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4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (Titus 2:4-5). Mothers, if you have young children at home and you work outside the home, then you and your husband are blaspheming the Word Of God.


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Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him (Proverbs 22:15). He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (Proverbs 13:24). Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying (Proverbs 19:18). Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. (Proverbs 23:13-14) The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. (Proverbs 29:15)

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For the Love of the Family Ministries TM
Missionaries to America's Forgotten Mission Field, the Family
The Most Important Key In Rearing Children To Live For The Lord Part 1
Dr. Terry L. Coomer, Pastor
Ministry of Hope Baptist Church
139 Shadow Oaks Drive
Sherwood, AR 72120

These messages may be copied in their entirety to help Christians in the rearing of their children for God and strengthening their family. They are not to be changed in any manner or to be sold. This header must be on any copy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the author.
The Most Important Key In Rearing Children to Live  
For the Lord
Part One

Proverbs 23:26, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”   For several years now, I have taught on the family.  Kim and I have been married 32  years and both of our daughters have now grown up and are out of our home.  Both girls  and my son-in-law serve God in independent-fundamental Baptist ministries.  As a Pastor  for more than twenty-five years, I have seen a lot of pain in the lives of Christians over  the matter of their children.  It has caused many people to not serve God and to have  bitterness in their lives.  The sad commentary is that most children who grow up in  church do not end up serving God, and go through a lot of pain themselves because of their refusal to serve the Lord.

Kim and I are at the time of our life where we are looking back and evaluating what we  did and how we did it?  Also, what mistakes did we make, where did we fail, and what  we could have done differently.  Of course, the Lord has also shown more things to us  along the way.  Recently, we have been working with two children in our church. Their  single mother was saved, but the home was a total disaster.  These two children were in  the fourth and sixth grade and could not read.  The mother has decided that she wants  God to work in her life and wants her family to be all they can be for Him.  Kim has been  working in home schooling these two children.  They are now reading at 3rd grade level  after a year of work.  These children have been given a gift that they would have never  received otherwise only by the grace of God.  Their lives have totally changed.  The  sadness is there are multitudes of children like these children.  In this case the mother is a  hard worker and must work to support the children and the family.  Dad is no where to be  seen and hasn’t seen the children in a long time.   

That is not uncommon, as in the last year in the United States 40 percent of all children  have not seen their father.   In fact, 57.7 percent of all marriages end in divorce and those  that remarry the second time, 75 percent end in divorce.  Someone might say, “Well  Pastor that is the world, not the church”.  Hardly the truth.  Recently, an independent  fundamental college did a survey of their graduates and 40 percent had divorced since  they left school!  Divorce is a part of our culture and why is it that most children who  grow up in church do not end up serving God?  Why do so many Christian marriages  break up?  The church and the cause of Christ has been hurt and the lives of many  destroyed by this matter.  God knows my heart on this.  This is not a preacher trying to  lay a guilt trip on anyone.  It is a preacher with a broken heart trying to help someone  who will listen.  I have come to the conclusion if I can help just a few to change their life and have the joy that they could have, then it will be all worth it.   Kim and I have spent  some extra time studying this most important subject.  The principles I will be presenting  in this series of articles will be from God’s Word and have been used in the lives of people to change their life and turn around their marriage and their children.  This is not  someone who does not know what he is talking about.

Quite frankly, in all my years as a Pastor, what I have seen is most folks would like their  marriage to change or their children to actually serve God, but are unwilling to pay the  price that must be paid for that to happen.  Folks, that only happens when people have a  real, intimate, personal, passionate, relationship, with the Savior and are really willing to  apply the scripture to their life.

Many times I have heard from folks, “Well Pastor I know many Pastor’s kids who have  not grown up to serve the Lord”.  I understand that, and many Pastors have had a lot of  pain in their lives as well, because of this.  Many have destroyed their lives, their  ministries, and their churches.  Also, many Pastors live in denial.  The answer that most  folks give is, “Well we did all we could, but they went the other way”.  Of course, when  you start digging into the matter, you find all they could do, really did not line up with  God’s Word.  But, I am not making light of that because they really do believe that.  It is  one of the devil’s lies, “You did all you could”.  Also, let me say this in defense of  Pastors, there are many godly Pastors whose children have lived for God.  The Pastor  cannot live your life for you, he can only instruct you from God’s Word.  You will make  the choice of what instruction you apply to your life.

For those who want to discount with me Proverbs 22:6  with excuses like it is not for this  time, it is a proverb, it really does not mean that, let me remind you  II Timothy 3:16-17  says very plainly, “ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable”….    Last time I looked, Proverbs is in the canon of scripture and is there for our profitability.

So, let’s get to the heart of the matter.  The parent who says, “I took them to church, I  prayed for them, we had devotions, and we put them in a Christian school, or even home schooled them and they went the other way.  I feel for you, but none of those things are a  guarantee that your child will desire to walk with God.  I understand the child broke your  heart.

First of all, you need to do all that can do to make sure your child is saved.  What a  tragedy that a child would grow up in a Christian home with saved parents and never  come to know Christ as Savior.  The devil will do all he can do to see to it that your  children do not get saved.  Keep in mind for the Christian; once you do come to know  Christ as Savior, you are in a battle.

Let me see if I can put it in proper perspective for you.  You are fighting the devil for  your child!  You are also fighting for his or her future generations.  I think most  Christian parents fail to see this.  I Peter 5:8-9, “The devil as a roaring lion walketh about  seeking whom he may devour.  Whom resist steadfast in the faith”…  The devil doesn’t  care about how pretty your church is, or if you look good, or act good, smell right, or  dress right.  He makes war on babies and he will make war on your babies.  This is a  spiritual battle!  II Timothy 2:4, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs  of this life”…  One of the problems is right here.  We do not understand we are in a war  and secondly, many Christians are so entangled in affairs of this life that they do not  understand the war they are in and the damage that is happening right around them in  their own family and in their own home.

First of all folks, you have to understand the matter is a spiritual battle.  You have to be  prepared to do battle for your child.  If someone broke into your home and tried to take  your wife or children there would a battle.  However, the devil has blinded many  Christians to the battle they are in to the extent they do not even know they have lost their  husband, wife, or children.

I have had many parents tell me that they thought everything was okay with their child  and then tragedy strikes.  They did not have a clue what was going on inside the child.   Numerous times I have heard a parent who had their child in a Christian school or home  schooling the child and the child runs off or gets in to drugs, pornography, immorality,  and many other things.  Was the child going to church? Was the child doing devotions? Was the child active in the activates of the church?  Yes.  So, what happened?

Through this series of articles we will find out what happened and how we can prevent it  and how we can do something about it when it happens.  In all my years of pastoring and  schooling, I have hardly ever heard anyone deal with the root of the problem and I have  heard hundreds of messages from many different preachers.  I believe that is the real  reason we have such a disaster going on.
Proverbs 23:26 is the key to spiritual child rearing.  “My son, give me thine heart”…..  
Let me ask you a most serious and sobering question.  Do you have your child’s heart? You as a parent have to get the child’s heart.  Not only must you get the heart of the child  you must keep the heart of the child!  Do you know how to get your child’s heart? Failure to do so will cause the tragedy that we see around us today.  Before we are done  with this series of articles you will be able to know.

I can hear someone say, “Pastor I knew a Christian family where there were three  children and two of the kids grew up to serve the Lord and one was a horrible rebel”.   The answer is here, the parent did not have the heart of the rebel or they did not keep the  heart of the rebel.  Did you know there are more than 60 different passages of scripture  that deal with the heart issue?

When you get right down to it, if there is a problem it is a heart problem.  A parent who  has the child’s heart will have access to everything else in the child’s life.  There is a  companion verse to Proverbs 23:26 and it is in Malachi 4:6, “And he shall turn the heart  of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers”…..  Did you  notice the order?  There is also a promise to what will happen if the hearts are not turned.   “Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse”.  Like 1:17, “to turn the hearts of the  fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just”…  How do your  children see you?  Do they see you as just?  That is how they should see you.  I want you  to notice “hearts of the fathers to the children”.  God is so concerned about this; He had a  huge section of the book of Deuteronomy dedicated to it.  See our web site and the  message is called “Don’t Forget the Children”  http://www.churchpages.org/fortheloveofthefamily/articles/notforgettingthechildren.htm.   Dad have you turned your heart to your children?  Mom have you turned your heart  toward your children?  This has to happen before you can and will get their heart.

Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not  depart from it”.   You may wish to read Psalm 78:5-7 and Deuteronomy 6:1-2 in  connection with this.  Here in Proverbs 22:6, the phrase “train up” means to dedicate or  pay the price.  A price has to be paid in a spiritual battle or any battle for that matter.  If  someone is going to train, they must dedicate themselves to the task and pay the price.   As a former professional baseball player I spent many hours training.  It took dedication,  time, and effort.

I want you listen very carefully right now.  The real problem in contemporary  Christianity is parents being willing to change themselves.  Folks, there is a price to be paid to rear our children for God.  God knows all about you and me and He knows if we  are willing in our heart to pay the price.  It will mean denial of self.  We have to be  willing to pay the price of turning our hearts to our children and turn our hearts and theirs  from themselves, others, and to the parents.  You have to get the child’s heart!  The  problem in every spiritual problem is the heart!

Folks, rebellion begins in the heart.  Children’s lives wander because their heart  wanders.  Have you ever heard anyone say, “Some rebellion is normal and to be  expected”.  THAT IS A LIE!  IT IS A LIE OF SATAN!  Listen to me on this, rebellion  is a serious matter and is not normal it is Satanic.  The devil wants you to believe that it is  okay.  After all it is just a child that is normal.  The devil then has got you convinced you  don’t have to deal with it.  The sad part is the parent does not know how to deal with and  shoves the child further into rebellion in the heart.  I Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as  the sin of witchcraft”…, Jeremiah 5:23, “But this people have a revolting and a rebellious  heart”.   Ephesians 6:6, “Doing the will of God from the heart”.  The heart of every  spiritual problem is the heart.

Listen carefully, if you do not have the child’s heart you have the potential for rebellion,  and terrible, wicked, horrible things can happen from that.  The one who has the child’s  heart eventually will have his life and his loyalty.  Whoever has the heart, will eventually  have the child.
You can tell a lot about who has the child’s heart by looking at their bedroom walls!  In  ending part one, I am going to tell you four things about the heart and then I will pick up  in part two the particulars of the matter of the heart.

    1.     Pray for and ask God to give you your child’s heart continually.  Pray that you  will be able to keep their heart.  
    2.     You can lose the heart of your child.  
    3.     Your child’s heart can be hardened.  
    4.    Your child’s heart can be stolen.

Terry L. Coomer is the Pastor of Elwood Bible Baptist Church, and the Director of For the Love of the  Family Ministries™.  He has also served as the Publisher of the nation’s fastest growing daily newspaper. Pastor Coomer holds Family Conferences in the local church.  To have a meeting at your church or other needs he may be contacted at (765) 552-1973, tlcoomer@juno.com, www.fortheloveofthefamily.com.  

For the Love of the Family Ministries
Missionaries to America's Forgotten Mission Field, the Family
Dr. Terry L. Coomer, Pastor
Ministry of Hope Baptist Church
139 Shadow Oaks Drive
Sherwood, AR 72120

Distributed by For the Love of the Family Ministries™, copyright 2002-05.  For the  Love of the Family Ministries is a missionary ministry to America’s forgotten field,  the family.  For the Love of the Family Ministries purpose is:

1.     To encourage and help Pastors, parents, and the local church in strengthening  and training their families and their children to live for and serve God.  To have  a strong church we must have strong families. (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4).

2.     To provide literature, cassette tapes, videotapes, and resource material to  churches and families from an independent-fundamental, Biblical, Baptist  viewpoint that encourages godly families.

3.    To provide a magazine For The Love of The Family Magazine dealing with  family issues that encourages godly living and provides practical Biblical  training for the home.  This is a subscription-based magazine.
4.    To hold Family, Missions and Bible conferences in the local church.  We also hold Family Living Seminars.  Pastor Coomer is available on a limited basis for  these conferences and seminars, as we believe the family is a great and forgotten  mission field in many instances.  We have a book table with godly family  literature available during the meetings.  Our booklet For the Love of the Family,  a practical guide on rearing children spiritually to grow up and serve God will  be available at the conferences and seminars.  Some Pastors have placed orders  for these books to give to each family in their church.  Please contact us at the  address, phone or e-mail address above to schedule meetings or order For the  Love of the Family $5.00 each, order 25 or more and the cost is $4.00 each.   See  the order blank on our web site http://www.fortheloveofthefamily.com

5.     To be Ambassadors for Christ (IICorinthians 5:20) to the forgotten mission field  the “American Family.”

6.     To see the salvation of families and to see families learning to serve God.

7.     To have a web site http://www.fortheloveofthefamily.com for the Christian family to     obtain godly family information in this apostate hour.

8.     To provide other godly literature to Pastors, local churches and families.

9.     To provide e-mail articles to a list of people, who want to have regular, practical,  Biblical, godly family articles provided for them.  If you or someone you know would like these articles on a regular basis please send the e-mail address to  TLCOOMER@juno.com.  To be removed from the list do the same.

As a Pastor for many years I have become greatly concerned and greatly burdened  over the number of children who grow up not to serve the Savior from Christian  homes.  There seems to be a real lack of practical, spiritual, Biblical training going  on in this apostate hour.  I am also greatly concerned about the number of Christian  families that are blowing apart and the tragedy that results from these lives.  It is  the desire of this ministry to help, encourage, and to provide training and Biblical  help to families to not lose their children and for parents to know what it means to  be godly parents, husbands and wives.  Please feel free to contact us for more  information.  Contributions and support are appreciated to provide for the work of  the ministry.

Other literature available currently:

For the Love of the Family - Rearing Spiritual Children to Serve the Lord, by Pastor Terry L.  Coomer.  Pastor Coomer takes us step by step through the Bible in training our children to  grow up and serve God. Extremely practical and a must read for every Christian parent  
who is serious about their children and family walking with God. $5.00 each buy 25 or more  $4.00 each.

Tongues Speaking in the Book of Acts and I Corinthians, by Pastor Terry L. Coomer.  This is  an in depth study of all the passages dealing with this subject in Acts and I Corinthians.   Easy to read and great to have available to give to people who are confused about this  subject. One missionary who read the booklet commented, “I graduated from Bible College  and I have never heard this subject presented in such a Biblical common sense way as  Pastor Coomer has presented it. Great material.”  These booklets are available for $4.00  per booklet order 25 or more they are $3.00 each.
What is Wrong With the Christians of America?  Sermon by Pastor Terry L. Coomer  available by e-mail or by regular mail $1.00 each. This sermon deals with the lack of  spiritual desire by the Christians of America.  A sermon that gives keen spiritual and  Biblical insight to the spiritual problems that are causing great harm in the lives of many  Christians and to our families.

How to Have a Daily Time with God, a practical step by step approach to having a personal,  passionate, intimate relationship with God.  Pastor Coomer shows you how to get the most  out of your Bible reading, what books to read and how to have a daily journal of your  insights with God.  Extremely practical and easy to follow.  Gives you the scriptural reason  for having a daily time with God. These booklets are available for $4.00 per booklet order  25 or more they are $3.00 each.

How to Deal With Hurt, by Pastor Terry L. Coomer.  Many Christian families are not  serving God today because they have at one time been hurt.  The tragedy to their lives, their  children’s lives, and to the church is great.  In an exposition of Psalm 37 Pastor Coomer  shows us the flesh cycle that many Christians live in when they are hurt and the spiritual  cycle that God wants us to live in.   Extremely practical and greatly needed by families who  are hurting.  These booklets are available for $4.00 per booklet order 25 or more they are  $3.00 each.

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