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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If you have children, they’ll likely hear the Christmas story at least a dozen times this month.

But there’s a dimension to the Christmas story that kids (and adults) must see to make the story sparkle.

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If you’re like me, it’s the time of year we start thinking of things we want to do better in the coming New Year.

My eating has spiraled out of control, I’ll drop some pounds… in January. Better get back to the gym… after the Holidays. And I might as well throw Bible-reading into the New Year’s basket, too.

Stop.

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Years ago my wife came across a book that stirred both of our hearts. Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it (by Ken Ham, Britt Beemer & Todd Hillard). Estimates suggest two-thirds of kids from Christian homes will walk away from the faith during college. But here’s the book’s stunning premise. Young people are not choosing to walk away from the faith during college. Rather they are mentally...

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