Are We Measuring the Wrong Things?
By Jonathan Lewis   |   07.31.21
Have you ever noticed that kids can be aggravating?

As parents, we face plenty of provocations. At various times our children may be lazy, disrespectful, disobedient, annoying, over-active, mischievous, unkind to siblings, clumsy, careless, loud . . . the list of possible offenses could go on and on.
Standing By Each Other in Good Times and Bad
By Jonathan Lewis   |   07.05.21
If I’ve learned anything in ten years of marriage (besides the fact that marriage is pretty awesome), it’s that my wife has to be one of the most patient, gracious people I’ve ever known.
Being a Real Man
By Jonathan Lewis   |   06.12.21
Our culture is sending mixed messages on what it means to be a man. What does the Bible say?
Census Bureau: Homeschooling Rate Doubles During Pandemic
By Jonathan Lewis   |   05.05.21
A new report out this spring from the U.S. Census Bureau adds more data to what we know about the increase in homeschooling rates during the pandemic.

The report, released in late March, includes data from all 50 states and looks at the changes in the rate of homeschooling between last spring and the start of the new school year in the fall.
Trusting God with the Hearts of Our Children
By Jonathan Lewis   |   03.31.21
I can’t make my kids choose to do right—but I can trust God to work in them...
What I Didn’t Include on My To-Do List
By Jonathan Lewis   |   03.20.21
With a clear Saturday in front of me, I was planning to take care of some things around the house, get out for a walk for the first time in weeks, and write my monthly article for IFI. (If you’re reading this, it means that I did ultimately accomplish at least one thing on my to-do list!)
Trusting the Wisdom of God
By Jonathan Lewis   |   02.03.21
The gulf between my wisdom and my children’s wisdom is vast. And it’s that gulf that makes some of my actions and decisions beyond their ability to understand.

But do you know what’s also vast? The gulf between God’s wisdom and mine.
Marriage is Still Good
By Jonathan Lewis   |   01.21.21
At Christmastime, my wife and I remembered the evening a decade before when we became engaged.

Linnea, my wife-to-be, lived nearly three hours north of me. For the previous couple of months, I had been visiting her virtually every weekend, typically driving up on Friday evening after work and returning home on Saturday or Sunday.
Am I Satisfied with My Example?
By Jonathan Lewis   |   12.18.20
When the Israelites finally came to the end of their desert wanderings following their exodus from Egypt, they faced the task of dividing the Promised Land among the various tribes. This division, as we read in Joshua 19, was according...
Parents: We Need God
By Jonathan Lewis   |   12.05.20
Parenting is a big job. I know, I know—that's the understatement of the year, right?

It would be more accurate to say that parenting—at least the way God wants us to do it—is an impossible job. At least for fallen, sinful humans like my wife and me.
In the Name of God, Amen
By Jonathan Lewis   |   11.26.20
November 11th marked the 400th anniversary of the signing of the Mayflower Compact. In the words of, the Mayflower Compact was “the first document to establish self-government in the New World.” Do you think the Pilgrims knew how significant...
Ten Things That Are True About God Today
By Jonathan Lewis   |   11.21.20
I recently wrote about the value of asking ourselves during challenging times the question “What is true about God right now?” With all that’s going on in our nation these days, perhaps now would be a good time to reflect...
Let the Earth Rejoice
By Jonathan Lewis   |   11.05.20
Regardless of the outcome of our national election for POTUS, there are going to be some Americans who are elated, some who are in despair, and some who are just glad it’s all over. Likewise, there will be some who believe America is on the right track, some who believe we’re headed straight toward ruin, and some who will say “let’s wait and see.”
The Faith of a Pharisee
By Jonathan Lewis   |   10.17.20
The Pharisees were a self-righteous lot, so wrapped up in their legalistic, self-satisfied ways that they missed what God was doing right in front of them.

Even so, we have one instance recorded in Scripture when they actually got something right. Well, perhaps not “right” because their motives were all wrong (they were Pharisees, after all!), but still, I think we can learn something from them.
What Is True About God Right Now?
By Jonathan Lewis   |   10.01.20
We’re living in turbulent times. Between the ongoing pandemic, upcoming election, racial tension, wildfires, and more, we have plenty to challenge and concern us. On top of the issues that have consumed our national attention, we also may have personal...
Jonathan Lewis
Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis is husband to Linnea and Dad to Patrick, Timothy, Katherine, Benjamin, and Myles. He is a self-employed graphic designer from central Illinois and enjoys drinking coffee, playing chess, spending time with his family, and date nights with his wife.

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