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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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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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What to Do When Children Interrupt

When children constantly interrupt adult conversations, it can be frustrating. However, if we respond with anger, we sin against God and our children. Our motive should not be retaliation because we are irritated or inconvenienced. Our motive should be to drive out the rudeness and inconsiderate disrespect from the hearts of our children. If the motive is sinful we might say, “I can’t believe you are so inconsiderate. I am trying to talk to her and you are acting so ugly!” But if the motive is righteous rather than selfish we might say, “Honey, do you think it is kind

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Taming the Tattletale

“Christopher’s not letting me play with the ball!” “Sarah’s calling me names!” “Tommy won’t let me in the bathroom!” Sound familiar? Tattling reigns as one of the most common behavior problems among siblings. Unfortunately, it is overlooked rather than dealt with properly in many homes. Parents often pardon rather than correct the tattler simply because they do not know how to deal with the issue. While some parents are frustrated with their inability to control the problem, others try to rationalize their decision to avoid correction. “After all,” reasons one parent, “if my child is doing something that he ought

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