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If you wish to leave much wealth to your children, leave them in God's care. Do not leave them riches, but virtue and skill. For if they learn to expect riches, they will not mind anything besides, and their abundant riches shall give them the means of screening the wickedness of their ways.
John Chrysostom

What are the advantages of raising a family in a pastor's home?

A couple of years ago, I had the chance to sit down with James Dobson, perhaps the best-known champion of the family in the contemporary Christian world, and ask him about his days as a preacher's kid. I was curious whether his experiences in the church were positive or negative.

His reply: "Very positive. The church was the center of our social life, and I felt loved and accepted by this extended 'family.' That little body of believers provided an unshakable foundation of values and understanding, which I still hold firmly today. I was three years old when I voluntarily knelt and gave my heart to the Lord, and I'm still grateful ...

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