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A Destructive Mindset

There is a common phrase used in our modern church that must be discontinued immediately.  It is a phrase used with good intention; however, this phrase could not be any more detrimental to the church as a whole.  This phrase is causing us to lose members, and this phrase is stifling growth.  You would think that with all of these negative consequences, the phrase would be obsolete; however, far too many people are blind to the damage caused by this seemingly harmless mindset.  If I have heard this phrase once, I have heard it a hundred times.  “The youth are the church’s future.”

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Parents, what are you teaching your children?

Last week I published an article on the church’s expectation of teens (read it here).   This week I want to look at the role of parents.  Like the church, the family, was established by God.  Like the church, it plays a role in the development of disciples.  When the church and family have the same goals, the results are wonderful.  Sadly though, sometimes children never see in the home what they are being taught in the church.

What are they seeing in your home?

Are they seeing a father and mother who love each other and treat one another with respect?  Is your marriage a model of Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:22-33)?  Your child will likely treat his/her spouse the way you treat yours.  Your child is also likely to allow his/her spouse to treat them the way you treat yours.  On top of this your child is going to learn about submission and authority from his/her parents.  What are you teaching?

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What should the church expect from teens?

As time goes by, the numbers of Christian teens falling away continue to climb. One of the main causes of the problem is that we expect so little from the youth in the church. If a teen comes to worship and class periods and makes it to some of the youth group activities, we consider them to be doing well. The fact is, we treat them like youth group members and not Christians. What should we expect from teens?

First, we should expect to see spiritual growth. Many times we see a teen get baptized at 13, and by the time they turn 18 we just hope they can stay faithful through college. Anyone else that has been a Christian for 5 years is expected to be an involved, faithful member. We should expect nothing less from teens. The commandment to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) applies to Christians of all ages. We need to teach them to study God’s Word and guide them into a strong relationship with God that is based on their own faith, not the faith of their peers or youth minister.

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Godly Advice for Dating Relationships

The Bible has very little to say about “dating” because people in ancient times didn’t really date. Marriages were usually contracted by the fathers of the parties involved or representatives of the fathers. The servant of Abraham went to the people of the city of Haran and brought back a wife for Isaac. Isaac did not see her until the night he married her (Genesis 24:62-66). Marriages were typically arranged for the parties involved. This made them no less binding. God still commanded husbands and wives to love one another and submit to one another’s needs and interests (Ephesians 5:21-33).

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Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

I think it is fairly safe to say that there are some pretty unintelligent people in this world.

Now obviously I am not talking about anybody reading this post, but I think we can all think of times that we have been pretty thoughtless. Well, I bet none of those moments were as bad as a couple of criminals who tried to rob an ATM in Kentucky. Two men tried to pull the front off an ATM by running a chain from the machine to the bumper of their pickup truck. Instead of pulling the front panel off the machine, though, they pulled the bumper off their truck. Scared, they left the scene and drove home…with the chain still attached to the ATM…with their bumper still attached to the chain…with their vehicle’s license plate still attached to the bumper.

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