“The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree” 3/23/2016 Written by bruce r. mills

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 “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree”

 

 

Revised from 4/24/2013  by bruce r. mills  for www.Godsmanforever.com

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it (NKJV)

Some time ago, I wrote about how married couples could find lifelong harmony, based upon at least one of them walking in the Spirit, as a Spirit filled Christian…Ephesians 5:18-20…  And I also urged unmarried Christians who were dating, to only date Christians; because the Bible tells us this, in…2 Corinthians 6:14-15

Everything I write about is typically backed up by teaching from God’s Word, the Bible…  There is no better source for learning how to live one’s life in the will of God, than from the words of God spoken through the Bible…

I also spent a little time explaining about the benefits of attending church; but emphasized that finding the right church with the right doctrine, was absolutely critical in the spiritual development of the Christian’s life…  Christians are all called to be conformed to the image of Christ…Romans 8:29…   I posted the link for writing I had done back in January, titled…“The Right Church”…on 1/05/2013…  Previous writing can be found @ www.Godsmanforever.wordpress.com  by typing the date in the search window…

Today, I am going to write for anyone with children, or who are planning to have children…about the urgent need to find the right church for them, as well as yourself…  The statistics on children, who never attended church with their parents when they were growing up, indicate that 78% of them today, as adults…are still absent from church…

Children becoming Christians in God’s eyes…who go out and make other disciples for Christ, when they grow up…is the only way the USA (or any other country), is going to turn the tide on declining church attendance, which is now under 20%, per the following article… http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/139575-7-startling-facts-an-up-close-look-at-church-attendance-in-america.html

Thinking ahead before one marries…about the future of any children…should be more important that self gratification one may find in the dating process…  Actually, our own eternal future should be the most important thing in our lives to get right…  And once we become a Christian (through obedience to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ – see P.S. below on God’s grace)…our next priority in regards to marriage, should be finding a Christian spouse, to have the best shot at living a long married life…filled with God’s richest blessings that God reserves for His obedient children…Deuteronomy 11:26-28

When Christian parents are living by Jesus’ two most important commandments (Matthew 22:36-40)…loving the Lord with all of their heart, mind, and soul…and then loving those around them as themselves…they should automatically be placing the needs of their children, ahead of their own needs…

I have seen the remarkable difference in children who have been brought up in a Bible preaching and teaching church…in comparison to children who haven’t…  My own two grandchildren are my first hand examples of 7 (now almost 10),  and 9 (now 12) year old kids, who understand through teaching by godly parents…and by attending Sunday school from a very young age…what is proper in terms of manners towards adults, and what is the right and the wrong thing to do in everyday life…

The Apostle Paul pens this, in…

Romans 10:14-17How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  (NKJV)

Don’t neglect the spiritual development of your children at an early age; or the proper planning now, for a Christian home, for future children…  This is vitally important, so that “when he is old he will not depart from it”… These opening words penned by Solomon, the wisest man of the times (maybe ever…1 Kings 4:29-34)…should be acted upon now, for a future generation of God fearing, Christian people…

Heavenly Father, I pray Your Word would be used to wake up all people to the need that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God…  I pray Father, that everyone would understand the need to understand and obey the gospel of peace, to be graced with the gift of salvation through saving faith alone in Your Son Jesus Christ… I pray for this fullness of Christ for all of us, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

Here is a link to my additional writing about the right church doctrine… (Search 01/08/2013 in above link) or click on…   https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/gods-group-thoughts-for-1082013-church-doctrine-starts-and-ends-with-the-word/

Along with this, I am including a link titled…”Where Should I Go to Church?”, because it does a fantastic job using scripture, to explain how to find the right church, which has the right doctrine… http://www.relevantbibleteaching.com/site/cpage.asp?cpage_id=140011534&sec_id=140001239

P.S.  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/gods-group-thoughts-for-10202012-gods-grace-through-obedience-to-the-gospel-of-christ/

Picture credit:  https://lynnesletters5.wordpress.com/category/apples/

 

 

 

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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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