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Offline Peacemaker

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How to Teach Your Children to Love God
« on: February 09, 2013, 03:11:54 PM »
Read this today on the Morning Offering blog, thought it was pretty good and wanted to share.

"Every Orthodox parent wants their children to grow up attending Sunday Liturgies and staying active in the life of the Church throughout their lives. Yet many parents don't demonstrate the importance of having a relationship with God in front of their children. If you do not make God important, neither will your child. Children observe their parents. They see hypocrisy and know when you are not following through with the teachings of the Church during the week.  They hear when you take the Lord's name in vain. They observe when you don't make prayer central to your day. They notice if you only speak of God on a Sunday morning.

Making the sign of the cross, lighting candles and burning incense only on Sundays teaches your children to compartmentalize their own faith, thus leaving them defenseless in a world filled with temptations and distractions from things that are of a spiritual nature. If you do not demonstrate the importance of prayer before your children, you will leave them defenseless in a world that hates Christ. Your children need to pray with you, read the scriptures with you, be taught the faith by you.

If you do not make your home a domestic church, your children will be lost to Christ, and Orthodoxy will not be lived out beyond your own grave, in the life of future members of your family.

Love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon"
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Re: How to Teach Your Children to Love God
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2013, 04:06:46 PM »
Very wise and sobering words.

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Re: How to Teach Your Children to Love God
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2013, 11:06:21 AM »
Live it, what an idea!   :)

Great post, thank you.
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Re: How to Teach Your Children to Love God
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2013, 11:44:00 AM »
Better teach Him how God loves him first!
« Last Edit: July 23, 2013, 11:44:19 AM by walter1234 »