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Balance Your Growth by Mark Steiner

First Century Parenting Just for fun, put yourself in the sandals of Joseph or Mary, Jesus’ earthly parents. What unique challenges did they face raising a child who never lied, never talked back, never undermined their authority, and always obeyed? A solitary verse summarizes Joseph and Mary’s parenting efforts: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52). …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Pray from Your Heart

Discipleship Truth: God grants every Christian an incredible honor—to remain in personal contact with Him every moment of every day! The Lord’s unlimited resources and inexhaustible power are always at our disposal. Draw near, seeking God’s face. Dialogue openly with Him. Pray with your whole heart. Be passionate. God delights to connect with His children; He eagerly awaits your every request (Psalm 34:17-19)! True Story: …

Empower Elementary: The Abiding Adventure—Bearing Fruit that Lasts and Lasts

The Vine and the Branches Growing up near Napa Valley’s grape and wine country, I often observed beautiful vineyards arching in perfect rows across the rolling hills. Although the imagery was familiar and Jesus’ “vine and branches” analogy was often cited in church, the deep truths in John 15 remained abstract to me—just concepts and ideas. I didn’t get it; I didn’t envision myself “abiding” …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Obey God’s Word

Discipleship Truth: God gave His Word to transform the way believers live. Knowing Bible truths is only the first step toward godliness. That head-knowledge must lead to life-change. James describes believers who know the truth but who do not act on it—“self-deluded” (James 1:22). True Story: When I served as a lead camp counselor, truths from 1 Peter 4:8-11 came alive to me—and the entire …

Should I Make My Kids Apologize?

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13) In this brief article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides insight into the meaning of true reconciliation. “I’m Sorry” May Miss the Mark Reconciliation often requires that an offender comes back to try to make things right. …

How to Meet with God

Call it quiet-time, personal devotions, or whatever you like—the time you spend with God in prayer and studying His Word is your best possible investment! Jesus’ resurrection opened the door for believers to enjoy a rich relationship with God. Knowing the Lord in an intimate and personal way is an amazing privilege! The steps below provide a biblical structure for meeting with God.   1) …

Reach Your Potential by Mark Steiner

Just as human parents swell with pride in their child’s achievements, our heavenly Father receives glory, renown, and satisfaction when His children reach their peak potential in Christ. Our Highest Priority If we asked our heavenly Father, “What is most important to You,” He might answer, “I have no greater joy than to hear that My children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4). …