The parenting relationship should be focused on the parent providing for the child's needs, not the reverse. It is God, in His love, who provides for us, and in the same way we provide for our children in our love.
As parents, we sincerely want our children to be faithful but sometimes because of our misconceptions of what Godly parenting ought to be, the exact opposite takes place.
There are three basic stages that children go through before they become adults, and how we parent them during these periods will have an impact on what kind of people they become.
For those who are using this book or the video version as a resource for a small group, this added section contains an exercise that can stimulate discussion.
Prime 4m Class
In his book, "Four Things Every Parent Should Know", John Croyle reviews four basic things that contribute to successful parenting...
It is during the effort to know each other that the couple lays down the groundwork for their "oneness."
Prime 35m Class
Many couples desire to love and need love but are poor communicators. Mike examines some of the ways to improve communication skills within marriage.
Prime 47m Class
If God created marriage for life then God can provide the element that keeps us together for life - love.
Prime 34m Class
Mike discusses what the fifth commandment requires of both parents and their children.
Prime 14m Class
The final lesson about blended families deals with how to successfully be a step-parent.
Prime 32m Class
One of the most difficult decisions that parents must make is who to appoint as guardians for their children in case both parents die at the same time. You think about who you would give your kids to if you are gone.
Mary - The Single Parent
A look at Mary, the mother of Jesus, as a woman, wife, and ultimately, a widow.
This class will provide information and statistics concerning blended families and several strategies for successfully integrating two families into one.
Prime 42m Class
In this opening lesson, Mike compares the criteria for achieving greatness both in the world and in the Spirit.
Prime 38m Class
In this sermon, Mike tackles one of the Christian's greatest challenges - how can Christians who live and engage in the human experience avoid becoming worldly? (I Corinthians 5:9-13)
This lesson examines the day to day challenges of raising children in a blended family environment.
Prime 41m Class
This lesson gives the parents of unfaithful children some practical things they can do to encourage their prodigals to return home. (Luke 15:11-14)
In this lesson, Mike explains the various ways a person can fulfill the command to honor one's mother. (Exodus 20:12)
In his letter to the Corinthian church Paul says that love is the greatest of all the virtues. This lesson gives some reasons why this is so.
This sermon examines how God perseveres in His efforts to seek and save sinful man. (II Thessalonians 3:3-5)
Mike provides a practical strategy for Christian parents struggling with children who have lost their way. (Proverbs 22:6)
In this lesson, Mike looks at the family as a living mobile and examines the different elements that can create beauty, balance and form in the Sacred Family.
All churches can and do experience growth but there are core beliefs that promote the growth of those churches that strive to do Bible things in Bible ways.
When it comes to caring and serving there are some members who are always on "stand-by."