How to Become a Bible Reading Family

How to Become a Bible Reading Family

Early this morning I was drinking coffee and reading the first five chapters of Psalms, since it is the first day of the month. I noticed Brooke was drinking coffee and looking at her phone. Then and there I made a decision. It’s a decision that earlier in our marriage I have been scared to … Continued

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Simple Truth: Why We're Okay with Repetition in Worship

Simple Truth: Why We’re Okay with Repetition in Worship

Last week, my four-year-old walked around the house for at least twenty minutes singing, “You are good, good, oh!” We sang “King of My Heart” that morning at church, and I think he could hear the church singing from his classroom. Our church already sings quite loudly, but that refrain always brings out the loudest … Continued

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Our Top 5 Posts So Far

Our Top 5 Posts So Far

As we close out our first five months of writing about making disciples and planting churches, I thought it would be only fitting to revisit the top five posts we have had so far. If you haven’t read them yet, by all means, take the opportunity to do so now. If you’ve already read them once … Continued

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How a Bad Pastor Joke Can Make Your Parenting Worse

How a Bad Pastor Joke Can Make Your Parenting Worse

Pastors have a series of weak jokes they tell about how their views on parenting have changed as they’ve matured. The idea is that young ministers preach with certainty about parenting, but the older, wiser pastors who have actually raised kids preach with a much less certain tone. They are silly jokes that aren’t funny and … Continued

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Balancing the Roles of Parent and Spouse

Balancing the Roles of Parent and Spouse

If you really want to be the best parent you can be, make your marriage your priority. Soon, Brooke and I will be like those couples who’ve been together longer than they were apart. We were married at 22 and are thrilled to be in a thriving 21-year marriage. That means I was with Brooke … Continued

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Parents Can Do

7 Things Parents Can and Should Do

There’s a lot of things parents shouldn’t do. In a recent sermon series we talked about how, as parents, we want to go beyond obedience and get to the heart of our kids. That means we don’t want to make decisions as parents that simply modify our children’s behavior, but instead we want to train them … Continued

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Raise Kids Love Jesus

Helping Parents Raise Kids Who Love Jesus

At Valley Life, our vision for kids ministry is to help parents raise their kids to love Jesus. We know that parents are the main disciplers of their kids (Proverbs 22:6), and the hour a week that we have them isn’t enough to change their lives. Only Jesus can do that (Acts 4:12), but parents … Continued

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What Please Does

What “Please” Does to Your Kids

Are you a dad that says “please?” When Mommy or Daddy say “please” as part of instructions given or requests made to their child, it is a powerful moment that the child can emulate. Politeness is a way of acknowledging the dignity of others and a verbal recognition that speaks of this truth: “I’m not … Continued

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Better Than Fair

Why I’m Unfair to My Wife

My Fair Lady One of my favorite movies is My Fair Lady (1964). I like the witty songs and especially the emphasis on words and speech. But the most important part of the movie, for me, is Professor Henry Higgins and how easily I relate to him. Higgins is a self-centered, driven man who doesn’t … Continued

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