If you have been baptized by immersion, Acts tells us you have received a precious gift. It’s the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit serves quite a few functions in our Christian lives – all of which are especially helpful as you attempt to parent your kids towards God.
Unfortunately, we tend to be a bit muddled when it comes to the Holy Spirit. We know some of his functions, but the Bible isn’t always exactly clear about how those happen. Often Christians are even a bit fearful of sharing how they believe the Holy Spirit has worked in their lives because of the mixed reactions they may get to their story.
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Are you having family meals together? What about family devotionals? Both will better equip your kids to make godly choices and build stronger faith foundations. The good news is that you can combine a family dinner with this fun family devotional.
So let’s get started!
Continue reading What Are We Having For Dinner? A Free, Fun, Flexible Family Devotional
Parents often start talking about dating when their child comes home announcing he or she wants to go on a first date. Sadly for many teens, creating a heart that is ready to date on God’s terms, should have begun many years earlier when they were still children.
Christian parents often think they are protecting their kids by refusing to talk about dating, sex, purity, marriage and other similar topics until the teen years. What these parents don’t realize is that their children are most likely already having these conversations with peers or using television shows, movies and the internet to learn about them.
Having these conversations with your kids is uncomfortable even for those comfortable talking about those topics with their spouses and other adults. And for those who aren’t comfortable, having their teeth pulled without novocaine sounds a lot more fun.
If you don’t have these conversations though, you are setting your kids up for failure. The pressure to act in ungodly ways is hard enough on any teen or young adult. For those who haven’t been given enough tools to deal with it in godly ways, they will be particularly likely to give in to peer pressure.
So what sorts of conversations should you have with children about these sensitive, but important topics?
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Men are getting as many mixed messages from society as women.Ungodly behaviors from many men have caused women to have a wide range of reactions. Some men and women have even called for an end to the idea of any sort of “masculine” behaviors, in favor of more “gender neutral” behaviors and even classifications.
Did God make a mistake when He created men? God doesn’t make mistakes, so what is a godly man supposed to look like? What are God’s expectations for a man’s behaviors? Is it possible to separate godly masculinity from ungodly masculinity?
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With the rise of the opioid addiction problem, yet another drug is claiming a generation of addicts. But it’s not just opioids. Yesterday, another study came out of the UK about the harmful effects of alcohol – any alcohol – on the body. Not to mention the obvious issues with screen addiction.
So how can Christian families handle addiction? How do you even know if the things you or a loved one enjoys have morphed into an addiction? Is there hope in the seemingly endless cycle of sobriety and addictive behaviors?
Continue reading Healing the Scars of Addiction in Christian Families