John Pate

Have These Household Items Become Household Idols?
Have These Household Items Become Household Idols? John Pate

When the pressures and uncertainties of family life begin to mount, it is all too easy to look to regular household items to do what only God can do. Here are two household items that can easily become idols. How can we return these “household idols” back to their proper place?

Searching for Wisdom in 2022
Searching for Wisdom in 2022 John Pate

In the barrage of information, voices, and opinions coming your way in 2022, how are you going to find true wisdom? Brett McCracken’s The Wisdom Pyramid provides a paradigm that can help orient your heart and mind this year toward God and His wisdom.

How Do I Delight in God’s Word?
How Do I Delight in God’s Word? John Pate

Believing dads love their Bibles. All too often, however, other appetites displace our delight in God’s Word. In this article, we’ll take a look at a psalm devoted to the topic of delight and ask, “How do we grow our delight in God’s Word?” Psalm 1 provides a three-part blueprint for dads who love the Bible but want to love it more.

Who Is Love?—And Do You Know Him
Who Is Love?—And Do You Know Him John Pate

When we try to love our families and fall short, maybe it’s time to look elsewhere. Where can we find a true, reliable source of love? The Bible tells us that there is only one person who can enable us to love our children. This article takes a closer look at Him and His amazing love for our families.

What Is Love—And Do You Have It?
What Is Love—And Do You Have It? John Pate

Nearly every dad has experienced an innate love and care for his children. Sometimes, however, the going gets tough, and love is tested. How do you know if you really love your children like God desires? In 1 Corinthians 13:4–8, Paul gives us a picture of how God describes love.

Slow Down: Leading the Way to Rest
Slow Down: Leading the Way to Rest John Pate

Real rest is often elusive—for dads and families alike. Rest doesn’t show up simply because it’s on the calendar. How can we as dads learn both to rest and to lead our families in rest? Explore three key truths about rest and some practical ideas for applying them to your daily life.

A Conversation About Raising Children With Disabilities
A Conversation About Raising Children With Disabilities John Pate

Raising children with disabilities presents unique and difficult challenges. With challenges like frequent medical appointments and the need for specialized discipleship, parents of disabled children must continually access God’s abundant grace. Three families share what they’re learning from the journey and how the church can support them.