Daily Archives: November 15, 2012

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Understanding the Difference between Influence and Authority

  Perhaps the key to not treating your teenagers as their sins deserve is understanding the difference between influence and authority. Recall with me once again Tedd Tripp’s focal points for the three stages of child development found in Shepherding a Child’s Heart:   Ages 0 to 5: focus is establishing biblical authority Ages 5 to 12: focus is on the development of godly character Ages 12 & beyond: focus is on internalization of the gospel   You never want your children, especially your teenagers, to believe they are being treated as they deserve to be treated; nothing is more antithetical to living out the gospel. This reality must be grasped by parents and teenagers alike. As Psalm 103 teaches, […]