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Raising Children II: The Blessing of Children ()

Dan Stoltzfoos, May 5, 2013
Part of the Raising Children series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Tags: children, family

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Session 2: The Blessing of Children

What makes children a blessing? Children are a gift from God, and He loves them.
Luke 18:16 Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
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Do our children know that we parents love God? Do we show our children that they are a blessing from God? Children are
a blessing even at 3 AM when they are crying and waking the rest of us from sleep.
Children have a greater need for role models than critics. One way to do this is to read them Bible stories and teach them
at a young age to pray.
C—CHERISH — Proverb 22:6, Ephesians 6:4 Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
H—HELP — Psalm78:6-7 “That the children might set their hope in God”. Help them to learn the ways of God, help them
to learn right from wrong. Help them learn how to get along with others. Help them with a game; take an interest in their
hobbies.I—ILLUSTRATE — Be a pattern. Titus 2:7 in all things showing thyself a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing
incorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech that cannot be condemned.
L—LOVE — Psalm 31:23 O love the Lord all ye saints. Do our children know how to love? God’s love flowing out of our
hearts teaches them how to love.
D—DILIGENT — We need to teach our children how to be diligent, to persevere, to finish the job, this helps to teach them
to endure the trials of life that may come our way, and to remain faithful to God.
R—REWARD — Express appreciation for a job well done, Colossians 4:6, rewards for a job well done may be in order also.
E—ENVELOPE — Get involved with the things your children are doing, their schoolwork, learning their memory verses, or
helping them with things they enjoy doing, be involved in their lives, and let them know you are interested in what they
are doing.
N—NEEDED — Psalm 127:3-5 “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man: so are children of the youth.” Do our children
know that they are needed for things other than work? Children are a gift from God, for us to teach and to train, to be the
servants of God in His kingdom.
--Willis Miller

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