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Are you praying with your children?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 21, 2017

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.

—Psalm 127:4

How can you make sure your children head in the right direction in life? By leading them there!

Parent, your children are looking to you for an example. All the limits and rules in the world can equal a big zero without leadership. You and I must set an example for our children through our personal habits, our work ethics, our worship life, our church involvement, and much more.

Consider the story of Jotham in 2 Chronicles 27 and 28. Jotham was angry because his father, King Uzziah, was chastised and corrected in the temple. So, when Jotham became king, he refused to attend worship services. But Jotham paid a terrible price for it. When his son became king, he became an idol worshipper and even sacrificed his own children, Jotham’s grandchildren!

I want my children to know what I believe. Don’t you? If you want them to share your faith and follow in your footsteps, you first have to make footprints. You and I have to walk the talk!

Your leadership will make an eternal difference in the life of your child. You can give them love and limits. And most importantly, you can give your children the Lord.

You do this by talking about your faith with them, by being open about what you believe, and by sharing your love of God in your daily life.

Don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes and ask for God’s help in front of your children. Tell them Bible stories. Have family devotional time. Pray with your children.

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Discipline and respect in the home.
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 20, 2017

Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

—Proverbs 22:6

One of the most important things you can teach your children is respect.

Because unless a child learns respect, they learn rebellion. Children need to be taught respect for God, for parents, for school authorities, and for church leaders.

The reason is because we are each born with the inclination to rebel and disobey. As Proverbs 22:15 says, “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.”

Now, I know that the “rod of discipline” is a controversial subject in today’s society. But regardless of where you stand on spanking your children, every child needs discipline.

So how do you know when should you should discipline your child?

  • You should discipline your child when he or she willfully disobeys, not matter what their age.
  • You should discipline your child when he or she steps out of bounds. Make sure your children know what the boundaries are and correct them when they break the rules.

Make the rules fair and reasonable—don’t major in the minors—but enforce the boundaries. When you teach and discipline your children on those things that are precious, valuable, and eternal, you’ll give them something to live by. And you’ll help grow them into the men and women God created them to be.

Are you modeling respect for God, parents, school authorities, and church leaders in your home?

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Tell your children you love them, today!
By Jack Graham | July 19, 2017

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.

—Psalm 127:3

Do your children know that you love them unconditionally? Do they believe that no matter what they face, no matter how they fail, you love them without question?

As parents, you and I have to look into our children’s eyes and tell them that, yes, there are rules and standards in the home, but nothing they do can stop you from loving them. Your children must know that you love them absolutely and unconditionally.

Why? Because that’s how much God loves us. He loves us not based on our performance or appearance. By His grace He accepts us as we are… warts and all. And when you love your child as God loves you, it will impact your child for life.

You and I need to tell our children we love them, but we also have to show them!

How do you show love? First, with acceptance. A child needs at least one place on earth where he or she is accepted. Now, I’m not suggesting you lower your morals or your values.

But if your son or daughter gets into trouble, are you going to love them through it? Can your child come to you and share their hurt, brokenness, and sin and find forgiveness, love, and acceptance?

Love is not only expressed in acceptance, but also in affection. Your home needs to be filled with love and affection. And one of the best ways you can show your child acceptance and affection is through your time.

You also show love through affirmation. Are you constantly finding fault in your child? Or...

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Find a church home and get involved.
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 18, 2017

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

—John 14:3

Did you know that God has prepared an eternal home for you? If you‘ve accepted Christ as your Savior, you probably do.

Jesus came to earth, died on the cross, and rose again so that you and I might go to heaven, our eternal home.

As He said in John 14:1-3, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

But God also created a spiritual home on earth for you and me—your church.

Jesus said, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). You and I need to know and experience the fellowship of faith in the family of God known as His Church.   

Maybe you come from a broken home. Or maybe you have a large extended family. Whatever your personal family is like, you can still find strength, love, and encouragement in your local church.

Find a church home and get involved!

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Are you willing to live for your family?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 17, 2017

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

—Ephesians 6:4

America is in danger of losing an entire generation of young people. Why? I believe it’s because of a lack of male leadership in the home.

There is a war against the family with high stakes. And the key to winning this war is leadership. We need men to enlist in the war on the family.

Now, if you are a dad, I know you’re probably willing to lay down your life for your children.

 

But my question to you is this: Are you willing to live for your family? Are you willing to sacrifice your life now for your children?

What our children need today is men of spiritual quality who are devoted to their families… real men who raise their children both with strength and sensitivity, and who are in tune with their children’s needs.

Here are a few ways to do this…

  • Give your child enough freedom to enjoy life without being overprotective.
  • Don’t show favoritism or compare your children to each other.
  • Offer encouragement, not discouragement.
  • Don’t force your child to be something he or she is not.
  • Spend time with your children. Show them you love them.
  • Never, ever be cruel.
  • Raise your children with strong spiritual direction. That means we’re to provide protection, correction, and instruction.

As dads, you and I should have a passion for excellence in parenting. We have the responsibility to bring our children up with the training and admonition of the Lord. They need to know about rewards...

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