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Post by Strangelove on Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:19 pm

My son is coming up to 6 this year. I've told him a little about Jesus. Told him my own version of some of the Gospel stories.

A little joke we have together is:

"I love you more than anything in the world boy"

and he says..

"But"

and I say...

"But"

and he says...

"But,,,,,Jesus is not in this world"

"Thats right boy Very Happy "



However, I have this feeling that I'm not really doing enough. Does anyone else have young children?

How do you bring them up in Christ?

Is it just leading by example and then let them dig into the Gospels in their own time to make their decision? Or should we treat it like a work in progress?

I have a daughter who's 2 years old so this will be useful for later.

Thanks Brethren.

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Post by zone on Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:14 pm

you're doing it all right Doc.
all they need is to never have any reason to doubt what they now know: Jesus is real, He is my God and He loves me, i am His.

good work dad.

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Post by Adstar on Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:24 am

Strangelove wrote:My son is coming up to 6 this year. I've told him a little about Jesus. Told him my own version of some of the Gospel stories.

A little joke we have together is:

"I love you more than anything in the world boy"

and he says..

"But"

and I say...

"But"

and he says...

"But,,,,,Jesus is not in this world"

"Thats right boy Very Happy "



However, I have this feeling that I'm not really doing enough. Does anyone else have young children?

How do you bring them up in Christ?

Is it just leading by example and then let them dig into the Gospels in their own time to make their decision? Or should we treat it like a work in progress?

I have a daughter who's 2 years old so this will be useful for later.

Thanks Brethren.

Doc.

I am not been blessed with a child so maybe i am
not the one to give advice, but anyway if i had a son of about 6 i would be
looking for portions of the beatitudes to read to him. Pick scripture that you
think He will understand and share them with him. Being only 6 you have to be
cautious in what you read to him. I think directly reading the Words of Jesus
will make Jesus more real to him, not some santa like figure. If he was 11 or
12 it would be completely different situation and you could read much more
scripture to him. I guess you should seek the conviction of the Holy Spirit to
guide you in what to read to him.

Hope you and your son are blessed by fellowship: D


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Post by Strangelove on Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:49 am

Adstar wrote:I am not been blessed with a child so maybe i am
not the one to give advice, but anyway if i had a son of about 6 i would be
looking for portions of the beatitudes to read to him.


Whats beautitudes? I like the sound of that.

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Post by Adstar on Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:13 pm

Strangelove wrote:

Whats beautitudes? I like the sound of that.

Oh sorry Strangelove bit of churchy jargon speak there.
You have so much biblical wisdom i sometimes forget you are new to this
thing. Anyway beatitudes comes from two words compressed into one.
Beautiful Attitudes. It is also called the sermon on the mount in churchy speak.
Jesus gave a big speech on the mount. It starts in Matthew 5 and goes to the end
of Matthew 7. It was a beautiful speech filled with guidance in true love. Some of
it may be too heavy for a 6 year old but much of it is sweet.


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Post by Strangelove on Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:47 pm

Adstar wrote:Oh sorry Strangelove bit of churchy jargon speak there.
You have so much biblical wisdom i sometimes forget you are new to this
thing.

You flatter me.
Adstar wrote:
Anyway beatitudes comes from two words compressed into one.
Beautiful Attitudes. It is also called the sermon on the mount in churchy speak.
Jesus gave a big speech on the mount. It starts in Matthew 5 and goes to the end
of Matthew 7. It was a beautiful speech filled with guidance in true love. Some of
it may be too heavy for a 6 year old but much of it is sweet.


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Oh right ok....ya...the sermon on the mount is pure gold.

Anywayz...I tried a little bit with my son today. Actually he, out of the blue, asked me to show him his favourite song on you tube...'shine Jesus shine',,,,and then after that I read him the verse about do unto others how you would have them do to you.

Then I asked him...."so....if you want your sister to be nice to you....how do you have to be to her?"

"////....uhm......I dunno...."

"you have to be nice right? and then she will be nice to you too!"

"oh ya......ok"

"Jesus said that...isn't He great!?"

"....////....Jesus is poo poo"

(Still some work to do there Laughing )

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Post by Adstar on Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:50 pm

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You flatter me.
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Oh right ok....ya...the sermon on the mount is pure gold.

Anywayz...I tried a little bit with my son today. Actually he, out of the blue, asked me to show him his favourite song on you tube...'shine Jesus shine',,,,and then after that I read him the verse about do unto others how you would have them do to you.

Then I asked him...."so....if you want your sister to be nice to you....how do you have to be to her?"

"////....uhm......I dunno...."

"you have to be nice right? and then she will be nice to you too!"

"oh ya......ok"

"Jesus said that...isn't He great!?"

"....////....Jesus is poo poo"

(Still some work to do there Laughing )

Well actually being nice to others does not mean they will be nice to you. Jesus just said be nice to others no matter how they react.

Maybe you should sit down and talk to him about that again LOL or His sister might cause that little boy to have a crisis in faith.

kids will be kids.


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Post by Strangelove on Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:54 pm

Adstar wrote:

Well actually being nice to others does not mean they will be nice to you. Jesus just said be nice to others no matter how they react.

Maybe you should sit down and talk to him about that again LOL or His sister might cause that little boy to have a crisis in faith.

kids will be kids.


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Maybe I should sit down and figger out what that verse means myself!? Question

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Post by reba on Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:49 pm

The most Christ like man i have ever met was my Daddy. He grew in the Lord all his life. The example he left for us kids is hard to live up to..

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Post by zone on Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:07 pm

thanks for bringing that wisdom to us, Reba.
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Post by Hitch on Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:49 pm

BAN FLANNEL GRAPHS

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Post by reba on Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:04 pm

Hitch wrote:
BAN FLANNEL GRAPHS


YOU SINNER!




So often i call on the bible stories i heard as a kid. The stories can be told in any age group.

I still see Joshua and Caleb bringing back the large fruit from the Promise Land The picture of the Lords bounty is in my head and heart because of FANNEL GRAPHS!




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Post by Strangelove on Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:41 am

Does anyone know a good online kiddies Bible with pictures and stuff?

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Post by reba on Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:15 pm

just in case you guys dont know what a fannel graph board is...

A piece of ( 2ft by 3ft) light wood lightly padded and covered with fannel fabric. held up on an easle. Usualy green at the bottom fading to light blue at the top. The teacher had paper figures 10-12 inches tall to use as visual aids while telling the story.

For my way of learning i needed the pictures. The pictures stuck the words in my head. I still use pictures to put things together.. buildign cabinets replacing catr parts....


I looked on line i think i am too old to grasp the idea of the on line graphics. I like a book i can hold hug touch with pictures looking more like real people.

SL a childs bible would have to be way goofy to not be OK you could spot it quickly. Your guidance to your child is what matters. Like you reading them the stories.....They will get how real you think/believe the stories are.
Dads are a little kids god you have the power what and how you relate to them matters.




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Post by Hitch on Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:27 pm

Is it important to teach children to make sure they never apply any biblical precepts in the daily lives? Im mean wouldnt it be horrible if a child refuesed to steal something and when asked said he declined so as to keep the 8th Comandment? How dare any parent allow their child to apply the harsh and hateful Old Testement Law in public. Such parents should have their children removed , because christian believers dont want any biblical law applied in life, I read that right here on these pages.

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Post by reba on Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:17 pm

Sense you banned flannel graphs how will they ever learn the Word.

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Post by Hitch on Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:29 am

reba wrote:Sense you banned flannel graphs how will they ever learn the Word.
Isnt it just your christian understanding of OT law that makes you want to inform children of the Word?

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Post by Adstar on Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:37 am

Strangelove wrote:

Maybe I should sit down and figger out what that verse means myself!? Question




It was about something
called Agape Love. Lest that’s what i think the name for it is. It is giving
love out of the love for giving love, not out of desire to give love to receive
love.





Or
it is about doing good to others because it is good to do good. Not doing good to
get paid pack with having good done to you as a repayment for your good deed.





Like Jesus dieing on the cross and saying forgive them Lord for they do not
know what they do. A loving thing to say for the people who where brutally
killing Him.


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Post by Strangelove on Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:50 am

Hitch wrote:Is it important to teach children to make sure they never apply any biblical precepts in the daily lives? Im mean wouldnt it be horrible if a child refuesed to steal something and when asked said he declined so as to keep the 8th Comandment? How dare any parent allow their child to apply the harsh and hateful Old Testement Law in public. Such parents should have their children removed , because christian believers dont want any biblical law applied in life, I read that right here on these pages.
Please quote where anyone has said this.

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Post by Strangelove on Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:53 am

Hitch wrote:Isnt it just your christian understanding of OT law that makes you want to inform children of the Word?
Personally, having never read through leviticus or Deauteronomy....

...It's simply the love of Jesus that makes me want to tell my kids about him.

Do you have kids Hitch?

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Post by Hitch on Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:36 am

Strangelove wrote:
Personally, having never read through leviticus or Deauteronomy....

...It's simply the love of Jesus that makes me want to tell my kids about him.

Do you have kids Hitch?
You mean like Love thy neighbor? Lev 19;18, thats OT law and only those antichristian 'dominionsits' have anything to do with the law.

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Post by Strangelove on Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:42 am

Hitch wrote:You mean like Love thy neighbor? Lev 19;18, thats OT law and only those antichristian 'dominionsits' have anything to do with the law.

Yeah...thats stuff is natural fruit of the spirit. No need to memorize OT written laws. Certainly no need to drill our children with Mosaic law.

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Post by reba on Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:52 pm

The whole of God's Word. God gave us His Word and you see no need for the larger half of it? WOW i would have never thought.......


I would not want to read books from the middle to the end it's just not common sense.

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Post by Strangelove on Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:56 pm

reba wrote:The whole of God's Word. God gave us His Word and you see no need for the larger half of it? WOW i would have never thought.......


I would not want to read books from the middle to the end it's just not common sense.
Did I say that? Your getting very fast & loose with your misrepresentations Reba. No

I said there is no need to memorize OT written law. Do you agree or disagree?

Can a person come to the faith by reading the Gospels only? YES or NO?

And....are you gonna be my arch enemy now that Hitch is gone? Very Happy

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Post by reba on Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:57 pm

Did I say that? Your getting very fast & loose with your misrepresentations Reba.


You are correct

I said there is no need to memorize OT written law. Do you agree or disagree?
agree
Can a person come to the faith by reading the Gospels only? YES or NO?
That question must be rephased to give a yes no answer

Are you willing to abide the direct questions and answers? yes or no

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Post by reba on Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:32 pm

Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.


Does this NT verse imply learning the OT is a good thing?

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Post by Strangelove on Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:33 pm

Doc wrote:Can a person come to the faith by reading the Gospels only? YES or NO?

reba wrote:That question must be rephased to give a yes no answer
I.....cant think of a simpler way to rephrase the question. If a man is stuck on a desert island with only the Gospels of Christ can he come to saving faith?

Which Bible should be read first with regard to a potential believer? The NT or the OT? Do we read the old in light of the new or the reverse?

Doc wrote:
Are you willing to abide the direct questions and answers? yes or no
Absolutely! I love nothing more than straight talking.

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Post by Strangelove on Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:38 pm

reba wrote:Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.


Does this NT verse imply learning the OT is a good thing?
For sure! I reference the OT all the time. It's God's Word and the truth the whole bloomin' lot!

Heres another good one:

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

As for reading it through cover to cover I'm up to Exodus. farao

I'm in no hurry though. It's always there for me to refer to and I'm already a believer.

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Post by reba on Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:58 pm

I.....cant think of a simpler way to rephrase the question. If a man is stuck on a desert island with only the Gospels of Christ can he come to saving faith?
yes.

Which Bible should be read first with regard to a potential believer? The NT or the OT? Do we read the old in light of the new or the reverse?

Which Bible? Is there more than one?

I dont believe they are seperate. The OT and the NT both look to the Cross. Both look to 'heaven' or the end or what ever word fits.

Each brings understanding to the other they are one.

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Post by reba on Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:59 pm

Opps i sorta skipped

For a new believer i would suggest St John. then to the OT

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