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Power Tools of Influence

Posted on May 1, 2008 · Posted in Entertainment

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.. read more

Let another praise you

Posted on April 30, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Proverbs

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;          someone else, and not your own lips.” —Proverbs 27:2 Karen asked the following question in response to an earlier post. I find that my children often point out the good that they do. While I do thank them at that point and express how their good blessed me, what words should I use to make sure they do not crave the praise of man? Something to the effect of…"Yes, I am so blessed by your cleaning up without.. read more

Response to Kyle

Posted on April 28, 2008 · Posted in Apologetics, Culture, Worldview

Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel        who alone does marvelous deeds. Psalm 72:18 No offense intended to the author of this blog entry, or for the one who asked the initial question, but, if Christians are so dead set against bullying, harassment, etc., then why do you constantly promote it towards GLBT kids? If you are so dead set against bullying, harassment, etc., against people per se, then why don’t you come out against those who are doing the bullying, etc…, instead of.. read more

David, Josiah and Mary

Posted on April 26, 2008 · Posted in Proverbs, Teenagers

20 My son, keep your father’s commands        and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever;        fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you;        when you sleep, they will watch over you;        when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For these commands are a lamp,        this teaching is a light,        and the corrections of discipline        are the.. read more

Do Hard Things

Posted on April 23, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Teenagers

22 When you walk, they will guide you;        when you sleep, they will watch over you;        when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For these commands are a lamp,        this teaching is a light,        and the corrections of discipline        are the way to life… Proverbs 6:22&23 These verses envision a dynamic relationship between the word of God and young people. God’s truth should resonate in the lives of teenagers. The word is living.. read more

Why?

Posted on April 22, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Ruling Desires

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these… Galatians 5:19-21 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our.. read more

Protection

Posted on April 21, 2008 · Posted in Communication, Parenting, Teenagers, Toddlers

20 My son, keep your father’s commands        and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever;        fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you;        when you sleep, they will watch over you;        when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For these commands are a lamp,        this teaching is a light,        and the corrections of discipline        are the.. read more

From Young Children to Teenagers

Posted on April 17, 2008 · Posted in Music, Parenting, Teenagers

20 My son, keep your father’s commands        and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever;        fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you;        when you sleep, they will watch over you;        when you awake, they will speak to you. We will be looking at Proverbs 6:20-24 in the next few posts. In this post we will look particularly at verse 22. This verse talks about the intimate.. read more

Mini-Post*

Posted on April 15, 2008 · Posted in Mini-Post

Dan has just posted the following comment about today’s post, Young Children, Teenagers & the National Day of Silence.    You say in your post, "These topics are difficult to talk to adults about, let alone middle school age children. Yet this is exactly what parents, church leaders and teachers must do if we are to prepare our children for the world they will enter." Why IS IT that these things are difficult to talk about? I have some of my own ideas from my personal experience, but would appreciate.. read more

Young Children, Teenagers & the National Day of Silence.

Posted on · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Parenting, Teenagers

20 My son, keep your father’s commands        and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever;        fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you;        when you sleep, they will watch over you;        when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For these commands are a lamp,        this teaching is a light,        and the corrections of discipline        are the.. read more

A Question re: The National Day of Silence

Posted on April 11, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Teenagers, Worldview

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? II Corinthians 6:14 Caleb Land posted this comment with regard to a question that he had that had not been directly addressed in the blog. Thank you, Caleb, for posting this question! I also encourage others of you to comment about issues that have not been directly addressed in the blog, but that you would like to see addressed.  

Glad You Asked!

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