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Touching the Lives of the Lost | Enriching the Faith of the Found
Touching the Lives of the Lost | Enriching the Faith of the Found

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We can teach our children how to be safe, how to clean their rooms, and how to study.  But we often forget to teach them the skills they need to build, maintain, and even end relationships.  It’s easy to assume this wisdom will just show up when they need it, but that’s just not true.  We have to teach our children how to be a good friend, how to choose good friends, and what to avoid.

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When you hold your brand new baby, all you see is innocence and perfection.  And you can’t imagine a moment that you could see them any other way.  But trust me, that day will come, and you need to be prepared for it.  Make the decision early on that there will never be anything your child can do to make you stop loving them.  Then, make sure you tell them.  Be that example of unconditional love.

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There’s a lot of pressure on parents today that didn’t exist 30 years ago.  Back then, there weren’t hundreds of TV channels, the Internet, or social media screaming for the attention of our children.  And it was easier to control the influences in their lives.  It may be more difficult, but it’s never been more important to train up our children according to God’s Word, than it is today.

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You don’t have to tell anyone with children, that parenting is the hardest job in the world. They already know. And the truth is, we could all use all the help we can get, when it comes to raising godly children. We’re going to make some big mistakes, and we’re going to get a lot of things right. The key is to realize that God wants to lead us as we strive to be the best parents we can be.

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One of the most daunting things about sharing your faith is the fear that you will make the other person feel like your judging them.  But judging others isn’t our place.  It’s not our job to convict or convince anybody of anything.  It’s our job to lovingly communicate the truth and let the Spirit of God do the rest.

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On a trip to the grocery store, a man was looking for a parking place.  When another shopper chose to walk down the center of the row, the man became very angry.  After parking, he sought out his fellow shopper to give him a piece of his mind.  As he entered the store, he felt vindicated, until he realized he was wearing a Christian t-shirt. (Insert laugh) We’ve all blown our witness,  but we can be good witnesses for Jesus without having to rely on our clothing to tell the story.
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