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Posted on April 10, 2008 · Posted in Parenting

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 As a follow up to the post on April 8, Don Fields made the following comment. Good stuff. I think most parents would read this and think, "Impossible. Unrealistic. You’re dreaming." They have no foundation for this type of conversation with their children. They might even.. read more

With all Your Heart

Posted on April 8, 2008 · Posted in Family Worship, Parenting, Worldview

Hear, O  Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD  your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. — Deuteronomy 6:4-6 And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,.. read more

Adultery: 81 % / Premarital Sex: 45%

Posted on April 4, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Worldview

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrew 13:4 In the last post we looked at a USA Today article regarding the way that Americans view sin. The article contained a survey listing various activities and the percentage of Americans who thought these activities were sin. Eighty-one percent of those surveyed thought that adultery was a sin. However, only 45% of this same group thought that having sex before marriage was a sin. This.. read more

Almost Always…

Posted on April 2, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Parenting

The fear of the LORD leads to life:   Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.  —Proverbs 19:23 The fool says in his heart,        "There is no God."  —Psalm 14:1 Note: a number of blogs and web sites have commented on this study.  It is important for parents to understand the movement of our culture towards a relativistic view of sin. USA Today, on March 19th, reported on the state of sin in  America. In an article titled “Has the notion of sin been lost?” the Nations’ Newspaper.. read more

Authority for building up

Posted on March 31, 2008 · Posted in Authority, Parenting, Proverbs

He who answers before listening—        that is his folly and his shame. Proverbs 18:13 This post is directed to husbands and fathers. However, wives and moms are free to read as well. You may even want to forward this post to your husbands. Men, God has charged us with leading our families. The biblical basis for our leadership is found in such passages as Eph. 5:25-33 and Eph. 6:4. This leadership is an awesome responsibility. We are to represent Christ to our wives and children. In 2.. read more

The Fear of the Lord and Worldview

Posted on March 28, 2008 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Parenting, Worldview

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,   but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7 The cornerstone of a biblical worldview must be the fear of the Lord. Understanding how this world really works is impossible without the fear of the Lord. Recall the definition of worldview from the last post: the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world. If your children interpret their world without the fear of the Lord they will never be wise. Practically speaking, this means that the observations.. read more

Using the Psalms to Build Worldview

Posted on March 27, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Worldview

Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?"   Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD. You have filled my heart with greater joy   than when their grain and new wine abound. Psalm 4:6&7 Several recent posts addressed the concept of worldview and children. The American Heritage Dictionary defines worldview this way: The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world. Do you see why teaching about worldview is an important part of parenting? Your children are born interpreting their world from.. read more

Why do you read parenting books?

Posted on March 22, 2008 · Posted in Parenting

Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;   rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;   teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,   and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:8-10 The obvious answer to this question is “to become a better parent.” But will the book you are reading really help you? Processing the information that you.. read more

Criticism – Something to Value

Posted on March 18, 2008 · Posted in Criticism_, Parenting, Proverbs

11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline   and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,   as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:11-12 Criticism would make few top 10 lists of favorite gifts. While the Proverbs don’t use the term criticism, there are many passages that talk about receiving a rebuke. Almost surprisingly, the Proverbs teach that receiving a rebuke is often a good thing. Chapter 9 goes so far as to say that a wise man will.. read more

Preparing Your Children for Criticism

Posted on March 11, 2008 · Posted in Criticism_, Parenting

Like a coating of glaze over earthenware        are fervent lips with an evil heart. Proverbs 6:23 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,        and a flattering mouth works ruin. Proverbs 6:28 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;        someone else, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,        but an enemy multiplies kisses. Proverbs 27:6 The section of Proverbs from   6:23 – 27:6 has some profound things to say about.. read more

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