Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Most Important Place On Earth, Part 3

A little bit more on the book I'm still-not-finished reading, The Most Important Place On Earth: What a Christian Home Looks Like and How to Build One by Robert Wolgemuth. I think this will be the last post on it as I'm almost done reading it. All in all, a good read!

From Chapter 8: Discipline Is Not A Dirty Word... It's the stuff of champions.

In a Christian home, everyone --- mom and dad included --- understands that the forces keeping us from self-discipline are powerful. We don't default to submission to God's Word and right living. Like a magnet near a pile of metal shavings, our sinful natures tug and pull and draw us away from what we know is pure and right and good. But just in case you need one more shot of encouragement, listen to this: "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9 ESV).

When all is said and done, your Christian home is a place where discipline, external and internal, is standard fare; where there are no apologies for strictness and hard work; where expectations for obedience are very high. Sowing acts of discipline creates a harvest of self-discipline. It's the stuff of champions.

From Chapter 9: Safe At Home... The refuge you're looking for.
Safety at home is what happens between the comings and the goings. It involves the way we treat each other... honour each other. It needs to be a safe place to tell the truth; when it comes to whose side you're on, your kids should never have any doubt; it should be a safe place to make mistakes; a safe place to ask anything, even questions about the unthinkable are acceptable; a place where people always think the best of each other; a shelter in the neighbourhood; the refuge you're looking for!
From Chapter 10: Parents As Priests: Pulpits Optional... Mom and Dad, why the robes?
Your Christian home is the most important church on earth. A Christian home; Dad and Mom, priests; worship services daily --- to bring our families to God's holy throne... with confession of sins, teaching, prayer, and song.

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