Help children learn self-control

Kids protest, “Why are you punishing me?” Children only see that correction results in a rebuke, spanking, or loss of privileges. They cannot yet appreciate the long-term value of godly discipline that molds, strengthens, and perfects their character. “An effective, Biblically sound children’s training process must be comprehensive and ultimately help kids know God intimately, love Him passionately, and serve Him selflessly.” Children are predisposed …

Three Keys to Anointed Teaching

By James C. Wilhoit and Linda Rozema, Wheaton College Introduction In this paper, the authors suggest that anointing is not just an optional enrichment to teaching, but its defining mark. The Puritan writer and preacher Richard Baxter (1674) used an apt expression when he spoke of the anointing on Christian communication as “tincture,” by which he meant it was like a dye that colored the …

The greatest in God’s Kingdom

Real Life Heroes Television and other media often exalt sports starts, super-models, and Hollywood celebrities. Nearly every child today idolizes these heroes and wants to emulate the rich and famous. Jesus could have established a cult-following. He could have basked in His popularity and His power. But Christ’s mission transcended the lures of wealth or status. The greatest people in God’s kingdom are those who …

Helping children listen to God

Andrew Murray wrote, “Conscience can be compared to the window of a room, through which the light of heaven shines into it, and through which we can look out and see that heaven, with all that its light shines on.”1 In Romans 9:1 the Apostle Paul said, “I speak the truth in Christ–I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit.” In this article, …

Four Things Every Child Needs Today

Jesus loved children. In Mark 10:13-16 we see Jesus interacting with kids. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And he took the children in his arms, put …

What Every Child Needs To Grow

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NLT) The Situation All too often kids hear statements such as, “You’ll never amount to anything!” Many children are exposed to an onslaught of criticism, sarcasm, and derogatory comments. Those words tear down a child’s confidence, competence, and self-esteem. As a result, kids have growing problems of insecurity …

Kids need this biblical diet

Before facing Goliath, David carefully selected five smooth stones. It is time for churches to address a giant problem— My grandfather was quite a character. Born in 1906, he spent his entire life on the same Midwest farm. In fact, he died in the same room in which he was born! Grandpa went to his grave firmly convinced that the earth was flat. He told …