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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Rules for Rearing Children - Part 2"

Rules for Rearing Children - 2"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward."
Psalm 127:3


     We have an awesome responsibility to bring our children up in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord."  God has blessed Central with hundreds of children, and given us the opportunity to influence many future generations.  If we are to do this effectively, our children will have to be raised God's way.  Let me remind you of Paul's warning to the Colossians:  "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ" (Colossians 2:8).  So, we must first of all:  Keep Biblical traditions.

    Now, keep in mind when raising children:  Live a life of obedience yourself.  It doesn't do much good to say, "Don't watch my dirty movies!" or "Don't smoke my cigarettes!"  Children can see right through hypocrisy.  If we are going to see our children go on for God, they will have to see us go on for God.  If it’s right for them to do it, it is right for us to do it.  If they shouldn't spend time surfing the Internet, social networking, and watching ungodly things on T.V. (and they shouldn't!), then you shouldn't be doing it either.  It is not enough to say, "Do what I say, not as I do."  If it's not good for the children, it's not good for you!  "Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?" (Romans 2:21-23).

    Are you living a life of disobedience to God, and expecting obedience from your children?  "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Galatians 6:7). We must practice what we preach!

Stay tuned! More to come!

Study verses - Colossians 2:8; Romans 2:21-23; Galatians 6:7

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Previous devotions

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012
Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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Words of Truth - March 28, 2012