Core Values for Christians

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Core Values for Christian Families

Many of us attend church, at least once in a while, and we sometimes read the Bible, but how can we be sure that our family is grounded in the fundamentals of Christianity? One way is to dedicate ourselves to a plan of study that involves the whole family. Why the whole family? Listen:

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 NKJV

…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. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.

God, speaking through Moses, has commanded us to “teach His words” to our children. The task is far too important than to leave such teaching to others. One of the great advantages of learning God’s word, as a family, is that assures you that your beliefs and understandings are “mutual.”

I suspect that it is difficult, with all of the “agenda” that is coming at family members, to spend time together discussing the core values of Christianity. Yet, is anything more important? No, nothing is more important than knowing that every member of the family is seeking to do as Jesus commanded:

Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV

“‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”

The purpose of these Family Bible Studies is to provide a format for getting each family member to discuss the scriptural topics at hand and to both learn and share mutual commitments. Since some of the concepts are more difficult to understand than others, fathers and mothers will have to assist in explaining what they mean and will, at times, need to restate the core value in words the children will understand.

These Studies are intentionally “substantive”, that is, they will lead you into the meat of the word as opposed to dwelling on the milk of the word. Listen:

Hebrews 5:12-14 NKJV

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need some one to teach you again the first principles of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food; for every one who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their faculties trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.

Establish a specific day and time for your Family Bible Study and be sure to begin the study with prayer. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. May God abundantly bless your family as you learn “eternal” values. I pray that God will richly bless you and your family, forever.

Bruce Caldwell

Core Value 01: Why does the Bible make such a big deal about “flattery” being wrong?

Core Value 01: Why does the Bible make such a big deal about “flattery” being wrong?
What is flattery? The first entry for flattery in Webster's dictionary is: To praise excessively especially from motives of self-interest. Or to: To portray too favorably. Or to: to display to advantage. The basic truth is that flattery is an "over the top" statement generally offered in order to gain advantage for yourself. Have you...

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Core Value 02: What is that Aroma?

Core Value 02: What is that Aroma?
"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death...

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Core Value 03: What I am doing just feels wrong.

Core Value 03: What I am doing just feels wrong.
The Apostle Paul presents a point of view you should consider. He says, "I don't understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can't. I do what I don't want to-what I hate.

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Core Value 04: Jesus Wept. Why?

Core Value 04: Jesus Wept. Why?
The shortest verse in the Bible is, "Jesus wept", John 11:35. Yet that short verse reveals so much that we need to understand.

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Core Value 05: Grace, Faith and Works…In That Order

Core Value 05: Grace, Faith and Works…In That Order
What is Grace? Grace is a word that describes God's love toward you. The Bible says in 2 PETER 3:8-9TLB "But don't forget this, dear friends that a day or a thousand years from now is like tomorrow to the Lord."

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Core Value 06: I Am So Proud Of You!

Core Value 06: I Am So Proud Of You!
Have you ever said, to someone you love, "I am so proud of you"! Of course you have and when you said those words, you generally meant that your heart was full of joy for that person. Your pride in who they are and what they have accomplished is a natural and loving response. Can...

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