Disappointed by the ending of the Game of Thrones??

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Last night the HBO series the Game of Thrones came to an end. This morning according to the media, those who watched the show are disappointed about how the show ended. I have never watched a single episode nor truly even understood the plot. Most of what I have heard about the show–its extreme violence, its accepted culture of rape and its dark outlook on life–make it unappealing to watch. This HBO series has been well followed and the books widely read by many in the American Culture. We love stories and we communicate through stories. They are not just informative, but are used to form the the way we see the world.

We live in a day and age where there is a war of who gets to control the cultural meta-narrative (the grand narrative). Whoever controls the meta-narrative controls the culture’s way of seeing what is happening around them. George R. R. Martin, the author of the series, sees the world through a Nihilistic worldview. Nihilism is the rejection of all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless. So this should not surprise anyone that the story ends with no real conclusion leaving disappointed followers.

Every worldview must answer 4 basic questions:

  1. Why is there something rather than nothing?
  2. What went wrong?
  3. Is there any hope?
  4. How will it all end?

To the Nihilist there is no real hope and no point to anything, so even the end is meaningless.

Albert Mohler on The Briefing today spoke about this topic and said, “There is only one story that can end satisfactorily. There is only one story that can end with absolute justice and absolute righteousness. That is the Biblical narrative of Creation, Fall, Redemption and New Creation. The only satisfying end–the only truly satisfactory end is Christian eschatology as made very clear in Scripture.”

That is why we must teach our children the true meta-narrative found in the Bible because only then will we find true Hope.

As J. R. R. Tolkien once said,

“Darkness will pass, a new day will come, and when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.”

Praying for you,

Pastor Tim

“My son’s actions were informed by people we do not know and ideas we do not hold”

 

This past weekend America saw and heard another attack on a place of worship, by a person who had been taught to hate others. This hatred blossomed into murder when he shot and killed people worshiping in a synagogue. My heart breaks for all the families involved. Then I heard the shooter was a 19-year-old college student and my mind went right to his parents and their hearts toward their son’s actions. This morning I heard that the parents released a statement: “Our son’s actions were informed by people we do not know and ideas we do not hold.” The parents continued, “How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, that we are confident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path he took to this evil and despicable act.”

Wait a minute, did I hear that right? Your son was influenced by people you do not know? The parents say this is a terrifying mystery! How did these people influence your son? How did they teach your son so much hatred that it gave birth to murder? Were there signs that they missed? Could this happen to my children? All these questions were circling in my head.

So, I began to think about the places or things that influence teens. The first thing that came to mind was the impact of the internet in teen’s lives. Albert Mohler states, “We’re looking at the entire digital world just about every toxic idea and worldview and political theory, just about every sinful form of thought, every conspiracy theory and every lie, can make its way right onto the computer or the smartphone of just about anyone including that young person in your house.” Each day through technology all kinds of hate and truth are pouring into our homes. What are we to do?

The first step is to acknowledge the truth about the advance in communication and taking steps to guard you and your family. The second step is to teach your children to discern truth from a lie. In order to do this as parents, we must first know the truth in order to teach the truth. Here are some quick tips to help:

  1. Parents-study the Scriptures daily and teach them to your children.

  2. Parents-teach your children the attributes of God. Knowing God will help them know themselves.

  3. Parents-know everything your children are doing on the internet.

  4. Parents-your child’s heart is curious, and this curiosity will lead them astray. Ask questions and be listeners of your children.

  5. Parents-talk with your children. Do not be afraid to speak with them if you see something that concerns you.

Remember, if we only teach children to stop hating or start loving without the truth of God’s Word, we are teaching them to be good for goodness sake.

Praying for you.

Pastor Tim

 

Ruts: The Way of a Woman…It’s a Good Thing: Part II

 

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You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

 

Last week we looked at four points in regards to raising up our young ladies to be women of character. Our prayer should be, as we face the world’s ideas of beauty, desire and fame is that God will use us as vessels of honor for His glory alone.

Our daughters need to be loved, cherished and protected—not desired, worshiped, and ignorant of what this world claims as glorious and good.

Four more traits of truth that can be prayed over our daughters ultimately will point toward the Giver of all good gifts.

A GODLY WOMAN:

  1. Serves Cheerfully: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2. True beauty comes not only from within but that very beauty from within has a source as well. Christ is the very Source of True Beauty and through a changed, contrite, humbled heart God can work. Then, and only then, can we serve cheerfully as unto the LORD. Serving with nothing expected in return is what Christ showed us in His life and death and it was we are called to do. It is a hard task, but by the power of the Holy Spirit—serving others cheerfully can be accomplished. It is also important to recognize that Christ is the Rewarder and the Reward of living a life of service here on earth. To teach toward the eternal and not the temporal should be at the forefront of our hearts according to our Father God, who is the Giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Psalm 116:16, Matthew 20:28, Luke 22:26-27, Hebrews 13:1-3, 16, Psalm 100:1-5.
  2. Stands Strong: “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the time to come.” Proverbs 31:25. A woman has the privilege to be diligent in any duty God places in her path. Now there is a difference in being busy and being a hard worker. Wisdom and discernment must be prayerfully asked for according to what tasks are most important and how many tasks she should wisely undertake. Knowing that all strength comes from God will help with completing a task well and as doing them as unto the LORD instead of an “I can do this all by myself” attitude. Another aspect to standing strong is remaining firm in the faith according to the Truth. It is important to teach the truth of Scripture and that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In this day of a lack of logic and absolute Truth, it is crucial to pray over and instill the Absolute Truth of God’s Word into the tender hearts of our girls. Our prayer should be that they would be strong women of honor and beauty–changed by the very God who breathed air into their lungs and breathes life into their very hearts. I Corinthians 15:13, Colossians 1:23, Ephesians 6:11, I Peter 5:9, Hebrews 3:14, 4:14, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 27:14, Deuteronomy 31:6.
  3. Seeks Christ: “Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.” Psalm 119:2. May we teach our daughters that nothing satisfies other than Christ Himself (John 11:25-26)! Do we show them we thirst?—He is the Living Water! Do we show them we hunger?—He is the Bread of Life! Through Him we are creatures of the Creator—we may become daughters of the Divine and sheep of the True Shepherd. This world will offer glitter and gold that will pass away with created time, but His glorious radiance will never fade and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). May they see that He is not only the Rewarder but the Reward of those who trust in Him and diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Matthew 6:33, Isaiah 55:6, Matthew 7:7-8, Psalm 63:1, I Chronicles 16:11, Psalm 34:10, Amos 5:4.
  4. Sees God: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” Romans 11:33. The engine which propels all hearts, thoughts, motives and desires—the truth that drives us to our knees and to Look up and Live is God the Father Himself! His attributes and His ways are vast and beyond measure. He is boundless, measureless, limitless, uncreated, all-knowing, and all-powerful. When we begin to see Him in His true majesty and holiness and see that He is Sovereign over all, then and only then will we know how much we need Christ in order to stand before the Perfect Sovereign of all. Our daughters must see God in His fullness, through His written Word in order to see who they truly are—a sinner in need of a Savior from the wrath of God. He is the Father of Lights of whom there is no variation or shifting. He is Father God, who gives every good and perfect gift in accordance to His will and good pleasure—for it is all for His fame and glory (James 1:17). He is the very definition of beauty and goodness and from Him all good and beauty flows. May we teach our daughters to see God and study His awesome attributes, that we may see the Otherness of God the Father. Isaiah 6:3, 29:19, Jeremiah 10:12, 23:23-24, Psalm 27:5, 99:2-3, 115:3, 139, Exodus 34:6-7, 3:5-6, Malachi 3:6, Acts 17:27-28, Revelation 4:8.                                                                                                                                                                                                  -by A. Yorgey

 

 

RUTS-The Way of a Woman…. It’s a Good Thing: Part 1

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Oh, there are so many things we want to be as young ladies. We have passions, desires, hopes and dreams which we cultivate in our imagination and share in dramatic form with others. So, when it comes to forming ruts in the lives of young ladies, we as parents need to be sensitive and aware of the way in which God has designed the feminine form. The door to the heart must be delicately cared for.

Fathers and mothers have unique jobs that are God given in the raising of future feminine leaders in our world. We have distinct tasks, yet the two should be unified in their prayers and hopes for their daughters when possible. The following list is a summary and not at all an exhaustive list in what is to be a godly woman. We will be visiting four more points next week. This list will hit on some key traits that seem to be a struggle for not only women, but all mankind—yet we can take each and pray them over our daughters, walk them through Scriptures, and work through situations practicing these traits. Keep in mind, praying that God will give our children new hearts is the only way these can truly be planted in their lives. God’s gracious Arm of Salvation goes before us!

A godly woman:

  1. SEEKS WISDOM“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…” Proverbs 9:10. All is passing in this life. Beauty fades, relationships come and go, but true wisdom gives hope and that is eternal. True wisdom only comes from God. The fear comes in not turning to a Holy God for true wisdom and running away, which leads to destruction. “A woman who fears the LORD will be praised…” Proverbs 31:30. True wisdom gives a lasting beautiful changed heart. Prov. 8:32-36, 16:16, 4:5, 24:13-14, Matthew 7:29
  1. SHARES JOY“The joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10. This joy which is possessed first by God and then given by Him to us will not only saturate our hearts in minds, but then it will overflow and touch all those who surround us. Proverbs 15:23, 10:28, Isaiah 12:6, Romans 15:13, John 15:11, Psalm 65:8, 13, II Samuel 22:20.
  2. SPEAKS SWEETLY“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1. Words are crucial in our daily lives, because out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45) and it represents who we are on the inside. The phrase “beauty comes from within” is often quoted in the secular world, but as Christ followers, it has so much more depth and meaning! We are beautiful in the sight of God because of the beauty of Christ bestowed upon us! Our words should be fitly spoken and be a blessing to those around us for the glory of Christ. Proverbs 15:23, 16:24, 25:11, Ephesians 4:29, Psalm 19:14
  1. STUDIES HARD- “Do you best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15. We are all called to be Theologianseven women! Reading, studying and gaining knowledge not only about the world around us, but also about the Creator God of the created universe. God gave us minds that we may work hard and apply what we know not just to our minds but also, we pray that God applies them to our hearts that they may be more conformed to the image of His Son and know what is truth compared to the lies of this world. II Timothy 3:14-17, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, 105, Proverbs 3:1-2, I Peter 3:15, Deuteronomy 11:18-23, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 6:11-17, Hebrews 4:12

The four points for next week: SERVES CHEERFULLY, STANDS STRONG, SEEKS CHRIST, SEES GOD                                                                                     -by Allison Yorgey

Ruts In The Lives Of Boys: Part 3

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A WOMAN TO LOVE

This final stage of teaching our sons the importance of “a woman to love” is a very crucial stage.

It does not take long for a man to see the truth of Genesis 2:18 “It is not good for man to be alone.” This stage is taught at an early age by both parents. The way a father treats the mother in front of the son is demonstrating how to treat a woman. The father sets the tone for how a boy treats women. The more a father cherishes and loves his wife, the more a boy sees the way a woman should be treated. The father does this by word and deed. If the family has daughters there will be many opportunities to teach the concept of “taking care of the lady you are with.” A boy needs to understand the way he treats his sisters will reflect the way he will treat other girls and then one day possibly his wife. When Percival leaves home in the story of King Arthur his mother says, “You will soon be a knight, my son…If you encounter, near or far, a lady in need of help, or any damsel in distress, be ready to aid her if she asks you to, for all honor lies in such deeds. When a man fails to honor ladies, his own honor must be dead.”

As a boy reaches the teen years, he will understand quickly that he is growing taller than his mother and is stronger than her. Teenage boys respect strength and this is when the father begins to teach the respect of the weaker vessel. Now by stating that the woman is a weaker vessel, that does not mean the woman is weakly or wimpy, but it does mean that the woman should be cherished, protected and held in high esteem. The weaker vessel concept can be demonstrated by this example: if you have china in your house, ask your teenager why the china is placed high and only used at special times? The answer is the value of the piece and the delicacy of the piece. Womanhood needs to be elevated in the mind of a teenage boy. This is the time when the internet will also be defining a disrespectful approach to womanhood. A woman is not just a thing that can be used and disregarded. She is a person God created with purpose. A teenager who elevates and honors a woman knowing and understanding that she is made in the image of God will understand why it is wrong to look at a woman for self-gratification purposes.

Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

 

As the teenager moves into the dating years, the way he treats the woman he is dating will show the ruts that were established in his earlier years. The way the son treats his mother is a good indication if he is mature enough to date. If he is disrespectful to his mother, then he will most likely be disrespectful to his girlfriend. A teenager that respects women will demonstrate it in several ways while dating:

 

  1. He will ask the father of the girl he likes for permission to date his daughter.
  2. He will respect the rules the girl’s family has for dating.
  3. He will respect the girl’s purity.

In conclusion, here is what is at stake. One day this young boy will be called by God to obey Ephesians 5:25-30: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body.”

He will be held accountable in how He demonstrated to the world the way Christ loves His Bride– the Church. The way he demonstrates the way Christ loves the Church is by the way he honors and respects the gift that God gives him– “a woman to love.”

by Tim Yorgey

RUTS FOR BOYS: Part 2

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The second stage that a boy goes through in becoming a man is a job to do.

This stage begins like the first stage, very early in life, and continues throughout their whole life. Teaching a boy that there is a job to do can be even more challenging than the will to obey stage. Adam, the first man, was passive in the Garden of Eden and did not care for his wife according to God’s plan and she fell into temptation. Passivity is something that all men must face.

Passivity means the “acceptance of what happens, without active response or resistance.” This is something that comes naturally to many men. This bent to passivity is why the job to do stage has its difficulties. Boys will just let things be in their rooms, they will struggle with working hard and they will let their mothers and fathers do the work without any resistance. They look at their parents doing the work and think, “if I leave it there long enough, they will pick it up.”

So, how do we teach your boys and young men the importance of a job to do? Establishing a good work ethic is a crucial lesson for all men to learn. The lessons we must teaching during this stage:

1.   Work is a gift from God.

2.   We serve a God that works.

3.   Hard work glorifies God because we are working for             Him.

4.   Work teaches a boy things in life do not come easily.

5.   Learning to work hard at a young age gives a boy a rut that will help him in the future.

 

Work is a gift from God. Genesis 2:15, “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” These instructions were given to Adam before the fall. Boys need to be reminded that work is not a punishment. Work gives boys something to pour their energy into, and work produces skills the boy should use later in life.

We serve a God that works. John 5:17, “But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” Here we see God the Father and Jesus both working. God did not leave us on this earth to watch Him do all the work. We have been left on the earth to be good stewards of the earth to bring forth food and use the resources on the earth wisely to care for it and provide for our needs. In Biblical times one of the jobs which received respect was a gardener. A gardener can take dirt and produce a living not just for himself but for others. When we work and are productive we reflect our Heavenly Father.

Hard work glorifies God. 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”–because we are working for Him. The last Sola of the Reformation is Sola Deo Gloria, which means to the Glory of God alone. When many of the cathedrals were being built, there would be many places very high up in the ceiling that no human eye could ever see. Up in these areas many small stained glass windows were put in place to let in the light. When asked why, these stained-glass window workers would respond, “This was done for the eyes of God only.” Many times, these windows would be more detailed and take longer than the windows on the first floor. As boys grow into men, this truth that work is done for the glory of God alone needs to be taught and reinforced. Boys need to learn the truth found in Ecclesiastes 9:10a:“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”

Work teaches boys that things in life do not come easily. Psalms 128:2, “You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” A boy needs to understand that hard work pays off. Parents need to be careful how they reward children for their help around the house. There are chores and then there are jobs. Chores are part of being in a family. Jobs get rewarded—sometimes not tangibly, but through the satisfaction of a job well done. If a boy is given a task and complaining and laziness are winning the day, 2 Thessalonians 3:10 speaks to this sin: “If you do not work, you should not eat.” Boys stomachs will urge them on–much better than you can, and it is Biblical as well.

Learning hard work at a young age, gives the boy a rut that will help him in the future. There is an Old Jewish Proverb that says, He who does not teach his son a trade teaches him to steal. Understanding that there is a job to do gives a boy purpose and an understanding of what lies in front of him. Idle hands open the door wide for sin and will cause poverty. Therefore, Solomon wrote this:

Proverbs 22:29, “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”

by Tim Yorgey

 

 

RUTS FOR BOYS

 

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“Boys will be boys”

is a statement which is said usually after a boy acts in a way that millions of boys have acted for thousands of years. There is a pattern that every boy follows as they grow from a boy to a man. According to Robert Lewis in his book, Raising a Modern Day Knight, there are three stages that every boy goes through:

  1. A will to obey.

  2. A job to do.

  3. A woman to love.

The first stage usually falls between birth to 18 years old. During this stage, the rut which must be followed is that God has placed the parents in authority over the child and to rebel against authority is to rebel against God. Obedience is so important to teach during this time. It is paramount to parenting to teach children that authority is God-given and that authority must be obeyed as they teach and direct according to God’s Word (Ephesians 6:1). Telling a child “no” does not destroy their creativity. Giving a child boundaries gives the child a framework within to interact and explore as well as exposes patterns or ruts that teach the will to obey.  When I play a ball game with my son, I give him the boundaries of the rug and how high he can hit it. He is allowed the creativity of how he will block and hit the ball within the boundaries of the rules given. These rules are for his safety as well as to avoid breaking fragile knick-knacks in the living room.

This stage is the foundation for how the boy will interact with other boys, as well as a boss or his future spouse someday. During this stage we see boys wanting to wrestle with their fathers to test strength, and during these times of wrestling the father’s strength is seen and respected by the son which establishes the father to son relationship. When the father and son wrestle, the father is showing his son strength under control.

During the junior high years, this wrestling aspect is seen by the way the hierarchy of boys is displayed. The strongest and fastest boy is the usually the most popular. As I taught for 12 years, each year I saw this play out with the junior high boys. The will of the young man who was followed was not always the God-honoring will, but the will of the strongest and fastest boy ruled. The rut that needs to be paved during this time is: we follow God’s will, not man’s willHebrews 12:9: “Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?”.

The will to obey will be tested from many different angles in the junior high years. The boy will be asking the question, “Do my parents really care about whose will I obey?”. Boys will be testing to see who is in charge. They are beginning to flap their wings. Parents should not run to get out of the way. This is now the time more than ever that parents need to lovingly and graciously teach the them to fly.

During the high school years, the will to obey is played out in many areas. This is when more responsibility and freedom is given. Parents should not mentally and spiritually check out. Do not run from angry words, or a slammed door. These are just tests to see if the will to obey is in play. This stage of the will to obey is carried out when curfew is set and then broken. The young man will be asking, ‘’Do they really mean what they said about being late?”. Ruts during this time can be established, but they are established by consistency. The way to establish new ruts is to ask forgiveness of inconsistent responses and then follow that time with consistent responses to inappropriate behavior.

Remember rules without reason leads to rebellion.

May God give us grace to establish the rut of obedience during the will to obey stage.

Next time… “a job to do.”

Blog by Tim Yorgey

PARENTING WITH RUTS

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Many times as parents we think that getting into ruts is a bad thing. We desire not to be constrained by a pattern. We have been told the ruts destroy creativity. Yet children want stability in their life. Many studies have proven that children flourish with routines. Routines bring consistency and structure. Remember in Hebrews 13:8 it states: “Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever.” Christ is the very center of consistency.  As parents, one of the many areas where ruts would help is the area of discipline. Consistency is preached as one of the goals of parenting. Ruts in discipline allow our children to understand what the consequences are for disobedience before the disobedience occurs.

This is helpful in two ways:

  1. Ruts in discipline help the parents avoid rash, angry responses to disobedience.

  2. Ruts in discipline teach children the lesson that disobedience brings consequences.

When my son was 3 years old he struggled with biting when he got mad.  I sat down with him and told him that every time he bites someone he would receive two disciplines. I wrote it out on a sheet of paper and he “signed” his name next to mine. When he bit his sister, we walked back to his room and I read him the paper. I did not have to say anything. He looked at me, turned around and said, “Daddy, I am ready for my discipline.” Now, know that it was not always as easy, mind you, but it gave us both something on which to depend.

How to establish ruts in parenting:

  1. Write down each child’s top three areas of disobedience.
  2. Come up consequences for each disobedience.
  3. Sit down with each child separately and explain how you will be handling things and moving forward.
  4. If you want to date it and both sign that paper, this will hold both of you accountable.
  5. Remember, you never parent with a blind fold. You, as the parent, are in charge. If something needs to change–you change it.

Ruts are dependable and help point us in a consistent direction. We need to make sure that our ruts are pointing our children down a path which leads to God. Proverbs 3:5-6

The goal of parenting is not raising “good” children, but children who love and pursue hard after God, seeking to glorify Him in all things.

Blog by Tim Yorgey

Grace and Law—Parenting with the Gospel in View

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Grace and Law—Parenting with the Gospel in View

One day a little boy name Jimmy was told not to eat the candy on the table. His father told him that he could have a piece of candy after lunch, but Jimmy ate a piece of candy anyway and while he was chewing the candy the father caught him. The father told Jimmy that he was being disobedient and the next day he was not going to be able to eat any candy. Jimmy responded, “Daddy I hate you.” Immediately the father thought of the verse in Ephesians 6:4: Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” So, the father decided to lighten the discipline because the last thing the father wanted to do was make his son hate him or provoke him to anger. Jimmy responded to the change in discipline with a smile and a hug saying, “I love you, Daddy.” Did the father respond correctly?

What does it mean to provoke your child to wrath?

Matthew Henry writes:

“The duty of parents. Be not impatient; use no unreasonable severities. Deal prudently and wisely with children; convince their judgments and work upon their reason. Bring them up well; under proper and compassionate correction; and in the knowledge of the duty God requires. Often is this duty neglected, even among professors of the gospel. Many set their children against religion; but this does not excuse the children’s disobedience, though it may be awfully occasion it. God alone can change the heart, yet he gives his blessing to the good lessons and examples of parents, and answers their prayers. But those, whose chief anxiety is that their children should be rich and accomplished, whatever becomes of their souls, must not look for the blessing of God.”

In conclusion, as parents we need to remember Hebrews 12:11: “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

Jimmy may not have liked the discipline, but the father must remember to teach his son the consequences of disobedience. We as parents must learn to walk the line between grace and appropriate discipline.

We must teach grace, but grace devoid of law is no grace at all.

As Albert Mohler Jr. said, “Many parents want to teach their children to grow in the gospel and give them opportunity to express themselves, but the first duty of a parenting is to keep them alive, so we say to Jimmy do not place the screwdriver in the outlet or you will be disciplined.”

May God give us grace to parent with eternity in view.

Blog by Tim Yorgey