Passing the Faith

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A Father’s Intercession

When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”  So Jesus went with him. Mark 5:21-24

This week we read of Abraham’s intercession for the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. He is our example of pleading with God for the souls of those around us. Although we overcome no reluctance in God, God has designed spiritual reality […]

Knowing Christ or Knowing About Christ

I want to know Christ.
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his suffering. Philippians 3:10

In the Bible, to know is not to know about but to know deeply, to know by experience.  In the West, we often think of knowing as an intellectual or doctrinal knowledge. But, for the Hebrew, to know was to experience. Yada, the Hebrew word translated to know means to “to experience in an intimate way” and is the same word used for intercourse. As the King James translates it, Adam knew Eve.

When it comes to discipling our children, we should be teaching them the Bible. We should do all that […]

The Fellowship of the Unashamed – A Challenge for the Teens and Ourselves

I recently emailed this to my family and have been making this sold out commitment a prayer for me and my kids. Perhaps it might help you.   “Whoever acknowledged me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But.whoever does not acknowledge me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33.

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE UNASHAMED

“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast.  I have stepped over the line.  The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His.  I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.  My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.  I’m finished and done with low living, sight […]

A Teen’s Faith Maturity Study

The Search Institute’s 1990 National Study of Protestant’s Congregations indicated that the most important factor in a teenager’s faith maturity was the level of “family religiousness.” The particular family experiences most tied to greater faith maturity were:

the frequency with which an adolescent talked with mother and father about faith,
the frequency of family devotions and
the frequency with which parents and children together were involved in efforts, formal or informal, to help other people.

Mark Devries, Family Based Ministry, p.84

Winning the Next Generation

Kevin DeYoung says that winning the next generation is easier and harder than we think. His advice?

1. Grab Them With Passion.

2. Win Them With Love.

3. Hold Them With Holiness.

4. Challenge Them With Truth.

5. Amaze Them With God.

Good evaluative questions for parents or church leaders might be:

1. How zealous is my life? Our church? Do I get them around zealous Christians? Or nice people? How can I increase my zeal?

2. Does my life show real, earnest, biblical love? (not niceness)

3.  Do my children see me growing? Or is my life’s holiness mocking my words? Where am I fighting sin?

4. Am I placing them and myself in situations to really study the truth? How can I grow in truth myself?

5.  Does God seem amazing to me? Do […]

Statistics

As I come across statistics, I want to post them online for all of us to see. Although we need not fear, as parents we do need to be informed.

Today’s statistic:

The Barna Group reported on those who are in their twenties. They found that only 20% of students “have maintained a level of spiritual activity consistent with their high school experiences.”

The College Student Survey (originally at www.gseis.ucla.edu/heri/css_po.html) asked student about their religious commitment as freshmen and then four years later as seniors.  On every type of campus there was a drop in faith.

The numbers of students who no longer claim to be “born again” actually vary depending on the type of school they attend.

Students at public universities drop out of the “born again” designation at the […]