Monthly Archives: May 2008

15 posts

God & Gas Prices

The law from your mouth is more precious to me   than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Psalm 119:72 Parenting that honors God must be consistent with what God says about himself in Scripture. Your appreciation and awe for God and his Son must increase, not decrease. In any relationship, if you begin to take someone for granted the strength of that relationship begins to decrease. Taking God for granted, as in not having growing love for him, will lead to inconsistency in the things you say and the things you do.  Children show particular expertise in detecting inconsistencies in parents. If you talk to you children about a God who is wonderful, about a Savior who means […]

Come to Christ each Day

But those who hope in the LORD   will renew their strength.   They will soar on wings like eagles;   they will run and not grow weary,   they will walk and not be faint.  —Isaiah 40:31 The Bible frequently describes the Christian life using the language of warfare. We are to overcome evil with good. We are to fight the good fight. We are to put on the full armor of God. The Word is the sword of the Spirit. This imagery is not given to alarm us but to remind us that the world around us is not a friendly place for Christians. But while the world is not friendly, God himself provides refuge and encouragement. The […]

The Bible and Your Leadership

I run in the paths of your commands, for you have set my heart free. —Psalm 119:32 In our last full post we talked about teaching our children to evaluate the impact of the entertainment in their lives. This raises an important point about the role of the Bible in parental instruction. God wants us to rely upon the Scriptures in all areas of our life. On the basis of passages like 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 2 Timothy 3:15-17 we affirm that the Bible is the only perfect or infallible rule for faith and life. I

Mini-Post re: Praise & Criticism

Since there have been a few comments regarding the posts on praise and criticism here is a mini-post addressing a question from Dan. Sometimes parents hesitate to give praise for fear of encouraging pride and boasting. That is certainly understandable, and we need to think carefully how we offer praise so we’re not simply building up an ungodly, self-centered arrogance. Godly praise, on the other hand, is an opportunity to encourage your children by acknowledging God’s help and kindness to them. For example,  Yes, Cameron, I saw you gave your truck to Colin. Remember how we prayed that God would help you to be unselfish? I think he answered that prayer and helped you to share, didn’t he? That’s wonderful! […]

Power Tools of Influence

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. —Colossians 2:8 Above all else, guard your heart,        for it is the wellspring of life. — Proverbs 4:23 A Guide to Entertainment You and your children are targets of a subtle but vicious enemy. The enemy is a master of deception and stealth. He knows that if he attacks openly he will be recognized for who he is. So this enemy plans his attacks when they are least expected. He has no sense of fair play. He looks for the times when you and your family are […]