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Parental Affirmation

Children need parents to warn them against wrong behavior and to provide them with consequences when they make wrong choices. But they need more than warnings and consequences related to bad behavior. They also need parents to encourage good…

The Priority of Obedience

Hearing and Doing The word obey means doing something in response to hearing something (Eph 6:1; Col 3:20). More specifically, it means to hear what you are told to do and do it. In the most literal sense, the word is a combination of two words,…

Family Life Focus Review

Lesson 1: Viewing Family with the Right Perspective Both family and church serve an important purpose in God’s plan for the world. As such, they are not competing institutions. For the complete lesson, click here. Lesson 2: The Power of…

The Painful Side of Parenting

Behavior and Consequences Paul uses a specialized word to describe one essential way that parents should meet the needs of their children (Eph 6:4). This is the Greek word for nurture or discipline, which means “child training.” It focuses…

Biblical Child Training

If you are a Christian parent, you are responsible to eliminate personal behavior in your life that will frustrate and embitter your children over time. Furthermore, you should nourish your children by identifying their needs and meeting those…

Meeting the Needs of Your Children

Bringing Up Your Children When Paul teaches parents to “bring up” their children, he uses a word that means to feed your children. Feeding children certainly includes giving them food, but it means so much more than this. In a more general…

Breaking Bad Parental Patterns

Repeated Aggravation The biblical instructions that parents “don’t provoke” their children to anger are given in the present tense (Eph 6:4). This indicates that bad feelings develop in a child over time as the result of a parent’s…

Providing Your Children with Presence

The Need for Present Fathers A man who abandons his family, which is the place where he belongs, is like a bird who flies away from his nest (Prov 27:8). When he does this, he neglects his children, leaving them without the provision, protection,…

Giving Priority to Your Spiritual Family

When you choose to follow Jesus, you may find yourself in the middle of a difficult family situation. Unbelieving relatives, especially immediate family members, may place intense pressure on you to withdraw from your faith entirely or to diminish…