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Prodigal

When a child walks away

"Prodigal children do a number on the hearts of their parents. And no one understands that agony more than God does." The story of rebel child and the grace that brought her home. Proverbs 22:6 is a classic text on the wisdom of parenting: "Start a child off on the way he should go, and when he is old he will not... Read More

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Good Instincts for Bible Reading

"That's not typology; that's an instinct." Tim Keller is talking about seeing Jesus as the climax of scripture. Read More

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Stories of My Dad by Ray Ortlund

While looking for stories of the good that can come to a family when the parents choose to worship God and not their children, I stumbled upon this blog post by Ray Ortlund, a pastor in Tennessee.  At the time of writing his father had recently passed away.  Ray shares several stories of the difference his dad... Read More

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Parenting and the Art of Good Discipline

Temper Tantrums, Lying, Arguing, and Sass Sound familiar, parents?  Where does disciplining for holiness begin? Using Hebrews 12 as our model, we see that discipline is very important for our children if they are to grow into the joyful-holiness that God has prepared for them in Christ.  Easy to say.  Harder to... Read More

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11 Ways to Connect to Your Child's Heart

Parenting is Heart Work Its a myth that good parents are content to help their children live moral, upright lives.  Good parents want to move beyond behaviour and achievement to the heart.  Christian parenting, of everthing it can be, is a prayer for the heart of our children to rejoice in Jesus, have confidence... Read More

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When the Music Leader Plays that Song you Dread Singing...

"Music in the Church is not without Controversy" 7 thoughts for when you're tempted to sneer at the music leader's song choice Back in the days of mix-tapes* my cousin had a philosophy: "Since you can't please everybody - don't please anybody."  This led to the Spice Girls being next to U2 followed by the Baha Men... Read More

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Homesick for Heaven

Some people are too spiritual for their own good, or anyone else's. The kind of people who look at real needs or circumstances and dismiss them as trivial: "Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about... Read More

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To master your words, let Him master your heart

"We’re embodied creatures, and there are deep connections between our bodies and souls. Practices like singing stir our hearts to joy and affection" - Mike Cosper Have you considered that singing could help you speak? With the biblical author James, we admit that when it comes to our words "we all stumble in many... Read More

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How Faith and Works Add Up

Faith and Works Can we call it faith if it doesn't also act? The biblical authors are clear that we are saved by faith (Eph. 2:8-9; Jas. 1:21).  Noted theologian B.B. Warfield said, "The saving power of faith resides not in itself, but in the Almighty Savior on whom it rests...It is not, strictly speaking, even... Read More

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"Aren't Christians oppressive and exclusive?"

"If you believe Jesus is the only way, you won't have a servant's heart: you'll be oppressive, exclusive, and won't help anybody." Why serving the poor says something about the gospel On Sunday at Lightway we looked at James 2:1-13 and the idea that churches that understand and love the gospel will also be... Read More