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Favor (3 of 3): How to Find God’s Favor

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How to Find God’s Favor

Raising kids to find God’s favor is not a Sunday School class event. It is a daily thing. We pattern them in love for others and God. Jesus parable about the unforgiving servant, in Matthew 18, shows that God favors us according to how we favor others.

Wisdom brings God’s favor

Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. (Proverbs 8:35-36)

Raise wise kids and they will have … → Read More: Favor (3 of 3): How to Find God’s Favor

Favor (2 of 3): How to Find Favor with Others

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How to Find Favor with Others

Your kids will grow up well-adjusted if you teach them how to find favor with people. Demanding, rude kids will have a hard go of it in life. Considerate, kind young people will win hearts wherever they go.

Jesus found favor with people while He was just a boy:

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:52)

This verse harkens back to Samuel, who also found favor with others, and to the book of wisdom for young men:

Let not mercy and truth … → Read More: Favor (2 of 3): How to Find Favor with Others

Favor (1 of 3): Building Skills

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Take Your Boys Behind the Woodshed

In the old days, going out behind the woodshed meant you were getting a whipping. However, I have been taking my boys out back of the woodshed for a different reason. You do not raise great kids because you spank them. You inspire greatness, not beat it in. Working with firewood, my boys and I are learning teamwork, unity, and the joy of work.

One day I got inspired and pulled down my old two-man saw and said, “Boys, let’s see if we can cut wood the way the old-timers used … → Read More: Favor (1 of 3): Building Skills

Silent Lying (3 of 3)

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How to Catch a Liar

Kids don’t just lie to stay out of trouble. They also like to lie get good stuff. The key to good parenting is not to just think of the adult you want your child to become, but also, don’t forget the child you once were. In other words with one eye, look to the future, with the other, keep the past in view. But watch out for that skateboard on the driveway, too.

You know what it was like to be a kid who wanted to get out of work, stay out … → Read More: Silent Lying (3 of 3)