Monthly Archive: August 2012

Discipleship: A life-long process

“The waves of discipleship materials that have swept over the church in the past sixty years have in many cases caused people to be more confused than ever when they think of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ,” writes Michael J. Wilkins, Professor Biola University. 1 According to Thomas Tarrants, Director of Ministry at the C.S. Lewis Institute, “There is a …

10,000 Strong: National Back to Church Sunday

More than 10,000 congregations have committed to active participation in National Back to Church Sunday on Sept. 16. By registering their names and locations, these congregations have signaled their intentions to invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, who, for a variety of reasons, no longer attend church. The largest community outreach in the nation is expected to draw the participation of more than 14,000 churches. …

Heart Matters: Raising Christ-centered kids for life

Many efforts to train children are based on “behavior modification” techniques. These usually focus on symptoms rather than on the heart. The Bible teaches that the heart is the control center for all of life. A person’s conduct mirrors what is going on in his or her heart. Proverbs 4:23 summarizes, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well-spring of life.” Ted …

How to Equip Kids for Lifelong Learning

Kids are heading back to school. To help you equip children for lifelong learning and success, we have provided the following keys adapted from Cheri Fuller’s series entitled “Equip Kids for Lifelong Learning.” 1 5 Keys for Lifelong Learning Build Responsibility: Kids who learn responsibility tend to be more competent and successful at school. Empower children by encouraging self-reliance and responsibility. Share with friends...

Honor: What children need to know

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). Dr. Scott Turansky writes, “Children need to know what godly character looks like in practical terms. We love the character quality of honor, not just because God commands it, but also because it has so much rich meaning for parents, teachers and children. It can give direction in many of the …

Tips for Teaching Strong-Willed Kids

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4) In his book, The Strong-Willed Child, Dr. James Dobson writes, “Let’s begin by acknowledging that rearing boys and girls can be a difficult assignment, especially today when the culture is battling mightily with parents for the hearts and minds of their kids. To bring them up …