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?

"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

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…

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!

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

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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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

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

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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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

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

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

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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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?

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”

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

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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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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