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Sadly, I think this is the mind-set that pervades Christian parents today. Expect your kids to walk away from God in their young adult years.

Proverbs 22:6 says  Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.

“Many parents look at that verse and think Well, if I train my kid in the way he should go , he most likely will have some rebellious years, but then eventually some day when he is an adult he’ll come back because the Bible says …And this is true. But if you understand the culture of the day when this was written, you realize a child became a “man” when he was twelve or thirteen years of age. They even had a sitting in, or ceremony for that. If you study the original Hebrew word for “old” you find the word is a derivative of the word “beard.” The implication is if you train a child in the way he should go, when he starts getting hair on his face and enters puberty, then he will not depart from his training. It really means they will never leave the faith! ”

Excerpt from Redefining Children’s Ministry in the 21st Century  order your copy today or download immediately… available at http://kidsinministry.org/resources/more-stuff/redefining/

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Let God uproot that seed of doubt from your mind that the enemy has planted. Let’s train our children in the way they should go and expect them to always remain in the faith.