8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “Raising Kids in a Screen-Saturated World” (Eliza Huie)

Have a blessed day to all!

Here’s some great quotes I got from a book I recently finished, Raising Kids in a Screen-Saturated World by Eliza Huie published by 10 Publishing. You can get your copy, both physical and digital by following this link.

The biggest enemy parents have in raising kids in a screen-saturated world is the same enemy who continues to seek to destroy the work of God in your and your children’s lives. Don’t focus so much on fighting technology. Rather, fight against the ways Satan sneaks in to deceive and destroy.

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The Freebie Round-Up #121

Finally after months of translating and editing, now our gift from us to you is finally here! The Filipino version of Good News of Greater Joy by John Piper is now here! Download it here for free and share it with your friends. Audiobook version coming soon!

Anyways, lets go to our freebies. If you missed the previous one and some of the old round-up, just scroll down and you’ll find them at the end of this article.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

Free downloadables from Northland Reformed Church – Here are some interesting writings with various topics that can be downloaded for free from Northland Reformed Church.

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Raising Kids with a Heart for Mission ” by Daniel Akin


Had a blast with my family for a 4 day staycation over my parents house. Minimal online time, had a short road trip, chatting, watching TV together, ate Ramen noodles and long sleeps. I thank God for the quality time we had.

Anyways, sample these quotes from the book, Raising Kids With A Heart for Mission by Daniel Akin published by 10 Publishing. If you like these quotes, buy the book by clicking here.

“Obeying the Great Commission should begin in the home, though it should certainly not end there.

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Interview: Tim Briggs of Folk Hymnal on Playing Music Together With Your Kids

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For parents, this quarantine time is quality time for their kids. In the past months, we are caught up with the busyness of our work and ministry. But now, here we are at home with our kids. Spending time with them means doing things together, like making music.

We reach out to Tim Briggs of Folk Hymnal to talk about singing and playing music together with our kids. Also get to know what Folk Hymnal is up to.

 

Delighting Grace: Hi Tim! Please tell us about yourself.

Tim Briggs: My name is Tim Briggs and I’m a Lead Pastor of a church plant in Charlotte, NC called Steadfast Church. As a hobby, I helped create Folk Hymnal. Folk Hymnal is a guild of church worship leaders creating theologically rich songs in an accessible and attractive way.

Delighting Grace: Cool! so are you married? Do you have kids in your home?

Tim Briggs: I’ve been married for 15 years and we have three boys aged 10, 8, and 6. As you might imagine, it’s quite rowdy around the house but it’s a whole lot of fun too!

Delighting Grace: How do you spend your quality time with them?

Tim Briggs:  We enjoy spending time together as a family watching silly videos, playing board games, and recreating outside. Of late, we’ve created a YouTube channel where we make silly videos together. We’ve also created a baseball board game which we are planning on making a Kickstarter for.

Delighting Grace: Since you’re a musician and leads Folk Hymnal, do you get to extend that musicality to your kids?

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The Freebie Round-Up #12

bpwe5qaHowdy! Time for some freebies that will complete your week. Delighting Grace insures your maximum satisfaction by bring free stuff that you can use to help your personal growth and the ministry that you are apart of. Praying that these resources will point you to Christ goodness and to prepare you to serve others.

FREE “How to Study The Bible Boot Camp” from Credo Courses – This perfectly crafted for small groups and Sunday school lessons contains 4 lessons with 45 minutes each. Enjoy the free digital video download.

FREE “The Wiersbe Bible Study from David C. Cook – Titled Daniel: Determined to Go God’s Direction, challenge us to have a laser sharp focus on God and not to compromise to what the world demands.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now, 7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book, 3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book. 

FREE 6 e-books from Tony Carter’s East Point Church – If you love Anthony Carter’s book Blood Work, you’ll definitely want to check other stuff provided free by East Point Church.

FREE e-pamphlets from Crete Protestant Reformed Church14 pamphlets to be exact, covering various topics from a Reformed perspective.

FREE 10 Myths About God video lessons by e-mail from Credo Courses – Another freebie from Credo Courses, these lessons that list the 10 myths about God, are delivered everyday by e-mail.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. Petersen, Squad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. John, Tested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE Resources Library Access from Reformed Mama – Access tons of resources on catechisms and teaching materials for kids just by signing up to Reformed Mama’s mailing list.

And finally one non-Reformed freebie:

FREE “The Last Words of the Martyrs” by Jeff King – An excerpt to an upcoming book this free e-booklet presents gripping stories of  Christian martyrs as they pay the ultimate price following Christ .

 

 

  

Teen Level Up! Delighting Grace Interviews Rachel Blom of Youth Leader Academy

 

Isn’t time for teenagers in your church to be leaders? Do you want their voices be heard? If your answer is ‘yes’ then read on. Delighting Grace caught up with Rachel Blom of Youth Leader Academy. Rachel graciously answered our questions about youth ministry, empowering teens and more:

 

Delighting Grace: Rachel, tell us why youth ministry matters to the church?

 

Rachel Blom: I think youth ministry matters to the church for several reasons. First of all, each person matters to God no matter how old or young you are. Society tends to see young people as kids, but they can contribute so much. Look at how God uses teens in the Bible, like David, Mary and Timothy. I’m convinced teens and youth can play a crucial role in the church – if we let them and help them in this. Secondly, it’s proven that it’s important to solidify your faith when you are a teenager. People who have a strong faith as a teen tend to keep their faith as an adult. That’s why we should invest in youth ministry to bring young people to Christ.

 

Delighting Grace: What can you say about churches that somewhat undermines youth ministry? How do we show that youth ministry is important?

 

Rachel Blom: I think the Bible should always be our starting point. It’s important to show how God has used teens throughout the Bible. God can use teens and young people in a mighty way if we allow Him. Often, current testimonies of teens about the impact of their youth ministry do wonders as well.

Most of the times churches who are somewhat against youth ministry are afraid of something. They may be afraid youth ministry will become its own church, that they will preach a different gospel, that the teens won’t come to church anymore, etc. In such occasions it’s very important to just talk with each other and get a clear picture of what these fears are. Youth leaders need to be understanding here and need to be humble and submissive to the ‘big church’.

 

Delighting Grace: What are the common problems do we encounter when we minister to teens?

 

Rachel Blom: I think the most important problem is to help them realize what truth means. Teens often pick and choose their own truths based on all the info they get, but we need to show them the only Truth who can save you. Also, I think that as witnesses, we often have the problem of not practicing what we preach. Our life, our actions, has to match our words otherwise our testimony and ministry is powerless.

 

Delighting Grace: Is there a way to determine that this one teen will be big someday? If I bring you to our youth ministry and line a group of teens, if you have to choose, who will it be? Is it possible to do that?

 

Rachel Blom: Most of the times it’s fairly easy to pick out the leaders, but that doesn’t mean they will be the ones to be ‘big’. God has a funny way of picking unlikely candidates for big jobs, people who at first glance don’t seem to be a good fit at all. So I don’t think you can make such a prediction, it really is up to God. But often those who have servant’s hearts will go far…

 

Delighting Grace: Do we need to really empower teens because for a fact they are young for it?

 

Rachel Blom: I think teens aren’t too young for anything. I wouldn’t entrust them full responsibility and they may need

adult supervision, but I’m convinced they can do much more than we often think. The Bible tells us that God gives spiritual gifts to each and every believer. It doesn’t say these are only given to adults, so teens who are committed to Christ have them as well. So yes, we do need to empower teens and install in them a great sense of purpose, a knowing that God can and will use them if they are willing to obey and follow.

 

Delighting Grace: Personally, how do you shape teens fit for leadership?

 

Rachel Blom: This is a tough question. I think it’s a combination of knowledge, practical skills but above all character that you’re going for. You can teach certain practical skills, like leading a Bible study or holding a meeting. Those aren’t that hard to teach. You can also share knowledge about leadership, the Bible, etc. But the most important part is character, because without a servant’s heart a leader isn’t any good. Character is hard to teach, that’s a matter of discipleship and mentoring in small groups, preferably one on one.

 

Delighting Grace: What about the parents? Some will take this leadership thing as a burden? How can someone avoid this assumption?

 

Rachel Blom: I think it’s about convincing parents of God’s calling. Again, look to the Bible for examples of parents like the parents of John the Baptist, Samson, or Samuel. Their child received a calling by God and as parents, we need to obey. The parents need to support their teen or youth in this and help them become the man or woman God wants them to be. In that way, parents can share some of the burden.

 

Delighting Grace: As a mom, how can someone employ leadership to their own children? Is there a difference in strategy for that kid from your church and your own?

 

Rachel Blom: In your own home, being a good example is of even more importance. Your kids will do what you do, not what you say. So as a parents, as a mom, you need to be very aware of this. My son is four years old and I’m trying to model the kind of relationship with God to him that I want him to have. So we don’t just do standard prayers, we talk with God and about God and involve Him in everything. I’m trying to show him who God is from a very early age on.

 

Delighting Grace: Before we end this interview, please invite our readers to your blog. Your blog is such a blessing especially for those of us who are ministering the youth.

Rachel Blom: I’m very grateful for the opportunity to share what God has taught me throughout the years with others, especially with regards to youth ministry. I’d love for you to come and visit my blog on www.youthleadersacademy.com May God bless you where ever and how ever you are serving Him!

 

Delighting Grace: Thank you Rachel, God bless you too!!!

Shining the Light to Brokenness: Delighting Grace Interviews Anna Carroll of LightForce International

                Sex trafficking is one of the horrible realities that this world. Many women (including children) fall to this trap creating a devastating physical, emotional and spiritual damage to their being. Recently, Delighting Grace interviewed one of the ministry on the frontline of sex trafficking, LightForce International.

 

Delighting Grace: Hello Anna, how did you got involved in this kind of ministry?

 

Anna: While living and working in Central America, I learned about a specific area where girls as young as twelve years old were working in prostitution. I was shocked to discover what was taking place and that no one was working in this area to stop it. Until that time, I knew nothing of sex trafficking, how it happened, or that it was a global issue. Upon learning of this issue, my heart longed to fight against the injustice, and in order to do that, I knew I had to understand the workings of prostitution in the country. One cannot work to stop sex trafficking without working to stop prostitution. There is a direct correlation between the two.  A small team of us began to bring food to the people who were selling their bodies on street corners and in brothels. Through time, we were able to develop trusting relationships with the people who were being exploited and abused. It’s amazing what a simple cup of coffee, a hot meal, or a hug will do.

 

Delighting Grace: Can you describe what the victims are going through?

Anna: A feeling of utter hopelessness and despair.  Their rights have been taken from them and they are treated as slaves leaving them to believe they are worthless and forgotten.

Delighting Grace: How does Light Force help them not only on their case but in leading them to Christ?

 

Anna: We use a relational model to rescue victims because fighting to break the physical chains (pimps, brothels, and lover boys) is difficult, but working against the mental, generational and cultural opposition is often harder to fight than the physical realm of control.  It is our heart to bridge the gap of trust that has been broken. We offer a way out the sex industry through the “AGAPE” house; a fully operational center for counseling, English classes, Bible studies, worship nights, and other programs, designed to help victims of sexual exploitation receive healing and learn to establish a new life for themselves.

 

Delighting Grace: What are the advantages and disadvantages in this kind of ministry especially for women?

 

Anna: It is advantageous in the ministry to be a woman in the fact that the majority of people who are sexually exploited are female and often will trust and relate to another female easier.

 

The disadvantages are in the aspect of danger. Due to the fact that a large portion of consumers of the commercial sex industry are men we are often outnumbered and potentially subject to situations of inappropriate comments or behavior. Therefore it is our policy to never have any women from our team outreaching or visiting the victims without the men on our team present. It is much too dangerous.

 

 

 

 

Delighting Grace: Is there a thing called getting involved too much in ministering to abused women and children? I mean we have limitations but we need to meet their needs. How do you balance that?

 

Anna: Yes, I believe that many times in ministry if we are not careful we can adapt a savior mentality and forget to rely on the Holy Spirit to work in and through the lives of those around us. God loves these people more than I ever could and when I rely on that truth, there is a freedom that comes into play allowing me not to strive to rescue and help everyone we meet. Many caregivers that work with victims of abuse often develop secondary trauma from hearing and seeing so much tragedy. It is heavy and draining and therefore very necessary to balance having a life separate from the ministry at hand. Otherwise, when you are working with victims, you are not rested and can be just as discouraged as they themselves. When they encounter a caregiver they should encounter a rested person, full of hope and life. You cannot instill in others what you don’t have yourself.

 

 

Delighting Grace: My blog has interviewed ministries on purity, so I want to ask how teens can stand up for sexual purity at school? How do they start letting others pre-marital sex is wrong?

 

Anna: When we travel and speak to teenagers on purity, we find that many lack the knowledge of the consequences of premarital sex and even a basic understanding of what sex is and the purpose in which it was designed. Sexual immorality is a giant that is plaguing this generation and in order to fight this giant, we have to go to the root. In LightForce, we believe at the root is the education of sexual purity. Young people everywhere taking a stand against pornography (which a tool that fuels trafficking), telling their friends that a large percentage of actors in pornographic films are actually victims of sex trafficking, is one way to fight. Other ways are for teens to understand from a biblical perspective what sex is and why God created sex and then passing that info along. Education and taking a stand are ways we raise our voice and fight.

 

 

Delighting Grace: For those reading this interview, what are ways to cultivate a compassionate heart for this kind of ministry and how do you rekindle it over and over again?

 

Anna: It is imperative to know and understand what you are fighting and to see it through the eyes of God. I am constantly praying that God would allow me to see sexual brokenness through His eyes. Broken has a name, a face and a dream. As long as I continue to see them as a real person and not a mission or statistic, my compassion remains pure and fresh. Every time I look these broken people in the eyes and see them as a child of God, someone He loves without shame, my heart is rekindled.

 

 

Delighting Grace: Our readers would love to know about your ministry and how to get involved. Please invite them to check you out.

 

Anna: Yes, we would love for people to know about us! Please visit our website and feel free to drop us an email! www.lightforceintl.com

 

Delighting Grace: Thank you for the opportunity to interview you and your ministry! God bless you!!!

God with Us (Matt. 1:23)

(This is the sermon I delivered on our Sunday School Christmas Fellowship last December 18, 2011)

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Kids, notice the two persons mentioned in the text. Who are they? First, is God and second is us. Notice again the word “with”. God wants to be near us. God wants to be close to us. I can go to one of you then say “I’m near you” or to one of your friends and say “I’m close to you.”

Kids, who among you have a daddy? Who among you have a daddy working abroad? Do you want to be with him this Christmas? Who among you sleep with your parents? Do you know why they sleep with you? Because they know you and love you. Do you want to sleep with a beggar? A jeepney driver? A complete stranger? Of course not. Why? Because you don’t know them and they don’t know you. Our God is a father and he knows you and loves you. And as a father He wants to be near you.

That’s what God wants. The real meaning of Christmas is God wants to be with us or near us. He doesn’t want an angel, animal or plant to represent Him to you but He wants Himself to be near you. But there is one problem. God can’t be near you because of sin. Suppose I will give you a toothbrush. But first I used it to a dog and brushed it to the dog’s teeth. Then I gave the toothbrush to you. Will you use it? Will you accept it? Of course not. It’s yucky. That’s what sin is. God doesn’t like sin.

Who among you children wants God, please raise your hand. I’m not asking if you want to go to heaven. Satan wants to go to heaven too. Again who wants God, please raise your hand. Remember kids, God is holy. That means he doesn’t sin. He doesn’t want sin near Him. Kids, do you know sin? It is breaking the 10 Commandments. Who among you told a lie? If you told a lie you are a liar. Who among you took money from your parents? That makes you a thief isn’t? Who among you kids disobey your parents? You disobey your parents when you don’t study, when you are lazy. That is sin. You’re a liar, thief and you disobey your parents.

And where do sinners go? Yes, in hell. Imagine you and your mommy went shopping. Then a bad man snatches your mommy’s bag. The police caught the bad man. What do you think the policeman will do to the bad man? Yes, he will put him in jail. What if the policeman let go the bad man? Is that OK? No! That will make the policeman bad also.  What if a policeman caught someone over speeding? Then the man will say to the policeman “Please let me go I’ll be good for now on!” What should the policeman do? The policeman should say “That’s good that you’ll be good for now on but you need to pay the fine to get out of jail.” Again the man pleas” Please let me go, I’m sorry.” The policeman replied “Being sorry is good but you need to pay the fine to get out of jail.” The man answered back” But I don’t have the money to pay the fine.” The policeman said” I’m sorry but you have to go to jail.” Suddenly, a friend of the man came and said” I want to pay the fine my friend can’t pay.” He paid the fine and his friend is free to go. That’s what Jesus died for you and me. He paid our sins in the cross so that we don’t have to go to hell AND God can be near to us.

Jesus broke the barrier between God and man so that God can be near to us. That’s good news isn’t it kids? So we should repent and believe the gospel so that God can be near to you and me. The true meaning of Christmas is that God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, so that our sins can be forgiven and God can be near us forever. Jesus is that gift that God wants to give you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!