Focus on Parenting Conference Session 2 – Larry Fowler

  • 11:23 AM henryjz – 5 questions to share
  • 11:23 AM henryjz – 1. What is the most difficult moment of parenting is?
  • 11:23 AM henryjz – Larry: when you let go of all ten fingers
  • 11:25 AM henryjz – Reading from Gen 37:34-35
  • 11:26 AM henryjz – Reading from Luke 15:11-13 (prodigal son)
  • 11:29 AM henryjz – story of Joseph and story of prodigal have similarities: fathers missing sons, youngest son, sons taken away, joyful reunion with sons
  • 11:29 AM henryjz – there were differences: Joseph exemplified Godly wisdom and Prodigal exemplified worldly wisdom
  • 11:30 AM henryjz – 2. How are kids doing today when they leave home?
  • 11:30 AM henryjz – look more like Joseph or Prodigal?
  • 11:30 AM henryjz – Worldview is what is in the heart… where decisions are made
  • 11:35 AM henryjz – 3. Why don’t we talk more about parents helping kids follow God?
  • 11:35 AM henryjz – a. It’s not intentional
  • 11:35 AM henryjz – b. It’s unmeasured
  • 11:37 AM henryjz – c. It’s underappreciated
  • 11:42 AM henryjz – There has to be a change of culture in the Christian homes
  • 11:46 AM henryjz – Telling story of man he had conversation with on the plane about what that man would want for his kids…
  • 11:46 AM henryjz – answer was about future family, work, etc.
  • 11:46 AM henryjz – when asked about what would grieve him, he answered “Being lost spiritually.”
  • 11:46 AM henryjz – Many parents think about temporal goals for their families but no eternal goal.
  • 11:47 AM henryjz – There is no revolution, no target and no plan
  • 11:49 AM henryjz – What do we do? Where do parents start? Three things.
  • 11:49 AM henryjz – 1. Set a target
  • 11:49 AM henryjz – Parent first answer to question of what you want to see you kids do should be for them to love God with all heart, soul, mind, strength
  • 11:49 AM henryjz – Suggests that Joseph be a target
  • 11:51 AM henryjz – 2. Have a plan
  • 11:51 AM henryjz – Doesn’t have to be overly detailed
  • 11:52 AM henryjz – Take a look at story of Joseph…
  • 11:53 AM henryjz – Gen 39: 6-9 — Joseph had respect for authority
  • 11:53 AM henryjz – Joseph has respect for marriage relationship
  • 11:54 AM henryjz – Joseph has respect for God’s standards
  • 11:54 AM henryjz – Joseph has respect for God’s authority in his life
  • 11:55 AM henryjz – In addition to respect, weave in wisdom
  • 11:56 AM henryjz – What is the source of wisdom? Joseph makes the statement that wisdom belongs to God
  • 11:57 AM henryjz – We need to help our children understand grace as well
  • 11:58 AM henryjz – Joseph showed grace to his brothers
  • 12:00 PM henryjz – We need to help our children find and do the will of God
  • 12:02 PM henryjz – We need to teach kids that God is sovereign in all things
  • 12:03 PM henryjz – 3. Start to revolt
  • 12:03 PM henryjz – Revolt against busyness, apathy, delegating away to the church, bobble head effect, no spiritual planning, no spiritual target…

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