3 Reasons to Sing in Our Homes

One reason many of us are intimidated by the idea of family worship is that many of us don’t think of ourselves as worship leaders. Our idea of a worship leader is the person leading the music at church on Sunday mornings.  But the truth is that all parents are worship leaders. We’re all…


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Bible Reading Guide for Holy Week

For the better part of the past year, our family has enjoyed being a part of a small home church gathering. We continue to marvel at all God is doing in our family and in the families of those involved. Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday and one of the men from our group felt led to write a Bible…


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Creating Homes Where Our Children Truly Belong

“I don’t belong anywhere.” “No one cares about me.” “I can’t trust anyone.” “I’m not valuable.” As a therapist, I hear statements like these from young people all the time. Teenagers and young adults feel alone, isolated, and detached in what appears to be the most connected generation ever. These…


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Please Talk with Your Kids About Sex

I have three teenagers at home, and l just want to start out by saying that I can’t offer you a magic conversation or a 3-step guaranteed process for your kids to grow up with a healthy and biblical view of sexuality.  My husband and I are learning as we stumble along. I’m certain my kids don’t…


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7 Ways to Change Up Communication with Your Kids

Our primary job as parents is to disciple our children— to help them see that they’re sinners in need of a Savior, to introduce them to Jesus, to teach them about Him, and to show them what it looks like to follow Him.  We need to communicate clearly with our children if we’re to fulfill this…


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4 Helpful Tips in Teaching Young Children to Communicate

When my youngest was two, he annoyed his older brother continually by taking his toy and running away. My oldest would chase him, screaming and angry, trying to get back what belonged to him. Can anyone relate? My younger son simply wanted to play with his big brother, but he didn’t know how to ask…


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Teens, Politics, and a Book on Kindness

“Where did you hear that word?!”  We realize pretty quickly that children are parrots, don’t we? As a result, most of us attempt to temper what we say and how we say it.  My wife and I decided early on to crack down on how we spoke about others— especially in front of the kids. If you had…


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4 Unexpected Ways Family Worship Blesses Us

In my previous post, I covered why we started doing “family worship time” and what, exactly, we do as a family during that time.  In this post, I want to cover four ways family worship blesses us— outside the big ol’ giant obvious one. Family worship is an excellent way to disciple your children…


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Honoring God with Your Body and Soul

This excerpt is taken from Dr. Sean McDowell’s book Chasing Love: Sex, Love, and Relationships in a Confused Culture. We hope it blesses you and informs your conversations with your children. A friend of mine has sex with a lot of women. I asked him if the act of sex means anything to him or…


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4 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Sports Dad

You win some. You lose some. And sometimes you really lose some.  I drove almost 2 hours on my day off to go watch one of my high school sons play basketball. He played a decent game, all things considered, but his team lost 101-42.  Yes, you read that right. They lost a high school basketball game…


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