Building Character, Parenting Challenges

Righteous Obedience

While it’s true that children should honor and obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1-2, Colossians 3:20),  that doesn’t mean that children should obey everyone. Obedience that pleases God means choosing to do what someone God has put in authority tells you to do because you trust and love God (Philippians 2:8, John 14:15, Romans 6:17), Being obedient is …

Positive Discipline

Have We Forgotten About Mercy?

According to the Barna Research Group, 87% millennials who don’t go to church say they see Christians as judgmental.[1] And they aren’t wrong. Many of the most outspoken people who identify as Christians buy into the idea that speaking condemnation will somehow turn a sinner to God. But scripture declares otherwise. God made mercy His catalyst …

Building Character, Parenting Challenges

The One Who Fears Is Not Perfected in Love

I was 16 years old sitting almost at the top of a small tree near Jinja, Uganda when my mission trip leader started the countdown: “10, 9, 8…” in a panicked scramble I lost my footing and fell about 6 feet landing flat on my side. The wind knocked out of me, I dragged myself …