Parenting

The First Step in Making Kids Disciples of Jesus

When I was a young mom, I was also a new growing Christian. I did not have a lot of Bible knowledge. I had not been to seminary. The only college education I had by that point was two years of Accounting. I was ill-equipped to teach anyone the Bible, at least from the world’s standards. Nonetheless, I had a hungry heart to know Jesus, to understand his word, and to teach it to my

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Parenting

Hearts Conflicted, These Parents Had to Make a Choice

On our mission trip to the Middle East, we spent time with a woman (our contact) who took care of our needs for travel, meals, and church connections.  She shared with us many stories. One, in fact, was that the Christian churches in the region suffered threats and persecutions for being Christian. While the Iranian refugees were ‘technically’ allowed to worship Jesus, the natives of this country suffered great harm if they were caught doing

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Parenting

She Asked, “Why Am I Sad Every.Day.of.My.Life?

As clear as today, I remember a young teenage girl that I coached many years ago. She was struggling with family issues: her father was a drunk, her mother stressed and depressed, eating disorders plagued her, all resulting in a severe case of depression. As if these weren’t difficult enough, her biggest challenge was ‘why’ God would not heal her from her constant sadness. She had a hard time understanding why she had to be

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Parenting

The Biggest Influence that Grows Your Child’s Faith in God

A Pastor told me recently that his focus for his church is getting the people to read their Bibles. They started a campaign over the past two years that took the church through five sections of the Bible – from preaching, to small groups, to individual readings, the church went through the Gospels, Acts and Paul’s Epistles, the Prophets, the Pentateuch, History and the Writings in the Old Testament. He shared with me that having

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Parenting

This Boy Would No Longer Know

On the first Sunday in the middle east of our mission trip, our team attended an all-day church service. Many of the local churches in the region came; there were probably 400 people in all. Some traveled 7-8 hours; they were excited because an American Christian team was coming to share on the Holy Spirit. That team was us! Dan and I did not speak at this conference, but God used us in so many

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