Discipleship Archive

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 …

3 Ways Parents Help Their Child Succeed TODAY!

In this helpful article, Greg Baird outlines three practical ways to help children be successful in everyday life. As parents, one of our overriding desires is to see our children be successful. Maybe it’s for a small child to be successful in learning new behaviors. Or it might be that we want them to be successful in school. Maybe it’s in a sport they play, …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Make Wise Decisions

Discipleship Truth: No one wants to make foolish decisions—but we all do! The Scriptures exalt wisdom as life’s most desirable quality, the highest blessing people can attain (Proverbs 3:13-15). Wisdom is the ability to navigate through life with supernatural skill—with the Lord’s insight, integrity, and intensity. Because wisdom is so valuable, God doesn’t dispense wisdom to just anyone; becoming wise requires effort (2:1-6). The path …

Diaper Dialogue: Your Baby’s Emotions

Navigating the emotional ups-and-downs of a baby often challenges new parents and nursery workers. Dr. Scott Turansky’s book “Baby Adventure” offers insights into providing real solutions for your young child.   “My baby seems angry,” one mom reported. “Is that possible? Should I discipline him? He’s only four months old, but I don’t want to encourage it and develop bad patterns.” This mom is asking …

Spiritual Gardening—Nurturing One Plant at a Time by Mark Steiner

Imagine the delight of a gardener carrying hard-earned baskets of carrots, tomatoes, beans, or potatoes into the house. The diligent labor—preparing the soil, planting the seeds, and cultivating the plants—is finally rewarded when family and friends sink their teeth into the fresh produce. Nothing is more satisfying. Discipleship is very similar to gardening. Children are like seeds that eventually grow into mature plants that produce …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Love God Passionately

Discipleship Truth: Jesus summed up all 613 Old Testament laws into two: love God and love people (Mark 12:30-31). But beware of the simplicity of Jesus’ words. To love God with ALL the heart, soul, mind, and strength does not mean “business as usual.” Loving God demands effort, passion, and action. True Story: Children can gush with excitement over food, friends, games, or a favorite …