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Use Christmas to Teach Your Children

December 5, 2015
Birth of Jesus

Use Christmas to Teach Your Children

There’s nothing as precious as holding your new baby in your arms, but each time I gave birth, I also felt the enormity of the task before me.  We want our children to have a good life, and good parenting lays the foundation for that. They need to be loved and they need to be taught. In fact, I believe loving them means teaching them. I also believe every parent should teach their children rather than leaving it up to the church. The job it too important to pass off.

Christmastime, however, can be a huge distraction. I love the pretty lights that blink at us from everywhere. Santa and his elves appear everywhere, and you’ll see nutcrackers dressed up with ribbons in store windows. Getting up the decorations and hanging the stockings are all such fun. But none of the glitter our culture spreads about addresses our biggest task, teaching our children. A world broken by sin would have no hope. All the tinsel we could throw up in our homes would just hide the reality of our doom. Jesus came to redeem us, and if we embrace that, all the celebration is worth it. Because Jesus set us free, we need to sing about our joy at the top of our lungs. Psalms says “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!”

There are, however, things to consider when we discuss doctrine with our offspring. If you think about the Old Testament, there are places that it’s x rated because God shows people as they are. You also need to consider varying maturity levels. A parent shouldn’t give a child more than they can digest emotionally. Pastor and author Marty Machowski offers suggestions on how to teach at Christmas and all year as well.

Learn more about Mr. Machowski here and learn more about his writing here.

 

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Family Dinner: Vital Tool

November 13, 2015
Dress for Success

Family Dinner: Vital Tool

Not many of us would consider meal times as a parenting tool, but it can be. In fact, teaching our children good eating habits and manners comprises part of a parent’s mission.  Look at Ephesians chapter six verse four. “And, fathers do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

When we hear that word discipline, we assume negative, that is, correcting our children when they disobey or make a mistake. However, discipline there means nurturing or educating. Instruction includes the negative aspects of training a child but it also pertains to all issues involved in raising a child to be a healthy adult. Food is part of that. If you recall God had even dietary requirements in the OT and some of them protected the Israelite nation from certain diseases that are now addressed through cleanliness and proper cooking.

If we look in Proverbs 31, we can see how the excellent woman provides for her family’s food.

Proverbs 31:14 – 15 She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.

So, since it’s important to train our kids to be healthy adults, we need to feed them a healthy diet. That’s important in their development.

Today I Have Denise Roberts. She is head of women’s ministry here in a local Atlanta church. She’s going to share her intensive research into the impact family dinners have on your child and she’ll help you find ways to implement this in your busy schedule.

Learn more about Denise here. Here website is here.

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Praise for Pastors

October 23, 2015

Praise for Pastors

Have you ever considered ministering to your pastor? That thought might catch some of you by surprise. Often times we think of the pastor as the one who ministers, not the other way around. In America, we tend to have a consumer mentality as we approach church shopping, and look for the elements we need for our family. Maybe we seek out a good youth program or a Sunday school that engages our preschoolers. Still others might scour local churches for a minister who keeps them spell bound when he steps into the pulpit. None of these are bad, but that’s not the whole picture.

God makes it clear in Scripture that we should look out for the needs of others, and he enables us to do that. When someone places his faith in Jesus, God bestows a gift on him to use in the body of Christ. Note what the apostle Peter commanded in his first epistle, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” In fact, every believer has a vital spot in the church body, including the pastor and his wife.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. That may seem like another event the media imposes on us. However, read I Timothy 5:17, ” Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” In light of that, Nan Jones and Patti Harris give us tips on what life is like for a pastor’s wife. Listen and learn how to reach out to your pastor and his family.

Learn more about Nan Jones here.

Nan Jones

Nan Jones

 

Patti Harris

Patti Harris

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Parenting and Praise

August 29, 2015

Parenting and Praise:

For me, parenting and praise don’t belong in the same category. Many days I find it hard to do even though it pleases God. On days when I drag my feet, I remind myself how incredible God is. After all,  the Psalmist said, “Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.” Very convicting. I have to work at it.

My guest, Becky Harling, found added benefits of praise. She shared how much it impacted her life and her parenting. Listen, enjoy, learn!

You can find her here.

 

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He hit me! Domestic Abuse

June 19, 2015

Scripture says husbands should show “…honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, … they are heirs with you of the grace of life…”
Dr Richard Mabry discusses domestic abuse and gives advice on strategies for women caught in it.

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Speaking the Truth in Love

June 5, 2015

Communication forms the basis of all relationships. Dawn Mooring discussed speaking the truth in love. Click here for Dawn’s website.

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A Spiritually Healthy Family

May 15, 2015

What does a spiritually healthy family look like? Michelle Anthony PhD shares what it looks like and how to avoid parenting pitfalls.

To learn more about Michelle Anthony, click here.

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Rape Recovery

May 1, 2015

Rape Recovery: Amber Kay, author of Perfectly Broken, shares her story and lists the elements that led to her recovery. Learn more about Amber at www.ambermauldin.com.

 

Communication, Dating, Divorce, Emotions, Family, Forgiveness, Heart of the Matter, Love, Marriage, Parenting, Responsiblity, Walking by Faith, Worry

The Impossible Job: A Good Stepmom

February 28, 2015
Author and Speaker

The Impossible Job! Stepmoms have had super human challenges ever since Cinderella.  Most say they didn’t think it would be so complex. Laura Petherbridge gives hope and encouragement to women trying to do their best, and she encourages couples to stay married to avoid the problem in the first place. Find out more about Laura at her website.

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