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Slaying the Bear – Heroism for Real Teens

The Lord how delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:37

Forget the little kids version of David and Goliath where a cartoon character kills another cartoon character. No this was a real story. A teenager was able to kill the most fearsome warrior of his day. After killing him with one rock, he took Goliath’s own sword, cut through his neck, and held his head high for all to see. In one moment, David became a true national hero.

But lift this out of the cartoon storybook quality and into real life. Look at David, a teenage boy. Perhaps 15, 16 or 17. What gave David the confidence […]

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17 Teen Resolutions from John Piper

17 Teenage Resolutions in Honor of Mom and Dad

John Piper in A Godward Life, p 273-275

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 aworld 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 we can talk. Then I […]

Deception 1 – God is Not Mocked

Don’t be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Galatians 6:7-8

The New Testament lists at least six ways that Christian can be deceived. To be deceived is to cause to think of something that is true that is indeed untrue. One of the six NT deceptions is that we will not reap what we sow;  that continued sin will have no consequences.

This is a common deception. Other teens, we think,  seem to be ignoring Christ and his way of living, and yet no lightning strikes them down. More than that, they actually […]

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Why Living Together is Bad – Negative Effects of Cohabitation Part 2

In an earlier post, I had urged inoculating our children to the temptation to think that God’s standards are not for our best. Specifically, I had pointed out how cohabitating increases the chance a couple will break up. A recent NY Times article highlights research that found just that. They showed how prevalent this thinking is:

“From the perspective of many young adults, marrying without living together first seems quite foolish,” said Prof. Pamela J. Smock, a research professor at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. “Just because some academic studies have shown that living together may increase the chance of divorce somewhat, young adults themselves don’t believe that.”

The authors found that the proportion of women in their late 30s who had ever cohabited […]

Why Living Together Before Marriage is Bad – Negative Effects of Cohabitation

The principle of inoculating our children teaches us to proactively bring up thoughts they will encounter in the world and actively deal with them.  Since the 60s, marriage has been under assault. Today we can see that the anti-marriage message has won among non-Christians.  Living together before marriage is the accepted norm. How will we handle this? We can tell them that it violates God’s word. But it helpful to also show that there are negative effects in this life of disobeying God. God’s word is for our best. We need to proactively bring the message of purity until marriage up. And since sin has consequences, we should expect that even nonChristians who violate God’s law experience some negative consequences. This interview with Michael McManus, […]

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 […]