Will Your Teenagers Graduate from Their Faith After High School?

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Will your teenage son or daughter still be walking with Jesus when they graduate college? Or will they leave their faith behind as they walk off that graduation stage to start a new chapter of life? As parents, we want what’s best for our kids. As Christians, we know that means following Jesus for a…

The First Pillar of Truth We Must Teach Our Children

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In my previous post, I noted two concerning, and connected, trends: Young people walking away from faith Biblical literacy dramatically declining among young people (and adults) As promised, this is the first of five pillars to teach your family. That means five ways to help your family grow up to understand truth and to walk more confidently…

The Awesome Thing about Your Kid’s Misbehavior

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The rough-looking teen’s tough veneer had softened. I detected tears in his eyes. “No one has ever said anything like that to me.” Just minutes before, I met this teen in a line at our local amusement park. After a brief conversation, I dug a little deeper and asked Jared what he was good at.…

The Most Important Thing to Teach Our Kids

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As parents, we’re on the lookout for things that might harm our kids. It’s instinctive to annihilate dangers in their path: germs, foods additives, diseases, preservatives, and a steady diet of sugar. I’m pretty sure Stephanie and I will give our future grandkids plenty of cookies and ice cream, but right now it drives us crazy when the grandparents…

Create Moments of Awe and Wonder for Your Children

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Over the holidays I had the opportunity to participate in Advent celebrations in churches of different faiths. I am always curious to observe how churches include or exclude children in the life of the church because it says something about how they view the spiritual growth and development of little ones. In one church the…

Your Child in 2017—Are You Ready?

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If your child is under the age of one, think of them like the weather in Texas: If you don’t like something, just wait a week and you will see things change. If your child is toddling around the house: think of 2017 like your box of Christmas ornaments: some moments are fragile, sometimes things…

My Family’s (Unarticulated) Mission Statement

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Some families have mission statements. Together, they craft a short paragraph that will guide the family’s practices and shape its ethos. They post the mission statement in a prominent place in their home to remind them of their deepest values and sense of calling. We are not one of those families. We do not shine when…

The Art of Modeling Good Citizenship to Kids

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“Mom, Dad said he’s voting for ___. What about you?” If you haven’t been faced with that question yet—or a close variation thereof—just wait. Even elementary school students know there’s an election coming. The constant media coverage and adult chatter have put our kids on a first name basis with our presidential candidates. And while…

Overcoming an Eating Disorder: Singer Natalie Grant Opens Up [Excerpt]

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I remember the day it all started. I was in college. My boyfriend was that guy all the girls had crushes on. He cruised around campus in his flashy red car, and somehow, he had picked me. And I was desperate to keep him happy. One day we were at the grocery store, and he…