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  • More on Parental Success, a Note from the Editors
    More on Parental Success, a Note from the Editors
    More on Parental Success…So What About Our Family? In our writings we share the Biblical principles we followed in raising our two children and building our marriage of 38 years. We have been blessed to witness each of our children develop a strong faith and Christian walk. […]...
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  • Psychologist John Rosemond
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  • Bible Goals for Training Children are designed to result in your children walking with God
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  • Our recommendations for the best books for Christian Parents
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    By Mark Benedict. When it comes to parenting, I truly believe Christian parents need the help of books and materials produced by men and women of God. The current flood of misinformation and propaganda has been whittling away at the institution of the family with devastating effects. […]...
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  • Successful Christian Parents are Leaders in Their Family
    Successful Christian Parents are Leaders in Their Family
    Successful Christian Parents Build Children’s Future Character One Day at Time As I update this in July, 2014, my wife and I are the parents of two children aged thirty-six, and thirty-four years old respectively, and multiple grandchildren. In May 2000 when I first wrote this article, our […]...

Parenting From the Heart

In Christian parenting, our goal is to bring our children into a living relationship with our Creator God by leading them to respond early in life to God's call to salvation. One of our most important tasks is helping to build our child's foundational understanding of God's love and grace. A wise master-builder begins with a detailed plan to guide and order their building activities. A builder's plan, or blueprint, is used to visualize the completed end result before the building starts to make sure that all the individual project elements come together perfectly during construction to provide the desired functionality and finish.

Strong Foundations are the Key to Future Success

For a building, the foundation comes first and everything else depends on the strength of the foundation to support it. Starting with a firm foundation is essential as it is very difficult and costly to compensate for weak foundations once the structure is built. Weak foundations only become apparent under load, when the house settles and things meant to be soundly connected pull apart. There is a limited time window during construction when the foundations are laid, and that is the time to dig down to remove the loose soil and gravel. Jesus told His disciples that listening to His teaching and keeping His commands was like a wise man who dug deep to build his house on the secure foundation of rock:

Even the best house, built on a sand foundation, will fall before the flood.

Even the best house, built on a sand foundation, will fall before a rising flood of water. Build yours on solid Rock!

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-29

It is essential to develop your own knowledge and understanding of Biblical teachings on disciplining children so you can take full advantage of that important window of time when your children are still young, impressionable, and easily teachable. Your parental instruction at the outset of their lives helps form your child's understanding of God and His creation. More than anything else, your interaction as parents with your young child will help to shape how they respond to God's authority later as adults. Strong childhood spiritual foundations lead to a healthy walk with God in the teen-age years and beyond. Our early efforts have an enduring result, and the effort we expend on the foundation will pay off, just as any shortcuts we take will likewise cause structural problems later.

Parents want their children to be happy and successful as adults, but often undermine their prospects for success by permissive and undisciplined parenting during early childhood. Undiscerning parents are often led astray by the many popular, but anti-Biblical teachings on parenting infused across almost every aspect of modern culture. Make no mistake about it, if you welcome erroneous ideas from popular culture into your home, you will weaken the long-term spiritual health of your family! The Bible-based information you'll find here is designed to help you implement a clear and winning strategy for training your children to walk in the way of truth. Training children in accordance with Biblical truth can result in a unique family experience where love and harmony is the norm, rather than the exception. In short, our method is to define success by the standards and teachings found in the Bible. Rather than critique the Bible by modern ideas we prefer to examine modern ideas by the Bible. If there is a difference of opinion we are going to stick with what the Bible teaches. God has undertaken to reveal to man what we need to know about him through the words of the Bible.

We have great confidence and trust in the unchanging truth found in the Bible and seek to encourage your own confidence in the Word of God. To this end we encourage you to carefully research the teachings of Scripture. As you read our materials, test and prove every idea and thought to see if it conforms with the Bible. We also believe Christians need to participate with a sound Bible-teaching local church. We encourage you to meet regularly with other faithful believers for fellowship and Bible study.

What We Believe About Parental Success

Ruth&Sallie

Advice on solving family problems is easy to give, but not easy to implement! Successfully working through family problems requires many small steps of obedience to God's Word. It often takes an extended period of time and a measure of patience before the results begin to show. We don't promise instant results from Bible truth, but we can assure you of eventual results! We are fully convinced the key to solving the most complex family problems is to faithfully follow God's instructions. We believe God instructs individuals by engaging their understanding of His truth through reading and meditating on the Bible. This is why we recommend each person start every day by reading God's Word, the Bible! No matter how deep in trouble you find yourself, if you'll read your Bible attentively for a few minutes each day God will meet you in your circumstances. If you are willing to let God prove to you that His Word provides the best answers about families, children, and your life in particular, you are very close to finding lasting solutions to your problems! God can help you in your current situation! If you're desperate and don't know where to go for help, we encourage you to seek practical Biblical advice from someone who lives in a way that clearly demonstrates trust and confidence in God's Word. Truth will help you succeed as a husband, wife, mother, father, and parent. However, you must put God first in your life by allowing him to speak to you by reading and studying His written Word.

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All Families Have Their Problems

When we were younger, it would have been encouraging to hear from an older couple, "You know, in the past, we used to have a lot of problems. We fought and argued when we were first married, but God worked things out for us and now we're very happy!" It would have been such an encouragement for us when we first married to realize a certain amount of strife in the start of a marriage was normal. Couples need to trust God to work everything out in time. You may think that you are the only couple in church with problems because it's very common for Christians to hide their failures and share only their successes! At first, Sallie and I were surprised how frequently we experienced conflict. We thought we were the only ones having marital problems until later when we discovered how many Christian couples hide an unhappy marriage beneath happy "go to church faces."

If you've been spared the conflict we've experienced and would just like to make your "good" marriage even better, we rejoice with you! We hope you’ll find resources at our web site to keep your marriage growing stronger each day. Marriage is designed to transform and strengthen both husband and wife. One of the main reasons for marriage is to pass the torch of faith from one generation to the next. A vibrant, strong, and spiritually growing marriage relationship is essential to lead your children to a living faith. Despite our rocky beginning, God blessed our home. We are quite happy today. While we never considered ours a "model home," more than once our friends and acquaintances offered to swap their children for ours. We're sure most of them were joking, but a few times our friends sounded like they hoped we would take the trade! Ruth and Tim weren’t perfect, but we were blessed to skip the experience of rebellious and unmanageable children. For us, parenting has been a sweet experience with few regrets!

The Editors

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