“I’m still not sure. But the more I hear, the more I believe.” –a young student in the Rainier Valley, on what he thinks about Jesus
“If there’s anything I want to learn from my mom, it’s how to care for people and love Jesus. I want to mirror my mom and her heart for people and love for Christ.” –Jake, 16, writing about his mother, Jen
“Deuteronomy 6 and 11 says, when you’re sitting down with your kids, when you’re walking down the road, when you’re having dinner, integrate, teach, integrate, teach.
Here’s what that means practically: it means that you don’t just drop your kids off at the mall or the store. You walk with them and you’re teaching. All right, you got a teenage daughter—”OK, whoa, whoa, let’s talk about that outfit in the window of the store, OK? Notice the neckline meets the hemline. Let us discuss that. Why do you think that they would want you to dress like that? What are they trying to tell you about your body? How are they wanting you to present yourself to boys? And how will response come from boys? And then how will the response come from your father to the boys who are responding to that outfit? Let’s have a huge discussion about what could possibly ensue in this scenario if that were to be worn by you, whom I love with all my heart.”
You might say, “What? You have the right to talk about your daughter’s wardrobe?” Yeah, if you love her. What this means for us at our house is as we watch TV, I will hit pause, and we will talk, because here’s the truth: class is always in session, and Dad is the teacher.”
– Pastor Mark Driscoll
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A father is to protect his children in a number of ways. To best protect his children from folly and harm of their own doing, a father must teach his children how to repent of their sin.
We’re not looking just at behavior modification. We’re looking at salvation for a child.