1. How to Pray for Your Children

    November 13, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    There are so many areas for parents to invest themselves in raising their children. And there are many resources available in learning to be godly parents.

    But there is one resource that is more powerful than any book, seminar, or method.

    In fact, this resource is the single resource you cannot afford to ignore or to get wrong. You may fail as a parent in many areas (at least I know I did!), but you cannot—you must not—fail in this area.

    You must pray for your children.

    Make it your goal that your Heavenly Father will hear from you about your child every single day.

    What should you pray for your child? Below are ten biblically-based principles of how to pray for your children. You could even use these as a daily prayer list for your child. (more…)

  2. 4 Stewardship Habits to Teach Your Children

    November 5, 2014 by Paul Chappell


    Attitudes regarding money are learned, and children learn theirs primarily from their parents.

    You’ve seen it: Families that charge themselves into deep debt often see new debt perpetuated in the next generation. Likewise, families that are inconsistent in giving often see similar inconsistencies in the next generation.

    This is because habits of stewardship—whether they be generosity or stinginess, frugality or waste, budgeting or recklessness—tend to be learned in the home. Even if parents do not intentionally teach these habits, children observe and tend to copy them.

    First Corinthians 4:2 says, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” Although the context of this verse is speaking about stewarding the truths of God’s Word, the principle applies to being stewards of God’s blessings in our finances.

    All of us who are parents could tell of the stewardship mistakes we have made. And none of us want to see our children make the same mistakes. What then are the habits that we need to teach our children regarding wise financial stewardship?

    I believe there are four stewardship habits every Christian should practice and intentionally teach their children: (more…)

  3. Growth Points 55: Five Ways to Have a Positive Influence in the Life of Your Child

    September 17, 2014 by Paul Chappell

    There is no doubt that spiritual formation in the heart of a child begins at an early age. (Moses, Samuel, Timothy, and others from the pages of Scripture testify to this fact.)

    Children are impressionable and easily influenced. Even in the life of a child, a difference can be made and greatness can be cultivated. But it takes a parent, grandparent, or teacher who is intentionally instilling truth into a young heart.

    In this Growth Points video, I share five vital ways to influence your children for the glory of God.

    (If you cannot see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here.)

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  4. 5 Ways Dads Can Redeem the Time

    July 31, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    If you are a father with children at home, you are a blessed man. It seems just yesterday that I snapped the picture above. In reality, it was twenty years ago.

    When it comes to parenting, time flies. And I don’t regret a second of that fleeting time that I invested in my children.

    By obvious implication, Proverbs 4 instructs dads to invest in their children—to prepare them for a successful life.

    Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.—Proverbs 4:1–2

    Contrast these verses with the epidemic of uncommitted fathers in our nation, and you’ll easily understand why we have so many floundering young people. It’s not that dads don’t care about their kids. It’s just that they miss the opportunities. And they forget how fleeting their time is with their children in the home.

    How can you redeem the time? How can you instill your walk with the Lord and biblical values in the lives of your children? It’s not always as complicated as you might fear. It’s a matter of opening your world to them and intentionally investing in theirs.

    Below are five simple ways you can redeem the time with your kids: (more…)

  5. Everyday Legacy

    June 15, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    I don’t remember that I thought too much about the word legacy—not in a personal sense, anyway—until my first grandchild was born. As parents, we’re so involved in the daily aspects of guiding our children, and we’re so committed to being there for them every step of the way, that we don’t think as much in terms of what legacy we leave for them after we are gone.

    But truthfully, every parent does leave some kind of a legacy. So do grandparents.

    A legacy, however, isn’t something you dream up and write as a pre-eulogy. It’s something you live—every day.

    In other words, what you do today is shaping your legacy of tomorrow.

    Recognizing the value of a legacy and the importance of today in shaping it gives meaning to the mundane. Driving your kids to school, planning a family night, going to ball games, praying with your children before bed—although we do these regularly, we must remember that each instance is meaningful. It has accumulative strength in shaping a child’s heart for God. (more…)