Gospel Gazette Online
Volume 18 Number 3 March 2016
Page 10

Suggestions for Rearing
Your Children for Christ

Author Unknown

  1. Begin regular spiritual training now and continue through all their developing years (Proverbs 22:6).
  2. Clearly demonstrate to them at all times that God is the most important thing in your life by never allowing other things to interfere with the worship and work of the Lord (Matthew 6:33).
  3. Let their early memories include daily readings of Bible stories and Bible discussions in the family circle (2 Timothy 3:15).
  4. Give them their own Bible even before they can read. Read to them from it at home and have them take it to church services (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). In their preschool years have them begin a lifetime habit of regular memorization and review of important Bible verses (Psalm 119:11, 16).
  5. Teach them to pray by having them repeat after you phrase by phrase. Pray audibly with them daily (Ephesians 6:18). (Never teach them to memorize a prayer.)
  6. Speak often of the joys of serving God (Philippians 4:4). Sing songs together about it (never with an instrument, Colossians 3:16). Instill in them a longing to go to heaven.
  7. Spend the necessary time to be the main spiritual teacher of your children, more than the preacher or the teacher (Ephesians 6:4).
  8. Teach them that lying is one of the worst things they could ever do (Revelation 21:8, 27), and punish them firmly if they do lie (Proverbs 29:15-17).
  9. Train them early in principles of modesty, and then, you won’t have to combat short shorts, scanty tops and scanty swimsuits in years to come (1 Timothy 2:9).
  10. Keep their speech pure by not allowing yourself or them to ever use profanity or even a substitute such as “golly,” “gee,” “gosh,” “darn” or “heck” (Matthew 12:36-37).

Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross

Thomas Baxley

Thomas BaxleyThe song, “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross,” is really a plea. When we sing this song, we plead to be reminded of the salvation that flows so freely from Calvary’s mountain, and we plead that we remember that in the cross alone do we have reason to boast (Galatians 6:14). The cross of Jesus (and through His resurrection) was where love and mercy won the day, paving the way for anyone who desires to enter the blessed light of the bright and morning star. May we never forget that God took on flesh (John 1:1-14) and ransomed Himself for us (1 Timothy 2:6). May we ever live our lives walking in the shadow of the cross!

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