June 7

Today's Bible Readings
     Deuteronomy 11
     Psalms 95-96
     Isaiah 39
     Revelation 9
''Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." (Deuteronomy 11:18-19)
            God commanded the children of Israel that His Word must be bound in their hearts and taught to their children. The truth is, God's Word is only one generation away from extinction if it is not diligently taught to our children. One of the saddest observations in my life as a spiritual leader is to watch many parents who know the principles of the Word of God fail to train their children in those same principles. I hear the sadness of many parents in the body of Christ weep when they say, ''Where did I go wrong?'' Never has there been a generation needing Godly instruction more than this one. 
            Parents cannot always be blamed because there are other pressures on our children.  Peer pressure and the evil of our culture at times overcome even the most sincere attempts by parents to teach and train the principles of the Word of God into the lives of their children.  But we must be committed to that task. The fine art of child rearing requires vigilance anddiligence.  The kind of diligence required eliminates screaming, fussing, berating, and angry confrontations. It implies walking softly while carrying a big stick. It involves less talk and more examples. One poor man said he had given his wife ''the best ears of his life." Diligence requires a quiet but thorough approach in training the child.
            We are to be diligent in teaching them manners to be grateful, to express thanks, to have an attitude of gratitude.
We are to be diligent in teaching them how to stand-alone. They live in a world that has gone crazy, and they must see in their parents such strong convictions, which will enable them to stand-alone. This trait is more caught than taught. We must be diligent in setting the boundaries of what they hear and see on radio and television, the books they read, the music they listen to, the movies they attend, the friends they make, and the games they play.
            We must be diligent in setting the example of faithfulness to Bible study and worship, Christian activities. These principles must be instilled in them in the daily routine of life, as they sit in the house, and walk by the way, and when they lie down and rise up.
            On several occasions, we have had the privilege to do mission projects in the Republic of Liberia in West Africa. The capital of this country is Monrovia, and about half the population now are civil war refugees. There has been almost constant political uprising and civil war in the past 25 years.  The result has been a country whose infrastructure has been tom to shreds. Liberia was founded as a Christian state. There continues to be freedom of religion in theory, but in practice there is pressure on Christians to join occult, secret societies. Let's join together in prayer that God will heal the divisions and the wounds of war, and give a miraculous awakening to His people in this tragic land.
           At least 10 missionaries have lost their lives in the conflicts in Liberia. Pray for those who have the courage to, even now, serve the Lord in this war-tom place. Pray that God will give them strength, encouragement, and victory in their ministry.
          The recent Ebola epidemic has opened the door for Christian witness and ministry more than ever before. The Church must take advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ in Liberia. 
''We do not stand in the world bearing witness to Christ, but we stand in Christ bearing witness to the world."   A. J. Gordon