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Helping Your Kids Know God Better: An Interview with Focus on the Family

By Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond
Over the summer, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jim Daly and John Fuller at Focus on the Family to discuss my book The Disciple-Making Parent. In this interview, we discussed the following: Why Christian parenting is counter-cultural.   Practical things that should alert you that you’re creating a child-centered family.   Defining Pharisee parenting where moms and dads need to be sure their walk with the Lord is solid before preaching to their kids.   Three common myths moms and dads have about discipling their children.   Encouragement to parents who feel like they have already failed...
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The Battle for Your Child’s Heart and Mind

By Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond
Chap Bettis at Focus on the Family In today's cultural moment, forces are gunning for our children and grandchildren. There's a battle raging for your child's heart and mind. I sat down with Focus on the Family to discuss the importance of this battle as we seek to faithfully pass on the gospel baton to our children.   There Are Two Prodigal Sons  A lot of people miss that there are two prodigal sons. One prodigal is off ruining the family fortune and his father's honor through sin. But the other one is staying in the house; he is just...
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Let Your Kids Wrestle with the Faith

By Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Teens and Beyond
Timothy grew up without a believing father but a faithful mom and grandmother. In 2 Timothy 3:14, Paul to Timothy, “continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of;” We see in this passage that he learned faith in Christ as a young person, but he had to become convinced. I know in my own story I think I made a genuine profession of faith around the age of eight years old. But during the time of high school, I had doubts. I had questions about Jesus existing, God existing, or are we just making all this up?...
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Big Tech’s Battle for Your Child’s Faith and Attention

By Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond
I've heard people say today's teenagers are more connected than ever, but they're more lonely than ever. Why? Because they're relating to their friends through a screen. And not only that, there's other content they can access through a screen; the whole world is on this phone. I go back to affection and authority. As a parent, I'm going to realize that there's a danger both in the amount of time and the content. Just the amount of time they spend on their phone changes their interactions with their friends. So, I'm going to try and guard them. I'm going...
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Guy Wilcox – How to Use The Disciple-Making Parent to Equip Parents in Your Church

By Church Life, Family Discipleship, Leadership, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast
You're a person who loves the material that The Disciple-Making Parent produces, but how do you help others catch the vision? What can you do to help others pass the gospel to their children and keep them from becoming spiritual casualties? In today’s episode, Guy Wilcox, a youth pastor out of Fayetteville, Arkansas, gets very specific about how he used the book, The Disciple-Making Parent to equip the parents in his large church. ----- We want to help you raise strong disciples of Jesus Christ, who can stand strong in today's culture, and you can get the audiobook of the...
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Should I Make My Teen Go to Church?

By Church Life, Family Discipleship, Parenting: Teens and Beyond
I have been asked this question four times in the past four months. Though there are variations, the basic question is, "Should I make my teenager go to church if he or she doesn't want to?" One parent thinks of a 16-year-old son who says, "I am not a Christian and don’t enjoy church; why do I have to go?" Others were thinking of a similar scenario. One added the twist of having a 19 or 20-year-old still living at home and negatively influencing the younger siblings. The following are some wisdom principles that would lead me to conclude that...
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Keith Plummer – How Scientism Might Be Causing Problems for You or Your Teen

By Apologetics, Discerning Culture, Family Discipleship, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast
"If only I had some scientific proof that Christianity is true that would really strengthen my faith." Have you ever found yourself thinking something like that? Or maybe your teen has also wished that there was scientific proof for Christianity? If that's true, then this podcast is for you. In today's podcast, we're going to be thinking about the blessing and limitations of science. We live in a time when we're blessed and amazed at the scientific discoveries that enrich our lives. But a belief in science can morph into the idea that science itself is how we know reality....
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Living to Please the Lord

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

Have you thought of the fact that your walk with Christ can please him? In fact, this should be one of the motivations in our Christian life. Though we are in Christ and therefore well-pleasing to him already, we also should be motivated to please him in our daily life. You can see that encouragement referenced in verses like: 1 Cor 7:32, 1 Thes 2:4, 4:1, 1 Tim 2:3, 5:4. But this drive to please is also in our children. Read the following excerpt from page 90 of The Disciple-Making Parent. I would love to know your thoughts. – Chap Wired to Please…

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Rick Horne – How to Shepherd Troubled and Angry Teens

By Family Discipleship, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast

  Resources From This Podcast Get Outta My Face, by Rick Horne Get Offa My Case, by Rick Horne Topics Covered In This Week’s Podcast 00:11 Introduction 02:53 How Get Outta My Face came about 10:17 Wise wants 19:37 Connecting consequences with behaviors 39:09 Get Offa My Case Episode Transcript I’m Chap Bettis, and you’re listening to The Disciple-Making Parent, where we seek to equip parents and churches to pass the gospel to their children. The teenage years can be tumultuous. Suddenly we wake up and find that we have an angry and unmotivated teen. Where did that come from?…

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A Second Look at 2 Timothy 3:16-17

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

Every so often, new information causes us to take a new look at a familiar verse. In a previous post, I had us take a second look at Proverbs 22:6, asking if we had not misunderstood the intent and the application of the verse. In a similar vein, I want to have us look again at 2 Timothy 3:16-17. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. NIV84 Important for the Parent These are two important and familiar verses….

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