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Tim Keeter. Help! My Child Is Being Bullied. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, September 30, 2019. 64 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

What do you as a parent when you learn that your child is bullied?  Does God’s Word has anything to help in such a situation?  This counseling “mini-books” is definitely one of the first place you want to begin with reading about this issue.  I have previously read five other booklets from this series and they have convinced me this is probably the best biblical counseling booklet series out there.  So seeing this title as part of the series I was led to read the booklet.  While this wasn’t the best installment in this series still it is helpful and worth reading.

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Marty Machowski.  Parenting First Aid.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, September 24, 2018. 240 pp.

5 out of 5

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Are you a parent look for a Bible devotional concerning applications with parenting or maybe you are not a parent but you are looking for a devotional to give as a gift to a friend who is a Christian parent?  If this describes you I recommend this book.  I got this book since I know the publisher New Growth Press typically publish biblical and practical Christian living resources and this book definitely didn’t disappoint and is like the other titles they have: edifying, biblical and saturated with practical applications.  The author himself acknowledge how he himself is weak and really need God’s help for parenting through God’s Word and hence the title of this book as “Parenting First Aid.”  I appreciated the humility and vulnerability while reminding the readers to focus on God and being empowered by the Word of God and the Gospel.

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Selected Passages from Proverbs

 

Purpose: This session we will explore five points from the book of Proverbs to teach our kids how to be friends with siblings and other kids

  • Friendship requires love and effort (Proverbs 17:17)
  • Friendship is about quality over quantity (Proverbs 18:24)
  • There are people you shouldn’t be friends with (Proverbs 22:24-25, Proverbs 20:19)
  • Some people might not want to be friends with you (Proverbs 19:4, 19:7)
  • Work on virtues that makes you a godly friend with others  (Proverbs 19:6, 22:11, 27:6, 27:9-10)

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Here on my blog as a pastor I want to teach the Word of God and apply it to many areas.  This week we look at Bible contradiction, apologetics, church, pastoral counseling, etc.  But in this blog we also written on things practical for the every day Christian.

In this post we gather the links to our series “Preparing for Motherhood.”  Check out the links below!

I know I will be using these with my wife to counsel future expecting moms!

 

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(Note see part 1: Preparing for Motherhood Part 1: During Pregnancy)

Establish the need: Once you find out the exciting news you are pregnant, now what?

For this series we will eventually see three points to think about concerning preparing for motherhood.

  • Being a young mom
  • Going to Church with an infant
  • Words to Husbands

 

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Have you wonder how do you spiritually disciplining your children?  This three part outline series on our blog has gone over Biblical method on disciplining our kids.  Check it out below!

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Establish the need: Have you wonder how do you spiritually disciplining your children?

 

Review:

In our first session we saw the three Bs concerning how to discipline your kids.

    • Be clear with rules
    • Be self-controlled
    • Be in a private place

In our second session we saw the three Bs concerning how to discipline your kids.

    • Seek confession
    • Spank appropriate area
    • Seek brokenness

 

Purpose: Today we will see five points concerning what to do after you have discipline your kids.

  • Shepherd the child’s heart
  • Share the Gospel
  • Show affection
  • Solicit prayer
  • Strive to be

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Establish the need: Once you find out the exciting news you are pregnant, now what?

For this series we will eventually see four points to think about concerning preparing for motherhood.

  • During Pregnancy
    After Pregnancy
  • Going to Church with an infant
  • Words to Husbands

We start off with the first one: During Pregnancy.  We are going to look at challenges, consolation and commitments during the season of pregnancy.

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Establish the need: Have you wonder how do you spiritually disciplining your children?

 

Review: Last session we saw the three Bs concerning how to discipline your kids.

  • Be clear with rules
  • Be self-controlled
  • Be in a private place

 

Purpose: Today we will see three more points concerning how to discipline your kids.

  • Seek confession
  • Spank appropriate area
  • Seek brokenness

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Establish the need: Have you wonder how do you spiritually disciplining your children?

 

Purpose: we will see the three Bs concerning how to discipline your kids.

  • Be clear with rules
  • Be self-controlled
  • Be in a private place

 

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Establish the need: Do you see the importance of spiritually disciplining your children?

 

Purpose: Today we will see five points concerning the danger of not disciplining your kids

  • Beware the sins of your children (1 Samuel 2:12-17, 22)
  • Beware of thinking your example is enough
  • Beware of doing a little discipline a little too late (1 Samuel 2:22-25)
  • Beware of thinking you are not responsible for not discipling your kids (1 Samuel 2:27-36)
  • Let us dedicate our child to the Lord (1 Samuel 2:19-21 and 11, 18, 26 and 1 Samuel 3:1)

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Paul Tautges and Karen Tautges. Help! My Toddler Rules the House. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, June 30th 2014. 64 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a book concerning how to parent young children biblically?  Specifically with the issue of toddlers’ problem of whining, misbehavior and being out of control?  This counseling “mini-books” is immensely helpful on this topic.  I highly recommend it to parents and those who minister to young parents.  Like the other three booklets I read in this series this one also turned out to be very useful.

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Establish the need: What is your greatest priority for your kids? What do you desire the most for your kids?  Is it for them to have a good job, take care of you when you are older, contribute to society or be independent?  These are not wrong in of themselves, but what should your greatest priority for your kids should be?

Purpose: Today we will see seven reasons why we should set the priority of desiring our children’s’ salvation in how we parent our children.

  1. Hell is a real place for sinners (Matthew 10:28, Matthew 13:50)
  2. We should already desire all people to come to Christ (1 Timothy 2:4, Romans 9:3, Romans 11:14)
  3. All parents should desire what’s best for their kids (Matthew 7:11; Proverbs 13:22)
  4. Jesus does not want us to hinder children coming to Him (Matthew 19:14)
  5. Stumbling little kids is a serious penalty (Matthew 18:6)
  6. It is so important believers are called to continue to be married to unbelievers for the sake of children’s salvation (1 Corinthians 7:12-14)
  7. God wants kids to even silence the mockers (Psalm 8:2, Matthew 21:15-16)

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I’ve been on vacation this week with my family.  I’ll be posting more book reviews as a result of this break from ministry.

Arlene Pellicane. Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right by Arlene Pellicane.  Chicago, IL: Moody Publishing, April 3rd, 2017. 176 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is a Christian book on parenting.  The author is Arlene Pellicane who is a public speaker on Christian parenting and she is a frequent guest on various radio show interviews such as Fox & Friends, Focus on the Family, and The 700 Club.  I admit I’m frequently on guard with “pop Christian” self-help sort of books and resources and my guard was up reading this book.  Nevertheless I did find this book useful.

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas.  This is by Josh Niemi.  He is the author of Expository Parenting and his website can be found here.  He also tweets.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.  You might want to think about getting his book!

The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century left us with a vital repository of recovered truth, not the least of which are the Five Solas. From the Latin word sola, meaning “alone,” these foundational principles held by Protestants form a framework for sound doctrine and practice in the Christian life. In contrast to Roman Catholicism, Christianity teaches the following truths, as summarized by the Five Solas:

  1. Sola Gratia: Salvation is by grace alone (not by merit)
  2. Sola Fide: Salvation is through faith alone (not including works)
  3. Solus Christus: Salvation is in Christ alone (not in any other mediator)
  4. Soli Deo Gloria: Salvation is to the glory of God alone (not to the glory of man)
  5. Sola Scriptura: Salvation is according to Scripture alone (not according to tradition)

Although these solas were not systematized as such until the twentieth century, they were nonetheless the convictions held by the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformers as they recognized the gross spiritual abuses within the Roman Catholic Church. And the legacy of these commitments remains with us today as Protestant Christians. Those with a discerning eye recognize that these five solas continue to provide spiritual safety from the Roman Catholic Church (which persists in the same theological heresies), as well as new and evolving threats. At the same time, these five solas continue to provide spiritual guidance.

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