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Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
March 1998 - 18[3]:24

A Special Gift—For a Special Child
by Bert Thompson, Ph.D.

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Aside from our own souls, hardly anything in this world matters more to those of us who are Christian parents or grandparents than the souls of our children and grandchildren. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, we strive to keep them as far from the world, and as close to their Savior, as possible.

No easy task, that! Secular pleasures and pressures bear down on them (and, truth be told, on us) that, at times, seem almost intolerable. All too often, our offspring fall prey to influences that exert on them a far greater influence for evil than for good. One day, the pressure may come from a friend at school, or down the street in the neighborhood. On another, it may arrive in the form of an otherwise seemingly innocuous book, newspaper, or periodical. On still another, it may result from something gleaned through a popular television program or movie that showcases a famous “Hollywood star.”

Regardless of the source of the worldly pressures and influences that our children and grandchildren experience from day to day, the simple fact of the matter is that these pressures and influences are very real, and very powerful. Equally important is the fact that within them lies the ability to mold a child—not into the image of his or her Lord, but rather into the image of the world.

Sadly, often we as parents and grandparents awake to the truthfulness of this situation only after the harm already has been done. If you could see the hundreds of letters that cross my desk in a year’s time, I honestly believe you would share the same concern, exhibit the same angst, and feel the same urgency about this problem that I do. Many of the letters are handwritten by mothers (and yes, fathers, too) in words that barely are legible. The ink that should form coherent sentences has been smudged so badly by falling tears as to be unreadable. But the message gets through all the same—a child is lost. Neither possessions nor station in life will suffice to ease the pain. And no words of comfort will fill the void that remains. Any and all advice is, at best, “too little, too late.”

We at Apologetics Press take this kind of situation very seriously, I assure you. One of the most important thrusts of our work is to do all that we can, with what we can, while we can, to save the souls of our children and grandchildren. To lose one is to lose too many!

In January 1990, we began publishing Discovery, a monthly paper on Scripture and science for children. It is printed in an eight-page, full-color format on coated paper. It contains articles written by faithful Christians on Bible and science. It is filled with professionally drawn illustrations and beautiful pictures of God’s creation. And, it includes two full pages of activities to reinforce what the articles teach. It is intended to be a powerful tool for parents and grandparents—one that hopefully will help them educate for eternity, and save a child’s precious soul. The cost: $11 per year. If we do not teach our children, someone else will. The question is: Do we want our children taught what someone else is willing to teach them? Why not give Discovery to a child? Call us at 1-800-234-8558 if we can help.



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