Sunday, September 28, 2008

Interpreting Shaping Influences

Shaping InfluencesChapter 2 of Shepharding a Child's Heart speaks of the shaping influences in our kid's loves. Most parents spend a majority of their time focusing on this aspect of parenting. Some of the things listed were: family history, roles and values. But, things happen to our children all the time that shapes who they are. And, it is how they interpret them that define who they become.

You can go here to check out the notes for Shaping Influences. We ended up spending the majority of the class on allowing Jesus to interpret the influences for our children. God's wisdom does not make sense for man. The first shall be last. We find life by dying to self. And, something about a camel making it through an eye of a needle and the rich entering heaven. God's ways are not like our ways, so we need to have Him interpret life because we are bound to get it wrong by ourselves.

Next week the chapter talks on Godward orientation which plays into this very well. Pastor Alan's sermon today also related very well to both topics. There is a link to the right that has his most recent sermons, but if you want to go directly here is Reynolda Church's online sermons. Today's message should be up by mid-week.

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