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PURITY IN YOUTH, PART 2

April 9th, 2014 | By admin

By Katt Anderson

Last week we talked about Purity In Youth. We discussed living by God’s Word, seeking God, don’t wander from God’s Word and treasure God’s Word. Today we’ll talk more about what we as Christians must do.

Do you realize that any sin is a sin against God? We think we don’t hurt anyone when we sin, but we do. We hurt God. Sins hurt us, but God is also hurt. A good example of this is the parable we call, “The Prodigal Son” in Luke 15:11-32. This young man took the blessings of his father and went out into the world. He lived on the wild side, and finally realized it was wrong. He came back home and asked his father’s forgiveness. Who had he hurt besides himself? His father and brother. Today when we sin, we hurt God, our father, and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We should learn from God’s Word. Psalms 119:11 has been highlighted in my Bible. It reads, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Do you have God’s word in your heart? We should want to study and learn God’s Truths. Each time I read the Bible, I’m amazed at what new wisdoms I find.

After we have studied God’s Word, we must teach it. You’re thinking you can’t do it, aren’t you? Well, anyone can teach. Of course you can do personal Bible teaching, but you can also study the Bible with other people in a group. You can hand out tracks. I know we have a lot of them at church that most people never use. If you keep a few in your purse or notebook, you’ll be prepared to give them to someone. Who knows, just one track can make a difference in someone’s life. You can also help with Bible correspondences. Teaching through helping grade them and making comments that will inform and encourage the person taking the course.

Everyone needs to understand the true riches in life. What we have is not permanent. It can all be replaced, but our soul goal of heaven cannot be replaced, except by sin. When you’re a Christian, you’re the richest person on earth. So many people think money is important. It is to pay our bills and eat, but what about God’s riches? God has blessed us more than we can ever know. Here on earth, people use their riches as a “show.” They want people to think they have a lot and are important. Give me the humble Christian any day. When you have God’s riches, you are the richest person on earth!

The Christian must have the right attitude toward God’s Word. Do you keep your Bible ready to use? I have several Bibles I use. The one I keep in my office is filled with hand written notes, underlined passages and corners turned down. I love to use that Bible. It stays close at hand. Yes, I have a nice Bible I take to church and I have Bibles downloaded on my Kindle and tablet, but this one in my office is my favorite. Why? I know where everything is. I use it regularly. I respect it and all the others because they are the Word of God.

May God bless you richly in your study of His Word.

 

SPIRITUALITY, NOT RELIGION, MAKES KIDS HAPPY

March 31st, 2014 | By admin

By Paul Holland 

    That is great to know. The wisdom of the ages has enlightened our minds and illuminated our hearts.  Kids want to be spiritual but not religious! As a loving father, I now know exactly what to do for my two girls. They want to be spiritual.  Spirituality makes them happy.

    The article with the above title came from the on-line version of U. S. News and World Report.  The article author writes, “Specifically, the study shows that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships — both measures of spirituality, the researchers claim — are happier.” So, spirituality is defined by these researchers as 1.) understanding that life has meaning; 2.) understanding that life has value; 3.) developing deep, quality relationships.

    The study was conducted by three researchers with the University of British Columbia. In contrast with meaning, value, and quality relationships, “religion” was found to have no meaningful effect on happiness. Religion is only one “venue” for the experience of spirituality, according to the researchers and even at that it is – (gasp) institutionalized. People want to be spiritual but they are “less enthusiastic about the concept of God”. Attending church, praying, and meditating had little effect on children’s happiness. The children were ages 8-12.

    I believe psychology has a lot to offer. I’ve had classes in several areas of psychology, including developmental and educational psychology. But psychology is not a cure-all. “Spirituality” comes from the basic English word “spirit.” From whence came the spirit of man? “Thus declares the Lord who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him…” (Zechariah 12:1).

    The spirit of a child comes from God, the Father. A child is composed of three components: spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The soul of the child, in this verse, refers to his/her physical life – what separates him/her from dead & inanimate matter. The body, of course, is created at conception at the union of the parental cells. The spirit is the component of a child that instills in him/her the value of a sentient being, in contrast with animals.

If God is the creator of the spirit of the child, God knows what that spirit needs – to be healthy and happy.  That spirit needs the Word of God. The Old Testament prophet, Amos, pictured the day when the “beautiful virgins” and “young men” will faint from thirst.  They will stagger from sea to sea, from north to south seeking the Word of the Lord, but they will not find it.  Why? Because there was a famine in the land, not a famine for food or drink, but “for hearing the words of the Lord” (Amos 8:11-14).

God’s word teaches the child (and parent) what the child needs. Every child needs security, both from the parents and from God.  Every child needs encouragement, from earthly parents and the heavenly father.  Every child needs love.  Every child needs support.  Every child needs to be challenged to grow.  Every child needs patience.  Every child needs forgiveness.

If a child learns all that, he/she will know the meaning of life – it is to glorify God.  Every child will know the value of life – it caused God the death of His own Son.  Every child will know how to have deep, meaningful relationships – they come through Jesus Christ. Spirituality that does not submit to the Creator of the spirit is not spirituality – it is self-uality. It is self-worship.

Where did I learn all this? From psychology?  From the Bible.  That’s what children need. And the Bible teaches that they also need to attend worship, to pray, to meditate, and to know and understand the will of God.  But not just the children.  Grown-ups need it too.

If we all, regardless of age, would take these things seriously, we would all be happier.


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