Building a Legacy – A Conversation with Ken Ham – MBFLP 255

Welcome to the new year! Glad as we may be to see the old year passing, the challenges to our families never change. As the world around us becomes more hostile to Christian teaching, how do we prepare our children to walk in faith when they leave our home? What sort of foundation can we lay to give them a base to stand on?

We kick off our 2021 season with a conversation with Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. Ken is famous for defending Biblical creationism and the historicity of Genesis, but he also writes and speaks on family issues. His book Already Gone looked at why children and young adults leave the faith they grew up in. A second book, Already Compromised,  examines how colleges and universities drift away from their foundations, too, and how parents should guide their children’s educational choices after high school.

“Parenting Kids to Face the Giants”

But his newest book is a more personal account of how parents can build a godly legacy in their family. Will They Stand shares the importance of raising strong believers from childhood forward, preparing them to hold fast against a hostile culture outside the home and the church.

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<id=”nextpart”>In the first half of this two-part interview, we talk with Ken about the foundation his father laid for him and his siblings, then how Ken and his wife Mally have kept Biblical principles central to their family. He centers his argument on a constant, intentional approach with an eye to future generations:

“Please understand that you too will leave a legacy to the generations to follow. They may not build memorials to you, and it’s unlikely that they will place signs outside of the place of your birth … but what you leave behind will forever impact the hearts and souls of those in your family and beyond. You will leave a legacy; the only question is what kind of legacy it will be.” (from the book, p. 63)

Passages and Resources We Mentioned

Ephesians 6:4 – And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Psalm 78:5 – For he [God] established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children

2 Timothy 3:15 – from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus

Colossians 2:2-3 – Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge

Answers in Genesis

Ken’s new book, Will They Stand: Parenting Kids to Face the GIANTS

Ken Ham and Britt Beemer, Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do to Stop It

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Them

This week on HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Your Teens.

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Them

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Your Teens

What and who influences your teens?

What and who are influenced by your teens?

Sabrina, Kym and Quella (the VERY vocal Seeing Eye puppy) have a meaningful discussion about empowering teens to make wise choices, to choose who they are surrounded by and to become influencers in their world.

By the time that your homeschool highschoolers reach these years they need to be empowered to noticed that they are always

  • influencing or being influenced
  • leading or following
  • learning or teaching

As homeschool parents we want to shelter our teens to keep them from *catching sin* from the world around us. This is good until we think we must be God to our teens and control every aspect of their lives. Sometimes an over-controlling, over-protective parents unwittingly teach teens to:

  • Be afraid
  • Sneak or rebel in order to explore

Don’t buy into a one-size-fits-all formula for what your teen should be exposed to. Every teens is different in personality and maturity. It takes grace, humility and LOTS of prayer to know what to allow as an influence and how to teach teens to be healthy influencers.

Here are some tips for knowing how to choose what and who your teens are surrounded by:

  • Examine your goals for your teens and your family
  • Examine your own fears (parenting based on fear makes a mess)
  • Teach Human Development course to teens to help them learn to understand themselves and their phases of life

Homeschool High School Electives: Human Development, A Life-Skills Course

Here’s a great idea, teach homeschool parents can teach their teens:

  • Critical thinking
  • Value (God values our teens, they can value themselves and value others)
  • Understanding themselves
  • Understanding their callings

Join Sabrina, Kym and Barking Quella-Dog for a rousing and encouraging chat. In the meantime, enjoy these posts:

5 Ways to Teach Teens to be Thinkers, Not Parrots

 

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Them