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2191 Mars Hill Rd
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Faith Presbyterian Church PCA. A community church located just outside of Athens, Georgia in Watkinsville, Oconee County. Serving our community, loving our neighbors and making disciples. 



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This Week in Faith 10-17-19

Steven Brooks

Fall Festival THIS Sunday!- I hope you are planning to join us this Sunday from 5-7PM at the church for our biggest event of the year. We are really excited and can’t wait to see you there. And there’s still time to invite a friend or neighbor and their family. Stop right now and take a minute to pray about who you might ask and bring with you to this great event so they can enjoy a great afternoon with their family while they get to know our church family, as well.


How to Pray When You’re Fighting With Your Spouse

One of the best gifts we can give our kids is a strong marriage. But, like parenting, marriage isn’t easy. It is the joining of two sinful people into one home where their sinfulness is often turned towards each other. The gospel reminds us that we are both more sinful than we thought and at the same time, more loved than we could imagine. And it’s this undeserved mercy and grace form God that gives us the ability to offer undeserved mercy and grace to our spouse, especially in the midst of the most painful and challenging moments. Paul Tripp uses the Lord’s Prayer to help teach us to pray for our marriages. I want to be more dependent on prayer in my marriage and my hope is that this will help.

Click here to read the article by Paul David Tripp.

Surprisingly Useful Advice on Friendship

As my kids get older, friendship seems to be the root of their biggest joys and greatest heartaches. It is really hard to find the balance of wanting to help your kids learn how to navigate the challenges of relationships but not just stepping in to rescue them when they are going through painful seasons. I want my kids to be good friends, have good friends, and be quick to welcome new people as friends. But I also know their ability to do all of that begins with deepening their friendship with God. This article is a good reminder for us about what’s most important for thriving friendships. It might be a good place to start with your next conversation with your child in the midst of their friendship crisis.

Click here to read the article by Laura Denny.

Teens Find Circumventing Apple’s Parental Controls Is Child’s Play

Helping our kids use technology to the glory of God includes making the most of practical safeguards available to us and leading our kids to Jesus so he trains their hearts to want to honor him. This article is a reminder that the best security measures we can take can’t prevent our kids’ sinful hearts from finding what their heart wants most. Now, this doesn’t mean that we don’t make wise parenting decisions about technology with our kids and use everything available to us to help. But it also means that we don’t settle for just that. We pray for them. We talk to them. We point them to the gospel so they understand the sweetness of obedience and the forgiveness of the cross that motivates them to repent when they’ve messed up. This article isn’t to discourage you but to remind you that there are no substitutes for active engagement with our kids.

Click here to rad the article by Reed Albergotti.

Why Teens Must Read the Bible For Themselves

This is something that we want to begin building in our kids from an early age. The goal of reading the Bible with our kids is to get them to the point where they can read the Bible without us. Kids owning their faith is fueled by them being able to practice the means of grace on their own. It’s what we are trying to help them do in student ministry and hopefully this two and half minute video will help encourage you to focus on the same in your house.

Click here to watch the video with Lindsey Carlson.

This Week in Faith 10-11-19

Steven Brooks

Great Questions Lead to Great Conversations

If there is one thing I would love to have more of it’s great conversations with my kids. So I am always on the lookout for good questions that could lead to great conversations with my kids. I want to encourage them and hear what’s going on in their lives, but often my conversations with them devolve into me talking [and probably talking too much about what they’ve done wrong]. This is a short article with a couple of questions to think about, some of which could be a really good place to start for the few minutes we have in the car with our kids, or sitting across the table from them in a restaurant, or even in those last minutes before they head off to bed.

Click here to read the article by Rick Warren.

Why Don’t We Invite Input?

There are two articles here, an original and a response to the original, on a really good topic. As parents, why don’t we ask for more input from older parents that have successfully raised kids into adulthood? The articles talk about the tendency of parents to seek out the wisdom and practice of younger parents online who have a large following of their blog, than older parents in their church who have actually raised kids and done a good job. We also don’t ask because we’re afraid to admit that we don’t know and need help. It’s an insightful conversation so I’d encourage you to read the top article first and then the second one. The principle that the second article talks about also applies to our faith in general and the way our kids go about finding the answers they are looking for these days. But that’s probably a bigger conversation for another post.

Our hope is that Faith will be a place where younger parents are eager to ask and listen to the wisdom of older parents in our church and older parents are ready to offer wisdom with grace to younger parents. We want to do a good job of this so I’d love to hear any thoughts you have on how we can do a better job of fostering this in our church.

Click here to read  Why Don’t We Invite Input by Chap Bettis.

Click here to read Two Habits of Successful Parents by Tim Challies.

When Your Child Looks at Porn

“It is more realistic to plan how you will respond when exposure to porn occurs than to try to prevent porn from slipping through the inevitable cracks in whatever protection system you devise.”

Because this is the case, this article has some helpful ideas for how to approach this with our kids when the day comes. There is a way that we can go about discipling and confronting our kids on these issues that can make it more about making them feel more guilty for what they’ve done or us feeling less guilty for it happening on our watch that we forget to offer the gospel to our kids and rest in it ourselves.

I have some great resources in my office as well, if you would like to check them out or talk about the issue of pornography more.

Click here to read the article by David White.

How We Helped Our Kids Transition to “Big” Church

Even though this may happen at different stages for all of our kids but it is the goal. Our job as parents is to train and equip our kids to know and worship god for themselves. So helping them learn how to worship and get the most of being with their church family on Sunday morning is vital. In the article, she offers a number of ideas for how to help your young kids transition to participating in a full worship service. While we offer children’s church to help in that process, you know your kids best and know when it will be best to do this with them. You don’t have to agree with everything she says here but I think a lot of the principles behind what she talks about are important: starting to prepare on Saturday for Sunday morning, setting clear expectations for your kids and talking about them ahead of time, and things like that. I would also encourage you, like the articles above suggest, that you talk to older parents who have successfully brought their kids through that stage to get advice and encouragement from them.

Click here to read the article by Nicole Lino.

This Week in Faith 10-3-19

Steven Brooks

Parenting According to the Needs of Your Family

The older our kids get, the more we are learning how different they are. And these differences mean we are having to learn how to parent each of our kids a little differently. The challenge for me is that my kids often need me to respond in ways that do not come naturally. And in lots of situations, the outcome is very different from what I would have chosen. She says in the article, “Sometimes what we fear is settling for less is really God’s better plan. We need to be willing to let go of our plan and trust God to provide what is best.” Learning to trust God in my parenting regularly looks like letting go of my own expectations and parenting out of my weaknesses instead of my strengths. But that’s not really a bad thing for me or my kids if it means that Jesus is more in the center of our home than I am.

Click here to read the article by Julie Lowe.

The New Indie Film That Might Make You Worship

The Peanut Butter Falcon is one of my favorite movies of the year. I have told lots of people about it and I took Emily with me when I saw it a second time because I wanted her to see it too.  I’m just glad someone wrote an article about it so I could mention it here too :) The story, the characters, the music, and the cinematography all work together to give you a good feeling while your watching and as you leave, even as it deals with some tough issues. One of the main characters has Down Syndrome and is played by Zack Gottsagen who has Down Syndrome. He does a great job. But it also shows the power of finding someone who really believes in you. This is a great review on the theme of family in the movie, the beauty of the movie, and how we need more movies like it. The Peanut Butter Falcon is currently playing at University 16.

Click here to read the article by Brett McCracken.

5 Ways to Ensure Our lives Aren’t Strangled By Screens

It’s always good to be reminded about the good and the dangers of our technology. I feel like I swing back and forth all the time between “technology is evil :)” and not being able to put my phone down, but struggle to find that healthy balance. Usually it’s not because I don’t know the facts about all of this but because I need constant reminders of what’s true and good to help form better habits. I want this for my kids as well. Here are some good reminders that can help us form good habits so we can help our kids do the same.

Click here to read the article by Kevin DeYoung.

PODCAST: Ask Alice: A Conversation with Dr. Stacey Gilbert on Teenagers Struggling with Anxiety and Depression

So many of our kids are struggling with anxiety and depression. It can be hard to know how to respond. It can also be a challenge to figure out how the gospel hope we offer our kids fits together with things like counseling, medication, and other help that is available. I hope this helps.

Click here to listen to this Rooted Podcast Episode.

This Week in Faith 9-27-19

Steven Brooks

If You Want Your Kids to Own Their Faith, Teach Them to Think Critically About Their Faith

This is such an important concept- we don’t want to just tell our kids what to believe but help help them to think carefully about their faith so they learn to articulate why they believe. I like the way he talks about the types of conversations to have with our kids: “watch for belief-statements, ask why-questions, and model right-thinking.” Teaching our kids how to think is an important skill that, without it, will leave them unprepared every time they leave the house. If you are interested in this more, I read a great book called “How to Think” by Alan Jacobs that goes deeper into this idea.

Click here to read the article by Tim Barnett.

Three Lenses Every Parent Needs

This article is written by the guy who wrote the middle school small group books that we are using on Wednesday nights. So, if you have a middle schooler coming on Wednesday nights, the last part of this article about the three lenses will give you an idea of what we are talking about if you haven’t looked at the book already. We spent the first few weeks talking about these three lenses and the rest of the book will now look at different relationships with God and other people through these lenses. The first part of this article also has some helpful insights on parenting in general.

Click here to read the article by Champ Thornton.

What to Do When Your Child Has Thoughts of Suicide

I pray that I will never have to go through this with my kids, and that you won’t either. But the reality is that if you are going through this with your child, you’re not alone. And I also know that the statistics would say that there is a good chance one of my kids will deal with thoughts of suicide at some point in their lives. So, while I won’t ever fully be prepared for that moment, I want to do everything I can to know what to say and how to respond in order to best help my child. There are some important things in this article to help you be prepared: what you can say, what you need to do, and what you need to do for yourself so you have the strength to walk with your child down this difficult road. So never feel like you are alone in this. As a church family, we acknowledge that we live in a painfully broken world so God has given us each other to support, encourage, and walk with each other through the hardest moments and seasons of life. Our hope is that the more deeply we understand and believe the gospel, the more we can continue to cultivate an honest, open and empathetic environment where this continues to happen more and more.

Click here to read the article by Kelly Rosati.

PODCAST: Dr. Tom Hines: Choosing and Trusting Your Pediatrician

This is a good interview that provides a pediatrician’s perspective on what to look for, what to expect, and how to partner well with your pediatrician for the good of your kids, at all ages.

Click here to listen tot he interview at The Apollos Project.

This Week in Faith 9-20-19

Steven Brooks

Sanctification By Sibling: Seven Encouragements For the Parents Who Love Them

Every set of siblings goes through ups and downs in their relationship. As parents, it can be hard to know what to do or how to respond when things aren’t going well. We love our kids and we want them to love each other because we love them. When our kids fight we want to fix it. And there are things we can do to help cultivate healthy relationships in our home. But we also wait. We wait for them to mature, to grow in their ability to thrive in healthy relationships. And we wait for the Holy Spirit to shape their hearts and lives. This is not an easy process but there is hope and encouragement. Sometimes we just long for our kids to like each other, let alone love each other. Other times we are pleasantly surprised by the peace and joy that shows up in the midst of siblings. No matter what season you are in, there are some god words here for you.

Click here to read the article by Anna Meade Harris.

6 Ways to Bring Light to Heated Talks With Teenagers

Navigating difficult conversations with our kids never seems to go as smoothly as we hope it will. And as our kids get older, the conversations become more challenging and nuanced because they are learning to think more for themselves and distinguishing their beliefs from ours as their parents. In a lot of ways, this is a good thing. This is our job- to bring them to a place where they are able to think for themselves about faith and life so they can take ownership of these things for themselves. But there are plenty of opportunities for conflict along the way. Here are some helpful things to think about as we talk with, and even disagree with our kids about things. The author challenges us to “Resolve to be more interested in [our kids] than you are irritated by them.” This is really hard sometimes but its something I want to pray for God to do in my own heart. I hope it’s your prayer too.

Click here to read the article by William Smith.

An Open Letter to the Parent Who Has Lost a Child

Some of you may have lost a child. Others of you may be close to someone who has. What do we do if, or what would you do when, that terrible day comes? I was actually at a conference with Cameron Cole the week he got the call from his wife that their young son had died. We are not friends, just acquaintances that see each other maybe every other year. But over the last few years, I’ve gotten the chance to hear him speak, read what he writes, and talk to him briefly. I am always amazed at the ways Jesus has clung to him and sustained him through this tragedy. These are some poignant words from him for those who are walking through the same thing he has. And I think they are helpful for those who are walking with others through this as well. 

Click here to read the article by Cameron Cole.

VIDEO: 5 Essentials For Talking to Your Kids About Sex

No matter what age your kids are, this video gives some important things to remember as you start and continue these conversations with your kids. This is not just one big conversation you have when they are a certain age. It’s a regular conversation you should be having with your kids from the time they are young, starting with the first time your child asks you where babies come from. But one of the most important things he talks about are the things we can focus on in our own lives that will give the conversations we have more impact. No matter how old your kids are and where you are in this process, I hope this helps.

Click here to watch the video with David White.