By: P. Rich Harding
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.“
There is so much in this last section of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (actually Ephesians I think is my favourite of Paul’s letters). However, this verse always stands out to me every time I read it. “Father’s don’t provoke your children.” In my experience this is nearly always the other way around, I have two boys, my eldest Noah is 4 and really knows how to provoke his dad!
But the Bible doesn’t say, kids don’t provoke your parents, but honor them. So what then? Do we really provoke our kids, and if so in what way?
“Do we really provoke our Kids?”
Yes, is the short answer. It doesn’t matter how old they are, we can provoke our kids to anger with the way we treat them. Here are two ways I...
“Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, and said, “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.”” Judges 13:8
The responsibility of raising children in the fear of the Lord is one of the greatest tasks God has given the human being. When Manoah, Samson’s father, and his wife, learned they were going to be parents and that the son God was giving them had been chosen to be a great servant of God, they made the best decision. They went to God and said, “Lord, teach us how to be parents. You know better than anyone how we should raise our children, help us please.”
I think the wisest thing we could do as parents is approach the Creator of the universe who formed us in the womb and understands us perfectly, in Him there is divine wisdom. The only thing we need is a humble and open heart to listen to the direction the Lord has for...
By: Ps. Rich Harding
Becoming a father changed my entire life (such a cliché, I know). I began to think more and more about fatherhood, and as a result, of the father figure in my life.
I am very fortunate to have a great father, who invested time and effort in developing his relationship with each of his children. He truly was a great example in my life and he quickly became one of my best friends. What is it about my dad that I love and that inspires me to imitate him? I can summarize it in three things.
One of the things I love about my dad is that he was the Family Provider. The Bible says: "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." They are strong words from the most prolific writer of the New Testament, words that bring a little more than just conviction. But as far as my dad is concerned, he definitely worked hard.
The problem is that...