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Tim Challies – Walking Through Deep Sorrow and Loss

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

It’s every parent’s nightmare. An unexpected phone call, an unexpected funeral burying your own child. How do we react in the days and months and years ahead? On November 3rd, 2020, Tim Challies received just such a call. He received the shocking news that his son Nick had died. During those days, months, and year of loss, Tim began to write. And the content of that writing is what we’re going to talk about in this episode. We’re going to talk about his most recent book, Seasons of Sorrow: The Pain of Loss and the Comfort of God.    …

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Ray Van Neste – Reasons a Preacher Should Address the Children

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

Could it be that we’re ignoring a large group in our worship service, even when they show up week after week? I planted and pastor to church for 25 years, and I know that everyone has a wonderful idea about what you should be doing with your time. But I would ask you to think about one little section of your sermon. That’s what we’re gonna be talking about in today’s podcast. We’re talking with Dr. Ray Van Neste about his recent blog post entitled: Preacher, Don’t Forget to Speak to the Children. And in that post, he lays out…

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Deepak Reju -Establishing an Effective and Safe Children’s Ministry

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

This Sunday, hundreds of thousands of parents will drop off their children at the children’s ministry of a church. And hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours will have been spent in preparation, but is the ministry safe? And is it effective? We’re going to be talking with Deepak Reju about two of his very helpful books. In the first part of the interview, we will talk about the, his book Build on Jesus: A Comprehensive Guide for Gospel Based Children’s Ministry. In the second half of our conversation, we talk about a second book On Guard: Preventing and Responding to…

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Chap Bettis – Communication that Creates Community

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

God cares about our words. Our words are powerful. They can encourage someone made in God’s image or discourage them. Do you need some challenge to honor the Lord with your words? I recently preached on Ephesians 4:29. In that passage, God tells us that we’re not to let any on wholesome or corrupting talk, come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up others according to their needs. All of us need to grow in becoming a godly communicator and I think this sermon might help you in that process.

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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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Travis Rymer – Current Issues Teens Face – Part 2

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The Christian faith and values are under attack. How is the Christian to respond and how do we equip our children? This episode is part two in a two-part series on equipping ourselves and our children to live in this new world. Travis Rymer serves as an associate pastor in my home church of Grace Harbor in Providence, Rhode Island. He and his wife, Rebeca live in Providence with their three children. He is a graduate of Gordon Conwell Seminary.   Issues Teens Face handout (includes outline, glossary, and recommended reading)  

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Travis Rymer – Current Issues Teens Face – Part 1

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The Christian faith and values are under attack. How is the Christian to respond and how do we equip our children? This episode is part one in a two-part series on equipping ourselves and our children to live in this new world. Travis Rymer serves as an associate pastor in my home church of Grace Harbor in Providence, Rhode Island. He and his wife, Rebeca live in Providence with their three children. He is a graduate of Gordon Conwell Seminary.   Issues Teens Face handout (includes outline, glossary, and recommended reading)  

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Alexander Strauch – The Household of God and Your Household

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Watch the interview with Alexander Strauch on YouTube. Resources From This Podcast Biblical Eldership, by Alexander Strauch BiblicalEldership.com The School of the Shepherds Equal Yet Different, by Alexander Strauch The Hospitality Commands, by Alexander Strauch When the Church Was a Family, by Joseph Hellerman The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood                   Topics Covered In This Week’s Podcast 00:15 Introduction 02:55 About the ministry and Biblical Eldership 06:20 The vocabulary the New Testament uses for church leaders 12:39 Family as an extension of the church 17:43 How elders and deacons can manage their…

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Dr. Richard Ross – Connecting with the Heart of Your Teen

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

    Watch the interview with Dr. Ross on YouTube. Resources From This Podcast Turning Hearts– Dr. Ross’s website Jesus: The Reigning King, by Rob Rienow and Richard Ross Reign: Awakening a Young Generation to King Jesus, by Richard Ross & Clayton Ross Topics Covered In This Week’s Podcast 00:15 Introduction 02:15 Creating a heart connection with your teen 08:18 Keeping the heart connection healthy 17:15 The necessity of encouragement 29:07 The impact of Christ’s reign on the lives of teens Episode Transcript Chap: I’m Chap Bettis, and you’re listening to The Disciple-Making Parent, where we seek to equip parents…

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