Dating: Hobby vs Purposeful

Dating...fun or challenging? Now or later? Why or why not? Group or one on one? Him, really? Her, really? All these questions can come to mind as we aim to guide our kids in dating. Mark gives us solid, practical truth to hold fast to as we navigate this stormy sea with our kids! Another great re-run!
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"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is...Read more

How to Teach Your Kids to Pursue Christ on Their Own

Some things in life are better caught than taught. A relationship with Christ might very well be one of those things. Read what Sean tells us about kids pursuing Christ on their own, another great article from our archives.
Reading Girls
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 This is the goal, isn’t it? All...Read more

How Can We Please God in Our Schedules?

Ever wish you could be in two places at once? Ever try it? We might all be guilty of texting during a conversation. Kara wisely refocuses our attention on how to spend our time on what really matters. (This is a repeated article. Still great, timely truth! We are working to create a new Family Matters experience for you!)
A Time for Everything
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29 We are a...Read more

What is the Value of Serving Together as a Family?

Leading our kids by serving others alongside them might be easier said than done, however "D" reminds us of the tremendous value of serving together as a family. (October will be a repeat of topics as we are working to create a new Family Matters experience for you!)
A family who serves together
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire...Read more

Where Can Our Kids Find Their Value?

The world and its evolving definitions of “cool” and “successful” will always be a temptation for us and our kids to look to for worth and satisfaction. Braxton points us back to scripture for how we can remind our kids where their true value is found. (October will be a repeat of topics as we are working to create a new Family Matters experience for you!)
Thumbs up
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 American culture likes to define success...Read more

How Can We Help Kids Make Genuine Friends

Friends, BFFs, buddies, pals, whatever we call them, they’re important to all of us. Sometimes our kids can choose friends who do anything but point them to what's right. Take heart! God's Word has something to say to us about that, and Ashton points us to the truth about making good friends. (October will be a repeat of topics as we are working to create a new Family Matters experience for you!)
Good friends
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20 We were built to be in relationships with others. We are created in...Read more

Why We Should Have Tough Conversations with our Kids

Think of a topic you might absolutely freak out about if your child asked you about it. Now, what if you brought it up to him first? Go ahead...gasp, choke, cough, and sputter. But also take courage in the truth Seth shares with us about this very thing! (October will be a repeat of topics as we are working to create a new Family Matters experience for you!)
Mother/Daughter
Sermon on the Mount ( Matthew 5-7 ) – “You have heard that it was said…” What topics are taboo in your family conversations? For some it is finances or...Read more

Kids Managing Money? You Bet!

Take a look at these very helpful ideas from a camp dad we can use to teach our children how to navigate managing money. Another throw back from a couple years ago with timeless truths!
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Deuteronomy 5:21 says "you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your...Read more

How Can We Help Our Child Out of an Unhealthy Friendship?

Reality is, we all need friends! Friends are a good gift, and essential for our spiritual health. However, when a friendship takes the seat of God in our life, we’re in danger. Kara paves a way for us to steer our kids toward healthy friendships, originally two years ago, but today we get to learn from these timeless truths again!
Alpha v Omega
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26 While it might be easier to recognize idolatry of a spouse, child, career...Read more

How to Discipline Older Children with Love

Discipline styles begin to change as kids get older. The days of taking away toys and putting them in time-out are in the rearview mirror all too quickly. Ashton relays some great ideas for loving our older kids well with solid discipline.
Father/Daughter
My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he...Read more

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