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Parenting young children

Here are 24 encouragements, with examples and explanations, on parenting young kids, from Pastor Steve McCoy:

  1. Believe Kids Are A Blessing
  2. Read The Jesus Storybook Bible To Them
  3. Pray With Your Kids Concerning Taking Risks
  4. Teach *First Time Obedience*
  5. Give Rules For Respectful Disagreement
  6. Give Rules For Respectful Interruption
  7. Give Rules For Being Respectful in Public
  8. The Five Minute Rule (Warning)
  9. Pre-Event Preparation/Conversation
  10. Titles of Respect for Adults (No First Names)
  11. Use Timers
  12. Sharing Is Not Requested, It’s Essential
  13. Boys Treat Girls Differently Than Boys
  14. Play Rough & Teach Kids To Get Over It
  15. Kids Sit With You In Church
  16. Ask Your Kids To Forgive You
  17. Kiss Your Spouse In Front Of Them
  18. Talking Back To Mom Is Talking Back To My Wife
  19. Hugs & Kisses To Friends
  20. Disagree In Front Of Your Kids
  21. Keep/Give Away
  22. Teach Your Kids To Sing
  23. Teach Your Kids God Loves Them More Than You
  24. Get In The Pool

Read the whole thing for a short explanation of each point.

HT: JT

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David Murray writes:

The most unbelieved beatitude in the Bible is: “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35). The giver happier than the getter? Surely some mistake? That goes against all our intuitions and instincts. So let me help you to believe it and act upon it by giving you ten reasons why it is more blessed to give than to receive.

  1. Giving obeys God’s command
  2. Giving submits to God’s Lordship
  3. Giving exhibits God’s heart
  4. Giving illustrates God’s salvation
  5. Giving trusts God’s provision
  6. Giving widens God’s smile
  7. Giving advances God’s kingdom
  8. Giving promotes God’s sanctifying of us
  9. Giving testifies to God’s power
  10. Giving praises God’s character

Read the full article over at Christianity.com.

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Well, the excitement or the furor over the Superbowl ads may have died down now that we are almost a week out.  Nevertheless thinking Christian and even many secular commentators are making some helpful observations about what this year’s ads tell us about our culture is like.  Some of it is encouraging and  some of it is disheartening.

Jonathan How comments in “SuperBowl Ads and What They Say About Us”:

As the audience for the Super Bowl has grown over the years, so has the price tag for in-game advertising. With the higher prices, comes increased pressure on advertisers to outdo one another for memorability and influence. The result is that the “line” is pushed further and further every year. Advertisers want to have the commercial that is THE topic of discussion on social media and around the water cooler on Monday. Consequently, a polarization has occurred. We have created two Americas: a noble, inspired America and a sophomoric, risque America. Sunday night’s latest installment of commercials seemed to have brought us to a new crossroads for both audiences and advertisers: will we point to the noble or race to the bottom?

Owen Strachan comments on the ads in his piece “2013 America: Paul Harvey vs. Calvin Klein” and makes

the point that the ads reveal the cultural divide in America, or the “two Americas.” There’s Calvin Klein America, which is sexually obsessed and selfishly motivated, as seen in a ridiculous CK advertisement. Then there’s Paul Harvey America, personally virtuous and sacrificially minded, as seen in a spellbinding Dodge RAM commercial.

Owen links to a piece he wrote for the American Spectator which reads in part:

I think this is what he would see: there are polar Americas today. There is one that celebrates sex, hedonism, and self. There is another that celebrates family, sacrifice, and country. One is ultra-modern; the other is traditional. These polar Americas are competing strenuously for the hearts of citizens.

Click on the links above to see how these two Christian writes see the great divide that is growing wider it seems in our country and how Christians need to perceive and respond to this phenomenon.  These are good reminders that we live in this world but we are not of this world.

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Tomorrow the phrase “in Christ” appears in the text from which I will be preaching.  That tiny phrase most commonly appears in Paul’s writings and some times in a concentrated form such as in Ephesians 1:3-14.  The phrase in 1 Peter 5:10 reminds us that God has “called you to his eternal glory in Christ.”  It is so easy to breeze over these words, but the importance of this phrase is often neglected or overlooked. Burk Parsons recently commented on it:

The believer’s union with Christ has long been a neglected doctrine in many churches, yet it is a central doctrine in Scripture. God’s Word teaches us that we are chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and that we are united to Christ by God’s justifying grace alone through our faith alone because of the atoning death of Christ alone (John 15:4–71 Cor. 15:222 Cor. 12:2Gal. 3:28Eph. 1:42:10Phil. 3:91 Thess. 4:161 John 4:13). The nature of this union is not only that we are in Christ but that He is in us (John 6:56Rom. 8:102 Cor. 13:5Gal. 2:20Eph. 3:17Col. 1:27). The theological implications of our union with Christ are astounding, and it is Christ Jesus Himself who taught us what they are. In John 15, Jesus said: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (v. 5). At the root of our sanctification is our union with Christ. As branches, we bear fruit precisely because we are united to Christ the vine, and we are connected to the vine because of the work of God the Father, who is “the vinedresser” (15:1). Moreover, in His high-priestly prayer, Jesus expressed the profound union He has with believers, saying, “I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me” (17:23). In this glorious prayer, Jesus reveals the absolute majesty of this doctrine when He expresses that our union with Him—the eternal Logos, the Son of God, the second person of the Godhead, God with us—has the direct implication that, in Christ, the Father loves us as He loves His only begotten Son. And since we are united to Christ, we are united with Him in His death, and, therefore, we shall also be united with Him in His resurrection (Rom. 6:5).

Don’t overlook this neglected, tiny phrase. Live in the reality of your union with Christ, my believing friend.

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What a great reminder:

“Faith is rest, not toil. It is the giving up all the former weary efforts to do or feel something good, in order to induce God to love and pardon; and the calm reception of the truth so long rejected, that God is not waiting for any such inducements, but loves and pardons of His own goodwill, and is showing that goodwill to any sinner who will come to Him on such a footing, casting away his own performances or goodnesses, and relying implicitly upon the free love of Him who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son.”

~ Hoaratius Bonar

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