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Are you majoring on the minors?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 13, 2017

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

—Colossians 3:21

When it comes to disciplining your children, do you ever find yourself majoring in minors?

Parents have to be very careful not to break a child’s spirit by constantly finding fault, nagging, and criticizing. In discipline, you and I are to be reasonable, right, respectful, and real.

Now I’m not saying that you should be lacking in discipline. Yes, you should establish firm, age-appropriate guidelines for your children. And sometimes correction and consequences are a part of parenting.

But, many kids are hassled and provoked because parents worry about things that don’t mean anything. Some parents are more interested in pushing their kids to the top of the success ladder at school or in athletics than seeing them succeed spiritually. Are you guilty?

According to our verse today, we are not to “provoke” our children. Don’t worry so much about the things that have little impact on eternity, on their moral character, or on their spiritual strength. We shouldn’t push our children to succeed because of our own failures. Nor should we use our children to compete against others.

Today I want to ask you to take inventory. When it comes to parenting, are you majoring on the minors… or majoring on what’s most important?

Take inventory of the priorities you have for your children. is their spiritual character on the list?

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Are you walking the talk?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 12, 2017

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

—Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Don’t just say it… show it!

This old adage is never more important than it is in parenting.

You know, children can spot a phony from miles away, even if that phony happens to be their parent. They know if we’re simply saying something, or if we really believe what we say.

Maybe you know all the right things to say. You’ve read all the books and manuals on how to raise your children. Today, we can all be “experts.”

But, let me tell you, my parents never read a book on how to be a parent. I don’t think they ever attended a seminar. And my dad had an eighth grade education. But they made an incredible difference in my life and my brother’s life.

How? Because they didn’t just tell me what they believed. They showed me! Do your children know it because you show it?

Do you tell them to stay away from alcohol and then grab a beer out of the refrigerator? Do you warn them against immorality and watch immoral television shows and movies? 

Your children are watching you, so be their hero. Be a model of virtue and purity. You can be the kind of person your child can trust and respect as a role model.

So start showing them what you believe today!

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How wise is your family?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 11, 2017

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…

—Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Do you know the difference between knowledge and wisdom? As a parent, it is important to teach your children with discernment, understanding, and wisdom.

Knowledge is the accumulation of facts. And, yes, we need an education and we need to be able to assess facts and figures. But Proverbs 24:3 says, “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.”

Why? Because simple knowledge isn’t enough. God teaches us to go a step further.  Wisdom is the practical and spiritual application of knowledge. Parents who make a difference teach their children how to put the facts to life and to work. And they also understand that school is not the primary source of a child’s education.

A successful child is never fully educated until he or she knows the ways of God from His Word.

I’m sure you’re aware of the anti-Christian bias in our schools today. It’s a war for the minds of our children! Secular humanists want to remove all mention of God from our textbooks and teachings, which eliminates wisdom from education and leaves just simple knowledge.

So who will teach our children wisdom? Who will teach them about the Word of God and things like truth, purity, integrity, morality, and honesty? Parents. 

As parents, it is your responsibility and mine to impart the wisdom of God at home. If we don’t teach them diligently the truth about God, about Jesus, and about God’s Word, who will?

We must commit to being mothers and fathers who make a difference by imparting...

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How strong is your family?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 10, 2017

Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you…

—Deuteronomy 4:40

How’s your family life? Do you have a strong family?

There’s a lot of attention paid today to what’s wrong with our families. But in one study at the University of Nebraska, researchers looked at the strengths of successful homes and families. They found six common qualities that identify strong families:

Strong families are committed to the family.
Strong families spend time together.
Strong families have good family communication.
Strong families express appreciation to one another.
Strong families have a spiritual commitment.
Strong families are able to work together to solve problems in a crisis.

As I look at this list, I believe the key to each ingredient is parenting. Successful families have parents who take the lead in each of these vital areas.

So, what about you? Are there any areas above that you could work on as a parent?

Do you have a spiritual commitment so that your family has a spiritual commitment? Do you express appreciation to your spouse and children? Do you foster open communication? Is spending time together important to you?

I want to challenge you today, as a parent, to go through this list and see how you check out. Then, determine to take the lead as a mom or dad in each of these vital areas!

Pick one characteristic of successful families to focus on as a mom or dad this week.

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