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  1. Do you ever tremble at the incredible responsibilities on your shoulders as a parent? On one hand, you are called to protect the tender hearts and minds of your children, and on the other, you are trying to do so in a terribly perverse society and while exercising faith in God. How do you balance both? I preached a recent message on the love and trust Jocabed showed as Moses’ mom, and in it, I highlighted five commands from Scripture for parents regarding protecting their children. (You can see that except from the message here.) Although only God can give you the wisdom you need for specific situations, there are several clear instructions in Scripture regarding the protection parents are responsible to give their children: 1. Set boundaries. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.—Ephesians 6:1 God has vested authority into His institutions—including the family. As the parent, you are responsible to provide boundary-setting authority for your children. Exactly where to set those boundaries calls for discernment, agreement between spouses, and faith. But to have little to no boundaries for your children (or to neglect to enforce the boundaries you’ve set) is to leave them without the protection God designed them to have. Remember, God did not call you to be your child’s peer and best friend, but his dad or mom. Be a parent who builds fences of protection, even if your child doesn’t always appreciate it. It is up to you to say, “This is how it is” regarding what friends your child will have, Internet limits, respect to adults, homework, etc. The exact boundaries may vary from home to home, but no boundaries points to an uninvolved parent who is too weak to protect the most valuable entrustment they’ve been given—their child’s heart. 2. Give warning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.—Proverbs 1:7 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.—Proverbs 4:3–5 Some parents fear that if they set and enforce boundaries, their children will hate them. In reality, rules never hurt a child—so long as they are given with love. Strictness does not ruin children; harshness does. So give guidelines, and don’t let your children cross them. But hold the boundaries in love. No warnings and no enforcement of guidelines breeds insecurity in the hearts of children. But guidelines enforced with love instill confidence and assurance in their hearts. 3. Set an example. When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.—2 Timothy 1:5 “Do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t work in parenting. God wants us as parents to live the example. The greatest gift you can give your child is a godly example. Don’t just tell them the way—show them the way. Let them see in your life what it means to love God, love your family, work diligently, show gratitude, walk in purity, serve others, and every other value you want to instill in their hearts. 4. Be wise to that which is good. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.—Romans 16:19 Nothing burdens my heart more than to hear a little child curse or to hear a teenager use a vulgar innuendo. Children today are losing their innocence at an alarmingly young age. Protect the innocence of the children in your home. Teach them wisdom concerning the good, and keep them simple concerning evil. 5. Teach the Word of God. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.—Deuteronomy 6:6–7 Some families are so addicted to screens or so busy in their schedules that there is no family life let alone devotional times. Yet, teaching your children the Word of God is the most important aspect of your responsibility as a parent. This is why God instructs you to “teach them diligently.” This calls for being engaged with your children when you are with them. It means as you go about your day, you point their hearts and minds to God’s Word: “Look at that sunset. God sure is an awesome Creator.” “What does the Bible say about how Jesus would want you to answer that friend who was mean to you?” It may mean singing about the Lord as you drive to school. It certainly means having a family devotional time with prayer and reading God’s Word. But in any case, it requires being engaged and intentional. Protect What’s Valuable As a pastor, I grow weary of hearing parents abdicate their responsibility with statements such as, “Well, they’re going to be exposed to that someday; they may as well be exposed to it now.” Every parent who cares about their children protects them physically. Why then do parents neglect protecting their children’s hearts and minds? If you don’t let your children run into a busy street, why would you give them unlimited, unfiltered access to the Internet? If you put a lock on your cabinet with cleaning chemicals, why would you allow your children to hang out with friends you don’t know? Remember, God made you the protector of your child. If you neglect to provide authority and boundaries, there is no one else who will. Give their hearts and minds the protection they need while at the same time shaping their thoughts and building their discernment with the truths of God’s Word. Related posts: 3 Ways to Win as a Parent 5 Common (But Wrong) Assumptions Christian Parents Make How to Pray for Your Children View the full article
  2. Never Too Late

    “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43) One of the two thieves on the cross continued in unbelief right up until the time he died (Luke 23:39), but the second repented and ... More... View the full article
  3. Letter to the Editor: Ministry Ventures Brings Contemplative Influence to Pregnancy Pro-Life Center Dear Lighthouse Trails: I work at my local pregnancy help center as Client Services Director. I have been following you for years and am thankful for your warnings. When I first started reading your material I would have never thought I would need the information to guard my own spiritual life. Sadly I had to […] The post Letter to the Editor: Ministry Ventures Brings Contemplative Influence to Pregnancy Pro-Life Center appeared first on . View the full article
  4. Fletcher: “Christian Publishing Full of Rotten Fruit” By Jim Fletcher WorldNetDaily Although few talk about it publicly, I continue to be astonished by the rotten fruit in the Christian book publishing industry. I feel almost forced to say this at the outset: There are still good publishers. There are still good authors. There is still some good material being produced. It’s just […] The post Fletcher: “Christian Publishing Full of Rotten Fruit” appeared first on . View the full article
  5. Eleven States Sue White House Over Schools’ ‘Bathroom Law’ By Reuters Officials from 11 states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday, seeking to overturn a directive from the federal government that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. Ramping up the simmering battles over contentious cultural issues in America, the states, led by Texas, accused the federal […] The post Eleven States Sue White House Over Schools’ ‘Bathroom Law’ appeared first on . View the full article
  6. Jesus Is the Savior

    “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:10) For centuries, the message of the gospel was presented in drama through the sacrificial system instituted through Moses. Obviously, Moses did not invent the concept of an innocent ... More... View the full article
  7. Lighthouse Trails Begins Second Booklet-Mailing Project – This Time to 235 Christian College/Seminary Presidents On the week of May 16, 2016, Lighthouse Trails began a second booklet-mailing project. Whereas our first booklet-mailing project is sending out booklets and short letters to over 130 Christian leaders every 2-3 months, this new project is reaching out to 235 Christian college and seminary presidents (and some deans). After 14 years of research, […] The post Lighthouse Trails Begins Second Booklet-Mailing Project – This Time to 235 Christian College/Seminary Presidents appeared first on . View the full article
  8. Canadian Bill Would Extend Nation’s Ban on ‘Hate Propaganda’ to Pertain to ‘Gender Identity’ By Heather Clark Christian News Network OTTAWA — A bill has been introduced in the Canadian Parliament that would extend the country’s ban on “hate propaganda” to pertain to “gender identity.” Bill C-16 was introduced on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould. “This enactment amends the Canadian Human […] The post Canadian Bill Would Extend Nation’s Ban on ‘Hate Propaganda’ to Pertain to ‘Gender Identity’ appeared first on . View the full article
  9. “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.” (Proverbs 19:27) One of the saddest realities in the modern world is that many of the leaders of evolutionary and humanistic thought were raised in Christian homes, where from an early age they were exposed to the truths of Scripture. Testimonies without number have been ... More... View the full article
  10. The God Who Saves

    “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2) What a testimony given by David to his God! In this single verse, there is a sevenfold ascription of praise to the Lord for His great salvation. Each testimony can be appropriated also by all... More... View the full article
  11. NEW BOOKLET – The Alpha Course— An Evangelical Contradiction NEW BOOKLET: The Alpha Course— An Evangelical Contradiction by Mary Danielsen and Chris Lawson is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet Tract. The Booklet Tract is 16 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are as much as 50% off retail. Our Booklet Tracts are designed to give away to others or for […] The post NEW BOOKLET – The Alpha Course— An Evangelical Contradiction appeared first on . View the full article
  12. Ichabod Fulfilled in the Body of Christ By Roger Oakland Understand the Times, International This commentary will be short. It will also be clear and to the point. There are three things I am compelled to share. First, I am often accused of being a Calvary Chapel basher. Not so. For those of you who have read my biography, Let There Be […] The post Ichabod Fulfilled in the Body of Christ appeared first on . View the full article
  13. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) This powerful verse introduces Paul’s burning description of the descent of ancient human societies that once “knew God” (View the full article
  14. Letter to the Editor: Trying to Warn Our Grown Children . . . And Letter to Our Pastor Goes Unanswered Dear Lighthouse Trails: We are very thankful for Lighthouse Trails Publishing and Research, and for all the dedicated watchmen who warn and educate the sheep. We pray for continued wisdom, provision, and protection for everyone who is engaged in presenting and defending the simple and powerful Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are especially concerned because […] The post Letter to the Editor: Trying to Warn Our Grown Children . . . And Letter to Our Pastor Goes Unanswered appeared first on . View the full article
  15. Fear of Fire

    “And others save with fear; pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (Jude 1:23) This exhortation refers both to attempting to “save” unbelievers by warning them of hell and to warning believers against the influence of apostates. The ultimate hell (Greek gehenna) is not the same as the present hel... More... View the full article