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.

Raising Children

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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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3 Habits of the Problem Solver

A person is known by their actions and their words. It’s what the Bible refers to as “fruit.”

You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Matthew 7:16-20 NLT

In this passage of scripture, Jesus is explaining how to identify someone.

This is true of being a problem solver. If someone is always making a bad situation worse, that’s fruit. If someone brings hope, God’s Word, and peace, that’s fruit. We are all known by the fruit we produce in our life. Let’s choose to make that good fruit.

Using God’s Word as your guide, you have everything you need to be a problem solver, but it’s up to you to develop that habits and produce the fruit.

 

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Our Job is to Fix What Hell Has Broken

 

If you’re a Christian, you’re called to be a problem solver! Jesus said in Matthew 5:9 (KJV), “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”

A lot of times when we think of the word peacemaker, we envision a long-haired hippie from the ‘60s holding his hand in the air displaying the peace symbol and saying, “Peace, man!” Well, let’s just say the ‘60s Peace Movement ruined the word “peace” forever!

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