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Worldview Summary

Posted on March 8, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Proverbs, Toddlers

When I was a boy in my father’s house,   still tender, and an only child of my mother, he taught me and said,   "Lay hold of my words with all your heart;   keep my commands and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding;   do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;   love her, and she will watch over you. Proverbs 4:3-6 The past three blogs have looked at the issue of worldview and young children… read more

Toddlers, Futile Thinking and the Gospel

Posted on March 7, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Toddlers

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.  Eph. 4:17 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;        they do not know what makes them stumble. Proverbs 4:19 Another consequence of children’s natural worldview is futile thinking. Often parents say things like, why can’t children just do what the Bible says, can’t they see it is for their own good? The answer is – no.. read more

toddlers and worldview part 2

Posted on March 5, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Toddlers, Worldview

Doing what comes naturally 17So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.  Eph. 4:17-19 This passage.. read more

toddlers and worldview

Posted on March 3, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Toddlers, Worldview

Toddlers and worldview are not concepts that appear to be compatible at first glance. The image of a 3–year-old sitting down at a computer to type a paper on worldview evokes humor, not reality. However, a toddler does have a worldview. It may be limited, but it is a worldview nonetheless. This worldview is expressed in statements like  – I’m thirsty, he took my toy, I want a cookie, I’m tired, I’m hungry, I don’t want to. Do you see a pattern here? A toddler’s worldview tends to begin and.. read more

And why do you worry … ?

Posted on February 25, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Parenting, Worry

28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or.. read more

Things to Invest in….

Posted on February 21, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “ Luke 12: 32-34. In the last post I referenced Luke 12:13-34 with regard to wise investments. Jesus says to invest your life in things that will.. read more

Invest Wisely

Posted on February 18, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure

Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. —Proverbs 23:4-5 T. Rowe Price. Chuck Schwab. Ameritrade. Scottrade. Fidelity. These investment firms are frequent visitors in your home. No, they aren’t invited guests. They attach themselves to the televised sporting events that are the favorites of American men. So, just after your team scores, Chuck Schwab shows up, encouraging you.. read more

The Emptiness of a Championship

Posted on February 15, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure

Don Fields left this comment on the second of three posts about the Super Bowl. Excellent thoughts! We cannot view any medium as "neutral." There is always a motivation and a message and we need to be evaluating and teaching our children to be evaluating. One thing you haven’t covered is that we should discuss the emptiness of a championship. As I watched the coverage after the game I heard much talk about Tom Coughlin, the Giants head coach, telling his players that second to family there is no feeling.. read more

Shaping Influences & Parental Legacy

Posted on February 12, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Shaping Influences

2008 is a leap year. The Summer Olympic Games will be held. Who knows what memorable events from 2008 will go down in history? In America  there will be a presidential election.  That election also marks the end of a president’s term in office. As that term draws to a close much is made of the legacy of that president. Political observers ponder how history will view the legacy of a president. Some presidents become obsessed with their legacy—their place in history. Decisions are made with an eye towards protecting.. read more

The Super Bowl and Your Heart’s Orientation

Posted on February 2, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Godward Orientation, Sports

Whether you watch the Super Bowl or not the game is important to you as a Christian parent. This annual spectacle tells you a great deal about the world your children inhabit. Proverbs 7 shows a parent looking out his window at the world around him. This father used the view from his window to instruct his son about the dangers of life. The window of your television affords you the same opportunity and obligation. In addition to the game you can learn much about the world around you from.. read more

The Super Bowl and Proverbs 4:23, part 2.

Posted on February 1, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Proverbs, Sports

Above all else, guard your heart,      for it is the wellspring of life. In this second look at Super Bowl XLII I want to examine morality and spectacle. Solomon’s warning to guard your heart and, by implication, to teach your children to guard their hearts is one that must not be neglected. Paul addresses the same theme in Ephesians 6 where he speaks about spiritual warfare. With regard to our hearts we are never in a neutral zone or a demilitarized zone (DMZ). The enemy is always lurking… read more

The Super Bowl and Proverbs 4:23

Posted on January 31, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Proverbs, Sports

  The message of Proverbs 4:23 is an ominous, as well as a gracious, warning. Above all else, guard your heart,      for it is the wellspring of life. There is urgency in these words of Solomon. Above all else carries an ominous tone. The Holy Spirit is saying, “Pay attention!” The warning is also gracious. You are being told what is really important. Parents, you must faithfully and frequently give this warning to your children. The reason for warnings is that dangers often come when they are least.. read more

How I Hated Discipline

Posted on January 28, 2008 · Posted in Discipline, Parenting

How I Hated Discipline 11 At the end of your life you will groan,        when your flesh and body are spent. 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline!        How my heart spurned correction! 13 I would not obey my teachers        or listen to my instructors. 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin        in the midst of the whole assembly." Two recent posts made a connection between the problems of midlife and the problems parents.. read more

Guide to Family Worship

Posted on January 22, 2008 · Posted in Family Worship

Psalm 78 verse 4 says: We will not hide them from their children;        we will tell the next generation        the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,        his power, and the wonders he has done. An important component of shepherding your family is to have regular family worship. We are making available for you a free, downloadable guide to help you have a regular program of family worship. There is no better gift to give your children than coming together as a family.. read more

Midlife: A Portrait #2

Posted on January 18, 2008 · Posted in Discipline, Midlife

Powerful Personal Interpretations and Your Children In this brief series of posts we are taking advantage of the excellent work done by Paul Tripp in his book Lost in the Middle. One thing that Paul and Tedd Tripp have made abundantly clear in their writings is that it is the heart that drives us as people. This is true for people of all ages. Whether it is in mid life, in the toddler years, in youth or in old age, humans are heart driven people. People seek the treasures that.. read more

Midlife: A Portrait

Posted on January 16, 2008 · Posted in Midlife, Ruling Desires

The next few posts are drawn from the penetrating insights of Paul David Tripp’s book Lost in the Middle. These insights intersect with the biblical perspectives taught in Tedd Tripp’s Shepherding a Child’s Heart. I can almost hear someone asking, “What does a book on midlife have to do with a book on childrearing?”  The connection is this: what rules those in midlife also rules children. That connection, of course, is the heart. Proverbs 4:23 says: Above all else, guard your heart,        for it is the wellspring.. read more

The Death of the Grown-Up

Posted on January 11, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

If you are a grown-up you may find it surprising to read that you have died! Diana West has written a timely book about the direction of our culture. The Death of the Grow-up is the title. Her book examines how the 20th century moved towards the worship of a youth culture, especially teenagers. As Christians, this observation should not come as a surprise to us. Biblical principles of child-rearing have long been put aside. These principles were replaced with a child-centered approach advocated by the mainstream of 20th century.. read more

Crisis Prevention 2008 – part two

Posted on January 4, 2008 · Posted in Parenting

As Tedd Tripp points out, too often problems arise when behavioral issues are not addressed at the source. When parents evaluate the challenges of child-rearing by looking only at behavior they find themselves in catch-up mode. Eventually, a full-blown crisis will emerge because symptoms and not root causes were addressed. Shepherding a Child’s Heart redirected the thoughts of parents to the significance of the role of the heart in training children. In one sense, this book is about understanding the impact of one verse of Scripture – Proverbs 4:23: Above.. read more

Crisis Prevention 2008

Posted on January 1, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

Often new years bring new crises. Here is a plan to perhaps lower the number of crises you and your family may face in 2008.  Much of Christian writing about families addresses various crises in which folks may find themselves entangled in. In counterpoint to these materials, which are often needed, many of the titles from Shepherd Press actually help you eliminate some crises before they actually begin.   The Proverbs encourage you to a life of anticipation of evil snares which may lie ahead. This encouragement begins in the.. read more

Where to begin?

Posted on December 30, 2007 · Posted in Weblogs

This blog is about you, your children, and God. Far too little is written about your children from a biblical perspective. There is much written from man’s perspective. There are anecdotes and hand-me-down intuitions too numerous to count. In 1995, Shepherding a Child’s Heart entered the discussion about raising children. What distinguished this book from others at that time is that it presented a comprehensive view of raising children from a biblical viewpoint. The truths presented in Shepherding frame the discussions about rearing children in a biblical light. This biblical.. read more