In the summer of 2004, God brought me to a deep place of brokenness. I had served as a youth pastor for ten years. Amy and I had been married for the same amount of time, and God had blessed us with four children. The problem was that my heart was at work, not at home.
Parenting isn’t just a manual task—it’s the shaping of a life.
We just celebrated my son’s first birthday, and I couldn’t help but reflect on the growth of both my son and myself throughout the last year.
When our children were quite young we decided we would limit what they were allowed to see on television, because of all the sex and violence. But we've about decided it's a losing battle, because all their friends are allowed to watch anything they wish. Should we just give in? — Mrs. E.K.
Designer children are on the way - at least if we are to believe some of the headlines in the press.
Such, perhaps, is what we might begin to envisage following the news that the United Kingdom seems set to become the first country in the world to permit "three-parent babies", as at least one headline put it.
Lost in the never-ending push to redefine marriage are those who suffer most when they are denied the benefit of a traditional marriage. Children need both a mother and a father far more than any adult needs societal approval of a romantic relationship. And although American children may, for the most part, have food, shelter and education, too many are denied this most basic need. According to the most recent US Census, a third of American children live apart from their biological fathers. For
Our daughter is only 17, and just told us she's pregnant. The father isn't even in the picture, and we're wondering if she ought to just go ahead and have an abortion. I know you'd probably be against it, but what choice does she have? — T.L.
We'd always looked forward to our children leaving home and being on their own, but now that it's actually happened we're both a bit depressed. I'm having a harder time with it than my husband (since he's still working), but are we the only parents who feel this way? — M.C.S
One of the great privileges of being a pastor is always having a good reason to speak to the children of the church. I love getting down to their level (i.e. sitting on the floor), talking to them, and hearing about their lives.
This weekend, we set aside time to honor our fathers. But, what’s a dad to “be” and “do?” Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Recently, renowned Bible teacher Chip Ingram offered his four crucial roles every godly father should be taking in their child’s life.
God is Himself a parent, and He knows what is best for His children. I have had 5 miscarriages since the birth of my son Carter, who is now 7 and the light of my life. After some time, I found I was not even able to conceive, much less carry a pregnancy.
We had our first child a few months ago, and to be honest, it's been a very sobering experience for me. How can I be a good father? My own father was always busy with his job and never spent much time with my sisters and me, but I'd like to do better.
Superman has returned to the cinema, but I don't need tickets to go see him, because he lives with me. Perhaps he lives with you too. My superman has protected me for decades. I remember when he carried me over the threshold of the life we'd share.
Before Jacob was born, he was already blessed because God had so ordained it. But can we accelerate the time of the Father's blessing through craftiness leveraging a weak unsuspecting aging parent? Indeed it appeared to be so.
Don’t fall into the temptation to believe that your kids like everything you like and want to spend time doing the things you like to. And don’t fall into the temptation of believing that you can love them, discipline them, or reward them in the same ways. To do so is laziness on our part.
I know I wasn't a very good father, but I'm an old man now and I really wish I could see my children again. I've begged them to forgive me, but they just ignore me. I don't know why I'm writing, but maybe you can urge fathers to do better than I did. — B.W.
How can I be a better father? I'm afraid my own father wasn't a very good model for me to follow, but I'm not sure I know how to do it any better. I love my two boys very much, and I want to be a good example for them to follow, especially as I think about Father's Day. — R.K.
How does adopting a child become associated with "buying" a child? It happens like this: an agency will go into a poor country and give money to orphanages with the expectation that they will be given the opportunity to place those orphans into adoptive families.
Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he mig
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land." Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.