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Teaching Children How To Love Their Neighbors as Themselves

How are we putting the second-greatest commandment into practice?

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As Christian parents, our plates are full of responsibilities: training and teaching our children, nurturing them, pointing their little hearts and minds to Christ in all things, let alone keeping them clothed, fed, and alive by the end of each day! What if I told you there was one not-so-small detail you, like so many of us, might be leaving out?

Jesus gives us our greatest commandments, which should be the foundation of the Christian life, in Matthew 22: “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Even on our worst days, we return to the Lord in our hearts and seek his grace, and our children see and model this. Yet, in the age of active shooter drills in schools, increasing acceptance of “gender fluidity” and other societal dangers from which we want to insulate our precious cargo, how are we putting the second-greatest commandment into practice? How are we loving our neighbor like Jesus, and teaching our kids to do the same?

Hospitality

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Author Lisa Scandrette grew up in a family that beautifully modeled selfless hospitality. “The walls were elastic,” she shared with Christianity Today, referring to countless Bible studies in her home, foster children that joined their family, and other community engagements her family did together. Now, as a mom of three, Lisa sees this approach as a permanent lifestyle: “We have the opportunity to model the way of love to our kids. Part of the work we do as a family is to encourage each other to extend the sort of belonging we hope to cultivate to the people around us.”

Popping The Bubble

Lindsy Wallace, a missionary with InnerCHANGE, which ministers to the poorest, most vulnerable people in urban areas, notices that Christian culture can often pressure us to raise our children in a protective bubble. Church attendance, Christian schools and friends, and Bible stories are great, but they don’t provide our families with the lived experience of a life that looks like Jesus. “It’s difficult to imagine how a deep love for Jesus and neighbor will develop in our children if all they have is book knowledge of Jesus but have never seen him in the eyes of the poor and have never witnessed their parents visiting him in prison,” Wallace says, referring to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 25:35–36.

Immitation

Kathy Khang, author of Raise Your Voice, encourages us to live out and model loving our neighbor for our kids to imitate, just as we do with loving God. “My kids are 22, 18, and 16, and I am still learning about helping them find their own voice,” she says. “I try to model living out my values in ways they can integrate into their own lives as they enter into adulthood: recycle, vote, donate blood, volunteer, advocate, protest with your feet and your budget, but I have to remember they have their own interests, concerns, and skills.”

When we saturate our lives with God’s love for the lost sheep in an active and intentional way, our children, at any age, can learn from us. They can learn how loving God translates to loving our neighbors, and hold both commandments in their hearts as they grow.

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Online Conspiracy Theorists Push ‘Ritual Sacrifice’ Angle in Music Festival Massacre

The bizarre theory stems from Travis Scott’s apparent embrace of questionable imagery.

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On Saturday morning, a vast swath of the nation awoke to terribly tragic news out of Houston, Texas, where a number of concertgoers were killed and several more injured during Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival.

Scott, a hip hop artist known for his provocative imagery and reckless crowd control procedures, continued to play during the massacre that left at least 8 dead.

Those deaths have largely been attributed to the enormous crowd trampling and crushing one another, but a frightening new piece of evidence is now coming to light.

Police investigating a deadly crush that killed eight at a Travis Scott-headlined festival in Houston say a crazed man injected at least one person with opioids during the chaos.

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Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner made the shocking claim at a press conference Saturday after hours of rumors about the Astroworld Fest tragedy, and Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner revealed the victims were aged between 14 and 27.

‘One of the narratives was that some individual was injecting other people with drugs. We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night,’ Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner said at Saturday’s conference.

‘He was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck.

‘He went unconscious, they administered Narcan. He was revived, and medical staff did notice a prick similar to a prick you would get if somebody was trying to inject,’ he added.

Furthermore, the imagery used by Scott, along with his seemingly uncaring attitude toward the chaos, had online conspiracy theorists fearing something supernatural was at work.

And while there is no actual evidence of this event being some sort of “ritual”, the theories being posited online will almost certainly continue to bolster the bizarre image that Scott has so willingly embraced.

On Saturday morning, a vast swath of the nation awoke to terribly tragic news out of Houston, Texas, where a number of concertgoers were killed and several more injured during Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival. Scott, a hip hop artist known for his provocative imagery and reckless crowd control procedures, continued to play during the massacre that left at least 8 dead. Those deaths have largely been attributed to the enormous crowd trampling and crushing one another, but a frightening new piece of evidence is now coming to light. Police investigating a deadly crush that killed eight at a Travis Scott-headlined festival in Houston say a crazed man injected at least one person with opioids during the chaos. Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner made the shocking claim at a press conference Saturday after hours of rumors about the Astroworld Fest tragedy, and Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner revealed the victims were aged between 14 and 27. ‘One of the narratives was that some individual was injecting other people with drugs. We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night,’ Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner said at Saturday’s conference. ‘He was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck. ‘He went unconscious, they administered Narcan. He was revived, and medical staff did notice a prick similar to a prick you would get if somebody was trying to inject,’ he added. Furthermore, the imagery used by Scott, along with his seemingly uncaring attitude toward the chaos, had online conspiracy theorists fearing something supernatural was at work. https://twitter.com/thekelliannak/status/1456892481673613313?s=20 https://twitter.com/itsneshiaaa/status/1457207532242575363?s=20 https://twitter.com/Suckafree_TV/status/1457121428847792134?s=20 https://twitter.com/Miranmstfa/status/1457080910738767872?s=20 And while there is no actual evidence of this event being some sort of “ritual”, the theories being posited…

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The Amazing Archeological Discovery that Could Verify the Jews’ Biblical Exit from Egypt

An archaeologist in Egypt now says he found Mount Sinai, the mountain that Moses and the Jews stopped at after the Exodus.

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An archaeologist in Egypt now says he has finally found Mount Sinai, the mountain that Moses and the Jews stopped at after escaping enslavement by the Egyptians. The discovery could prove the Biblical tale of the Exodus of the Jews escaping Egypt, crossing the red sea where the Pharaoh’s pursuing army was drowned.

One problem with the tale of the Exodus is that archaeologists have not been able to find Mount Sinai. But now The Doubting Thomas Research Foundation claims that researchers were looking in the wrong place the whole time.

“But in actuality, the society now claims, Mount Sinai, one of the most sacred places in the Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions, is Jabal Maqla, which lies in the Jabal al-Lawz mountain range in northwestern Saudi Arabia,” the New York Post reported.

“One of the main reasons certain scholars claim that the Exodus is a myth is because little to no evidence for what the Bible records has been found at the traditional Mount Sinai in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula,” Foundation president Ryan Mauro, told the media.

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But what if these scholars have actually been looking in the wrong spot?” he added. “Move over into the Arabian peninsula and you find incredibly compelling evidence matching the Biblical account.”

Per the Post:

Jabal Maqla, has blackened peaks as if scorched by the sun or fire, and lies near Nuweiba Beach, where scientists have found land paths underneath the water, where God would have parted the waters for Moses and the Israelites.

Though they were followed by Egyptians in chariots, when the Israelites reached land on the other side of the water, the sea consumed the Egyptians. A chariot-like shape was found in coral in the area, according to Swedish scientist Dr. Lennart Moller, who noted to the outlet that the metal and wood had long ago disintegrated.

On the way from the Beach to the possible Mt. Sinai is a large, split rock with signs of water erosion, despite being in the midst of a desert.

“We believe this distinct landmark could be the rock that God commanded Moses to strike which water then gushed forth from miraculously providing for the Israelite population,” Mauro said.

If Mauro’s claims are confirmed, this would be a major confirmation of the Biblical story of the Jews’ exodus from bondage in Egypt.

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An archaeologist in Egypt now says he has finally found Mount Sinai, the mountain that Moses and the Jews stopped at after escaping enslavement by the Egyptians. The discovery could prove the Biblical tale of the Exodus of the Jews escaping Egypt, crossing the red sea where the Pharaoh’s pursuing army was drowned. One problem with the tale of the Exodus is that archaeologists have not been able to find Mount Sinai. But now The Doubting Thomas Research Foundation claims that researchers were looking in the wrong place the whole time. “But in actuality, the society now claims, Mount Sinai, one of the most sacred places in the Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions, is Jabal Maqla, which lies in the Jabal al-Lawz mountain range in northwestern Saudi Arabia,” the New York Post reported. “One of the main reasons certain scholars claim that the Exodus is a myth is because little to no evidence for what the Bible records has been found at the traditional Mount Sinai in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula,” Foundation president Ryan Mauro, told the media. But what if these scholars have actually been looking in the wrong spot?” he added. “Move over into the Arabian peninsula and you find incredibly compelling evidence matching the Biblical account.” Per the Post: Jabal Maqla, has blackened peaks as if scorched by the sun or fire, and lies near Nuweiba Beach, where scientists have found land paths underneath the water, where God would have parted the waters for Moses and the Israelites. Though they were followed by Egyptians in chariots, when the Israelites reached land on the other side of the water, the sea consumed the Egyptians. A chariot-like shape was found in coral in the area, according to Swedish scientist Dr. Lennart Moller, who noted to the outlet that the metal…

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