Train Up a Child: Does God Offer a Lifetime Guarantee?: A Fresh Unpacking of Proverbs 22:6, Part 2

Countless dads and mums banked on what seemed like a lifetime guarantee. If they trained their children in the way they should go, those children would not depart from that way even into old age. The lifetime guarantee failed to pan out. Too many parents, good dads and mums, have been bitterly disappointed and confused. As Solomon wrote, “the heart knows its own bitterness.”

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Why God Sends Us Storms: In the Wake of Irma

Hurricane Irma was the largest storm in recorded US history. So, naturally the windy lady captured our undivided attention as she strolled westward along the Caribbean corridor and then, after a sharp right turn, traveled up the spine of Florida. Like most others, we were motivated by fear, a healthy fear of damage to our persons and property, to prepare for Irma. We knew what was at stake. We knew what we would lose if we were unprepared for the storm.

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Train Up a Child: A Lifetime Guarantee? Part 1

Countless families were led to believe that if they followed certain steps in parenting, their kids would turn out right. Perhaps what persuaded them was the life-time, iron-clad promise from Proverbs 22:6. The inclusion of that small but pregnant phrase, even when he is old, he will not depart from it,” promises that there will be no lapses, no times of rebellion, no periods of wandering in the life of the child. The promise is irrefutably comprehensive.

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Access to the Tree of Life: Genesis 2

We all desperately need access to a tree of life. Without access to a tree that provides life we are doomed to die eternally. As humans, we were not created immortal, though the first humans did enjoy a type of eternal life at one time. Eternal life, that is to say, God’s gift of life, was what we were originally meant to enjoy. But due to unbelief in what the LORD said was good for them, our first parents were barred access to the tree of life. It was a death sentence for the human race. How do we regain access to the tree?

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