By: Pastor Bob Lauver
One of our responsibilities as believers is to train up our children, grandchildren and heritage, in the ways of the Lord and also how to live a respectful, proper Christian life in these days we live in. The following are a few ways that I feel are important to impart to our children.
1. We must lead our young ones to Jesus Christ, to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring them to the House of the Lord and to train them how to pray and know the Word of God, the Bible.
2. Our children need to learn obedience, discipline, correction, rules and that choices have consequences. (Eph. 6:1-2)
3. Children need to be trained to respect people and property, honor their parents and authority and be considerate of others that they come in contact with.
4. I believe that children need to be taught to work, earn money, save and how to spend properly. They need to learn the value of things that God provides for us and to give to God from their money.
5. Manners and etiquette are also important to teach. How to say: please, thank you, excuse me, I’m sorry. Table manners are important to teach and to train children to not be rude and disruptive.
6. We must show our children how to be: honest, always truthful, loving, kind, forgiving and how to be friendly and how to choose good friends.
7. Children should be taught to be helpful, to learn how to serve mom and dad and others and how to be responsible and to do their chores with excellence.
8. We should teach our children how to conquer their fears, challenges and what seems impossible for them to accomplish. With God’s help, all things are possible. (Phil.4:13)
9. We must teach our children the power of moral purity, Godliness and how to live holy lives in an ungodly culture. At some point, teach your young ones about sex as taught to us in the Word of God. Not more than they are ready for, using wisdom, timing and God’s leading and help.
God says in 2 Timothy 4:12 to Timothy, “Be an example”. This is a must for us. We must do more that teach with words, we must train with our life style. Kids learn more from what they see than from what they hear. May God help us and may God bless you as you train your heritage.
By Pastor Bob Lauver
There are times that we walk through valleys in our life, times of confusion, the unknown and times where there seem to be no answers nor help. Romans 15:13 says, "May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace, as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. God is a God of Hope. "God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope."
Yes, we serve a God of hope. There is nothing too large for Him. Someone has said, "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."
Let me give you two verses from God's Word to help you build your faith and hope.
2 Corinthians 4:18 - Keep your eyes on the greatness of God, and not on the immediate problem that you have.
Isaiah 26:3 - Keep your mind on God, His promises, His love for you, His miracle working power and how He has helped people in the past. He has not changed.
There is Hope for you in Christ Jesus. He wants to be your Savior, your Lord and your Hope and Help. Turn to Him now in prayer, receive Him, He is your help.
By: Dave Messenger
Did you ever think that you know God pretty well and that that you have learned a great deal about Him. It seems to me that every time I think that way He usually makes me realize that I really don't know Him all that well and that I know much less about Him than I could.
I believe God desires that we learn to know Him on a more personal level and to know more about Him. In order to know someone better it requires a conversation with them. A conversation is two-way. A conversation not only requires speaking by one party but it requires listening by the other party. Did you ever have a "conversation" with someone and they did all of the talking and you couldn't get a word in edgewise? I believe that is sometimes how we treat God. We do all of the talking and don't give Him a chance to talk back to us. If we would spend more time "conversing" with God rather than to God perhaps we would receive more answers to life's problems, challenges, whatever we are in need of, or are seeking God for answers to. If we do all of the talking and God is only allowed to listen, how is it that we expect Him to answer us? The dictionary defines "converse" as: to talk informally with another or others; exchange views, opinions, etc. by talking. Wow! So if we talk with God informally and exchange our views and opinions with Him and allow him to talk back to us by telling us His views and opinions, wouldn't we have a much greater understanding of God and know him better. Proverbs 2:6 (NLT) says that "For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding." In order to gain that wisdom, knowledge and understanding we must first learn to listen to what He is saying to us.
If we are intently listening for God to speak to us I believe He can also speak to us through: His Word, other people, a time of worship, a time of prayer, a time of fasting. Don't you think that if we would only be patient and sit quietly just listening for God to speak to us perhaps we would receive more answers? We shouldn't always come to God by just making our requests only known to Him and doing all of the talking. Sometimes I think we need to develop that intimate conversation and relationship with Him and learn to just listen for the sound of His voice.
Did you ever call out to your pet to come or to do something, whether it be a dog or another animal? Do they not know the sound of their master's voice? They are not only obedient to that voice but they know the sound of their master's voice very well. How much more should we know the sound of our Master's voice, like the scripture says in John 10:27 (NLT) "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." When He speaks to us we should listen and hear what it is that He has to say to us.
By: Pastor Bob Lauver
And Azariah went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. II Chron. 15:2 NASB
What a word for our nation at this time, as we have crowned our president for a second term as the leader of the United States of America. And oh yes, this is also a great word for Churches across our land and even for families. We cannot assume that the Lord is with us just because we are Americans and that we used to fear God in the past. God plainly says here, “The Lord is with you when you are with Him.”
And again He says, “if you will forsake Him, He will forsake you.” Now that is a sobering thought. Do you think that God stands with our nation as we: slaughter millions of innocent babies, as we openly condone the practice of Sodomy, as we forbid the mention of His Name in our schools and colleges, and forbid our children to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ, calling it a winter Holiday instead of Christmas.
I believe that many of our leaders no longer value Jesus Christ and have forsaken Him for a more secular, politically correct position. What does God say? He says, “if we forsake Him, He will forsake us.
Listen, it’s time to return to the Lord in our families, in the churches and in or nation. May God be with you as you walk through this year of 2013. We do not know what this year all holds, but we do know who holds us in the palm of His Hands.