Family is the oldest institution
Family is the cornerstone of this society.
Family is the basis, the backbone, the foundation,
the infrastructure, and root of civilization the bedrock
from which all other communities and nations stem from.
Families create generations.
Since God’s purpose spans the generations,
our mission should be to help our children
to develop a relationship with God
by talking about God and explaining,
as soon as they are able to comprehend,
God's instructions on how to live.
Wherever and whenever there is a window of
opportunity... we need to seize the moment.
we have a sacred duty to rear our children
in love and righteousness.
We must equip our children, spiritually,
Our goal as parents should be to endeavor to pass down
our faith to the next generation in such a way
that they will be able to pass down their faith
to future generations.
Our role and privilege is to model, with pure truthfulness,
what we have in our relationship with God.
Our children yearn to see the reality
of who God is in the natural flow of our lives.
Our children need to see that faith matters,
that it is relevant to our daily situations,
and that it is honest.
when it is convenient to do so.
We cannot afford to relegate spiritual discussions
to a Sunday morning service, only...
especially when God's grace and mercy
are both available...
Our goal should be to help our children/family
We can raise up godly generations,
not only through our children,
but also through our children's children.
It begins in our homes...
with us as the teachers.
One of the most important purposes of the family
is to impart a godly heritage.
Family should teach our children well...
filling our communities, cities, states, countries,
the entire universe with God-fearing,
decent, fair, honest, upright, morally mature,
emotionally sound and respectful, Spirit-filled, righteous,
who will not have to recover from their childhood,
but will in turn,
teach and raise a godly heritage
when they become parents.
God’s desire is that families concentrate
on building character and a godly spirit
into their children.
God's desire is that we would extend
a godly heritage throughout our family
and future generations.
God has designed the family
as the first source of spiritual training
and preparation for life.
The family should provide the physical,
emotional, social, economic, and spiritual needs
of its members so that they can become productive
and useful for God and His work in the earth.
Every family has a specific God-given calling
and purpose to fulfill.
The family must impart and perpetuate
their experiential knowledge of God.
The family must impart the qualities
that enable members to rise to their fullest potential.
The concepts of love, acceptance of others,
morality, peace, justice, mercy,
and self-denial for the good of others,
are learned best within the structure
of a God-fearing family.
The bedrock of all societies,
a haven in a heartless world,
the birthplace of passion,
the most reliable unit in society
should be the family.
is in serious crisis!
Although most regard family
as their most gratifying aspect of life,
they also regard it as their most bewildering.
Strained, frazzled, tensed, stressed,
and losing touch with each other...
the family is changing, and sad to say,
not for the better.
Dysfunctional and abusive homes,
with little or no relational connection,
where there is a lack of communication,
little or no quality time together,
no respect for one another,
emotional and physical scars,
a lack of nurturing or encouragement,
left to themselves,
can produce dysfunctional children...
who in turn pollute our society.
Our children will never live right...
if we do not lead right.
As a family, we should have core values that we live by.
We should lovingly teach our children
to imbibe these core values.
Virtue, integrity, initiative, respect,
and love are examples of what we should
pour into our children and in any society.
Emotions like love for God, unspeakable joy,
peace, care, kindness, and other positive,
are what we should be passing on to our children.
It was God’s intention for these positive attributes
to be nurtured and maintained
through the relationships and interconnectedness
of the human family.
God designed into human beings
a need and desire for positive, loving relationships.
Some family members are spiritually
starving to death.
Without family, that successful entrepreneur
may become that inmate.
That genius may become a dope dealer.
That great scientist, teacher, preacher, chef,
producer, writer, actor, mom, dad, or florist,
could become that homeless person
searching for crumbs to eat.
One can suffer untold damage
without these interconnections.
Unfortunately, for some,
the very people they look to for love
and affection are the ones who have wounded them most.
Sometimes the ones who are quick to wound us are
members of our own family.
Some family members can be super-critical,
quick to find problems, and/or faults,
they tell cutting jokes that are put downs
(in other words... at another family member's expense)
leaving deep and painful wounds which can last a lifetime.
Many family members have watched their parents,
children, siblings, and spouses
go to the graves commenting
"We never really talked,"
or "I never really knew him/her."
Far too many families know what the other does,
but they do not know each other.
Too many are searching for significance
through mundane activities,
yet, in the midst of it all...
they have lost the significance
of what they were designed to be...
a member of the highest institution
in the entire universe...
When the families' foundation
eventually nations will.
Today, in our easy going, accommodating society,
we're faced with tremendous family issues.
Many families are confused and scattered.
Many children don't experience healthy parent,
Unfortunately, many parents don't feel the need
to be committed parents.
There is an overflow of teen rebellion,
and other devastating problems which
are robbing families of their happiness.
What should be that safe haven of security
for every man, woman, and child
has become more of a living hell.
Good families produce productive citizens.
Families nurture, love, work together, and share one another's burdens.
Families are supportive and encouraging.
Families listen, counsel, and console their members.
Our families need to feel safe,
no matter how trouble-filled the outside world may be.
They need to know that if they get sick,
family has their back and will care for them.
They need to know if they have problems
with peer pressure, school, or work
they can go to family and get sage, godly advice and support.
Our children live and learn best through
their everyday observations and experiences of
and with the people they love and trust.
A strong family is one that sustains its members.
A strong family supports and nourishes the members
throughout the span of that family.
A strong family unit creates and cultivates a safe,
positive, and a supportive place for all members
to not only survive, but thrive!
Strong families create environments
that allow children to not only hear God?s Word,
but also to put God's Word into practice.
A strong family will utilize their resources
and live together in a fairly healthy manner.
A strong family sincerely seeks God every day,
asking God to reveal His plan for them.
The adults in a strong family understand the importance of
setting the tone for a peaceful and loving environment.
They understand the importance of being good role models
and leading by positively good examples.
Good families inscribe:
good morals, values, spirituality, love, self-respect,
and dignity on the hearts and minds of their members.
High self-esteem and respect comes from
positively good family environments and experiences.
In order for our society to eliminate crime, violence,
and other societal ills...
each household must cultivate environments
for our children's faith, in God, to grow.
We must come to realize that a strong identity in Christ
will guide all of our choices in ways that we as parents,
in our own strength, simply cannot.
We must help our children fall in love with Jesus
and teach our children
how to cultivate a love relationship with God
as we cultivate our own.
We must live our lives authentically in front of our family members
so that they become eyewitnesses to our own transformation.
Most importantly, we must pray that God's Spirit
will transform our children into His likeness.