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Spurgeon on Praying in the Holy Spirit

I thought this was very helpful for praying parents. – Chap

“Praying in the Holy Ghost.” — Jude 20

Mark the grand characteristic of true prayer-“In the Holy Ghost.”

The seed of acceptable devotion must come from heaven’s storehouse. Only the prayer which comes from God can go to God. We must shoot the Lord’s arrows back to him. That desire which he writes upon our heart will move his heart and bring down a blessing, but the desires of the flesh have no power with him.

Praying in the Holy Ghost is praying in fervency. Cold prayers ask the Lord not to hear them. Those who do not plead with fervency, plead not at all. As well speak of lukewarm fire as of lukewarm prayer-it is essential that […]

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Connecting to Your Child’s Heart

Connecting to your child’s heart just may be one of the most important goals for a parent. And yet how many parents would even think of this as goal? It is so easy to slip into behavior management.

Today, I am releasing a 35 page e-book, The Power of the Heart. In it, you will learn about the priority of heart connection, the communication secrets that parents forget, and how to teach your child to forgive.

You can download it for free for the next week. Go to this page.

Could I ask a favor? As a “payment” for this free ebook, would you help me out?

These four chapters will be part of a book I will be publishing soon. I need your feedback. What typos did you […]

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Websites and Email to Teach Your Children About the World

You do care about God’s world but life is busy. How can we keep God’s heart for the world on our minds? How can we encourage our children to learn about God’s world?

Here are some sites I know about. Email me any you think should be added.

Operation World is the definitive guide to the status of Christianity around the world. You can receive a daily email for a country to pray for. I do and it is valuable prompt to pray (and learn about a country).

Joshua Project – Cool map of unreached people groups. Makes you want to pray and turn those red dots green!

Joshua Project will send an unreached people group to your email. Another great prompt to pray.

States and Nations Game – Ok, […]

The Most Important Communication Skill: Listening

“If you are waiting for your turn to talk, you are not listening.”

The Wall Street Journal has five suggestions for growing in listening. When we listen well, we imitate our Father who listens to us. More information tomorrow on a new product to help you grow in communication with your teen. – Chap 

Listening has become an underrated skill, but excelling at it can improve your relationships and your career. A recent Wall Street Journal story offered some advice on how to improve as a listener. Some of the most useful tips:

1. Put away your cell phone.

2. Drop any assumption that you already know what the other person will say.

3. Ask clarifying questions to sharpen the focus of the conversation.

4. Use pauses to reflect or draw out more […]

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The Power of the Conscience

Training our children to listen to their conscience is an important part of following the Lord. But I find parents woefully ignorant of this important area for their own life and for helping their children.

The following is a quick overview of the conscience by Kevin DeYoung in The Hole in Our Holiness . Those points in bold are my emphasis.

We don’t think about the conscience as much as we should. But the Bible has more to say about the “little voice in your head” than you might think. One of the great blessings of justification is a clean conscience before God. The accusations of the Devil can be silenced by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 12:10–11; cf. Rom. 8:1; Zech. 3:2).

But even after we’ve […]

An Exemplary Father

Ortland honors his father and describes his example here.

Here is what I see:
1. He genuinely loved his son and was interested in what he was into.
2. He was not overbearing. He set his son free to pursue God’s calling on his life.
3. He loved the gospel and the Bible. He really prayed.
4. He believed great things for his son.
5. He loved his family even after hard days. He came home to serve not to be served.

Read the whole thing.

Around the Web – Listening as Ministry, Bible Reading, Cutting

Listening as Ministry – Lessons in Good Listening
1. Good listening requires patience.
2. Good listening is an act of love.
3. Good listening asks perceptive questions.
4. Good listening is ministry.
5. Good listening prepares us to speak well
6. Good listening reflects our relationship with God.

John Wesley’s Take on Formative Reading of Scriptures by Children.
(i.) Reading: Constantly, some part of everyday; regularly, all the Bible in order; carefully, with the Notes; seriously, with prayer before and after; fruitfully, immediately practicing what you learn there?
(ii.) Meditating: At set times? by any rule?
(iii.) Hearing: Every morning? carefully; with prayer before, at, after; immediately putting in practice? Have you a New Testament always about you (15)?

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Alister McGrath on Doubt and Unbelief

Doubt is natural within faith. It comes because of our human weakness and frailty…. Unbelief is the decision to live you life as if there is no God. It is a deliberate decision to reject Jesus Christ and all that he stands for. But doubt is something quite different. Doubt arises within the context of faith. It is wistful longing to be sure of the things in which we trust. But it is not and need not be a problem.

Alistar McGrath as quoted in Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent and Barbara Hughes

Help For Family Devotions

I love this article on no-frill family devotions. In it the author proclaims the trouble with “big” family devotions – inconsistency.

Key paragraphs:

“I was grateful for an older friend who came along and encouraged me to scrap the complicated model and simply pick up the Bible and read it to my family. “Just start reading through a book of the Bible, maybe start with the Gospel of John,” he said. “Now that my kids are grown, they tell me that our time together reading the Bible was the most meaningful part of their spiritual formation.”

“When I asked him what kind of discussion they had about the text, he said they would talk about what the passage revealed about God and what it revealed it about us […]

Spurgeon on Idlers (Untried & Critical)

“Idlers may indulge in a fond conceit of their abilities, because they are untried; but the earnest worker soon learns his own weaknesses. If you seek humility, try hard work; if you would know your nothingness, attempt some great thing for Jesus.”

In my words, stop being a movie critic and actually make a movie. Before you go criticizing the bride of Christ, try attempting some great thing for Jesus. Then come back and see me.