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Teach Your Children Well
Why this section is here....
It is clear from Scripture that the next generation is of great importance to God. In Malachi 2:15, God states one of the beautiful purposes for which He created marriage: " And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth." Christian parents are meant to raise up a godly seed--a generation that follows after God and walks in His paths. This calling is a challenging one and a noble one. It requires all of our creativity, love, purpose , and strength. It is not something we can shrug off or approach lightly. Bringing up a godly generation is a tremendous task. This section is here to inspire, encourage, and help you as you bring up your children. For those of you who do not have your own children, God has not overlooked you. You are not "lesser" people or unimportant in God's economy. On the contrary, you are vital to the health of the Church Body and the families that make it up. This is not the same thing as saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." By no means. Instead, it is an acknowledgement that we all have a vested interest in the intelligent, godly upbringing of the next generation. Everyone can be effective in transmitting to the children who will come after us the vision and the tools to build healthy societies and cultures. Consider well the influence you have upon those young ones around you!

Jun 28, 2003 - 9:14:00 PM

Teach Your Children Well
Rearing Lords and Ladies
We are "ruled-rulers," as T. David Gordon termed it; we must act the part or disgrace the One who made us in His image. As we learn to be like Him, we are responsible to teach our children to do the same. May the Lord give us grace to honor Him by honoring His image in all people. [After reading a critical, condescending article about large families, it was a balm and a blessing to read this timely message from Mrs. Burger. Even as the world misconstrues, misrepresents, and deliberately mocks us, we must remain faithful and press on. Let us persevere!]

Nov 15, 2006 - 10:15:00 PM

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Teaching Our Daughters to be Ladies
How do we teach our daughters to be ladies? Specifically, I'm interested in how we should teach our daughters about being a lady who is pleasing to God.
Read Article (Outside Link) Nov 15, 2006 - 10:10:00 PM

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Selling sex and corruption to your kids
Millions of youths are in the grip of something destructive, but the corporate aspect is just the visible part. Behind both the corporate manipulators and the youths caught in their selfish and shameful influence lurks another, much more formidable and all-pervasive "marketing campaign" - a malevolent dimension that has no one's best interests at heart, and which is programmed to devour all in its path, from the highest to the lowest. [There is also a Part II in this series, which is linked from the bottom of the first article. This is sobering and serious material and deals with issues not suitable for young readers.]
Read Article (Outside Link) Nov 15, 2006 - 1:45:00 PM

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Most Twentysomethings Put Christianity on the Shelf Following Spiritually Active Teen Years
A new study by The Barna Group (Ventura, California) shows that despite strong levels of spiritual activity during the teen years, most twentysomethings disengage from active participation in the Christian faith during their young adult years - and often beyond that. In total, six out of ten twentysomethings were involved in a church during their teen years, but have failed to translate that into active spirituality during their early adulthood. [We've run articles in the past about why youth ministries are ineffective-- see this link for an example. Even Time Magazine has reported on the failure of sugar-coated, MTV-style youth ministries and the surge of interest in strong biblical teaching. The bottom line is that visionary, lifelong faith does not come from "cool" activities and fun-oriented, consumer-based forms of outreach. Wrapping up the shallow things the world has to offer in a "Christian" package cannot replace the foundation of one-on-one discipleship, as this study attests. To listen to a discussion about this topic, click here.]
Read Article (Outside Link) Nov 15, 2006 - 1:20:00 PM

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Parables Under My Roof
Some days the Lord sends us parables in the form of our children. I had a living parable delivered to me today while my second-born son, Alex, practiced piano in our living room.

Nov 2, 2006 - 4:33:00 PM

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The Greatest Generation vs. Generation Y
The old man knew something was wrong the moment he drove up to his warehouse. The door stood wide open, and he had just locked it the day before. He parked his truck and cautiously approached the open door. Suddenly, two heads poked out from the inside. The old man made eye contact with the trespassers. He knew immediately what he was dealing with.
Read Article (Outside Link) Nov 2, 2006 - 4:32:00 PM

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Kidults (Part 2): Peter Pans That Shave
There are only two major differences I can see between Peter Pan and most kidults. The first is that Peter Pan looks as young as he acts and the second is that Peter Pan can fly. However, once those differences are out of the way I can easily see most adultescents crowing gleefully with Pan, “I want to always be a little boy and have fun!”
Read Article (Outside Link) Nov 2, 2006 - 4:31:00 PM

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Addicted to Adultescence
Meet Matt Swann. Matt is a 27-year-old American male who took six and a half years to graduate from college with a degree in cognitive science, and is just getting started figuring out what he wants to do with his life. Matt was asked if he was looking forward to marriage, family, and owning a home. His answer? "I don't ever want a lawn. I do not want to be a parent. I mean ... why would I? There's so much fun to be had while you're young."
Read Article (Outside Link) Oct 27, 2006 - 1:02:00 PM

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The History of the Sunday School Movement
“Feminism, Youth Culture, and the History of the Sunday School Movement” traces the historic battle between relationship-based discipleship and efficiency models of education. The Hebrew vision of covenantal discipleship was contrasted with the Greek emphasis on youth and the Platonic program to separate children from their parents.
Read Article (Outside Link) Oct 17, 2006 - 5:12:00 PM

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Myth of Adolescence
Prior to the late 1800s there were only 3 categories of age: childhood, adulthood, and old age. It was only with the coming of the early labor movement with its progressive child labor laws, coupled with new compulsory schooling laws, that a new category, called adolescence, was invented. Coined by G. Stanley Hall, who is often considered the father of American psychology, ‘adolescence’ identified the artificial zone between childhood and adulthood when young people ceased to be children, but were no longer permitted by law to assume the normal responsibilities of adulthood, such as entering into a trade or finding gainful employment.
Read Article (Outside Link) Oct 17, 2006 - 5:11:00 PM

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Indoctrination U: Arizona State
The department of women’s studies at Arizona State is a telling illustration of the extent to which the values of political activism have superseded those of scholarship. For instance, an introductory course on feminism, “Women‘s Studies 191: All About Feminism,” is in practice a defense of feminist activism. [State universities are well-known bastions of leftist thought, as tenured professors try out their ideas on young minds without calling for critical thinking. This latest news from Arizona State U just demonstrates the continued trend. ]
Read Article (Outside Link) Oct 11, 2006 - 3:30:00 PM

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Confessions of An Anti-Soccer Mom
When other moms pack the kids in the SUV, I'm deliberately staying at home. This is why you won't see me at the Soccer Complex this fall.

Aug 10, 2006 - 10:38:00 PM

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Seen and not heard?
Cries of disbelief have been heard this week following a court ruling banning playground activities in a residential zone due to noise pollution. [From a LAF reader: "Unbelievable but true: seven people in a neighbourhood in Belgium won a court case that disallows a city playground to organise any activities during the holidays due to 'noise pollution.' If playing children are seen as 'noise polution,' where will it end?"]
Read Article (Outside Link) Aug 10, 2006 - 10:24:00 PM

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Children who are loved do better on academic tests
Depriving children of a loving family environment causes lasting damage to their intelligence, emotional wellbeing and even their physical stature, according to the most extensive study of social deprivation yet. [Note from a LAF reader: "What we Christians mothers have known all along is that children do better academically, socially, physcologically, and even physically when in raised up in loving family environments as opposed to institutions."]
Read Article (Outside Link) Aug 3, 2006 - 4:11:00 PM

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