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TRAIN YOUR CHILDREN GOD’S WAY

having someone in their life who will demonstrate the “uncondition- al love” that they can find no other way. Many view this as an attrac- tive “trend” that one should be willing to seriously “consider.”

Further, many young female schoolgirls are copying the trend established by callgirls and are publishing on the Internet “explicit memoirs” of their sexual escapades and experiences because vast numbers are only too eager to read them.

Before looking into the Bible to see how parents can properly rear their children, we must take an even deeper look at today’s gen- eration.

CHAPTER TWO

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“Strange Generation

ere is a descriptive reference from the prophet Hosea foretelling the condition of today’s generation of young people: “They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten STRANGE CHILDREN…” (5:7). This is more true than the older generation can even begin to comprehend. H

Today’s youth live in a very different world than all previous generations. It is one that teaches them careers come first—that indi- vidual fulfillment is more important than rearing a family—that stay- at-home mothers have become, and should be, largely a thing of the past—and that households need two-parent incomes, or families can- not survive. It is a world that stresses living almost exclusively for today because tomorrow may never come.

Children today are cynical, emotionally drained and carrying a kind of world-weary mentality. While many may seem tough and talk tough on the outside, most are morally weak and spiritually vacant inside. They have become a generation of emotionally- stunted children. As a result, they lack empathy—they cannot feel for others, and can only barely feel for themselves. They lack the moral fiber or backbone to do the right thing, even when it is pain- less. Millions have stumbled into adulthood believing that “if it feels right, do it.”

Is it any wonder that ten students are expelled from British schools every day because of violent behavior? Was there ever doubt

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