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Dictator, Doormat or Diplomat? (3)
'Train up a child in the way he should go...' Proverbs 22:6 AMP

The 'coach/trainer' style: These parents provide direction by teaching and example, modelling respect, responsibility, safety, trust and maturity in how they treat the child. They are 'in charge', yet always preparing the

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Dictator, Doormat or Diplomat? (2)
'...His father...had never disciplined him at any time...' 1 Kings 1:6 NLT

The permissive style: This parent typically has few rigid rules, and explains to the child their standards and decisions. The child's opinions and ideas are heard and included in decision-making. Reason is used

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Dictator, Doormat or Diplomat? (1)
'...Don't be hard on your children...' Ephesians 6:4 CEV

Parenting children between puberty and young adulthood draws on every bit of grace and wisdom you can muster. Your effort to train them - and their drive for independence - is a tug of war that frustrates you both. The outcome

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Are You Growing Spiritually?
'...In all things grow up into Him...that is, Christ.' Ephesians 4:15 NIV

Spiritual growth doesn't happen automatically. You must desire to grow, decide to grow, discipline yourself, and delight in spiritual growth. 'But my life is just too hard,' you say. A lot of people have had it

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Never Misrepresent Your Product
'...Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.' Romans 12:17 NKJV

Eventually lies are exposed. The truth will always surface. 'He who covers his sins will not prosper.' (Proverbs 28:13 NKJV) Anyone who does business with you wants to know the truth-the whole truth.

Jesus had

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Walking in Truth (3)
'...Put on the new self, created to be like God...' Ephesians 4:24 NIV

It's one thing to desire truth, but to pursue it you must '...Put off your old self...and...put on the new self, created to be like God...' (Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV)

One author writes: 'We must be willing to have the

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Walking in Truth (2)
'...I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.' Romans 7:21 NIV

Unless you make truthfulness a priority, there's an actual 'law at work' which dictates that even when you 'want to do good, evil is right there'. That means our natural 'default'

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Walking in Truth (1)
'...Each of you must...speak truthfully to your neighbour...' Ephesians 4:25 NIV

Jesus said, 'You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.' (John 8:32 NAS) But in the process, the truth can make you miserable!

One author says: 'Truth can be very uncomfortable. We have

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