Pro 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
"Train" - Greek - properly to narrow / figuratively to initiate or discipline
Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
"bring them up" - Greek - to rear up to maturity, to cherish or train
"nurture" - Greek - education or training, by implication disciplinary correction, chastening, instruction
"admonition" - Greek -calling attention to, mild rebuke or warning
"If the command has been kept, the promise can be claimed."
"If the command has been kept, the promise will be realized"
Below I have just copied a few notes and links from our first "Family Convention" April 2016 (for teens and their parents and grandparents)
“A seed has the potential of becoming a plant if the right conditions are provided for the seed to germinate.” – Pastor Bobby
"That you be rooted and grounded in love" Eph. 3:17
It is the parents primary responsibility to provide the right environment, which includes proper protection for the seed and then the young plant until it has sufficient strength to grow/continue on its own. We must study the content of the soil to ensure it has the proper nutrients for the seed or plant. We must insure the plant has proper amounts of sunshine and water, not too much, not too little. We must protect the young plant from frost or wind damage. We must keep out the weeds that would choke out the life and steal the nutrition from the plant. The better the quality of the environment the better life, strength, and fruit of the plant.
The World Wide Web and Devices (show video)
Ø Quote from the pastor of an 11 year old boy who died from internet challenge in Lyman, S.C. “Invest in your children because if you don’t someone else is investing in them and it’s not who you want investing in them.”
Ø Not so many years ago we had telephones that hung on the wall……..everyone knew when someone called the house…..usually an adult answered the phone……remember the movie “Courageous”? The father met the visiting boy at the door. Thanks to technology that all has been done away with. We know our children are too young to handle driving a car but we give them access to the world, a fallen world.
Ø “We’ve created more ways to save time than ever before, while at the same time we have created more ways to waste time than ever before. An undisciplined society will always choose the latter.” Dr. Phil Speas – (President of Kentucky Mountain Bible College)
Sherry Turkle – Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology She has studied in depth the psychology of human relationships with technology.
“Connected, but alone?”
Originally huge fan of social media, but 15 years later she has learned differently. Originally thought that the virtual reality on devices would be beneficial in our real lives but found out just the opposite has taken place.
Ø “Technology is taking us places we really don’t want to go.”
Ø “We’re lonely but we’re afraid of intimacy.”
Ø “We are designing technologies that give the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship.”
Ø She speaks of the need for solitude in order to understand who you are before you reach out to make attachments with others. “Solitude is where you find yourself so you can reach out to other people and form attachments.”
Ø “When we don’t have the capacity for solitude we turn to other people in order to feel less anxious or in order to feel alive. When this happens we are not able to appreciate who they are. It’s as though we are using them as spare parts to support our fragile sense of self. We slip into thinking that always being connected (on the internet) is going to make us feel less alone but we’re at risk because it’s actually the opposite that is true. If we don’t teach our children to be alone, they will only know how to be lonely.”
Ø “Our fantasies of substitutions have cost us.”
See the 19 min. video here by Sherry Turkle “Connected But Alone” https://youtu.be/t7Xr3AsBEK4