Thursday, December 20, 2012

What Should Parents Tell Their Kids About Santa?

When I was a kid rumors were swirling around the school that Santa Claus didn't exist. After I got home, I asked my mom, "Is Santa real?" My mom smiled and admitted, "No, he's not."

I thought it over and asked, "Is the Easter bunny real?" "No, he's not real either," she confessed. Finally I asked, "Is God real?" Immediately she tried to assure me, "Oh yes, God is real!" I couldn't help but wonder if she was telling me the truth this time, since she had already admitted to lying about the other two.

Christian parents are faced with the same dilemma today. What should you tell your small children (who are too little to separate fact from fiction) about Santa? You have three options:

Option #1: You can lie and tell them Santa's real. But later when they are older, you'll have to admit that you lied to them. They might even start questioning God's existence, like I did.

Option #2: You can tell them up front that Santa's not real. The downside is you're taking away much of the fun experience at Christmas. Think about it, you don't need to grow them up that quickly. You withhold a lot of information from children about other issues until they are old enough to process it. Here's a better idea:

Option #3: You can tell them that Santa's a game that you play. This is what we told our young children when they started talking about Santa. "Santa and giving each other gifts is a game that we play." They never really thought to ask what the game was about. When they got older and asked about the reality of Santa, we told them, "It was all pretend and you figured out the game!" We never lied to them and we all enjoyed the fun of Christmas.

Remember, small children think like small children, and there's nothing wrong with that. As they grow and mature, they are able to grasp the truth. The apostle Paul explained this when he said, "When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things." (1 Corinthians 13:11).  So then, have a fun Christmas and remember to teach them that Jesus is real.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Why you should read "10 Secrets to Life's Biggest Challenges"

In this final book that author and Bible teacher Peter Lord will write, he passes along the wisdom and insights he has gained about 10 difficulties in life. 
In this book you will discover:

  • The 5 guidelines in making a decision.  If you miss one, you might be making a bad choice.
  • The 6 levels of relationships.  Many marriages are in trouble because they haven't worked though all 6 levels.
  • The 7 keys in overcoming temptation.  This is the best information you will ever read on temptation and how to overcome it.
  • How to be healed of past hurts.  You can be free from your past by learning how to forgive and let go.
  • How to get out of debt and save money. 

The perfect book for:

  • Small Group studies (10 lessons).  Each chapter covers a different life-lesson with questions for group discussion at the end of each chapter.
  • Married Couples.  Provides important advice about how to resolve conflicts, make decisions, manage money, and changing your attitude. 
  • People struggling with life.  Wisdom comes from heeding the advice of wise people. 
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