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Are You Living the Gospel Before Your Children?

Your Life Speaks Your children will do what you do, not what you say. Other familiar ways of saying the same thing are, actions speak louder than words, and more is caught than taught. Generally speaking, I agree with these statements. Not to diminish the significance of verbally teaching our children the faith, the benefit of these statements is that they remind us that our actions teach our children what we really believe. This is a difficult reminder for me. I regularly see my children sinning only to realize they learned that particular behavior from me. The sin of their. . .
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One Simple Way to Incorporate Gratefulness in Your Parenting

A life of gratefulness will grip you like nothing else and, through you, your children. Living a life of gratefulness in your home probably sounds to you like a good thing, something to aim for, but there are few things I’ve found to be as universally missing in the home and as critical to raising god-honoring and well-balanced children. Children that you want to be around when they become adults. In counseling I’m learning that the prescription for healing our spiritual problems frequently includes a healthy dose of gratefulness. It’s not just the latest in the counselor’s bag of tricks. . .
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Have Hard Conversations with Your Kids

There’s nothing as significant to the act of rearing a child as conversation. That’s a tough thing for me to admit because I’m not very good at it. I am a task driven man who has had to learn first hand (mostly by watching my wife Kara in action) just how important conversation is to keeping the heart of a child and guiding them through life’s challenges. No Secrets to Good Parenting This isn’t one of those, “three secrets to good parenting” kinds of articles. There are no secrets here. When we look at Jesus’ example of discipling and the. . .
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How to Talk to Your Kids about Sensitive Topics

The most fruitful conversations we have with our children are unplanned and occur in the normal context of life. This last week a friend told me a story of when he was part of a men’s (and boys’) study I recently led and how he watched me react when the touchy subject of sex came up. This particular touchy subject would have been no big deal were it not for the fact that four of our boys, ages eighteen, seventeen, fourteen, and twelve, were sitting in on the study and taking part in the conversation and he was concerned how. . .
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Children are a Blessing

Believing that Children are a Blessing Gabriel just fell asleep sitting on my lap. As I was laying him down, I realized just how dependent he is and how much I love him and care for him. Eleven years and six children ago, we sat in the office of our pastor, along with the staff counselor and the chairman of the deacon board. The reason for the meeting was that Kara and I had just announced our third pregnancy in three years and the church was very concerned about sending us to the mission field with this “problem” brewing. From. . .
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Steve Murphy

Steve Murphy.

Steve Murphy is parish pastor in the Abingdon parish of Saint Peter Presbyterian church, husband to Kara, and father to ten blessings.
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