Here is a little scene from the Fall Festival. My son is the cow.

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Halloween

October 31, 2007

04halloween421.jpgHalloween: What a strange time for Christians…especially since the 31st falls on a Wednesday this year. I know that some churches have actually cancelled church for today in light of the event. I also know that some parents will not take their children trick-or-treating. Some parents see no harm in it. Some parents use the night for evangelistic opportunities. I’m curious as to what you do on Halloween. Thoughts?

Here is a link about the origins of Halloween and some options to consider.

Mission Trips

October 30, 2007

homeschool_curric_raking.jpgOne of the activities that we have brewing here at FirstKids is a mission trip that older children (3rd-5th grade) can participate in. We are planning on taking the children somewhere or some place where they can “show the love of Christ” to someone in need. Whether it be an elderly person, a needy family, or whatever, we want to teach our children to show the love of Christ to those who are in need by serving them in some way. Whether it’s raking up leaves, picking up pinecones or bagging trash, we want our children to show their love of Christ to those who need to see it. Ideas? Shoot them to me. Thanks!

23127637.jpg“Our culture does not like authority…we need a biblical understanding of authority. What is the nature of the parent’s authority over a child? Is it absolute or relative? Is the authority vested in the parent because of the relative size difference between parents and young children? Are we in charge because we are smarter and more experienced? Are we called to rule because we are not sinners and they are? Do we have the right to tell our kids to do anything we want them to do? If you don’t answer questions such as these, you will be tentative and insecure in discharging your duty to God and to your children.” (Tripp, 27).

So opens chapter 4. Just who is in charge of families? The fact that this question is even being discussed is cause for concern, if not alarm. While most parents would state that they are “in control” of their children, in actuality, exposed by their actions, children are the real order-givers. Obviously, this relationship gone awry is a large cause of familial problems.

One of the main reasons that authority is not properly exhibited in the family relationship is because our culture has a problem with the concept of authority.

“The culture in which you live does not have a biblical understanding of authority. We think of authority as derived either from overwhelming force or consent…our culture has no notion of intelligent, thinking persons willingly placing themselves under authority. When we allow our children to become independent decision makers we give them a false idea of liberty and a mistaken notion about freedom. Freedom is not found in autonomy, it is found in obedience” (Psalm 119:44-45).

The Bible answers this question: “As a parent, you have authority because God calls you to be an authority in your child’s life.” (Tripp, 28). You have a biblical call to be in charge.

You also have a biblical call to obedience. You have a mandate to act to be the chief advisor and disciplinarian to your child. God has called you to a more profound task than being only a care-provider.

One of the areas of being in charge in your parenting that Tripp addresses is having humility in your task.

“It is sobering to realize that you correct your child by God’s command. You stand before him as God’s agent to show him his sin. Just as an ambassador is conscious of functioning in behalf of the country that has sent him, so the parent must be aware of the fact that he is God’s representative to the child.” (Tripp, 33).

On anger:

“I have spoken to countless parents who genuinely thought their unholy anger had a legitimate place in correction and discipline. They reasoned that they could bring their children to a sober fear of disobeying if they showed anger…What that child learns is the fear of man, not the fear of God…unholy human anger may teach your children to fear you. They may even behave better, but it will not bring about biblical righteousness.” (Tripp, 34).

On discipline:

“Discipline is corrective, not punitive. The primary thrust of discipline is not to take revenge, but to correct. The discipline of a child is a parent refusing to be a willing party to his child’s death.” (Proverbs 19:18) (Tripp, 37)

There is a difference between punshment and discipline.

1. How do you present your authority to your children?

2. How would you describe your job as God’s agent for discipline?

worship.jpg“Everyone is esentially religious. Children are worshipers. Either they worship Jehovah or idols. They are never neutral.” (Tripp, 19)

Ouch, Dr. Tripp. If you didn’t notice, Tripp states that children (and adults) inherently worship someone or something. And if they are not worshiping God, then who or what are they worshiping?

Building upon Romans 1:18-19, Tripp states, “Your children either respond to God by faith or they suppress the truth in unrighteousness. If they respond to God by faith, they find fulfillment in knowing and serving God. If they suppress the truth in unrighteousness, they will ultimately worship and serve the creation rather than the Creator.” (Tripp, 19-20). It is in this sense that Tripp is using the phrase, “Godward Orientation.”

All people are made in the image of God, therefore all people are designed with a orinatation for worship. Therefore, our children will either worship God or they will commit idolatry. Children are sinners. They are born with sinful heart.

“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5) The Bible teaches that man sins because he is a sinner. Your children are never morally neutral, not even from the womb.

Since children, as well as adults, can never be neutral in their worship, the heart decides who the person will worship. Therefore, parenting, as Tripp says,

“is not just providing good input. It is not just creating a constructive home atmoshphere and positive interaction between a child and his parent. There is another dimension. the child is interacting with the living God. He is either worshiping and serving and growing in understanding of the implications of who God is, or he is seeking to make sense of live without a relationship with God.” (Tripp, 21).

Tripp then staes, “Most parenting books are written to help you do the best possible job of providing constructive shaping influences for your child…tips, ideas…I am not only setting forth some ideas about biblical structures for life, but also approaches to shepherding a child by reaching his heart.” (Tripp, 22).

Here are some questions to mediate on from this groundbreaking chapter:

1. How can you design winsome and attractive ways of challenging the idolatry you may see within your child?

2. How can you make your focus in correction the deeper issues of Godward orientation? How can you help your child see how he is investing himself in things that cannt satisfy?

Fall Festival

October 24, 2007

fallfestivalinformation.jpgThis Sunday evening from 5-8 pm the First Baptist Church of Columbia is having its annual Fall Festival. This is one of the largest events of the year for FirstKids.

You can tell by the advertisement we have A LOT going on.

Please invite all of your friends. Every guest who registers receives a bag of information about the church as well as a plan of salvation.

We look forward to seein you and your friends this Sunday night!

Moving

October 17, 2007

The offices of FirstKids Children’s Ministry here at FBC are currently in transition. We are going to be in former Blue Room of the children’s center. We will try to resume posting on this site in the next few days!