First, we live in a day in which pressures from all sides are on the family to be fractured and atomized.Fathers are worked to a frazzle and so are too dogged to spend quality time with children; mothers are lured away from their little children to the work force; children have their own activities, and the one thing that pulls them all to the same room makes zombies out of them all: the television.Or to put it still another way: Rely on God's fatherly care to supply all your needs and use all that supply to meet the needs of the children.
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, till I proclaim they might to all the generations to come … It is a magnificent thing when an old man can stand and say, "God has been my hope from my youth on.
I have seen sore troubles, but have never been forsaken, and by God's grace have never forsaken Him." That is what I want my sons to say in 70 years.
Many six-year-olds have made professions of faith after sitting through a worship service.
But even where most of the sermon goes over their heads, the children profit.
I think this came about mainly at my urging, so I thought it would be good to tell the larger assembly why I feel this way, just as I told the C. Joshua -35 says, He read all the words of the law, the blessing and the cursing, according to all that is written in the book of the law.
There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel , and the women and the little ones and the sojourners who lived among them.
After that goal for the children becomes clear, then we hear God's commission to us to train the children in the faith.
Here I am going to leave a big hole in my message to be filled up at another time, namely, the responsibility of parents—especially fathers—to train their children in the faith at home.
Let's make worship a family affair as much as we can.