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July 25th, 2014 | By admin

By Aunt Mary

Neighbors of ours have a granddaughter who left home because she couldn’t get along with her mother. The grandparents found her living with her boyfriend and they brought her to their house. They set ground rules, which she didn’t like, and told her they’d help her with her college expenses. I commend them for that, but what about the parents? Why are they not being parents?

God blesses us with wonderful children. They are clean and pure when He gives them to us. It’s up to us as parents how we raise them. We can”t leave them to their own devices. A parents’s role is not easy. It’s hard to be the bad guy, but we much to instruct our children. We, as parents, should be guiding our children and nurturing them in the faith of God. It’s our responsibility to train them up to be Christians. Too many in the world today don’t believe that, but it’s the way God intended it to be.

No one should expect the church to teach their children all they need to know. If a Sunday School teacher is lucky, she will have a child for one hour and thirty minutes each week. There is only so much we can teach that child in that time period. Out of the 168 hours in each week, a parent has 166.5 hours to teach their children. By the time you subtract school, sleeping, and a few other activities, a parent has approximately five hours a day to teach their child. That’s thirty-five hours a week that could be spent in teaching.

God saw the need for parents to teach their children. In Deuteronomy 11:19-20, Moses is instructing the children of Israel how to teach their children. This is what God told Moses. “‘You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.’” God is telling the parents to talk to their children about His Word, even have it written where the children can see it.

Parents have other duties toward their children as found in Ephesians 6:4. “and you, Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” We are to train our children in what is write and what the Bible teaches.

Children have responsibilities also as found in Ephesians 6:1-3. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your fathers and mothers,’ which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’” This is your responsibility as a child. Parents should be teaching their children to obey, but sadly that’s not true all the time.

My prayer is that you live in a home where you are respected and you respect your parents.


May 2nd, 2014 | By admin

By Aunt Mary

Have you ever thought what would have happened in the world if some of God’s chosen hadn’t followed His word completely? An example is Moses. In Deuteronomy 32:51-52 God tells Moses, as he is about to die, “because you trespassed against Me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the Wilderness of Zin, because you did not hallow me in the mist of the children of Israel. Yet you shall see the land before you, though you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving to the children of Israel.” It probably seemed a minor thing to Moses to do what he felt was right, but was it? It cost him a lot. He never set foot in the land of Canaan.

The Bible is full of instructions today that we must obey to enter Heaven. We can decide we think something is better as Moses did, but at the end find out it was wrong. Just like Joshua when he was getting ready to march around Jericho, we have to do everything the Bible says. Not part of it or just the parts we like, but all of it.

What if Joshua had decided to not march around Jericho seven times the last day? Would the walls have fallen down? I don’t think so. See, God gave Joshua a specific commandment. Joshua 6:3-5 is God’s commandment to Joshua. “3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days.4 Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.”

Would Joshua have made the priests march in the rain, in the cold or in the snow? Yes, that was God’s commandment. Today we make so many excuses to keep from doing what God has commanded. We may say, “The hymns sound better with an organ.” Can you find where God commanded us to listen or sing with an organ in the New Testament? David, although he used an instrument, wrote in Psalm 104:12,”By them the birds of the heavens have their habitation; they sing among the branches.” In Ephesians 5:19 we read, “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” We have to know what we’re singing and understand it. We also sing together to encourage each other.

The Bible is very specific. God is very specific. We have to obey what He says, not what we want to.

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