Closer to Jesus

What Does Hesitating to Obey God Cost You?

The angels urged him, “Get up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But Lot hesitated. Have you ever hesitated at first when God calls you to take a step of faith into His purpose for you? How long does it take you to obey Him? What holds you back? We don’t know what caused Lot to hesitate, but we

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Parenting

Teaching Kids to Repent

It was a hot spring day. Our oldest was playing an early baseball game with his 10-year-old teammates. Both teams played hard; the game was neck and neck. Each parent sat on the edge of their seats, cheering and hoping for a win! And sure enough, our son’s team won by a sheer few points! What a game! We all applauded! Now it was time for the best part – snacks and drinks. All eyes

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Parenting

Teaching Kids About Sin

Teaching your kids about sin may not begin where you think. Most start with behavior; this is certainly a part of the explanation, but if you start here, you risk either pushing kids away or encouraging them to follow Jesus based on performance, not repentance. Performance is fleeting. It does not touch the heart. Let me illustrate: Let’s say you gather your children around the kitchen table, placing a large serving bowl in front of

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