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Series: Luis Palau | Raising Godly Kids

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis talks about how to raise godly children. He and his wife, Pat, have four sons so he speaks from years of experience. You’ll be encouraged and blessed as Luis shares the key ingredients in raising kids today, and the standard the Bible sets for parenting. 

A Wise Mother Friday, April 3, 2020

As a kid, I was wild, rebellious, and far from God. And yet, on the outside I looked pretty good. I even remember a friend’s mom once saying, “Andrew is such a good boy. Don’t worry about him. He’s just sowing his wild oats. He’s not a bad kid.” And yet, my mother was wise. She knew that, though my good works might appear to outweigh my bad works, my heart was not in the right place. Though she was proud of me and loved me deeply, my little façade never fooled her. She knew I was far from God. Her response to our friend?  The Bible says, ‘You will know them by their fruit,’ and Andrew’s fruit is bad fruit so I’m praying for his salvation.” And so, she prayed and prayed and prayed. And I’m so thankful that she did.

Parents, you have a unique relationship with your children. You see into their lives in ways that others never will. When people say, “Oh, your kids are great,” it can be tempting to rest in their comments. But, the Lord says that He does not look at the outward appearance. He looks at the heart. As parents, let’s pray for our children’s hearts. Let’s pray that they not just “look good” on the outside but that they truly know and love Jesus – that they are clean and filled with Him on the inside.

Praying for our kids, for their very soul, and sharing with them the good news, is the best way that we can reach our world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Raising Children Today Thursday, April 2, 2020

A new mom once said, “I have had a hard enough time trying to navigate the growing secularism in the world. How on earth will I raise my children to know and love Jesus?” Her question took me aback. Since my kids are now adults, I hadn’t thought about what it must be like to have young children in this day and age, when there are blurred lines about so many moral issues.

Honestly, I don’t have a magic formula, but I can encourage you first to talk to your children about Jesus. Second, really, really help them memorize Bible verses, such as John 3:16, which says, “God so loved the world that he sent his only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not parish, but will have eternal life.” These verses will stick with them when they encounter tricky situations. But third, don’t just talk about Jesus; you must also own your faith.

Fourth, be prepared to answer questions your kids may have about why you believe. Be honest with them. And when you don’t know the answer to a question they may have, simply say, “I will search for an answer in the Bible and let you know.” And perhaps you might reach out to a pastor or mentor for extra advice or counsel if you need it. Fifth, keep an open dialogue with your children about Jesus, and about all of life, so they feel comfortable talking to you about Him. And finally, pray for your children. And, pray with your children.                 

This is Luis Palau.

What Kids See and Hear Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Any parent listening to this program will understand me when I say, “children are mirrors.” They often reflect our own behavior. In fact, I once heard a story of a man whose young son said a naughty word in class. When the little boy was asked how he learned that word, he innocently said, “I heard my dad say it when we were stuck in traffic.”

This type of thing is actually quite common. Our kids do and say what they see at home. As parents, we can’t always be perfect—and God doesn’t expect it of us—but we should make an effort to remember that little ears are always listening. One way to raise godly kids is to monitor what our kids hear and see from us. What kind of music do you play on the radio? What kind of shows do your kids watch on TV? What kinds of books do they read? Do you monitor their access to the Internet? How do your kids hear you talk to your spouse? How do your kids hear you talk about Jesus? These are all questions to help you consider what your children might be observing. As the Bible says in Proverbs 22:6, if you “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

So, prayer in the morning, Bible reading as a family or as individuals, going to church – these are all examples for the good of our children.

This is Luis Palau.

Your Standard Tuesday, March 31, 2020

When it comes to parenting, there’s all sorts of free advice out there. From bloggers to celebrities to news outlets, everyone wants to tell you how to raise your kids. The thing is, none of these so-called “experts” actually created the family unit. But God did! He created you, your children, and your family—and He knows what’s best. What I mean is, when it comes to raising up children who know and love Jesus, the best wisdom and advice can be found in God’s word: the Bible. The Bible should be our standard for loving, discipling, and compassionately disciplining our children. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” And it’s true! If you raise your kids by the standards laid out in the Bible, they are likely to pass on those same standards to their children. Your work in raising godly kids could impact generations to come.

Consider the importance of your job as a parent. This week, reach your world by talking to your kids about Jesus, and by living out Proverbs 22:6.

Now I want to pray with you for your family.  Lord, I pray for every person and every family that is listening to these words.  May they know you, Lord Jesus, obey You, relish your holy word, and live for your glory as a family.  I ask it in Jesus’ name.  Amen. God bless you!

This is Luis Palau.

The Key Ingredient Monday, March 30, 2020

Throughout my time in ministry, many people have approached me, and my wife Pat, asking “How can I raise godly children?” Now there is no special formula to raise well behaved kids who love Jesus, and we aren’t experts by any means. But throughout the years, I have observed one key ingredient that helps a child foster a relationship with God – and that is by them watching you, their parent, walk in a passionate relationship with God. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 6:5-6, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house…” When children see adults love Jesus, they are likely to want to know more about Him themselves. That was my experience as a child.  My parents walked with Jesus and they taught me how to love Him.

This week, consider reaching your world by starting at home. Do you have a son or daughter who doesn’t quite understand Jesus’ love? Talk to them. Pray for them. Pray with them daily. Be an example to them. Sharing the Good News with your children, and securing eternity with them is the very best thing you can do.      

This is Luis Palau.

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