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From the Spring 2015 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

Is My Child a Follower of Jesus?

by Joel S. Woodruff, Ed.D.
President, C.S. Lewis Institute

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  5. Is your child growing in kindness toward friends and siblings and demonstrating greater obedience toward you as a parent? Is your child respectful toward adults? Does your child play well together with other children—doing kind and thoughtful things for others without being asked?
While the discernment of true conversion isn’t an exact science, since only God knows the true state of the human heart, I trust these questions can help you recognize the presence of God’s grace in your child. Always keep praying for your child and know that God hears your prayer.

1. C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952: repr., New York: HarperCollins, 1994), 3–4.
2. Ibid., 91–92.
3. Ibid., 109.
4. Ibid., 112.

Joel Woodruff, President, C.S. Lewis Institute, has worked in higher education, “tent-making,” nonprofit administration, and pastoral ministries in Alaska, Israel, Hungary, France, and Northern Virginia. He served as Dean of Students, Chaplain, and Professor of Bible & Theology at European Bible Institute, where he helped train Europeans both for professional ministry and to be Christian leaders in the marketplace. Prior to joining the Institute, he was on the leadership team of Oakwood Services International, a nonprofit educational and humanitarian organization. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, earned his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and has a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. As a Parish-Pulpit Fellow, he studied Biblical Backgrounds & Archaeology in Israel for a year.


Recommended Reading:
Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, Parenting is Heart Work

If you’re like most parents, you have developed your own parenting strategy—sometimes it seems to work, and other times—based on the way your child behaves—you wonder if it’s working at all. There are countless ways to try to get a child’s attention and to effect change—but here’s the truth—unless you deal with a child through his or her heart, you are not likely to see lasting change.

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