Every Parent’s Purpose: Tony Evans on Raising Kids God’s Way

"We've come to the point where we have outsourced parenting to everybody but who the Bible gives the responsibility to," Evans has said. With social media, television, music, school and even church claiming so much real estate in a child's mind, it can be hard to make sense of right and wrong. That's why parents must be intentional.

The Dad Challenge: The Nurturing Father

Fathers are not usually seen as the nurturing ones in a family. The Bible, however, tends to also place the father in a nurturing position. We are told not to "exasperate" our children, which means not to wear them out with correction, but to "bring them up". The phrase literally means we

What to Tell Your Children about Thunder

Lightning rips through the air followed by the violent crash of thunder. At that moment everything stops. Your heart pounds. Whatever you were thinking about is gone, replaced by fear, awe, terror, and a sense of smallness. The sound is of unrestrained energy.

Teach Your Children to Pray for What Is Best

In the Lord's prayer Jesus tells you to pray for God's will to be done. By asking God for his kingdom to rule and his will to be done, you are making a life-changing request! You are acknowledging that his purpose and plan is better than your own. God's way is better than your way!

Preparing for the Unexpected

Your ten-year-old son picks up the daily newspaper left laying on the kitchen table. No one has had an opportunity to actually read the paper yet. Your son finds a front page article on sex and TV, complete with enticing photos, and reads about new shows with group sex and nudity. Try to put yourself in his place. Your son needs a game plan about how to handle this information in a way that pleases God and protects him. This situation is exactly what Proverbs 6:20-24 envisions when it describes

It’s Not about Control.

There is a difference between having control and building up. Parental authority based on control leads to manipulation, domination, and failed relationships.

Waking up Weary

Parenting is challenging. It leaves you weary at the end of the day; weary not only because of the trials of the day just finished, but also because tomorrow is just a few hours away. You know that in the morning you will wake up weary. Weariness dominates when you see life's responsibilities and burdens in abstraction from God's purposes. When that happens, you take on the burden of parenting in you own strength.

Monitor Your Child’s Internet Habits, as Well as Your Own

Q: We're concerned because we found our son (who's 14) accessing a porn site on the Internet the other day. We gave him a strong lecture and I don't think he'll do it again, but why do they allow such things on the Internet? We were shocked.

7 Ways to Help Children Deal with Fear

Childhood can be a scary time of life naturally, but especially these days. We should never diminish a child's fear or the impact the news of the day is having on them. Here are 7 suggestions to help children deal with fear:

The Mercy of Biblical Discipline

Biblical discipline has to do with love and delight, not primarily accountability and control. Biblical discipline is not about fairness, it is about mercy. Biblical discipline is not about treating children as their sins deserve.

Christ and Schoolwork

School doesn't always get off to a good start. So when things don't go well in school this is an opportunity to call your children to faith in Christ. One of the purposes of all the work is to drive us to Christ and his gospel (Col. 3:17). In order to encourage your children to trust God, you must first encourage them with the gospel message of grace. Colossians 1 teaches that all authorities are established and control by Christ. Thus schoolwork is sent to your children by Jesus. Schoolwork is

Praying for a Lost Turtle

It might seem to be a stretch to ask for the turtle to be found. Perhaps some would say that this prayer might offer false hope to the daughter. But let's think this through. This provides a great opportunity to teach about prayer.

Raising Your Kids in a World That Hates Christ

Biblical Christianity is equated with hatred in this world. While God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and church are easily dismissed, Jesus Christ, the Savior, is a real problem in the world your children will inhabit.

When Children Disappoint

"How could this child have come from us?" I read the words of Arlene Holmes and my heart stopped. Her son is the young man who went on a rampage in the Aurora movie theater, killing 12 and wounding 70.

Protecting Your Children & Proverbs 16

Proverbs 16 provides wise instruction for establishing authority that will protect your children from the attacks of this world. Here are just some of the principals and their applications found in this fantastic chapter.

Hypocrisy: the Parent Trap!

Hypocrisy is something you cannot avoid. You tell your children not to fight and then your argue with your spouse. What can you do?

What to Tell Your Children about Charleston.

There are troubled hearts in Charleston, South Carolina, not to mention the troubled hearts all across the country. Once again, what appeared to be safe, was not. The time of the Fall can only disguise it's ugliness for a season. The enemy of our souls is engaged in non-stop attempts to make us think that this world is good and has all that we really need. Then this myth is shattered by an event like Charleston. Not even churches are safe. This reminds us that the world is not all it is promised

7 Ways to Parent with Grace

Basically with grace-based parenting we had some basic principles with which we parented. We considered these often.Here are 7 ways to parent with grace:

Parenting by Faith

Biblical parenting is first of all an exercise in biblical faith.This fact makes biblical parenting different from every other parenting methodology. A journey of faith cannot always be accurately measured by visible markers. Other forms of parenting are measured by evaluating immediate responses-if behavior doesn't change quickly, then the methods must not be correct. Thankfully, God calls us to trust him in faith.

Is Normal Just a Setting on Your Clothes Dryer? (Writer's Opinion)

"Normal is just a setting on your clothes dryer." I love this quote by author and speaker Patsy Clairmont. I've heard her speak several times at Women of Faith conferences and love her sense of humor.As mothers, we must embrace a sense of humor if we want to survive the ups and downs of that most sacred role. We strive to be perfect mothers, i.e. normal, but we're all different. As women, we struggle, fail, start over and celebrate the small and large victories as we watch our children grow from

Grow into a Mature Relationship with Your Children.

The most important goal for you and your family is to grow closer to God in every area of your life. Below Tedd and Margy Tripp hold out three key passages to build upon. Reflect deeply on what Joshua 24, Psalm 48 and Psalm 73 have to say to you this day!