Engage your faith, your church, and your family

[In past years I have shared the stunning parallels between the cross crucifixion and the tradition of the Passover lamb sacrifice. Children love the illustration, and adults do, too. At the bottom of this post are resources you can access to share this simple teaching with your family, small group, church, etc. Enjoy!] There’s an Old Testament tradition that predates the Easter bunny.  Interestingly, it does involve farm pets....

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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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I know what you might be thinking. Reading the entire Bible in two months sounds crazy! But it’s for real. People are reading—and loving it! At the end of this article I offer a personal challenge and invitation, but let’s answer the question: Why should we even consider this idea? 

Here are 8 reasons to re-think a Bible power-read.

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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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500 years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his “blog” to the door of the local church. The words and concepts have since been shared millions of times, and began what is now called The Reformation.

But are his rebellious writings still relevant?

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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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