A great article at Desiring God, by Voddie Baucham, on the significance of a father’s influence on his children.
A short excerpt from the article:
“Children were created to respond to the influence of a father. A man can have a complete lack of influence in his personal and professional life, but the day he becomes a father, all of that changes.” Voddie Baucham
If you happen to be in the area, come and enjoy a cup of coffee and an informal time of teaching and conversation on family worship at Breaking New Grounds coffee house this Thursday evening, August 27th, at 7:00 p.m. I would love to see you there!
Breaking New Grounds
14 Market Square
Portsmouth, NH 03801
It is every Christian parents longing to see their children come to know Christ and to live a vibrant Christian life. In this regard, so many questions come to mind; How do I reach my child with the gospel? At what age are they old enough to understand and truly believe? Should I lead them in a “salvation prayer”?
These, and many other questions regarding our children’s salvation, will be addressed at the Childhood Conversion seminar, with speakers, Jim Elliff and Steve Burchett, of Christian Communicators Worldwide, that we are hosting on June 19th, at the Hiawatha Camp & Retreat Center, in Wichita, KS, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
We hope you will make plans to attend. All are welcome! Childcare will be provided. Invite some friends!
This is a FREE seminar. We simply ask that you email to let us know how many adults and children you expect to have in attendance, for our planning and preparations, at: firstname.lastname@example.org That would be a tremendous help!
We are looking forward to a great night of fellowship together around the Word of God as it pertains to ministering to the souls of our children.
You can access and download a seminar flyer here.
We just posted a new Wisdom Page, Living From The Heart. You can access, download and print it from the TFWRC Free Resources page.
An excellent article by Steve Watters, at CBMW : Does Your Schedule Know You Are A Christian Dad?
We have a new Wisdom Page, Listening to Advice, available at the TFWRC Free Resources page. You can check it out at: Free Resources
I find it easy to slip in to the mode of putting me at the center of any hope that I have for my children’s salvation and spiritual growth. If I just share enough Scripture with them. If I am just a good enough example for them. If I just protect them from negative influences well enough. If I, I, I… The problem with too much I is that it doesn’t leave much room for the Lord.
Of course, I am not meaning that God can’t work when I become imbalanced in my approach to parenting – when I depend too much on myself for a “good” spiritual outcome in my children’s lives. Rather, I am so grateful that God so graciously works even in the midst of my sometimes lop-sided tendencies – and that is just the point.
It is good for me to be reminded that in God’s economy, while I am called to spiritually labor in the fields of my children’s lives, it is God who I must depend upon to ultimately bring the increase. When I have that reality in mind, I am so much more apt to saturate my labors, and the hearts of my children, in fervent prayer. At least one thing that prayer says, is, “God, I need you!” And that is so true in my parenting.
Here is a good word and reminder from J.C. Ryle on the importance of prayer as we invest spiritually in our children’s lives:
Without the blessing of the Lord, your best efforts will do no good. He has the hearts of all men in His hands, and unless He touches the hearts of your children by His Spirit, you will wear yourself out for nothing. Therefore, water the seed you sow in their minds with unceasing prayer. The Lord is far more willing to hear than we are to pray; far more ready to give blessings than we are to ask them—and, oh, how He loves to be petitioned for our children. And I set this matter of prayer before you, as the capstone and seal of all you do. I believe the child of many prayers is seldom cast away. [The Duties of Parents; J.C. Ryle, (1816-1900)]