In order to understand my own motives, I’ve learned to ask myself: Do I want my children to know God, to rest in the person and work of Christ, to have their many, many sins washed in the blood of the Lamb, and to eternally glorify Him? Or rather do I want my children to be “good,” to scrupulously avoid sin and follow biblical injunctions, to avoid bad consequences in this life? Obviously, these are not mutually exclusive, but where does Christ ask us to put our emphasis? My answers to these questions revealed some very selfish desires.
Before I became a dad, I thought I would be a pretty good dad. After all I grew up in a nice, Christian home, I read a few parenting books, and heard quite a few messages on biblical parenting. So I was set. The kids I would raise would be fortunate to have me as their father.
Then, a funny thing happened. I actually became a dad for the first time. …..
Fellow dads — our sons and daughters need us. Let’s take seriously our role and the great opportunities we have to permanently impact their lives. From one father to another, I offer five encouragements for effective fatherhood.
After 26 years of ministry, a local pastor wrote that, “By far the most commonly recurring complaint I hear from married women is about phantom fathers who do not connect with their wives and children.”
What kinds of liberties did the fictionalized drama take with the real-life story? What surprising stories did the show leave out? And what is the status of the Hatfield-McCoy feud today?
What does God most delight in after himself? What brings him more pleasure than all the beauty of the forests and mountains and waterfalls and fields? What does he care about more than all the art in all the museums, ….
Let’s go camping. I married into a camping tradition so this was funny for me!