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Ephesians 6:1-4

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” – which is the first commandment with a promise – 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Today is the last day of our VBS (Vacation Bible School) for 2017. I posted this on Facebook this morning early. Up early to thank God for the awesome folks at First United Methodist Church of Laurel. Today is the last day of VBS. This ministry is such an expression of love for Jesus, the community, and for the memory of Linda Ryan. I’m honored to serve those who serve for Jesus. They are all heroes to me!

As we finish another year of VBS – I’m taking a look at today’s passage – especially the final part of today’s passage that say – Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. VBS is part of the final part of that 4th verse – bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. I have marveled at the number of persons who have given of themselves all week to help train our children and the children of the community in the ways of Jesus! Continue reading

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July 27, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Train Up A Child

Proverbs 22:6

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. It was my first Mother’s Day without my mom. There was one other person in each service that was facing their first Mother’s Day without their mom. It was not an easy Sunday. I couldn’t bring myself to preach a typical Mother’s Day sermon. It would have been too hard to deliver.

Today’s passage is familiar to many of us I’m sure. Proverbs 22:6 – Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. NIV11 In the KJV it reads this way – Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it.

My mother did much of the child rearing/training – as my father worked several jobs to make ends meet while we were young (he drive a school bus – sub taught in the local High School – and served a church while attending college and seminary). She was the day-to-day presence in our lives. She and my grandmother were whom we turned to often in our daily lives as young children. I owe much if not most of my development as a child to my mom. Continue reading

May 15, 2017 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Training Up Our Children

Ephesians 6:1-4

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” – which is the first commandment with a promise – 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

82015 RayToday we will finish our look at this week’s verses by looking again at verse 4. This verse reads – Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Looking at the last part of that verse we read again – bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  We’re instructed in Deuteronomy to train up our children.

Deuteronomy 6:7 – Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

A familiar proverb reads like this – Proverbs 22:6 – Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Continue reading

October 2, 2015 Posted by | Build, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Training Our Children

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

RevRayAs I put this daily thought to bed – I am in my home office listening to some Third Day – as they sing Revelation – on Pandora Radio.  I spend a lot of time listening to music as I work on sermons and devotional thoughts.  Basically I like to listen to music while I do most anything.  I spent much of the morning (up since 4:15 am) seeking His face, while desiring His grace while listening to music.  I have always listened to music while I work.  My dad could never understand how listening to Steppenwolf or Stevie Wonder for example could help me study – but music has always helped me focus.

I’ve mentioned a few times recently that I have two granddaughters.  They are a new joy in my life – Justice most recently but Vyrie was born during a very tough time in my life with the death of my father among other things.  Her smile and joyous spirit have comforted me during a time when I needed it.  I know Justice will as well as she grows into her personality.

This passage came to mind as I was thinking of my granddaughters – These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Continue reading

June 18, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Train a Child in the Way of the Lord

Proverbs 22:6

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

RevRayWhat is it you learned as a child from your parents?  My parents taught me about Jesus (the most important thing they could have taught me).  More important than teaching me about Jesus – they showed me Jesus in the way they lived.  They taught me how to garden – although I don’t garden today.  They taught me how to camp – although my wife soon put an end to that endeavor.  My father taught me how to be a good husband and father – you’d have to ask my wife and children how well I followed his lessons.  They taught me loads of things.  What did your parents or someone else in your life teach you while you were growing up?  How significant is what you learned as a child today? Continue reading

April 4, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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