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Your Faith Does Not Cover Your Child (Train them up)

Your Faith and Salvation are personal. My faith doesn’t cover my children and their sin doesn’t condemn me. Although it seems like many parents try and make both of those things a reality in their home.

As parents we need to take time to train our children on the reasons behind our faith. And then live out that faith. That doesn’t mean we can be sinless examples to our children. It means we admit when we have sinned and repent in an open and observable way.

Many times while we are worried about getting our children to school and taking them to multiple sports practices and games, we forget to prepare them for the spiritual battles they will face in high school, college and life. Which is unfortunate, because their eternal soul is much more valuable that their athletic or scholastic prowess and earning potential.

What do we as parents do? I won’t pretend to know exactly. But here is what I am going to do based on the Biblical directive; “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6)

  1. Commit to understanding why I believe. My experiential faith may not work for others.
  2. Continue to read, learn and share the doctrine, life examples and Word of God as given to us in the Bible. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  3. Prepare for the tough questions about why I believe and be ready to give a defense. We should research and formulate our answers and practice them. (Plenty of online videos and books)
  4. Put myself in situations that require me to practice my evidentiary and researched defense of my faith.
  5. Schedule time to train my children and equip them with the knowledge they need to answer the big questions that they will be asked from non-believers and false teachers.
  6. Put my children in controlled situations to experience atheistic and/or false doctrine. And then debrief and examine the proper defense and theology.
  7. Prepare my children to know that even if a teacher or authority figure makes a good case or puts on a good presentation against the existence of God, it does not mean it is true. (This happens in college all the time)

Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die. The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct,” declares the Lord God . “Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you. Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God . “Therefore, repent and live.”
EZEKIEL 18:4‭, ‬20‭-‬20‭, ‬30‭-‬32 NASB

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That Little Gerbil

So, I finally allowed my daughter to get a gerbil last year. She named it Squirt.

She treats that thing like a queen.

The Gerbil has a penthouse.

Apparently they love eating apple wood. So I went and cut several branches off my apple trees and she loves it.

Oh, and the Gerbil has taken over the doll house toys too.

I suppose it’s a fairly good pet. And it’s easy to clean her cage.

So if you’ve been putting off letting your kids have a Gerbil due to maintenance, go ahead and give in. Its actually much easier than the pet hamster I had as a kid. And the Gerbil doesn’t bite like that evil hamster did.

Basketball Mornings and #CrackerBarrel

Early games mean brunch at Cracker Barrel.

We started off with a big win.

And headed out for brunch.

The fire place is my favorite. I really love sitting in front of a fireplace. Add checkers and special things happen.

She played me to a draw. It was one long 10 minute game. She is getting good at this.

Dear Masculinity #Gillette #Harrys

Folks, your razor didn’t teach you how to be a man. And your razor company won’t teach how to be a better man or father.

No, I’m not jumping on any boycott bandwagon. I happen to believe that big companies do sometimes need to weigh in on issues. But it needs to be done in a way that does not blame only one population group for causing the issue. And it should be universally understood as an issue. Not just something that a few people think is an issue.

It is true that there does exist a population of overly aggressive men. That is true. And there is a pervasive poison in our society that pushes men toward unacceptable behavior of many forms.

Yet, overly aggressive people come in both masculine and feminine forms. That’s truth friends.

If every man in the world became a nervous pile of clean shaven flesh meat, there would still be a sizeable population of people who are overly aggressive.

You don’t have to go far into your Google search to find videos of fist fighting females.

The answer is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your actions and thoughts. And any thoughts or actions contrary to the fruits of the spirit should be avoided.

Do man things. Act in manly ways. Don’t be a pushover, and if you are attacked be prepared to defend yourself. Just always make sure you are not the aggressor whether you are a man or a woman. Treat all people with respect and love your neighbor as yourself. Help protect those who are unable to protect themself. Give generously and without grumbling. Provide for your family physically, emotionally and spiritually.

And remember to allow your emotions to have a healthy outlet. Find a good friend to vent to and allow them to vent as well. Allow your gym time to be an outlet for reducing stress and frustrations.

Pray about fleshly temptations and find ways to keep yourself busy so you don’t focus on those desires. Tame your flesh. Go for a run, go lift weights, get on a bike, do something to focus your body on something other than the temptations that harm us and others.

Take care of yourself through meditating on God’s Word, doing Bible studies, reading books to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, and then learn how to capitalize on those.

Doing this will help all of us to keep ourselves in alignment with who God wants us to be emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬26 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/gal.5.22-26.NASB

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