Holding Forth The Word Of Life.
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One of the challenges facing the church in our North American society presently, is the changing social perspective of marriage and the home.
It is true that the Christian church has historically stood for Biblical family values. And also today, young people growing up in Christian homes will find Godly family life to be a preparation time for their own time of marriage and home life.
However, Christian parents need to reckon with the pressures against them because of the shifting home values in society. It is becoming ever more difficult for Christian young people to avoid exposure to moral filth, and the increasingly bold pressure and influence of a permissive culture.
In such a time as this, strong Christian fathers are needed - perhaps like never before.
Christian fathers - you can make a difference to your young people! The challenge is yours to take up. Contrary to the negative concept today, that a traditional two-parent home is unnecessary for raising well-adjusted children, the influence of a faithful father in the home can make a tremendous difference to your youth - both to your sons and your daughters.
Your example of faithful fidelity and love to your wife - your children's mother, will speak more forcefully than anything else you can do or say. And your interest, care and direction to keep your children from spiritual harm will bear eternal rewards.
May God give us more faithful fathers!
As you consider your place, and your children, ponder again, the words of the familiar poem just following.
- Mervin Brubacher
I took a piece of plastic clay
And idly fashioned it one day,
And as my fingers pressed it, still
It bent and yielded to my will.
I came again, when days were passed,
The bit of clay was hard at last,
The form I gave it, still it bore,
But I could change that form no more.
Then I took a piece of living clay,
And gently formed it, day by day
And moulded with my power and art,
A young child's soft and yielding heart.
I came again when years were gone,
It was a man I looked upon.
He still the early impress bore,
But I could change it nevermore.
- Author unknown.