Talkin’ ’bout My Generation

“After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10, NLT) Funny that this topic of “generations” comes up this week with so much talk about this topic lately. The “Boomers” didn’t have much respect for my generation, “Generation […]

Fall Festival

PRESS RELEASE for immediate release Denton/Sanger, Texas On a beautiful Fall Sunday night, October 29, New Life Church hosted their annual Fall Festival.  The church grounds were filled with 550 happy children and parents – up 100 people from the year before. Guests walked in through a hay bale castle gate (via the imagination of […]

Buying Back Time

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.“ (Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV) What is more precious than gold, but cannot be bought, earned, or saved?  The answer to that famous, old riddle is “time.”  Time is indeed a precious commodity – […]

Being the Church

Jesus was known to upset an applecart or two in his day. In his most famous sermon, he went through a whole list of cultural norms and modified them. One in particular was love. It is natural for us to love our friends and hate our enemies. But God wants us to extend our boundaries […]

Joy in the Holy Spirit

I’m sure you’ve heard of the KISS principle, right? Keep it simple, stupid. Things aren’t always as complex as they seem. Sometimes the answers really are easy. Sometimes you don’t need a five point game plan, you just need to pray. Sometimes you don’t need to go for more counseling, you just need to read […]

Will Your Teenager Leave the Faith?

Family Legacy Blog

We’ve been pastoring for 23 years now…and parenting for almost 19 of those. Speaking from BOTH perspectives, we’ve discovered that most parents’ greatest fear is that our kids will go on some crazy rebellious streak and reject the faith we hold dear. I ran across some interesting information, though, that says this fear is largely […]

Your Family’s Mission

As the new year began, God spoke Isaiah 58:11-12 over the families of our church: The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient […]

Instilling Hope

Instilling Hope Over the course of the past month or so we’ve been talking with the 1st through 5th graders in Kid’s Church on Sunday mornings about how God gives us hope – hope through Jesus, hope in heaven, hope in the resurrection… knowing the hope we have in God. In the New Testament, the […]

Talking With God

Talking with God Today I wanted to take a minute to let you know about our next Family Legacy Workshop coming up soon! The workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 21st, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm here at New Life Church. I hope you can attend this dynamic workshop, and would encourage you to […]

Protecting Their Heart

In our first Family Legacy Workshop, now over 6 weeks ago, we talked about spiritual safety. One thing we explored was how spiritual safety protects our heart. And one of our assignments as parents (or any adult who relates to kids), is to protect the hearts of our children. Our heart is that special place […]

Seeking Approval

Seeking approval from others is very common in children, and in most of the rest of us, too! However, I want to suggest that needing another’s approval is not only common, but also very healthy – a desire that God Himself created in us! Does that surprise you? It might, in a culture where we […]

Courageous Faith

Legacy Parents: Frequently, when we talk about “courageous faith”, we may think about sharing Jesus with strangers, or spending time on the mission field in a third-world country… What I’d like us to talk about today is demonstrating courageous faith at home! How openly do we talk about our own faith with our kids? Sure, […]