Resources on Family

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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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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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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