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Through Faith… What Does The Bible Say?

Sunday---What-Does-The-Bible-Say-GraceEphesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” 

These were two of the first verses I memorized as a young Christian.  I was eager to share my faith and the truth that we cannot save ourselves through good works was a critical part of the message.  Most of us are familiar with these verses.  And they get thrown around a lot in theological discussions. 

“It’s not by works!  Salvation isn’t by works and sanctification isn’t by works either!  Its’ all grace-it’s not by your works!”

And that’s true, as far as it goes.  But the discussion is often left very incomplete because the very next verse in Ephesians 2 is left out of the passage.  Verse 10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

So we are emphatically not saved BY good works.  But while we’re pontificating on that great truth, let’s not forget another one:  though we’re not saved BY good works, we are most definitely saved FOR good works.

Theologians will argue forever over the part good works play or don’t play in our spiritual growth.  But the undeniable fact is that we are saved for the purpose of doing good works in Christ’s name. 

Take whatever theological stand seems right to you, but at the same time—get to work.

 

 

 

Helping Your Children Hide God’s Word In Their Hearts~Part 3

Reading the BibleCreate projects to help your kids apply what they’re learning. Instead of just teaching them information, walk them through life situations and show them how to put into practice what they are learning. Here a few suggestions of things we did with our kids that really worked. Read More…

Grace Then Works ~ What Does The Bible Say?

What-Does-the-Bible-Say-Rick-Boyer2Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

There are several good points to be taken from this familiar verse. Some point out that the purpose of our good works is to glorify God, not ourselves. Others notice that we’re to let our light shine before men—in other words, don’t be shy about our testimony. But one thing that Read More…

Helping Your Children Hide God’s Word In Their Hearts~Part 2

 

Help Your Kids Learn The WordHere is another practical way to help teach God’s word to your children:

3. CD’s – This is something we just kind of stumbled upon, but one of the MOST EFFECTIVE ways of teaching kids not only to memorize, but how to meditate as well. When our oldest were very small, Rick worked during the day and was gone till almost bedtime for the kids. Read More…

Helping Your Children Learn God’s Word

Bible Verse BoardOkay, now we know why- so HOW do we do it?

1. First of all, let your child’s need areas direct your teaching.

If you see a need/struggle in your child (and you’ll see plenty)-have them learn verses that deal with that need. We have a handout called Identifying and Dealing with Offenses, which lists 32 negative types of behavior and   the corresponding positive behavior. Our job is to direct our kids to learn to make wise decisions by showing them the consequences from Scripture by cultivating the wrong attitudes in our lives as opposed to the blessings God bestows when we make wise choices. Read More…

Teaching God’s Word To My Kids…Is It Important?

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Psalm 119:97 says, “ O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day”.                                                                                                    

Kids need to be involved with God’s Word during the day.

Memorizing is the first step in meditating. Meditating has been compared to a cow chewing her cud. First she swallows it, then brings it back up, and chews it all over again.

In order to meditate you have to first commit the Scripture to memory by getting it into your mind and then contemplate it, think about it, and finally decide how to apply it to your life. That’s when it makes it’s way from your head into our heart and works out in our life.

Our kids need us to help them with this. 

Do you want your kids to be wiser than their enemies? Then teach them God’s Word.

Psalm 119: 98 “Thou through thy Read More…