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What is Succes for Your Family
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 19, 2018

…in your presence there is fullness of joy…
 
—Psalm 16:11
 
Most adults are pretty accomplished when it comes to staying busy. But we need to guard ourselves against getting so busy that we miss out on what’s really important.   
 
In Luke chapter 10, you and I are introduced to a woman who got so busy “doing” that she missed “being” in the presence of Jesus. And he was right there in her home!   
 
On this day, Martha had invited Jesus to come to her home for fellowship. And she began busying herself with preparations for their time together. But somewhere along the way, the focus of her attention became more about the preparations and less about Jesus.
 
Making matters worse, while she slaved away, her sister Mary sat at Jesus feet listening intently to his every word. Martha even asked Jesus to tell Mary to leave him and to help her!
 
But instead, Jesus lovingly told her that while she had grown increasingly anxious, Mary had chosen well in spending time with him.
 
You see, activities done in the name of the Lord can never replace time spent in adoration of him. Work cannot satisfy the place intended for worship. There is nothing more important to a Christ-follower than time spent in his presence!
 
Don’t ask Jesus into your heart only to ignore him. Come and sit at his feet. In his presence is fullness of joy!
 
ACTIVITIES DONE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD CAN NEVER REPLACE TIME SPENT IN ADORATION OF HIM.

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A challenge to live morally pure lives
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 24, 2018

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

Proverbs 1:10

If someone dumped a pile of smelly, dirty trash in your family room, you’d probably be incensed! Yet how many families allow the garbage of our culture into our homes every single day?

Did you know the average home today has three TVs, three radios, two CD players, one computer, two DVD players, and one video game system? That’s a lot of the world getting into our family’s heads! And that’s a lot of the impurity and depravity of this world getting into our homes.

The best parental control isn’t the movie rating system or the television and video game rating system. The best parental control system is you, moms and dads!

Why? Because we’re called to protect our children’s purity.

The way we do this is by providing reasonable rules and boundaries regarding media consumption, computer use, dress, and your kids’ friends.

First Peter 5:8 says, “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” This includes your kids and mine!

So we must fight the good fight of faith, and that includes displeasing our kids at times in order to protect their purity.

WISE FAMILIES ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO LIVE MORALLY PURE LIVES.

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Wise families fear and respect the Lord
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 23, 2018

Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

Proverbs 1:8-9

As parents, it’s important to teach your kids to obey you. Because this is how they will learn to obey God!

In the verses above, the word instruction is from a Hebrew word that includes the idea of counsel, warning, and correction. Dads, your role in the family is to be firm in instruction, to lay down reasonable rules and fair boundaries, and to give correction and fair discipline.

The word teaching in the verses above describes the work of a mom in the house. It’s a word that actually means coaxing or coaching. In other words, moms, your role in teaching is to push the kids a little bit like a mama bird with a nest full of little birds.

When it’s time for those baby birds to fly, the mama stirs up the nest, flaps her wings, and coaxes those little birds to elevate!

Parents, I want to ask you today, are you teaching your children to obey you? Furthermore, when your kids look at your life, can they see that you’re obeying your heavenly Father?

WISE FAMILIES COMMIT THEMSELVES TO OBEDIENCE.

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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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