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What are the Best Bibles for Children – One Determined Life

What are the Best Bibles for Children – One Determined Life

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Giving our children the opportunity to read the Word of God is one of the greatest gifts we can give.  This is a gift that will impact them for years to come.  Reading the Bible to children is the best way to introduce them to Jesus. But sometimes it hard to know which Bible is the best. Read this post to find my top pics.

 

https://onedeterminedlife.com/best-bibles-for-children/#.WkcVhd-nHIUWhen I search for a bible for the kids I look for versions that are easier for them to understand. They are too young to understand certain words and I want them to be able to relate to the Bible and enjoy reading it. The best way to do that is by choosing a bible that they can understand. Best Bibles for Children – One Determined Life

Click the link to read more suggestions on how to choose a children’s bible for your young readers.  You will be glad you did.

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The Word of God: Read to Find Out How the Word of God is a Plumb Line for Life

The Word of God: Read to Find Out How the Word of God is a Plumb Line for Life

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The Word of God is our plumb line. A plumb line is a weight that is suspended by a string.  This is similar to a water level that helps someone doing construction determine if a board is perfectly level. These are standards by which we can measure something.  It is an objective look at something.

I can use a plumb line or a level to see if a particular object meets a specific standard. This is important when constructing a building.  If you don’t know if something is level or sitting at a right angle, you run the risk of inferior construction.

The Word of God is our plumb line

Amos 7:8 says “The Lord said to me ‘What do you see, Amos?’ And I said, ‘A plumb line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘Behold I am about to put a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel.  I will spare them no longer.” This plumb line of the Word of God is a gift that we can build healthy, whole lives upon.  It is the standard by which we can measure our lives.

I cannot stress the importance of being able to look to something outside of ourselves to gauge behavior.  We can fool ourselves into thinking that some sin is ok.  We, as human beings, weigh sins but the Lord does not.  For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (KJV)

The Word of God provides clarity

People seemed to be confused about many things.  We live in an age where some believe that same-sex marriage is appropriate and gender is fluid  The Lord is not confused and His word does not express confusion Certain things don’t change and that helps us to know how to conduct ourselves.  When the boundaries are fluid and subject to change, we don’t have a sense of stability.

Borders, boundaries, and fences are put in place to keep dangerous things out and keep that which is within those boundaries safe. Stability provides security and it allows us to explore new things knowing that there are some things that do not need exploration.  Those are the things that have grave consequences and could cause harm.

A former pastor of mine said: “experience is not the best teacher”. That statement has stayed with me and allowed me to know that I do not have to experience certain things to learn from them.  I can look to the experience of others that have made those mistakes or I can look to the Bible to gain instruction.

The Word of God shows us how to act?

There seems to be some confusion on how to conduct oneself.  How do we know right from wrong?  One of the ways that we can know how to act is to look to the Word of God.  Psalm 119:9 says: Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (KJV)

The New King James Version puts it this way, How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. The Bible is not flaky on its authority.  It plainly states that it provides instruction for daily life and spiritual growth. Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word of God, the Bible will read you if you let it.  It is alive and will point out areas in your life that need correcting, It will also bring you comfort and encouragement.

2 Tim 3:16

2 Tim 3:16

The Word of God on Money and Wealth

It may take work to increase wealth but it can be had.  It is not only money that we are talking about here.  Families that are strong and connected have immeasurable wealth.

The Word of God on Marriage

  • Ephesians 5:21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

Yep, this passage requires a lot more comment than what I am going to offer here.  There will be more.  Keep your eyes out.  Let me just point out here that there is a sacrifice on both parts in the marriage covenant Click To Tweet and the husband has a great responsibility to his wife.  This passage connects that the love that a man is to show his wife is the love that Jesus showed the church.  That love sent him to the cross. Much to think about when entering into the covenant of marriage.

The Word of God on Raising Children

Gen.18:19

Gen.18:19

  • Gen 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

Interestingly, the creator of the Universe, God, took note of Abraham’s character and saw that Abraham was going to teach his children about the one true and living God.  The Lord treasured this and entered into a covenant that impacts the entire world even to this day.

Fathers and mothers have a heavy responsibility to the children in their household.  This is where the young ones will learn of the Lord.  We must be about our Father’s business when it comes to our children.

The Word of God on Wisdom and Education

We have seen a lot of foolish behavior come to light over the last several weeks and months.  I believe we will see more as the day progress.  It would be wise to remember what is done in the dark will come to the light. This is a good thing although it may be uncomfortable.

Allow the Word of God to shine in your heart. This is the path to a healthy life.  Following the Word of God will in no way harm us but will, in fact, protect us.  Be encouraged and embrace the Word of God.  It is in the Bible that we will find true wisdom.

It may seem that the wisdom in the Word of God goes against worldly wisdom.  That is because it often times does.  Rest assured, the wisdom in the Bible is superior to the wisdom of the world.

The beautiful thing about spending quality time in the Word of God is that you will hear that Word coming up in your spirit and directing you throughout your daily life.  The Lord can be in full control when you have submitted yourself to Him by reading His Word.

How has the Word of God brought clarity or healing in your life?  Please share in the comment section.

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8 Reasons the Word of God is Relevant in 2017

8 Reasons the Word of God is Relevant in 2017

A plumb line is a weight that is suspended by a string.  This is similar to a water level that helps someone doing construction determine if a board is perfectly level. These are standards by which we can measure something.  It is an objective look at something.  I can use a plumb line or a level to see if some particular object meets a particular standard.  This is particularly important when constructing a building.  If you don’t know if something is a water level you run the risk of an inferior construction.

The Word of God is our plumb line.  Amos 7:8 says “The Lord said to me ‘What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “Behold I am about to put a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel.  I will spare them no longer.

This plumb line of the Word of God is a gift that we can build healthy, whole lives upon.

With so many challenges to our families and children, it is good to know there are some things that can be leaned upon as a standard.  Certain things don’t change and that helps us to know how to conduct ourselves.  When the boundaries are fluid and subject to change, we don’t have a sense of stability.  Boarders, boundaries and fences are put in place to keep dangerous things out and keep that which is within those boundaries safe.

Stability provides security and it allows us to explore new things knowing that there are some things that do not need exploration.  Those are the things that have grave consequences and could cause harm.  A former of pastor of mine said that experience is not always the best teacher. That statement has stayed with me and allowed me to know that I do not want to experience certain things.  I can look to the experience of others that have made those mistakes before me or I can look to the Bible to gain instruction.

Money and Wealth

It may take work to increase wealth but it can be had.  It is not only money that we are talking about here.  Families that are strong and connected have immeasurable wealth.

Marriage

  • Ephesians 5:21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives,submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

Yep, this passage requires a lot more comment than what I am going to offer here.  There will be more.  Keep your eyes out.  Let me just point out here that there is sacrifice on both parts in the marriage covenant Click To Tweet and the husband has a great responsibility to his wife.  This passage connects that the love that a man is to show his wife is like the love that Jesus showed the church.  That love sent him to the cross. Much to think about when entering to the covenant of marriage.

Raising Children

  • Gen 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

The creator of the Universe, God, took note of Abraham’s character and saw that Abraham was going to teach his children about the one true and living God.  The Lord treasured this and entered into a covenant that impacts the entire world even to this day.  Fathers and mothers have a heavy responsibility to the children in their household.  This is where the young ones will learn of the Lord.  We must be about our Father’s business when it comes to our children.

Wisdom and Education

 

Business and Partnerships

  • Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?  Pay attention to who you are entering into business partnerships with.  If there are some ethical issues that are negative, this will impact your reputation and success.

Friendships and Associations

  • Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:  Have you ever noticed that when someone gets really angry they stop listening to the other person.
  • James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  The ways of the world are often in direct opposition to the ways of God.

Peace

  • Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
  • Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Self-Control

  • Galations 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

There are many more than just 8 reasons and I am sure you could add scripture references to the ones listed here.  Leave a comment and let me know how the Bible has been relevant in your life.  I am plan on updating the list with your thoughts.  This may serve as an encouragement to those that feel that the Bible is outdated and irrelevant.  Help me share the Good News!

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Healthy Families! Bad for Children! Read How You Can Help.

Healthy Families! Bad for Children! Read How You Can Help.

Healthy families are bad for children! I couldn’t believe it!

Reading to your children is unfair!

Providing a nurturing atmosphere is unfair to children!

I couldn’t believe my eyes as I read a Facebook post questioning the value of reading bedtime stories to children. This is what healthy families do!

Children benefit from healthy family interactions. Read to find out how important healthy families are to the health of our children. #Children #Family #families #HealthyFamilies.

Parents read to their children.

They talk with their children.

They play with their children.

I quickly shot a response to the Facebook post letting all those parents that might be confused about the benefits of reading to their children. My response made it crystal clear that reading to your children is a good thing.

Little did I know that the premise of the post was that families are unfair to children. My jaw dropped as I read the work of Adam Swift which acknowledged the benefits of families but also proposed that maybe we need to do away with families Click To Tweet.

Healthy families are unfair to children.

Swift was interested in understanding factors that contributed to people having access to opportunities. His research demonstrated that having a loving family nurtures and protects children.

He determined that this is unfair to those children that do not benefit from a loving family. Many of the responses that I read indicated that people understood that the idea that family life should not be supported was ridiculous.

The post originally popped up in my Facebook feed sometime in 2015.  I hadn’t given it much not thought until I saw it again in May of 2017.

I thought I should do a little research and make sure I wasn’t just reacting to some crazy story that was not true.  We know there are plenty of those floating around. Much to my dismay, the post was based on actual research done by a professor by Adam Swift Click To Tweet.

As noted earlier, he found that healthy families are unfair to children that do not have the benefit of a family life. It seemed logical to him that family activities, such reading bedtime stories to your child, or eating meals together are activities that nurture children.

Truly these are some of just a few things that he regarded as unfair to children that do not live in healthy families.

Families are good and should be nurtured and not done away with. If there is any confusion left.  Let me say it loud and clear.

Healthy families are good for children!

Healthy families are good!

Furthermore, reading to your children is a good thing! Go ahead, snuggle together and read!Reading to your children is a good thing! Go ahead, snuggle together and read! Click To Tweet

Participating in other activities within the family context is also good for children. So, to all of you mothers and fathers out there that are pouring into your children by playing with them, providing opportunities to participate in sports, ride bikes, have play dates with friends and any number of other things that happen in families, I say be encouraged and keep doing your part.

Let me give you some more indicators that families are good. Thankfully, we can look to the Word of God.

Gen 1:28 KJV And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Healthy families serve a specific purpose

Here we see that God had a plan and design for the family.  He is telling Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply.

He tells them to replenish the Earth. If we take a closer look at the word “replenish” we notice that there are some interesting synonyms for the word.  There are words like restore, renew, provision, furnish, provide.

The definition of the word is To make full or complete again, as by supplying what is lacking, used up, etc. In Psalm 68:6  God setteth the solitary in families.

The previous scriptures indicate that within the family, we have the opportunity to grow and learn, love and be loved, and create and tame.

We also learn that we are different with unique gifts and talents and we each have a specific call on our lives.  

In the family, we also see the concept of passing something of value down from one generation to the next. In addition, Gen. 18;19 makes it clear that family roles are important to the health of the family and in turn to society.

Gen 18:19 For I know him, he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

Clearly, God had in mind that in the family unit, there would be instruction and correction.  God saw the character of Abraham and noted that he would be a man that would instruct and direct his children.

The scripture says that God knew Abraham would keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment.  Our children learn about justice and how to conduct themselves from their parents.

Healthy families help children.

Clearly, there are children that struggle in life for a variety of reasons.  This is where the Church and families step in and support those children and families.

I encourage you to not spend any time feeling guilty about being a part of a healthy family.  Adam Swift thinks that it is appropriate for you to feel guilty if you are nurturing your family.

I disagree.  That is misplaced guilt that will sap your energy.  Furthermore, carrying that burden will prevent you from reaching out the family that is need of your strength.

On the contrary, pour more love on your children.  Encourage them a little more.  Let’s not embrace this idea that families are unfair to children. Be strong, healthy and able to help other families in need.

Healthy families are good for society

The healthy loving family environment strengthens human beings. These strong, healthy individuals are the people that are going into our schools and in our courthouses as lawyers and judges.

They will impact government and business.

Healthy individuals will have character and integrity. These are important elements that we need.

What sense would it make to do away with an entity that strengthens our society and provides safety for future generations?  How would that be a good thing?

I don’t understand how making everybody come down to the lowest common denominator is a good thing.

The other thought from Swift is to have children take the driver’s seat in the family.

They would create the atmosphere and the protocol for the family and the parents would simply facilitate.   I would venture to say that this is one reason why we have “snowflakes” running around on college campuses now.

Well, I have done my duty. I have made it clear that families are good.  My children are grown and just about on their own so I can’t read them a bedtime story.

Let me see.

Where is my cat?


Let me know what some of your healthy family habits are.  What can you as a family unit do to help a child that is not part of a healthy family? Leave a comment below.

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