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Your Spouse is Not Your Rock

By Marriage, Uncategorized

If you have ever watched any construction you know that a large amount of time is spent establishing a part of the building or house you will not see. At first glance, it seems that builders spend a disproportionate amount of time digging the foundation of the building. But that unseen construction is vital for the structure to stand during the coming stresses. Without it, the building will fall (Matthew 7:47). The doctrine of God’s unchangeableness (or as theologians call it – immuntability) is similar. At first glance it doesn’t seem as interesting as other attributes like God’s love, omniscience, or…

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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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Are You an Encouragement Giver or Taker?

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Marriage, Uncategorized

Encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thes 5:11  Do you give encouragement to others? Or do you absorb it from others? I have been thinking recently about encouragement as a facet of love. It is a way we love those in our church. It is a way we love those in our families. But in particular, I am thinking about it is a specific way we love our spouse.  Men, do you encourage your wife? She needs it. Ladies do you encourage your husband? He needs it. How can you tell if someone needs encouragement? Easy. They are breathing.  All of us…

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Do You Have a Plan for Protecting Your Children on Social Media?

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I recently had an opportunity to hear from Aime Konwinski. She is the founder of Smart Gen Society.  Her presentation particularly focused on the issues around social media. Here are statistics she gave us: 56% of 5-year-olds have their own digital device. The average age to get a smartphone in the US: 10 (roughly 4th grade). 94% of high schoolers use social media. 70% of middle schoolers use social media. 75% of fourth graders use social media (particularly Tik-Tok) in Omaha area. The average American teen spends 7 hours a day on digital media. Since 2019, the National Center for Missing and…

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Honoring Grandparents In an Age of Unhonor

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Family relationships are tricky. Sin affects everything including our families. And that certainly applies to our extended family.  Grandparents can be a blessing, require some tricky navigation, or be a constant challenge. But more often what I worry about is how our cultural child-centeredness influences how families view grandparents.  The very nature of sin causes all of us to curve in on ourselves. As a result, I wonder if God’s call to honor those who are older, especially grandparents, has fallen on hard times. Are we asking grandparents to honor the grandchildren rather than the other way around? Functionally, who is honoring whom…

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How to Be Effective in an Unstructured Day

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I have been a paid pastor or in full time ministry for over 30 years. At the beginning, I remember wrestling with having so much time on my hands and trying to make it effective. Recently, I was asked what principles I follow to be a good steward of my time. These are not exhaustive but a start. Although this doesn’t specifically apply to parenting, I think it may be helpful to you. 1. Try to work a certain number of hours every day. Put yourself on a schedule. If you steal time in the middle of the day pay it back later. Work…

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Quick Thoughts on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

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The 50th anniversary of Earth Day was this week. (4/27/2020). Let’s have a biblical view of the earth not a secular one. The following are some bullet point thoughts. What does the Bible say about the earth? 1. The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). He created it and established it. Therefore he owns it. It belongs to him. 2. Creation declares God’s glory (Psalm 19:1). A being who can make the heavens and the intricacies of creation is very great. This is a cool video.  3. Creation declares to everyone there is a God (Romans…

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Love Is: A Short Bible Study on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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With families in confined quarters, love is even more important. This devotional, from Parenting with Patience, can be helpful for parents or other family members. Love is… Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. 1. Read verse 4. Write out the five characteristics of love.  Then write out the opposite.  Love is…                                           The Opposite is…. ———————————-|———————————————– a. b. c. d. e. 2. Read verse 5. What are four more characteristics of love? Again, write out the opposite. Love is…                                            The Opposite is…. ———————————-|———————————————– a. b. c. d. 3. Pray though the qualities in the left columns. Circle the ones that stick out to…

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12 Principles for Media Use in the Family

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I realize that a study on the 12 principles for media use in the family is going to be outdated as soon as it released. But one study found that teens are consuming NINE hours of media a day, not including texting, school and homework. Another study put it at 11 hours because teens were multitasking. More than 70% of households said they had TVs in the bedrooms and 66% reported a TV on during the meals. Not surprisingly, only about one-half of parents had rules for media use. As anyone who knows a teen or tween can attest, media is…

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