Losing Our Kids

April 25, 2024

How do our kids stay Christian? Is there a more pressing question for Christian parents? And the question is vitally important for churches to address, too. We know the theological answer. God sovereignly ordains salvation. And that He preserves those He calls to saving faith. All good and well. But God also ordains the means […]

What Happened to Emily?

April 8, 2022

I did not want to write this blog. I have grown weary of the topic. But a copy of an editorial from Saturday’s The News Tribune has been next to my desktop all week. The way the op-ed printed from my electronic copy of the paper has a photo of the article’s author on the […]

Warrior Children

February 25, 2022

What is it you want for your kids? I hope its more than they turn out happy, successful, and come home for the holidays. A few weeks back in the blog “Have Some Kids,” I quoted Psalm 127:3-5. The passage that speaks of children being “arrows in the hand of a warrior” and blessed is […]

Have Some Kids

January 28, 2022

I was boning up on my C.R. Wiley this week, taking off the shelf my copy of “The Household and the War for the Cosmos,” given that he will be our guest speaker a week from this Saturday at our Men’s Breakfast. I was reminded of a quote from the book I found particularly insightful: […]

A Praying Parent

February 23, 2017

A Partial Prayer List for Parents as They Pray for Their Child Referenced in Pastor Rich’s sermon, A City on a Hill–Again Deuteronomy 4:1-14, February 19, 2017 This prayer list is taken from the book, Equipping God’s People for Kingdom Praying: pray that your child: . . . will know Jesus early in life (Proverbs 22:6, […]

Considering Joel

May 14, 2015

“Have you considered my servant Joel?” “You mean Job? We had that conversation a long time ago, God. You even put that encounter in your Book—all 42 chapters worth.” Satan continued, “Besides, I don’t need to consider him anymore. He’s long dead.” “No, I said Joel. He’s my servant, too.” “I know who he is. […]

Our Butt in the Pew

July 31, 2014

As parents, there are times we must discipline our children. The Scriptures speak to this often, especially in the Proverbs (Prov. 13:24, 22:15, 23:13-14, 29:15, and 29:17). Undisciplined children don’t bring much joy to anyone and will find it difficult to navigate life even when older. A faithful parent disciplines directly. That is, he uses […]

A Rabbit Remembers

March 7, 2013

My friends, Some things are not meant for eyes to see. But I saw it, and everything changed. I was growing quite fond of my Garden rabbit routine. Awake with the sun, drink from the brook, dine in the greens; this truly was Paradise. All was new, all was fresh, all was good; and greatest […]

The Eye of the Sparrow

February 28, 2013

Note to reader: A number of years ago, I began writing what I hoped one day would be an illustrated children’s book—our children being my motivation. It was penciled out to be 26 chapters (letters, actually) entitled “If They Could Talk.” It was to cover redemptive history from creation (Genesis) to the return of Christ […]

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