By: Rich Harding
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
I have two boys at home, a five and a three year old. As you can imagine, my house is full of shields, swords, legos, cars, dinosaurs, etc. Recently they have been fascinated with the story of David and Goliath. They love to act it out; Noah pretends to be Goliath and Nathan (my 3 year old son) pretends to be David who defeats the giant.
By nature, the human being was created to conquer. From an early age you see the need to achieve, not just receive things. For example, my second son Nathan feels the happiest when he manages to dress himself. Actually, he is quite offended if his mother helps him get dressed. It’s the human being’s nature, small conquests. When a child achieves something for the first time, he makes it clear to those closest to him. I think this...
“Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.”
As a church, this year we’ve decreed that it would be a year of going back to the start.
What does this mean? It means to live and do things from the Biblical and Christian perspective, as God intended it from the beginning. I found an excellent book, which I recommend to all the parents and/or educators, Speaking A New Language by Mark Bellies.
In this book, the author explains a little about how Jewish education used to be with a Biblical perspective. Our foundation and map are in the Word. In the passage from Deuteronomy, we clearly see that God entrusted the children to their parents to be taught by them. IT’S NOT THE STATE’S RESPONSIBILITY!
The Biblical example:...
“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
In His infinite wisdom, the Lord established that the foundation of His relationship with the people of Israel would be for them to always have God in first place and love Him above all things. When we, as children of God understand that we were created to have communion with our Creator and give Him the first place, we will then be establishing our home upon the best foundation, Jesus Christ.
But, how do we do it?
In our marriage
If you’re married, it is absolutely fundamental for God to always be your first love. No person or thing can occupy God’s place in our heart. Derek Prince, the great Bible teacher, shares a few principles he established in his home to nourish his relationship with God daily. A habit he had was to set apart one day of the week only to wait on the Lord...
A few weeks ago, my dad asked me a question. I want to start by asking you that same question today: What does man take with him when he leaves this world? We know that one day, we will all part with this world, and despite everything we’ve done or acquired, there is only one thing we will take with us. My father then showed me Hebrews 2:10, a Scripture that gives us the answer:
“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.”
The Bible says that Jesus was to bring many children to glory and for this reason He was afflicted. In the same way, when we depart from this world, we will present the children we’ve formed in the fear of God before the Lord. In other words, your offspring is your greatest treasure, and that is the only thing you will take away from this world.
Abraham was a...
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me...” (John 10:27)
The Christian life is not a life of rules, it’s a life of relationship. When God speaks to us, He does so with the purpose of guiding us and directing us. In other words, we hear Him to obey. We listen to Him to change and draw closer to the purposes of God. I think this principle is essential to raise an offspring for God. We need to be willing to follow Him wherever He calls us.
AN ADVENTURE OF FAITH
I can compare listening to God to a great adventure of faith. Not long ago, I came upon this passage that describes the type of relationship God desires to establish with each one of His children. I remember that our first test of faith as newlyweds was when God put it in our hearts to give all the money we received as wedding gifts as an offering. Honestly, it was a big step of faith because my husband and I did not have a fixed salary, he had just...
By: Yuri Pineda
To be part of a church that has a vision for families is the best thing that has happened to me. I am the second daughter of a dysfunctional family. When I was very young, my father made the decision to leave my mother, my sister and I alone. Because of this, I did not have a very nice childhood. I grew up with a lot of problems, and with the firm belief that family was not a good idea and that dads were not all that necessary. I lived with that lie until I was 12 years old. All of this damaged my self-esteem, my way of relating to others and distorted my concept of family.
I was 13 when I made the best decision of my life. I went to a meeting where I was able to meet God as my FATHER and had the revelation of adoption and family. That was the day I conceived the idea of getting married and having children.
Today, I want to tell you what that 12 year-old girl, who had serious conflicts, lived, so that a year later she would dream of a love story. Please fix...
Just like an architect can visualize exactly what he wants to build, the Holy Spirit works the same way in us. Look at what the Scripture says:
“but just as it is written,
‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him’”.
(1 Corinthians 2:9)
After receiving this promise in the beginning of the year, I began to pray asking God to open my eyes to see His visions. The Bible teaches us about a man named Abraham. A man who apparently had success in every area of his life. He had a beautiful wife, he was a businessman, had influence in people of high society, and on top of all that, the BIble says he was a friend of God. Despite this, Abraham still had a limit in his life: he couldn’t have children. There was a moment where he thought that just wasn’t for him. But God, in His mercy, motivated him to not give up...
By: Yuri Pineda
This seems like a cry for help we’ve surely heard many times in our churches. It’s definitely what we experienced as a ministry, but it was also the moment we realized how important kids between the ages of 10 and 13 truly are. They didn’t seem to fit in anywhere; they were too big for the Kids Zone and definitely too young for the youth meeting...so now what?
We tend to enthusiastically announce the family meetings and youth meetings, spaces that have been perfectly defined. The Kids Zone (more elaborate spaces) have also evolved in our churches, but many times we fall short when we think about what to do with the pre-teens. This age group can be a headache for some, but when we are able to understand how to work with them, they will become one of the greatest strengths in our ministries. The first thing you need to understand, like I had to, is the great need of giving them a space within the church and an identity. When we...
“Wisdom has built her house;
She has carved its seven pillars”
Proverbs 9:1 (NLT)
I think as parents we are constantly asking ourselves how we can be better parents and what is the correct way to form our children. Many times what worked with one child, doesn’t work the same way with their brother or sister. I think God doesn’t just give us kids for us to form them, but also to form us. Our children teach us to depend on God, to constantly seek Him and to be better people because we know that we have very attentive little eyes watching everything we do.
In this passage, the author of Proverbs teaches us that wisdom takes us to carve (work) seven columns. I think that to form generations for God, carving is necessary: effort, work, determination, and specific goals. But above all, we need to be intentional every day to be able to establish the solid foundation that will allow us to raise our children in the fear of...