Passing On The Faith

Passing on the Faith

  • Living by faith is easier said than done. Teaching faith to our children is even harder.

In Romans 10:9-10

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord

and believe in your heart that God raised him

from the dead, you will be saved.

10 For it is by believing in your heart that you

are made right with God,

and it is by openly declaring your faith

that you are saved.[1]

We are given words of faith to help us understand what we need to do to be saved.

  • Declare that Jesus is Lord in our life
  • Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead 
  • Trust in our heart that we are now right with God
  • Declare our relationship with Jesus
  • Believe that we are saved

 

Declare that Jesus is Lord

      We need to share our relationship with Jesus. Tell the people around us about Jesus, especially our children. Saying that He came to earth to take away our sins. We are to model our life after His. Show the children and others how to reach out in love to others by being a good example. When you speak use kind words. If you have to correct your child use a soft voice and explain why you want them to do something in a certain way. When our girls wanted something form the store and I couldn’t get it I explained that I didn’t have enough money for that today. By being honest and explaining your reason others will be more accepting.

 

Encourage children and friends to read the Bible in several different versions. Also, to read commentaries, that explain the history and words of the passage.

 

Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead

      This can only be done by faith. Our minds find this hard to comprehend. How can you die and come back again? We have to put out trust in the Word of God. Jesus’ death and resurrection are taught in the Bible. Read the story of his resurrection in the different Gospels. Each writer tells the story differently, from his own perspective. You can read their versions in Matthew 28: 1-8, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24: 1-12, and John20:1-13. Share these different versions so that the children can have a better understanding. We all learn differently and by reading the story in a different way we may learn it better.

Believe in our heart that we are now right with God.

      The Bible tells us that Jesus took our sins away. We are now pure and may come before God. This is a very personal belief, which can be tested daily. I have to stop myself from saying something I shouldn’t when a driver cuts me off is one example. Another would be

to reach for a piece of food I don’t need. That’s when I tell the Devil to go away and leave me alone.

On a frustrating day, we can feel God isn’t there or that we are not good enough to come to him in prayer. Tell your children that He has already taken away our sins, past, present, and future. We have to believe and accept that by faith we are a child of God.

Believe That We Are Saved.

we can go to heaven to be with God when we die because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This gift is beyond human comprehension. I know I have felt like I am unworthy many times. When I struggle with this, I pray asking for help. “Please, Father, let me feel your love, warmth and mercy. To know the peace that passes all understanding.”

 

Talk with your children.

Share your ups and downs. In this way, they will understand that it is okay to make mistakes. One day I yelled at one of our daughters. What she had done wasn’t wrong. I apologized and told her I was having a bad day. That it was my fault.

Tell the children that they are already forgiven they just have to accept the gift of forgiveness. Talk with them about their questions as they grow on their faith journey.

Once you’ve read the story of the resurrection talk with your kids about their interpretation. Give me their responses in the blog. I love to hear children tell the story in their words.

[1] The New King James Version. (1982). (Ro 10:8–10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Follow What is Good

Follow what is good.

Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God. 3 John 11

Finding good examples is not always easy. There are temptations all around us.

  • Money – to buy things we don’t need
    • electronic toys
    • expensive cars
    • homes bigger than we need
  • Food
    • sweets
    • fatty foods
    • larger servings
  • Entertainment
    • movies
    • books
    • concerts

The above can be good or bad depending how many we buy, how much we buy, and what the content of the entertainment is. Teaching children how to follow what is good is important. Teaching by example is the best.

  • Money – to buy things
    • electronics are fine as long as we don’t buy beyond our means
    • cars are necessary, but we don’t need to buy something just for status
    • we also need homes to live in, something that is modest and fits our needs
  • Food
    • sweets are good, but in moderation
    • choose foods that are lower in fat and higher in nutrition
    • restaurants frequently give servings that are way to big, make it a practice to take half home
  • Entertainment
    • make sure content of movies, books, and concerts are age appropriate.
    • try to find entertainment that will teach the message of the Bible

Follow what is good for your children as well as for yourself. Remember when you follow what is good you are leading by example. Parents are the best teacher there is. We all want what is best for our children. We can find help in reading the Bible, going to church and having our family involved in helping those around us.

Those who follow the wrong path will not know God. Let’s work together to help raise children that Follow What is Good! What ideas or questions do you have?

 

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (3 Jn 11). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

At God’s Right Hand

We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God’s throne! Heb 12:2

 

I can’t even imagine the pain He must have suffered for us. I have read and heard how horrible the agony would have been. I shudder and feel terrible for my part in His pain.

This is a part of the scripture that we all must read and understand.

He was born as the Son of God to come to

  • preach
  • make disciples
  • heal
  • then die for our sins.

God came to us as the Son to be able to free us from sin so that we could come before Him free of evil. 

Before Jesus ascended to heaven He gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to all people. With this gift, we are able to communicate with Him any time we want to. We are to bring everything to Him in prayer. Even the littlest thing as to what route to take while driving. He sincerely means He always wants an open line of communication.

This is something we are to teach our children as they grow. They need to know that Jesus came to bring us the gift of eternal life. Teach them that a prayer can be as simple as Help! That God is always there to help and comfort them. He needs them to learn to trust Him and talk to Him all of the time.

Read them stories from a children’s Bible and then talk with them about the message that God wants them to understand.

How can I help you teach the children to rely on God?

Guided By The Spirit

If you are guided by the Spirit, you won’t obey your selfish desires. Gal 5:16

 

Have you felt the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit? Have you felt the peace that passes all understanding?

It is so amazing when you witness the answers of God.

In 1996, I was called to go back to school to study and become an AiM, Associate in Ministry. It’s a commissioned position in a church. It can be in any numbers of area of service within the congregation.

  • Education
  • Worship
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Seniors
  • Finances
  • Music

My first reply was I can’t do that. I have a job and a family to take care of. When am I going to have time to go back to school. After much thought and prayer I gave in and let God guide me to sign up at Trinity Lutheran Seminary for my first class.

As I was going through the theology classes I learned so much more about the church and my relationship with God. I felt the Spirit guiding me as I went through the program. Then when I walked down the aisle at the beginning of the service when I was commissioned the tears rolled down my checks. I felt God’s love and approval for what I had done.

Help your children to learn to pray then listen for an answer from God. He will always guide you on the right path.

When have you felt God guide you to something you didn’t think you could do?

 

 

The Holy Bible: The Contemporary English Version. (1995). (Ga 5:16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

God Beside Me

Have you felt God’s beside you? 

I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. (Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 16:8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.)

About a year ago my husband, Jim, had to go for a routine MRI. Having work to do at home. I kissed him goodbye and went started my housework. I was working along and saw the clock and realized he’d been gone about an hour. It seemed a little long, but thought maybe they were real busy. I waited about forty more minutes and still no Jim. I texted him to see if he had decided to go to the store. No response. Then called a few minutes later. No answer.

The devil began to try and get to me. making me think of all kinds of bad things.

I took a deep breath, asked God to let Jim be okay and called the hospital ex-ray department. The woman that answered said that they had taken Jim to the ER. She wouldn’t tell me anything more than that. I cried out to God, “I need You beside me, please.”

I changed clothes quickly and tried to stay calm as I drove to the hospital. I was praying all of the way there. Thanking God that it wasn’t very far. Once I parked the car I sat still for a moment and asked God to stay beside me and hold me close. Making my way to the ER entrance was a struggle. My legs just didn’t want to keep moving. I finally made it to the desk and asked where I could find Jim.

As I walked to the Critical care ER I was shaking. “God, hold me closer.” I finally saw Jim lying in a bed to my left. He looked fairly good. When I got to him I said, “What did you do?”

He and the nurse laughed. Then Jim told me that he had severe anaphylactic shock from the contrast dye for the second MRI. He passed out, and a nurse happened to see him going down. She got to him in time to ease him to the floor, saving him from further trauma. They ran all kinds of tests to make sure there had been no further damage from the dye and let him go home the next day.

That was one of the hardest days of my life. I was so grateful that God had been beside me the whole time to comfort me.

Times like these can be very difficult on you and your child? Thirty years ago, when my dad died, we had to tell our girls. It was hard to tell them, but it was necessary. When it was time to go to the funeral home for the first time we assured them that God would be beside them to comfort them.

 

Have you had something happen where you needed God beside you? Have you had to explain something difficult to your child?  Share your story or situation in the comment box below.

Miracles Still Happen

 

Our LORD, I will remember the things you have done, your miracles of long ago.

Have you seen miracles?

I have:

  • Holding my children and grandchildren for the first time.
  • The first rays of sun in the morning
  • Winter’s first snow flakes

Have you prayers been answered?

Mine have:

 

  • Safe travels for loved ones
  • Healing for family and friends
  • Release from pain

Just before my mother died I prayed, “Please release her from her living hell.”

I so badly wanted her to be able to hold the baby I was carrying, but I didn’t want her suffering to continue until the baby was born. I truly feel that my prayer gave me the strength to let her go. God knew I was ready, and that I could move forward.

The miracles we see and the answers to prayer are very similar to those of times long ago. I believe our technology has changed, but when it gets right down to it we are the same in our feelings as Adam and Eve.

What are miracles you have seen around you?

 

The Holy Bible: The Contemporary English Version. (1995). (Ps 77:11). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Reconciled to God

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Rom. 5:10

 

Until we come to know God and the wonderful gift of His Son we are His enemies. It is when we accept the gift of the forgiveness of our sins, that we can be reconciled.

As a child I learned about God in church and Sunday school. Each year the study told me more about God. I found out as I was growing up that I should ask God to help me to make the right choices. Through classes and retreats I came to know God better and felt a closer relationship with Him.

There have been ups and downs in my life, just like everyone else. As I grew older I learned to talk to God and rely on Him more and more. I feel His presence in my heart, and hear His gentle voice guiding and comforting me. Here are some examples:

When I was facing a scary surgery I learned to turn it over to Him and literally felt a heavy weight being lifted from my shoulders.

At a time when our finances were at their lowest He told me that we really needed to give a proper tithe to Him, not just what I felt we could afford. It was after I began to tithe that our money began to stretch and we always had enough to cover our expenses.

Our church had a healing service when our oldest daughter was about nine years old. We had just learned that she had scoliosis, a curvature in the spine. I felt called to take her to the service. We laid hands on her shoulders and prayed over her. When I took her home she said that her back felt hot. I lifted her shirt, and where the curve had been was a red, warm, spot and her spine was straight.

You can have this gift of forgiveness, and the gifts He has in store for you. Just reach out and take the gift that is waiting for you.

Do you have questions about how to accept this gift? Can you share wonderful experiences you have had since you received the gift? Share those with us at the end of this post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New King James Version. (1982). (Ro 5:10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.