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We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

Dr. Merritt’s messages are available here via digital download, along with outlines, note pages, PowerPoint slides and other resources, for a modest cost.

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Parenting 101

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Scriptures: Ephesians 6:1-4, Psalm 58:3, Proverbs 22:6, 16:21, 13:24, Colossians 3:20-21


We've all heard the old phrase "generation gap"--and it's probably no more true than it is today. Think about everything that has changed from when you grew up. The music has changed. Dress has changed, fashion has changed. Entertainment, the internet--it's all different. We have teenagers who are out of control, and kids in elementary school who are already committing violence without feeling anything in their consciences. You would think we are on our way to anarchy, and yet we’ve always been on the way to anarchy.


When it comes to educating the next generation, no other role is more vital and more central to bringing our children back to God than the parent. In this message, Dr. Merritt details simple and effective Bible-centered principles for parenting. When we center our homes and our leadership in the home on Christ, we find His Word and His ways grow us into effective parents and grow our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord at the same time.


"The primary responsibility of teaching right and wrong to kids belong not to the school teachers, but to the parents.it is not enough to obey parents. Children should also honor parents.Now there will come a time when my children are no longer to obey me. But there will never come a time when they are no longer to honor me. You see, when you teach your children to obey and honor you, you are teaching them not only what is right and what is required, but what is rewarding." --Dr. Merritt


Keywords: parent, parenting, children, son, daughter, mother, father, teaching, obey, obedience, honor, command, responsibility, Christian, right, practical, provoke, Jay Kessler, Ten Mistakes Parents Make with Teenagers, adolescent, wisdom, understanding, instruction, master, encouragement, families


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