Shepherding Your Spouse and Children

How can dads grow in their role as the shepherd of their family? David Michael offers vision for this role and tools to equip dads in a new podcast interview with Chap Bettis, author of The Disciple-Making Parent and founder of The Apollos Project.

Listen to the podcast.

 

Helping Children to Interact Redemptively with the Culture

Our children and youth are going to interact and engage in the world in which they livea world increasingly hostile to anything remotely “Christian.” So, the question becomes: How will they interact? Continue Reading…

Using Fighter Verses to Instruct Children

Fighter Verses™ are a wonderful means to share the Word of God with our children. Breakfast or supper, riding in the car, or any time the family is together is a good time for instructional conversation about the Fighter Verses. Here are a few tips to remember as you share God’s Word with your children. Continue Reading…

Be Encouraged: God’s Eye Is Upon His Own Work

One of the most discouraging things for a teacher or small group leader during a lesson is the perception that your students are not personally engaged with what is being taught. Here you are, teaching the most important truths in the universe with heartfelt passion, and some children seem completely disinterested, entirely inattentive, and utterly bored. Furthermore, your creative efforts to gain their attention and involve them in the lesson fail. At times like this, it’s tempting to ask: “Are they even listening? Is any of this truth reaching their minds and sinking into their hearts?” What’s a teacher or small group leader to do? Continue Reading…

Prioritize Family Discipleship in the Year Ahead


Dads, as 2019 is kicking off, how’s your schedule looking? As various work commitments, travel plans, and children’s activities fill up slots, have you been able to protect time for what’s most important? Continue Reading…

How to Launch and Sustain a Church-Wide Bible Memory Program

The start of a new year is a popular time to commit afresh to Bible reading and Scripture memory. We believe that our Fighter Verse™ program is a wonderful tool for encouraging and sustaining Bible personal Bible memory. But did you know it was originally designed to also be used in the context of a larger church community? Pursuing a shared goal has one big benefit: stronger biblical community. Continue Reading…

Midyear Refreshment for Ministry Volunteers

In the month of January, the days are short and the nights are long and cold (for some of us). The busy holiday season is over, and many of us feel tired and worn down. Sometimes this attitude carries over into the classroom. The eagerness and energy of the school year’s beginning has diminished. What’s a teacher to do to fight against the midyear doldrums? Continue Reading…

The Prayers of this Generation Matter to the Next

Over the years of our ministry, my wife Sally and I have taught various classes and seminars that offer vision and practical strategies for Christian parents who are committed to faithfully raising their children in the “instruction of the Lord.” Continue Reading…

A New Year Prayer to Our Everlasting God

Everlasting Father,

We come to You as our everlasting Lord and Savior and King who rules an everlasting kingdom that shall never be destroyed, with an everlasting dominion that shall never pass away. Continue Reading…

Top Five Posts of 2018

As we come to the end of 2018, we are grateful for our long-term readers of this blog as well as those of you who started reading this year, especially those who have subscribed to the Joy for the Next Generations e-newsletter.

We thought both long-term and new readers might appreciate a roundup of the 5 most read posts from this past year. We hope these can provide fresh encouragement for you as you prepare for 2019.   Continue Reading…

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