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Pastor Randy Blatz – How to Raise Good Kids

Posted by Randy Blatz   on February 23, 2017
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How To Raise Good Kids If you’re a parent or grandparent, raising good children is probably a high priority to you. Putting that into practice on a day to day basis may or may not be as easy as it sounds. This week I came across an article entitled, “Harvard Psychologists Reveal: Parents who raise good kids do these five things.” If you’d like to read the entire article, I’ll give credit to it at the end of this blog. For now, here are some highlights with some of my thoughts included. Five things you need to do to raise good kids: Spend quality time with your children. It’s simply not enough to just physically be around your children. You need to be with them completely. That means putting down the remote or the phone or whatever device or object that pulls your attention away from them. In “Fierce Conversations”, author Susan speaks about being fierce as in being 100% there in our conversations and not focusing on anything else. Sometimes that’s easier said than done but the benefits of being fiercely there with our children will bring rewards to your relationship and influence with them. So, be open in communicating with them. Don’t mask your thoughts or feelings. Share with them. Be an active listener. Let them know through your words, body language and tone of voice that you are fully listening to them. Make sure that in yourRead More
Why I am tired of the news and social media. If you’re old enough to remember Rodney Dangerfield, you’ll recall his famous line, “I don’t get no respect.” Rodney used the line as comic relief because in those days respect was for the most part an honourable characteristic to have in our culture. Today, as I watch the news, read my Facebook account, talk to teachers and observe people’s behaviors, it leaves me wondering what happened to respect. Who stole it and how will we ever regain it? When professors of higher education encourage and participate in disrespectful acts of violence and rioting; when government leaders display scenes of verbal and emotional abuse and accusations towards people of differing opinions; when a young lady is pepper sprayed because she voted for a certain party… well we have lost respect in our culture to say the least. It’s no wonder that this attitude has drifted into our public schools, into our homes and even into the church. When grown men and women act with disregard towards others, we model to the next generation to do the same, and that’s what’s happening. How do we stop bullying in our children and youth when adults model bullying and think its appropriate? God has something to say about respecting others no matter if we agree with them or not. Respect goes beyond political party lines, generational gaps, race, gender or whatever line you mayRead More

Thinking Thots – December 19, 2016

Posted by Ken Roset   on December 19, 2016
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Well that was an interesting journey. I feel like I am a part of the land of the living. The surgeon said I have the possibility of going home tomorrow and that is a good thng. My staples come out in a few days and I still have to do some blood work but I am feeling good and looking as good as I can. I still have pain in my stomach but to move freely without any attachments is a major improvement. I started a liquid diet last night after they took the nasal gastric tube out of my nose, which was a great relief. Tonight I get to start my soft food diet and tomorrow to a more regular diet. I am so thankful to the Lord for his presence, peace and power.  I am so grateful for my families support and prayers. The pastors and the people of River Valley Community Church; their support has been very much appreciated. I have been blessed by so many friends and wonderful people who have been praying for me. Thank you.Read More

Thinking Thots – December 14, 2016

Posted by Ken Roset   on December 14, 2016
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Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purposes.” Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble and He knows them that trust in Him.” Philippians 4:4-8 “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praise worthy – think about such things.” It is good to sense the peace of God, the presence of God and the power of God and to sense the prayers of God’s people when we are going through trials and always.  Tomorrow is surgery and I am so thankful for the peace God has give me and my wife Carol (DL, P, A, W, B, K, G and Caring (C) W).Read More

Thinking Thots – December 13, 2016

Posted by Ken Roset   on December 13, 2016
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The Roset family has a scripture verse. Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” I have 2 Roset Aunts, Aunt Odella and Aunt Gladys. Aunt Gladys is one who phones and prays; and it’s good to get news of the family from her. Aunt Odella called yesterday and gave me Hebrews4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” My Aunts are faithful in praying for our whole family and they pray with faith and power and we can feel it when they pray. Family is so very important and I am so grateful for my family and Carol’s (my DL, P, A, W, B, K and Gracious (G) W) family.  Thankful for our Christian heritage that has been shared through the generations.Read More

Thinking Thots – December 12, 2016

Posted by Ken Roset   on December 13, 2016
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On vacation this summer I memorized Ephesians 3:14-21 and I’ve prayed this prayer of Paul everyday. “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” There is life and strength in the word of God and to read it and pray it and ponder it brings great blessings.Read More

Thinking Thots – December 11, 2016

Posted by Ken Roset   on December 13, 2016
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It was a great day in church. The morning Pastor Mark preached and at the end of the service they called Carol (my DL, P, A, W, Beautiful (B) W) and myself up for prayer. It is good to be a part of a faith filled assembly where people pray and believe God. I can feel the prayers of God’s people and I am grateful.  Sunday night was the Christmas banquet for the neighbourhood. It was well attended with a great group of volunteers. Carol (my DL, P, A, W, B and Kind (K) W) served and I schmoozed with all the guests and enjoyed the comradery of the table I sat at. It is fun to be part of a church that serves it’s community. We have a great church family, Pastors, staff and board. #thankfulRead More

Thinking Thots – December 9 & 10, 2016

Posted by Ken Roset   on December 11, 2016
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EA (Evangelical Association) had it’s Christmas civic luncheon on Friday. I had the pleasure of sitting with the Medicine Hat Fire Chief and his wife and Counselor Bill Cocks. In the fellowship time several Pastors from the community shared with me that they were following my blog and praying for me, which is always much appreciated. I was originally not planning to share my situation but then I felt as people find out I wouldn’t keep it a secret. Then I realized that the struggles we face are not meant to be faced alone. It is important to have the prayer support of family, friends and loved ones. “I need and appreciate your prayers.” I have been surprised how many have commented. Saturday I took time for physical training – so thankful that I am feeling well and have no symptoms. Isaiah 41:10 was a prayer focus for me. “Do not fear for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” A familiar verse that reminds me that God is with me and He is strengthening me. My trust is in Him.Read More

Thinking Thots- December 9, 2016

Posted by Ken Roset   on December 11, 2016
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Thursdays find me in the morning at Oasis Café, where I often have opportunity to pray with people in need. One of my favorite things to do is to prayer with and for people. Thursday afternoon was our “Oasis Healing Room”. We have a great team of prayer warriors and they took the time to pray for me. It is very encouraging to be surrounded with people of faith who pray with faith and power. Our trust is in the name of the Lord.  The presence of the Lord is awesome.  I am praying that all cancer will be eradicated from my body by surgery or by His divine healing. Isaiah 53:5 “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him and by His wounds we are healed.” Read More

Thinking Thots – December 8, 2016

Posted by Ken Roset   on December 8, 2016
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This morning I read Revelation 22 which completes my 67th reading of the whole Bible. This chapter is a reminder to us that Jesus is coming soon and of the hope that is ours of a forever future. I love the word of God. “Great peace have those who love your law, nothing shall make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165  “I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil (treasure).” Psalm 119:162  I want to encourage you to read the word of God. As you read it, you may start off in the shredded wheat stage (dry but nourishing) and then go to the cod liver oil stage (you take it because it is good for you) and then it leads to the peaches and cream stage (delightfully refreshing). The more you read it the better it is.  God speaks to me  through his word, through my wife (DL, P, A and Wonderful (W) W) and through his people. I especially appreciate the scriptures that God gives me to remind me of his presence, peace and power.Read More