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Follow The Leader

Follow the Leader
1 Timothy 6:11
"But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."
Do you remember as a child playing the game, "Follow the Leader?"Whoever was chosen as the leader would go wherever they wanted, and the followers followed every action and step the leader took.
Following the leader in life can be dangerous. Even good people can be led into destructive places and actions. Yet, God tells us to follow the leader in six areas of our life. If we follow the leader in each of these areas, we will end up in a good destination.
In your actions, follow the leader of righteousness. The word "righteousness" means, "righteous acts." In other words, if you're going to copy any actions, make sure the only actions you copy are righteous ones. It's sad that many people tend to copy the idiosyncrasies of people when they should be copying the righteous acts they perform. I have watched preacher boys copy the mannerisms of their favorite preachers, and though this is not bad in itself, it would be better to follow their righteous acts. Instead of following the mannerisms of your parents, preacher, church leaders and people whom you respect, you would be wiser to follow after their righteous acts.
In your character, follow the leader of godliness. The word "godliness" means, "God likeness."Your character should remind people of God. Every Christian should have godly integrity. The character of Jesus Christ was one that He did right in spite of persecution or the crowd. This is the type of character you should desire to have.
In your beliefs, follow the leader of faith. Be careful about blindly following people into false doctrine. Many people foolishly follow the faith of a man, when they should let the Scriptures determine their faith. Always base everything you believe on the Scriptures. Let the Scriptures be your basis of your faith.
In the treatment of others, follow the leader of love. Love is an amazing leader. Love will cause you to look past the situation or dress of someone. Love will cause you to stand with someone when all others forsake them. No matter how others treat you, be sure you return love back to them.
In unsettling circumstances, follow the leader of patience. Be patient with every situation. Don't be so quick to give up on people. Don't be one who is impatient and doesn't wait on God. Patience should be the leader you follow with every circumstance you face in life.
Finally, follow the leader of self-control. Meekness is power under control. Don't always have to show your power. Learn to keep yourself under control. Just because you have the power to do something to those you're over doesn't mean you should do it. Be patient with people and practice self-control. When others wrong you, practice meekness and let God take care of the situation. Though you may have the power to destroy a person, keep your power under control and give the situation to God.
Following the leader in life can be dangerous. Let these six leaders be the one's you choose to follow. They will always lead you in the right direction, and you will never regret following them.


Being Clothed In Humility

1 Peter 5:5
 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.


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How To Raise A Brat! by Pastor Art Kohl

Something To Think About:

How To Raise A Brat! by Pastor Art Kohl

It's not hard for me to write this article. So many today have been
successful at raising brats. All I have to do is observe and record.
Here's some of the finest advice you'll ever receive:

1. WHEN A BABY, DON'T LET HIM CRY IN BED Do not allow YOUR baby to suffer
any hardships, especially in infancy. Run to his aid as soon as he cries.
He'll soon know how to control you, rather than you controlling him. This
way, they'll expect to be pampered all of their lives.

2. LET HIM SAY "NO" It's so cute. Let that be his favorite word. Sure,
it's rebellion verbalized, but he should be allowed to have a mind of his

they'll think this world owes them a living. They'll quickly join the
crowd of grown up babies shouting, "I've got my rights," rather than
those who are men and women enough to fulfill their responsibilities.

4. NEVER SPANK THEM When the senior citizens today speak of spanking as
being "the way we used to do it," remember, grandma and grandpa were
"child abusers." Don't ever discipline your child. Wait till they're in
trouble, and let the penal system (prisons and jails) discipline them.
Listen to Dr. Spock (who never raised a child in his life) and the other
child psychologists, not the old timers who raised 5 or 10 children

Throw out the Bible and its admonitions like: "He that spareth his rod
hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (early in
life)" Proverbs 13:24. "The rod AND reproof (teaching that exposes wrong)
give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame,"
Proverbs 29:15. You can only develop a true brat if you won't properly
discipline them.

5. DEFEND THEM IN SCHOOL Always take the child's side. Teachers and
principals have got it "in" for the little angel. Understand that your
child can do no wrong. Expect teachers and principals to know that too!

6. CRITICIZE LEADERS AND PREACHERS You can't trust them. Tear down
authority in front of them. Make sure they hear you. They'll live in
insecurity not knowing who to trust. They will be totally prepared for a
life of rebellion. They will not learn to properly fear anyone and will
probably lose their jobs when the boss asks them to do something. Don't
tell them that 99% of those in leadership positions are good people who
are sincere and have never been indicted for anything. Leave them with
the impression that they are all bad.

7. DON'T EVER SAY "I LOVE YOU" They can figure that out! After all,
you've given them everything they've ever wanted. What more can a parent
do (of course, don't give them yourself!)

8. GIVE THEM EVERYTHING THEY WANT Buy something for them every time you
go into a store. Never say "no" to them. When properly trained this way,
they will be used to having every appetite of theirs fulfilled
immediately. When they grow older and develop natural sexual appetites,
they will have been trained by you to seek immediate fulfillment. Teen
pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases shouldn't really surprise the
parent then. Sooo... give them everything they ask for while they are

9. NEVER TEACH THEM THE BIBLE Teach them math, science, history, art,
music, reading, physical education, sex education, etc. but don't teach
them the Bible. Let them decide for themselves. Make them go to school 5
days a week for all day, but don't take them to church for 1 hour on

10. ALWAYS TRUST YOUR CHILD He's a little angel. He wouldn't dare do
anything behind your back. Did you ever ask a young person whom you catch
smoking, "Do you smoke at home?" Usually the answer is, "You've got to be
kidding my parents would kill me." Remember, that's the other kids in
town, yours would never do that.

11. SCREAM AT YOUR CHILDREN This is the only type of communication
necessary to raise a brat. Time spent answering their questions and
instructing them is wasted time. The only training really required of
parents is potty-training. After that, it is the obligation of day cares
preschools and schools. Scream constantly, and the fond memories your
children have of home life will assure you as a parent that your kids
will never take care of you when you're old.

12. LET YOUR CHILD COME AND GO AS THEY WILL Don't set any boundaries.
This will lead to a life of insecurity. Brats don't need guidelines.

13. MAKE SURE THEY ARE POPULAR They must be in with the crowd, their
peers! Don't let them be an oddball. If they follow the crowd, the crowd
will become the greatest influence in their lives. Nothing to fear there,

14. LET THEM WATCH TV CONSTANTLY Keep them away from reality. Let them
live in fantasy all of their lives. Brats need entertainment! A life of
comfort and ease produces high-class brats. They won't know how to deal
with reality or real people, but maybe they'll just go into seclusion
rather than becoming contentious or hostile. It's usually one or the

CONCLUSION Brats are produced, not born. It takes effort to obey the
above principals. Parents should prepare themselves for a life of
heartbreak for it is sure to come.

If by any chance a "brat" is not your goal as a parent to raise your
children to become, consider the Scriptures:

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will
not depart from it," Proverbs 22:6.
"Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight
unto thy soul," Proverbs 29:17.
Joshua said, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," Joshua
Mom and Dad, isn't it time for you to make your decision to ask Jesus
Christ to be your Savior? That's where real help starts. Ask the Lord to
come into your life and heart and save you from your sins and give you
eternal life.

Then, bring up your children right. Ephesians 6:4 says, "And ye fathers,
provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord." Get into the Bible and find out what God has to
say about parenting and do it! Then you will have children that will give
rest and delight unto thy soul!


Pastor Mike Walls
Isaiah 41:10
Freedom Baptist Church Smithfield NC