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Guest post by the illustrious Will Toburen, the Summit’s Executive Pastor of Discipleship Ministries:

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.  Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” Psalm 127:3-5

As J.D. wrote in this recent post, “When Solomon says that our children are ‘arrows,’ he is telling us that God gives us our kids so that we can prepare them for his mission. After all, what is the purpose of an arrow? An arrow is designed to be shot!”

Many of you may be absolutely on board with the idea of preparing your kids for mission…but you’re equally stuck on how to do that. One way to effectively prepare our children prior to launching them is to develop a family mission statement.  Continue Reading…

As a parent of four children, I am grateful for every bit of parenting advice that the Bible gives. One of my favorites is Psalm 127, tucked in with the other Psalms of Ascent. Solomon writes:

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” (Psalm 127:4–5)

For years I missed the importance of the imagery here. But Solomon is getting at a very important principle with the idea of children as arrows: God gives us our kids so that we can prepare them for his mission. Continue Reading…

Several people have asked to have an update on Ryan Doherty’s situation in Africa. This weekend Pastor J.D. gave a brief update, an explanation, and a guide for praying through times like his. Here it is: