PARENTAL INFLUENCE

“O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey” (Deuteronomy 6:3).

The concern of Moses is for the perpetuation of those principles and precepts commanded by God; that the community of faith might continue as a thriving people in this world. Those addressed are parents and grandparents, who bear the responsibility of teaching and modeling the life of faith for their household. Even today, all metrics, and empirical data, continue to reveal that the single, most powerful, formative influence in the faith expression of teenagers and young adults is the faith demonstrated by their parents. The church, therefore, becomes either a confirmation or a contradiction to everything being learned at home.

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