By Shirley Carlson, La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, California
As parents, we hope our children will "catch the faith" from us. Modeling good Christian practices does pay off. But we sometimes forget God's charge to us in Deuteronomy 11:19.
"Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
What is the "them" in that verse?
God says it is MY WORD. Church is a good place to learn the scriptures, but it should not be the only place.
When my kids were young, they attended worship and Sunday school regularly, and often I was their teacher. But we did very little home Bible study. Once during a youth group retreat at our family's cottage, I sat in on a Bible discussion. My sons actually knew the Bible pretty well.
But that experience made me realize that we hadn't taken other opportunities for great discussions at home. My sons are strong Christians and raising their children in the faith. But what if we'd had regular devotions and/or Bible study at home? Would our relationships with God and each other be even stronger now?
All home Bible studies start with a good children's Bible. Ask your Christian Education director or youth group leader for recommendations. Search Amazon for options. Choose the one that best fits your family's religious traditions. You'll be blessed if you build strong relationships with your children through Bible study. And you won't have to wonder, "What if...?"
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