We had a special speaker, Voddie Bauchum. He’s a pastor in Texas and is committed to discipling (read that again, DISCIPLING not DISCIPLINING) his family for his children and his children’s children. I’ve read through his website and his church’s website. He’s got some really fresh and interesting views on having a family-integrated church with no age breakdowns. And he’s really into homeschooling. He says THE tool for discipling your kids is the HOME. Not the church. Yikes.
As a former Children’s Pastor, I’ve heard and taught from this passage many times. Dr. Bauchum taught it in a fresh way that hit you right between the eyes! Here’s what I’ll be mulling over all week:
These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.
Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. Deuteronomy 6:1-15 (emphasis mine)