Ouxano 100: If You Teach Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth, Teach Them to Follow God

[display_podcast] I often hear well-meaning Christian parents say the following, “I don’t want to force God on my child.  I want them to make their own decisions and create their own relationship with God.” I agree that an overbearing, hypocritical, legalistic way of parenting is just wrong, but let me challenge you with a different perspective: If it’s important to actively train our kids in matters of personal hygiene (brushing their teeth), education (attend and do their best in school), ma … [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...]

Family Discipleship Mini-Cast 1: Marriage Is A Ministry, part 1

[display_podcast] God’s Purposes for Marriage We’ve seen a lot of changes in the last 30 years, especially when it comes to American families, and most of these changes have not been real good. We now see over 1,250,000 divorces each year, and since 1997, about half of those people claim to be Believers in God. So, the divorce rate within the Church is about equal to the divorce rate in non-religious couples. The primary reason for this is the ignorance of what God’s will is for marriage. We ha … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 83: P.P.T. (People, Places & Things)

My dad absolutely, positively GUARANTEES that – 100% of the time – the People, Places and Things that YOU choose to surround yourself with will affect your daily decisions. Too many times, people believe that they will impact the people they surround themselves with more than they, themselves are impacted – which can be true, if the numbers are in your favor. Not just the amount of people you are hanging with, but also the amount of time you are with them, what you do with them and where you go. … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Your Responsibility for Your Children’s Faith in Christ

“Wait a minute! I thought my kids were responsible to have their OWN faith in Jesus!” They are. You can relax. That’s not what I’m talking about. Of course they have to choose to place their trust in Jesus, but the question is, “How are they going to get to that point?” THAT is where your responsibility as a Christian parent comes in. In this episode I go through Psalm 78, and discuss how YOU are responsible, in God’s eyes, for leading your children to the place that they are able to have faith … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 82: Who Do You Think You Are? (How Rachel Dolezal Impacts Your Family)

[display_podcast] I remember so many times as a boy wanting to go somewhere, do something, wear something, or buy something that “everyone else” was doing. Peer pressure took up residency in our home in a big way for a number of years – as is the case in almost all homes with teenagers. My parents would say the perfunctory, “If Brian jumped off a bridge, would you?” (Sadly, I now find myself pulling this one out when flabbergasted by my own pre-teen) But, after the dust settled, the message m … [Read more...]