[Ep. 505] Friends Can Take You Places

God created us for relationships with others. 

Genesis 2:18 says that it’s not good for man to be alone. Ecclesiastes 4:9 says two are better than one. Proverbs 27:17 says that as iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.

Everyone needs friends, but what kind of friends? What does a good friend look like? How do we find one? How do we keep one? How do we become one? How do we avoid bad relationships?

In this episode, you’ll learn about the importance of friends, the role they play in your life, and what God’s Word says about picking the right friends.

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[Ep. 500] Growing Up By Getting Up

 

Is your family as close as you’d like them to be?

If not, this message is for you. And if it is, this will be an encouraging reminder.

For the last few episodes, we’ve been talking about you and your family growing up together.

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In this episode, we talk about the characteristics a family needs to develop in order to make growing closer possible.

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There is No “Wisdom Gene”

 

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52 KJV).

I want my kids to grow in wisdom. Why?

Because wise kids live long, they have the ability to become wealthy, and they’re more apt to be promoted to leadership positions and have a broader scope of influence. And that means they can do a lot of good for a lot of people. I want my kids to be godly influences everywhere they go and live happy, successful lives.

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Raising Smart, Talented, Godly Kids

 

“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:25 NIV).

It’s a proud parent moment when your child takes first place in a piano recital or brings home a trophy from a sporting event. Gifts and talents are a good thing and the Bible says they’ll “make room for you” (Proverbs 18:16), which means they’ll open doors of opportunity and blessing.

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Stand Up to the Biggest Bully of All

As parents, we want to protect our children, but there is one bully they are guaranteed to face and we need to train our children to stand up to them.

The Bible says that kids are a blessing from God, and Psalm 127:5 (NIV) says, “Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” My wife and I have six of them, so I am one blessed man! I’m thankful for each one of my kids, and I know that Denise’s and my job is to raise them to be a godly seed. We’re to train them in the Word of God and teach them from an early age who they are in Christ, what God says about them, what God says they can have, what God says they can do, and how they’re supposed to interact with others.

I want my kids to know they don’t have to live according to Murphy’s Law or live some sad, country song kind of life. They can live according to a higher law—God’s law of blessing—and have happy, successful, abundant lives.

 

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