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Help! I Caught My Son Looking at Porn – Episode 2

Well, it happened again.

I received a call from a church leader I know fairly well
that lives in another part of the country. During a routine update of filtering
software, he and wife discovered his 16 year-old son had disabled it. In
addition, his son had been lying about other things including his schoolwork. Now
this was all out in the open and the family was in tatters.

Since I could visualize his situation with my friend, I expanded on some similar things I had said in this article to the mother of a younger son.

1. See this as an opportunity to pray fervently for his walk. The first question my friend asked was, “How can you tell if someone growing up in a Christian home is saved?” I […]

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Valentine’s Day and Christian Dads or Why I Still Send Valentine’s Gifts to My Daughters

Valentine’s Day is coming up next week. And I am the poorer for it. 

There is something about knowing florists, card-makers, and restaurants make a killing off this self-declared holiday that drives me a little crazy. Each year I stare it in the face and waver. But my kind wife gives me a little push. And I am glad she does.

Each Valentine’s Day, my single adult daughters receive a significant gift from us. Why? 

Because the truth of the matter is that Valentine’s Day celebrates romantic love. That’s great if you have a valentine. But if you don’t, it can be a prolonged cultural reminder that you are somehow deficient. You are missing a valentine to care for you.  You are somehow less than complete. 

The Bible does celebrate marriage and romantic love. But it also […]

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Love the Ones You’re With: One Way Jesus Shows Off His Glory

We all know that God calls us to love our family. But what if there was a reason deeper than we knew that could motivate our love? In this podcast we are going to spend some time thinking about Jesus’ command that his disciples should love one another as he loved them. 

This is a profound command and impossible apart from the Spirit. But it is even more profound when we start thinking about loving, not some person at church but my family. My husband, my wife, my child. It is vital we do love each other with an agape love. Our children and the world are watching. 

I think you are going to discover encouragement and a new perspective on loving those who may be the […]

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Jen Wilkin – Building Community in the Home

I had the privilege of hearing Jen Wilkin at the 2018 ERLC Convention. Her talk on building community was excellent. It will be worth your time.

Jen Wilkin – Building Community in the Home

If you are a parent, God has given you eternal souls to influence. In today’s culture, you need a strategy.

The Disciple-Making Parent will give you confidence in your parenting.

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Shepherding Your Spouse and Children: Ideas and Resources from David Michael

Do you want to grow in your role as the family shepherd? What are just a few tools that could equip you for this vital task? 

I sat down with my friend David Michael co-founder of Truth78 and talked about several things he has practiced, still practices, and encourages the church where he serves as Pastor of the Next Generation. 

Listen in to this podcast to hear how he prayed over his children as they grew up and how he equips parents, and particularly fathers, to help prepare their children for believer’s baptism.

You are going to be challenged by this conversation.

Listen below or on itunes here.

If you are a parent, God has given you eternal souls to influence. In today’s culture, you need a strategy.

The Disciple-Making […]

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What is Leadership in the Home?

 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive… 1 Timothy 3:4

Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 1 Timothy 3:12

Scripture tells us that elders and deacon are to manage their household well. The same word translated manage is used in Romans 12:8 and translated as leadership. So we could also say that an elder and deacon are to lead their households and children well.

Yet, in spite of the fact that all parents are to be leaders, few actually think clearly about what a godly leader does. Having a clear understanding of godly leadership will help an individual in the home and in the church.

Defining Godly Leadership

What exactly is […]

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Repentance – Twelve Reasons to Recover this Biblical Idea

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19

I don’t hear the word repentance very much. We may think of it as an archaic term, associated with men who walked around downtown with sandwich boards proclaiming, “Repent for the end is at hand.” The term seems outdated, patriarchal, narrow-minded, and restrictive.

Yet, I want to argue that it is one of the most loving things you can say to an individual. If churches and families lose this biblical concept and framework we are the poorer for it. Could it be we have raised a generation that has not inculcated this biblical teaching?

In one sense, the word is simple. To repent […]

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Dr. Tom Hines: A Baby’s First Year

What if you could listen to a wise pediatrician coach you through the first year of your baby’s life? What if he had information that could help you and your baby sleep through the night sooner. Would you be interested?

 Dr. Tom Hines has been a pediatrician for over 30 years and seen lots of babies. In addition, he and his wife, Mary Jo had four children of their own. He came to talk with me about his best advice that he would give for baby’s first year. 

If you are about to have a child listen closely for some great wisdom. If you know someone that is about to have a child, forward the link to them. Believe me, they will thank you when the parents […]

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Dr. Randy Stinson: How to Have a Peaceful Home

Do you want to have a peaceful home? Doesn’t everyone?

What exactly are the principles that should guide us in that?

For that matter, what exactly is a peaceful family?

You are going to love the countercultural but biblical insight Dr. Randy Stinson brings into having a peaceful family. This conversation came about because of his presentation entitled The Peaceful Home at the ERLC conference this past October. Dr. Stinson is a regular conference speaker on the subjects of adoption, parenting, marriage, and men’s leadership.

In this conversation we talk about: What exactly is a peaceful home? How to conquer sibling rivalry. And the importance of dad being the CFO – Chief Fun Officer.

I promise this conversation will be worth your time! 

Listen below or on itunes […]

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Dan Darling: The Dignity Revolution and Your Family

How do we raise children to respect those who are different from us? What biblical message and doctrines can help us encourage a young person to love all sorts of people?

On this podcast, I have the privilege to introduce you to a friend of mine, Dan Darling. He has recently released a book that is helpful for pastors and parents. It’s entitled The Dignity Revolution. In it, Dan lays out the case for understanding and then applying this idea of human dignity to many different areas.

I was excited to have this conversation with Dan. He is the Vice President of Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. His writing has appeared in major news outlets like USA Today and CNN. He’s a contributing editor […]

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