Category Archives: Child Training (Series)

1. Life in This Fast Age

By John Thiel, Child Training Series, Study 1, mp3

We are commencing a set of lectures on training children.  The time in which we are living and in which we are training our children is relative.  These lectures are not a mere set of guidelines by another human lecturer.  You can go to so many different lectures and read books on child training, but as you compare them, you will find a discordant note among them, as they don’t all agree.  The parent is still left with a choice of which one is right and wrong.  In these lectures we are researching a “Thus saith the Lord.” in reference to child training.  We are seeking to come to terms with the truth and nothing else can deviate from a plain directive from God’s Word.  God outlines that there is no other way.  What God says it is; it is not barbarity.

Psalms 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

God says, whatever I have stated will not be altered, it is a fact and there is no alternative.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

What comes out of his lips there is no variation.  There is not even a shadow of turning.  As we come to this subject of child training, we will see what he says in reference to where we should go for the counsel of his subject. Read the rest of this entry

2. Adults Speaking With One Mind

By John Thiel, Child Training Series, Study 2, mp3

There is a very important principle in regards to child training. It’s not just speaking but it’s living the right thing together. As a little infant drifts into consciousness he is moulded by that which his conscious awareness picks up around him. That’s how an infant is moulded. It’s very unconscious as a tiny newborn but as it becomes conscious slowly but surely it begins picking up all the influences around it and those influences around it are moulding its personality. Therefore because we understand this we will be focusing on the visual, audio and the sensational culture that adults provide as the child is plunged into their culture. We well understand that if a baby grows up under the Asiatic influences, it becomes an Asiatic child. If the child is born in a different culture than the Asiatic, it might appear Asiatic but it is different from the Asiatic because it has grown up in a different culture. Read the rest of this entry

3. A Child’s Sense of Self-Importance

By John Thiel, Child Training Series, Study 3,  mp3

The most important part of parenthood is to mould the character of the infant and the child as it grows. That deliberate work of the parent is affected by the adult world around the parent. The adult world that surrounds the child as it grows from infancy to youth and adulthood is that which affects its character as well. It is important that as we meet together regularly we are all conscious that we are moulding the character of the infants by our demeanour. What I want to centre our attention on is the character that we are trying to mould or trying to avoid from moulding incorrectly.

The Work of the Mother

No other work can equal hers in importance. She has not, like the artist, to paint a form of beauty upon canvas, nor, like the sculptor, to chisel it from marble. She has not, like the author, to embody a noble thought in words of power, nor, like the musician, to express a beautiful sentiment in melody. It is hers, with the help of God, to develop in a human soul the likeness of the divine. {MH 377.1}

That runs cold shivers down my spine every time I read it. A parent, mother, father and the adults are to mould a character that is in the similitude of the divine. That is what we are looking at, the similitude, or the likeness of the divine. Think about this. The human parent is trying to mould a character in the child that is to develop into the similitude of the divine. The poetic description I read here is perfect. Mothers want to do some great work. They think the housework is so menial and they would rather be an artist, author, sculptor, or musician or whatever they want to be but it is hers with the help of God to develop within the child the likeness of the divine within the human soul. What an important subject then to study so that we know what we are actually trying to do.

The law requires righteousness,–a righteous life, a perfect character; and this man has not to give. He cannot meet the claims of God’s holy law. But Christ, coming to the earth as man, lived a holy life, and developed a perfect character. These He offers as a free gift to all who will receive them. His life stands for the life of men. Thus they have remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. DA 762 Read the rest of this entry

4. Enforcing and Tutoring Obedience

By John Thiel, Child Training Series, Study 4, mp3

The parental role as you recall from our last studies and especially going by the statement from the book Ministry of Healing, showed that it is the mother’s role and the father with the mother to develop in the child the likeness of the divine. Does that suggest a nature and character like Jesus? Jesus came to earth to develop just such a character.

When Jesus came into the world, Satan’s power was turned against Him. From the time when He appeared as a babe in Bethlehem, the usurper worked to bring about His destruction. In every possible way he sought to prevent Jesus from developing a perfect childhood, a faultless manhood, a holy ministry, and an unblemished sacrifice. DA 759

What was Jesus developing? From the time He was born in Bethlehem, He was developing a perfect childhood, a faultless manhood, and a holy ministry until He could present an unblemished sacrifice. Read the rest of this entry

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