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Jeremiah 9:23-24 GW This is what the LORD says: Don't let wise people brag about their wisdom. Don't let strong people brag about their strength. Don't let rich people brag about their riches. (24) If they want to brag, they should brag that they understand and know me. They should brag that I, the LORD, act out of love, righteousness, and justice on the earth. This kind of bragging pleases me, declares the LORD.

People brag they know about love, doing what's right and what is just. They can only think about these things from a very selfish point of view, especially if they don't know God and His Word, the Bible.

BOASTING

Apart from knowing God, we have nothing to boast about! All of our abilities and the abilities of our kids are gifts from God, but we can become prideful in how we, or our kids, use these abilities. It's not wrong to be proud of your kids as long as you understand that their talents, and the capacity to use them, are God-given. When we get prideful about their accomplishments, our focus moves from glorifying God to glorifying our kids.

On the other hand, when we are jealous of the talents of other kids, it can be a sign we are longing for the reflected glory that comes from our children's success. Remember, your kids are fearfully and wonderfully made. While other gifts may draw more public adoration, no gifts are more significant or important than the ones especially chosen for your child by God.

Learn to be content with the gifts God gave your children.
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Ephesians 6:4 GW Fathers, don't make your children bitter about life. Instead, bring them up in Christian discipline and instruction.

Parenting is the most challenging thing on earth for a human being. It is the closest thing to knowing what God goes through with us. It is stressful and yet the most enriching experience ever. It truly fulfills us as humans to parent. We get to experience every single emotion and challenge that will help us grow into the children God wants us to be. Because of this challenge, we are instructed not to exasperate (parorgizō: to anger alongside, that is, enrage: - anger, provoke to wrath) our kids.

Exasperation comes from being controlling, focused on yourself and your worldly affairs, and not being humble and tender. This is why the instruction is given specifically for the father, since the mother instinctively will be more tender and mild with the children.

EXASPERATING YOUR KIDS

This verse is packed with parenting instruction. It immediately follows the passage instructing children to honor and obey their parents (Eph 6:1-2), and it helps us see how to make it easier for our children to obey us. The key is to avoid exasperating them.

The Greek word translated "exasperate" means to provoke to anger or to enrage. And, the fastest way to exasperate a child is to micromanage every move, correct each misstep, and point out all the areas he needs to improve. Kids who are nagged and lectured soon become frustrated and often respond by rebelling, withdrawing, or "losing heart". We are so inclined to over-correct, we often end up fighting about small things that aren't important. We may win the argument, but lose the war as we find our kids disconnecting from us.

Instead, try walking beside your kids as you lovingly allow them to experience the consequences of their choices. This is a far better way to create an environment in which a child can understand and embrace God's design for his life.

Pick your battles and avoid exasperating your kids.
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If you consider yourself a Bible-believing Christian, a follower of Jesus whose chief aim is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, there are important questions I hope you will consider before picking up your flag and cheering on the sexual revolution. These questions aren’t meant to be snarky or merely rhetorical. They are sincere, if pointed, questions that I hope will cause my brothers and sisters with the new rainbow themed avatars to slow down and think about the flag you’re flying

Food for thought, I hope. At the very least, something to chew on before swallowing everything the world and Facebook put on our plate.
If you consider yourself a Bible-believing Christian, a follower of Jesus whose chief aim is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, there are important questions I hope you will consider before picking up your flag and cheering on the sexual revolution.
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1 Corinthians 8:1b GW We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes people arrogant, but love builds them up.

In a day and age when God's words are called "hate speech", more than ever we need to show our love by our actions when we speak God's words...

PASSING ON KNOWLEDGE WITH LOVE

Knowledge alone doesn't make you an effective parent - It is the ability to pass that knowledge along lovingly. A child who is afraid of the dark and thinks something is hiding under the bed probably won't be convinced by an argument against the existence of monsters! They are much more likely to feel safe when you sit beside them and walk through their fears with them.

Likewise, Bible knowledge can be a weapon if it is not handled with love and care. Too often, Bible verses are presented in a way that obscures the real intent of Jesus - to show us His love. Knowledge offered with love helps the weak believer become stronger.

Talk about the Bible with an attitude of love, and your kids are more likely to receive it gratefully.
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James 4:10 GW Humble yourselves in the Lord's presence. Then he will give you a high position.

POWER THROUGH HUMILITY

Most of us get excited at the thought of raising powerful kids. We want them to be in control of their circumstances. We want them to be first in line, to take charge, and to be the one deciding who and what goes where and when. Unfortunately, the pursuit of power without humility can lead to disastrous results. Kids who seek power for its own sake can be arrogant, domineering, and disrespectful of authority.

Christians are told how to become truly powerful by humbling themselves before the Lord. When we demonstrate the proper respect for God's authority, He allows us to be eternally influential in the lives of others. Tim Kimmel says, "True greatness does not have power as its goal, but it often gains power by default." The amount of influence your child can have as an adult will be proportionate to their ability to grasp this principle as a child.

Teach your children humility and watch their influence grow.
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In his Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln spoke of a "government of the people, by the people, for the people." The most important words in that most memorable phrase are "the people," for it is to them that freedom belongs and to them that its protection is entrusted.

The Supreme Court has overridden a goodly portion of the freedom that is the birthright of every American. It is now our task, using legitimate and appropriate channels, to wrest it back, and then, much like Lincoln's audience, to preserve it for future generations.
If there is a trend to speak of, it is not one of a growing consensus, but of a debate cut short, bit by bit, by a litany of judicial usurpations.
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1Co 4:15-16 GW You may have countless Christian guardians, but you don't have many spiritual fathers. I became your father in the Christian life by telling you the Good News about Christ Jesus (16) So I encourage you to imitate me.

IMITATION

In this passage, Paul talks about the importance of a father's example. While there may be lots of good Christian examples for your children, the person they are most likely to imitate is their earthly father. For their sakes you must practice what you preach because your children are going to be greatly influenced by the things you do, the way you talk, what you watch, etc. You are their model for adult behavior.

Negative and positive traits are passed from father to son. That's why there are so many second and third generation addicts and abusers. Strive to minimize the negative traits and accentuate the positive. Pass down a zeal for following Christ. And remember, your kids are much more likely to follow what you do than what you say.

Practice what you preach.
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The wheels of my Pride Parade float came off the moment I realized that the argument in support of gay marriage is predicated on one audaciously bald-faced lie: the lie that same-sex relationships are inherently equal to heterosexual relationships. It only takes a moment of objective thought to realize that the union of two men or two women is a drastically different arrangement than the union of a man and a woman. It’s about time we realize this very basic truth and stop pretending that all relationships are created equal.
I want nothing in this world more than to be a father. Yet I can’t bring myself to celebrate same-sex marriage.
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Galatians 1:11-12 GW I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the Good News I have spread is not a human message. (12) I didn't receive it from any person. I wasn't taught it, but Jesus Christ revealed it to me.

God's Gospel is not a human ideology, philosophy or theology. That is what other people want to make of it in order to excuse their own lack of belief, ego and prejudices.

The belief that leads to faith is accepting that this Good News is a message from angels - a love message directly from God the Father Himself!

The truth of God can only be revealed through revelation - not man's wisdom and opinions. We have been given something that will be distorted through our opinions and interpretations. We have been given something to disclose and obey, not opine about.

NONCONFORMITY

In telling the story of his conversion, Paul explains the drastic change he made. Paul became a nonconformist, despite the fact that his nonconformity cost him everything his culture valued.

Our culture pushes us toward uniformity. Wear the right clothes, have the right job, spend money on the right things, and you are acceptable. But, conforming to the world forces us to sacrifice our uniqueness in Christ.

Have you met someone willing to be themselves in the will of God? They face the danger of being criticized by those who value conformity, but they have the ultimate freedom. They are free of slavery to the rules of the culture. They can be who God designed them to be. They can exercise their unique gifts knowing they are in the will of God.

Lead your children to divine nonconformity.
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Marriage has always been and always will be a union between man and woman. Unlike gay “marriage,” this isn’t arbitrary. It isn’t fueled by hate, either. It isn’t bigotry. It isn’t intolerance. It’s an utterly unavoidable reality, one which every civilization throughout history has held as true. The union between a man and woman, in principle, has a power and a capacity which no other union could ever possess. For this reason it certainly is not “equal” to any other union. For this reason it is different. For this reason it is something, and everything else is something else. Period.
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Romans 1:16 GW I'm not ashamed of the Good News. It is God's power to save everyone who believes, Jews first and Greeks as well.

GOSPEL PRIDE

If you are reluctant to talk about the gospel with your kids, you are not alone. In this passage, Paul gives us three reasons why he was able to courageously proclaim the message of Christ to a skeptical audience. It is the gospel of Christ, it is the power of God, and the result is salvation to everyone who believes.

The fact that it came directly from Christ gives the gospel authority. It is a message from the King Himself! And, the gospel carries the power of God the very power that raised Christ from the dead. But the best reason to be courageous is that the effect of believing and trusting the gospel is salvation freedom from sin and an eternal inheritance in heaven.
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As we prepare to celebrate next week the 239th anniversary of the birth of our country, our Constitution finds itself under sustained attack from an arrogant judicial elite...
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This journey we call life will end well when you put trust in Jesus. Listen to His words of love in the Bible and you will find life that is abundant! I'm not necessarily talking about this life - the valley of the shadow of death - this one is only a test. There's something wonderful ahead for those who make Jesus their Lord.
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Great selection of coffee! Somewhat pricey.
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We had a great time enjoying the show. We got there without a reservation (weekday) and were immediately seated at a table. We enjoyed the show put on by the cook and the fresh food that was served. All our orders were correct and the food tasted great! Will definitely come back!
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Awesome burgers and a friendly staff. You can substitute bison meat in all the burgers. Shakes were great as well. We love the fact we can pay at the end using Ziosk. What will they think of next?
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Real homestyle buffet with all the trimmings, side dishes and great desserts! Love the chocolate fountain and the grill where you get to order what you want. For the price, it may be somewhat more than other places, but the quality of the food is a cut above.
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This is our third time visiting this theatre and we are always pleased and encouraged by the performance and the inspiration it gives. We've seen In the Beginning, Jonah and Noah and are planning to continue to come to see Moses and whatever else is planned. We love the area and the theatre. The production is broadway quality, the music is superb and also the special effects. The actors are magnificent!
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