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The Apple of God's Eye

CJ Harris, April 29, 2015
The Apple of God's Eye

Psalm 17:8

“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.”

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Mowing the Lawn

Jason Ehmann, April 20, 2015
Mowing the Lawn

After creation, God assigned mankind the task of subduing nature (Gen 1:26-31). He commanded people to subdue and gain sustenance from what He had made, and at the same time blessed them with this task. 

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Taught by Fear

Jason Ehmann, April 13, 2015
Taught by Fear

“Hey Dad! Look what I built.”

 

 “Hey Dad! Check this out!"

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Jesus and Jonah, Part 3

Jason Ehmann, April 6, 2015
Jesus and Jonah, Part 3

In part one and part two of “Jesus and Jonah,” we saw two reasons why Jesus pointed to Jonah as a sign to the unbelieving Jews.

 

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Jesus and Jonah, Part 2

Jason Ehmann, April 6, 2015
Jesus and Jonah, Part 2

In part one, we saw that God used resurrection to affirm the work of both Jesus and Jonah. Jesus even stated that Jonah provided a sufficient sign of God’s authority (Matt. 12:38-42Luke 11:29-32).

 

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Death Abolished

CJ Harris, April 2, 2015
Death Abolished

Easter is God's answer to the curse of sin and death. Every generation has faced the corruption and separation that came from Adam and Eve’s sinful taste. This curse kills the soul as well as the body, creating a barrier to the Lord of Life that no human could cross. None of us can kill death—only God could thwart it.

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Jesus and Jonah, Part 1

Jason Ehmann, April 2, 2015
Jesus and Jonah, Part 1

When we travel, we rely on signs to get us to our destination. But sometimes we don’t see signs because they are hidden, poorly lit, or simply unreadable.

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When to Rebuke

Positive Action, March 30, 2015
When to Rebuke

Adapted from The Best of Pro-Maker III, “To Rebuke or Not To Rebuke,” by Frank Hamrick.

In order to teach young people effectively, we need a great deal of wisdom and patience. Those qualities are put to the test most when we respond to the failures of others.

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New Study on Galatians

Positive Action, March 9, 2015
New Study on Galatians

Explore Paul’s emphasis on grace in Galatians with the newest study from Positive Action for Christ!

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When "Super Saints" Distort the Gospel

Positive Action, March 9, 2015
When "Super Saints" Distort the Gospel

The following is adapted from The Life We Now Live, a 15-lesson study on grace in Galatians, written by CJ Harris and available now on our website.

Tags: galatians, grace, cj harris, unity, gospel

Exploring God's Omnipotence

Positive Action, March 2, 2015
Exploring God's Omnipotence

This is part of a series on God’s attributes. Feel free to use this as a devotional or lesson. You can download a PDF of this lesson here.

Today, let’s look at our omnipotent God. What does omnipotence mean?

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Upcoming Conventions

Positive Action, Feb. 27, 2015
Upcoming Conventions

We’re on the road again! If you can, come visit us at the following conventions:

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The Pleasure of God's Path

CJ Harris, Feb. 23, 2015
The Pleasure of God's Path

Psalm 16:11

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

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Thanks for Joining Us

Positive Action, Jan. 28, 2015

Thank you to those who were able to join us for this year’s Youth Leader Café! We enjoyed the time of fellowship and learning together, and hope to see you again.

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Youth Leader Cafe's Almost Here

Positive Action, Jan. 6, 2015
Youth Leader Cafe's Almost Here

YLC 2015 is just around the corner on MLK Day, January 19, and we hope you'll take the time to join us! 

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New Presentation Resources Available for PreK-12!

Positive Action, Nov. 4, 2014
New Presentation Resources Available for PreK-12!

We’ve just released a ton of new resources for all of our school studies. Each of these downloadable resource packs are available for purchase now from the school section of our website.

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We're Headed West!

Positive Action, Sept. 15, 2014
We're Headed West!

Positive Action is super-pleased to announce that in addition to the Youth Leader Café held on our campus in North Carolina, we’re also hosting a YLC West in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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Why We Make Bible Curricula

Jason Ehmann, Sept. 8, 2014
Why We Make Bible Curricula

In previous posts, I explored why I teach my children the God of the Bible, but now I’d like to explain specifically why we at Positive Action are passionate about Bible curricula.

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Eight Reminders for Bible Teachers

Jason Ehmann, Sept. 5, 2014
Eight Reminders for Bible Teachers

In previous posts, I put forward the big reason I’m excited about teaching Bible, followed by five others.

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Five More Reasons We Teach Bible

Jason Ehmann, Aug. 26, 2014
Five More Reasons We Teach Bible

In the previous post, I discussed my top reason for teaching the Bible to my kids. Here are five more.

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One Big Reason to Teach the Bible

Jason Ehmann, Aug. 18, 2014
One Big Reason to Teach the Bible

People ask my wife and me why we take the time to personally teach our kids the Bible during the day.

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Characteristics of God's Worshippers, Part 2

CJ Harris, Aug. 11, 2014
Characteristics of God's Worshippers, Part 2

Psalm 15:5b

"He that doeth these things shall never be moved."

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Characteristics of God's Worshippers Part 1

CJ Harris, July 22, 2014
Characteristics of God's Worshippers Part 1

Psalm 15:1

“Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?”

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We Have All Walked the Wrong Path

CJ Harris, July 8, 2014
We Have All Walked the Wrong Path

Psalm 14:3

“They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

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Singing When God Delays

CJ Harris, May 30, 2014
Singing When God Delays

Psalm 13:1

“How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?”

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Free Chinese Edition of God's Love Storybook Now Available

Positive Action, May 16, 2014
Free Chinese Edition of God's Love Storybook Now Available

We’re very pleased to announce the Chinese translation of God’s Love: A Bible Storybook, available now worldwide as a free iPad app and printable PDF.

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Loneliness in the Path

CJ Harris, May 2, 2014
Loneliness in the Path

Psalm 12:1

"Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men."

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The Resurrection of Christ Transforms Lives Part 2

Jason Ehmann, April 21, 2014
The Resurrection of Christ Transforms Lives Part 2

Previously, we looked at how Jesus used His resurrection to transform anxiety into confident joy, and His knowledge to comfort sadness and produce passion. Now, we’ll look at two other ways Christ’s resurrection can change lives.

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The Resurrection of Christ Transforms Lives Part 1

Jason Ehmann, April 17, 2014
The Resurrection of Christ Transforms Lives Part 1

My brother and I owned a dilapidated 1983 Toyota truck in high school. Despite the scratched paint and many repair issues, its worst fault was the trouble it took to get started. The faulty connection between the cable and battery post forced us into the habit of “bump starting” the truck—parking on a descent and using momentum to start the engine. All that trouble was the result of a simple problem—a disconnection from the power source.

Tags: Jason Ehmann, Easter, gospel, homeschool

Faith Not to Flee, Part 2

CJ Harris, April 10, 2014
Faith Not to Flee, Part 2

Psalm 11:1

"In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?"

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Faith Not to Flee, Part 1

CJ Harris, March 20, 2014
Faith Not to Flee, Part 1

Psalm 11:1

"In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?"

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God Is Just

CJ Harris, March 11, 2014
God Is Just

Psalm 10:13

"Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it."

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A Song of Faith and Triumph

CJ Harris, Feb. 20, 2014
A Song of Faith and Triumph

Psalm 9:10

"And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee."

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New: The Manna 1 App

Positive Action, Feb. 7, 2014
New: The Manna 1 App

We’re excited to announce the release of the Manna 1 app, a digital version of our daily devotional. It's our hope that this resource can encourage your study of the Scriptures.

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God's People Sing

CJ Harris, Jan. 28, 2014
God's People Sing

Psalm 9:1

"I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works."

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The Eminence of God's Glory

CJ Harris, Jan. 23, 2014
The Eminence of God's Glory

Psalm 8:1

"O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens."

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YLC 2014 Is a Wrap!

Positive Action, Jan. 21, 2014
YLC 2014 Is a Wrap!

This past MLK Day, the Positive Action family hosted the 2014 Youth Leader Café, where pastors, teachers, and parents joined us for fellowship, food, and teaching from God’s Word.

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More Joy Than a Feast

CJ Harris, Jan. 6, 2014
More Joy Than a Feast

Psalm 4:7

"Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased."

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Merry Christmas!

Positive Action, Dec. 20, 2013
Merry Christmas!

As we close up shop until next year, we want to wish all of you a very happy Christmas and a fantastic holiday season. We trust you’ll have many opportunities to reflect on God’s grace and love with your friends and family.

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Rest in God During Trials

CJ Harris, Dec. 17, 2013
Rest in God During Trials

Psalm 3:5

"I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me."

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Submission is Wisdom

CJ Harris, Dec. 2, 2013
Submission is Wisdom

Psalm 2:11

"Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling."

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No One Can Successfully Oppose the Lord

CJ Harris, Nov. 20, 2013
No One Can Successfully Oppose the Lord

Psalm 2:4

"He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision."

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The Fruit of the Path

CJ Harris, Nov. 13, 2013
The Fruit of the Path

Psalm 1:3

"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

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The Delight of the Path

CJ Harris, Oct. 28, 2013
The Delight of the Path

Psalm 1:2

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

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A Call to God's Path

CJ Harris, Oct. 24, 2013
A Call to God's Path

Psalm 1:1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

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The Seven Habits of a Good Writer

Positive Action, Oct. 23, 2013

As we ramp up our editorial season here at Positive Action, we once again have to remind ourselves that writing is as much a lifestyle as a skill. Here are seven habits of good writers—at least, the kind we hope to be some day.

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Youth Leader Cafe is back

Jason Ehmann, Sept. 20, 2013
Youth Leader Cafe is back

Join us for the 2014 Youth Leader Café, a free one-day seminar and webcast for youth pastors, teachers, and parents. There you'll have the chance to meet the Positive Action family and participate in three sessions that explore how you can magnify the majesty of God in ministry.

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The Fifth Step to Wisdom

Frank Hamrick, Sept. 6, 2013

Proverbs 2:4–5

“If thou seekest her as silver; and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”


Values are caught, not taught. If you value earthly things, your children will pick up on it, and your values will become their values. Parents who influence their children for God are those who internally value fellowship with the Lord above all the treasures of earth. If He is not your supreme value, neither will He be your child’s greatest treasure.

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The Fourth Step to Wisdom

Frank Hamrick, Sept. 4, 2013

Proverbs 2:3

“Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding.”


Prayer should be a normal, but important, part of our home. Too often we thrust prayer to the corner. We might begin our mealtimes—those few meals that families are able to have together—with a short, perfunctory prayer. Perhaps at night we might have a quick prayer. We are better off not to pray in front of our children than to pray flippantly or as though we’re rushing to get it over with so we can get to the more important things.

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The Third Step to Wisdom

Frank Hamrick, Sept. 4, 2013

Proverbs 2:2

“So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding.”


Two problems confront the modern parent: truth is not always easy to understand, and children are increasingly less able to concentrate. Yet without understanding, youth have not learned. This verse teaches that a person must “incline” his ear to wisdom, and his heart to understanding. Incline translates the Hebrew word meaning “to stretch out, to spread out.” Wisdom and spiritual understanding come by stretching out our minds to grasp truth.

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The Second Step to Wisdom

Frank Hamrick, Sept. 2, 2013

Proverbs 2:1

“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee…”


Youth must hide the Word in their heart. Once more we see the parent’s focus is the heart, not behavior. Behavior is only a tool, and the tool is not the product. We are equipping youth with the tools they need in life—we are fashioning their hearts. We must readjust our thinking in both education and the home. Education is about wisdom, not knowledge. The home is about the heart, not conformity. In school your child may memorize and give correct answers. In the home your child may submit to your demands. But both of these are external and may be accomplished without an ounce of grace in the heart.

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The Measure of Success

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 30, 2013

Proverbs 2:1–5

“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee: So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom and apply thine heart to understanding, Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”


Verse 5 describes the goal of godly parenting: to produce youth who understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Academic scores do not measure success in your child. Though our children become doctors, lawyers, and influential citizens, we fail if they leave our home without a genuine fear of the Lord and understanding of how He works.

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The Importance of Insight

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 28, 2013

Proverbs 1:18

“And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily [hide] for their own lives.”


The sinners described in these verses had no foresight. They enticed naïve youth to follow them. Yet they walked the path of their own destruction! Youth lack the ability to see beyond today. This is a sign of immaturity, not of rebellion. Keep in mind that your best youth can be enticed to the grossest sins because of their innocence.

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The Desire to Possess

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 28, 2013

Proverbs 1:13

“We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil.”


The second force that makes youth prime candidates to follow the wrong crowd is the desire to possess. All men want to own, to possess. This longing for things is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). It is not possessions that destroy, but the love of them. Paul warns us of the destruction that awaits those who fall into the trap of foolish and hurtful lusts (1 Tim. 6:9).

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The Need to Belong

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 26, 2013

Proverbs 1:11–12, 14

“If they say, Come with us. Let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse.”


Let’s look more closely at those things that cause our children to give in to the enticements of sin. First there is the need to belong. These three verses make this clear. Notice the five uses of the word us in this passage. Children have a strong desire to be accepted. This is a part of nature and is not in itself rebellion. However, the forces of sin understand this drive and use it to seduce the naïve to fall in with the wrong crowd.

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Youthful Naiveté

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 23, 2013

Proverbs 1:10

“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”


Solomon understood human nature. His warning reveals an understanding of two basic truths that endanger our children:

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Our Main Aim

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 23, 2013

Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”


Many scholars consider this verse the theme of Proverbs. It’s certainly foundational to Christian education, wherever that may take place. Knowledge, which the second half of the verse uses synonymously with wisdom, begins with the fear of the Lord. Training in the home begins when youth fear the Lord. Why then do we skip the beginning and concentrate on the results? We can train all day, but we only train fools unless they fear the Lord. As a parent, my first objective is to bring my children face-to-face with God. How?

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Producing Helmsmen

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 21, 2013

Proverbs 1:5

“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning: and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”


This verse points us to the kind of children our homes must produce. Let’s work backwards in this verse. The ultimate goal of a home is to produce children who “attain unto wise counsels.” Literally, the phrase wise counsels can be translated “helmsman” (one who steers a ship). Thus, our homes are like naval academies producing young people capable of steering their own lives and rightly influencing the lives of others. When our children leave home, they must be equipped to steer their lives in a godly direction on an ungodly sea. They must, likewise, have a burden to help other youth avoid the rocky shoals of temptation.

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Goals for Instruction

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 19, 2013

Proverbs 1:4

“To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.”

Having seen the parent’s goals for his own life, we come now to his goals for instruction. The object of parents is to “give subtlety…knowledge and discretion.” Note the progression of verbs in Proverbs 1:2–4: to know, to perceive, to receive, and to give. First, we must have an intimate knowledge (experiential knowledge) of the Lord (true wisdom). Second, we must understand the implications of that wisdom. Third, we must be possessed by that wisdom. Finally, we must instill that same wisdom in our children.

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A God-Focus: The Short Def

Jason Ehmann, Aug. 19, 2013

Usually when we get asked about a God focus, it turns into a pretty lengthy discussion. In the past, we put these long discussions in several forms and found them to be helpful, and—in all honesty—just a little easier because we had room to explain ourselves.

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Great Parenting Goals 3 & 4

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 19, 2013

Proverbs 1:3

“To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity.”

Previously we have discussed two of the four goals that Christian parents should have for their own lives. Today we see the final two goals: to be possessed by judgment and equity.

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Great Parenting Goals 2

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 16, 2013

Proverbs 1:3

“To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity.”

Here are the four goals of wise parents: to be possessed by wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity. Today we look at the second of these goals.

We must be possessed by justice. Justice is the Hebrew word most often translated “righteousness” and refers not to the quality of righteousness but to right living. Experiential knowledge of God leads to righteous living.

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Great Parenting Goals 1

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 14, 2013

Proverbs 1:3

“To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity.”

Here are four great personal goals for a wise parent: wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity. Today we will discuss the first goal.

We must not merely instruct in wisdom, we must ourselves receive the instruction of wisdom. Receive is the King James translation of a Hebrew word that means “to accept, to believe, or to commit to.” The concept of possession is inherent in the meaning of this word. Thus, a wise parent must be personally saturated with wisdom. Wise parents are literally dripping with the knowledge of God in their daily lives. Wise parents are totally committed to knowing, loving, and enjoying the Lord. Is this your goal? Do you daily seek fellowship with Him? Does your heart pant for God (Ps. 42:1)?

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Knowledge vs. Wisdom

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 12, 2013

Proverbs 1:2
“To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding.”

Parents impart knowledge. Good parents impart wisdom. It is good for children to know 2+2=4. It is better that they know that behind the strict mathematical code is a God of order, organization, detail, and exactness. It may be good that our children play sports, but it is far better that they see the LORD behind every event in their lives.

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