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Response to Kyle

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 joining in? The National Day of Silence is helping to promote peace between people who otherwise couldn’t or wouldn’t agree on anything. If Christians want respect, then they need to […]

David, Josiah and Mary

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 way to life, 24 keeping you from the immoral woman,        from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife. As we finish this series of posts on Proverbs […]

Do Hard Things

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 and active. One example of what this could look like in today’s youth is displayed in the lives of Alex and Brett Harris. They are the authors of the website […]

Why?

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 flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. Ephesians 2:1-3 Let’s consider one basic question […]

Protection

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 way to life, 24 keeping you from the immoral woman,        from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.  Proverbs 6:20-24 The last post focused on the danger […]

From Young Children to 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 activity of the Word being in the hearts of our children. This is another way to state the truth of Psalm 119:11:  I have hidden your word in my heart […]

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 your insight. Dan asks,”Why is it difficult to talk about areas of sexual sin?” Let me suggest at least one reason for the difficulty, along with a suggestion for overcoming […]

Young Children, Teenagers & the National Day of Silence.

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 way to life, 24 keeping you from the immoral woman,        from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife. In the last post we talked about the upcoming […]

A Question re: The National Day of Silence

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!

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 laugh at this conversation and think it is unnecessary or extreme. Where do you start with parents so that they not only see this kind of instruction as possible but […]