Recently, the University of Virginia's Institute on Advanced Culture identified four current parenting styles, with mixed results.
Richard Ritenbaugh, continuing his series on child rearing principles, commences by focusing on the history of child rearing in America, beginning with the patriarchal dominance of the Victorian era through the watershed period of World War I, ushering in the beginning of progressive, permissive influence, replete with Freudian …
In the aftermath of the Columbine massacre at Littleton, Colorado, Richard Ritenbaugh observes that the parenting practices of our people leave a great deal to be desired. Because of our upside down emphasis on the youth culture and its characteristic selfishness or self-centeredness, the family is crumbling and deteriorating. …
Richard Ritenbaugh asserts that psychology is the straw that broke the camel's back of our culture more so than any other movement. Modern psychology has advanced a moral relativism that does not believe in God, let alone recognize authority. God has tender compassion for us as a Father. He is not afraid to use His authority to …
Richard Ritenbaugh warns that much of our judgment hinges on what we do with our families. After concluding the role of the father, examining the continuous process of instructing, correcting, and chastening children, with the ultimate objective of preparing them for a profitable role in God's Kingdom, he focuses on the role of …
Richard Ritenbaugh stresses that a major part of our spiritual responsibility is to become a parent as God is. The world's society, steeped in evolutionary humanism and feminist polemic, has greatly denigrated the role of the father. Unfortunately, these attitudes, hating anything patriarchal or undemocratic, have seeped into …
One aspect of sovereignty that causes some confusion is predestination. God's sovereignty does not remove a person's free moral agency — we must still choose.
Martin Collins, recounting a story about how he used reverse psychology on his daughter to get her to eat green beans, focuses on Hebrews 12 and the admonition to endure chastening and discipline from our Heavenly Father in order to ultimately attain holiness. If we endure chastisement and discipline from God, we prove we are …
If God is manipulating everything in His sovereignty, why pray? What does prayer teach us? Here is why God commands us to come before Him in prayer.
Despite the privileged position of our calling, God does not cut us any slack in terms of trials and tests to perfect us. We must accept God's sovereignty.
Like Joseph, we need to realize that God—not ourselves—is the Creator, engineering events that form us into what He wants us to become.
The fear of God is the first line of defense, keeping us from profaning God's name, tarnishing the image of the Lord, and defending us from pain and/or death.
God lovingly teaches His children, just as a perfect parent. As children cry out to their parents, so human nature drives God's people to complain to Him.
We like to think we are tender-hearted, but sometimes we fail to appreciate what others are really going through. Compassion is more than tender-heartedness.
I John 4:17 reveals the depth of love God the Father has for us as unique, special components of His creation, loving each of us as much as He loved Christ.
We have to exercise faith, realizing the timing will be right for us, enabling us to accept His provisions and decisions for us without fear or anxiety.
It can be encouraging to us that our patriarchs and the prophets had serious doubts, but God overrode all their fears in accomplishing His purpose.
Works are not the cause of salvation, but instead are the effect of God's creative efforts at bringing us into His image—a new creation.
The purpose of prayer is not to overcome God's reluctance, but to help in yielding to His will. 'Prayer changes things' is only true if it conforms to God's will.
Nothing and no one can thwart God's purposes. We need to develop the faith to yield and conform to His will as clay in the potter's hands.
When we were single, we had all the answers to the art of parenting, but actual practice humbles us as to how ill-equipped we are for this task.
Both God and Satan have been preparing their respective families, meticulously producing vessels of mercy and vessels of wrath. While God expects parents to cultivate sound-mindedness, balance, and self-control in our children, Satan has been shaping the pliable minds of children though his self-centered, self-indulgent, …
John Ritenbaugh, focusing on the 1953 feature-length motion picture starring Alan Ladd as Shane, an enigmatic gunslinger who rides into a small Wyoming town, in hoping of settling down and escaping his past. Soon, he is forced to take sides in a land war between cattlemen who want an open range and homesteaders, who want to …
The fifth commandment begins the section of six commands regarding our relationships with other people. Children should learn proper respect in the family.
The fifth commandment stands at the head of the second tablet of the Decalogue, which governs our human relationships. It is critical for family and society.
Self-centeredness is the fountainhead of evil behavior found in our youth, carrying over into the infantile behaviors of our elected officials. The righteous find it increasingly difficult to prevail under these circumstances, but the mandate still stands to persevere through these evil times. The vessels of wrath are being …
We must not leave child rearing to chance, but ought to bend the tender twigs entrusted to us toward God's purpose, training our children in righteousness.
Emotional and spiritual well-being of children improves when fathers fulfill their role. People from dysfunctional families have a skewed image of God.
The fifth commandment teaches our responsibility to give high regard, respect, and esteem to parents and other authority figures, leading to a prosperous life.
Children do not initiate love but reflect it. If a child does not receive a convincing demonstration of this love, he will not become a conductor of love.
The family problems predicted for the end times in II Timothy stem from faulty childrearing practices. We must help prepare our children for the Kingdom.
In the letters to the seven churches, Scripture foresees that a dearth of steadfastness marks the time of the end, but Christians are urged to hold fast.