We live in a world where “enough” is never enough. Whether we realize it or not, there is a constant pull on our hearts toward materialism and covetousness.
But it’s not just adults who fight these battles. Our children are bombarded with the offer of more. They need more friends on Facebook. More style in their wardrobe. More entertainment. More money. More fun. More…of everything.
Of course, more isn’t always bad. But it is harmful if we can’t be satisfied without it.
In today’s materialistic society, however, it’s not difficult to see why our kids struggle with contentment. Children ages two to five see more than forty thousand commercials on television a year. No wonder they need more.(more…)
Parents are responsible not only to teach God’s Word to their children but to “teach them diligently.” Deuteronomy 6:7 describes the level of persistence with which we are to teach our children: “and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
In other words, your home is to be an ongoing school of discipleship—a Bible school. The most practical way I know to obey the instruction to diligently teach God’s Word to your children is to read the Bible daily with your children. In our home, we called this time “Family Devotions.” Some call it “Family Altar.” But whatever you call it, do it. Have a time every day when as a family you learn from God’s Word together.
If family devotions weren’t part of your own growing up experience, beginning them in your home may feel intimidating. But it’s not as hard as you think. Any parent with a real relationship with God—even a new Christian—can lead their child spiritually.
The way I remember Christmas morning when our children were small was a row of eager children sitting on the couch—excited to open their presents, but first basking in the warmth of hearing Dad read the Christmas story. And of course, meditating on the grace of God in taking on human form and…
Unfortunately, that’s not the way our old VHS tape preserved one of those Christmas morning memories.
In one particular home video, rediscovered in recent months by our son, Larry, and watched with interest and delight by our other adult children, our four kids were not in a row (or even on the couch). I was reading the Christmas story—or rather, trying to—over Matt’s three-year-old interruptions. (more…)
A well-turned phrase can condense profound truth into a memorable statement. For this reason, I like quotes in general.
Some of my favorite quotes, however, are statements from missionaries of yester-year who are still remembered for their dedication and surrender to the Lord. In fact, it is their testimony that makes their quotes so weighty. They didn’t just talk about surrender, sacrifice, and eternal investments; they lived it.
Below are fifteen of my favorite missionary quotes. They are convicting, helpful, and encouraging to me. I hope they are to you as well. (And if you’ve never read the biographies of these missionaries, I’d encourage you to do so.) (more…)