BILLY GRA­HAM

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Life - This col­umn is based on the words and writ­ings of the late Rev. Billy Gra­ham.

Q: Q:Our na­tion was once known by strong fam­i­lies. Why are so many homes shat­tered by dis­ap­point­ment, grief and pain? – F.T.

A: A:The ba­sic rea­son for un­hap­pi­ness in the home is that we have dis­re­garded God and the prin­ci­ples He has given us. We have re­fused to ac­knowl­edge His plan for the fam­ily. The mem­bers of the home have re­fused to ac­cept their par­tic­u­lar re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as out­lined in Scrip­ture. It is well known that obe­di­ence doesn’t come nat­u­rally. It must be taught and learned. Chil­dren must be taught obe­di­ence just as much as they need to be taught to read and write.

A re­cur­rent theme in the Bible is the train­ing of chil­dren through teach­ing and ex­am­ple; they must be taught the ways of God.

“And these words which I com­mand you (shall) be in your heart. You shall teach them dili­gently to your chil­dren, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. … Write them on the door­posts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteron­omy 6:6-9).

This sim­ply means to make Scrip­ture the cen­ter of life. Do­ing so keeps us re­minded of what God ex­pects. In re­turn, He brings great joy and con­tent­ment to our lives be­cause ev­ery­thing we do is fo­cused on His pur­poses. This is what it means to “walk with Je­sus.”

How won­der­ful when chil­dren can say that they have “known the Holy Scrip­tures, which are able to make you wise for sal­va­tion through faith which is in Christ Je­sus” (2 Ti­mothy 3:15). To Chris­tian par­ents, make this a re­al­ity in your home. To those who do not have sal­va­tion in Christ, re­ceive Him and fol­low Him.

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