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Awake, O Christian Parents!

In recent past, I have been invited to speak to teens in a Youth Camp. In the middle of my discourse, I asked, “How many of you know the ‘Ten Commandments’ by heart?” There were many teens present but not a single person could raise hand. Almost all these teens have come from Christian homes and some whose parents are active in ministry. I was surprised to witness blank response! After the message, I discussed with the coordinator and expressed my regret to him. I told him and tell you too—we can’t simply blame the children; the reason for lack of understanding of God’s word in present day youth is due to lack of effective Christian parenting at homes.

Growing in the World without Knowing the Word
Today’s young generation in Christian homes is advancing in all kinds of knowledge—celebrity gossip, technology, science, academic subjects, politics, entertainment (movies and music), sports—but with no proper knowledge of the Living God and His word. They are growing in the world without the…

A Lesson from Cotton Buds on Sexual Purity

"It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable."
The Holy Bible (1 Thess. 4:3-4)

One fine Sunday morning, I was reading Undefiled: Redemption From Sexual Sin, Restoration For Broken Relationships by Dr. Harry Schaumburg. It is a wonderful book, addressing how to sustain sexual purity within marriage. As I was reading this book, all of a sudden, my eldest son, Joy, appeared before me with cotton buds, expecting me to pick. I didn’t understand why he brought them since I haven’t asked him. He generally doesn’t do such things without asking; later I understood, and you too I suppose after reading, he might have been led by the Spirit of God who wanted to teach me a significant lesson.

I could not resist picking that cotton bud, for you know how pleasant it is to roll it in the ear canal, although it isn’t safe to do often. I gently rolled the bud…

What Destroys Your Children's Security and Tranquility

"Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."
The Holy Bible (Eph. 5:33)

Many parents suppose loving children gives them great security. Is this completely true? Does loving them what all that matters to children? Or are they expecting something more from their parents? I’m not exaggerating—we may heartily love our children and give them all the best, yet they may remain as insecure as ever. Surprised? How could this be possible?

Not long ago I was engaged in counseling a young girl who messed up her life by getting into things she shouldn’t. She had parents who loved her so much and gave everything they could for her. I was asked by her friend, “How come this girl felt lonely, insecure, in spite of having such caring parents?” I replied, “No matter how much parents love their children, if they do not love each other, they leave their children in absolute loneliness and insecurity.”

Parents—Love One Another
Many pa…