parenting

Question: What advice do you have for a mom or dad who has a child that has become estranged from God and the church?

Question: What advice do you have for a mom or dad who has a child that has become estranged from God and the church?

Whenever I hear of a family struggling with a loved one becoming estranged from God, my heart breaks because we’ve all probably seen this situation either in our immediate families or our extended families.  But I’m immediately drawn to these endearing words of our Savior in the parable of the prodigal son.  In this parable, you can see that it’s ok to love our loved ones from a distance, like the father that Jesus describes in this parable.

Question: If my child attends a different Christian church, do I as a parent need to be concerned for his or her soul?

We raise up our children in our church.  We hope that they will stay with us, that is that they will remain in our same fellowship and confession, because we are convinced it is faithful to God’s Word.  Yet, sometimes as they turn into adults and make their own way and meet new friends or a spouse, they attach themselves to churches of other denominations...