Today's NT 90 Day Challenge reading takes us through Galatians 3.
Last Saturday night we had a productive time of intentional discipleship focusing on marriage and children. (Note: Saturday nights on non-iConnect weekends will be focused on certain topics for intentional discipleship purposes) Here are some thoughts you can forward to all your married friends.
First, for the young married folks without kids... Many young married couples feel they should wait a while before having children. Ialways felt just the opposite. I wanted to begin having children as quickly as was reasonable. This feeling of *wanting to wait* comes from the idea of "I don't want to lose my youth" or "we need to enjoy our time together as long as we can" or "I am not ready for children". All these feelings are understandable but, like many things when we are young, we fail to recognize that the best days of our life are when we are old and surrounded by the families we have created. Our families are one way we contribute to the work of the Gospel. Many other religious cults understand this and therefore keep having as many kids as they possibly can to train them up in their deceived ways. Let us fill the earth with God fearing, Jesus lovin children. So it is time to get married (if you are not already) and get started having kids to fill the earth sooner rather than latter.
Take a look at these passages...
Psalms 127:3 3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. 4 As arrows are in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. 5 Happy, blessed, and fortunate is the man whose quiver is filled with them! They will not be put to shame when they speak with their adversaries [in gatherings] at the [city’s] gate...
Proverbs 22: 6 6 Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it
Children are a reward from the Lord.
Children are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.
Children are our partners in the work of God.
Speak vision and mission to our kids. (even if not your own children)
Bring your kids to church every week.
Discover the gifting God has unique programmed into your child.
When you mess us with your kids say you are *sorry*.
Protect your kids from who they are spending time with.
Do not withhold discipline from our kids. (Spare not the rod)
Set aside a time of family devotion as many times a week as possible.
Remember everyone needs to win sometimes.
Lastly, pray with your kids every day!
Announcement: This week we have another Parenting discipleship class starting with PC. (Ask about it.)