Dear Friend, At Parkside, we baptize individuals upon their profession of faith, and we join our young families as they dedicate their children to the Lord, as well as themselves to the sacred privilege of parenting. We acknowledge the claim that the child of a Christian home has upon the prayers and service of the church. We recognize that it is the duty of the parents and of the church to walk together so that in years of understanding, the child may come to place their faith in the Lord Jesus. This is in keeping with Moses’s words to God’s…

One lesson from COVID-19: Don’t underestimate the model set by worshiping alongside your kids. Since last year, COVID-19 has asked all of us to adapt in myriad ways. As we begin to emerge from pandemic precautions, the pull to return to normalcy will be strong. Simultaneously, we will assess what we have learned: What practices do we want to maintain? For young Christian families, one pandemic practice in particular promises a huge discipleship yield. Like other families, the Wilkins turned to jigsaw puzzles to fill our unexpected hours of togetherness. In March 2020, it wasn’t just toilet paper that ran…

In these seasons of crisis, in our all-important busyness, there is often a subtle temptation to overlook the precious little lives that dwell in our very homes. You’re not the only one feeling the press. Little eyes, little ears, little bodies and tender souls are doing their best to process this COVID-19 experience alongside their parents – with far fewer tools. Try as we might to conceal it from them, a new “homeschool life,” coupled with a new “work-from-home-world,” or worse, a “no-work-at-all-world” – positions often anxious children in full view of life’s troubling complications. While we likely have ways…

The Adventure Bible, published by Zonderkidz, has surpassed 10 million units sold since first appearing 31 years ago. [Grab your spyglass and compass and sign up to receive the Adventure Bible Family Devotions free once-a-week email devotional from Zonderkidz and Bible Gateway] Created in 1989 by Dr. Larry Richards, the Adventure Bible is the bestselling children’s Bible in America. Teaching materials ancillary to the biblical text are written at a 3rd grade reading level for developing readers, so children can share and understand God’s Word. The Bible’s colorful features and notes clarify the stories and concepts of Scripture and help…

Rwanda, often held up as a success story, is detaining homeless children in abuse conditions, Human Rights Watch said in a report published Jan. 27.

Here are 5 key passages from recent Christian articles around the web, including an article on sanctification and the tongue, one on the impact of mom’s faith on children, and more! How Can I Avoid A God-Centered Life? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) Jonah was one of the spiritual leaders of his day. He is introduced as “God’s servant Jonah—the prophet from Gath Hepher.” He is called “the prophet,” not “a prophet,” as if there wasn’t another one worth mentioning in that generation.  How Should Sanctification Affect the Tongue?(Josh Buice, DBG) Occasionally you will hear someone talk about how they can’t control their tongue….

Hungary is pushing for larger families. But when those families experience domestic violence, the government’s interest seems to wane.

By Jim Burns I know there is a time to speak up and a time to keep my mouth shut,” said a friend of mine. “I just haven’t figured out what to do when.” Maybe you can relate. Knowing what to say and what not to say is one of the major challenges most of us face in transitioning to an adult relationship with a son or daughter. Although there are exceptions, I’ve learned that in most cases the best policy for parents is to bite their tongues and remain silent. Withholding advice goes against our nature as parents, but…

Witness new parents and, despite the unnerving sleeplessness of those early days, you will likely see aweing smiles and hear expressions of joy and every good intention possible for their new addition. While little can prepare a new parent for the round-the-clock needs of a new baby, nothing can prepare a new parent for the overflowing love. Scripture does not chide parents for their brimming desire to give good gifts to their children—rather, it assumed that God’s design is for parents to have full, generous hearts. Proverbs highlights what children might anticipate from godly parents: Hear, my son, your father’s…

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