Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Proverbs 20:11.
Better than any other inheritance of wealth you can give to your children will be the gift of a healthy body, a sound mind, and a noble character.
The lessons learned, the habits formed, during the years of infancy and childhood have more to do with the formation of the character and the direction of the life than have all the instruction and training of after years.
God has withheld no blessing that is necessary for shaping the character of children and youth after the divine pattern given them in the youth of Jesus.
The physical constitution of Jesus, as well as His spiritual development, is brought before us in these words, “the child grew,” and “increased in stature.” In childhood and youth attention should be given to physical development. Parents should so train their children in good habits of eating and drinking, dressing, and exercise, that a good foundation will be laid for sound health in afterlife…. This places the children and youth in a favorable position, so that, with proper religious training, they may, like Christ, wax strong in spirit.
Let the youth and the little children be taught to choose for themselves that royal robe woven in heaven’s loom, the “fine linen, clean and white” (Revelation 19:8), which all the holy ones of earth will wear. This robe, Christ’s own spotless character, is freely offered to every human being. But all who receive it will receive and wear it here.
Let the children be taught that as they open their minds to pure, loving thoughts and do loving and helpful deeds, they are clothing themselves with His beautiful garment of character. This apparel will make them beautiful and beloved here, and will hereafter be their title of admission to the palace of the King. His promise is: “They shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy” (Revelation 3:4).
The Faith I Live By p. 275
Prayer Requests
—-Please pray for the Alvarez family.. Unexpected and devastating loss of a friend and church member. Wayne
—-Please pray for me. I am craving my former life of partying, drink, and drugs. Justin
—-Keep my friend in prayer he went to the hospital with stoke like symptoms. Chris
—-Please pray for my grandson. Sandra
Dear Friends,
After the boys left home, my great-grandparents, Winfield and Ada Harmon, adopted a girl named Margaret. Ada had been so lonely and sad that even my stern great-grandfather knew that something must be done, so he allowed the adoption. Margaret was a little girl when they adopted her, and died when she was thirteen.
There were many diseases in those far off days, and just as many theories of how they were contracted. One of the theories of how diphtheria was contracted was that it floated around in the air and stuck to the roof of houses. Then when the snow and ice would cover the roof, began to melt, and formed icicles, the germs would get into the icicles. Children were warned never to eat icicles and told that if they did, they would get very sick or maybe even die.
One day Margaret decided to break off one of those dripping icicles and sucked on it. It’s coldness felt good to her and she wondered why she had not tried it before. Not many days after this she got diphtheria and died. Everyone believed it was because of that icicle.
When I was a little girl, my grandfather would show me the picture of Margaret in the casket every winter and warn me never to eat an icicle no matter how good it looked. Of course I’m sure that Margaret got diphtheria in a completely different way, but all his life my grandfather believed that the icicle was the cause.
Just as the people of long ago had some strange ideas about how diseases were spread, so there are different theories about what is truth. Some will even make difficult journeys in their quest. Others just believe whatever someone they admire says is truth. But deep within each of us is the desire to know the truth.
Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 In that great prayer recorded in John 17, Jesus says, “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.” vs 17 God’s Holy Word is “and lamp unto [our] feet and a light unto [our] path.” Ps 119:105 Through God’s Word, we find the narrow way to the Kingdom. (Matt 7:13, 14)
David said, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” Ps 119:160 And Peter, as he was writing to the believers also assures us of this fact. He tells of his experience on the mount of transfiguration and then he declares that the Word of God is more important than what we see or hear or experience. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:19-21 Isaiah was moved to write, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isa 8:20 Here is the key. Everything must be tested by a “Thus saith the Lord.” That is our only safety in this world ridden with the diphtheria germs of sin.
May we spend time each day studying and meditating upon God’s Holy Word. May we hide its words deep within our hearts that we may not sin against God. (Ps 119:9-11) May we always stand solidly for the truth is my prayer.

The Royal Robe of Heaven
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