On Being a Christian Parent

When I was younger, I was always looking for the one sport I would be good at without really trying. I still haven’t found it. Some of us are like that with raising children. We want to be good at it. We just don’t really want to work at it. As Christians however, that kind of attitude is foolish. For one thing being a parent is too important not to work at. For another, I guarantee you, you won’t be a good Christian parent unless you do. We have to work hard at becoming better parents because being a Christian … Continue reading On Being a Christian Parent

On Children part 3

Children need to be taught to obey One of the first words our children learn is obey.  We tell our children they have a very simple job, one job, and that is to obey. We usually say to our children, what’s your job? And they’ll say, obey. This is a very important lesson for them to learn. In fact, as Tedd Tripp writes, “THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON” (especially for a small child) “IS TO LEARN THAT HE OR SHE IS A PERSON UNDER AUTHORITY.” Please do not wait until they are thirteen until to learn obedience. I see this all the … Continue reading On Children part 3

On Children part 2

Children can do more than you might think It’s common for people and parents especially to have very low expectations of children.  It is almost as if they think children don’t have responsibilities towards God until they are adults and that they are free to just run around and do whatever they want until then. Not Paul.   Look at this. As he works his way through God’s expectations of believers in their relationships with one another in the book of Ephesians, he speaks not only to husbands and to wives, but he also speaks pointedly to children as well. You … Continue reading On Children part 2

On Children part 1

I thought I might share a parenting lesson I have learned that, well, just might blow your mind.  Parenting…(wait for it)…has a lot to do with children. I know that may be a little bit shocking for you.  Maybe you need to take a deep breath. Actually I am guessing you are hoping the rest of what I am going to say gets a little bit deeper than this.  But stick with me.  Because there may be more to this than you at first think. If parenting has a lot to do with children, it makes sense that if you … Continue reading On Children part 1

Thinking biblically about children part 2

It’s common for parents to have very low expectations of their own children’s ability to understand and obey. In fact, with some parents, it seems as if they think children don’t have responsibilities towards God until they are adults and that they are free to just run around and do whatever they want until then. When we look at Ephesians 6, we see that Paul’s attitude was very different. As he works his way through God’s expectations of believers in their relationships with one another, he speaks not only to husbands and to wives, but pointedly to children as well. … Continue reading Thinking biblically about children part 2