Entries by TOvermiller

The Painful Side of Parenting

Behavior and Consequences Paul uses a specialized word to describe one essential way that parents should meet the needs of their children (Eph 6:4). This is the Greek word for nurture or discipline, which means “child training.” It focuses on establishing rules for the purpose of establishing proper behavior. This activity involves both punishing wrong […]

Episode 121: True Prosperity

Promotional emails and full-color mailers for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday sales are coming your way, and so are the urges to buy more things, a lot more things. But tune in to this special episode with Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some valuable wisdom from Proverbs that will enable you to navigate […]

True Prosperity

Promotional emails and full-color mailers for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday sales are coming your way, and so are the urges to buy more things, a lot more things. But step back and inhale a nice, slow, deep breath. Don’t let the tidal wave of holiday marketing and cultural pressure engulf you in a […]

Episode 120: A Biblical Response to Terror and Violence

How should a Christian respond to news of terror and violence? Should you be afraid? Should you change your plans for service to God? Should you worry that something terrible will happen to you soon, also? In his second letter to Timothy, Paul provides an excellent reminder of how a believer should respond to the […]

A Biblical Response to Terror and Violence

Within the space of only one month and four days, at least three significant events of violence and terrorism have occurred right here in the United States. On October 1, a gunman fired from the Mandalay Bay Resort on a crowd of more than 20,000 gathered on the Las Vegas Strip. The attack killed 58 […]

Biblical Child Training

If you are a Christian parent, you are responsible to eliminate personal behavior in your life that will frustrate and embitter your children over time. Furthermore, you should nourish your children by identifying their needs and meeting those needs, whether they be education and skillset needs, physical and healthcare needs, spiritual needs, or social needs. […]

Meeting the Needs of Your Children

Bringing Up Your Children When Paul teaches parents to “bring up” their children, he uses a word that means to feed your children. Feeding children certainly includes giving them food, but it means so much more than this. In a more general sense, it means to provide your children with whatever they need. It also […]

Breaking Bad Parental Patterns

Repeated Aggravation The biblical instructions that parents “don’t provoke” their children to anger are given in the present tense (Eph 6:4). This indicates that bad feelings develop in a child over time as the result of a parent’s (or parents’) repeated failure or wrong behavior. Like a dripping faucet, wrong parental behavior repeated over time […]

Providing Your Children with Presence

The Need for Present Fathers A man who abandons his family, which is the place where he belongs, is like a bird who flies away from his nest (Prov 27:8). When he does this, he neglects his children, leaving them without the provision, protection, and perspective that God expects him to provide for his family. […]

Preventing Anger and Frustration

Both Parents, but Especially Fathers Paul urges fathers not to cause hurtful feelings in raising their children (Eph 6:4), but mothers also share responsibility in raising children well (1 Tim 5:10). Parenting is joint venture. The Greek word for fathers sometimes refers to both parents, not just dads. For instance, it refers to the parents […]