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Hard Question

Hard Question Ecclesiastes 10:12  Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious. . .

What do you do when your preadolescent child, a boy, comes to you and says, “I want to be a girl?”  With today’s culture, and the changing of traditional values, I’m sure it happens more than we would like to admit. Still, the question is how would you respond to this young boy’s statement? If you rush in too hard and approach your 10 year old with overwhelming information, it may cause them to identify more with this type of life-stye. 
As their parent, you need to calmly help them through the biblical definitions of male and female and God’s purpose and plan for them. Should you be concerned? Yes, of course, but do not over react to what your child has said. They may have just heard this expressed by someone at school,  or a friend and they’re testing the water using you as their sounding board. Ask them questions and don’t assume that they have grasped what they just repeated to you. Most likely, the…

Parenting Young Adults

Parenting Young Adults Do you have children that would be considered a young adult? It is important that you, as a parent, have created a bridge from your heart to the heart of your child long before they launch out on their own. They’re getting ready to start careers, find a mate for life and some are even questioning their beliefs about the existence of God at this point. 
The attitudes young people have towards their parents are extremely important; considering they will be leaving the security and influence of their home. When following their God given desires, the remarks or statements made by you, the parent, will either encourage or discourage them in going forward. If a child is discouraged in pursuing their life long goals and ambitions, it can sway them into making wrong or sinful decisions.
What is it that a young adult needs to hear from their parents? They need to know that you are on the sideline cheering them on and not the referee throwing up flags telling them what they …

Self-Righteousness or Saving Grace

Self-Righteousness or Saving Grace

There are times, in Scripture, when someone has come to Jesus and asked, “What do I do to obtain eternal life?” They’re asking, “What works can I do to inherit eternal life?”  No one can obtain eternal life by their own doing, it is the gift from God, not a result of works (Ephesians 2:8,9).

In Luke 18:18-30, the rich ruler came to Jesus saying, “. . . Good Master (Teacher) what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” His response, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” This man was not recognizing that Jesus was God, only that He was a “Good Teacher.” Jesus told him to keep the commandments. This meant that the rich ruler must keep all of the commandments perfectly. If he were to break one, he would be breaking all of them (James 2:10). He tells Jesus of his self-righteousness and declares before God Himself he has kept all the commandments from his youth. He doesn’t think that he is a sinner and in need of God’s salvation. He is mo…

Parenting Teens?

                   Parenting Teens?

If you could change anything about some past parenting failures, what would it be? Would you have shown more compassion, or given more grace instead of coming down with the Law–––the hammer?

As a parent of teenagers your goal should not be to fix them but to try to understand them. Help them through natural life tendencies. Encourage them to adjust and amend certain practices or habits that are not healthy for them to continue in. Have you been surprised by the changes that have come about in your young person’s life physically, mentally, or spiritually? Change is inevitable for them and mom and dad must accept the changes as long as they are not sinful.

Parents need to work together in their parenting principles and decide together how and when they are to approach their child/teenager in grace. The teenage years are very crucial when building long lasting relationships as they mature into adults. It’s extremely important for parents to develop and …