Kind of tired…not going to write anything too deep tonight. I travelled to Statesville and met with a Pastor who is seeking to bring Rite of Passage to his church. He sees the value of the Scripture as it admonishes to us that there are only three seasons of life. Childhood…from birth to 12. Adulthood…beginning at 12…extending through 30 and then mature adulthood, from 30 and beyond. Now that’s what Scripture teaches. You won’t find this in the culture.
Jesus is our model and example in all things. At the age of 12 He was “about His Father’s business” and then at 30 He began His ministry. Now this can be argued and debated (and it is in many circles), but it is most evident to me that the example of Christ in His phases of life should be ours. With that said, I tried to encourage my brother in Christ and fellow elder.
Change is hard in a church and everyone wants to “entertain the kids.” So, it’s paintball, lock-ins, pizza blasts and ski trips. It’s short devotions, silly games, rooms in churches loaded down with old sofas and stolen road signs, Wii’s and X-boxes. And we wonder why we have 9 out of 10 young adults walking away from the church by their 20th birthday. We have “fun-ed” them to death and given them no substance…little Scripture and nothing to build their lives on.
Here’s a picture of a youth group playing basketball with the disciples and Jesus…
Problem is…when the fun and games…concerts…entertainment…peer driven frivolity ends…well…that’s it for them too. They disappear.
It’s why I wrote my book last year, “Rite of Passage-Raising Christ-Centered Young Adults.” And I’m praying my brother in Christ will have stamina as he seeks to raise the bar for the young adults of his church. It won’t be easy and he may have a group of folks that have to “graduate” out, but he can start with younger families and teach the value of substantive and in-depth teaching that will reward families with Christ-centered young adults. Is this guaranteed? No! But, it’s a Scriptural approach that we must return to and the results will be much, much better than our current abysmal failure rate we are enduring in Christendom today.
Oh…sorry…I said I wasn’t going to get deep. I’m sorry. I couldn’t help it. You know me… Got on a tangent. Ok…here’s some “this and that” for your reading pleasure…complete with pictures.
This past Saturday we had a neat outreach into our community. Scott Matheny (that’s him in the middle on stage)…
He and his wife, Renee and there boys are members of our church runs a LifeSkills studio that teaches “Self Defense Classes for Women.”
Scott taught the class for $10 per person for all ladies 12 and older (Rite of Passage age…) and then donated over $1000 to the Mission Fund for our work in Mexico in a few weeks. What a blessing! Pam, Katy and Kandace went through the two-hour class and they learned some really neat and very important ways on how to protect themselves with some very simple moves/techniques. Thanks again Scott!
Saturday morning was our kick off and “Meet Your Coach Day” for our Flag Football League.
We have 165 kids signed up!
Most are not members of our church and that means we have the opportunity to share the Gospel with a lot of folks! We estimate (counting parents, grandparents, etc), we’ll see around 400+ people each Saturday in June. This is “missions” in our own back yard…our Jerusalem!
Clara, Andrew and I got the garden planted. We planted 8 rows of beans, 3 rows of corn and a row of watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers and several tomato and pepper plants.
Children love to work with their Daddy. I’m telling you those black heads of theirs were sweating up a storm! And so was my bald-head! 🙂
Speaking of Clara. She sang at church with Sarah Kathryn Dowell on Sunday. The children’s choir sang “Mighty to Save.” It was beautiful!
Speaking of performing…Katy and Kandace had their violin and viola concert at Appalachian State on Sunday afternoon. I know they are my children…but, let me tell you…they did a “bang-up” job! Wow!
Katy played guitar in one song and Kandace played the violin…
Last night we celebrated my mom’s birthday! You talk about a godly woman! Kim and I are so blessed! Mom, we love you dearly! What a sacrifice you have made for our families and we can never thank you enough! Here’s mom and the grandkids!
These are the best days of our lives! We are living them right now! Often it’s easy to look to the past or even to the future…but, all we have right now is today. So, let’s enjoy the journey!
I’ll be speaking at conference later this week… I’ll update you the first of next week! Blessings!