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Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
July 1998 - 18[7]:56

Start Teaching a Child—Today!
by Bert Thompson, Ph.D.

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Last month in this space, I addressed the topic of why we, as parents, must do everything within our power to protect the “precious heritage” that is our children. This month, I would like to speak specifically about how we can begin that lifelong process. First, the simple truth of the matter is that we cannot begin too early. From cradle roll class to graduate school, we must teach our children diligently the precepts found within God’s Word (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). Second, we must capitalize on every incentive, and seize every opportunity, to impart to our children the knowledge that will help them build a personal faith of their own, separate and apart from that of their parents’ (2 Timothy 1:5). Third, we must provide our children with the evidence for their faith so that, even in times of peril, that faith can withstand whatever slings and arrows the world, or the Devil, may hurl at it—or at them (1 Thessalonians 5:21). And fourth, we must not “grow weary in well-doing” (2 Thessalonians 3:13).

Keeping in mind the urgency of parents’ and grandparents’ tasks in this regard, I would like to offer a suggestion intended to aid us in our quest to rear faithful children and grandchildren. Surely we will concede it was no accident that God placed His revelation to man in written form. Thanks to the existence of that Holy Book, the Bible, we can know God’s will and way for our lives. The apostle Paul admonished his young companion, Timothy, to “bring, when thou comest, the books” (2 Timothy 4:13). Paul understood, and wanted Timothy to understand, the importance of the written word. Children today need to be taught that same lesson. Books are an excellent tool for stirring a child’s thought processes.

It is with that idea in mind that I would like to recommend three volumes written especially for children—books that can spark a desire to learn while at the same time imparting the knowledge that leads to wisdom. Designed by God, So I Must be Special by Bonnie Sosé ($10.95) is a colorful book intended to teach very young children about God’s existence. Butterfly Mornings ($10.95, also by Sosé) teaches the same age group that regardless of skin color or cultural differences, God loves every human being—just as we should. Genesis for Kids ($12.99) provides science experiments for older children that effectively demonstrate God’s natural laws, and that impart important spiritual concepts. I recommend each of these as a powerful instructional tool that can build, or strengthen, a child’s burgeoning faith. The set of three is available at a special price of $31, plus $3 postage ($1.50 postage/book when ordered individually). Call us at 1-800-234-8558 to order by credit card. Start teaching a child—today!

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