Teaching Children Values

A compilation

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When I think back on my own childhood, images of love, encouragement, and warm family memories flood my mind. I recall evenings on my dad’s lap listening to him read to me for hours. I have no doubt that those experiences instilled in me a lifelong love of books. Four decades later I can still hear my mom’s words, “Treat everyone with kindness, Michele,” in the same tone she used when I was young. The values that my parents modeled—perseverance, compassion, acceptance, . . .  read more

Stand Out!

Adapted from Treasures

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George was a sailor on an oil tanker, and like most sailors he was often at sea for weeks at a time.

Once when George’s ship was in port, he met John outside a bar. The two talked, and eventually John, who was a dedicated Christian, led George to receive Jesus as his Savior.

“Now that you’ve asked Jesus to come into your heart, George, your life is going to change,” John said.

“How’s that?” asked George.

“Well, it says right . . .  read more

Developing Biblical Self-Control

A compilation

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O blessed Jesus, give me stillness of soul in Thee.
Let Thy mighty calmness reign in me;
Rule me, O King of gentleness,
King of peace.
Give me control, great power of self-control,
Control over my words, thoughts and actions.
From all irritability, want of meekness, want of gentleness, dear Lord, deliver me.
By Thine own deep patience, give me patience.
Make me in this and all things more and more like Thee.
—St. John of the Cross (1542–1591)

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We are never going to enjoy stability, . . .  read more

Developing Good Character in Children

A compilation

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Good character consists of knowing the good, desiring the good, and doing the good—habits of the mind, habits of the heart, and habits of action. All three are necessary for leading a moral life; all three make up moral maturity. When we think about the kind of character we want for our children, it’s clear that we want them to be able to judge what is right, care deeply about what is right, and then do what they believe to be right—even in the face of pressure from . . .  read more

Christ in You

By Virginia Brandt Berg

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Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity.
Oh, Thy Spirit divine, all my nature refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.

I was traveling over a very rough road, oh so bumpy, and we began to talk about the roads as they were many years ago when we traveled cross-country and there weren’t the fine highways there are today. Such bumpy roads! We just went from one rut to another in those days.

At this particular time we were [traveling] . . .  read more