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Preparing Your Child for Marriage

The Bible does not provide children with a specific method or strategy for finding a spouse. In fact, cultures and families follow various models, each with variations. For some it is arranged marriage, for others it is courtship, and for others…

Episode 133: The Way Your Child Should Go

Good people debate the meaning of Proverbs 22:6, which says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” A proper understanding of this proverb finds a balance between two opposite interpretations…

The Way Your Child Should Go

When you fill a balloon with air and let it go, it flies around in all directions then falls to the ground. This illustrates what can happen in parenting. When parents let a child run free, that child will later cause emotional distress for…

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…