Archive for February, 2012

Four Focuses of Effective Parents

Warning: This post is longer than usual… I love being a parent! If you have children, I hope you do too! We live in a culture that divides the home—if not physically, then relationally. A casual look at many American families would lead you to conclude that parents don’t like their children, and children don’t like their parents. From parents who neglect family time for work or personal interests, to kids who hole up in their bedrooms to “hang out” on Facebook—it appears that some families do everything possible to avoid each other. I challenge you to resist—to reverse this…

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Repost: 10 Ways to Lose a Teen’s Attention

Quick post—the top ten ways to completely bore and disconnect with those you teach: 1. Say something not worth hearing—This is basic, but if you want people to listen, start by saying something worth hearing. The number one reason we lose the attention of those we teach is that we’re not convincing them that what we have to say is important. Since there is nothing more important than teaching young people God’s Word, we’d better make it worth hearing.

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Great Stuff to Do with Your Next Day Off…

Do you take a regular day off? You sure should! When God spent six days creating and one day resting, it wasn’t because He needed the rest. God expects us to rest and restore. He created us with this need, and when we ignore it, we do so to our own peril. So, in the spirit of encouraging you to fully enjoy your next day of rest, let’s make a list (and please help). Let’s list some great, restorative things to do on a day off. Here are the things that I love to do with a day off—and of…

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We’re Coming to West Florida!

Just a reminder that Bryan Samms and I are privileged to be in West Florida next week, preaching to youth groups and encouraging youth leaders and parents! We sure hope you will join us there for the Higher Call Student Summit! This meeting is a two-day event hosted by Victory Baptist Church of Milton, FL in conjunction with West Coast Baptist College. The two days will feature Bible preaching and teaching for students, as well as practical training and encouragement for leaders and parents. These events are free for your youth groups, and take place on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings….

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20 Reasons to Avoid Premarital Sex

Premarital (or extra-marital) sex is always a losing proposition! God is clear that His wonderful gift of physical intimacy is to reserved for the boundaries of marriage. Inside of those boundaries, the sexual relationship is a gift that blesses a couple and a family abundantly. Outside of that biblical commitment, the sexual relationship is always destructive, empty, and sinful. God’s word for this is “fornication”—1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” In all of my counseling, I never meet people who are…

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A Book You MUST Read…

Have you ever read a book, started highlighting, and then realized you are highlighting MOST of the book? That’s the experience you will have as you read The Calvary Road by Roy Hession. This little book is free for the Amazon Kindle software. It’s a quick read, and worth reading slowly, twice. It will convict your heart and give you a scriptural perspective of authentic revival in your relationship both with God and men. The overwhelming impact of this book is that God showed me with great clarity how much “self” still needs to die in my life. I hope…

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Surviving Your Child’s Teen Years

Your child’s teen years should be some of the most enjoyable of your parenting years! I know, that’s a bold statement, but hang with me! Practically speaking, there are a million reasons to enjoy the teen years. Your kids can finally feed themselves (unless you have boys.) They can finally clean their own room (of course, it sometimes takes death threats.) They can finally drive themselves some place (though teaching them to do so will put you into cardiac care for a few days.) They can converse about serious things with adult perspective (again, unless you have boys—they mostly just…

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