This lesson begins an explanation of those sub-doctrines that describe God's plan of salvation from different perspectives.
Prime 38m Class
The story of Jacob's family focuses in on one particular son, Judah, through whom the Messiah would eventually come, and examines his unusual relationship with his daughter-in-law Tamar. (Genesis 38:1-30)
Prime 33m Class
In this section of Genesis God reveals the core principle of the Gospel to Abraham, salvation by a process of faith. (Genesis 15:1-21)
Prime 39m Class
After gathering his wives and children and leaving Laban behind, Jacob faces the dangerous confrontation with his brother Esau who had vowed to kill him because of his deception in the matter of the blessing from Isaac. (Genesis 32:1-33:20)
Prime 37m Class
A final lesson describing the new motivation and lifestyle that God has designed for those who are followers of Jesus Christ.
Prime 28m Class
This sermon examines the issue of when it is proper to baptize children. (Matthew 19:13-15)
Four letter expletives are common occurrences in public discourse and are teaching today's young people that this is somehow normal. Mike counters this trend by suggesting that parents become proactive in teaching their children four-letter words that will bless their lives.
This lesson examines the day to day challenges of raising children in a blended family environment.
Prime 41m Class
The parenting relationship should be focused on the parent providing for the child's needs, not the reverse. It is God, in His love, who provides for us, and in the same way we provide for our children in our love.
Prime 36m Class
This lesson gives the parents of unfaithful children some practical things they can do to encourage their prodigals to return home. (Luke 15:11-14)
As parents, we sincerely want our children to be faithful but sometimes because of our misconceptions of what Godly parenting ought to be, the exact opposite takes place.
Mike discusses what the fifth commandment requires of both parents and their children.
Prime 14m Class
There are three basic stages that children go through before they become adults, and how we parent them during these periods will have an impact on what kind of people they become.
Prime 36m Class
Mike provides a practical strategy for Christian parents struggling with children who have lost their way. (Proverbs 22:6)
In Proverbs 13:24 Solomon says: "He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently." In just a few verses, God's word lays out four very important principles to guide parents in the difficult task of disciplining their children:
4 Rules for a Happy Life
The most sincere thing we can desire for somebody else is their happiness. It's usually the thing parents want the most for their children. They want their children to be happy. In this entry we'll look at the 4 rules for a happy life.
I believe all of us battle the debt demon and he has paralyzed many of us to the point where most of our time and effort and stress come from fighting off the Demon of Debt.
One of the most difficult decisions that parents must make is who to appoint as guardians for their children in case both parents die at the same time. You think about who you would give your kids to if you are gone.
For those who are using this book or the video version as a resource for a small group, this added section contains an exercise that can stimulate discussion.
Prime 4m Class
My father was not very patient, especially around Christmas time. The tradition in French Canada where I grew up was that the children would go to bed and at the stroke of midnight the parents would wake them up to come and see what Santa had left.
Three important things today's children need to know if they are to grow up to become well balanced adults leading faithful lives.
Concerning fathers Solomon says, "Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons is their fathers." Proverbs 17:6
Recipe for a Successful Family
The first of a 3 part series examining the qualities that promote harmony, joy, and intimacy in family settings.
This sermon looks at some of the things parents must do in order to prepare their children for a life of faith. (I Chronicles 22:5)
What Does Your Child See?
There is nothing more joyful than watching our children "grow" in the wisdom and admonition of the Lord. This thought leads me to wonder if children receive the same joy and encouragement from seeing their parents "grow".
The Advantage of Adult Conversion
As a Christian parent, my prayer has always been that my children come to Christ as soon as possible. This they have all done and I am thankful, but as I review my own journey of faith, I recognize that there are certain advantages for those (such as myself) who were converted as adults:
The Christmas Shooter
Last minute Christmas sales and talk of the "fiscal cliff" were brutally replaced by headlines reporting that twenty children and six adults were murdered in a Connecticut elementary school last week.
What are They Learning?
"Bad company corrupts good morals" (1 Cor. 15:33), has always been the parent's most reliable come back to their children's lack of judgment in choosing friends. It's Biblical, easy to remember, and so to the point.
The Real Enemy
The new millennium has reminded us of the many ways we are vulnerable. It began with the New Year's Eve meltdown scare in 2000 and has continued with successive onslaughts like the 9/11 attack, financial scandals, a wave of child abductions across the country, and an imminent war with Iraq. Each one of these reminds us that our nation, our wealth, even our children are not safe in their own beds!
Training for Eternity
In Proverbs 22: 6 Solomon says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it."
How many people here went to Catholic school as children? I ask this because I want to see how many people here today can relate to my own experience growing up in Montreal and going to Catholic school. One of the features of my early education was the presence of religious training.
I wonder just how much children really enjoy their parents' presence at their games. I sat among a group of moms and dads recently who had turned out to cheer on their kids at a school baseball tournament.
Circle of Salvation
This week I had the great joy of baptizing my youngest daughter, Emilie. She is the last of my children to obey the gospel and with her baptism the circle of salvation is complete around our family.
Each child has specific needs and, as a father who knows his children, I often pray for God to bless them in particular ways.
"Dear Lord, I know why these things happen and that they happen even to us, your children. We are always in your hands and for better or worse, we continue to trust in you."
Promised / Not Promised
I remember Christmas disappointments; left-winger equipment instead of goalie equipment; toboggan instead of pool table... Anybody remember theirs? The problem many times as children is that we are not clear on what was promised.