Monday, October 26, 2009

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Our God

"God loves to lavish kindness on us. The bigger your conception of God, the more amazing this is. God is the creator of the universe. He holds the galaxies in being. He governs everything that happens in the world, down to the fall of a bird and the number of your hairs (Matt. 10:29-30). He is infinitely strong and wise and holy and just. And amazingly, he is kind. 'When the kindness of God appeared...' (Titus 3:4). And because of this kindness, we were born again. Let your very existence as a Christian tell you every hour of every day: God is kind to you."
~John Piper, Finally Alive

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Leading "middle" ones to Christ

While there is a plethora of resources available for discipling wee ones, I'm coming up short on what to do with these middle years. We've enjoyed story Bibles and books like Leading Little Ones to Christ, but now that everyone is reading on their own and my eldest is officially middle-school aged, I'm at a loss for how to communicate the truths of Scripture in a way that grips them where they're at. A lot of material aimed at family devotions is rather corny or involve lots of crafts and preparation. Is there anything out there that focuses on the awesomeness of God and our tremendous need for Him, while being straightforward and age appropriate?

I need some help from those of you ahead of me in parenting years. How do (did) you disciple your kids during their middle years?