Fill in the blank. I want to raise a _______ child.
If you are being honest with yourself, what kind of child do you want to raise? Happy? Smart? Talented?
All parents have unspoken expectations, but it’s important to know what kind of child we should be raising.
As parents, we want to protect our children, but there is one bully they are guaranteed to face and we need to train our children to stand up to them.
The Bible says that kids are a blessing from God, and Psalm 127:5 (NIV) says, “Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” My wife and I have six of them, so I am one blessed man! I’m thankful for each one of my kids, and I know that Denise’s and my job is to raise them to be a godly seed. We’re to train them in the Word of God and teach them from an early age who they are in Christ, what God says about them, what God says they can have, what God says they can do, and how they’re supposed to interact with others.
I want my kids to know they don’t have to live according to Murphy’s Law or live some sad, country song kind of life. They can live according to a higher law—God’s law of blessing—and have happy, successful, abundant lives.
A person is known by their actions and their words. It’s what the Bible refers to as “fruit.”
You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Matthew 7:16-20 NLT
In this passage of scripture, Jesus is explaining how to identify someone.
This is true of being a problem solver. If someone is always making a bad situation worse, that’s fruit. If someone brings hope, God’s Word, and peace, that’s fruit. We are all known by the fruit we produce in our life. Let’s choose to make that good fruit.
Using God’s Word as your guide, you have everything you need to be a problem solver, but it’s up to you to develop that habits and produce the fruit.
If you’re a Christian, you’re called to be a problem solver! Jesus said in Matthew 5:9 (KJV), “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”
A lot of times when we think of the word peacemaker, we envision a long-haired hippie from the ‘60s holding his hand in the air displaying the peace symbol and saying, “Peace, man!” Well, let’s just say the ‘60s Peace Movement ruined the word “peace” forever!
Problem-solving the wrong way can end up in relationship conflict. It’s not about whose idea is best or winning an argument; the goal is to solve a problem.
Listen in as Joe and Denise share the biblical way to problem solve as a couple.
Revelation 12:11 tells us that we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony.
Listen in as Joe shares about the power of your testimony and how you need to share what God has done in your life. Continue reading…
For our children, memorizing scripture is more than a Sunday School activity.
It’s necessary for them to successfully establish a relationship with their Heavenly Father. It helps them begin to understand His character.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
Memorizing scripture is more than a way to win a prize in Sunday School. It’s instrumental in helping our children develop into all that God has called them to be.
Watch as Joe shares a quick video on why it’s important and where to start. Continue reading…
Men and women see money differently. Men tend to see money as freedom and women often see it as security. Each one has a priority list of their own, but it’s important to learn how to do things together.
If you don’t know the end goal of parenting, then chances are you’re going to spend a lot of time being confused about how to parent.
One day the experts will say one thing and the next you will find out that you were doing things all wrong. There is a source that doesn’t change, and that’s God’s Word. In His Word, He gives us specific instructions. We are told to train up our children in the way they should go, so that when they’re grown, they won’t stray from it.
Training involves having a specific end result in mind. Training is showing our children what to do and then seeing to it that they do it. Training is vital to success in life.