March 17, 2007
Here are some suggestions from Ted Tripp regarding being a spiritual leader. You can find them in Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry. By the way, the truth Ted Tripp shares applies to all men, not just pastors.
- Share your spiritual life with your family. Let them see you reading, praying and living before God.
- Teach your kids a Biblical worldview. Help them to see God in everything.
- Spend time in the Bible with your kids every day.
- Lead your family in worship and prayer daily.
March 16, 2007
In his chapter in Dear Timothy, “Love Your Family” Tedd Tripp calls men to be spiritual leaders. While referring to Deuteronomy 6:2 Tripp notes:
“Moses is giving men a long-term vision. His focus is not survival or even getting through the week. The callings of spiritual leadership are so that you and your son and your son’s son may know and fear the Lord (verse 2). This three-generation vision will help you resist the temptations to fall into the expediencies of the moment. As fathers, we have bigger concerns than the moment–we are concerned with where our grandchildren will be fifty years from now.” (p.55)
Men, what are you doing right now to ensure that your descendants know and fear the Lord? If you are single or newly married without kids are you immersing yourself in the Bible and building a biblical worldview? Are you getting to know other godly fathers and learning from them? Fathers, are you spending time with your kids instructing them in the ways of God? Grandfathers, are you passing on your experiences of God’s faithfulness. We all have a role to play. Let’s work hard to pass the baton from generation to generation that God might be known and glorified.
February 14, 2007
I have a 19 month old daughter, so I am not a practical expert in the area of children in church. However, I do believe that young children (as young as 3 or 4) can and should be with their parents during the Sunday morning worship service.
Please note, this is a personal conviction. I don’t impose it on others. I don’t judge others who come to a different conclusion. In fact, the church I pastor does offer a Kid’s Bible time during the sermon. However, I plan to have my children remain in church at a very young age. I have also seen a number of families do it very successfully; although, it is not easy!
Here are a couple of links that I’ve found helpful in thinking and planning for my daughter to attend and profit from the Sunday morning worship of the church:
Pastor Paul Martin: Helping Little Ones Sit in Church
John and Noel Piper: The Family Together in God’s Presence
January 29, 2007
Here is a link to a must read, listen or watch sermon on marraige!
John Piper on Marriage.