by Rick Ferguson

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Bestowing the Parental Blessing (2 of 3)
Series: How to Raise Positive Kids in a Negative World
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
Genesis 48:8-22

How do you raise positive kids in a negative world? Sometimes it seems like everything is working against us as parents.

Ex. Our schedules are working against us by consuming time we would like to spend with family.

Stress is working against us by absorbing emotional energy we should be expending on our children.

The values (or lack of values) in this world system is working against us.

The media and music our kids are exposed to works against Christian parents.

Raising kids is definitely an up-hill battle.

Ex. You may sometimes feel like the mother whose three little children came in and asked, "Mamma, what would you like for your birthday this year?" The mother said, "I would like three well-behaved children!" Her little boy replied, "Wow, then there would be six of us!"

Let me give you a word of encouragement and say that--even with everything working against you--there is a way to raise positive kids in a negative world.

Proverbs 22:6 says "Train up a child in the way he should go and, when he is old, he will not depart from it."

One of the biblical secrets for training a child in the way he should go involves bestowing the parental blessing upon each child. In Genesis 48 we see a beautiful picture of a godly parent bestowing his blessing on his sons.

Now, in the Bible the parental blessing was bestowed in a very formal setting. It was always a momentous occasion that every child looked forward to. Today the granting of the parental blessing is not done in so much the one-time formal ritual as it is over a lifetime of interaction. The principles derived from the biblical ceremony of bestowing a blessing can be applied every day in your home with your child.

Now today let's slip in on one such formal, ceremonial bestowal of a parental blessing. Today we will look on as Jacob, the aging saint ...

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