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No Greater Joy

Confession: Anyone close to me knows how much I disliked “Dad Life” in the baby, toddler, and early elementary school days.  Our sons cried too much. They drained our bank account. And they frustratingly wouldn’t comply with my every wish and command.  Date nights went by the wayside. Fun vacations…


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3 Steps to Better Family Scheduling Decisions

Any parent knows trying to keep up with the proverbial Joneses is flat-out exhausting.  Athletic coaches tell you your kids need to play on select travel teams. Voice coaches inform you your child won’t make all-state choir if they don’t keep up their lessons. And if your kids don’t take the…


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How is Partial Attention Impacting Your Disciple-Making?

As parents, our primary role is to disciple our children to Jesus. Our technology habits, however, can make it really difficult to be as present as we need to be if we intend to disciple our children well.  If we aren’t prayerfully pursuing our children’s hearts, this season of soft soil will pass…


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Blessed Boundaries

I’m currently reading through the Pentateuch again. If you’ve read the first five books of the Bible, you’ve probably noticed that God gives his people a lot of laws and demands their obedience. As I read through this time, however, I’ve noticed how often God says He wants to bless His people. Even…


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The Importance of Culture in Family Worship

When I first learned about family worship— the practice of reading the Word, praying, and singing with my family at home—  I was eager to get into the habit. In chapter five of his great little book on family worship, Donald Whitney asks a compelling question—  “Isn’t this what you…


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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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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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