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The Bear & Squirrel Podcast
Bear & Squirrel
Join Charlie and Kristina Matz as they navigate the journey of Biblical parenting. Go behind-the-scenes as they share Biblical insights from the front lines of parenting their five children.
Mar 20, 2020
Helping Your Kids to Resolve Conflict With One Another
We’re not raising children, we’re raising adults who need to learn how to navigate conflict and biblically reconcile with others. So how do we navigate arguments between siblings and why do we implement rules like “no tattling allowed”? Sibling arguments are a given. Yes, our kiddos love each other, but they are still humans in sinful flesh and they are bound to hurt one another. What does the Bible say about reconciling with others and how can we guide our children to love each other biblically? In this episode, we talk about the biblical foundation for resolving conflict and some practical day-to-day methods for training our children to peacefully reconcile now and into adulthood.
Jan 8, 2020
Why & How We Do Bible Time
What is Bible Time, why do we do it as a family, and how do we actually sit down and make it happen on a regular basis? Deut 6:7 “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Many of us may already know this well-known verse regarding our parenting, but if we back up a bit we are going to see exactly how BIG our task from the Lord is. Verse 7 says that we shall teach “them” to our children… we shall talk of “them”. What is the “them” that this verse is talking about?
Dec 4, 2019
Building a Strong Individual Relationship with Each Child
It’s really important to develop unique relationships with each of our children. Not only together, as mom and dad, but also individually, to form deep bonds that build trust and create opportunities for discipleship. It’s not necessarily an easy thing to do… life is full of commitments and time can be hard to come by. So what do we do now that we have five children?
Aug 21, 2019
A Few Simple Ways to Deuteronomy 6:7 Daily
Deuteronomy 6:7 exhorts parents, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” So how do we do it? What are the benefits? And how does it connect to our kiddos hearts? * Set the tone by having your own personal Bible time regularly * Use times of correction to point back to the Bible * Use Biblical words throughout the day * Create a plan for nighly Bible time as a family * Check out the Choose Wisely Cards by Bear & Squirrel and be sure to listen for the discount we drop during the show
Jul 3, 2019
Modeling a High View of God
How can we model a high view of God in our home? Especially when it can appear that the world is winning important battles. A.W. Tozer said it very well when he said: "The church rises or falls all together depending upon her view of God." I would like to update this statement for the sake of this podcast, "The Christian family rises or falls all depending upon her view of God." * Fear of God vs. Fear of man * How to talk about hot cultural topics in our home with confidence * Viewing the world through a Christian worldview lens every day * Modeling extreme confidence in God's sovereignty * Minimizing the importance of politics in light of Biblical truth and fear of God * Check out What the Bible Says about Parenting by John MacArthur and Focal Point Ministries
Jun 15, 2019
Modeling a Submission to Authority
The tone of today's culture does not resonate with the idea of submitting to authority. So what does it look like for us, as the adults and parents, to model an ongoing attitude of submission to authority so that we can set a Biblical tone in our home? We are going to look at this from an everyday, practical stance paired together with an overall view of what the Bible has to say. * Our marriage is the perfect opportunity to highlight Biblical submission * The reality of submitting to governmental authorities * If we neglect our first priorities we wrongly train our onlooking children * The importance of submitting to church leadership * We must avoid "grumbling and disputing" * Check out The Briefing and Focal Point