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Teach your family God’s word.  Jesus taught his disciples God's word. John 17: V 8, 14

The word of God is our foundation.  It’s what we build our lives on and our children’s lives on.  It is the truth.  It’s solid.  It’s our guidebook.  It’s our textbook.  Jesus said, “When you know the truth the truth will set you free.” 

I want my kids to be free.  I don’t want them to be bound up by guilt.  I don’t want them bound up by worry.  I don’t want my kids to be messed up by resentment.  I don’t want them to be pressured by the expectations of others.  I don’t want them to be a slave to the fashions and trends and the therapies of the current moment that will be out of date tomorrow.

 The truth will set you free. When you build your life on God’s word then you live a life of genuine freedom.  And there is happiness and there is joy and there is passion and there is purpose when you build your life on God’s word. Your kids are going to build their life on something.  If it’s not the word then it’s going to be the world.  Which of those do you think is a more solid foundation?

The world’s trends, pop culture, issues of the day, or the word of God which is unchanging and solid and stable and builds character. There’s no comparison.

 You can spare your kids an awful lot of headaches and heartaches and heart breaks if you will teach them to rely on God’s word as the sole authority for their life.

 If God says it it’s the right thing to do.  So I’m going to do this because it’s the truth.  And I’m going to build my life not on pop psychology but on the eternal word of God.

Parents, God expects you to be the primary teacher of His word.  That means you have to know it.  And for a lot of people that means catching up.  It means catching up and getting into a Bible study.

John 17:8, says the second thing Jesus did, was “I have passed on to them the words You gave Me.”  In verse 14 He says it again, I have given them Your word.”  How do I do this as a father?  How do I give God’s word to my kids?

Let me give you several practical ideas.

            1. If you have little kids read them Bible stories before they go to bed.  The Bible says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

 They recently did a survey of kids in grade school and discovered all kinds of goofy things like most kids think that Noah’s wife is Joan of Arc.

 Sorry! Wrong century!  They’re clueless.  They know more about Sponge Bob Square Pants than they do about Paul and Barnabus.  So they don’t know the stories of the Bible.  Read the stories of the Bible to  your young.

         2. I would also encourage you to memorize Bible verses together.  verses.  “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against God.” 

         3. Make sure your kids attend church.  Don’t offer it as an option.  Make sure they go.  People say, “I don’t want to force religion on my kids.  I don’t want to force them to go to church.” What if in the first grades your child decides “I’m through with school!  I don’t like it.  I don’t want to go!” I would guess for the next eleven more grades you’re going to say, “You’re going!  Whether you want to go or not, you’re going to school.” What parent would take a four-year-old and say, “You’re now old enough to open the refrigerator yourself.  So we’re not going to force you to eat any meal. Do whatever you want. That parent would be put in prison!  For abuse.  Because the kid’s going to be malnourished.  What kind of choice is that?

Joshua siad, "As for me and the my house we will serve the Lord.( 24:15)

Peace,

Pastor Rick

 

 

 

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