Family Archive

Dealing with the stresses of today’s ministry: Part 2

  In this practical article by James T. Flynn, you will discover four keys to experiencing a lifetime of fruitful ministry. Ministerial formation’s goal is for ministers and their families to experience a lifetime of fruitful service. When formation does not take into account forces of deformation commonly experienced in ministry, the result is malformation that leads to failure under stress with devastating consequences. At …

Help children make wise choices today

  Randy Alcorn, founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, provides three foundational keys that will help children grow in Christ-likeness. What qualities does God want us to develop in our children? No need to guess. Scripture tells us specifically: “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to have mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). These …

Getting Kids to Listen

  Listening is becoming a lost skill in today’s digitally-distracted-information-overloaded world. But children can learn to listen, says Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. Many children don’t know how to listen without thinking about the next thing they want to say. Or if they do listen, they make statements like, “I know,” or “I can do it better than that.” …

Building Relationships With Your Kids

Four Activities for Building Relationships With Your Kids By Jim Dempsey, Ph.D. The Bible says that Satan is a liar, and one of his favorites is that God cares more about rules than relationships. Parents can fall for this deception when they become more focused on the outward behavior of their children than on the relationship they are building. Sure we want behavior to come …

Valuing Instruction Is Mission Critical

By Jim Dempsey, Ph.D. Let’s face it. Your child has an agenda different from yours. When you tell them to clean up so that you can get to school on time, it may be important to you but that does not mean your child sees any value in it. And when your children don’t value your command, they resist obeying it. Understanding this simple concept …

Nurturing a Child’s Development

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31, NIV). How Kids Think The adage, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is true! Similarly, “All play and no …

Character Traits Kids Can Develop

“A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad” (Matthew 12:33). How Kids Think Some people challenge established Christian virtues. They ask, “Why value a righteous lifestyle?” Many children grow up without the benefit of role models who exhibit positive character traits. As a result, qualities such …