10 Proven Practices to Develop a Heart of Ministry in Children

Every parent wants their children to succeed.  Every Christian parent wants their children to follow the Lord.  How do we develop a heart of ministry service in our children?  Here are ten powerful tips.

Developing a heart of ministry in children

Child rearing is one of the most important jobs on the planet.  We only get one chance to raise our children.  Before we know it, they will be adults themselves.  I am not an expert on child rearing.  I have my hands full with my children.  My child rearing philosophy is simple.  “Obey God the best you can and beg Him to make up the difference.”  This article is born out of my personal search of the Scriptures to be a better parent for my children and to help the families of our church.  I hope it can help you as well.

I rebel against the idea that children and teens are expected to be petty and selfish.  I believe that children reared in Christian homes have the opportunity to be an example of what a believer should be.  1 Tim 4:12  A happy Christian, adult or child, will have a servant’s heart.  The heart of ministry is a vital component of Christlikeness.  May our children have a heart to serve God!

1. Seek Their True Salvation.

John 3:3   Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Every Christian parent wants their children to be saved.  Yet, (more…)

Terrific Marriage Advice from 12 Christian Couples

You Can Have a Great Marriage

You can have a great marriage!  Don’t settle for a mediocre relationship.  Engage the promises of God in your family by following this powerful advice from church members just like you.

Happily Married - Terrific Marriage Advice

 

As a pastor, I not only teach our church members, but I get the privilege of learning from them as well.  I thank God for faithful Christian people that love the Lord.  I asked 12 couples at our recent Valentine’s Banquet to give me one powerful marriage tip they have learned over the years.  We shared these during the banquet, and I commented on each one.   Their responses were worth their weight in gold!  I decided to share them with you today.   (more…)

3 Reasons FantastiCal 2 is My Favorite Calendar App

A great digital tool for time management.

A functional calendar is an indispensable tool of stewardship in life management.  We live life by a series of dates and times.  Is your calendar system helping you stay on top?

3 Reasons I Use FantastiCal 2

Ephesians 5:15–16  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Time is life.  How you spend your time is how you spend your life.  The word redeem in the verse above means to ‘buy back’ or ‘rescue from loss.’  Time is wasted when it is not carefully accounted for by a schedule and a calendar.  I use Nozbe for my tasks.  I use Fantastical 2 for my calendar.

A functional calendar system is an essential tool to keep your life in order.  I have used many calendar tools.  From good old pen and paper to the fancy digital apps, I have tried many and found them lacking.  Some of them are even a hindrance to productivity.  Then I found FantasitCal 2. (more…)

5 Reasons I use NOZBE to Crush Tasks & Beat Deadlines

Personal Task Management

We have a lot to do.  In this “age of productivity,” we are expected to get things done at an incredible rate.  We must find a reliable method to capture tasks and get them done on time.  After years of searching for the right productivity tool, I found Nozbe.

Nozbe Task Manager Management

I have tried many systems over the years.  Things, Asana, Trello, Paymo, Producteev, Remember the Milk, Wunderlist, and much more.  If you’ve heard of it, I’ve probably tried it.  I use Evernote as a digital file cabinet but found that it doesn’t work well for tasks.  I use Asana for Church projects but find it lacking for my personal needs.  However, nothing compares to Nozbe for keeping my life in order and helping me get things done.

Nozbe has free and paid options.  You can try the Pro option free for 30 days.  I am enjoying new levels of productivity after years of trying to put up with the deficiencies of free or cheaper products.

1. Simplicity

Nozbe strikes an excellent balance between simplicity and function.  Some tasks managers are too simple providing almost no options for sorting, tagging, next actions, projects, etc.  Other task managers have many options but are confusing and awkward to use.  Nozbe has a simple yet elegant interface with many useful options that are easily accessible.  Projects, contexts, and tags make sorting easy. (more…)

4 Categories of Servants at High Risk of Self-Destruction

Are You At Risk?

Some people desire to help others, but destroy themselves in the process.  There are four categories of people that have a high risk of self-destruction through service.  Are you or a loved one at risk?

The Undisciplined –

These are they whose life is chaotic. They don’t live by a schedule. They don’t live by a budget. They don’t keep a task list or calendar. Therefore, they overcommit to people and responsibilities. Then, they end up playing catch up running from emergency to emergency. That is a dangerous way to live. (more…)