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Lee Strobel is raising an important question. Take a quick look at this article and see what you think:

New Poll Reveals a Generational Gap in Relationships with Fathers and Struggles With Faith: Are They Connected?

We could read this report and feel overwhelming discouragement. But I would encourage another response.

Perhaps strengthening our fathers in their roles can have major impact on the faith decline of our kids' generation!

Perhaps mending broken relationships can have eternal implications.

Perhaps it is not too late!

For some of us reading this post, we will want to hug our husbands and do all we can to help them succeed in their God given role.

But for others of us, we are starkly aware of the father pain or father absence that is already hindering our children's lives.

We will need the Lord's intervention to make up what man cannot easily fix. (And our God is able to do just that!)

Today will you join me in prayer? As we continue to ask God to heal our land, let’s also ask him to heal our dads.

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Jessica Misener says she misses her "Jesus phase" of her teen years. Her story brought grief to my heart.

What went wrong in Jessica's life that caused her to lose her faith and plunge into such great darkness? Ray Comfort featured her post recently when he proposed she had experienced a "false conversion" in her teen years. (Listen to Ray's audio "True and False Conversion" here.)  Whether that was the problem or it was something else, obviously she is in deep trouble as she has joined the epidemic number of millennial "ex-born again" Christians.

What can we as parents who are concerned for our own children's souls learn from this young woman's article? I see at least 3 things:

1. She had no foundation on the concept of truth.

As she explained her reasoning, she had obviously absorbed the cultural lie that eliminated the whole concept of "missing out on the truth." That is a dangerous, deceptive trap for our kids.

2. She remembered the emotions of worship in the gym
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I am all for a true living abiding presence of God in our worship times! But if worship music is the sum total of our kids' revelation of the Lord, their root structure will be shallow. Jessica did not appear to be rooted in the Bible as a foundation of her faith.

3.  She was not prepared to defend her faith.

To live as a millennial Christian today is to live life cross-culturally. This young woman was not equipped to defend her faith against the multiple other world-views and false gods she encountered.

Parents, let's pray for Jessica as we pray for our own kids and families. This is ark building time! We must build something in our children's lives that will help them stand when others fall.

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My son Lucas just had an article published on CharismaNews.  Please take a look, and click over to the site to comment.

--Lisa Cherry

I Am a Millennial, and I Am Not Leaving the Church

By Lucas Cherry

I am a millennial, and I am not leaving the church ... or starting my own.

I get weary of looking at all the predictions about me. And if I read all the statistics about myself, I would believe some interesting things.

Surely, as a 23-year-old guy raised in church, I am:

But none of that is true about me. And, quite frankly, I am glad!

I am writing today to make my own declaration and am hoping someone will take note. I am a millennial, traditional, evangelical Christian. There. I said it. And I am not even going to apologize or flinch while I do. Click here to read more.

Cherry Family, Doug Cherry, Lisa Cherry

Cherry Family

 

 

By Lisa Cherry   

Not everyone's kids are running away from church.  

It may seem that way when we look at statistics.

But even if only 1% of our kids are currently displaying a biblical worldview, we cannot give up!!  And we must recognize that some Millennials are radically in love with our Jesus.  tweet about this

Over the years many parents have asked me how come our kids are still going to church even though they are pastors’ kids and "due" for a season of falling away.

My answer: God's grace and His mercy! I can’t take credit that all my kids are serving the Lord.

However, since I still have some of my children under the age of accountability, I decided to identify what the Lord has done or has taught us that I believe has helped. I don't want to have any mess ups now, and lose sight of what has worked!

So here are my top 10 observations:

10 Reasons My Older Kids Still Go to Church

1. It was never a decision point.  We never entertained, discussed, or thought about not going or allowing our kids not to go. Think about how this works in other areas of our lives. If I have to re-decide every day whether I am going to follow my own exercise habits ....well, I can tell you what happens with that. :)

2. Each one has their own personal relationship with Jesus.  Jesus did this one. They have encountered His reality at a young age for themselves. So they go to church because they love to worship Him.

3. We talk about real issues, even the tough ones. I find this young generation wants help with the tough issues that are hot buttons. So at our house ....and our church....we talk about the tough stuff. Not just the religious stuff.

4. They serve with their own jobs at church.  Our kids carry significant responsibilities of servant leadership from a young age.   They are not just hanging around. It matters to them...  and to others... when they show up.

5. It's an adventure for our family.  Passion is contagious. Doug and I find serving Jesus to be the most exciting real life drama ever imaginable!! Kids and teens love adventure. Authentic Kingdom of God participation is exciting, daring, risky, joyful, and challenging. And we love it!

6. The Bible is a part of our daily life.  We have family devotions at least four times a week. Prayer and Bible reading are daily habits for us all. So why wouldn't we want to be with the other believers on Sunday morning?

7. Our church is not big into entertainment.  We don't tickle ears or entertain. We study hard, play hard, cry hard, and laugh hard. Everyone knows we live in an over-entertained culture. So we don't even try to "compete" as entertainment.

8. Our relationships are strong.  This one is tough but real. Because we have healthy relationships at home, no one is wanting to rebel against us by the one way they know could hurt us the worst. Forsaking God. Lord, give us grace to maintain those healthy close relationships!!

9. We are honest about the dry moments.  Doug and I are transparent about our spiritual ups ....and our spiritual downs. Everyone has valleys and mountains. Our kids' valleys can scare them into doubt if they do not have endurance and understanding! But isn't it cool how God always pulls us out of valleys if we are patient?

10. We don't run church down with our mouths.  People mess up sometimes. And sometimes people in our lives abandon us. Learning to handle the messy moments of spiritual warfare and relationship pain as a family is critical. We must help our children process the frailties of our brothers and sisters. But we best not find ourselves gossiping, complaining, backbiting or murmuring.  Or why would our children want to come along??

I would love to hear what you would add to my list. Comment with your ideas here and we will all learn together.

Love, Lisa

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nullDear Parents and Leaders,

This letter is one of the most important we have ever written.

It is 4:46 am. Doug and I are riding together in our car in route to Amherst, Massachusetts via the St. Louis airport. As I hauled my middle age body out of bed this morning, I was jolted with a reminder of why I was losing sleep.

1%

The statistic both haunts me and motivates me. That is the percentage of our young millennial generation who, according to Barna's recent research still have a true biblical worldview. (George Barna, Futurecast) The ones who held to six basic biblical questions such the sinless nature of Jesus and the truth of God's Word when polled about what they believe.

Our worldview predicts how we think.....

                                                         how we feel......

                                                                   and how we live.

It, according to those who study our human responses, is the strongest predictor of how we behave behind closed doors.

Something is terribly wrong. Something has radically shifted. Our young people are being hijacked from the very core foundations of basic bible truths, and we are watching the tsunami result.

Parents, do we care? Are we sufficiently alarmed?

I know I am writing today to a group who already does. But here we are. Watching the years tick by. We are busy people with so many demands on our lives. And too many of us our awakening to a horrible discovery of our own kids falling into the 99% pit.

Collectively, we must face our Goliath with new courage and new determination. Our God has not finished our stories, and He never leaves His people without hope!

Doug and I have spent the summer meditating on 1%. We have imagined what a new reality our children will face unless 1% is proven wrong. And we are freshly committed to doing all we can to aim our kids and yours kids for the Remnant of the Lord.

But here is another stat that is equally alarming.

9%

That is the number of current American adults who have a biblical worldview. Friends, that is also a problem. For how will we move the 1% if we do not also awaken the 9%?

So here is the bottom line of our call to you today. We at Frontline Family Ministries are urging you and your family to take decisive action. We urge you to stop right now and, in prayer, recommit your family to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ask the Lord for the passion, vision, and plan to lead your family into spiritual maturity. Don't forget in the darkness that which you have previously seen in the light.

Today we humbly offer three ways we can be of help:

1. Consider joining us for Epic Truth.

Acquire the Fire is pulling out the stops this year to help your kids hit the 1%. We are pulling out the stops with our new resources, messages, and programs for parents at the weekend event to give you the tools needed to ransom your own kids. The Parent side of the weekend event will equip you as never before to win the invisible spiritual culture war attacking our family's lives. Click here for more information.

Bring other parents with you. Bring your kids' friends along as well.

Find some other parents to go if your kids are grown up now. Help us to carry the word.

2. Pray about signing up for our new Frontline Family Institute

This is big. Doug and I have recognized that so many have courageously mentored us over the years to pull our family over to the winning side that we want to improve our methods to offer a comprehensive, intensive mentorship program. This is something we have never done before. A one year "family internship" that will go beyond information to depths of spiritual transformation. Today is our first day to launch this new plan. Email or call Nathan to be one of the first to receive the packet explaining this revolutionary idea. Call 800 - 213 - 9899 or email nathan@victorydreamcenter.org

3. Connect with us deeper online and through prayer.

Frontline Families Website for Parents & Leaders

Here you will find encouragement from other leaders, resources for your family, and information about upcoming events. Also, submit a prayer request to our prayer team.

Frontline Moms & Dads Blog

Here you will find relevant articles and practical tips to help lead your kids, solve tough parenting challenges, and guard over your home.

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Here you can subscribe to our parenting "bites." Each day, you will receive a small tip for being a godly parent right now.

We look forward to hearing from you soon, as together, we share the hope of Jesus  Christ.

We are praying for each of your lives to be drawn closer to the One who loves us with an everlasting passion!

In His Service, 

Doug and Lisa