Four Things Every Child Needs Today

Jesus loved children. In Mark 10:13-16 we see Jesus interacting with kids. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And he took the children in his arms, put …

What Every Child Needs To Grow

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NLT) The Situation All too often kids hear statements such as, “You’ll never amount to anything!” Many children are exposed to an onslaught of criticism, sarcasm, and derogatory comments. Those words tear down a child’s confidence, competence, and self-esteem. As a result, kids have growing problems of insecurity …

Kids need this biblical diet

Before facing Goliath, David carefully selected five smooth stones. It is time for churches to address a giant problem— My grandfather was quite a character. Born in 1906, he spent his entire life on the same Midwest farm. In fact, he died in the same room in which he was born! Grandpa went to his grave firmly convinced that the earth was flat. He told …

How bonsai trees reflect ministry

  “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, KJV). Caring for a bonsai requires time and patience. Nurturing children takes no less effort. In this article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, helps us learn how to train children in godliness. The word “discipline” used in …

What Jesus said about children

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14, NIV). How Kids Think Some people say, “Children need to grasp the Gospel’s deep significance before they should be given an opportunity to respond.” This thinking marginalizes the power of the Good News. As a result, those kids miss …

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 …

Getting kids to own their choices

  Children need to learn to make good choices. How do we help them make good choices AND take ownership of their decisions? Dr. Scott Turansky, National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following practical tips. Isn’t it amazing that some children seem to be able to see every factor that went into their current problem except their own part in it? Indeed, some kids …