Here are some helpful tools for the family for September 2018.
- “The Insanity of God.”
A few week s ago my church had a special evening service where we were able to pray for the nations as a corporate body. In 2017, there was a dramamentry produced called “The Insanity of God.” This is a film that is based on “the true story of missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken. After the death of their son, this ordinary couple journeys into the depths of the persecuted church, asking the question- IS JESUS WORTH IT?” This is not your typical cheesy low-budget Christian film. It is extremely well done and I believe that it would do you well to pick a copy up so that you can better understand how to pray for the persecuted church as well as worship our marvelous God for his work there and all over the world.
- “Is He Worthy?” – Andrew Peterson
On Sunday, September 16th Pray’s Mill Baptist Church had the pleasure to take part in our annual “Revelation 5 Sunday” service. What a blessed day it was. This past Spring singer and songwriter, Andrew Peterson, released his latest album (Resurrections Letters) and one of the songs on it is entitled “Is He Worthy?” It is a song based off of Revelation 5. It is a beautiful song that I have personally worshiped through over the past several months. It is one that I would commend to you as well if you haven’t heard it. As you listen, contemplate what it will be like to worship our Lord with people made up of every tribe, tongue, and nation.
- “Raising Our Children to be in but not of the World” – Tim Challies
In this quick 7 minute video (or you can read the transcript) Tim gives some helpful tips on how to raise our children to not be helplessly naïve of this world and yet not engrossed in the things of the world either. Challies says, “So as parents we want to protect our children, yet we also try to raise them so they can exist and thrive in this messed up world.” This is much needed and simple advice from a brilliant and straightforward teacher of God’s Word.
- “Dads – Preparing Yourself for the Second Shift” – Greg Gibson
A few years back a friend of mine wrote this article for the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood that I found to be very helpful when it comes to preparing yourself for your second job when you get home dads, as father/husband. “The second shift is no longer a time of rest, but a time of work. Good work . . .hard work . . . God-honoring work . . . Warrior-like work. It is here that we work in faithfulness, then fruitfulness, but never idolatry.” Dads, I hope that you will read this and consider the implications.
- “ESV Student Study Bible”
Christianbook.com is a wonderful source to find Bibles for inexpensive prices. It is my desire to get a solid Study Bible into the hands of all teens and pre-teens. I believe having a hard copy of the Bible is one of the best ways to participate in Sunday school and the sermon each Lord’s Day. If you child doesn’t already have one, I would suggest taking a look at these nicely designed and trustworthy ESV Student Study Bibles. They would make a great Christmas present.
- “The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings us Back to the Garden” – Kevin DeYoung
This is one of the best children’s books that I have ever read. It has bright and colorful illustrations but the content is theologically rich. Deyoung, “leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.” It is one that you will want to put in your family library.
- “5 Principles for Disciplining your Child.” – Melissa Kruger
There are a lot of different ideas about what the most effective way of disciplining children. Here, Melissa Kruger, provides 5 helpful ways for us to correct and train our children in righteousness. She proved a helpful reminder when she writes, “These discipline principles have helped my husband and me, but they are limited. Only God can change our children’s hearts. All the parenting wisdom in the world cannot save or transform our children; only Jesus can.” While only God can fully change the heart, we too have a responsibility of training and disciplining in a way that points our children to the freedom found in Christ. I believe this article may provide some helpful tips when it comes to the issue of discipline.
Soli Deo Gloria,Adam B. Burrell