I’m Given Wisdom | Teen Devotional

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My Bible Reading: He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:8) Do you know your IQ? Just how smart are you? Some people seem to be naturally smart and are perfect 4.0 students. Others have to really work to make good grades. So does becoming a Christ follower…

A Little Bunny and a Lot of Jesus

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Explaining the Easter bunny is a lot like explaining Santa. Santa is easy because that was simply the nickname given for St. Nicholas—who is a great Christmas story. The Easter bunny is a little trickier, but still doable. How did the Easter bunny come to be associated with the celebration of the resurrection of Christ? In…

April Fools or Is God’s Word for Real?

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April Fool’s Day is a great time to introduce, discuss, or reinforce the inerrancy of God’s word with all ages. How? Here are some easy ideas and tips, broken down by age. Toddlers/Preschoolers/Young Children: There are a couple of ways I reinforce the concept of the inerrancy of the Bible on a child-like level each week I teach preschool Sunday…

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 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…

God Created Your Child to Imagine

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Why did God give us imaginations? We were made in his image. A fun day at the zoo is a window into the amazing imagination of God. What was God thinking when he made a tarantula? An elephant? A chimpanzee? A flamingo? Your children were created to imagine. A recent article in Parenting Magazine said,…

How to Raise a Narcissist

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We might also title this: “Four Things You Don’t Want to Do in Parenting.” The term “narcissism” is thrown around quite a bit nowadays. It is often applied to someone who is very self-centered. Actually, narcissism is a rather rare mental disorder. A narcissist has an inflated sense of importance, lacks interest in other people,…

Make the Most of Your Teens’ Hard Questions

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Note: Win a copy of Tom Gilson’s Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality with TEENS. Children are question-asking machines, aren’t they? They can drive a parent crazy! “Daddy, why is the sky blue?” “Mommy, who made God?” Innocent questions like those are replaced as they get older, though. “What do you mean,…

An Open Letter to My Kids After Mother’s Day

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To My Wonderful Kids, You are loved beyond description. Becoming a mother thirteen years ago has forever changed my life, and I’m so thankful the Lord chose me to be your mom. I have loved every single stage—cooing newborn, busy toddler, the sporty grade school years, and now we even have a teenager in the…