10 Rules For Respect in Relationships

How to stop misunderstandings & mischief.

In a world where people have forgotten how to treat one another, this list will save you a lot of grief.  Check it out.

 

Matthew 18:15-17  “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  [16]  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  [17]  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”

Matthew 5:23-24  “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;  [24]  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

We live in a day where accusation and innuendo have tremendous power.  No longer are you innocent until proven guilty.  It seems that most people today believe you are guilty until proven innocent.  That sentiment plays strongly into satan’s role as the “accuser of the brethren.”

Furthermore, good people can get upset with one another over misunderstandings that are not handled (more…)

8 Ingredients of a Godly Mother

Every Mom wants to do right by her children.  Here are 8 Bible truths that will empower her for success.

God chose an intimate way to create new human life. It is a very personal process. There is a special connection between mother and child. A mom carries the child in her womb for nine months, births him through suffering, feeds him from her body, and teaches him how to live.

What a privilege to be a mother!

Every mom wants to be a good mother, but how is it done? Here are 8 Bible truths that will help every mother lead their children to God and be a good mom.

1. Sincere Faith

2 Timothy 1:5   When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

How can one hope to fulfill the responsibilities of parenting without God’s help? A good mom must start with her own salvation. When her children see her unwavering and sincere faith in God, it will leave a lasting impression.

2. Accept the Responsibility

1 Timothy 2:15   Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Motherhood is a huge responsibility. God plans for a woman to be married before she experiences the joys of sex. This commitment ensures that she is stable, safe, and has a support system for the journey ahead.
Some women have not had the opportunity of Christian training and have babies when not married. If that is your testimony, then you know the hardships of single parenting. Give your life to God, and He will help you.
Whatever your situation, motherhood is hard work. Your life will not be your own for an extended period. There are no sick days and no time off. It’s a full-time gig! Accept the burden, seek God’s help, and make it happen through God’s grace.  You can do it!

3. Give to God

Psalm 22:10   I was cast upon thee from the womb: Thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

Give your children to God. They are not yours. You are a steward of their precious lives. Cast them upon God. Let them know from a young age that you have given them to God, and you want them to follow Him.

4. Made for a Purpose

Galatians 1:15   But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,

Teach your children that God made them for a purpose. He made them special because He loves them and has a job that only they can do. Let them know that Who they live for is more important than how they make money.
 

5. Love Unconditionally

Proverbs 4:3   For I was my father’s son, Tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

Love your children without reservation or condition. Let them know in countless ways how much you love them. Be creative in your gestures of love. There should never be a day when your children doubt your love.
If you have multiple children, make sure you don’t play favorites. Love them all the same and let them know it. 
 

6. Set Boundaries

Proverbs 1:8   My son, hear the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:

  Proverbs 6:20   My son, keep thy father’s commandment, And forsake not the law    of thy mother:

Love sets boundaries. Give them rules and set expectations. Never mistake love for license. Many moms get this wrong and regret it.  Spoiled children won’t revere you. They will resent you.
Strive to make your home a godly balance of love and law.
 

7. Teach the Scriptures

Proverbs 31:1   The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

A mom has a unique opportunity to teach her children the Scriptures. She is connected to them like no one else in the world. Let them hear you sing hymns and spiritual songs. Help them memorize Bible verses. Teach life lessons and quote a verse, so they know your wisdom comes from God.
 

8. Be Joyful

Psalm 113:9   He maketh the barren woman to keep house, And to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.

One of the best things you can do for your children is rejoicing in the Lord. Don’t let the burdens of motherhood override the joy of it. Don’t get so bogged down in daily living that you are unhappy.
Every child wants to please mom. Also, their stability is wrapped up in you. They think that if you are ok, then the world is ok.
Choose to rejoice. Ask God to give you a supernatural dose of joy regardless of your circumstances. May our children know that we love serving God!
 

You Can Do It!

Motherhood is a marvelous privilege. I thank God for the excellent work mothers do every day.
Don’t focus on your failures. Start where you are today.
Keep up the good work!

4 Simple Tips for a Great Time at Christian Camp

or any other activity

Summer is here!  Christian Camps, Conferences, Revivals, and Trips are in full swing.  For countless people, these activities have been a proven way to make great memories and life-changing decisions.  Follow these simple tips for a great time you will remember for the rest of your life.

Be Happy.

Bring a good time with you. “Bored” is a state of mind. You won’t have access to your usual distractions (TV, phone, game system, etc.). Plan to enjoy nature and the company of others at camp. (more…)

The Glory of Fatherhood

Father.  Dad.  Daddy.  Any man that has heard these words from the mouth of a child is blessed.  These three truths remind us of the glory of fatherhood.

Proverbs 17:6  Children’s children are the crown of old men; And the glory of children are their fathers.

God shares His name with fathers.

God revealed Himself to be our Heavenly Father.  He gives life.  He watches over and cares for His children.  He desires a close and personal relationship with each of them.

Matthew 6:1  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 6:4  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

I love being a father.  I never tire of hearing my children call me Dad.  What a privilege that God shares this lofty title with earthly fathers!   (more…)

10 Proven Practices to Develop a Heart of Ministry in Children

Every parent wants their children to succeed.  Every Christian parent wants their children to follow the Lord.  How do we develop a heart of ministry service in our children?  Here are ten powerful tips.

Developing a heart of ministry in children

Child rearing is one of the most important jobs on the planet.  We only get one chance to raise our children.  Before we know it, they will be adults themselves.  I am not an expert on child rearing.  I have my hands full with my children.  My child rearing philosophy is simple.  “Obey God the best you can and beg Him to make up the difference.”  This article is born out of my personal search of the Scriptures to be a better parent for my children and to help the families of our church.  I hope it can help you as well.

I rebel against the idea that children and teens are expected to be petty and selfish.  I believe that children reared in Christian homes have the opportunity to be an example of what a believer should be.  1 Tim 4:12  A happy Christian, adult or child, will have a servant’s heart.  The heart of ministry is a vital component of Christlikeness.  May our children have a heart to serve God!

1. Seek Their True Salvation.

John 3:3   Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Every Christian parent wants their children to be saved.  Yet, (more…)