This weekend, we will be focusing on adolescence. These years are a time of determining one’s identity and questioning the world around them. We’ll be taking a look at some common questions and misconceptions regarding student ministry and be reminded of the importance of reaching our teens. This weekend’s message is titled “PARENTING IQ: IDENTITY.”
This weekend, we will lay a foundation for our understanding of brain development as a whole. Much more than just parenting, we as believers should work toward a biblical understanding of how our minds grow and mature. This will help us be better parents, mentors, counselors, and followers of God!
LESSONS FROM MY FATHER (Article) by Dr. Abidan Paul Shah (Published in the newspaper Daily Dispatch, Henderson on February 24, 2021) On January 24, 2021, my father’s faith became sight. He was a loving husband to my mom for over 55 years, a dedicated father to his three children, and the pastor of his only... Continue Reading →
This weekend, I want to talk about more than just biological fathers. Throughout Scripture, we see godly men investing in and mentoring younger men. Perhaps the most famous example is that of Paul and Timothy, whom he refers to as his son in the faith. This Father’s Day weekend, I will be preaching a message on these adopted fathers who help guide us spiritually.
This weekend, we will be taking a look at how God instructs us to relate to our family. Jesus Himself encountered family that created difficult situations. Although He was the Son of God, He still had sinful earthly family members and had to interact with them. They questioned Him, didn’t understand Him, and at times discredited Him. His response is a great example of how to interact with your family in a God-honoring way. The title of this weekend’s message is “RELATED.”
This weekend, we will be looking at the relationship between Paul and Timothy. Paul repeatedly refers to Timothy as his son in the faith and makes a point to shape him spiritually, something Timothy’s own father failed to do. The title of this weekend’s message is “UPBRINGING.”
Repeatedly, the Bible commands us to treat children with the utmost respect and care. This requires that we understand that what they truly deserve and desire from us is right training. Proverbs 22:6 lays out the 4 non-negotiables in this process.
In this message we will look at how Joseph was raised to overcome all odds and become an instrument of blessing to the whole world and his family.
Unfortunately, we live in a time where it's not just the children who do the unthinkable, but also some parents. They make choices and live in such a way that embarrasses the children.
We have so many misconceptions about what Jesus meant when He said – “Our Father in Heaven.” For starters, He wasn’t the first one to use the title “Abba” in prayer. Neither does the word “Abba” imply a special love relationship between a little child and his/her father.
Having said that, the true implications of “Our Father in Heaven” are very significant and transforming for our prayer lives.
Last week we looked at the first 5 letters that Solomon wrote to his son Rehoboam. He warned him to avoid the wrong crowd, seek wisdom, be successful, appreciate discipline, and have a godly heritage. In the next 5 letters, he will be reminding his son about the dangers of bad company, exercise self control and have a happy marriage. The last point is so important that Solomon dedicates the last 3 letters to it! Our children desperately need dads who will take the time to lead their children in these vital truths, especially on how to have a happy home.
Unfortunately, our Western culture has invented a whole different concept of the home where fathers are tolerated rather than respected. They are told that they are stupid and cannot do anything right. They are told that they are insensitive and need to be more in touch with their feelings. They are told that its better without them rather than with them.
The result is obvious. Children are going off the deep end. Sex roles are all twisted. Churches are sitting empty. And, the home, society, and nation are becoming weaker and weaker.