Your Family & the Glory of God

Your Family & the Glory of God

Perhaps you have heard the phrase, "only for the glory of God." This is a theme that runs through the entire Bible, that all of creation exists for His glory. If this is true, then God created your family to glorify Him. But what exactly is "the glory of God?"  We see...

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Love Is Enduring, Part 2

Love Is Enduring, Part 2

In this episode, Dr. Rob Rienow continues his series “Love Is”, focusing on the truth that love endures all things. Listen now to “Love Is Enduring, Part 2” and be sure to subscribe to the Podcast
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Impressing a Child’s Heart

Impressing a Child’s Heart

Think about the things your parents taught you growing. Corny sayings? Some jokes? A few snippets of wisdom? But what deeply impressed your heart? What will impact your kids’ hearts?
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Love Is Enduring, Part 2

Love Is Enduring, Part 1

In this episode, Dr. Rob Rienow continues his series “Love Is”, focusing on the truth that love endures all things. Listen now to “Love Is Enduring, Part 1” and be sure to subscribe to the Podcast
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Love Is Enduring, Part 2

Love Is Rejoicing, Part 2

In this episode, Dr. Rob Rienow continues his series “Love Is”, focusing on the truth love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Listen now to “Love Is Rejoicing, Part 2” and be sure to subscribe to the Podcast.
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Love Is Enduring, Part 2

Love Is Rejoicing, Part 1

In this episode, Dr. Rob Rienow continues his series “Love Is”, focusing on the truth love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Listen now to “Love Is Rejoicing, Part 1” and be sure to subscribe to the Podcast.
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Love Is Enduring, Part 2

Love Is Not Resentful, Part 2

In this episode, Dr. Rob Rienow continues his series “Love Is”, focusing on the truth love is not easily angered or resentful. It does not keep a record of wrongs. Listen now to “Love Is Not Resentful, Part 2” and be sure to subscribe to the Podcast.
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Love Is Enduring, Part 2

Love Is Not Resentful, Part 1

In this episode, Dr. Rob Rienow continues his series “Love Is”, focusing on the truth love is not easily angered or resentful. It does not keep a record of wrongs. Listen now to “Love Is Not Resentful, Part 1” and be sure to subscribe to the Podcast.
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Love Is Enduring, Part 2

Love Is Not Selfish, Part 2

This week, Dr. Rob Rienow continues his series “Love Is”, focusing on the truth love is not self-seeking or self-serving. It does not “insist” on its own way.
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The Power of God’s Word

The Power of God’s Word

God’s word is powerful and Satan knows it. He is always employing strategies to keep those who have faith in Christ from growing. Learn what some of those strategies are and one critical strategy of your own to keep him from succeeding.
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Love Is Enduring, Part 2

Love Is Not Selfish, Part 1

This week, Dr. Rob Rienow continues his series “Love Is”, focusing on the truth love is not self-seeking or self-serving. It does not “insist” on its own way.
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Love Is Enduring, Part 2

Love Is Not Envious, Part 2

Learn to grow in your love for God and love foDo you realize that it is impossible to envy someone and love them at the same time? Listen in as Dr. Rob Rienow continues his series, “Love Is,” from 1 Corinthians 13, focusing on the truth that “love not envious” part 2.
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Love Is Enduring, Part 2

Love Is Not Envious, Part 1

Do you realize that it is impossible to envy someone and love them at the same time? Listen in as Dr. Rob Rienow continues his series, “Love Is,” from 1 Corinthians 13, focusing on the truth that “love not envious.”
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Who We Are at Home Is Who We Really Are

Who We Are at Home Is Who We Really Are

Have you ever had one of your daughter’s teachers go on and on about how well she is doing in class, how respectful she is, and how considerate she is of the other students? You hear all this while struggling to remember the last time you experienced these same virtues at home. Who your son or daughter is at home is who they really are. 
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Love Is Enduring, Part 2

Love is Kind, Part 2

Learn to grow in your love for God and love for others. Dr. Rob Rienow continues his series, “Love Is,” from 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode, Rob will focuses on the truth that “love is kind.” Discover the kindness of God towards you and grow in true kindness toward others.
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Never Too Late: Pluralism & Relativism 

Today’s young people are saturated with pluralism, which has become unfortunately intertwined with relativism. The philosophy of relativism suggests that all statements of fact depend upon one’s perspective. In other words, all statements of truth depend upon your point of view, and are relative in comparison to the point of view of others. If we tell someone that we believe Christianity is true, we frequently hear the response, “I’m glad that you’ve found something that works for you. Christianity is true for you, and my beliefs are true for me.”
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Visionary Parenting

Drawing from Deuteronomy 6, Dr. Rienow encourages parents and grandparents to take the lead in passing faith in Jesus to their children and grandchildren.
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Visionary Marriage

Discover God’s purpose for your marriage from Ephesians 5 with Dr. Rob Rienow. Get the complete Visionary Marriage DVD Bible Study today.
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The Power of Servant Leadership: Living for Christ at Home, Part 4

The Power of Servant Leadership: Living for Christ at Home, Part 4

In our culture and communities, we talk a lot about leadership. How can you be a leader among your friends? How can you be a leader at school? How can you be a leader in the world? However, although leadership is a valuable attribute, I believe that we have lost one of the most important aspects of leadership. Like anything in life, we can look to the Bible to find what it means to be a true leader.
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Sorrow and Hope

Sorrow and Hope

As many of you know, Amy’s brother John died in an accident almost two months ago. He and his wife Meg, along with his five children, are all very close to our family. Since his passing we have been walking the difficult journey of grief…and hope. Our 13-year-old...

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Parenting in a World of Tech

Parenting in a World of Tech

How many hours a day does your teen staring at a screen? How much of their social life is connected to social media? Tech is a huge part of our teens’ lives and it needs to be a huge part of our parenting. In this seminar, Dr. Rienow (www.VisionaryFam.com) and his son...

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Family Ministry for the Externally Focused Church

Family Ministry for the Externally Focused Church

Family ministry is an essential ingredient for any church that wants to reach the lost, care for the poor, and advance global missions. In this breakout, Dr. Rob Rienow will help you developing a multi-generational strategy for your church's Great Commission...

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Run to Win in 2017

Run to Win in 2017

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do...

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Should Church or Family Come First?

Should Church or Family Come First?

"Which should come first - church or family? The Bible says honor your father and mother. But Jesus said his disciples must put him first - before mother, father, children and spouse!" Earlier this month Rob had the chance to speak into this issue as a guest on the...

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Help us reach families around the world

Help us reach families around the world

It’s hard to turn on the news today and not be overwhelmed at the incredible needs of families around the globe. Refugees, financial chaos, wars and famines dominate the headlines, and our hearts break at the pain and suffering endured by so many. While VFM continues...

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I Grew Up In a Christian Home, But…

I Grew Up In a Christian Home, But…

In our early years in ministry, we led dozens of youth retreats and mission trips. Often, when we returned from these “spiritual mountain top” experiences, the church would gather for a worship service where students shared testimonies about the trip. So many of the...

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Don’t Delegate Your Teen Away!

Don’t Delegate Your Teen Away!

We live in a world of delegation parenting. Do you want your children to learn to play the piano? Sign them up for piano lessons. Do you want them to learn basketball? Find a coach. Do you want them to learn math? Hire a tutor. Do you want them to learn about Jesus?...

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Confessions from Rob and Amy

Confessions from Rob and Amy

Sadly, in the early years of my (Rob’s) journey as a parent, my heart was not turned toward my children. Amy and I were married in 1994. During our first 10 years together, I was serving as a youth pastor and we were blessed with four children. Even though I...

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Helping Your Teen Keep the Faith Through College

Helping Your Teen Keep the Faith Through College

Are you concerned about the spiritual health of your teenager? Most of our teens will be leaving home soon. Do you have a plan to help them keep the faith through the next chapter of their lives? Will they love the Lord and follow Him when they are adults? Every...

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A Wife’s Call To Prayer

A Wife’s Call To Prayer

It has been more than three years that there has been an urging in me that I needed to pray more consistently and intentionally for my husband. While I pray a lot about my marriage, that is often a quite different matter than praying for my husband. A long time ago I...

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Listen More, Talk Less

Listen More, Talk Less

Here is a refrain we have heard many times through our years of counseling teens and young adults. “My dad told me the other day that he wants to take me out for breakfast and have a talk with me. What he really means is that he wants me to sit there while he talks....

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A Call To Thanksgiving

A Call To Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here! This may actually be a week of intense spiritual battle for you and your family. The demonic forces in the world do NOT want you to be thankful, but instead envious, bitter, and hopeless. Please take some time and...

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The Heart of Visionary Parenting from Deuteronomy 6

The Heart of Visionary Parenting from Deuteronomy 6

Are you a parent or grandparent? God has given you those children or grandchildren for a reason! God tells us that reason in Deuteronomy 6. Please take 40 minutes and watch this video or listen to the audio. I believe God wants to use His truth from this portion of...

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The Most Important Question for College Freshmen

The Most Important Question for College Freshmen

College freshmen are 8 weeks into their new adventure. Most are living away from home for the first time. You may be a college student reading this post, or perhaps you are a parent of one of those freshmen. Let me suggest a question that may be the most important...

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An Urgent Message for Christian Believers

Last week was a dramatic chapter in the history of our nation. Two supreme court rulings radically changed the moral, financial, and family foundations of our country. Please take 15 minutes and watch this urgent message for all Christian believers - Dr. Rob Rienow PS...

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Food, Drink, and Your Family

Food, Drink, and Your Family

Sometimes too much is too much! In the book of Proverbs we are warned against drinking too much alcohol and eating too much food. These issues are rarely discussed in the church today. Most Christians are confused about what the Bible REALLY says about food and how we...

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The Virtue of Diligence

The Virtue of Diligence

Diligence is an essential virtue for the Christian and the Christian family - and one which we all struggle with to one degree or another. I invite you to listen to this sermon from book of Proverbs, shared at Gospel Fellowship Church, with encouragement to grow...

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Teaching Kids To Be “On Mission” with Money

Teaching Kids To Be “On Mission” with Money

Are you teaching your kids to be "on mission" with their money? Many parents wait far too long before teaching their children the Christian principles of giving, providing, saving, spending, and giving more. From the first days that your children earn money or an...

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Humbled…

This post is not going to be polished or carefully edited...just from my heart to the screen... There is a list of things I said I would never do. One of the the things on that list was, "I will never be in a job/ministry where I have to raise my own support." For...

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HELP! My Kids Are Going to the Church Service!

With Christmas and New Year's Day fast approaching, many churches take a break from their Sunday school and youth group ministries. This means that children who are normally in their own Sunday morning programming will be sitting in church with you! Gulp. Have no...

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Awareness – By JD Rienow

OK, proud dad moment here. My 12 year old son, JD, wrote this poem a couple of weeks ago about a little talked about Christian virtue - awareness. I will be happy to pass any comments you have on to him. Awareness Her kindness is incomparable. She brings people out of...

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Could Your Home Be a Youth Outreach Center?

Could Your Home Be a Youth Outreach Center?

I believe that one of the essential jobs of the local church is to equip Christian parents to take the lead in spiritually training their children. Passing faith to our kids is not the church’s job – it is ours. But what about all the unsaved kids who don’t have...

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Chicagoland Parenting Seminar – October 18

Friends in IL, Join me Saturday morning, October 18th, from 830-1000am in the CHAPEL at Wheaton Academy for a unique and encouraging Parent Seminar - "Your Family and God's Plan for the World - Discovering the Spiritual Purpose of Your Family." My goal for this time...

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A Brief Reflection on Youth Ministry

Here is something I have observed in many churches. Perhaps you have seen it too. Children grow up through our children’s ministries and they love it! They move into the cool junior high group and once again, they love it! Then, it is off to high school with all the...

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Dealing with “Heart Rebellion”

Dealing with “Heart Rebellion”

Most of the time when we need to discipline our children, we are confronted with both an incorrect action and an incorrect attitude. Sometimes, however, we encounter a right action with a wrong attitude. For example, suppose you tell your son to...

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A Great Gift for Your Kids

Thoughts for husbands... How a man relates to his wife dramatically affects the entire family, and directly affects the souls of his children. When a man loves, serves, and leads his wife, he creates security for his children. The challenge is that being a godly...

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The Kingdom and the King

The Kingdom and the King

God is building His Kingdom, and establishing His King over that Kingdom - His Son Jesus Christ. This message from Dr. Rob Rienow was the concluding sermon from Gospel Fellowship Church's two year study through the book of Acts. It will encourage you to grow in your...

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For Father’s Day Amazon.com is donating to VFM!

Do you have your Father's Day present for dad yet? In honor of Dad, shop at Amazon.com through 6/15/14 and Amazon will donate $5 to Visionary Family Ministries! So when you buy a present for your dad, you will be helping us reach more dad's with the Gospel and the...

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Why Should I Read the Genealogies?

Genealogies are not very exciting to read. So-and-so lived this long, and he was the father of so-and-so, and he lived this long, etc. When you do your personal Bible reading, you probably do not spend a great deal of time reading genealogies. In fact, when I am...

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I Can’t Let My Team Down!

I enjoy sports. I enjoy playing and coaching sports with my kids. But life is super busy. With seven children our schedule can easily go bongos. Sometimes it is hard for our kids to make it to their sports games or practices. When we are trying to juggle those...

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The Power of Mom

The Power of Mom - from KidzMatter Magazine May June 2014 Fathers are often emphasized in the family ministry movement, and rightly so. But sometimes, the continual call to Christian men to be the loving spiritual leaders of their families can have the unintentional...

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How Your Children Can Spiritually Impact Their Sports Teams

Christian parents frequently talk about how they want their son or daughter to be a good witness for Christ on their sports teams and about how playing sports in the community is a great way to reach out and build relationships with people who need Jesus. Candidly, I...

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Why Preach Through Entire Books of the Bible?

In our church (www.gfc1.org) we have been preaching through the book of Acts. We have been in this preaching series for more than 18 months. 18 months??!! In this day and age of multi-media, scripted transitions, and short attention spans what value is there in...

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Time for a Challenge

In our home, turning 13 is a big deal. We view it, in some ways, as the transition from childhood to adulthood. In centuries past this was more true than it is today, as we have sadly extended "childhood" under the guise of "adolescence" well into one's twenties. We...

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Abortion: A Political Litmus Test for Christians?

Abortion: A Political Litmus Test for Christians?

Should the abortion issue be a "litmus" test for Christian voters? As you will hear in this six minute mp3, I believe the answer is absolutely yes.   If you are interested in listening to the entire sermon from which this excerpt was taken you can listen to it...

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5 Reasons For Spiritual Apathy in Teens

5 Reasons For Spiritual Apathy in Teens

Are you concerned about the spiritual health of your teenager? Does your teen sometimes have a "whatever" attitude toward the Lord, church, Scripture, prayer...and even life in general? I invite you to listen to this new mp3 seminar, Five Reasons for Spiritual Apathy...

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When Life is Out of Control

When Life is Out of Control

What do we cling to when life is out of control? In this message from Acts 22, Dr. Rienow shares three things believers need to BELIEVE when life is filled with suffering, doubt, and darkness.

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A Blog for Teens: How to Honor Your Parents

How to Honor Your Parents Few commandments in the Bible strike more fear into teenagers than, “honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12). To make matters worse, God gives us this command new fewer than eight times throughout the Bible! This is especially...

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A Savior Is Born!

Merry Christmas! I imagine you are familiar with the story of Santa Claus. As the story goes, Santa has a list. He checks it twice. On his list there are two kinds of people, those who have been naughty, and those who have been nice. For the nice people, he brings...

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Ducking Phil Robertson

By now you have likely seen the news - Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, shared in an interview with GQ Magazine that it was his belief that homosexual behavior was wrong and sinful. A media firestorm ensued and A&E (the network that hosts...

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The Secret to a Thankful Heart

The Secret to a Thankful Heart

Thanksgiving was just about one week ago. For most of us, "thankfulness" comes a little easier on that day. After all, that is what the holiday is all about! Perhaps you even sat around your dinner table and shared with friends and family, "What are you thankful for?"...

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Is Church Membership Biblical?

Is Church Membership Biblical?

The idea of "church membership," or "joining a church," has become increasingly unpopular in recent decades. It sounds and feels so old-fashioned! Perhaps some associate "membership" with things like Netflix or a country club. Many have said to me, "Rob, I am totally...

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My Friend Needs Your Help

Dear friends, I am writing to ask you to help one of my friends. His name is Christian Carlson (married to Rebekah), and he serves as Family Pastor at Fellowship Church just down the road from me in Carol Stream, IL. Christian is a disabled veteran and is 100%...

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The Big Problem in Family Ministry

If you have a passion for youth or children's ministry you have no doubt heard the call to return to the early church’s model of “family ministry.” Keep families together! Equip parents to disciple their children! However, the family ministry conversation does not go...

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A Unique Parenting Seminar Coming to Chicagoland

I want to invite you to join me Saturday morning, November 16th, from 830-1000am at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, IL for a unique parenting seminar. This seminar is for parents of teens and our focus will be Preparing Our Sons and Daughters For Success in Marriage...

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Do We Really Need Para-Church Organizations?

Have you ever wondered where hospitals came from? Christian men and women put their money together and built them. Why are there organizations like the Red Cross and YMCA? Christian men and women embraced God’s call on their lives to use their resources to care for...

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Changing Your Family Legacy

Changing Your Family Legacy The mission of parenting is overwhelming. As a father of six, with a baby on the way, sometimes I feel like my wife and I have all we can do to simply “get through” each day. It is so easy to lose sight of why God created our families! God...

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No Famous Churches

In the sweep of Christian history there are very few famous local churches. Take this 10-second quiz. Answer as quickly as you can. 1. Name three local churches from the 1800s that made an impact on the world for Christ. Don't think about famous buildings, but well...

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Bearing Fruit in Season

Bearing Fruit in Season

God is the Lord of the Harvest. We are workers in His field. He calls us into seasons of cultivating, sowing, and reaping - and this was the pattern of ministry for the early Christians - a message from Acts 18.

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A Tale of Two Fathers

A Tale of Two Fathers

In 2 Chronicles 33 we find one of the most dramatic historical accounts of a father and grandfather. Is forgiveness really possible? This message from Dr. Rob Rienow will encourage and challenge every father and grandfather to embrace his multi-generational mission,...

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What Is Necessary?

What Is Necessary?

Have you ever wondered why Christians follow some of the laws in the Old Testament, but seem to ignore others? How can we take parts of God's Word and say, "this if for us," and other parts and say, "this is not for us."? In this message from Acts 15, shared at Gospel...

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Go Back for More

Go Back for More

Are you suffering? Are you discouraged? Are you on the brink of losing hope? I pray that God will use this sermon from Acts 14 to STRENGTHEN your soul, and ENCOURAGE you to continue in the faith. The title of this message is "Go Back For More." The first portion of...

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Jesus, Spiritual Orphans, and a Warning

Jesus went against the popular and religious culture of His day and prioritized children. “And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come...

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Only the Weak Apologize!

When you were growing up, did your parents ever tell you that you needed to apologize to someone after you did something wrong? Well, according to new research, you should have stood your ground! Scientists have now discovered that "refusing to apologize results in...

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Exploring Educational Choices for the Christian Family

Exploring Educational Choices for the Christian Family

Public school? Christian School? Home School? How does the Christian parent decide? This seminar from Dr. Rob Rienow will help you ask some of the key questions you need to ask in making this life-changing decision for your family. There is a 3-page PDF that...

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Preaching: The Pastor’s Primary Task

Only someone who has served as a pastor truly knows how overwhelming it is. There is never a day where the pastor leaves the church with the sense that all that needed to be done that day was completed. Most churches expect their pastors/elders to do far more than the...

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Should You Fire Your Youth Pastor?

Should You Fire Your Youth Pastor?

As I share the vision of family discipleship with church leaders here is a frequent response: "So Rob, if the Bible calls parents to disciple their children, does that mean we should fire our youth pastor?" Answer - No, but if you want to move your church toward the...

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Easter Sermon 2013

Easter Sermon 2013

Jesus came, He died, He rose again, and He is coming back to establish His Kingdom forever! Listen as Pastor Rob Rienow preaches on the gospel in his Easter Sermon from 2013, based on Matthew 28.

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Did Jesus Say “Hate Your Family”?

Did Jesus Say “Hate Your Family”?

“Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own...

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Did Jesus Say “Brother Will Kill Brother?”

Continued from previous blog... Question #2: What did Jesus mean when He said that brother would kill brother, and father would kill son? “Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to...

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Does Following Jesus Mean Leaving Family Behind?

Did Jesus teach that following Him meant leaving family behind? Did Jesus say that loving Him means hating our family members? Let's explore these important questions Here is what Jesus said; “Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the...

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Encouragement for Parents of Prodigals

Encouragement for Parents of Prodigals

Millions of Christian parents know the pain of raising a child in a Christian environment only to see that child far from God as an adult. If you are one of those parents, I want to encourage you. I’m convinced that the shortest distance between the heart of your...

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Not One Man Raised His Hand

Our small church (www.gfc1.org) had our monthly men's ministry meeting this past Monday night. There were sixteen men there, along with ten of their sons and grandsons. The "young men" ranged in age from 6-16. At the start of the meeting I asked the men, "How many of...

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Parents are Not Qualified

One of the most common responses I hear from church leaders when I share with them the biblical vision of parents as the primary spiritual trainers of their children is this, "Rob, I understand the principle here but most of the parents in our church are not...

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The Pope or the Bible?

The sufficiency of Scripture was the center of the conflict during the protestant reformation. At that time within the Roman Catholic Church, the Bible was only available in Latin and was administered only through the priests. It was thought and taught that the common...

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The Crucifixion of Marriage – by Aaron Amstutz

The Crucifixion of Marriage Guest writer - Aaron Amstutz – February 11, 2013 Marriage was on trial and she was left defenseless.   Oh sure, she was defended in the religious courts, but the trial was occurring in the civil courts and to most watching eyes she was left...

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Planting a D6 Church

Planting a D6 Church

If you were to plant a church, what would it look like? In the Bible, God has given us everything we need to know about the mission, purpose, foundation and essential structure for the local church. This message was shared by Dr. Rob Rienow at the 2012...

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The Lost Doctrine of Jurisdiction

The Lost Doctrine of Jurisdiction

God has created four fundamental institutions – the individual, the family, the church, and the government. In the Bible God gives each of these institutions specific roles and responsibilities (jurisdictions). Understanding these Biblical jurisdictions is essential...

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For Generations to Come

It’s never too late for God to use you to launch a multigenerational movement of faith in your family. It may be that you came to Christ as an adult, and that your life before conversion was disastrous. Perhaps you have a wayward child who remembers those days and...

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Legalism: A Great Enemy of the Church

Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “There are two ways we can fall off on this.” The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture is a narrow path that leads to pleasing God in all things, but there are deep ditches on both sides. These ditches are the detours to sin and...

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The Slippery Slope – 4 Questions about the Bible

Consider these four questions. I have asked these same questions to Christian groups many times. I ask people, if their answer to the question is “yes,” to raise their hands. Here we go: Question 1: Do you believe the Bible is God’s Word? In the context of a church...

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Mom and Dad: Your Time has Passed!

Mom and Dad: Your Time has Passed!

When we think about hurting and broken families, we often think of the impact on children. However, when it comes to family fragmentation, older members of the family suffer as well. The message to senior adults in our culture today is, “Your time has passed! It’s...

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Family Worship: The heart of spiritual training in the home

As God began to impress Deuteronomy 6:7 upon my heart, I was haunted with a question, “What am I doing with this responsibility and calling that God has given me to impress the hearts of my children with a love for God?” I was doing a lot to help encourage faith and...

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A Husband’s True Love

God explains "true love" in 1 Corinthians 13. There are seven positive (do) elements, such as being patient. There are eight negative (do not) elements, such as not being easily angered. True love is as much about what we do, as what we do not do. As you read them...

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Husband: No Job Description Necessary

Who Needs a Job Description? Men, imagine that you have been working at the same job, with the same company for ten years. Things are going well. You have respect inside and outside the company. Job security isn’t a concern, and the bills are getting paid. It’s Monday...

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My Marriage Prayer Life = D-

For the first twelve years of our marriage, I would give myself a D- grade in the area of taking the lead in praying with Amy. It was probably more like an F, but D- makes me feel a little better. As God began to turn my heart toward Amy, I increasingly fought through...

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What is Parenting Success?

Imagine a television camera, far in the future, panning the living room of the Rienow home. The walls are plastered with achievement awards and first-place ribbons. Athletic trophies glimmer from their perch on the top of the piano. Photographs of our children and...

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Is the Husband the Head of the Wife?

To suggest that the husband has a leadership role in the marriage instantly causes tension. This flies in the face of everything our culture teaches. Here are three statements which we need to carefully consider. As a Christian, do you agree or disagree with this...

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Learning to Serve

In recent years, God has been growing my character in the area of service. One of the ways that God has helped me improve, is by talking with Amy about where her pressure points are. Pressure points can be specific times of the day, or days of the week, which are...

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Did you receive a spiritual legacy?

You are not alone in this world. You were never meant to be alone. Faith is supposed to come to us through a long line of men and women who know God and love Him. Sadly, few of us have a heritage like that. Some of you are first-generation Christians. Your parents...

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Terminal Illness

Imagine if your children inherited a terminal disease from you. Wouldn’t you do everything in your power to find a cure for them? This is not an imaginary situation. Our kids have inherited something much worse than a terminal illness. They have inherited a sinful...

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Can you be a Christian and not go to church?

A few years ago, I spoke at a Christian youth retreat. They asked me to preach on John 15, the passage where Jesus teaches about the vine and the branches. Jesus’ primary call to His disciples in that passage is that they “abide in me.” Jesus begins to explain what...

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The Battle from the Beginning

Our response to the Word of God has been the central issue from the beginning of history. At the beginning of Genesis 3, God has already made Adam from the dust of the ground, and made Eve from Adam’s rib. God’s perfection is completely reflected in a perfect world....

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“Twisted” Preaching

The word "preaching" has been twisted and redefined in two ways: 1) "Preaching" is something that pastors do from the pulpit. The early Christians understood that "preaching" was something every Christian was called to do as they opened their mouths and shared the...

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Where There Is No Vision

As a pastor (and I hate to admit this), I sometimes cringe when I look back at sermons I have preached. I am particularly burdened if I ripped a text of Scripture out of its context and used it to preach my thoughts, rather than God’s thoughts. Here is a text which I...

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A New Kind of Christian?

A New Kind of Christian? Consider these four questions. I have asked these same questions to Christian groups many times. I ask people, if their answer to the question is “yes,” to raise their hands. Here we go: Question 1: Do you believe the Bible is God’s Word? In...

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Oklahoma vs. the Former Soviet Union

Family Mission trip update October 22 God has blessed our ministry here in the former Soviet Union. During the past 10 days We have held conferences for pastors and parents in Chisenau, Odessa, and Kiev. The Moscow events begin tonight. I thought I would describe one...

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Is Your Church Bible-Driven?

The church service finished about fifteen minutes ago. You are talking with a group of Christian friends, when a visitor approaches you and says, “I have some questions. Can you talk to me?” You and your friends are eager to help. “Sure, what’s on your mind?” “Well,...

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Candid Thoughts from a Christian Teen

By RW Rienow, age 15 In thinking about my time, priorities, and relationships, I wrote the following paragraphs... Do I see signs of disorganization in my life? Yes! Usually, I am on top of things such as school work and being on time to sporting events. But chores is...

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The Power of Reverence – By Amy Rienow

How does a Wife Reverence her Husband?             I will never forget the day I was exposed to some amazing teaching about the power of a wife’s reverence towards her husband. I had decided to take a bath to unwind after a long day. As I was relaxing, I was listening...

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Husbands, Love Your Wives

I believe the primary job description for husbands in the Bible can be found in Ephesians 5:25-26. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, to make her holy, cleansingher by the washing with water through the word…” I...

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Is Your Marriage a House with No Foundation?

Is Your Marriage a House with No Foundation?

Getting married without a Christ-centered, Bible-driven purpose is like building a house without a foundation. It can be done. You can purchase a plot of ground, and pay someone to starting building you a house…right there on the grass. The frame will go up, and the...

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Overwhelmed, Burned-Out, and Discouraged

These three words describe a lot of pastors I know. Their days are spent counseling, setting up chairs, answering email, attending strategic planning meetings, preparing to preach, reading about current events and culture, fixing the sound system, visiting the sick,...

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The Path to Ridicule

Choosing to believe in the truth and sufficiency of the Bible is not the path to popularity. It is quite the opposite. “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” —1 Corinthians 1:18...

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Raising Siblings With Kingdom Vision

Raising Siblings With Kingdom Vision

Has God blessed you with multiple children? You know the challenge of sibling relationships! What is your vision for how your sons and daughters will relate to one another? Could it be that God has brought them into the world for shared Kingdom mission? This message...

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5 Reasons NOT to do Family Ministry

Five Reasons NOT to do Family Ministry Dr. Rob Rienow Many churches are jumping on the Holy Spirit powered reformation of family ministry. Unfortunately, some are exploring family ministry for the wrong reasons. Here are five reasons NOT to build a family ministry in...

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What is a Visionary Marriage?

What is a Visionary Marriage?

Can a Christian man and a Christian woman be married to one another, but not have a Christian marriage? Absolutely. Two Christians can say “I do,” but not have a shared, compelling, Bible-driven vision for their life together. Find a Christian engaged couple. Ask...

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A Family Miracle

A Family Miracle

This message tells the story of the greatest miracle I have ever seen - a miracle that took place right in my own family. I pray that God will use His words from Acts 3 to encourage you to not only to pass your faith to the generations to come, but to the...

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Visionary Marriage

Visionary Marriage

Building a Marriage with a Mission Do you have a mission for your marriage? This message will encourage husbands and wives to capture a dynamic biblical vision for their life together. This message is an overview of some of the key concepts in the Visionary Marriage...

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Science and Faith

Look how confused our thinking has become. Atheistic science declares the resurrection to be impossible. Christians completely reject “science” on this point and declare the resurrection a historical fact. Atheistic science declares the virgin birth to be impossible....

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A Tribute To My Wife – One Amazing Volunteer

This is a tribute to my wife Amy. In particular, I want to praise her for being such an amazing volunteer. It astounds me how she serves in so many different ministries. She is one of the most dedicated “Matthew 25” Christians I know. In that chapter of the Bible,...

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Trayvon and the Only Solution to Racism

Racial tensions have been escalated around the country with the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Is there any solution to the global problem of racism? Two weeks ago, an article in the New York Post revealed the results of a new study in which they claimed that...

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A Hunger for Heroines

By Michael Johnson It wasn’t until I became the father of a daughter that I really began to give serious thought to what God wants her to become as a woman, and what our role as parents is in training her to that end.  As parents we are to bring our children up in...

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D6 Conference 2012 Special Offer

The D6 Conference is doing a special promotion for readers of my blog. Everyone who registers for the D6 Conference before March 30 using the code VisionaryD6 will get a free copy of my book Visionary Marriage. If you register 10 people from your group, you get 10...

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Building a Christian Worldview in Your Children

Building a Christian Worldview in Your Children

What does it mean to have a Christian worldview? What do your children need to make an impact for Christ in the world? In this message, Dr. Rienow encourages parents to give their children three essential ingredients to shape their hearts and minds for...

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The Family and Global Missions

The latest issue of Frontiers Magazine asks the question, "Is the Family God's Primary Means of Global Evangelism?" I was honored to contribute an article. Here is the link. I would be grateful if you would leave a reply with your thoughts and share the article with...

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Pro-Life is Not Enough

God’s pro-life church I grieve over the decreasing volume from the evangelical church on the issue of abortion. Have we grown weary in fighting back against those who welcome the murder of children? Have we found more pressing issues which need our attention?  The...

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Ministry In The Oikos

Ministry in the Oikos Dr. Rob Rienow In the early church, Gospel ministry was driven in and through homes. The early church gathered in homes for corporate worship on Sundays.[1] For men to be qualified to serve as elders in the church, they first needed to...

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How the Church Hurts Singles

If we are silent about what God has said about the gift of singleness (1 Cor 7), those who are single in the church will be vulnerable to deceptive philosophies of the world. Consider these two examples of how singles are hurt by a lack of teaching and biblical...

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My Uncle Would Not Be Pleased

Satan and the demons are doing all they can to war against the Lord of Hosts. They cannot hurt Him directly, so they focus all of their weapons on those He loves. Satan’s top priority is to strike at the core sphere. More than anything else, he desires to turn the...

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Pregnant and Ashamed

A few weeks ago, a woman shared a heartbreaking story with me. God had blessed her and her husband with eight children. Every day, they were pouring themselves out with Great Commission intensity to “make disciples” of these immortal souls whom God had entrusted into...

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Revival

One of the great revivals in the Old Testament took place when the servants of King Josiah found the lost Book of the Law (The portions of the Bible which had been given up to that point in history). It is presumed that Josiah’s wicked grandfather Manasseh had hidden...

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Jesus and His Siblings

Jesus is the most important person who has ever lived. He is the one and only God-man. Christians study his life, as has been revealed in the Gospels, backwards and forwards. Yet for the first thirty years in my walk with Christ, even after going through seminary, I...

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When The State Rules The Church

On May 13, 2007 the Chicago Sun Times ran a story from an Illinois middle school where students, as a part of a Health Class, were made to watch the R-rated movie, Brokeback Mountain.[i]  Not only is this movie extremely graphic in regards to homosexual behavior, but...

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My Attitude Toward the Bible Has Changed

The church service finished about fifteen minutes ago. You are talking with a group of Christian friends, when a visitor approaches you and says, “I have some questions. Can you talk to me?” You and your friends are eager to help. “Sure, what’s on your mind?” “Well,...

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Mission Malaysia: Day 1

On Tuesday, our team said goodbye to our friends in Singapore, and took a short 45 minute flight north to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is a very different place than Singapore. Most notably, it is a predominantly Muslim nation. The majority of government leaders are...

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Mission Singapore: Day 5

Sunday was a highlight. Elim church has two services in English, and one service in Burmese (people from the country now called Myanmar). I had the honor of preaching in the two English services. My text was from Acts 3 – when Jesus heals the crippled beggar. The text...

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Mission Singapore: Day 4

I continue to be overwhelmed with what an honor and privilege it is to be here. Pastor Glen and Pastor Wilson from Elim Church in Singapore have been incredibly gracious and welcoming. To have their invitation to teach here is very special. I am also continually...

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Mission Singapore: Day 3

God continues to bless our journey and our mission. Our brothers and sisters in Christ here have shown us tremendous hospitality. The food has been delicious. Although I had a funny experience at lunch today. I was served what looked like a bowl of soup, and told it...

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Mission Singapore: Day 1

What an honor to be here! I left Chicago Monday 500pm and arrived in Singapore on Wednesday at 1230pm. God is doing amazing things here in giving churches a vision for family ministry. I was invited to join an amazing team led by Ben and Jennifer Freudenberg, along...

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Bashing Dads in Church

Father's Day is coming up fast. In many churches, an entire sermon will be dedicated to the issue of fatherhood. Sadly, many of these sermons will be laced with jokes about how men are bumbling idiots, how they are passive spiritually, and to top it off, how they are...

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The Family and Global Evangelism

The Family and Global Evangelism

God created the family to play an essential role in world evangelization. In this message, Rob Rienow walks through the Bible connecting the institution of family and the Great Commission.

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Husbands and Spiritual Warfare

Men, if you seek to commit yourself to love your wife, to serve her, and to become the spiritual leader in your marriage, you should prepare yourself for major spiritual attack. Satan will throw everything at you to prevent you from being the man God calls you to be,...

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How Many, How Soon?

How do Christians make big decisions? Will you go to college? If so, where will you go? Will you get married? Is he or she the one? Will you take that new job? If you are a Christian, how do you go about making big decisions like these? There are a few things...

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Authority and Accountability – by Amy Rienow

Have you ever considered that our society is composed of institutions? There are the institutions of government, education, and business. God created the primary institution of society when He created families. Our society is not really made up of individuals, but of...

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A Father’s Apology

Richard came to Christ later in life. In his first marriage, prior to his conversion, he made choices that hurt his son Steven. While Richard and his son have a cordial relationship today, Steven is far from God. Richard knew if he was to point his son’s heart to...

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Why Living Together Will Wreck Your Relationship

One of the most common, but flawed reasons people get married is because they feel they are “compatible.” Couples are even encouraged to live together in order to discover this mystery of relationship compatibility. Tragically, 80% of couples who live together before...

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The Battle with Pluralism and Relativism

Pluralism and relativism are most deadly when they come together in matters of faith. A few years ago, I met weekly with a group of high school students at a local restaurant. None of them were Christians, and it would be an understatement to say that the group was...

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A Tribute to My Wife – One Amazing Volunteer

One Amazing Volunteer By Rob Rienow Visionary Family Ministries www.VisionaryFam.com May 2011 This is a tribute to my wife Amy. In particular, I want to praise her for being such an amazing volunteer. It astounds me how she serves in so many different ministries. She...

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Encouraging Empty Nest Parents

Encouraging Empty Nest Parents

Millions of empty nest parents know the pain of one of their adult children struggling in their faith. Dr. Rienow talks with Joy from WETN Radio about the encouraging new book Never Too Late.

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Family Mission Trip – Spring 2011

We have recently returned from a 17 day family mission trip! We drove from Illnois to Texas and back again, and spoke at five different conferences along the way. Our first ministry event was at the First Christian Church in Lamar, MO. It was a blessed two days...

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God’s Grand Vision for the Home

God’s Grand Vision for the Home

Visionary Parenting Disc 1 - God's Grand Vision for the Home The journey of Visionary Parenting starts right here! This message will encourage and challenge you to consider God's awesome purpose for your family, and begin equipping you with practical ways to start...

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