Quotes for parents

“When our children see us clinging to the promises of God, they will grow up trusting in His goodness.  If we fail as adults in praying for and praying with the next generation, then they will become spiritually unsure.”

Michael Youssef

 “Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that Sunday School is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most natural condition of things is for Christian parents to train up their own children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Charles Spurgeon

“If you neglect to instruct (your children) in the way of holiness, will the devil neglect to instruct them in the way of wickedness? No; if you will not teach them to pray, he will to curse, swear, and lie; if ground be uncultivated, weeds will spring.”

John Flavel

“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Frederick Douglas

“We sometimes hear of the children of Christian parents who do not grow up in the fear of God, and we are asked how it, is that they turn out so badly. In many, very many cases, I fear there is such a neglect of family worship.”

Charles Spurgeon

“Fifteen to 20 years ago, the questions that you used to hear at universities about faith, Jesus and the Bible, about skepticisms, questioning what you believe in; questions that you used to hear in the last two years of college are now being asked by 10- and 11-year-olds.  It’s coming all right down through Facebook.”

Josh McDowell – from article,“3 Cultural Changes That Create the ‘Perfect Storm Against the Church”

“Children are like wet cement.  But remember, we only have a short window of time until the wet cement turns to concrete.  We must impress God’s Word, wisdom and ways into their lives while we have the opportunity.”

Dale Hudson

“Children’s ministry is the best place to invest your time and resources.”

“Without adults serving in children’s ministry, there is no children’s ministry.”

“We know the pathway of children is largely determined by their preschool years, and a child’s view of God is formed in their early years.  It’s in the preschool years that the foundation is laid for a child’s spiritual formation.  Children absorb more information in their first three years than any other time in life.”

“Children are not just the church of tomorrow. They are the church of today and tomorrow.  They can serve today. They can make an impact now.  They can give now. They can pray big prayers now.  They can lead now.  They can bring people to Jesus now.”

Dale Hudson – from article, “8 Things Most People Don’t Get About Children’s Ministry”

“Families, churches and parachurch ministries must recognize that primary window of opportunity for effectively reaching people with the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection is during the pre-teen years. It is during those years that people develop their frames of reference for the remainder of their life – especially theologically and morally. Consistently explaining and modeling truth principles for young people is the most critical factor in their spiritual development..”

Barna Group – from article, “Evangelism Is Most Effective Among Kids”

“A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.”

Billy Graham

“You want to mess up the minds of your children? Here’s how – guaranteed! Rear them in a legalistic, tight context of external religion, where performance is more important than reality. Fake your faith. Sneak around and pretend your spirituality . Train your children to do the same. Embrace a long list of do’s and don’ts publicly but hypocritically practice them privately… yet never own up to the fact that its hypocrisy. Act one way but live another. And you can count on it – emotional and spiritual damage will occur.”

Chuck Swindoll

“Seek to cherish in your children early the habit of being interested about the work of God, and about cases of need and distress, and use them too at suitable times, and under suitable circumstances, as your almoners, and you will reap fruit from doing so.”

George Muller
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