This suggestion is not only for parents but also for preachers and teachers. You should lie to your kids. Now that I have your attention with that click-bait title, let me clarify.
Our world is hostel to Christianity and to the Gospel. You don’t have to look far for example after example of this world attacking everything we as believers hold dear. As a result, the world is a dangerous place for our Christian raised children, as they leave home, enter college, the military, or the workforce. It is not a matter of if their spiritual beliefs will be challenged and ridiculed, but when and where it will happen. We know that it will happen not just once, but many, many times.
As parents of young adults, our parental roles change when children mature. The primary responsibility of teaching children how to love and make responsible choices remains. However, the methods we use must be different. We no longer establish and enforce the rules, nor discipline our adult children. We don’t prescribe directions or make their decisions. […]
Each year as Thanksgiving approaches, reasons for the special day fill my mind with thoughts of gratitude. Those same feelings led the first American settlers to thank God for their new land, food and friends. They celebrated together with a feast. This dinner came to be known as the first Thanksgiving meal. Moving to another country had presented many obstacles to overcome, but that did not stop them! Their new home provided new challenges, but their faith in God gave them a way to succeed. Thinking of them is a clear reminder for me to be thankful.
I get asked a lot why I believe that young adults leave their faith. I guess it is because I’m involved in a ministry whose purpose is to address the statistic that 70% of Christian raised young adults leave their faith after graduating High School. There are many reasons; like their faith was never their own, they were hurt by a Christian, something happened within the Church that turned them off, they saw Christians acting one way at church and another way elsewhere, and the list goes on and on. Well here is what I believe is the reason why the vast majority leave.
When distressed, we naturally react in one of two divergent ways. We tend to deny our feelings, minimize or suppress affect, not allowing others to know the inner turmoil. We say, “I’m fine,” but inwardly struggle, feeling confused and frustrated. The other reaction is to vent or explode in anger. We may lash out at someone or something, angrily yelling and blaming others. We are likely to
As I have shared before, growing up in a small country setting had an abundance of influences along with superstitions. With that statement, a very authentic reality needs to be highlighted. That does not mean, all thoughts related to truth correctly! Each of us still needed to make informed decisions ourselves. One cold October 31st, […]
As a history minor in college, one of my favorite classes was economics. I was hopeful that some day I’d make enough money to warrant the class’ necessity. I am still hoping. I remember the day when our professor told us about advertising campaigns that failed miserably when they were translated into another language. Electrolux, a Swedish company, tried to market their vacuums in America with the slogan, “Nothing
If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you have probably read or heard about the parable Jesus told about the farmer who scattered seeds. After hearing it several times, it becomes very familiar. We tend gloss over it quickly, and not think about it too deeply. We don’t take the time to think about how it relates to us as parents and our children. I want to spend the time to walk through it, and to get you to think about