Recently I led a group of men through a study of Psalm 71 on "What do you hope for and what do you live for?" The Psalmist prays: "So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those … Continue reading Do Not Forsake Me Until I…
Part of the Scripture in today's reading in The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms is Psalm 102:28. "The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you.” Here is a simple prayer I wrote for parents and grandparents to internalize and use: … Continue reading A Simple Prayer for Parents
Before the practice of confessing our sins to God in worship fell out of favor and practice in the church, God's people regularly used the ten commandments as a guide for their time of confession. Here is a simple prayer that guides you through the second table of the law of God found in Exodus … Continue reading Prayer of Confession of Sin
Here's a brief outline with a few questions that I put together as a resource for our young parents. Click on the link below that contains a pdf file on: Commending What We Cherish - Psalm 145
Here’s a question I have asked myself on occasion while raising my children in terms of my desires, hopes and dreams for them. It comes from Susan Hunt in her book Your Home: A Place of Grace: “Would you be satisfied with children who are well behaved, who avoid drugs, who graduate from college, marry … Continue reading With what would you be satisfied?
Conformity and peer pressure threaten to squeeze the individuality right out of teenagers. As they’re confronted with choices and expectations, kids are often terrified to be identified as different. Discouragement and hopelessness can leave teenagers even more vulnerable to unhealthy, unsafe pressures. In The Religious Life of Young Americans, George Gallup Jr. and Robert Bezilla … Continue reading Help Teenagers Form Their Identity in Christ
Parents worthy of honor pass on to their children a legacy of the faithfulness of God in their family’s life and pilgrimage. Example of Joshua and his memorial stones. Joshua 4:7 declares God’s intent in having Joshua make this memorial: “So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” We must … Continue reading Grace to Fulfill Our Parental Calling #4
The purpose of this post is crystallized in the last verse of the Old Testament. Malachi 4:6, reminds us that one of the purposes of the forerunner to the Messiah, was to “turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers..." The only other alternative set … Continue reading Grace to Fulfill Our Parental Calling #1