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Celebrate Mom Campaign!

Today we kick off our Celebrate Mom Campaign!
We believe that moms are some of God’s hardest working, under-appreciated disciple-makers. Moms, you are not just raising kids, you are discipling the next generation!

In fact, you are a Disciple-Making Mom.

We want to celebrate you and give you a way to help others! Both moms and dads can participate.

This week, for two weeks only, we are offering coffee mugs that will celebrate you all year round.

One side proudly proclaims your calling as a Disciple-Making Mom or a Disciple-Making Dad.

The other side reminds you and your children that you have no greater joy than to hear that they are walking in the truth (3 John 4).

Blessing Other Moms Too
But we not only want to make the moms who know about this ministry happy, we want to take this important message to more moms. So we are combining this release with our National Campaign to make The Disciple-Making Parent material available to more moms.

We plan to do this two ways:
1. Creating professional videos of this material to equip churches around the country and the world.
2. Exhibiting at the 2018 TGC’s Women’s Conference and other national conferences.

Here’s how you can help.

As a ministry, we can only take advantage of these opportunities as God’s people partner with us.

Between now and April 30th 2017, we are offering the mugs for a donation of any amount over our cost to put them in your hands! (About $20 for two).

(Update 4/22 – Just to be clear – a $20 donation just pays for the mugs and shipping to you. There are no funds for our other campaign. If you wish to donate to the ministry it will need to be more than $20. Thanks!)

So we would like to bless you and to ask you to bless other moms.

Though we love giving out free content, we are only able to speak and write because of our financial partners. The Apollos Project is 501(c)3 nonprofit overseen by a godly and independent board of directors. You can partner with us in the mission to equip parents to disciple their children.

The encouraging news is that we are 80% toward our national goal and only have $5000 more to raise in our campaign. Even better news is that every dollar you give is doubled because of other generous donors.

April 30th Deadline
Because we are a ministry and our primary calling is teaching and writing, we are going to limit the time of offering these mugs from now until April 30th, 2017.

The good news is that helps you do your Mother’s Day shopping early!

Dads, get your Mother’s Day and Father’s Day present early, remind yourself of your parenting goal, and at the same time help other parents across the country.

Moms, order mugs for your family and help other moms across the country with your generous donation.

Grandparents, order a set to bless the parents of your grandchildren!

Church leaders, contact us about ordering in bulk for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Most of all, let’s pray for God to raise up godly young men and women to bring glory to Christ.

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Fill out our contact form and give us your name and the number of mugs and which ones you want (Mom or Dad or both).

2. Click on the Donate Button below to make a generous donation to help out other moms and dads!

3. Sit back and wait for your mugs to arrive before Mother’s Day.

We will match up your contact form and your donation record and then send you the mugs in time for Mother’s Day.

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Nine Ways Your Church Changes You for Good

 

Loving Jesus But Not Loving His Bride?

On his final night, Jesus said All men will know you my disciples if you love one another (John 13:35). To read the New Testament is to read documents that are filled with commands and assumptions that cannot be lived out except in community.

And yet, now comes a study that tells us that numerous Christians love Jesus but don’t like the church. 

While certainly the bride of Christ is not as beautiful as she will be and the body of Christ does not reflect the beauty of its head, to claim to love Jesus and not love his bride is self-deception. Any person who invites me to a party cannot tell me to leave my wife at home. We come together or not at all.

I am convinced that most Christians do not understand the role of the local church in their growth and change.

Sin Demands a Man By Himself

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said,

Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more disastrous is his isolation. Sin wants to remain unknown. It shuns the light. In the darkness of the unexpressed it poisons the whole being of a person. This can happen even in the midst of a pious community.

In this post, we will look at nine ways God has designed the church to help in my growth and sanctification that I may not even realize. They are just naturally part of a healthy church.

1. The people of God reveal our need to change and our blind spots.

Sin has a deceitful effect. We can be deceived about ourselves. Paul Tripp has said, “My view of myself is about as accurate as a fun house mirror.”

In addition, we can be deceived in our views of God. Tim Keller has used the illustration of the movie The Stepford Wives. The men in this fictional horror movie mentally changed their wives so that they would not talk back to their husbands. From Keller’s point of view, we can do this with God. We don’t want him offending us. So we mold him into our image. But in a church we are confronted with teaching about God.

Others challenge us on our blind spots. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) This week I met with a  a man and urged him to grow in thanksgiving. At the end, he said, “Before today I would have thought of myself as a thankful person.”

In addition, selfishness stay pretty hidden until we have conflict. In the church, we are rubbing shoulders with a bunch of imperfect people that we are called to love. Sin will come out. And when it does Jesus said, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt 12:34). That selfishness was there all the time – just hidden.

How would you live differently if you realized that sin is deceitful and you need these people to help you understand your blindspots? Without the church, by definition you will continue to be blind to your blindspots.

2. The people of God spur us on and provoke us to change.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:12-13

Notice the purpose of gathering together – To stir one another up. Do we realize and tell each other that the reason we come is to be stirred up, to be provoked to change? Sin is deceitful. I need you and you need me. Without that stirring, sin deceives us and the fire for the Lord goes out. We become a lukewarm drink that the Lord detests.

How would you live differently if you realized you needed a prod to live the Christian life? Without the church you will not be stirred to change.

3. The people of God should inspire us to change and model how to change.

The way we learn is by models and examples. You can see this in the words of Paul where he says, Join together in following my example (Phil 3:17),  Whatever you learned, heard, received from me put it into practice (Phil 4:9) and Follow me as I follow Christ (1 Cor 11:1)

This principle is repeated throughout the Bible. A leader’s example is the first and greatest teacher. When Jesus called his disciples, he called them first to spend time with him (Mark 3:14). During this time, they would be observing his life. Later, he would send them out to imitate his ministry.

Paul said to Timothy – Don’t let anyone look down upon you but set an example. 1 Timothy 4:12. Elders are given as an example, an older brother to the flock 1 Peter 5:3. We are told Remember your leaders, imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7

You are modeling your life after others. Are they godly men and women? Be intentionally teachable. You will not change as much as the Lord wants you without consciously modeling and imitating people. Ask specific questions of the people in your church. “How do you read your Bible? How do you keep a prayer list?”

Who are you consciously imitating at your church? Without the church you will be tempted to imitate others.

4. The people of God instruct us how to change.

Ephesians 4:12 tells us that God gave pastors and teacher “to prepare God’s peoples for works of service.” The word for prepare is the idea of mending a net or setting broken bone. Elders, we are told, must be able to teach. Why? Because change starts with the mind. God said, “My people perish from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). We are transformed by the truth we take in. And that source of truth, the Bible.  The Bible says about itself, “All Scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching rebuking correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Sin happens because we are believing lies. Jesus said, If you abide in my word then you are truly disciples of mine and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free (John 8:31-34). We change as we examine the lies we are believing and replace them with God’s truth. And that happens effectively through teachers and preachers. These individuals are gifts from God to us.

How would you live differently if you realized that you needed teachers to unmask the lies  and teach you truth? Without the church you will remain uninstructed as to the vital things of God.

5. The people of God counsel us in how to change.

Counsel is different than teaching. Counsel is taking these truths and applying them to our unique situation to help us especially when we are dealing with sin or a confusing time. Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Galatians 6:1

The whole church is to be involved in counseling, not just the professionals. I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct/counsel one another. Romans 15:14

Larry Crabb, a well known psychologist and author has said in essence, “90% of what I do happens in a good small group.”

Have you ever thought of the church has the best place to get “counseling.” Certainly there may be help from others who are paid. But in the church community, people are seeing you. They are observing patterns in how you react and treat others. Or the same excuses you give time after time.When a person goes to see a counselor, the counselor only has the information that the counselee gives him. That’s absurd! To observe us in community is very helpful.

When is the last time you asked counsel of someone in the church? Without the church you do not have the good counsel that just happens through natural conversations or through pastoral wisdom.

6. The people of God help us change by being a safe place to confess our sin and pray for one another.

In James 5, God commands us, Confess your sins and pray for one another.

Confession helps us change. Confession indicates we want to walk in the light more than we want respect. Sometimes the first step to changing is to humble ourself and confess our sin.

We all need safe people that we an confess our sin to and to pray for us. By definition, you need a second person to confess sin to. You need the church.

When is the last time you confessed sin or secret sin to someone? When is the last time you asked someone to pray for you? Without the church, you lose the privilege of confessing to another human being.

7. The people of God give us accountability to change.

In Matthew 18, Jesus calls us to confront one another. And if we don’t change eventually the whole church will judge us as not walking with the Lord. We need this accountability. The elders of a church were charged to watch over yourselves and the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers  (Acts 20:28). Throughout Scripture we are told to admonish one another. The word admonish means to warn. Sometimes we don’t change until we have been warned. Being warned about a danger is a privilege!

When is the last time you confessed sin or secret sin to someone? When is the last time you asked someone to pray for you? Without the church, you lose the privilege of confessing to another human being.

8. The people of God help us change by calling us to serve.

Augustine said that sin causes us to naturally curve in on ourselves.

The people of God call us out of that self-centeredness. The church calls us to love God to serve him and in the church we are challenged to serve one another and the world by serving them. And true love happens when it is inconvenient. Do-good volunteering at our convenience is not deep love.  We don’t really have to sacrifice.

Paul says, “Let us do good to everyone starting with the household of faith” in Galatians 6. In Judges 2 and 3, we see that God had left challenges in the land so that the nation of Israel would fight for him and in the process come to know him more deeply. Self-sacrificial love for others and the Lord, deepens our walk with him and proves we are really his disciples.

When is the last time you sacrificially served someone else? Is it a regular habit? Without the church, you lose the challenge and continue curving in on yourself.

9. The people of God help us change by providing offenses that we must forgive.

This may sound strange. God says,  “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:29) Jesus placed forgiveness in the Lord’s Prayer as a daily need (Matthew 6:12).

But we cannot learn to forgive unless we are in community with others. Forgiveness implies community.

Jean Vanier’s quote on community applies to our families as well:

Too many people come into community to find something, to belong to a dynamic group, to find a life which approaches the ideal. If we come into community without knowing that the reason we come is to discover the mystery of forgiveness, we will soon be disappointed.

There is no need to forgive unless we are in community.

Had you thought of the offenses of community as a privilege given by God to learn forgiveness? Who was the last person you had to forgive? Without church, you are severely hampered learning the grace of forgiveness.

Conclusion

Obeying God and being active in and committed to a healthy, gospel-preaching church will change you for the better. There are at least nine things you gain in your growth in Christlikeness.

Part of discipling our children includes casting a vision for the beauty of the bride of Christ. To be called one of his disciples, we have a duty to love her and to pass on that love to our children. In addition, we need to proactively oppose this self-deception that one can love Christ without loving his bride.

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Interview with Family Pastor Tom Burns

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Tom Burns. Tom is the Pastor of Family and Discipleship at Grace Community Church in Spofford NH.

I was encouraged and humbled as I found out how Tom is using The Disciple-Making Parent as a year-long emphasis for all the families in his church.  If you are a family pastor, it is often good to hear from another pastor in your shoes. If you are a pastor of a smaller church you can still gain some ideas that could be useful.

Questions
1. Tell us a little bit about your ministry, church, and people you are serving. 0:44

2. How have you used The Disciple-Making Parent in your church? 2:34

3. What are some of the effects you have seen by using this resource? 4:35

4. Is The Disciple-Making Parent too much of a stretch for new Christians? 7:17

5. How have you implemented studying this resource? Tell us about your weekly schedule and format.  9:25

6. How does The Disciple-Making Parent help with fear that parents have? 14:09

7. How are you using this with baby dedications? 15:52

8. What would you say to your peers in family ministry? How would you encourage them? 17:17

 

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Interview on WARV

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by the local radio station. This short interview gives a good overview of the book.

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Questions
1. What is it like ministering in a New England city vs other parts of the country? 1:35

2. What is The Disciple-Making Parent about and why do we need it? 4:55

3. What are some ways parents can have quality conversations with their children? 7:00

4. What do you say to men who are uncomfortable talking about their faith? 9:40

5. What do you say to parents who are too busy and have a splintered family life? 12:00

6. Why should people buy this book? 15:30

7. Where can people get the book and what is the free offer? 17:30

8. Why did you name the ministry The Apollos Project? 19:30

9. How do you think we should handle our day of eroding Christian rights? 21:30

 

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Teens and Sexuality: A Biblical Overview

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I recently had the privilege of addressing some earnest and believing teens on the reasons for the Christian faith. As expected, the topic of homosexuality came up. Rather than address the topic with proof texts, I tried to set forth overarching biblical themes. Feel free to use this or forward this email as you see fit. If you would like to email me, just hit reply. In this day and age, we must be ready to talk about this. – Chap

Beginning in the Beginning
Scripture records that God made two people in the garden, Adam and Eve. In many ways they were identical. Each had two arms, two legs, two eyes, and two ears. They could walk independently, eat independently, see independently. All their systems worked well.

But interestingly and significantly, there was one way they were not alike: their reproductive organs. In this way they were different. But not just different without purpose. These organs were anatomically complementary. They were designed to fit together. And when they fit together, a new person was created.

Jesus affirmed the creation account in Matthew 19:4-6 when he said, “Have you not read that when he who created them from the beginning made them male and female…So they are no longer two but one flesh.”

These are radical statements today. God made them male and female. Male and female are the basis of marriage and not to be separated.

The Gift of Sexuality
The Bible teaches that this sexual union of a man and a woman has at least four different purposes: pleasure, procreation, “pasting” or bonding, and picturing.

But what we need to cover first is the power of sexuality. The Bible says that sex was God’s idea and it is a good thing. It is also powerful and to be used with care as prescribed by our Maker. It is like the power of radioactive uranium. Properly used, uranium can be a force for good. But if it is not handled correctly, radioactive uranium destroys the one handling it. The radioactive waves are invisibly destroying a person’s cells unbeknownst to them.

Similarly, God says this good and powerful thing I have created is safely used in the context of a covenantal marriage. When two people of the opposite genders commit to each other for life, then I am going to give them a powerful mechanism to picture their marriage and their union with Christ, to bond their hearts together, and to create life. With the right cautions of a life-long covenantal marriage, this is a powerful gift from God and a force for good.

Broken and Rebellious 
But you know what happens in Genesis 3. Our great-great-great-etc-grandfather and mother rebelled against God and his good plan. Now everyone of their grandchildren is born both broken and rebellious.

That brokenness and rebellion affects our sexuality also. All of us are born sexually broken and sexually rebellious. We are simultaneous victims and villains.

Because of the power of this gift, we express our brokenness and rebellion in our sexuality also. The Bible would say any expression of this gift outside covenantal marriage between a man and a woman is rebellion.

The good news of the gospel is that God forgives repentant sinners through the glorious work of Christ on the cross. The Spirit is in the process of conforming us to the likeness of Jesus in all areas including sexuality.

That brings us now to the cultural question of the day. Why are Christians opposed to gay marriage?

At this moment in time, there are no other groups with sexual brokenness who are demanding specific legal rights and cultural acceptance. Our culture has shifted. We do not love the truth but declare love to be the truth.

Current Day Untruths
This movement is borne along by many untruths. Many would say I was born this way. It is my identity. Therefore you must accept me.  Let’s unmask the false statements one at a time.

  • First, my sexuality does not define my identity. My identity is who God’s says it is.
  • Second, though there may be a genetic component, twin studies have shown there is not a one-to-one causation by our genes.
  • Third, even if there is a genetic component, that says nothing about something being right or wrong. Plenty of people choose to fight against their desires when their hormones push them a certain way. That is the nature of holiness.
  • Fourth, there are numerous men and women who can testify how the Holy Spirit has changed their desires. While this is not true for everyone, it is true for a significant number.

Biblical Christians are now using the words Same-Sex Attraction to describe attraction to the same sex. This is helpful language because it speaks to the issue of desires not identity.

Marriage 
Finally, a few short words on marriage. Why do Christian’s oppose homosexual marriage?

First, God is the one who defines what marriage is, not us. As his creatures, we are obligated to follow what he says. Second,  Jesus reaffirmed this nature of marriage in Matthew 19.

But what those who are not Christians? Why impose this on them? Ultimately, marriage is a creation ordinance that applies to all people – Christian and nonChristian. Universally, around the world, you see nonChristians getting married. God has put marriage in the conscience that comes preloaded on every person.

Why should the government get involved in marriage at all? If you think about it, the government does not regulate any other close relationships. For example, you could be best friends with someone, then have a fight and never speak to them again, and the government doesn’t care.  So why does government care about marriage and creating strong families? The answer has to do for the furthering of the nation and the civilization.  A strong home produces the best citizens. And a strong home consists of a male and a female in a committed long term relationship.  Sociological studies prove that the healthiest children have a father and mother. Gee, that sounds like biblical marriage.

Since God’s Word says it is for our good and Jesus said he came to give abundant life (John 10:10), we should expect that those who live opposed to it will experience brokenness in their lives. As Christians our call is to proclaim the truth with love. Jesus said his truth sets free.

Jesus loved sinners and outsiders. But those outsiders also repented at they got closer to him. We too are called to love all people made in the image of God, even as we winsomely speak the truth in love.

Though not exhaustive, I meant this short talk to help teens get the big picture.

Resources
I have found the following resources helpful. 
Is God Anti-Gay – A short introduction written by a pastor who experiences same-sex attraction.
What is Marriage: Men and Women: A Defense – This small and readable book outlines the arguments of civilizations (not the Bible) have made for marriage. In short, marriage about the children and the continuation of that civilization.
Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage – Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet have written a more popular treatment of the previous book. Longer than the first book. More reachable than the second book.
What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?  – Kevin DeYoung shows that Scripture teaches what conservative Christians think it teaches. This resource would be particularly helpful for those who find themselves hearing biblical arguments for accepting of homosexuality.
Transgender – I just finished this little book. From the same publishers of Is God Anti-Gay. A short introduction to the subject.

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Love the Ones You’re With – A Sermon on Loving Our Homes

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The text was John 13:31-35

The main point was: The people of Christ display the glory of Christ when they love the disciples of Christ.

The outline was:
1. The Triune God is glorified in the cross and resurrection.
2. The Triune God is glorified in the love of the disciples for one another.
3. The Triune God is glorified in your loving family.
3.1 We want to parent our homes with Jesus in mind.
3.2 We want to parent with God’s Trinitarian glory in mind.
3.3 We want to parent with eternity in mind.
3.4 We want to parent with our holiness in mind.
3.4.1 Your family is to reveal your heart.
3.4.2 Your family is to train your heart.

Feel free to listen to the whole thing.

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Living the Gospel at Home

Living the gospel at home is a key concept beneath The Disciple-Making Parent.
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Listen to a recent talk outlining this concept.  I would love to see what our homes, churches, and seminaries would look like if we understood this concept.

In it we talk about:
1. Your nearest neighbor.
2. What God is doing in your heart at home.
3. Practical suggestions for living out the gospel at home.

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Love is Not Rude. Is My Family?

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7 Suggestions For Training Considerate Children

Has basic politeness fallen on hard times?

This question was prompted by a recent conversation with a couple who described the contrast between two friends of their teenage children.

Every time one friend came over, he consistently greeted the adults and chatted with them. When his visit was over, he made a special effort to thank the parents for hosting him.

Another teen would show up and then disappear into another room to hangout. When the evening was over, he would slip out just as quickly. No greeting or “thank you.”

This couple, who moved from the North to the South, was surprised at the lack of manners. Wasn’t the South supposed to be known for its respect of adults?

Unimportant?
Some would say that these issues are not important. After all, what do greeting and thanking have to do with the gospel?

But Scripture tells us Love is not rude (1 Corinthians 13:4). Stated positively, love expresses itself in consideration of others. Godliness and manners are close friends.

While certainly not the most foundational way we train our children, teaching them to consider others is not unimportant.

Seven Practical Suggestions
Maybe I will stir up a hornet’s nest, but here are some suggestions for training children that were a blessing to our family and others in our church community.

1. Teach your children to greet adults. Did you know that Christians are commanded to greet one another? It is one of the simplest forms of love. Teach your children to greet adults especially when they are spoken to. Do not excuse them by saying they are shy. It is a joy to watch children and adults interact in this simple way.

2. Teach your children to thank adults for hosting them. Thankfulness is also a training issue. When visiting at a friend’s house, let’s make sure we encourage them to interact with the host of the event. Again, even small children can be expected to say a simple, “Thank you,” to adults.

3. Teach your children to use words like “Please” and “Thank you.” Do we really need to say this? Children should be trained to use these words in the home and with us. Then they will much more naturally use them outside the home.

4. Teach your children to speak respectfully to you and other adults. The Bible is clear that we are to show respect for age. I grew up in the South, where there is the cultural habit of saying, “Yes, Sir” and “Yes, mam.” Although we did not feel like we could expect this for our children growing up in the Northeast, they were required to say, “Yes Dad” or “Yes, Mom.” “Yep” and “Nope” were not allowed. In addition, though some may disagree, I think another way to communicate that respectful honor is by using last names. It communicates a proper distance and respect in the relationship.

5. Practice appropriate table manners. I am not arguing for some dainty, Victorian, milquetoast manners. But basic table manners are a way to be considerate for everyone around.

6. Teach your children how to interrupt you. At some point, all children will need to get their parent’s attention while they are talking with another adult. Will they rudely tug on your arm or march right up and start the conversation? One suggestion that was helpful for our community, was to train our children to put their hand on our shoulder (if sitting) or on our hip (if standing). This let us know they wanted to talk with them. And it allowed us to wait until a break in the conversation to address them.

7. Practice these yourself. Children will imitate what they see modeled. We cannot expect our children to speak kindly if we are not doing the same. Is there some basic habit of politeness that I need to grow in as I speak to my spouse and children?

Politeness is simply a matter of thinking highly of others. Your children can be taught these things!

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Teaching Children the Substitutionary Atonement Based on Luke 23

I have often used the story of the two thieves on the cross to explain the substitutionary atonement of Christ. Both children and adults can learn from this simple chart!

The pertinent verses are Luke 23:40-43.

The penitent thief says, “Don’t you fear God, since we are under the same sentence? We are punished justly for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

When using it, I would:
1. Draw the three crosses.
2. I would ask what was true of the two thieves. Then I would fill in the boxes above their heads.
3. I would ask what was true of Jesus. Then I would fill in the box above his head. Notice it says “Righteous” not “Innocent.” There is a difference.
4. I would ask, “So, how does the thief get to be in paradise?” Then I draw the line from the thief to Jesus. And then the line from Jesus to the thief.

Theologians call this double imputation. Our sin is placed on Christ and his righteousness is placed on us. God made him who knew no sin be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). What a great truth!

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This illustration comes from the resource The Disciple-Making ParentThere is a whole chapter on explaining the gospel to our children. Order your own copy of this resource today. After all, what is more important than the gospel and our children?

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Around the Web

Kids Opting Out of Social Media – I’m sure you know of this trend but it still interesting to see an article on it. Our children are narrowcasting not broadcasting. Make sure you are talking with them.

With Him – Jesus’ Discipleship Method.  This has huge implications for parents. Are you “with him?” Are you bringing your children “with you?”

Ask Questions Like Jesus – One author says that Jesus was asked 183 questions but asked 307. Questions are powerful teaching tools. This article looks at different types of questions and will help you in your communication.

10 Questions to Diagnose Your Smartphone Usage – I found these enlightening and helpful.

5 Ways Christianity is Increasingly Viewed as Extremist – I don’t take Barna too seriously. Nevertheless, he usually is on to something. This survey merely quantifies what those in the Northwest and Northeast already know. There are implications for how we disciple our children.