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. Read the rest of this entry »
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 three requirements are a basis for evaluating our children’s character development: Read the rest of this entry »
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.” Instead, teach children to affirm others in conversation. It’s part of learning what it means to be a servant. Listening can be hard work. It requires that children think of the other person, not just of themselves. Read the rest of this entry »
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 into line, but our long-range goal should be to raise children who Read the rest of this entry »
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 helps you to empathize with them. It’s hard to set aside your agenda just because someone else wants you to. Just as adults want to fulfill their agendas, kids do too. Read the rest of this entry »
“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 work makes Jill a lazy girl.” Some children receive an overdose of sports, TV, school, video games, or even church. Few kids experience the energizing vitality that takes place when their minds, hearts, and bodies are stretched and balanced to reach their full potential. Read the rest of this entry »
“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 as honesty, diligence, and respect are in short supply. Homes and schools do not necessarily reinforce those basic values. Read the rest of this entry »
All of us get angry at times. Learning how to help children manage their anger is important. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following practical article that can bring peace at home and at church. Read the rest of this entry »
One day, Jesus healed 10 men who were sick with a horrible disease called leprosy (Luke 17:12-19). Only one of the men took time to thank Jesus for healing him. How do you think Jesus felt about this? Read the rest of this entry »
(John 14:6, 20:29-31; Matthew 28:18-20)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
How Kids Think
Children ask, “Is Jesus Christ real?” Some adults honor Jesus as an important historical figure, some worship Him as God, still others reject Jesus and use His name with contempt or indifference. Many children are confused about the Lord’s true identity and don’t know Him as Savior. Kids need guidance and opportunities to learn about Jesus, His purpose on the earth, and how they can know Him personally today. Read the rest of this entry »
Some of the ways teachers and parents relate to children work against emotional closeness. Be careful not to undermine your own efforts with actions that close your child’s heart. In the following article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides four examples of things to avoid: Read the rest of this entry »
In this article, Dr. Kim Pond studies grief in children 6 to 12 and makes suggestions for the church’s response to a child’s loss of a significant loved one. Read the rest of this entry »