them to honor us at all? I believe this…

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Are You Believing This Myth?

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

We live life based on the Ideas that we have. Sometimes we pick up those ideas consciously and sometimes unconsciously. This week’s article will help us look at the #2 myth that intentional Christian parents believe. The following is an excerpt of page 20 from The Disciple-Making Parent. Are You Believing this Myth? Myth 2: The ultimate goal of my Christian life is to have my children follow the Lord. Some parents need the reminder of the beginning of this chapter, that they themselves are primarily responsible to disciple their children. However, at the other end of the spectrum are the parents who would do anything for the…

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Filling Your Home with Music

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

Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. Ps 147:1 Two of the strengths Sharon brings to our home is her love for and talent with music. She has a beautiful voice and has used it to honor the Lord in worship for many years. When we first started raising children and thinking about discipling our family, what we hoped the culture of our family would be, we both wanted to have a home filled with music. Music is a Gift Scripture makes clear that…

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Seven Ways to Pray for Your Children

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

In Chapter 20 of The Disciple-Making Parent I have a whole chapter on praying for our children. Prayer is both a duty (as in difficult work) and a delight. The Lord gives us access to his throne room based on the blood of Jesus. Yet often we find it difficult to pray for our children. Here are seven suggested ways to pray for your children and for your family. 1. Pray with thanksgiving. Paul began his letters with giving thanks. Even when writing the problem-filled church of Corinth, he started with thanking God for them. Thanksgiving has a way of altering…

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