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Children Learn from Our Example… For Better or For Worse

Father and son on the beach | photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc (rounded corners added)This 60 second video is very powerful, though I’m well aware parts of it could be offensive to some. I hate to see a child making an obscene gesture (or smoking for that matter), but in the context of the vital message it’s conveying, I think it’s worth posting, shock value and all.

 

The Story of Jesus Through the Eyes of Children

The Story of Jesus for ChildrenGod has a special love for children and desires for children of all cultures and nationalities to come into a relationship with Him through Christ. What a privilege to share this Good News with them! That’s why I’m excited about “The Story of Jesus Through the Eyes of Children” DVD from my friends at the JESUS Film Project.

Don’t Raise Good Kids: Thoughts from Jon Bloom

Don't Raise Good Kids / Mother and Daughter walkingMy friend Jon Bloom, author of Not By Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith, wrote a great blog for Christian parents and for all those raised in Christian homes. I remember when our daughters were small, the importance of trying to convey even to really good kids that they are sinners, lost without Christ. It’s a delicate balance.

What is a father’s primary responsibility?

A Father's Primary Responsibility / Albert Schweitzer said, “There are only three ways to teach a child. The first is by example, the second is by example, the third is by example.”I think a father’s primary responsibility is to show his children what God is like. When your children hear the word “Father” in relationship to God, they will draw conclusions, truly or falsely, about what He is like based on what they think of you.

Will God take care of our children?

Will God always protect our children? // Mother and BabyI think when you look at what’s happening at schools and life in general, and with children being abducted, these are things that every parent is going to ask. I really wish I could give an answer that says, “Yes. God will always take care of your children and protect them from all harm.” But that’s not reality. That’s not the world we live in. We live in a world that is under the curse.

Can parents go overboard when protecting their children?

Can parents go overboard protecting their children? / father walking with daughterI think the answer is yes. But I’m all for reasonable protection. Sometimes Nanci and I joke when we put our grandchildren in their car seats with all the straps. We laugh that we’re putting them in the space shuttle and locking them in. Then we think about when we were kids—if there was a quick turn, we just rolled! That’s how it was. The good old days weren’t that good, because we weren’t that safe. I used to ride in the back of pickup trucks with my friends all the time. You never think of doing that today.

Trillia Newbell on Femininity, Motherhood, and God’s Word

Trillia NewbellSix months ago Trillia Newbell wrote a memorable blog about what kind of woman God calls His daughters to be. Here it is. Hope you enjoy it.


Why Doesn’t God Do More to Restrain Evil and Suffering? Part 1

CityNanci said to me, “Given what Scripture tells us about the evil of the human heart, you’d think that there would be thousands of Jack the Rippers in every city.” Her statement stopped me in my tracks. Might God be limiting sin all around us, all the time? Second Thessalonians 2:7 declares that God is in fact restraining lawlessness in this world. For this we should thank him daily.

 

How Great Evil Confirms the Biblical Teaching about Demons

PrayI can mourn with and pray for the families in Connecticut who lost their children (and in a few cases their spouses) in the school shooting. I certainly cannot offer any definitive explanation. I am dedicating this week’s three blogs to perspectives that may be helpful to some.

 

Fiction Feeds Souls (Including Children’s)

N.D. WilsonAs a fiction writer, and as a father and grandfather, this post by Nate Wilson resonated with me. I met Nate a while back at a Desiring God conference. He’s a good brother with a great point—the power of story, and the importance of saturating our children and grandchildren with the kind of stories that will, as Nate says, “Give them a taste for goodness, for truth, for beauty.”


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