Often reading through the Old Testament feels like an endless list of casualty records – like reading about America’s Civil War – only much worse. Lot’s of killing. Big battles. Non-stop bloodshed.  

(Read Joshua and Judges for some stories “Rated R for Intense Violence.”)

What’s the reason for all this death? And why, all of the sudden, does the killing campaign end as we enter the New Testament? 

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I have four kids, and my office is at home. They call on me often, but I don’t always answer. Most of the time it’s not really important, so I don’t respond. 

It’s not me who determines what’s important. They do…

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My wife and I have four children, with our oldest in college and youngest in elementary school.

Helping them develop their own walk with God is on our minds—a lot! So are questions about why so many young people are walking away from faith, and why parents often have a distant relationship with God.

I kept coming back to an answer that was so obvious… I almost missed it.

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We’re at the end of a five-part series to help you boost biblical literacy in the home. I know, the expression, “biblical literacy” may be about as clear as “molecular geometry.” But the basic truth is this:

Because of declining Bible understanding and engagement among young people, they’re walking away from the faith in droves. Statistically, the belief we’re hoping to see our kids embrace is not sticking.

And that’s where Pillar 5 comes in.

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Every runner needs a vision of the finish line.

Christians need a clear view of the finish line, too. Why? In both cases the finish line is the end of the race, and where the rewards are distributed.

Did I say rewards? Yes I did.

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The Bible is like a Rubik’s cube.

Not the completed cube with all six colors lined up on their respective sides, but the scrambled puzzle with different colors scattered on each side.

Even despite past attempts, and failures, to unscramble the puzzle, we all still want to engage and unlock its mysteries.

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The most important sections of any book are the first and last chapters.

The beginning provides context for the middle. And the end provides “the rest of the story” that makes every story complete.

It’s impossible to understand a story by staying trapped in the middle, or circling around a few pages. But this is exactly how most people experience the Bible.

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In my previous post, I noted two concerning, and connected, trends

– Young people walking away from faith
– Biblical literacy dramatically declining among young people (and adults)

As promised, this is the first of five pillars to teach your family. That means five ways to help your family grow up to understand truth, and to walk more confidently in the faith.

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As parents, we’re on the lookout for things that might harm our kids. It’s instinctive to annihilate dangers in their path: germs, foods additives, diseases, preservatives, and a steady diet of sugar. I’m pretty sure Stephanie and I will give our future grandkids plenty of cookies and ice cream, but right now it drives us crazy when the grandparents hand out candy. Like families of faith, we try to protect our children...

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When historians look back at parents of the 20th Century, they’ll see moms and dads obsessed with their financial security, chasing the American dream.
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When historians research families of the new millennium, they’ll see parents obsessed with their kids’ success, chasing their children!

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