Oct 10 2012

A Nehemiah Moment

by Doug Wolter

This past Sunday we started a new series on the book of Nehemiah.  I taught from Neh. 1:1-4 and challenged us to pray for God to break our hearts with the things that break His heart.

Here’s the link to the message.  I hope it encourages you to open your heart to what God may want to unleash in you and through you, to experience a Nehemiah moment in your own life.

Aug 17 2012

To the Anxious Parent …

by Doug Wolter

Do you ever feel anxious as a parent? I pray this article would help you look to God for rest.

Jul 31 2012

Stepping Into the Story of Your Life in Christ

by Doug Wolter

This past Sunday I preached from Ephesians 2:1-10. I looked at our identity as God’s workmanship and asked us to step into the story God has written for our lives. Even though we may feel like we’ve messed up the masterpiece and scribbled over the story, we don’t have to feel stuck in our guilt and shame. God has made us new in Christ and has prepared good works for us to step into.

You can listen to the message here.

Jul 3 2012

Offering Real H.E.L.P. in Suffering

by Doug Wolter

This past Sunday I preached on our paradoxical life as Christians. Ours is a life of rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep (Rom. 12:15). I used an acronym to remember how we give real help to those who are suffering.

H – Hope not answers.  When people are in the midst of suffering, they need hope more than answers. Hope is not found in solving the problem, but running to a person. Jesus. We may not know why everything happens, but we can hope in the person who understands suffering more than anyone and sympathizes with us in it.

E – Enter into their pain.  Empathize with them. Did you know that grieving with someone can be the single most helpful expression of love and care? Weep with them. Just be there for them and be with them.

L – Listen to them & Love them in tangible ways. Seek to understand their situation. James 1:19 says, “Be quick to listen and slow to speak.” If you must speak, tell them, “I am standing with you. I am grieving with you.” And love them in tangible ways. Make a meal. Offer a small gift. Spend time with them.

P – Pray for them and Patiently walk w/them through the long journey of suffering. In the deepest of suffering, some may find it hard to even pray. We can intercede for them and carry this burden. And oftentimes, after the initial help has arrived, we forget the one who is suffering over time. But this is when the church is even more needed. To patiently walk with them and be with them through the long road of suffering.

Anything you would add?

Jun 18 2012

Grace-Filled Parenting

by Doug Wolter

Parents, this is so helpful!  The first 5 minutes alone encouraged my heart greatly.

May 27 2012

Raising Kids in a Prosperous Culture

by Doug Wolter

Jonathan Dodson with a good post on how we can teach our kids to be devoted to the one true God in a culture that beckons them to be devoted to other things.

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May 23 2012

Maximize Your Summer

by Doug Wolter

A few ideas to maximize your summer for the glory of God and good of others:

May 16 2012

The Prince’s Poison Cup

by Doug Wolter

Are you looking for a creative way to teach the truth of the gospel to your kids this summer? I would highly recommend The Prince’s Poison Cup by R.C. Sproul. My whole family watched the DVD last night and it prompted a lot of good discussion. Even my four-year old boy was captivated with the story and listened intently. Take a look at this intro video below and buy the DVD and/or book.

May 4 2012

Over-Parenting vs. Missional Parenting

by Doug Wolter

Gospel Centered Discipleship, a website started up by my friend, Jonathan Dodson, just posted an article I wrote awhile back called, Over-Parenting vs. Missional Parenting. I hope it encourages you in your parenting journey.

Mar 31 2012

A Bunch of Easter Ideas for Families

by Doug Wolter

Looking for more ideas to prepare your family for Easter?  Go here.