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Give Them Grace

July 22, 2011

I just started reading a book today I have been meaning to get to for months. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus has received some high acclaim and so I was excited this morning to take a break from my normal routine to read for once (as if I didn’t just graduate from seminary a few months ago).

The introduction and Chapter 1 of this book are worth the $10 price tag alone. We need more books that shake us from our self-reliant, moralistic conformity and bring us and our children to the foot of the cross of Jesus. Some highlights:

“We have told them (our children) that being good (at least outwardly) is the be-all and end-all of their faith. This isn’t the gospel; we’re not handing down Christianity. We need much less of Veggie Tales and Barney and tons more of the radical, bloody, scandalous message of God made man and crushed by his Father for our sin.” (19)

“Religious obedience is probably the most difficult and dangerous form of obedience simply because it is so easily confused with conformity to God’s law. It’s the place where most Christian families go terribly wrong. Yes, we are commanded to teach the Word, prayer, and worship to our children, but their acquiescence to these things won’t save them. Only the righteous life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ saves them.” (33)

“…that doesn’t mean we don’t teach our children God’s law. We are commanded to do so but not to make them good. We are commanded to give them the law so they will be crushed by it and see their need for a Savior. The law won’t make them good. It will make them despair of ever being good enough, and in that way it will make them open to the love, sacrifice, and welcome of their Savior, Jesus Christ.” (36)

I am sure I will have much more to share from this book as I go through it. Grace to you.

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