a word from the pastor

Fathers as Financial Advisors

While Father’s Day brings extra attention and honor to dads, I think one of the best ways to win the respect of your kids is to be a financial role model and advisor. Jesus taught about finance more than heaven, hell, and prayer combined. About half of his parables concern the use of money. The A...
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Great books = Great minds

When Henry David Thoreau was leaving the city for his excursion to Walden Pond, someone asked him if he wanted a newspaper delivered to his cottage. “No thanks,” he said, “I’ve already seen a newspaper.” I think that is the mindset parents should have when it comes to the content their children ...
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Daddy’s Bible

Judith and I recently visited my mom who lives in a small retirement community in Florida. It has been three years since my dad passed away and it seems on each visit, I discover something about him I didn’t know before. While helping mom with a small project I went in search of a Philip’s Head s...
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A Wake-up Call for “Sharents”

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner (CC) for England, has provided a wake-up call to the millions of parents who regularly share information about their children on social media, also known as “sharenting.” According to the CC report, “by time the average child is 13 years old, parents will ...
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The Battle for Biblical Manhood

Psychotherapy is huge business in the United States with estimates as high as 50 million Americans receiving some form of mental health treatment. That statistic should produce great concern among Christians considering the American Psychological Association’s (APA) recent guidelines for how psyc...
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When The Gospel Divides Your Family

On numerous occasions I’ve told parents that children come with promises but not with guarantees. Inevitably, every person must come to embrace faith in Christ on their own. Kids may question what they believe and what their parents taught them, and at some point, must decide whether “mom and dad...
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The Divine Mandate to Parents

In a New York Times article, author Laurie Frankel wrote about a dilemma involving her 6-year-old son’s entrance into first grade. Apparently, the lad developed a preference for dresses over what little boys normally wear. As soon as I use the word “normally,” I recognize that a growing number of...
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Three Keys to Child Rearing

Even after 40-plus years in ministry and having raised three children, I still feel unqualified to give advice to parents when it comes to rearing their children. Yet, perhaps I might say with Paul, “I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.” (1 Corinthians 7:25) As a ...
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