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The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all
If God be for us, who can be against us?
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened
Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit
For in him we live, and move, and have our being
Fear not, neither be dismayed
They shall mount up with wings as eagles
Be strong and of a good courage
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you
Let not your heart be troubled, trust in God
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth
But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted
But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world
Judge not, that ye be not judged
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord
I will guide thee with mine eye
I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me
Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation
I will love thee, O LORD, my strength
But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God
Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me
Fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee

Ten Steps to Get Your Child Attached to the Holy Bible

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How do we make our children love the Holy Bible?
When your son grows fond of the LORD’s word, he will be a balanced child, able to solve his own problems, able to reprove himself of sins and know well how to do self-criticism before falling into sins.

Regarding the children’s relationship with the Holy Bible, there are two bad types of parents:
– The first type: Those who force their children to read the Holy Bible, just like the followers of the Islamic religion, who make faith an obligation that must be applied, even with beatings and punishments, and not out of need for faith or love for God. Those people make their children hate the Holy Bible and sometimes push them to atheism.
– The second type: Those are quite the opposite. Parents who are neglectful of the LORD God’s word, have no interest in reading the Holy Bible and do not prioritize faith. Some of them even mock the believers and those who read the Holy Bible, setting by that a bad example for their children, who will grow up to be Christians in name only.
Your child is a soft dough in your hands, so either you hand this dough to the community to shape it as it wants, or you shape it yourself the way you want.
Do not expect the society (street, school, friends) to bring your son closer to the Holy Bible, but it will rather introduce him to technology, strange tendencies and habits, most of which are bad, thus you will reap the result of handing your son over to your community to raise him.
There’s also the kind of lazy parents who want to make their children Christians without having to bother raising them in faith, so they hand over their children to Christian schools or church activities, often to be shocked by erroneous teachings based on the nun or the priest’s understanding of faith. Also, a bad experience with an unfaithful shepherd may destroy the child for a very long time making him hate the faith because of an unfit priest.
Therefore, do not bother to think of someone to replace you as there is no substitute for you in raising your child in a Christian way.
In order to help you, I have prepared 10 steps that will make it easier for you to make your child a believer who loves the word of the LORD God and fonds of the Holy Bible:
1- The good example:
Start with yourself. To make your son love the Holy Bible, love it yourself first, for the children are the mirror of their parents.
The Holy Bible tells us how the children often follow their parents’ ways:
About Ahaziah in 1 Kings 22:52 “And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother”
And about Josiah in 2 Kings 22:2 “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.”
Instead of complaining about your son’s atheism, reexamine yourself and what you have planted in him since his childhood.
How much time have you spent reading the Holy Bible with him?
If your answer is: Not a day! Then do you expect him to be a saint, for example?!
We have to use our children’s childhood to give them the example we want them to be. For instance, if your child takes an artist who uses drugs as a role model, then expect your son to abuse drugs at the first chance he gets. But if he takes Paul the Apostle as his role model, then expect him to be an evangelist.
(I invite you to watch the episode “Raising Children and Adolescents” because it will help you very much in raising your children in a sound Christian way.)
2- Give your children the illustrated Holy Bible as a gift:
Then in their memory, the Holy Bible will be associated with a pleasant occasion and a gift. Moreover, reading the illustrated Holy Bible for children will make them understand and live its events just like they do with children’s stories.
3- Teach your children to keep the Holy Bible in their hearts, not learn it by heart:
Learning by heart means that the child recites the prayer like a parrot without understanding, and when he grows up, he will fail at the first discussion because as a child he memorized without understanding. As for keeping it in the heart,
Luke 2:19 “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”
Job 22:22 “Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.”
this creates a true believer who cannot be defeated by anyone because he has understood what he believes in.
There are several things that help our children understand and keep the Holy Bible in the heart:
I- Handwriting is one of the most important things that helps the child to learn. When you read a chapter with him, ask him to write it; thus, you will be helping him developing his skills in both reading and writing, and at the same time learn what he reads.
II- Drawings: Instead of asking him to memorize the Books of the Holy Bible, make him draw a tree with the Books on it, so he will learn their numbers and names. Or ask him to draw a tree for the prophets and saints, and here you will help him understand the Holy Bible and enjoy its historical and geographical treasures, thus he will grow up able to distinguish the information he will get from school and society; he can then understand the events for what they are and no one will be able to brainwash him with false information.
4- Associate your child’s talent with the Holy Bible:
You can use your child’s interests by connecting them to the Holy Bible, for example: drawing, singing, acting, reading, even babbling. You can make him practice his hobbies by applying them to the stories of the Holy Bible, thereby linking the word of the LORD with the interests that he loves.
5- Dialogue:
Create in your home a good environment for dialogue. How wonderful it is to dedicate an hour a day to sit with the family and read together a chapter from the Holy Bible (the story of Daniel, Job, James, a chapter from the Acts of the Apostles) to learn how the early church was founded. Or, for example, after you finish reading the “Gospel according to Luke”, move to the “Book of Acts” which was also written by Luke, and here start a conversation with him in order to find out the extent of his comprehension, help developing his faith-based knowledge and raise him properly. He may surprise you with his wonderful concepts of faith and our LORD may put a message in his mouth for you,
Psalms 8:2 “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength”
This dialogue has countless benefits, for example:
A) It will enhance the character of your child by making him knows how to conduct a discussion, knows his rights and duties and by trying to convince you of his point of view, you will be contributing to the development of his persuasion methods. Also, your dialogue with him makes him love the Holy Bible because it gave him value as a friend and a peer before his father and mother.
B) He will be able to express his fears and problems. Many children are victims of events that they conceal either because of their fear and the lack of dialogue’s tools or due to their inability to complain.
C) He will learn not to be silent about what is wrong:
When we conduct a conversation with our children, we teach them the mechanism of sorting between good and bad, and between right and wrong. A child who can converse with his father and correct him will have the skill of self-criticism and will scold his friends and brothers when they make a mistake.
D) He will be able to filter his surroundings, and thus you will be saving him from receiving slaps. Whoever is accustomed to straightening the flaws and correcting the mistakes, even his parents’, won’t accept inappropriate friendships, such as having a friend who is a thief, for example, because his senses are used to reject faults.
The result is that with an hour-long dialogue a day with your child, you will build his personality from different aspects that you are not aware of.
6- Make the Holy Bible a way of life:
Do not limit the relationship with the LORD God only to the time you read the Holy Bible with your children, for some parents live minutes of faith with their children, and once they finish praying, they return to a different, tumultuous life, sometimes contrary to faith. Rather, we have to make faith our way of life.
How can that be done?
For example, you as a mother read with your child in Matthew 4:4 “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Write this verse on a small board and hang it on the refrigerator or put it on the dining table for your child to read at the mealtime so it would be easier for you to explain that it means: ( just as our bodies need bread, our souls also need bread that comes down from heaven, i.e. the LORD Jesus Christ, and need also spiritual food, i.e. the words of the Holy Bible) in this way, for example, your child associates the bread with the spiritual food.
Another example, we have many parables in the Holy Bible, such as the “parable of the sower”. Bring some seeds and take your son for a walk. Throw some seeds in front of him on the sidewalk, some among the thorns, and some on barren ground to teach him how they won’t sprout. Then try with him to plant the seeds in good soil, when they sprout, he will understand the meaning of the parable of seeds, and that the seed is like the word of God, so he will realize why it does not grow in some people and why there are saints and sinners, even though they both have received the same word. Also, on a personal level, he will learn to be in the environment and place which he deserves, and to invest his efforts in a suitable place.
7- Accompany words with actions:
There are people who raise their children to memorize the prayers like parrots without working accordingly, and there are people who raise their children to judge others (this woman is naked, that man is bad), so they bring up a generation of people who are interested in the appearances, and turn them into hypocrites who care about their looks rather than their inner selves.
There is a third type, the schizophrenics, who say what they do not do; so, you will find a society that talks about morality and honor whereas its actions are exactly the opposite.
While the Holy Bible teaches us in James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
For example, the child read in Mark 12 about the widow’s mites, start by explaining the idea of tithing and how to apply it. Teach him to have a collecting box for the LORD in which he puts ten percent of what he gets from you and then use the money to buy a toy or food and give it to a needy person in the name of Jesus Christ, thus, you will establish in him the love of giving. He will not love money because he used to share it with the poor, and he will learn how to pay his tithes, so he will get the promised blessings of God as a result of paying them.
Another example, he read in Luke about the Samaritan, and who the relative is, here you can find an opportunity to teach him how to deal with the neighbors and relatives and how to be useful to his community.
Also, another example, the child read in the Gospel about the miracles of Jesus and the value of praying in His name, so you should teach him how to pray using the name of Jesus, which does not fail, when he is sick or in need of help.
8- Make the LORD God the center of the house:
The LORD said in John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches”
There is a small defect that even some Christian believers have, as they made themselves the vine and Christ is one of the branches around them. So, he feels that he is the master of the house, the base, and around him are his wife, child, work, service…etc., like the branches branching from him, this is wrong, as the LORD must be the center and the foundation; He is the tree and we are all branches in Him.
How can the LORD be the center of the house?
Make Him the center of your life, make Him the head of your dining table, which is of no value if you do not start your meal with thanking and prayer.
Make Him the One who is celebrated in your feasts and occasions, instead of making the feast just an empty ritual.
Put the LORD on the top of the household’s habits. No matter what your household system is, make the LORD the pillar for it, the picnic companion, the first refuge for problem-solving (for example, your son came home complaining about his schoolmate, before you rush things up and try to solve the problem yourself, ask your son to enter his room, close his door and tell Jesus about it, as the LORD Jesus has the ability to solve it. Then your son’s confidence and dependence on the LORD will increase more; for he will not fail nor will he be confounded that who makes the LORD his trust. His ship won’t be broken no matter how storms of life blow, because it is built on the LORD.)
Up to something very important that your child will learn, which is “confession”. Make your son/ daughter get used to confess before you once every three months, for example. You will then be aware of what is happening with him in order to support him if he gets into trouble, or keep him from falling into sin, up to help him repent and avoid repeating them. But you have to be like a faithful priest to him, so do not use his mistakes to reproach him, nor use them against him. Be his spiritual guide, thereby protecting him from the bad friends’ advice. All the way to teach him how to confess his sins directly to the LORD in order to establish a healthy spiritual relationship in your child.
9- “I am nothing without Christ”:
(It is a complementary to number 8)
The most important reasons for the failure of the Arab societies are because they are inflated and empty ones, due to self-reliance depending on phrases like: “Heaven helps those who help themselves. Study to succeed. Who toils, succeeds. You should know what side of your bread is buttered on…etc.,”.
So, when the child grows up, he finds himself getting the slaps of life without being able to withstand them, because it is an entirely wrong upbringing, as reliance on the LORD God is the basis of success.
When you raise a believing child who relies on the LORD, then you will be like someone who has saved money for him in the bank, who taught him, who gave him vaccinations and established a healthy body and a satiated mind. Life contradicts the equation “one + one = two”. For how many successful and wealthy people there are who did not work hard, how many hardworking people there are who did not get their chance, and how many teenagers have committed suicide because they lost hope.
Teach your son that relying on the LORD is better than relying on a man, for that who trusts the LORD, will not be confounded.
Jeremiah 17:5 “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.”
And in Psalms 40:4 “Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust”
There is a wonderful verse in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
How beautiful it is if you hang this verse over your son’s bed, so he will know that he is capable to do everything and his ambition may reach the sky, not by himself, but rather through Christ.
10- Be proud of the faith:
Being proud of his faith means being an evangelist, and how much we need a generation of young evangelists,
in 1 Peter 3:15 “and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
Your child is the best one to change the society without you knowing nor funding.
Let us teach our children to ascribe their pride, every beautiful gift they have, the reason for their joy, their talents and the reason for their success in anything to the LORD God; then he will be proud of his faith which is filled with the abundance of spiritual and material blessings and he will become an evangelist in his surroundings.

At the end, when you make your child fond of the Holy Bible, you would have established him in history, geography, the events and the mechanism of solving problems, up to learn from the mistakes of the past and anticipate the course of future events based on the events of the Holy Bible. For example, when he looks at a nation which has been entirely corrupted, he concludes that there are plagues coming, as the Holy Bible had foretold us, there are also opportunities for repentance as the Holy Bible taught us and signs from the LORD that must be heard. Your son has read what happened in the lives of hundreds of people who preceded him, so he will build his character on the basis of the Holy Bible.
You should give the child according to his comprehension and age, as each age has its own way.
The LORD Jesus Christ says in Luke 18:16 “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”
The time is right for an honesty session with ourselves. Are we bringing our children closer to the LORD, or are we hindering their salvation?
Are we good role models to them?
Can your son say: “My father is my saint, and my mother is my saint”?
Let us work together and cooperate by inviting our children from their childhood to go to Jesus in order to be truly in good hands; beware from preventing them.
By your contempt for the Holy Bible, you are preventing your son, by not making time for our LORD, you are preventing your son, by your disrespect when you talk about the LORD and about the miracles, you are preventing your son.
As a result, you will reap what you sow in your children, either you make them saints or Pharisees; just inflated bubble which will collapse in the face of the difficulties of life.

Sep / 6 / 2021

Get Your Child Attached to the Bible with Maggie Khozam