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Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"From infancy you have known the holy Scriptures...." 2 Timothy 3:15b NIV.

During the "Week of the Young Child," parents are alerted to important developmental goals. Along with the physical and mental milestones, consider the importance of spiritual development. Bible stories provide a structure for moral teaching. Stories from the Bible provide the answer to a child's question better than an adult can explain "why."

Sometimes parents in their desire to share beliefs with their children resort to bribes or even implied threats. This is counterproductive. You don't need to threaten when a free gift is being shared, or when an enriching event can be experienced. Share the comfort you have received through faith, the joy you feel, and the confidence you have to face challenges in life. Faith in Jesus who rose from the dead and who promises everlasting life is a great source of comfort in times of tragedy and loss.

The Apostle Paul wrote these words to a young pastor by the name of Timothy, "from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15). Expose your child(ren) to God's Word through home devotions or child-friendly programs in which you participate with your child at church. These provide positive experiences for character and values development. If you were never exposed to the Bible as a child, you've missed a great deal. The good news is that it's not too late. See you in church!

Submitted by Paul Ibisch, pastor emeritus and adjunct professor of religious studies at Viterbo University. Telephone: 608-799-0990.

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