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PURITY IN YOUTH

April 4th, 2014 | By admin

By Aunt Mary

A number of things have been discussed in this blog about young people and their Christian journey. Yes, we are on a journey. A journey to Heaven. It’s my desire to be with all my family and friends, but to encourage them, I must keep my body pure. Even grandma’s have problems keeping themselves pure.

If you read Psalm 119, you can gain much of what David says about living a godly life. He gives us several instructions in that chapter. It is the longest chapter in the Bible, but it is also my favorite chapter. David is such a kind, compassionate writer. He is so honest with God in his prayers. Let’s look at a little about purity. I will admit that I’m taking this from a sermon our minister, Kevin Williams, preached a couple of months ago.  It has some very good ideas.

As a Christian we must live by God’s Word. Why? Because He is our Creator. Eccl. 12:1 gives us some good advice. “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you shall say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’” How true that is and how sad that you people do not think about remembering God when they are young. They always feel there will be time later to depend on God. So sad, many young people die each day.

We should seek God wholeheartedly through His Word. Study the Bible each day. Make it a habit to take time to study God’s Word. The NKJV says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” The KJV says, “Study to show yourself approved.” In other words, we should study diligently.

Never wander from God’s Word, Psalm 119:4. “You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently.” When you study and spend time with Christians, you will not want to wander from what God tells us to do. I always wanted my children to have Christian friends, and if their friends were not Christians, we talked about what did and how they behaved.

We should treasure God’s Word. I remember Senator John McCain saying when he was in prisoner in North Vietnam that he quoted every verse in the Bible he could remembered. He treasured God’s Word. Even when he was attacked time and again by the guards, he remembered God Word. Respect God’s Word. Treasure it in your heart.

Next week, we’ll continue with this subject of youth and purity.

 

PERFECT PARENTS

March 7th, 2014 | By admin

by Aunt Mary

Wouldn’t it be nice to have perfect parents? It would be better if everyone had better parents. There are too many moms and dads in this world who don’t care about their children, don’t love them and don’t provide for them. These children break my heart.

Parenting is not the easiest thing to do in the world. We don’t have a book or a collage class to take. It’s hands on experience. It would be nice to have a book called, Parenting for Dummies, and there may be one, but I’ve not seen it yet. I have seen a lot of  parents who are not aware of what a child needs. A lot of kids are left to raise themselves, which is tragic.

Children who are loved and nurtured, taken to church regularly with their parents, listened to at home and taught to make good choices are your highest achievers. They are the most well-rounded adults. These are children who care about others. Their parents have instilled good morals and standards for them.

Proverbs 22:6 tells us to “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” The key word is “train.” We can talk ’till we’re blue in the face, but if we don’t show or train someone they’ll never do what they are supposed to. Even if we take our children to church, but don’t do anything else, we’ve missed the mark. We, as parents, must train our children when they are young.

My home was a good home when I was growing up. My parents were active in the church, attended each and every service. We read the Bible together and prayed together. When my children came along, my husband and I did the same thing. His parents had trained him the same way I was trained. Today our children are grown and they’re doing the same thing with their children.

Many children live in horrible homes. There is abuse, neglect and bad examples. You can do better even in that situation. It’s been done before. You have to go out on a limb and do what God wants you to do. It’s not easy. Adults will try to keep you from doing what you need to do, but it will be gratifying in the end.

My prayer is for those of you who do not live in homes as God intended. I pray you will find a way to do what is right. You have to respect your parents, but God should always come first. I wish every child could live in a loving home.


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