Shaping responsible behavior takes time

Shaping responsible, Christ-like behavior in children takes time.

2017/03/06/by Nicole Balza

“Response-able” kids

"The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message" (Acts…
2017/03/06/by Nicole Balza

Helping our kids find role models

When I was a kid, I adored Olivia Newton-John’s character,…
2017/02/03/by Nicole Balza

Cherishing positive role models

As parents, I think we can all agree with the importance of Proverbs…
2017/02/03/by Nicole Balza

Use TACT to identify role models

Helping our kids develop discernment about the people they emulate…
2017/02/03/by Nicole Balza

Helpful strategies for worshiping with children

Jesus said in Luke 18, “Let the little children come to me,…
2017/01/01/by Nicole Balza

Children belong in church—mostly

Twenty years ago I wrote a column for Forward in Christ magazine…
2017/01/01/by Nicole Balza

Involving children in worship services

I love having kids in church both as a dad and a pastor. I love…
2017/01/01/by Nicole Balza

Staying focused on what matters

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the annual reminder…
2016/12/05/by Nicole Balza

Christmas traditions point us to Jesus

“How many Lutherans does it take to change a light bulb?”

2016/12/05/by Nicole Balza

Go with God . . . even on the detours

Our life was going according to plan. My husband and I married…
2016/11/01/by Nicole Balza

Food allergies: A chance to show God’s love

My 14-month-old feverishly scratched at his face. Huge white…
2016/11/01/by Nicole Balza
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