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Identity Motivated Living™
is an expression that embodies the essence of the Christian life. Jesus Christ comes into us to dwell, creating in us new life, a new creation, and a new nature. Power wells up from this new nature, motivating us to good works out of love for God. Our new identity comes from the Father; we have Jesus living in us always; and the Holy Spirit empowers us to be more and more like Christ.
Jesus uses the term, “...I am,” to reference himself in John 8:58. Thus, the acronym I. M. Living refers to “Christ in us the hope of Glory.”
Dr. Maurice E. Wagner embraced this as a slogan for the unique concepts he discerned during his 60 years of ministry.


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The Purpose of This Book
Being Parents Challenges Your Love
Security Is a Key Word in Child Rearing
The Biblical Reason for Needing Security
An Overview of Parenthood
A Common Personality Clash in Marriage

Chapter 1
(Before you become parents)
Practice Godly Love with Each Other
Two Very Different Types of Love
Have You Discussed Becoming Parents?
Suppose You’re Living Together Unmarried
Certain Boundaries Are Important
Borrowing Money from Your Parents
Agree about Your Social Entertainment
Managing Your Own Properties
What pornography does to a marriage
Take Time for Daily Devotions Together

Chapter 2
(Birth to one year)
Share in Nurturing Your Baby
Husband Can Share in the Care of His Baby
Caring Parents Enjoy a Greater Adulthood
God Designed Teething for More than Teeth
Empathy, Our Communication Talent

Chapter 3
(One to Four years)
Teaching and Disciplining
Teaching Your Child to Obey
What Is the Age of Accountability?
Teaching Your Child Self-control
Teaching Your Child Property Rights
A Right Choice for Parents Is to Be Consistent
Teaching Your Child Moral Values
How to Love so that Your Child Feels Loved

Chapter 4
(Four to Eight years)
Enforcing Rules and Answering Questions
How to Speak to Your Child’s Heart
Leading Your Child From and Toward
How to Cope with Your Child’s Anger
A Common Mistake Parents Make
Teaching Orderliness and Problem-Solving
Why Answer Your Child’s Questions?
Evidence of Conscience and Character
Does God Answer Children’s Prayers?

Chapter 5
(Eight to Twelve years)
Reminding of Facts and Guiding when Uncertain
Importance of Being Special
Managing Your Child’s Sexual Curiosity
The Beginnings of Jealousy
Three Distinctive Mind-sets to Overcome
Antagonism between Boys and Girls
Handling Children’s Quarrels
Understand Problems Related to Puberty
Caution #1 – Watch for a Bad Type of Obedience
Caution #2 – Watch for Unreasonable Defiance

Chapter 6
(Twelve to Sixteen years)
Reinforcing Character
Facing Mistakes Made as Parents
Love Causes an Indivisible Triangle
Dating Challenges Moral Character
Summary Overview of Parental Training

Chapter 7
(Sixteen to Twenty years)
Becoming Parents Emeritus
Relate Carefully to Your Child’s Thinking
Always Speak as Adult to Adult
How to Help Your Child Choose a Mate
How to Be Good Parents to Adult Children
About Loaning Money to Your Child

I, Two Very Different Kinds of Love
II, How to Overcome Anger
III, Other Resources by Maurice E. Wagner

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