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Twenty Years Ago This Year

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 9, 2014

In 1994 Promise Keepers was reaching the apex of its influence as an organization. Numerous Bethlehem men traveled to Boulder, Colorado that year to hear Gary Smalley (who had been a former youth pastor at Bethlehem) say things like ...

  • Anger toward a dad interests a daughter in other males.
  • A woman angry at her dad will refuse love from her husband.
  • All prostitutes are angry with their dads.

The implication is that wise dads work diligently at keeping short accounts with daughters so that anger does not fester.

 

 

 

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Jesse Tree Devotional

Subtitle: 
Advent Resource for Parents
Author: 
- Various
Date Given: 
November 19, 2013

The idea for the JESSE TREE comes from Isaiah 11:1, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” The JESSE TREE tells the story of God’s faithfulness through the ages, connecting with the birth of Jesus the Messiah.

If you are interested in receiving a file with some potential pictures to go with the devotional, please email childrendowntown@hopeingod.org 

Family Discipleship October 2013 Newsletter

Author: 
- Various
Date Given: 
September 30, 2013

Family Discipleship October 2013 Newsletter

Parents Dwelling in the Gospel
By Aaron Davitch, Director for Adult Ministries and Child & Youth Discipleship, South

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.—Colossians 3:16

Parents Dwelling in the Gospel

Author: 
Aaron Davitch
Date Given: 
September 26, 2013

Parents Dwelling in the Gospel
by Aaron Davitch, Director for Adult Ministries and Child & Youth Discipleship, South

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.—Colossians 3:16

Understanding Parenthood

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 24, 2013

The Whole Women’s Health (Mpls) website says, “The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life.”

So, the responsibility of parenthood is to kill the offspring?

By killing your offspring you certainly do underscore the kind of understanding you have.

 

 

 

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Parenting Without Children

Author: 
David Michael
Date Given: 
February 1, 2010

A few weeks ago we began announcing the upcoming Family Discipleship Department series on spiritual parenting. Understandably, some who are not parents wondered why they were receiving information about this series. They have no children, so why are they getting a Family Discipleship Department mailing? This is a reasonable misunderstanding and points to the need for this article to explain how a series of “parenting” sermons applies to those who have no children. 

Teaching As We Talk

Author: 
Joyce Heinrich
Date Given: 
March 1, 2010

Seeing the crowds, he (Jesus) went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him, and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:” Matthew 5:1–2 

Bringing An End to a Hell-Bound Trend

Author: 
Gil McConnell
Date Given: 
May 1, 2010

I don’t usually read USA Today, but when I was in Caribou Coffee recently I looked down and read this headline: “Young adults less devoted to faith: study shows steady drift from church life.”1  The Tuesday, April 27 edition was only about 40 cents so I picked it up. Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, has conducted a survey of 18- to 29-year-olds. In the article, Rainer says of today’s young adults who call themselves Christians, “Most are just indifferent.

Being the Gospel to Our Closest Enemies

Author: 
Jon Nowlin
Date Given: 
June 1, 2010

Parenting and family life can be hard. At times it can be very hard. We have witnessed recently in the national media that adoption can be very difficult. Some know this challenge first hand. For others the folly bound up in the heart of their child has become an inferno of hard-hearted rebellion. Still others grieve over their adult children’s choices. These and other family battles can leave us in search of hope, forgiveness, and a God-empowered path forward.

Jesus Saves - Charlotte Shines!

Author: 
Joyce Heinrich
Date Given: 
March 1, 2011

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24

Who knew at the beginning of their day what a glorious, shining, one-in-a-million day it would become? The action plans were laid—dad at home to work and study, mom and the girls to school and errands—normal and nice! And the day did follow an ordinary course of events for awhile.

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