Saul had no idea. God wanted him, having chosen him to become the first king of Israel. God had plans for Saul’s life, but Saul puttered along in search of his father’s lost donkeys. Eventually, Samuel interrupted Saul’s quest. He announced he had a prophetic word for Saul. (2 Minutes/500 Words)
Popular notion says one must find themselves before they enter into marriage. Our society has increasingly viewed marriage as a sign of arrival, rather than a right of passage. People see marriage as something you do once you have gotten your life together. However, the Christian church views sanctification as the sign of arrival, but marriage as one of many potential paths to get there. (7 Minutes/900 Words)
Like smoke’s residue, the stench of his rebellion clung to him. The waves and billows of David's sin had pushed him to the floor. He felt unable to stand. (500 Words / 3 Minutes)
I went through the typical motions while filling out the form. First name. Last name. Address. Our family was about to head down the Truckee River, and I was tasked with renting the rafts. Phone number. Email. Age. Age? For the first time I wrote, “40.” I smiled and thanked God. So far, so good... (3 Minutes / 500 Words)
This post will examine 6 biblical parenting principles that apply across various cultures, with follow-up questions that pertain more to this culture. Here is an overview of the principles:
- Does my parenting style include trust in God?
- Does my parenting style emphasize grace?
- Does my parenting style cultivate rest?
- Does my parenting style teach obedience?
- Does my parenting style promote spousal oneness?
- Does my parenting style prioritize God’s kingdom?
16 Minutes / 3,200 Words
What is a father's greatest weapon? Consider, for a moment, the power of words.
3 Minutes / 600 Words
Recently, I had a conversation with a youth pastor from another church. “What are teenagers going through right now?” I asked...
4 minutes / 700 words
Teaching notes for Ephesians 5:22-33, United In Marriage
Teaching outline for Ephesians 2:11-22.
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The apostle John’s entire ministry was fatherly. A man far different from the apostle Paul, John seemed to continually brim over with love. His short letter of First John was written entirely from a fatherly perspective. In fact, one great study of the role of a dad is to look at the different times John used the phrase “little children” in his first epistle...
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Theme: Pilgrims want the house of God to impact their house, so they look for God’s help, health, heritage, and heroes.
When Christina and I met there were no children in the picture. Eventually, after dating, engagement, a wedding, and a brief time of marriage, children came along...
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Kids ask questions, or at least they want to. Sometimes the questions drive a parent batty — “When do we get there?” — but often the questions provide moments for teaching and training. Discipleship...
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Are you a dad who is a life giving stream to your children? Paul warns all fathers not to provoke their children. In this post I write about 4 ways:
- Develop relationship
- Speak often
- Live with consistency
- Believe the best
6 Minutes / 1,200 Words