ABCs of Family Discipleship—Be Filled with God’s Spirit

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:15-17 ESV) Discipleship Truth: Jesus made …

Diaper Dialogue: Separation Anxiety in the Nursery

FIRST, imagine you are a mom visiting your church nursery: As you enter the doors of the new church, you silently pray that God will smile on your day. You hold your child snugly—feeling hopeful, yet fearful. The colorful pastel nursery hallways please you; the happy voices and faces encourage you. Maybe you’ve found “home.” “Please, Lord, make this a ‘good’ day!” Your smiling face …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Abide in Christ

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. (John 15:4, NLT)   Discipleship Truth: Abiding in Christ is simply remaining in constant communion with Jesus. That concept is very basic, but it can also be quite challenging. Apart from staying connected …

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude starts today

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) How Kids Think Some children wonder, “Why can’t I have what I want?” They would like all their desires to be gratified. Regrettably, they often fail to show appreciation to those who do provide them with good things. Those kids also …

9 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

In 2008 our family was hit hard by the recession. With the financial downturn, we knew that a “normal” Christmas was not possible. After much discussion, we decided to participate in a very simple, homemade gift exchange with inexpensive and creative gifts. As Christmas approached I wondered how our family would do—gift giving was a huge part of our holiday tradition. Would Christmas feel the …

The Origin of Christmas Cards

For more than 150 years, Christians have enjoyed sending and receiving personal cards that reflect our faith to people we know and love! Some cards are accompanied by annual family updates; others are photographs with handwritten notes. How and where did this tradition begin? In the early 1800’s, many people wrote letters to friends and family members during the Christmas season. Because the holiday was …

Shaping a child’s worldview begins today

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV). How Kids Think Kids wonder, “Are the things I learn in Church really true?” Children who have routinely swallowed teaching about relativism and tolerance have little regard for absolute …