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How to Lead Your Child to Christ – Part 2

How to Lead Your Child to Christ - Part 2

Last week we considered the dangers of leading children into a premature assurance of salvation. This week, let’s look at a few practical ways to lead children into a strong and confident relationship with Christ.  Encourage Your Child When your child speaks of his love and commitment to Jesus, let him know you are overjoyed by his desire to please God. Encourage him to discuss his thoughts and ask questions about things that confuse him. Encourage him to get to know Jesus better by spending time with the Lord in prayer and by reading His Word. You may want to

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How to Lead Your Child to Christ – Part 1

How to Lead Your Child to Christ

All Christian parents long for the day their child receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. “Mommy, I asked Jesus to be my Savior,” brings tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts. As parents desiring God’s abundant life for our children, we should be overjoyed to hear those words. However, as wise shepherds over their hearts, we should be very cautious. Leading our children to Christ involves much more than guiding them in a simple prayer. It’s living an example before them of what it means to walk with Christ on a daily basis. It’s teaching them God’s

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Cultivating Unity Among Siblings

Cultivating Unity Among Siblings

Today’s culture would like for us to believe it is normal for siblings to not get along and not like each other. This is readily seen in the media. Rarely do movie or television siblings treat one another with respect and affection. They are usually fighting, yelling, name-calling, or belittling each other with mocking, sarcastic, and even hateful remarks. This sort of behavior has not only become accepted in many homes, it has become expected. It is viewed as normal. However, Jesus commands us to “love one another” (John 13:34) and to “not look to your own interests, but to

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The Top 6 Discipline Mistakes Most Parents Make

The Top 6 Discipline Mistakes Most Parents Make

Do you find yourself threatening, repeating your instructions, or raising your voice in an attempt to get your children to obey? Are you frustrated because nothing seems to work? It could be that faulty child-training methods have snared your line of thinking. A quick bribe or mild threat looks appealing to a parent’s appetite for gaining control of a child, especially in a hurried situation. So, we take the bait – hook, line, and sinker. It’s not until later we realize we’re caught in a tangled net of ineffective parenting. We must remember our goal is not merely for our

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The Faithful Fork

The Faithful Fork

With shoulders slumped and a downcast look, my daughter Alex plopped down on the couch, crushed that she wasn’t cast the lead role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She was thirteen and her life was over (always a flare for the dramatic). “Alex, Honey, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other plays,” I encouraged. “Right, but I’m a fork in the Be My Guest ensemble. I mean, couldn’t I at least have gotten Babette the feather duster or Chip the teacup? I’m nothing more than flatware, Mom!” she complained. Wanting to encourage her with

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