Instruction and correction can easily be misunderstood. This is particularly the case when parental authority is being exercised. When correcting your children you can give them the impression that you are delighting in their failure, or that you are fixated on their shortcomings. Since disciplined training in righteousness must be thorough and ongoing, a child may think that your only purpose is to delight in telling him how wrong he is.
by Tedd Tripp
If you want your children to have a reason to sing on Sunday, give them a glorious God. If you want your children to have a reason not to sin on Monday, give them a glorious God. If you want them to think of nobler things than the latest, mind-numbing video fantasy game, give them a glorious God. If you want them to dream grander dreams than illicit sex or more money or more stuff, give them a glorious God. If you want them to have a reason for confidence when life seems to spin
Jesus makes a huge point of not placing too much value on the treasures of earth. Christ is not saying that these earthly treasures hold no attraction. He is not making light of the really special things that our life here has to offer. If these things didn't have value, Christ would not have called them treasures. But what Jesus wants you to know is that the treasures of heaven far exceed the treasures earth has to offer.
Biblical wisdom is designed to protect lives. As the Proverbs teach, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom. Wisdom is not neutral or passive. Wisdom thrives on passion and love for God. Wisdom without passion is useless.
Joseph demonstrated a passionate love for wisdom when Potiphar's wife attempted to seduce him. The woman provocatively grabbed Joseph's clothing with such force that it was clear that only one thing was on her mind. Joseph's response was als
VISTA, CA (ANS - January 25, 2017) -- What must it feel like to discover you were aborted? To discover that you were meant to die, but instead you lived -- and you cannot understand why your birth mother wanted you killed?
You Carried Me, a daughter's memoir recounts Melissa Ohden's life and escape from death -- from a botched-abortion, turned accidental birth, to forgiveness for all who were involved in seeking her death.
Adopted by hard working, God-fearing parents at only two-months-old
I Corinthians 13 has some important things to say about how love your kids in a way that blesses them and brings honor to God. Here are some examples:
Love is patient
That is what Paul means in Ephesians 6:4 when he calls upon fathers not to provoke their children to anger. This means that love is not a knee-jerk reaction when things don't go well. Loving your children means understanding them and anticipating how obedience to your direction will be a challenge for them. Don't be frustrated
The January 2017 issue of National Geographic examines the issue of gender. The editor of the magazine believes gender is not an issue of male and female, but that gender is best understood as numerous points along a spectrum of possible identities. As this special magazine issue indicates, the idea of gender as a spectrum is a recent concept and rapidly changing the way culture and science view the sex of humans.
Thanksgiving Day focuses on all that you have been given. That is a good thing! It is arrogant, unwise, and selfish to take God's blessings for granted. But, there are unexpected ways that God is good to you. It is important to be thankful for what God chooses to withhold. This thought may seem not to "fit" well. After all, you pray for things, as the Lord teaches that you should. So, why should you be thankful for what you don't have?
Contentment is knowing that God has arranged all the events of my life so that at this moment I can live for his glory and experience his goodness. Contentment means I can do everything God wants me to do. I can know God's peace regardless of my circumstance.
God has not called you to implement your agenda, but his. Anger is an indication that your desires and your agenda have become too important.
Human anger must not characterize your discipline. If it does, you have made discipline about satisfying your requirements. As a parent you are granted authority to enforce God's commands, not your own preferences. Your authority is derived, not earned.
My father was probably the most bottom line guy I know. One of his most quotable lines was "The main thing is don't get excited." If anyone was ever tempted to stress about an issue he would interject this often repeated line.
And, there have been many times I have needed to remember those words.
There's another phrase he used often, however, which may be even more poignant for our day. Perhaps you need this one - for whatever you are facing - or fear you may face.
Protecting your children is an obligation of being a faithful parent. However, there is the false notion that children should be protected from every danger and uncertainty of life. That simply is not true. There is too much uncertainty in life, too much which is beyond your control. Yet, the temptation to worry about all of the things from which you cannot protect your children persists.
You cannot protect your children from life itself. The storms in Matthew 7 come to the wise and the unw
Can we just admit this has not been our favorite presedential election season? I'll admit. I'm one who tends to see the more positive in every scenario and it's honestly difficult to do this time.
A man with a young children asked me recently how should he and his wife parent their family during this season. Great question. Regardless of whether or not your choice for president is clear, tensions have never seemed higher. This is true even among believers. Children surely have sensed the tens
"Hey mom, Jeremy is upset."
"Okay Sarah, I'll be right there."
The real story here is what mom is saying to herself. "Here we go again. Sarah is always making Jeremy upset. I can't finish anything without somebody having an issue."
Parenting is a challenging task - at times even overwhelming. There are countless remedies offered from every corner to make parenting easier and less stressful. Yet despite all the advice and devices, at the end of the day, parents are tired and weary. Weary not only because of the trials of the day just finished, but also weary because tomorrow is just a few hours away.
In this in-between time, the tiredness often reaches its peak. The free advice and stress-reducing gadgets offer little co
Low-tech terrorism is an ugly, cowardly, but effective means to bring fear to many. It represents a threat to families going about their daily activities. And, of course, it is designed to be unsettling to your children. What do you tell them? How do you ease their fears?
Most parents want to develop a close, lasting bond with their children which goes beyond the years a child lives in the home. Having a relationship with children which transcends time begins early in a child's life as the heart of the child bonds with the heart of the parent.
A 4-year-old child in Australia has begun the process of having a sex change with financial assistance from the New South Wales Department of Education even though the child hasn't yet started kindergarten. Many critics are warning the government that the child is too young to make such consequential life decisions.
Toddlers are people. This means they make decisions about what is important to them, just like you do. And just like you, their interpretation of their circumstances determines how they respond to problems they face.
In August of every year I see the posts and get the emails. Parents are dropping off their kids at college - and, it's hard. I know it is hard.
Our first son went to college in the city where we lived, so we got a somewhat break from this one - although even them moving in a dorm room across town is hard.
"We've come to the point where we have outsourced parenting to everybody but who the Bible gives the responsibility to," Evans has said. With social media, television, music, school and even church claiming so much real estate in a child's mind, it can be hard to make sense of right and wrong. That's why parents must be intentional.
Billy Graham once said, "No subject is closer to my heart than the family. ... The Moral foundation of our country is in danger of crumbling as families break up and parents neglect their responsibilities
Fathers are not usually seen as the nurturing ones in a family. The Bible, however, tends to also place the father in a nurturing position. We are told not to "exasperate" our children, which means not to wear them out with correction, but to "bring them up". The phrase literally means we
Lightning rips through the air followed by the violent crash of thunder. At that moment everything stops. Your heart pounds. Whatever you were thinking about is gone, replaced by fear, awe, terror, and a sense of smallness. The sound is of unrestrained energy.