Balloons and Children

“My time has not yet come.” John 2:4 I (JCD) once attended a wedding in a beautiful garden setting. After the minister told the groom to kiss the bride, about 150 colorful, helium‐filled balloons were released into the blue sky. Within a few seconds the balloons were scattered, some rising hundreds of feet overhead and others cruising toward the horizon. A few balloons struggled to clear the upper branches of the trees, while the showoffs Continue Reading

Where Have All the Children Gone?

From American Thinker.Com March 15, 2011 Where Have All the Children Gone? By Jerome Koch Where have all the children gone? It's a problem that Mark Steyn first addressed in his book America Alone. Other than a piece Jonathan Last recently wrote for Weekly Standard, few if any reporters, pundits, politicians, or scholars seemed to take any interest. This is rather astonishing in so far as everything from our national security, Continue Reading

What we tell our kids about Santa

From Onfaith.Washington Post.Com 'Tis the season . . . for parents to decide if they will tell the truth about Santa. When it comes to cultural issues like Santa, Christians have three options: (1) we can reject it, (2) we can receive it, or (3) we can redeem it. Since Santa is so pervasive in our culture, it is nearly impossible to simply reject Santa as part of our annual cultural landscape. Still, as parents we don't feel we can Continue Reading

Whoso robs his father or his mother is the companion of a destroyer

Proverbs 28:24 24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer. As Christ shows the absurdity and wickedness of those children who think it is no duty, in some cases, to maintain their parents (Matt. 15:5), so Solomon here shows the absurdity and wickedness of those who think it is no sin to rob their parents, either by force or secretly, by wheedling them or Continue Reading

Parental Discipline: A child that is not restrained or reproved, it is a thousand to one but he proves a disgrace to his family

Proverbs 29:15 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Parents, in educating their children, must consider, 1. The benefit of due correction. They must not only tell their children what is good and evil, but they must chide them, and correct them too, if need be, when they either neglect that which is good or do that which is evil. If a reproof will serve without the rod, it is Continue Reading

Here is good advice for parents to give their children; words are put into their mouths, that they may train them up in the way they should go

Proverbs 23:19-28 19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. 20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. 22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. 24 The Continue Reading

There is an inward inclination to sin

Proverbs 22:15 15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. We have here two very sad considerations:-- 1. That corruption is woven into our nature. Sin is foolishness; it is contrary both to our right reason and to our true interest. It is in the heart; there is an inward inclination to sin, to speak and act foolishly. It is in the heart of children; they bring it into the world Continue Reading

Children will discover themselves

Proverbs 20:11 11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. The tree is known by its fruits, a man by his doings, even a young tree by its first fruits, a child by his childish things, whether his work be clean only, appearing good (the word is used Prov. 16:2), or whether it be right, that is, really good. This intimates, 1. That children will discover themselves. One may soon see what Continue Reading

The glory of children are their fathers

Proverbs 17:6 6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. They are so, that is, they should be so, and, if they conduct themselves worthily, they are so. 1. It is an honour to parents when they are old to leave children, and children's children, growing up, that tread in the steps of their virtues, and are likely to maintain and advance the reputation of their families. It is an Continue Reading

Wicked children are an affliction to both parents

Proverbs 17:25 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. Observe, 1. Wicked children are an affliction to both their parents. They are an occasion of anger to the father (so the word signifies), because they contemn his authority, but of sorrow and bitterness to the mother, because they abuse her tenderness. The parents, being joint-sufferers, should therefore bring mutual comfort to bear them up under Continue Reading