Love Is: A Short Bible Study on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

With families in confined quarters, love is even more important. This devotional, from Parenting with Patience, can be helpful for parents or other family members.

Love is…

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

1. Read verse 4. Write out the five characteristics of love.  Then write out the opposite.

 Love is…                                           The Opposite is….







2. Read verse 5. What are four more characteristics of love? Again, write out the opposite.

Love is…                                            The Opposite is….






3. Pray though the qualities in the left columns. Circle the ones that stick out to you. Ask the Lord to grow those Christ-like qualities in you.

4. Look at those qualities in the right columns. Had you thoughts of these as unloving? Circle the ones where you need to grow.

5. Read verses 6 and 7. Use your own words […]

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Erik Raymond: The Gospel Comes Home

There’s so much confusing parenting advice out there. Everyone seems to have an opinion. But who’s right? What if we could cut through the clutter and hear from a real expert? What if we could hear from God himself?

We’re drowning in parenting advice, aren’t we? And here I am doing the same thing. Just a few weeks ago, I completed two back-to-back weekends of my Parenting 101 material. I call it Parenting with Confidence. I hope to make that available soon. But the basis for that seminar is unpacking Ephesians 6:1-4. And in that seminar, I made the distinction between two types of authority that the material had. I compared it to a study Bible. Part of a study Bible is God’s authoritative Word, but […]


12 Principles for Media Use in the Family

Any study on the media is
going to be outdated as soon as it released.

But one study found that teens are consuming NINE hours of media a day, not including texting, school and homework. Another study put it at eleven hours because teens were multitasking;

More than 70% of households said they had TVs in the bedrooms and 66% reported a TV on during the meals.

Not surprisingly, only about half of parents had rules for media use.

As anyone who knows a teen or tween can attest, media is among the most powerful forces in young people’s lives today. The TV shows they watch, video games they play, songs they listen to, books they read, and websites they visit are an enormous part of their lives. These sources […]


Capturing Valentine’s Day for Family Discipleship

Valentine’s Day is upon us again. Like it or not, it affects us. The messages of romantic love come at us and our children. Can we capture them for good?

Hi, my name is Chap Bettis, and I’m the author of The Disciple-Making Parent. I feel like Valentine’s Day sneaks up on me like a tsunami. And I can fight it, or I can use it for family discipleship. That’s what we’re going to be talking about today.

There are a number of different ways that we can do that. In today’s podcast we’re going to go back to a format that I’ve used before. I’m going to read through several different blog posts that I’ve written in the past. I know that people consume content in […]


Summer OFF: An Interview with Tim Zulker and Miranda Laughlin

You want to raise your children to live on mission, to bring the good news of the love Christ to the world. You want them to have stretching experiences of serving and learning from others. But how can we do that? How can we do that as a family?

We want to have the joy of telling others about Jesus and we want to train our children in this way also. It is a joyful privilege when God uses us. 

But how do we go about doing that? Sharing the love of Christ is often a individual endeavor. In today’s podcast, I have a conversation with Tim Zulker and Miranda Laughlin about a summer park ministry that has flourished here in Providence. It is called Summer OFF. […]

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Interview with Dave Harvey, Part 2: “I Still Do”

You’ve been married now for more than a few years. Kids are everywhere. Work is hard. Fights seem to be increasing. Is this what you signed up for? Would you do it again? Would you still say “I do”?

Our marriages display Christ to our children and the watching world. Jesus said that all men will know you are my disciples if you love one another. If that’s true in the church, how much more is that true in a Christian home where both would profess to follow Christ?

And yet, marriages change over time. You have a history together. It’s easy to settle into indiffererence or cynicism. If that’s the temptation, then the book I Still Do is for you.

In today’s podcast, we are going […]

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Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls

Things don’t always turn out like you planned. Ask Peter. The acknowledged leader of the apostles, we can see a roller-coaster existence in his rebuke by Jesus, his denial of him, and then his restoration. But then Jesus finishes his restoration by telling Peter that he would glorify Jesus by dying in a way he did not want to. Not exactly the way Peter saw his life turning it out.

Parents of prodigals can say the same thing. Dreams and hopes are dashed. We are surprised and overtaken by suffering. Despair and discouragement are just a few of the many emotions.

Dave Harvey steps into that swirling mess with us in his book Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls. In this resource, Harvey and […]

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Interview with Dave Harvey, Part 1: Help for Those Who Love a Prodigal

Prodigal. What comes to mind when you hear that word? For some it may be Jesus’s beloved story of the father and the two sons. But for others, that word may be a son or daughter, husband or wife who has turned their back on the faith.

If you are an intentional follower of Jesus Christ, nothing can cause more pain than a child or spouse who suddenly turns their back on the Lord. Perhaps they become secretive and withdrawn. Then their sin comes out. Now there is public rebellion and repudiation. That brings alls sorts of emotions – shame, guilt, hopelessness and fear. 

In today’s podcast, we are going to talk with Dave Harvey about his book Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls. Dave has walked […]

Is Something Missing in Our Gospel-Parenting?

I have noticed a good but misguided desire among many young Christians parents. They seek to be intentional in the way they raise their children. Many have an excellent desire to be more gospel-focused. They want to treat their children the way that God is treating them – with grace. So they draw a direct line from this grace and want to parent with grace. Unfortunately, using just this paradigm for parenting flattens the gospel. When we look at the whole of Scripture we see that God adopted Israel as his son and called him out of Egypt. The Scripture tells us that God then placed Israel, his son, under the law for a time. When the proper time came, Israel would be released from the […]


Joel Sedam: The Surprising Presence of Sloth In Our Day

What comes to mind when you hear the word sloth?  The strange animal from the rainforest of South America? Your teenage son? What if I told you that this word might be more applicable to your parenting than you think?

Joel Sedam is a young pastor friend that I am privileged to know. We were talking recently and he mentioned a sermon he had done on the subject of sloth and how it had caused a paradigm shift in him. How he saw sloth all around.  That led me to say, let’s talk about this on a podcast.

You are going to enjoy this conversation. I think this topic has application as a besetting sin of our media age. It has application for my heart. It has […]