3 Essential Truths we Need to Teach our Kids— Now

3 Essential Truths we Need to Teach our Kids— Now

three simple truths to teach our kids

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

As the virus causes great collateral damage and casts an ominous pal on the future, what should we be teaching our children?  Try these three things (at least).

First, God is Sovereign (in Control)

Genesis begins with: “In the beginning, God.”  God has always existed.  He created the world by speaking it into existence.  He sovereignly rules over his creation (Col. 1:16-17).  He directs every detail of our lives.  God knew 10,000 years ago we would be dealing with Coronavirus today and he is firmly in control of exactly how all of this is going to play out.  All of this should bring us great comfort and peace.

Second, God is Using This Crisis to do Good in Our Lives

Because God is sovereign, he uses all things—including the things that we most dislike, suffering for example—for our good (Rom. 8:28-30; 2 Cor. 4:17).  This includes everything from mild anxiety about food shortages to significant distress about losing a job or retirement savings.  God can use it all for good.

Third, God is Love

Our children need to be reminded that God loves us especially at a time when there is so much fear.  Nothing shall separate us from the love of God (Rom. 8:35-39).  God’s love is demonstrated in all that he has done to redeem us.  This includes the new identity we receive in his son, Jesus Christ.

That God loves us so much that he sent his son to die for us and then sent his Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts and never leave us, provides assurance of his love.  His love has not waned one iota even with current events.

Hope For The Fearful

These three truths about God are important for us and our children as Christians.  But that’s not all.  We are called to give an answer for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15).  How do we do that if we are as fearful as everyone else?  By intentionally focusing on these three truths—now—we strengthen our children’s faith in God and equip them to share him with others who are caught in the tsunami of fear caused by the virus and its ripple effects.

Practical Help Teaching These Truths

Mention of these truths in informal conversation can be reinforced by gathering the family together and teaching them, too.  I have prepared a simple 14 day study  that you can do with your family on these truths. Sign-up below to access the PDF!

 

 

Real Hope Inspires a Song

Real Hope Inspires a Song

real hope for your home songI have written four books and countless articles, presentations, and teachings over the past 30 years. And I have had many different responses—but never have I had someone write a song. It is with a humbled and joyful heart that I share the following song written in response to chapter 6 of Real Hope for Your Home.

Chapter 6 describes our new identity in Jesus Christ which brings us joy. So, this is a song that extols the beauty of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks Gary!

NOTE: Lyrics follow but we still need music! If your or someone you know would like to put these words to music, that would be great!

 

What a Gift from God

© 2020 Gary A. Burlingame

V: I was

Dead to God

Lost without hope

Living in darkness

I was

I was

Now I’m

Purchased, forgiven

Born of God

Raised in Christ

I am

I am

V: I was

Satan’s slave

Stranger to God

An orphan, alone

I was

I was

Now I’m

Blameless and complete

One with God

Hidden in Christ

I am

I am

C:  What a gift from God

What a joy for life

This Gospel

This Christ

What a gift from God

What a joy for life

This Gospel

This Christ

V: Now I’m

Led by His Spirit

Called by God

Redeemed in Christ

I am

I am

V: I was

Child of wrath

Captured by sin

Broken within

I was

I was

Now I’m

Holy, set apart

Known by God

Seated with Christ

I am

I am

C:  What a gift from God

What a joy for life

This Gospel

This Christ

What a gift from God

What a joy for life

This Gospel

This Christ