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Children

Children Psalms 127:3 KJV Lo, (behold, observe) children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
The starting place for training children is to teach them to honor their father and their mother. We have all seen children scream at their mother or father in the store when they did not receive what they wanted. That is not a picture of honoring a parent. The mommy/daddy relationship is the first relationship a child will experience and must be the first moral principle a child needs to learn. “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land ...” (Exodus 20:12). This is the only command with a promise.
Ephesians 6:1says, “Children, obey your parents...” Obedience does not come naturally to anyone because of Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12).Therefore, parents are faced with two major obstacles in training their children: first, the world they live in and second, their own sinful nature. As children grow into their teen years, rebellion can surfa…

Love is Not Proud

Love is Not Proud I Corinthians 13:4,5 KJV Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up...seeketh not her own...

Pride cannot coexist with godly love. Christian love is not arrogant or focused on one’s self, but is centered on others. In pride, we become the objects of our own love. In humility, we learn to love others. A person with godly love is not concerned with benefiting himself. The only thing love sees is the need of someone else.
When the Good Samaritan stopped to help the man in need on the road to Jericho, he didn’t concern himself with; “Jews do not associate with Samaritans” (John 4:9). The Good Samaritan did not care how it looked to others. He was there to help someone in distress  (Luke 10:30-37). His humble focus on someone else’s need was the illustration Jesus used in teaching that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. We must be reminded of the most important commandments, “And you shall love the Lord your…

What Fills Your Mind?

What Fills Your Mind? Philippians 4:8 KJV Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 
Do you consider the above verse to be highly important in your life? What thoughts occupy your mind and become more critical than anything else? Your thought life will determine how much you love God, and also, to the extent you will love others as yourself. Your life today is a result of your thinking yesterday and your life tomorrow will be determined by what you think today. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:...” (Proverbs 23:7a KJV).
A healthy thought life comes out of a close relationship with Christ: reading His Word, praying and being obedient to what the Bible instructs. This is essential! As a believer, you need to be sure your ideas about God are accurate, …

Waiting

Waiting Psalm 40:1 KJV I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
I dislike waiting! Do you? Waiting to hear from someone you love, waiting in the doctor’s office, or waiting at the hospital for a doctor’s report. Waiting, waiting, waiting, and yet, God’s Word instructs us to wait.
The word patient or patience is derived from the Latin word, “patientia” from “patior,” to suffer,  to endure. The Lord not only tells us to wait, but to patiently wait on Him. The definition for the word patience is: “willingness to put up with waiting, pain, troubles, or hurts; calm endurance without complaining or losing self-control.” This explanation of the word patience is what God wants for us while we wait for His will in our lives. A willingness to wait and suffer if need be, without loosing self-control, is most definitely the working of the Spirit of God. 
Abraham Lincoln said, “Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time. A man watches his pear tree day after day, imp…