Foundations

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Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3; NLT).

It would be better to be thrown into the sea
with a millstone hung around your neck
than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin
(Luke 17:2; NLT).

1. All parents groom their children
To accept what they receive.
Abuse, control, and punishment
Will teach them to believe

2. That they are stupid, weak and bad,
For all they do is panned –
Children given this foundation
Build their lives on sand.

3. All parents groom their children
To accept what they receive.
Encouragement, support and praise
Will teach them to believe

4. That they can tackle all life brings
Accepting every knock –
Children given this foundation
Build their lives on rock.

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References

1. Parents, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them (Ephesians 6:4; NLT).

2. A broken spirit saps a person’s strength (Proverbs 17:22; NLT).

I have cried until tears no longer come; my heart is broken (Lamentations 2:11; NLT).

Why wasn’t I born dead? Why didn’t I die as I came from the womb? (Job 3:11; NLT).

[They are] like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash (Matthew 7:26-7; NLT).

3. Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body (Proverbs 16:24; NLT).

4. [They are] like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built (Luke 6:48; NLT).

All one

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1. Lord,
You’re the Father of Jesus,
The Christ:
And also our Father within.

2. Mary,
Christ’s Mother, the Lady of Grace:
You’re our Mother;
Your children: our kin.

3. Immanuel,
Brother, born here on the earth:
You share in our frail flesh
And blood.

4. Comforter,
Spirit in all humankind:
You make us all one
In your love.

References

1. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

2. God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings favoured woman!” […] You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:28,31-2; NLT).

When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:26-7; NLT).

3. She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’ (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother (Mark 3:35; NIV).

It was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters (Hebrews 2:17; NLT).

4. The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and remind you of all things I said to you (John 14:26; YLT).

“In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people” (Acts 2:17; NLT).

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).