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Sharing the gospel with your children

According to my baby book I officially prayed the sinner's prayer at 2 years and 8 months. Although God's work started very early in my life it wasn't until I was 21 years of age that God gave me a new heart.  Things have been radically different since that day.

Full disclosure. I don't believe people get saved simply because they say the sinner's prayer. If there is no long term fruit displayed by following in the footsteps of Jesus,  there is no reason to believe that person is saved, regardless of how sincere their original profession of faith. There are far too many people/parents who take comfort in the fact that someone said the sinner's prayer even though the Holy Spirit seems absent from their lives. Although this may give us personal comfort, the other person could be in mortal danger. Now, as a parent, I want nothing more than my children to have faith in Jesus Christ. I don't want them to rebel against God like I did, I want them to trust in Jesu…

Go to Church

It is no surprise that there are not many people who go to Church in Canada. A 2013 poll by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada found that only 13 percent of people attend a weekly religious service (i.e. includes all faiths). However, the real concern is highlighted by the Barna Group's 2014 tracking data which found that people who show up once every four to six weeks consider themselves regular churchgoers. In other words, Christians don't seem to find the church very important.
When Christians are asked their priorities they often answer 1) God, 2)family, and 3)work. These are good priorities depending on their definitions, but typically it doesn't seem like the local church is included in any of them. This should not be. Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that you don't have to go to church to be a Christian. Although this is technically true in specific contexts (i.e. you die before you can go), it is patently false in almost all others.

There should…

Shovelling your Driveway

I don't have a snow blower and I don't pay someone to shovel my driveway. This is rare in my neighbourhood, in fact, I may be the only one who shovels my driveway. My driveway could fit about 10 cars on it, and it can take from 10 minutes to 1.5 hours to clear it depending on the amount of snow. 

The benefits of shovelling your driveway are physical activity, being outside, and a driveway without snow. However, even when I explain these reasons most people don't understand and think it is a waste of time. But, it is only a waste of time if I have something better to do.
So, what is that something better that I could be doing? Is it watching Netflix, YouTube, a movie, playing a sport, reading a book? How are any of those things better than shovelling my driveway? There is a country song by Alabama that has stuck with me over the years, it goes like this: I'm in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I…