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 …

God Talks to Us

—by Ruth Hubbard, Wycliffe Bible Translators God speaks to us through His Word. It’s a love letter and a life guide; a collection of spectacular stories, mysterious prophecies, and delightful poetry—all of it pointing to Him. Think about all the ways that God has wowed and wooed you through the Bible. Now imagine your life without the Word or its impact. Dismal? Discouraging? Disconnected, perhaps? …

When Kids Tend to Blame Others

Instead of taking responsibility for their own mistakes, children readily shift blame. How do we teach kids to admit their faults and humbly apologize? Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of National Center for Biblical Parenting, offers these insights.   It’s not my fault! Isn’t it amazing that some children seem to be able to see every factor that went into their current problem except their own …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Know God Intimately

Discipleship Truth: God has given parents primary responsibility for the spiritual training of their children. But few dads and moms know where to begin. Proverbs 1:7 provides the answer: start by teaching kids to fear the Lord. To know God, students must establish a healthy respect for Him. That’s the foundation stone for training children. Until kids genuinely respect and fear God, they cannot learn …