The Big Picture Podcast 79: Christian Parenting & Societal Watchdogs

[display_podcast] So much has been thrown at us, as a society, such as biased media pushing their agenda instead of objectively reporting the truth, Black Lives Matter and police officers being shot and killed on a regular basis. It begs the question: how do we deal with this, as Christians? As followers of Jesus, we want to deal with it in the proper manner – in a way that is pleasing to God and that serves our fellow man. In my pursuit of an answer to this, I haven’t seen anyone asking police … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 137: Put Your Basket in the Water

[display_podcast]I used to agonize over how my children and grandchildren would turn out.  When I saw them making poor choices I would try to ‘fix it’ for them so they wouldn’t experience the pain I knew was sure to come.When they were little it was easier to do this and be in complete control of what their choices were…but as they got older and became their own person I began to realize I was losing that control, and fear would grip me.As a parent you learn with each new year in the … [Read more...]

Parent Like You Mean It: How To Discuss Riots, Terrorism, BLM, Trump and Other Scary Things

They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but I beg to differ.  Candace Flynn-Fletcher said it best when she told her mom, "...that's why books have covers - to judge them." (That's for all you Phineas and Ferb fans).Anyway, there's a children's Bible story book that I have loved since the second I read the cover.  It's Bill Ross' Hey, That's Not What the Bible Says!  It's a collection of ten well-known Bible stories that Ross turns on their collective ears, prompting children to exclaim … [Read more...]

Ouxano 104: How To Begin Doing Family Devotions In Your Home

[display_podcast] Always remember that God has entrusted your kids to you and therefore, you are the primary disciplers of your kids.  Now, while there are no guarantees, we are still called to offer them every opportunity to come to Jesus and grow in their relationships with Him. So, today we’re going to spend some time talking about family devotions.  This is often a dreaded concept for some parents because they are afraid that their kids are going to ask some questions that they are not pre … [Read more...]

Ouxano 103: Teaching Your Children How To Have Their Own Personal Devotions

[display_podcast] Too many parents today approach the question of personal devotions (how to do them, when to do them, who should do them, etc.) with guarded trepidation.  We believe it’s something that is reserved for each individual’s personal walk with God, and therefore shouldn’t be discussed in the open.  Unfortunately, in today’s church, most church-going Christian adults still do not have their own regular, personal devotional times with God.It’s incredible: we don’t think twice a … [Read more...]

Ouxano 102: How To Easily Start Reading the Bible With Your Kids

[display_podcast] As our kids grow, the first phase of digging into God’s Word and applying it to their lives can begin as early as ages two to five.  We need to start fostering reading habits in them and the importance of Bible stories by creating a visual experience for them and modeling the importance of reading the Bible’s stories to them. This is done, not just through reading books to them, but find Bible Story Books with engaging illustrations that help bring the stories to life in their … [Read more...]