I remember the day I determined to teach my firstborn how to clean her own room, rather than to continue to do the task myself. What would have taken me five to ten minutes to accomplish took closer to forty minutes that day; but it turns out that in the long term, the extra time was worth every second.Read More
Notice the woes of Joseph in the book of Genesis: First, he was hated by his own—and then sold into permanent exile and slavery. Later, a false accusation landed him in the dungeon. God was training Joseph to be a leader, and here's how your heavenly Father is also training you.Read More
In the Lord's Prayer, we petition our heavenly Father with the following words: "And lead us not into temptation" (Matt. 6:13). Just as there are exercises for our biceps, there are also simple ways we can strengthen our self-control to be better prepared for the temptations we will inevitably face in life.Read More
What are the three marks of the church? Knowing these marks helps us to understand what Christ’s church is actually meant to be—and not be disappointed when church doesn’t meet all our expectations.Read More
Is it possible that even in our self-inflicted trials—when we are acutely aware of our fallen, sinful nature—the glory of God is manifested by his work in and for us? Absolutely. Here are three good things to remember when you feel overwhelmed by your sin and failures.Read More
Correcting little ones for the same things over and over gets exhausting. Have you ever found yourself thinking, “Why are my children doing this again? They were just disciplined for this yesterday!” Here's why you can thank God for these interruptions and see them as moments of grace.Read More
The moment I mention the word meditation, you may be immediately drawn to images of people sitting in the Lotus Position. It’s not an exaggeration that biblical meditation is almost completely antithetical to Eastern meditation. Here’s why biblical meditation is an essential part of a Christian’s worship.Read More
Nothing of any significance has ever been accomplished without discipline. That’s true in both the physical and spiritual realm. What is personal discipline and how does it apply specifically to the Christian life?Read More
If you have been a Christian for any amount of time, you know that spiritual passion, sight, and affections ebb and flow. At times our sense of spiritual realities can be strong and vibrant. Other times our hearts feel like lead weights. Here are some reasons you may be in a spiritual drought—and how to find refreshment.Read More
In Ephesians 6:4, Paul identifies the father’s primary role in the spiritual training of children. When we look closely at this verse, we see four principles for every Christian father. In this post we focus on the first principle: Fathers are to be fair.Read More
If there is one thing that young children lack, it is self-control. Here are five reasons why parents should lovingly establish and faithfully implement a consistent sleep routine.Read More
There are three basic approaches that most fathers use—knowingly or not—in raising their children. As opposed to the authoritarian and permissive parenting styles many of us experienced during childhood, here’s why being forthright is the biblical approach to fathering.Read More
Some dads try to be disciplinarians and end up being harsh. Other dads try to be loving and end up being permissive. In Ephesians 6:4, the apostle Paul instructs fathers on the need to be firm in a measured and biblical way. Here is some practical advice on how dads can lovingly bring up their children "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."
The father of old was to hold himself above outward displays of emotion, especially where the kids were concerned, and was to be above question regarding his decisions as well. Yet, a biblical dad needs to be flexible by being willing to show how he feels and also willing to admit mistakes when he is wrong. Here is some practical advice for fathers as they seek to fulfill God’s mandate amid the realities of daily family life.