Discipleship Archive

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). …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Nurture Your Roots

Discipleship Truth: God encourages His followers to remember their family heritage and to build a spiritual legacy. Moses exhorted the Israelites to treasure their identity as God’s beloved, chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6-9). After they settled into the Promised Land, Joshua commanded all 12 tribes to preserve property boundaries and maintain their family lineage (Joshua 24:13-15). True Story: My father regaled us with story after story …

Preschool Pointers: Your Children, Classroom, and Expectations

Managing all the variables in preschool ministry can be challenging. To anticipate and resolve most issues, focus on these three items: know your children, foster an inviting environment, and establish clear expectations.   Your Children God made each child in your class uniquely for His glory. Therefore, expect variety rather than uniformity. Every teacher’s timeless challenge is to discover how to bring out the best …