Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,. And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come. Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning. A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm. Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds;. Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.
Whole and total devotion to Him does mean following Him into the market place, into the judicial system, into the political "city gates", into the hospitals, orphanages, and universities. Whole and total devotion to Him means being a part of God's work in every sphere of influence He leads us to.
Whole and total devotion to Him means uncompromising ethics based on God's word and the application of those ethics in the spheres of influence God has placed us in.
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While there, we are to teach those we find to obey everything that Jesus commanded us to obey Matt Whole and total devotion to Him means leading and discipling people to walk in uncompromising Biblical ethics regardless of their position or lack thereof in the kingdom of God. In short, whole and total devotion to God means having an attitude toward discipling nations in every place that God puts us.
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Moreover, we are not do be wholly and totally devoted to Him by ourselves. For our children to realize the practical implications of our convictions, and therefore our faith, they must be by our side. To be an intern, you must do it with the one who is interning you, the one you are apprenticing under, the one who God has assigned as your mentor. We fathers commit a major blunder when we leave our sons at home to go to the hardware store, the gas station, the parts store, and the grocery store. It's great that we take them to mission trips to minister and witness for Jesus. That is important.
But the other trips are just as important.
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That is where our children see us apply God's law in the everyday circumstances of life. Oh, they see it for sure; they just may not recognize it for what it is. As a matter of fact, many of us may not recognize it either. We understand the intellectual aspects of obeying civil law; we even know the practical consequences of not obeying. Yet, it is our duty to bridge the gap between the finite applications of civil law and the infinite transcendental law of God; between man's wisdom and God's omniscience; between man's fairness and God's justice.
We must bridge the gap for ourselves first if we are to bridge the gap for our children. Yet, it is just at this very spot that we parents stumble in our attempt to train our children. You see, it is very easy to train a child's intellect; it is quite a different thing to train a child's heart.
Moses said, "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. Not all of it is very good. God commands us to be passionate towards Him and His ways; His commandment, statutes, and judgements Deut ; His ethics; not our way or the way of someone else.
Jesus said, " The treasure of our heart is very evident in the way we live out our lives. What we truly love most in life will resound into the depths of our children's heart louder than any intellectual Bible teaching we might have with them. Our children know what is important to us. If it is important to us, it must be of importance. If it is not important to us the child wonders, "Why bother with it? The effective transfer of convictions is not likely to happen unless the parent engages the child with the specific purpose of transferring knowledge and conviction.
If you don't engage the child, you can rest assured that someone else will. In fact, there is a vast array of media who will go to any length to engage your child. Parents must understand that the mediums who are engaging their children not only have an agenda, most have an agenda so radically subversive to Biblical truth and ethics so as to destroy the foundations of the family itself, were it so possible.
Therefore, time must be completely stripped away from the ungodly and anti-Christian influences that have so easily invaded our families. The time must be reallocated to the active pursuit of teaching our children Biblical academics and Biblical ethics. This is a conscious decision the parents make; not an accident; not even an alternative life style. It is the only life style option for the Christian parent. There is no room for double standards, no room for compromises, no room for split loyalties.
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Our children will have someone's convictions. As parents, each of us will give an account as to whose they are. As a family begins engaging one another in reading, recreation, community projects, church care, and work, real life applications of Biblical truths materialize into training opportunities that beg the parent's attention. This is when the Bible comes to life as it is worked out in the real life situations that confront our nation, us and our children.
When the father is driving to the grocery store with Johnny, he must determine to capture the opportunities as they come to teach Johnny God's laws and God's ways. The father must converse with the child, point out events that are happening on the highway, in the store, at the check out stand, at the magazine rack, in the parking lot.
Social issues of substance addictions and pornography are crying out to the Godly father to teach his child Biblically based ethics and solutions. Economic issues of taxation, inflation, scarcity of product and labor cry out as examples in need of Biblical solutions.
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Health issues of product identification, ingredients, pesticides, truth in labeling laws; Crime issues of theft, extortion; foreign policies regarding product safety and importing. Need I go on? These are things that the challenging parent can talk with their child as they walk the isles of the grocery store shopping. Talks like the one suggested above obviously take many trips to the store over a period of many years.
A single example will not sink in at one setting. They have to be repeated many times and expounded on as the child matures in wisdom. Accordingly, the parent must have a comprehensive Biblically ethical world view, a plan in effect to transfer their world view, and the determination to implement the plan at every opportunity. Moses' instructions to the congregation was to "teach them diligently. The implications are more like an absolute determination to get the job done and get it done right.
It is an attitude of vigilance; one that will allow nothing to stand in the way of training our children and transferring Biblical convictions to them. Diligence also implies longevity. The transfer of convictions, like a Godly heritage, is a continuing pursuit by the parent with the child.
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There is no vacation; better yet, there is no retirement. For you see,"A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children. That is not a suggestion that we are responsible to do the training of our grandchildren instead of their own parents. I am proposing that we, as future grandparents, have no business entertaining the idea that the work is done once our children are grown and out of the house.
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