HOW TO AVOID THE SLIPPERY SLOPE – October 27th

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“But you, O man of God, FLEE these things and PURSUE righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.                   1 Timothy 6:11 NKJV

“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing…”                 1 Timothy 6:3-4a NKJV

If you examine this second scripture ...

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INVEST YOURSELF IN GOD’S RETURNS

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A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.”       Proverbs 22:1 NKJV

As we mentioned yesterday, Proverbs chapter twenty-two seems to be especially written as a guide to raising successful godly children. I say this because it contains two specific verses which deal directly with that subject, among a progression of verses that lead us to understand what kind of adult ends up at the highest levels in life. ...

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PUTTING GOD IN CHARGE OF YOUR CHILDREN

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“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.”     Proverbs 22:1 NKJV

Children today are out of control! Nowhere is the lack of discipline more evident than in churches. To Christian parents everywhere let me just say, “Train your children!”

My wife, Bobbi, and I have been married for over twenty-five years and have raised four daughters of our own. We also took in one of our girl’s friends when she ...

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USING YOUR ROD FOR GOD

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“He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, and the rod of his anger will fail…Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it far from him.”    Proverbs 22:8, 15 NKJV

Notice that the word “rod” is used twice in this chapter. It is an interesting Hebrew word referring to a literal stick, which could be used for several different purposes. According to my “Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible,” an Old Testament ...

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THE 2 THINGS EVERY GODLY PARENT MUST KNOW

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“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”                   Proverbs 22:6 NKJV

Yesterday we talked about how our kids need discipline. Today let’s examine two different aspects of it.

A favorite Bible teacher of mine once said, “Anything living seeks to thrive” (paraphrase, Watchman Nee). We probably don’t need a preacher to tell us that, but it is always good when ...

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FOLLOW JESUS’ LEAD INTO YOUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE

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“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”                  Proverbs 22:6 NKJV

Our children are living out what God has entrusted us to properly put in place. They are born to learn and they thrive on training. Notice, according to this scripture, it is our job to prepare them for their path in life. Again, the word “training” is important.

In ...

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GIVING YOUR FAMILY GOD’S BEST

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“Train up a child in the way he should go,and when he is old he will not depart from it.”       Proverbs 22:6 NKJV

Whether or not we are the generation that lives to see Jesus Christ’s return, we should make sure that we have taken the time to “pass on” the faith. This includes preparing others to know Him and to be always ready to meet Him.

The primary place for this “training” is in our homes with ...

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No Matter What

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“Then Elihu…burned with anger.  He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God.  He burned with anger also at Job’s three friends  because they found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong.  Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he…and Elihu…answered and said, ‘But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, the makes him to understand.'”  Job 32:2-4, 8 ...

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3 Levels of Marriage

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“…as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”                       1 Peter 3:7 NKJV

In his book, “The Distinctively Christian Marriage,” Dr. Paul Olson lists three basic models of marriage, which can be inferred from scripture.

Using the illustration of mountain climbing as a description of the marriage relationship, he pictures these as plateaus or peaks along the way. ...

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Keeping Your Eye on What You Can’t See

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“Now behold two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him…Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.”       ...

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