In this message we begin a three week series on the parenting heart of God. What can the creational text of parenting teach us about who God is?
"Early childhood is to this life what this life is to eternity."
Graham Scharf, Liturgies of Life, Comment
"There is no closeness that can surpass the sense of feeling known and still being liked, accepted, welcomed [and] invited to exist"
Neufeld & Mate, Hold on to your Kids, p24
"You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways."
Psalm 139:1-3, TNIV
"When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them."
Hosea 11:1, 3-4, TNIV
"I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbors, or say to one another, Know the LORD, because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD.
God through the prophet Jeremiah 31:33-34, TNIV
"...and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God."
1 Corinthians 3:23, NLT
"For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child both alike belong to me."
God through the prophet Ezekiel 18:4, TNIV
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