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Profile – An Honest Search for Truth

An Honest Search for Truth
By Kara Bettis

David Wright, 20, is thoughtful, speaks actively with his hands, and will pursue any problem presented to him. As a junior engineering major at LeTourneau University, his technological proficiency aids him in one of his greatest passions: serving other people.

Q: What is your spiritual background?
A. I was saved at the age of 4. My Dad was one of the founders of our church, and both he and my Mom had been Christians long before I was born. So my entire childhood was in a Christian home, raised by a very strong Christian set of parents. My Mom and Dad’s approach to biblical teaching was quite deliberate and methodical about how they approached biblical education and our faith, even at […]

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Three Objectives for Students Going Off to College

Kara Powell and Krista Kubiak have an interesting article (link fixed) about a survey they did with college students who had graduated from their youth group. Their comments with my emphasis in bold.

When students were asked to list the most difficult elements of their transition, the most common responses related to friendships—such as not having friends, not having a community, and not knowing how to make new friends. The second most common answer related to the experience of being alone for the first time and the responsibilities that come with living away from home. The third most frequent responses related to the desire to find a faith community or church. Many students felt they weren’t prepared to seek out such a community and didn’t know how to […]

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How Not To Lose Your Faith in College – Wise Counsel from a Pastor

Thabiti Anyabwile has a great article on advice he gives to graduate and their parents. HT: Bauer! Below is my summary with a line or two from his article.

1. Find and join a good church.
Why should someone neglect their spiritual lives for four or more years simply because they’re going to college? Many don’t intend to inflict such neglect on themselves, but that’s what happens when they head off to college with no idea where they will receive regular instruction from the Word, spiritual care and fellowship.

2. Choose your friends with biblical criteria in mind.
Sooner or later, most people come to realize that they need to relinquish their passive approach to friendships. It’s better if we realize it sooner rather than later.

3. At all costs […]

Gospel Focused Exhortations to Sexual Purity

From my last Sunday’s sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Paul argues for their sexual purity in a surprising way. His gospel oriented approach starts with indicatives (indicators of what God has done) and then moves to imperatives (commands of what we are to do).

1. Articulating and Deconstructing the Lies. (vv. 12-13)
a. “All things are lawful” – Said by Corinthians to justify their sin. Often said by Christians as they are being tempted to sin. “God will forgive me.”
b. “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food.” – Also said by Corinthians to justify their sin. The underlying philosophy of the world today. In other words, sex is an appetite just like food. Sex is to be satisfied just like when I am thirsty or […]

The Negative Effects of Cohabitation – Continued

Once again, people are discovering that there are negative effects of cohabitating before you marry.
Cohabitation in the United States has increased by more than 1,500 percent in the past half century. In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million.
The common belief?
In a nationwide survey conducted in 2001 by the National Marriage Project, then at Rutgers and now at the University of Virginia, nearly half of 20-somethings agreed with the statement, “You would only marry someone if he or she agreed to live together with you first, so that you could find out whether you really get along.” About two-thirds said they believed that moving in together before marriage was a good way to avoid divorce.
The truth?
But that belief is […]

Inquiring of the Lord

…So David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The Lord answered him, “Go…” 2 Samuel 5:19

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions. Proverbs 18:2

Why does our relationship with God seem so one-sided at times? We are told that we speak to God in prayer and he speaks to us through his word, his Spirit within us, friends, etc. But why does the later part of that equation sometimes seem so forced? We may be speaking to God but it doesn’t seem like he is speaking to us.

On a human level, we all know people who talk too much. What becomes apparent over time is that […]

17 Teen Resolutions from John Piper

With everyone thinking about resolutions for the new year, here is repost from John Piper. Print down and review as needed.

1. Resolved: I will obey your instructions and do what I know you expect of me, even when it is not mentioned. I will not force you into repeated reminders, which I sometimes call nagging.

2. Resolved: I will not grumble or complain when I do my chores but remember what a great thing it is to have a family, a home,clothes, food, running water, electric lights, and central heating in a world where millions of teenagers have none of these.

3. Resolved: When I think your demands are unfair, I will move to do them first, and after showing an obedient attitude, I will ask if […]

Why Do We Let Them Dress Like This?

Interesting article at the Wall Street Journal (HT:BTW)

Why Do We Let Them Dress Like That: Women of a liberated generation wrestle with their eager-to-grow-up-daughters – and their own pasts.

Interesting to see non-Christians wrestling with the way they are letting their daughters dress. Even more interesting to peek over the shoulder of non-Christian women who are willing to verbalize the regret for their sexually promiscuous past.The writer is wrestling with her own advice and her past. Why does her generation of women let their girls dress so provocatively.
I have a different theory. It has to do with how conflicted my own generation of women is about our own past, when many of us behaved in ways that we now regret. A woman I know, with two […]

Lost Letter to Wormwood on College Students and Church

Kevin DeYoung has found a “lost” letter from Screwtape to Wormwood about the strategy he needs to keep college students away from church.
Part 1
Part 2 – Encourages the demon to keep college students separate, selfish, and searching. Separate from mixed ages, selfish in putting up with things he or she does not like in church, and searching rather than actually accountable to anyone.

The second letter especially is a good read and good thoughts for your college student.

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Around the Web – 20 Somethings

And Then They Are Mine – The Real Agenda of Some Professors – Al Mohler reminds us of the need to forewarn and forearm our young people who head off the college.

Why Aren’t Emerging Adults Emerging – Al Mohler highlights the real cultural phenomenon of 20 somethings who are failing to launch into adulthood. This cultural issue affects the Christian young men as well. What will we do about it? The time to start thinking about it is before they reach this age!

Men Who Are Boys – On a related note, the Act 29 Network posts some thoughts on this issue and challenges the men to become men.