Heritage Christian Counseling Ministries - Tom Russell
Every Thursday during the 8 o'clock and 9 o'clock hour, WVMC General Manager Scott Saunders and Tom Russell from Heritage Christian Counseling Ministries sit down and talk about issues facing the family.
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Topic for April 16th: The Power of Dad
"The Power of Dad" by Dear Dr. Meg Meeker
Topic for April 9th: Christlike Character in Our Kids
Christ-like character is an essential part of being a Christian. Talking the talk is easy, but walking the walk is when we are really tested. One of the most important things you can do for your child is to help them develop Christ-like character. Jesus is our model of how we should live our life, and treat others. In our society children are faced with incredible peer pressure and temptation. Unfortunately, morals and values have taken a back seat. Teaching children to strive to have good character is our responsibility as Christian parents. First, we have to examine our own character and behavior. Do we exhibit love, kindness, courage, patience, and forgiveness? Who are we when no one else is looking? Of course we will fall short because no person is perfect, only Jesus is. But we can make every effort to walk in the path of Jesus, and teach our children by example, what good character is.
What builds up character? Below are some characteristics that we want our character to consist of. We should try to instill these character builders into our own lives so that we can serve God and give our children a good Christian example to follow.
Just as our character is built up by the characteristics that Jesus possessed, there are also character breakers. If any of these characteristics become embedded in your character they will move you further away from God.
- Being Judgmental
- Unwillingness to Forgive
Children watch us closely in all situations. If you are gossiping about Sue’s marriage breaking up and casting judgment on her and your children hear you, they will absorb your actions and more than likely repeat them. You are their example, and a representative of Christ. If children think you are a hypocrite they will not take you or the morals you are attempting to instill in them seriously. I have a relative who is completely turned off by Christianity because of the bad example set by their mother who claimed to be a Christian and was unforgiving, bitter, and judgmental. What we do will mold our children. Here are a few suggestions on helping your child develop Christ like character.
Topic for March 26th and April 2nd: The Blessing of the Father
Scott and Tom turn to parenting for a few weeks, discussing the Blessing of the Father, created by Dr. John Trent.
There are 5 key components to the Blessing:
1. Appropriate, meaningful touch. A hand on the shoulder. A pat on the back. An appropriate hug. They all convey caring attention.
2. Spoken Message. Choose your words carefully, celebrate your children!
3. Attach high value. By your words, spoken, written, texted, however they are delivered, you show that you place a high value on your children. And it may also reinforce that God places them at a high value too!
4. Special Future. By using all 3 elements above, our children feel cherished and loved. They become better prepared and more confident for what the future holds.
5. Genuine Commitment. Our commitment is to raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Genuine commitment is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person that says as long as I have breath, I'm here, and I'm your biggest fan!