11 Top Posts on Parenting and Family Worship

Whether you are a new parent or seasoned veteran, we hope that you'll find these posts encouraging and helpful. Here is a list of our top posts on parenting. We pray that these gospel-centered resources will aid you in discipling children.

As Ted Tripp writes, "All Christian parents desire the spiritual well-being of their children. We want our children to be Christians, to get saved, to know God; however we express it, we want our children to be part of the company of the redeemed. We yearn for the blessing of God's covenant grace to be on our children. This longing to see one generation follow another in knowing God motivates the training and instruction of our children." 

It is from this motivation that we have compiled some resources to motivate and help parents in their important calling to bring the gospel to their families and shape their children's hearts and imaginations to seek after the Lord.

PARENTING

Parenting in the Power of the Gospel by Tedd Tripp 

We declare God's mighty acts to the next generation (Ps. 145) because we long for our children to know the grace we have known. We teach God's ways so that our sons and our son's sons will follow God (Deut. 6).

Life and Death: In the Valley of the Shadow by Simonetta Carr

We all have days we will never forget. On top of my list is the day when my nineteen-year-old son revealed a new perception of reality. 

Finding God's Grace While Waiting for a Prodigal by Betsy Childs Howard

Susan was devastated. She couldn’t understand why this was happening to her precious son. She questioned why other parents’ children turned out fine. This wasn’t supposed to happen to her family! The pain of watching her son destroy himself consumed her. She thought about him all the time.

5 Misconceptions About Parenting That Will Hinder Your Children from Coming to Jesus by Starr Meade

Family piety must begin with the knowledge of the one true God, which means God as he has revealed himself in the Bible. If it is true piety, it will not stop there but will spread out into a daily commitment to live in the light of God's revelation-seeing the world as God sees it, loving what he loves, and living to see and to show his glory. Several commonly held misconceptions about what is best for children threaten to derail the training of our children in this kind of piety if we should thoughtlessly embrace them. 

Being a Good Dad in a Fatherless Generation by Scott L. Keith

Many children in America grow up in a home where there is no stable biological father or even a consistent father presence in the home. Many children struggle with debilitating setbacks as a result. Statistically, incidences like behavioral disorders, difficulties in school, and even early incarceration can be linked to growing up fatherless. In short, society needs fathers.

10 Things You Should Know about Motherhood by Gloria Furman 

Even though we believe what the Bible says about life being an undeserved gift, we often treat the presence of life as the gift we didn’t ask for. 

4 Unexpected Ways to Teach Your Kids About Grace by Silverio Gonzalez

My experiences give me hope, and this is not because my parents, friends, or church always did a great job. I didn’t memorize much Scripture. I wasn’t thoroughly catechized. Yet, through the years, my family, friends, and church taught me a lot of Christianity in ways they didn’t realize.

The Idol of Success by Paul David Tripp

“This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. We tried to faithfully do everything God called us to do as parents, and look what we ended up with! I ask myself, if I knew that this was the way it would all turn out, would we have ever chosen to have children? I can’t describe how disappointed and embarrassed I am.”

That afternoon, with his son listening, that father spoke what many parents have felt but never verbalized. You see, we tend to approach parenting with expectations as if we had hard-and-fast guarantees. We think that if we do our part, our children will become model citizens. We tend to approach parenting with a sense of ownership, that these are our children and their obedience is our right.

FAMILY WORSHIP

3 Ideas for Family Worship by Nicholas Davis 

Family worship is a daily reminder to our children that God is at the center of our lives. It’s one thing for our children to hear us talk about Christianity occasionally when we have friends over and for them to be taught the faith at church. It’s another thing entirely to have them witness parents who daily cling to the promises of God in Christ and practice the faith in the home.

8 Things to Remember When Teaching Kids Theology by Melanie Lacy

Theology, done well, must inevitably result in doxology, and we shouldn’t be satisfied with less just because we’re teaching children. As they grow in theological understanding, we should pray that the children around us an example of what it means to thank, praise, and worship of the living God.

How to Help Your Kids Get Excited about Reading the Bible by David Murray

Parents face huge obstacles in trying to get their kids excited about reading the Bible. For starters, very few kids are reading anything at all. There are so many distracting (and seemingly more exciting) alternatives to sitting quietly with a book. The pressure of school activities, sports, and the social whirl are not conducive to finding a quiet time to read. On top of that, the Bible is not an easy read.

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