A Great Resource for Parents!

God’s Word, though composed of many different accounts across 66 different books, tells one continuous story about God’s plan of redemption.  Every story points us to Christ and God’s plan of redeeming us.

This is a truth that needs to be instilled in us and our children, and there is no better resource that I have found for our kids than The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones.  The subtitle Every Story Whispers His Name gives a beautiful picture of why it is so powerful.  I originally heard about this book over a year ago and purchased a copy.  It only took a few pages to realize the power this storybook holds.

Like other children’s storybook Bibles, this volume contains all of the stories familiar to your children.  The difference is the way Lloyd-Jones concludes every story by pointing out how Jesus and the redemptive plan can be seen and understood.

We use The Jesus Storybook Bible for our evening devotion times at the dinner table.  We are now reading through for the second time and we can see how our girls are beginning to make the connection between the stories they have heard their entire young lives and God’s great plan. I recently discovered that they have created a curriculum based on the book that can be used to dig deeper in each story with your children.

If you are looking for ideas or resources to use with your kids, I cannot give a higher recommendation.  The Jesus Storybook Bible can be purchased at Lifeway or any on-line retailer.  For more information about the book or the curriculum visit their website by clicking here.

Rest in Jesus!

Andy

Honor Begins at Home

Last night Colonial Heights began a study based upon the movie Courageous and more importantly God’s Word titled Honor Begins at Home.  We, as a church, have been emphasizing the importance of the home in faith formation for future generations and ultimately the greater proclamation of the glory of Christ to the world.  We issued the challenge to our people, and asked God to do abundantly beyond all that we could ask or think (Eph. 3:20) and last night He did just that!

Today I am sitting at my desk looking at a list of 233 men and women that have committed to the study.  We are asking God to send revival, and start it in the homes of Colonial Heights.  We ended our time last night with a focused time of prayer, and the “low buzz” that could be heard as 233 people joined together to pray was incredible.   Continue reading

Faith@Home Launch!

Yesterday marked a special day for Colonial Heights Baptist Church as we launched a new ministry called Faith@Home.  God’s Word is very clear that the home is intended to be the epicenter of spiritual formation.  Passages like Deuteronomy 6, Psalm 78, Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4 and others explain the importance of the home in passing faith in Jesus Christ from one generation to the next.  We also learn from passages like Ephesians 5 that the marriage between a man and woman is meant to be a beautiful picture of Christ and the church.  Therefore it is imperative that marriages are founded on the principles of God’s Word.  Almost everyone would agree that having a strong marriage and children that passionately pursue Christ are wonderful goals for every home.  However, most homes struggle to see this happen consistently. Continue reading

Learning from Laurel!

As I was getting dressed this morning, I saw a picture on my dresser of my daughter Laurel and I on a bicycle when she was a baby.  She is laughing, and at that moment I felt such a weight of love in my heart that i wanted to go find her, give her a big hug and kiss, and express my deep love for her.  I did just that!  I didn’t realize that I was about to learn something!

We enjoyed a sweet time of having breakfast together and taking her to school.  Later this morning as I was spending some time praying through a set of prayer cards I created, and came to the card for my children.  The same feelings I had experienced this morning came rushing back, but this time God spoke to my heart and said, “That’s how I feel when I look at you.”  Can you believe that!!?!  But then the thought came to my mind…”how would I have felt if after having seen Laurel’s picture I was stirred to find her to express my love, and she was “too busy” or simply “didn’t care”.  My heart would have been broken, and yet how often is this my response toward my Heavenly Father?  I am guilty of breaking His heart over and over again as I allow the busyness of life and distractions to pull me from Him.  And yet, He continues to love and pursue me.

God allowed me to learn something today through Laurel.  I learned the way I should respond to the love God has for me.  She was excited to hug her daddy’s neck, color a picture, eat a bowl of cereal, and some cinnamon toast and then ride to school.  Not once did she say, “I don’t have time for this daddy.”  She simply wanted to be with me.

Oh God, create in me an understanding of how to enjoy relationship with you through intimate times of prayer and the reading of your Word.  Teach me how to simply “be with you”.

 

The Call of Every Man

1 Timothy 2:8 – I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

Where are the men of prayer today? The reality is that in most homes the women are the spiritual leaders.  Observe the demographics the next time your church has a special emphasis on prayer.  Chances are the overwhelming majority of people participating will be the women.  This is an absolute tragedy, an opposition to the teaching of scripture, and therefore sin!  I’m certainly not faulting women for praying, but what we need in the church today is men who are going to answer the call to be men of prayer.

I have heard it quoted many times that “prayerlessness is the greatest evidence of pride” because it reveals the heart felt belief that God is not needed.  We as men, husbands, and fathers are called to lead our families, and the first and foremost way in which we should lead is in the practice of prayer.  Men, God is calling you to pray.  Don’t be so arrogant as to think that you can fulfill what God has called you to do on your own.  Only through prayer will we see men rise up to meet the challenges of this world and “wage the good warfare” (1 Tim. 1:18).

The Purpose of Discipline

Hosea 6:1,3 – Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.  Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.

Hosea is calling Israel to repent and come back to the Lord.  The problem is that Israel failed to recognize the purpose of God’s punishment. Continue reading

Discipleship in the Home

Deuteronomy 6:7 – You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (ESV)

Probably one of the most common questions asked by parents is “how do I disciple my children?”  For today’s post, I want to share some practical steps you can implement to help you get started in this process.  Obviously, you know your children better than I do, and this information will need to be modified in places to make it work for you.  Do not approach this as a checklist!  A great source of direction is found in Deuteronomy 6:7. Continue reading

They are Watching You!

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (ESV)

In today’s Bible reading we see one of the quintessential verses relating to discipleship in the home.  Proverbs 22:6 is a clear mandate for the passing of faith from one generation to the next.  Clearly the greatest responsibility falls on the parents for this ever important task.  The church body plays a role in this training, but based on the limited time a child is actually involved in church activities proves its insufficiency.  For this reason we look to the ones who have the greatest potential for influence.  Clearly this is mom and dad. Continue reading