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Holy Week

Ryan Fontenot

Walk with Jesus During His Last Week on Earth

The final days of Jesus were the most important days of the most important person who ever lived. As we think about Holy Week, we often think about Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Everything in between gets a little bit fuzzy, and we lose track of some of the details of what happened in the biblical storyline.

We asked a number of New Testament scholars to help us out, providing some of the historical, cultural, and theological background of the story of Holy Week. 

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How to Help Your Kids Grow in Generosity

Art Rainer

Parenting is an awesome but difficult responsibility.

As parents, we are aware that everything we do and say can have an impact on our children’s lives. And so we want to leverage that influence in way that points our children to God and His plan for their lives.

Generosity is a part of that plan. So how do we help our kids move away from selfishness and toward selflessness? How do we help our kids be generous?

For those parents asking these types of questions, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Model gratefulness. Expressing thankfulness for the resources God has given you can teach your children (1.) God is the owner and giver of all things, and (2.) the impact generosity has on your own family.
  2. Talk about generosity. Tell them why you think living with open hands is important. Connect your heart for generosity to God’s generosity.
  3. Model generosity. Kids are amazing at detecting hypocrisy. So it’s not enough just to tell them about generosity, we must actually be generous. Show them how you are giving. You are not bragging when you do this, you are teaching.
  4. Help them see and understand the needs of others. Talk about those who have needs that you may be able meet. Help them empathize with those in need by asking them to recall a time when they were in need and someone helped them.
  5. Let them earn money. Whether it’s through an allowance or chores around the house, let them earn money from which they can give. When they possess money, the feelings of sacrifice and joy will become a little more real.
  6. Introduce them to pastors and missionaries. Giving to the local church should be a priority. Let them meet those who help multiply their money’s Kingdom impact. Hopefully, they will see that they are giving to something much larger than themselves.
  7. Show them how to give at church. And it is probably best not to start with online giving. If there is a moment when they can give during a kids worship time, tell them about it. If they sit in the main service with you, bring some cash with you and drop it in the offering plate, or let them do it.
  8. Consider sponsoring a child. This can help address a few of the points above. Tell them about the child you are sponsoring. What is his or her life like? What does your giving do for them? Pray for the child. Help your child connect their giving to real life-change.
  9. Don’t guilt them into giving. Try not to push them too hard. God wants generosity to be an outflow our hearts. You should want the same thing for your children. Forcing them to give, regardless of their own desire, will not produce joy but resentment.

God designed us, not to be hoarders, but conduits through which His generosity flows. Strategize how you can teach your kids to be conduits of God’s generosity. Your intentionality may help them realize the great things God has in store for those who are generous.

Why I Go To Church

Paul Tripp

Church is wonderful. Church is important.

Church is meant to remind us of the miserable condition in which sin left us and our world, and of the glorious rescue of redeeming grace.

The songs we sing, the Scriptures we read, the sermons we listen to, and the prayers we engage in are all designed to keep us from ever taking the person and work of Jesus Christ for granted.

Despite all of this, there are some Sundays when I don't attend church with a good attitude.

I know you are more like me than unlike me.

While there are many Sundays that we are excited for church, there are those "other Sundays" when you just don't want to be there.

On more Sundays than I wish to admit, I grumble my way into the worship service. There are some weeks when I'm just running through the motions, going to church because I'm supposed to.

(Sometimes I go because my wife makes me! But I know that has never happened to any of you...)

But on these Sundays, something happens: the glory of God confronts my fickle heart.

God ordained for us to gather for worship because he knows us and the weaknesses of our grumbling and easily distracted hearts. He knows how soon we forget the depth of our need as sinners and the expansiveness of his provisions in Jesus Christ.

He knows that little lies can deceive us and little obstacles can discourage us. He knows that self-righteousness still has the power to delude us.

So in grace, he calls us to gather and consider glory once again, to be excited once again, and to be rescued once again.

It’s not only that these worship services remind us of God’s grace; these worship services are themselves a gift of grace.

Going to church is designed to confront you with the glory of the grace of Jesus so you won’t look for life, help, and hope elsewhere.

Are you allowing yourself to be confronted?

God bless
Paul Tripp


Reflection Questions

  1. Why are you not excited about worship services sometimes? Examine your own heart and resist finding flaws with your church.
  2. What temporary earthly glories tend to get you more excited than the Glory of the God?
  3. What practical steps can you take to get more excited about the Glory of God?