My wife, Sallie, and I are so glad and thankful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that our son, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan William Pyle is safely home from his six-month deployment in Afghanistan. He landed Sept. 1 in Bangor, Maine, and was home with his wife, Amber, in Southern California by mid-afternoon. Please remember Jon and Amber in your prayers as they begin their newlywed life together.
My subject today is about raising kids. "Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is His reward. (Psalms 127:3.)
Jesus explains in Matthew 18:1-6, "At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter in to the kingdom of heaven.
"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
Other similar passages about Jesus adoring the little children are mentioned in Matthew 19; Mark 9:42; and Luke 9. "Jesus loves the little children of the world!"
In Ephesians 6:4: "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
Second Timothy 3:15 reads: "And from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
Christ at age 12, disappears from Mary and Joseph to talk with the elders and upon being, verbally reprimanded he responded: "I must be about my Father's business." However, he returned to his mom and dad's care for the scripture says: "And he went down with them, and was subject unto them."
Disciplining children in the millennium generation is more than challenging. One former pastor was heard to say: "We've heard the words 'child abuse' for so long, we are afraid to spank them when needed. They need to have their fannies tanned."
Tragically, we have forgotten our road map to heaven - the Bible, God's holy word. It has been removed from the classroom, along with prayer.
- This is dedicated to all our colleagues, pastors and friends associated with the Randolph County Ministerial Association.