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...]

Ouxano 101: The SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING for Christian Parents to DO!

[display_podcast] If your desire is to disciple your children as the Bible describes, there are a few things that YOU REALLY NEED TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS!If you want children who walk vibrantly with Christ and have their own relationship with Him, then the most important thing you need to do is have your own relationship with Christ! In other words, It is very unlikely that your kids will grow to have a relationship with God if you don’t model it for them. So, you can’t teach your kids to … [Read more...]

Ouxano 98: Christian Parenting Is A Journey… With Lots of Twists, Turns and Detours

[display_podcast] “Ouxano” is a Greek word meaning “Growth” used throughout the New Testament in regards to spiritual development. So, this week we are going to begin a series about guiding the spiritual growth of our children. Now, parenting is one of the most important roles and tasks that we have, just as people. So, we need to think carefully about what it means to disciple our own children. But, before we get too deep into it, let me tell you a bit about myself, so that you know where I’m … [Read more...]

Blending Your Family 32: Helping Children Cope with Divorce Part 2 – Knowing When to Seek Help

[display_podcast] Children’s response to going through the divorce is as varied as the kids themselves.  Some have a very hard time with it while others seem to take it in stride.  My son, who was four at the time of our divorce, took it quite well.  He never showed signs of anger and seemed quite content.  In fact, as an adult, he has remarked how he felt it was for the best and never regretted the divorce.  He saw his dad and dad’s family often and everyone loved on him, I am grateful that he … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 57: Premarital Expectations

[display_podcast] We all have them. In first marriages when you add children after the marriage, it’s natural to work out your roles, who does what and when. But it’s a different story in blended families where you have two separate households that may have been operating quite differently from one another. What are your expectations for the new household? You each have them and you better talk about them. The man may want a mom for his kids and he may expect her to do all of the cooking, cle … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 56: Intimacy with Christ Helps With Relationships

[display_podcast] Relationships can be difficult. If they were easy, we wouldn’t have broken families, divorces, broken hearts, misunderstandings, lack of forgiveness and bitterness, and the list could go on. But relationships are also a gift, it would be a lonely world without them. A key I have found to successful relationships is intimacy with Christ. Through intimacy with our Creator we can learn so much. What is intimacy with Christ? It’s getting to know Him through pursuing a rel … [Read more...]