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How Fathers Can Protect Their Sons and Daughters

guard them from temptation
As a father, you are the spiritual leader and protector of your family. Your own obedience to God is a key factor in protecting your sons and daughters from evil.

Since you are no longer accountable to a husband, God fulfills the role of Husband in your circumstances. However, be quick to seek wisdom through Godly counselors, such as parents, parents-in-law, pastors, or mature believers. God takes special care of widows.

First, be sure that God has led you to move away from your parents. When God designed the family structure, He purposed that each one in the family meet basic needs for others—especially social needs.

The following testimony was given by a man who attended a counseling course and shared insights he found when he asked the question, “Why did God let a bad thing happen?”

Key Scriptures for Memorization and Meditation

engrafting basic themes of Scripture into your life
Memorizing and meditating on the Bible will change your life.

Writing to Your Leaders

tips for writing to leaders and officials
Staying in touch with your authorities is important in each sphere of life, including the home, church, school, workplace, and community. When you make a formal appeal or address a public official, consider the following tips as you draft your letter:

Keys to Avoiding Rebellion

tips for parents
When teens are asked about changes they would like to see in their parents’ lives, their wishes often fall into three basic categories. They wish their parents (especially their fathers) would (1) admit when they are wrong, (2) control their tempers, and (3) keep their promises.

Accepting God’s Assignments

finding success through surrender
Not long after reaching high-school age, I began to dread the questions my relatives, friends, and acquaintances frequently asked. “So, what are you going to do after graduation? What do you want to major in? What are your plans?”

It is important to distinguish between an authority’s position under God and his human personality. We are to reverence his position, even though at the same time we may be very aware of his personal weaknesses and failures.

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