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In celebration of Children’s Day across the United States, remember this:

Our children are a gift from God (Genesis 33:5), they are God’s heritage (Psalm 127:3-5), and they are the crown of old men (Proverbs 17:6).

Proverbs 22:6 is a biblical prescription for rearing children.  This verse reveals two key ingredients in the prescription: First, the command, “Train up a child in the way he should go,” and second, the promise, “when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  The command involves three parts:

The Concept of Training: “Train up”

This does not denote corporal punishment but rather includes three ideas:

(1) Dedication – this is the consistent meaning of the word in its other Old Testament occurrences

  1.                                 i.            Deutoronomy 20:5
  2.                               ii.            1 Kings 8:63
  3.                             iii.            2 Chronicles 7:5

Child training must begin with dedication of the child to God.  Parents must realize that the child belongs exclusively to God and is given to the parent only as a stewardship.

(2) Instruction – this is the meaning of this word as it is used in the Jewish writings.  The parents are to instruct or cause their children to learn everything essential in pleasing God.

(3) Motivation – this is the meaning of this word in Arabic, as it is used to describe the action of a midwife who stimulates the palate of the newborn babe so it will take nourishment.  Parents are to create a taste or desire within the child so that he is internally motivated, rather than externally compelled, to do what God wants him to do.

The Recipient of Training: “A child”

This is one of the seven Hebrew words translated by the English word child and would better translated by our word dependent. As long as the child is dependent on his parents he is to be the recipient of training, regardless of his age.

The Content of the Training: “In the way that he should go”

            The thought is that at each stage of his development the parents or guardians are to dedicate, instruct, and motivate the child to do what God evidently has best equipped the child to do for Him.  This is graphically illustrated by Joshua when he said, “but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD (Joshua 24:15).”

If the command has been kept, the promise can be claimed.  The promise includes the certainty of realization – “he will not depart from it.”  If the commandment has not been kept, the promise will not be realized.  Rearing children is not an overnight occurrence; it takes careful forethought and conscious obedience on the parts of the parents.

The Life of Jesus as a model

The growth, development, maturation and ultimate fulfillment of Jesus’ life is worthy of examination (Luke 2:41)

Love our children…they are a GIFT from God!

Excerpt: Give God the Glory! The Godly Family Life, Copyright 2005, by Kevin Wayne Johnson.

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Across the globe today, together we celebrate “International Tolerance” of one another. Let’s set-aside external differences and come together as brothers and sisters in Christ. God’s Word clearly teaches us to tolerate and be patient with one another.

For starters, Acts 17:26 explains that we (human creation) are made from “one blood” and God determines where we live geographically. This Scripture, if applied to our lives, would eradicate racism instantly! Next, God teaches us against favoritism, i.e., giving respect to some and not to others because of their influence, economic stature, position, or title (read and study Acts 10:34; Deut 1:17; 1 Peter 1:17). Instead, Jesus teaches to apply “The Golden Rule” to our daily lifestyle…do unto others as you would them do unto you (Matthew 7:12).

This is a very simple, yet profound message.  As you go through your day, please consider how you interact with others to brighten their day!

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Around the globe, November 13th is recognized as “World Kindness Day.”  Simply put, be kind to others today. It can be a challenge at times in the midst of this unkind world, but it can be achieved.

Christians represent our Heavenly Father in the earth (Genesis 1:26) and are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). In that regard, what we believe inwardly should be manifest outwardly through our actions, mannerisms, thoughts, and words (Galatians 5:22-23). Thus, one of the nine Fruit of the Spirit is “gentleness” (or kindness). In essence, this character trait, that is learned through spiritual maturity, represents the result, product, outcome, or effect produced by the Spirit in the believer’s life.

Be kind to someone today. Their life may depend upon it!

“Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity (love) envieth not; charity (love) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up” (1 Corinthians 13:4)…The Love Chapter.

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Well…it’s time for another change in season and time. We experienced that last weekend in New Jersey during a significant snowfall.

In the Old Testament, God teaches us valuable lessons about His seasons and how the time is impacted:

“He changes the times and the seasons…He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”

Daniel 2:21

“He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.”

Psalm 147:16

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:8

Allow Daylight Savings Time to cause you to reflect upon the awesomeness of God and take advantage of your extra one hour through rest, relaxation, and restoration.

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