Covenant Community Church Baby Dedication

On Sunday, October 10th, 2010, while Sojourn was celebrating Dedication Sunday with over 35 babies, Covenant Community Church in Pearland, TX, which was recently planed by former Sojourner Daniel Davis had a big day celebrating new birth as well.  Here are some great pics and Daniel’s thoughts on the day:

On Sunday, October 10th, 2010, Covenant Community Church had a big day celebrating new birth.  We celebrated the births of two new gospel-centered churches launching that day in Houston. We rejoiced as two individuals followed Christ in baptism, celebrating new life granted by the Holy Spirit.  Finally, we stood together and committed ourselves to the humbling and joyful responsibility as parents and members of this church body to raise nine children in the truths of the Gospel.  Our church is pretty small, decidedly inexperienced, and full of young families.  But standing together reminded us that we are not alone in this journey, nor were we ever meant to be. My wife, Joy, and I dedicated Simon Coe Davis, our third child at Covenant.  Our older two, Reid and Annelise were both born in Louisville and dedicated at Sojourn. Those moments meant so much to us and have given us a charge to go back to as we face each new challenge in raising our children. We are thankful for Sojourn and the constant encouragement they are to us as we plant this church.  Praise God for new life. May he grant them all of our children life eternal.

Reformation Day Party Plan

This weekend is not only Halloween, but it is also the 493rd anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Here is a lesson we’ve put together for this weekend’s Bible classes that highlights the themes of the Reformation–that only Jesus saves us from sin, and we learn about Jesus only in the Bible.

Lesson Highlights:

  • Only Jesus can save us from Satan, sin, and death.
  • We have the Bible to tell us that Jesus is our only Savior.
  • The Reformers helped the church find its way back to the Bible and Jesus. Continue Reading…

Thursday Book Club: Why Christian Kids Rebel

Why Christian Kids Rebel by Tim Kimmel, (Thomas Nelson, 2004), 251 pages.

When I bought this book almost 2 years ago (at the last Children Desiring God Conference … where I met Jared for the first time), I thought I knew what I was getting–more law and discipline.  The more I read, the more I came to understand how wrong I was.  Let me explain.

Just like the title proclaims, this book sets out to answer the question of why kids rebel.  The fact they do isnʼt the problem. Why is the bigger, deeper question. The conclusion the author comes to shouldnʼt be as surprising as it is. Continue Reading…

Halloween for the Christian Family?

Halloween raises a lot of questions.  Should we see this weekend as an incredible opportunity to build relationships with neighbors and the community-at-large, or should Halloween be something that Christians stand against or hide from?  Should we react against Halloween like it’s a vampire and we need to hold up a cross, or can we engage Halloween as a cultural celebration that can be redeemed for God’s glory?  In this article, we’ll take a look at three questions: (1) Is Halloween evil?  (2) Can my kids handle it?  (3) Got any good ideas?  Here goes: Continue Reading…

October Children’s Music Liturgy

Everybody STAND UP! Let’s sing a song to God!

1. To Be Like Jesus,” music and words by Pat Sczebel and Todd Twining © 2009 Sovereign Grace (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From To Be Like Jesus.

Jesus was perfect. He never sinned. He never did what was wrong. He shows us how to live to please God.

But we do sin. We can’t be like Jesus on our own. We deserve to be in trouble with God for all the bad things we’ve done, but Jesus died on the cross and was punished instead of us. We can be forgiven by trusting Jesus to take away our sins! Let’s sing this song about how God saves people through Jesus!

2. Grace (La De Da),” written by Rodney Clawson © 2004 Writer’s Extreme Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI). Lyrics taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION® NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. From Seeds of Faith.

Jesus is the only way that we can be forgiven for the bad things we’ve done. He’s also the only way we can do good things. Because of God’s grace in Jesus, we can have power to do what pleases God. This next song is about getting help from Jesus to do what’s right when we trust Him. Continue Reading…