Quarterly Journals
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From One Generation to Another

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 ESV
 
Faith is never more than one generation away from extinction. That is why it is critical that parents help their children to understand who God is and to take their first steps in walking with Him. There are many ways to do that, including telling stories about the mighty things that God has done. No matter how much you may love and serve the Lord, you cannot believe for your children. Our children must develop their own walk with God. As schools are now open and our children head back to school, some away from home, and others to new places, it is imperative that we give our children instruction in faith, just as we do in their pursuit of higher learning in reading, writing mathematics, and the arts.

You can begin this by knowing the word of God for yourself, before trying to pass it on; do not add anything to the Word; do not forget any of the things God has done; revere Him. You cannot give our children a faith that you do not possess. It’s one thing to talk about religion, it’s another thing to have a vibrant relationship with the True and Living God.

Sunday School and Bible Study are one way for you and your child to begin the legacy of learning God’s ways, but more importantly, the personal experiences in your family and in your home are a good starting place. Moses urged the Israelites to practice the Law so that their children could see it in action, no just hear it recited. He reminded them to live with the perspective that God owns everything. He reminded them to maintain a commitment to integrity by refusing bribes, by ensuring justice for orphans, and showing love and care for strangers. He reminded them to acknowledge the Lord in all life; to worship Him regularly; to keep a singular focus; to talk about the truths of God in everyday life.

As Moses reminded the people of his day to honor God in their families, we are reminded that we are to do the same.

Children quickly see through empty religion. They know instinctively when their parents truly believe, and where their loyalties lie. Therefore, we, as parents, need to model Christlikeness before our children, that they will have the desire to be like Him also. God wants salvation for all. His purpose has been fulfilled through Jesus Christ. We ought to pass on the blessing, beginning with our children and in our own homes first.

 

Submitted by Deaconess Irene Gardon



Knowing God

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. – John 17:3 ESV
 
People speak of “knowing God.” But what do they mean? Scripture seems to suggest two related ways in which a person can “know God.” In part, knowing God means having a personal relationship with Him. Thanks to Christ’s obedience to the cross we can know God intimately.  We can know God in that sense because of what Christ did on the Cross to remove the barrier of sin that separated us from Him. However, knowing God in the sense of having relationship with Him goes hand in hand with another sense of “Knowing’ Him. Centuries before Christ came; Scripture described what the sense of personal intimacy with God would be like.
 
In Jeremiah 3, the Lord privileged Jeremiah with a vision of a new covenant, in His promise that God’s children would know Him, not just about Him. You can establish a personal relationship with Him right now, by calling out to Him, confessing your own sinfulness, and thanking Him for the forgiveness He extends to you as a result of Jesus’ work on the Cross. He promised that His teaching would go beyond a mere collection of laws; that He Himself would be our teacher. A personal relationship with God is based on a faith in Christ. Be careful claiming to know the Lord if you act as if you’ve never heard of Him.

 

Submitted by Deaconess Irene Gardon