Practical Ways to be Reminded of Who God is and How that Affects the Way We Live

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By way of preface, the assumption I am placing on the reader is the fact that ultimately none of these things are possible to accomplish in a God glorifying way without being reborn, regenerated by the Holy Spirit of God. It is Him that moves us with delight in living out Christian Disciplines. Therefore, if you have been born again, here are a few practical steps to as reminders. We need these reminders or “ticklers” to remind us because while we do supernaturally desire God we also do still do have a sin nature and will continue to pursue other stuff over God apart from the Spirit of God.

 

Read your Bible.

While this seems extremely basic, I know that if you’re like me it’s not hard to “get busy” and prioritize “life” over getting into God’s word regularly. This is monumental. We have to immerse ourselves in the word by spending time in it. This could be opening a physical Bible and reading a passage or book. This could mean using a Bible app on your phone. This could be an audio Bible while you commute. For some, it might be following a twitter account that posts daily scripture. While technology certainly has its negative effects, it has also made a positive contribution to our devotional lives as Christians. Use it. Don’t not get in the word because a particular method doesn’t fit your lifestyle. Reading your Bible is paramount for practical steps to be reminded of who God is because it is the Primary source of information from and about Him.

 

Memorize your Bible.

As soon as folks read this subtitle, the natural inclination in your heart is to dodge this. It’s interesting because memorizing things that we delight in is natural, not something we have to work at. Just think about it…if your my age then about a decade ago you had at least about 50 + phone numbers memorized, addresses, directions and all kinds of other detail. Pray that God would give you such a hunger for His word that you would slowly begin to memorize small pieces of Scripture. It is through God’s word, primarily, that the Spirit is going to speak to you. For any small tips, feel free to reach out to me. There’s no magic method, but there are many to try and tailor to the way you’re wired. Therefore, when we memorize Scripture and we are put in circumstances to make a decision the Spirit will move in your heart and mind through God’s word.

 

Pray.

This is one step that I’m positive is constantly overlooked because of pride and/or lack of confidence in who God says He is. Prayer is not to move the hand of God (which is primarily what we see it used for), but it is to align our will with the Father’s will. Prayer is about relationship. If we are in constant and continual prayer (formal and informal) then we are going to be more sensitive to the Spirit and how He is directing our lives and resources.

 

Community.

It is beyond imperative for this to be a reality in every Christian’s life. It is only in small groups of close friends that we are able to allow others to speak into our lives honestly and lovingly. Don’t let this one slide, thinking that it can be “Just me and Jesus.” You need community. You need accountability and you need to give it. Get connected with 2-3 others who you are able to do life with and provide that level of friendship. Make it a priority. You eat so many meals a day and have so many weekends a month. Be intentional to use those times that you already have and repurpose them for your soul wisely as opposed to adding extra on your plate, which would only lead to despair and burn out. This is going to serve you well as you walk with Jesus in faith through this life.

 

Calendar.

Use your calendar. Schedule in times throughout your day to hop on a twitter feed or pull out your Bible. Schedule time in your day to pray and a few minutes of silence and solitude. Schedule time in to do the things that you won’t do unless you actually block time out to do it. Make this a priority once a week or once a month and be diligent in seeing it through and talk to your close friends about it, so that they are able to hold you accountable.

Contentment in the Wrong Context Can Actually be Evil

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This year, on Christmas morning, my daughter said something that made me reflect on an important reality particularly for me and in general for all Christians.

 

After opening gifts for about 15 minutes my wife and I hit the pause button on our morning gift exchange in order to get some breakfast going. Once we returned to the living room I told both of our kids that another gift would not be opened until all of the trash on the ground (wrapping paper and such) was picked up. “I’ll be your garbage girl,” my daughter joyfully exclaimed. It made sense. She was willing to do whatever she needed in order to pursue the fullness of her satisfaction: opening the rest of her gifts.

 

The truth is that she, nor her brother, are ever that excited about cleaning. In fact, they have an apathetic attitude towards it because they don’t believe at this point in their stage of life that it brings them any joy. The reality is that satisfaction and contentment in their fullness lead to complacency, apathy and the end of pursuit.

 

More popular is the subject of contentment, which is biblical and obviously important. Perhaps more popular because it makes us seem more mature than we really are. So, we cloak ourselves with being “content” in front of others, yet in our hearts we envy so many others for what they have and we don’t. Contentment is an important spiritual discipline, but it is only one side of the coin and should never be over emphasized at the expense of another biblical reality. Maybe just as important as contentment is a holy, or a right, discontentment.

 

A holy discontentment causes us to continue to pursue hard after a deeper level of satisfaction and contentment. After marrying your spouse how hard and consistent is your pursuit for her/him now that you’ve won them in marriage? Now that you’ve received your degree how hard and consistent is your pursuit toward continuing education?

 

Once we are satisfied with what we’ve attained we become complacent and apathetic towards a further pursuit of something we already “have.” Sadly enough this is a reality in our pursuit of God as well. We get comfortable with where we are at with God and become apathetic in our pursuit of Him. I’ve heard more that two dozen times, “I’ve been a Christian for 30 years. I’ve heard it all, but it’s good to be refreshed with the way different preachers preach a passage.” That, my friend, is apathy. We are never to old, to smart or too mature to not grow more in every area of our lives.We have never “heard it all” or have arrived at some place spiritually where we can stop intentionally pursuing God and just passively grow when it’s convenient.

 

Too many Christians all of the sudden reach some status of perceived maturity in some Christian discipline and then become complacent and judgmental towards others who may not be in the place that they are at. Oh, that’s great, you’ve read the Bible 30 times? Well you must be super spiritual. Read it again. Oh, that’s great, you have made over 20 disciples? Well you are the best disciple maker out there! Make more. Oh, that’s great, you give 18 percent of your income to your church? You are so mature and spiritual! Give more. Every Christian, from pastors to non-member, regular attenders of a local church is being sanctified in these different areas of spiritual disciplines and much more. Your status of where you land in any of these areas does not make you any more spiritual or more mature than another person. What is important is that we continue to develop a holy discontentment with where we are at so that we continue to press harder and grow more in every area as opposed to getting comfortable with where we are at.

 

The more satisfied we are with ourselves, we become less satisfied with God because “WE HAVE ATTAINED SUCH A GREAT STATUS.” This holy dissatisfaction causes us to press forward to continue to pursue a higher level of knowing Christ and to find our satisfaction in Him.

 

In addition to developing a holy discontentment is to remove anything in our lives that is hindering our relationship with God. While for some complacency is birthed out of past success or current status, for others it comes from being bound to past hurts and failures. Some are so chained to their past hurts and failures that they have lost their pursuit of God. They have accepted defeat. In both instances, we are called to wage war on and remove anything that hinders us from our relationship with God, which can only truly happen in community for the sake of accountability and encouragement.

 

The apostle Paul would go as far to say that those who do not have a holy discontentment consistently and are satisfied and content with where they stand in their relationship with God are enemies of the cross (Philippians 3:12-21). Meaning, if there is not a continual pursuit that flows from a holy discontentment and your satisfaction is in your won achievements than there may not be a real relationship to begin with.

 

My prayer is that you and I would either begin or continue to develop a holy discontentment in order that we would press in harder towards knowing Christ. Being content and satisfied with where we are in our relationship with God is a dangerous place to be. Moreover, be encouraged. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Lastly, in the coming days I will update this post with a link to the sermon I preached this past Sunday titled A Holy Discontentment from Philippians 3:12-21 where I explain more thoroughly on this topic.

Sermon link:  http://bldg28.com/sermons/28-sermons/

Crux mihi ancora

10 Tips for Spending Time With Your Kids

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By way of preface, let me say that I am sharing these tips as a dad still learning. These are lessons that I have learned along the way that I hope will be helpful for you. Also, by spending time with your kids I mean Daddy Daughter Dates, Daddy Son Dates, Mommy Daughter Dates, Mommy Son Dates. My wife and I are huge proponents of each parent having special time set aside for each child individually.

 

1. Be excited.

Don’t make the date as if you are doing a favor for your kid. This mentality treats your time together as a task. Get excited, so that they can see you enjoy it just as much as they do. Show them that it’s a treat for the both of you.

 

2. Plan the date and be consistent.

It’s easier to cancel because something else comes up if you don’t have a plan in place. Plan your time together and then talk about it with your kid leading up to the date, so that your kid is also planning on the time together. Even as young a one year old, my daughter loved looking forward to Daddy time…and demand it now.

 

Even more, be consistent. There’s no magic number of times (e.g. once a week, once a month) that is best. The key is to make this time consistent, so that you and your kid can look forward to the time together.

 

3. No distractions.

On your way in the car and even once you get to your destination, don’t spend time on your smart phone looking at social media, email, or other stuff unless it is directly related with your date (e.g. sharing a picture of the both of you, tweeting how much fun you are having). Talk to or sing with your kid while driving instead of giving them your phone to keep them quiet. Make everything about your time together and different from the norm.

 

4. Teaching moments.

The best time to take advantage of a teaching moment with your kid is when they are doing something they love to do. For example, one of my daughter’s and my favorite places to go on a date is to the park. When Amber was only 1, I was able to capture a teaching moment that made her think for a moment. She asked me to put her Minnie Mouse doll down the slide and when I did she said, “That was perfect dad.” My response to her was, “God is perfect.” The rest of our time together she would randomly say, “God is perfect.”

 

5. No negative terms.

While on your date, try your best to refrain from negative terms such as no, you can’t, and don’t. This doesn’t mean allow your kid to act like a monster either. If they begin to act inappropriately or want something they can’t have, direct their attention to something “better.” Make it positive. For example, instead of “you can’t jump off of that, you’ll get hurt” say, “you’ll get hurt silly, let’s do this instead.”

I am not opposed to saying “no” in general; in fact, I would say it is necessary. Although during this special time the goal is that overall you want it to be a positive experience. So, if you’re able to use a more positive way to redirect I would encourage that.

 

6. Lot’s of hugs, kisses, high fives, and cuddling.

On your date, make sure you show affection. Constantly tell them you love them. You can’t kiss them enough. You can’t hug them enough. You can’t high five them enough.

 

7. Let them lead.

While on your date, let your kid have the license to make decisions and lead. Keep in mind that you want this time to be special and different then the norm. Give them a chance to show you what they want to do and they will.

 

8. Laugh.

Laugh a lot when you’re on your date. Have fun. Your kid will love that you are having as much fun as they are. Be goofy.

 

9. Talk.

Be sure to have conversation while spending time together. Ask questions. Tell stories. Make conversation.

 

10. Remember

One thing I love to do while on a Daddy Daughter date is take a bunch of pictures. It’s always fun to look at the pictures that night and remember the fun we had together. It also helps Amber remember and make connections in her mind with where we went, what we did, and the fun that we had.

“Good Dads”

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We become “good dads” to our own kids as we seek to treat them as our perfect dad treats us, His sons.

As a dad, I am learning as I go. I’m growing each and every day in my understanding of what it means to be a good steward of this weighty responsibility entrusted to me and also to some of you.

When it comes to parenting my children well, it’s helpful for me to look at the relationship that my dad cultivated with me and recognize the time and effort that he put into being a good dad to his kids. It is the ability to appreciate what he did for me, as well as and more importantly recognizing the way in which God, the Father, relates to His children.

I have included the links to the top 6 “Dad” posts that have had the most traffic on my site. My hope is that you, like me, would be encouraged and challenged. Mihi Crux Ancora

1. 7 THINGS EVERY DAUGHTER NEEDS FROM HER DAD

2. 7 THINGS EVERY SON NEEDS FROM HIS DAD

3. DAD, 10 PRACTICAL WAYS TO LOVE YOUR KIDS

4. 5 THINGS EVERY DAD SHOULD KNOW (SERIES)

5. DADDY, DADDY?

6. 10 TIPS FOR PARENT CHILD DATES

6 Kinds of Words to Say to Your Wife

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Words can be an exceptionally powerful tool and/or weapon. Our words can either bring life or death. I know people today that replay, over and over again, in their minds something that a person said to them decades ago, but it still festers in their heart and mind daily. It paralyzes them from living in the freedom that God has called them to. The words spoken to them have literally brought death to a certain aspect of their life. Sadly, spouses tend to get the brunt of harsh words, many times creating deep wounds that will never go away and many times even progressing to the death of a marriage. God intended that we would use our words to build people up and bless people. That we would say things to encourage and give life to those around us. When it comes to marriage, here are 6 kinds of words to say to your wife often…

Words of Affection

Tell your wife that you love her, multiple times a day. Tell her that she’s beautiful, daily. Comment on her style and her personality. Use words of affection to build her up often. Talk affectionate to you wife because she desires that.

 

Words of Consideration

Your wife wants to know often that you are thinking of her feelings, thoughts and opinions. Ask her what she’s thinking. Ask her what the best and worst part of her day was. Ask her where she would like to eat. Ask her what she would like to do on Saturday morning. Ask her if she feels like you are leading her well in the areas of marriage, family, finance, church life and ministry, friendships, spiritual disciplines, etc.

 

Words of Initiation

While your wife does enjoy knowing that you are being considerate of her, she also enjoys a healthy balance of you taking the initiative to make decisions. Tell your wife that you would like to cook dinner once a week. Tell her that you’ve planned a date for the two of you. Tell her that she’s going to love a new spot to take her. Tell her to plan a Saturday morning out while you care for the kids and clean the house.

 

Words of Spontaneity

Take your wife by surprise when you tell her that you would like to take her on a walk or bike ride instead of watching the weekly game. Every now and then get out of your normal habit to show her that she is more important than whatever you would normally be doing. Your wife is very familiar with at least one thing you plan to do each week – use that time every now and then to lay your plans aside and focus on her instead – or ask her to be a part of it with you.

 

Words of Repentance

Tell your wife you were wrong. Sometimes, even when you’re not. Tell her you’re sorry. Ask for her forgiveness. When you mess up or when she thinks you’ve messed up acknowledge it instead of getting defensive. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Don’t allow your flesh to control you – that will only end in pride and despair. Be led by the Spirit, which will always end in humility and reconciliation.

 

Words of the Gospel

Most importantly of all, speak words of the Gospel to your wife. Remind her of the depth of the grace of God. Remind her that Jesus was perfect for her. Remind her that God loves her and is willing to lead her each moment of the day if she’ll trust Him. Remind her that God is good and in control. Therefore, she can rest in knowing that Dad has it all together even though she may not.

Most importantly, live a life that expresses and emulates the words that you say to your wife. You can use kind words until you’re blue in the face, but if your life doesn’t match what you say than it’s all just talk.

7 Reminders When Satan Tries to Steal Your Joy

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One of the most gut wrenching biblical texts for me is Luke 4:13, “And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him [that is, Jesus] until an opportune time.” It is quite sobering to think that even Jesus was a target for Satan. Naturally, we tend to look at Jesus as some type of super hero guy who didn’t deal with any kind of spiritual warfare, which is completely antithetical to the Scriptures and what we see in them. Why, then, would we think that we would be free from Satan’s tactics to steal, kill, and destroy? So,what can we do?

Satan has declared war on you and your family. He will do anything he can to keep you from trusting in the sovereign hand of God in your life, walking with Christ faithfully and believing that Jesus has already won the victory. I am reminded by this text that Satan is alive and well, and only leaves to come back at the opportune time.

When your day begins to look down, when your week begins to looks bleak and the month begins to look dark, here are 7 reminders for you that have helped me greatly.

Talk to God.

God, the Father, wants to hear from you. He desires you and a relationship with you where you will come to Him with everything. Not because He needs to stay informed, as if He doesn’t already know your thoughts before you think them, but because He desires a relationship with you. As you begin to talk with God about your burdens, He will begin to give you clarity of mind, as well as a confidence to continue to persevere.

Remember the Sovereignty of God.

In all that is happening, there are two BIG promises to remember. God has promised that “…he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 ESV). In addition, He promised, “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 ESV). God didn’t miss His cue to filter this season of warfare for you. In fact, there is purpose in it. Know that God has made plans for you and that His plans cannot be thwarted. He is sovereign over whatever it is that you are going through.

Remember who Jesus is.

Satan has been defeated by and through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus lived the life that you and I cannot live, died the death that you and I deserve, and rose so that we can also be raised with Him when God calls. “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ESV). Know that this season that you are in is light and momentary in comparison to the weight of glory. What you see now is transient, but what you cannot see is eternal.

Remember who Satan is not.

Satan is not some ethereal being, he is very real. Satan is not God. Satan is not omnipresent, despite what you may have been taught. Satan is not the victor, but he has been defeated. Satan is not in ultimate control.

Remember the Spirit.

It is completely and utterly impossible for you and me to have any type of victory over Satan and his plans to destroy us apart from the reality, presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is the Spirit of God in us that influences us to believe God, moves us to faithfulness and gives us the strength to persevere. Be confident in the fact that your success in getting through this season has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the Spirit of God in you. Even more, remember Jesus words concerning the Spirit, “But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves” (John 17:13 ESV). Joy within ourselves? We know from the context of this passage that Jesus is referring to the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit of God within us that gives us Joy – not better circumstances. Therefore, in the process of remembering the Spirit of God, you are reminded that Satan cannot steal your joy because your joy comes from the Spirit being within you.

Remember others.

You are not the only one in a trial right now. It is extremely easy to become focused on self in a trial. Remember that there are others who are much worse than you at the moment. What could possibly be worse than what you are going through? How about the 2 billion people in the world who have never heard about Jesus and are far from God. Or the 20,000 people that die each day from either starvation or preventable diseases. Don’t just remember others to make yourself feel better about your personal situation, but remember others as a motivation to stay on mission.

Remember the church.

In the midst of your trial, do not forsake the assembly. Don’t retreat from community, but allow the church to come around you to encourage you, walk with you, pray with you, and keep you accountable during this very “opportune time.”

7 Ways to Plan a Family Devotional

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“I have had over a dozen conversations just this week alone about how to plan a family devotional, so I’m re-posting this short read that I wrote this time last year. Enjoy and pass along.”

It has been quite the journey with my wife and I trying to implement a family devotional. While we are still far from perfect at it, there are some things along the way that we’ve learned that I hope could be helpful for you and your family.

1. Make a plan. For the longest time we talked about doing a family devotional, but didn’t actually do it because we never had a plan. If you have to, schedule time aside to do it. For our family scheduling a certain time just doesn’t work. For us, it becomes a “law” that is so easy to break – often. Plus we have two awesome young kids that don’t always accommodate a schedule, so we have to be pretty flexible.

2. Don’t give up. If your plan doesn’t work the first few times, don’t give up. You will fail at first. It was only through a lot of failure that Brooke and I were able to find a format that worked best for our natural rhythms of life.

What does this look like for us? We choose a book of the Bible. We just finished Ephesians. We go through one chapter a day. We both read the chapter separately at some point in our day. In the evening time, after the kids are in bed, we pull our Bibles out and re-read the whole chapter out loud together. Then we take turns talking about highlights, hard texts, encouraging and convicting notes, etc. Two great resources are RightNow Media, as well as Desiring God’s, Look at the Book.

3. Include prayer. Always include prayer. This is the point where we are acknowledging that it is God that is speaking to us through His word and that the Bible is not just some great piece of literature. One of us leads in prayer while we hold hands.

4. Make it Gospel-Centered. It is real easy to turn a devotional into moral reminders. Always get to a point in your devotional where you bring it to Jesus and how the Gospel affects the text or idea that you are discussing. Don’t make your devotional time a daily reminder of how you either do great or constantly fall short of the law. Live in the light and freedom of the Gospel.

5. Involve your kids. Our kids are pretty young. With that said, our 3 year old is fully able to communicate who Jesus is, who created everything, and what sin and forgiveness is, so do not under estimate your young children. With our kids, we have intentional and unintentional devotional times.

Intentionally, around 7 o’clock every evening (after dinner and before bed), my wife hangs with our 3 year old, Amber, and I hang with our 1 and 1/2 year old, Parker, for about 30 minutes. Brooke uses The Gospel Project with Amber. It’s a great Gospel-centered curriculum that is fun and interactive. I hang with Parker  and just have guy fun with his spider man mask and Jake and the never-land pirates sword. Most likely around the age of two, we will begin some sort of toddler curriculum with him as well.

Unintentionally, we use all kinds of God-given moments throughout the day to talk about sin, Satan, Jesus, and a lot of prayer with the kids.

6. Actually be interested. Several times a day, Amber randomly will talk about Jesus or “the evil one.” I make it a priority to drop whatever it is I’m doing and acknowledge the fact that she is wanting to have a “God conversation.” She needs to know that we can have an open dialogue with anything, but especially the Gospel.

7. Have fun. The Gospel is serious, but it can also be a lot of fun.

Stop Telling People That You Will Pray for Them

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Prayer is a gift from God. It’s an opportunity to communicate with the Creator of the universe—to converse with God, praise him, confess our sin, ask for his provision, and listen for his response.

When it comes to prayer we have a tendency to focus on requests, so be sure to shepherd your family toward a fuller understanding of prayer.

Provide opportunities for your family to pray often and build a culture of prayer. Encourage your family to recognize that it is more important to pray than to talk about praying, but be quick to go to prayer when you hear a need. In other words, if someone is sharing and you hear a need, stop and pray. As opposed to saying, “I will be praying for you” say, “Can I pray for you right now?”

This past week, God showed me an amazing thing. One of our close family friends had an important meeting to be a part of and I was telling my wife, Brooke, about it. My 4-year-old daughter, Amber, overheard me telling Brooke that it was an important meeting and immediately said, “Can I pray for Mr. Brian’s important meeting?”

My prayer today is that God would make my heart and yours like that of a 4-year-old. Trusting that God is our only help and that He wants to hear from His children regularly. For the next 30 days, I challenge you. Whenever you hear a need, declare war on your natural human tendency to say, “I’ll be praying for you” and actually stop and pray in the moment. Stop telling people that you will be praying for them and actually stop and pray for them. Stop talking about prayer to the extent that you never spontaneously pray.

I was actually able to record my daughter praying this past week, so that I could send it to our friend. It made his day and mine. Watch it below…

7 Tips for Discipling Your Kids

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Plan an intentional teaching time.

Discipling your kids requires an intentional planned time of family devotions. We all invest so much of our time into so many different areas of life, but we label ourselves “too busy” to plan an intentional time to read the Bible with our kids. Plan the time. Work your plan. Be intentional. Make it fun. Add crafts or something that will give the kids an opportunity to interact with what you’re reading and talking about. Then, alter your plan as needed to fit into the natural rhythms of your family life. Here is another resource to help you Plan a Family Devotion.

 

Be ready and available for spontaneous teaching moments.

Pray that God would give you the eyes to see and the ears to hear those God given moments to teach your kid. Be concerned with your kid’s spiritual growth to the point where you are listening for opportunities to teach them. If you’re busy, stop. It really is that easy. Try it and see how God makes a difference.

 

Be creative.

Discipleship is more than a family devotion. It is a lifestyle. Parent in a way that everything you do is an example for your kid to see. Be creative in discipling your kids through activities that they are already enjoying (e.g. dance, sports, karate). Pray that God would give you wisdom in how to use those things to talk about what a relationship with Jesus looks like with your lids.

 

Pray with them.

When you begin to regularly talk to God, He begins to open your eyes to what He is doing all around you. Praying with your kids not only teaches them to pray, but it broadens their perspective on what is happening outside of your immediate family life and how God is working in all of it. Pray with your kids that God would give your family opportunities to serve others.

 

Involve them in giving.

Regularly involve your kids in serving others. Create a culture of sacrificial giving in your home. Bake cookies for neighbors. Visit the elderly in your community. Donate old clothes, shoes, and toys. Pack a food bag to hand out to a homeless family.

 

Involve them in mission.

Be hospitable. Make your home a place where other families can come and enjoy. Cook big meals and invite other families over to eat and hang out. God gave you your home, so that you would be a good steward of it by serving others with it. Teach your kids that you have time for others, are interested in others, and love others by having other families over often. With a healthy balance, involve your kids in mission out in the community as well.

 

Commit to a local church.

Probably most importantly, commit to a local church. For one, you can’t lead well if you are not following well. How can you teach your kids to follow and be discipled if you aren’t following and being discipled. Additionally, while it is your primary role to disciple your kids, you need help from the church. It is the local church’s role to partner with families to disciple their kids. It is good and healthy to have other spiritually mature adults speaking into the life of your kids. Moreover, it is extremely important that they are involved in church community to grow and learn with other kids their age.

15 Last Minute Reminders for Halloween

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1. Be a Missionary – Become all things to all men, so that some might be saved.

2. Connect with people that you might otherwise never connect with by them coming to your door or your church

3. Teach you kids about the historical theory of Halloween along with how Christ redeems stuff like this, including our hearts

4. Serve your city by donating candy or buying costumes for families that can’t afford them

5. Throw a party with good food and drinks

6. Have some hotdogs and a cold drink for families that come by to pick up candy

7. Set up a table with free Gospel-Centered books to give out for free instead of candy

8. Offer to pray for those who God sends your way (don’t be weird about it)

9. Just have fun with your kids

10. Use it as a way to help encourage your kids imagination for dressing up

11. Be considerate

12. Be safe

13. Use it as an opportunity to talk about Reformation Day

14. Focus your teaching (e.g. small group, sermon series, Sunday school, family devotions, personal devotion) on the reformation and the doctrines of grace.

15. Pray

Other Great Articles on Halloween:

6 Tips for Halloween

12 Simple Ways to Be On Mission This Halloween

Halloween: Carnal or Christian

3 Tips For Discipling Your Kids On Halloween

Pat Robertson Calls Halloween Satan’s Night

Schools Cancel Halloween