We Need To Help Our Youth “Guard” Their Hearts!

To my readers: I would like to share the following written by Darrell “Coach D” Andrews, Motivational Strategist, Consultant, Accountability Coach and Book Author. Darrell Andrews is a former youth pastor who now engages youth worldwide from all walks of life. For more information about Coach Andrews, you can check out his website at http://coachdspeaks.com/  I hope you are motivated by his post below to take action. Our children, our youth need us to make a difference in their lives. It is up to each of us. As Coach Darrell says, “We all have a part to play.”

Darrell “Coach D” Andrews

I have been blessed as a former youth pastor and now as a speaker to interact with hundreds of thousands of youth worldwide. I have had the privilege of engaging youth from all walks of life, races and socioeconomic situation. With all this being said, I was recently telling my wife that over the years I noticed a pattern. This pattern is deeply concerning to me. The looks in the eyes of many of our youth are getting darker and their care for others is diminishing. It seems like the influence of this world, with all of its gadgets, negative music, movement away from Godly things, and demise of family structure, is being very effective at winning the hearts of kids, Christians and non-Christians. The bible is very clear in its realization that it is our responsibility to protect our children. The scriptures are very clear on this subject:

1.  Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
2.  Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
3.  Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Are you a Grace Giver?

 I’d like to introduce my readers to Nancy Kay Grace, an author friend of mine, who has just launched her first book titled, The Grace Impact.  I hope you enjoy and will share her post with others.

graceOnce you have received the grace of God and forgiveness for your sins, what do you do with grace? In this segment from The Grace Impact (p.141-142), we are challenged to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and share it with others.

“The grace of God launches us into a life of faith when we accept Christ as Lord. We grow in our faith by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown in the bonfire.” (John 15:5-7, The Message)

Without the love of Jesus, joy and peace are shallow; patience, kindness, and goodness wear thin or wear out; faithfulness will turn into inconsistency; gentleness changes into harshness; and self-control diminishes. But when we position ourselves to depend upon the Lord, the fruit of His love develops in us. Gradually, the fruit of the Spirit becomes evident in our lives — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23a) The fruit matures so it can be given away and is shown when we extend the blessings of grace to others.

Unfortunately, we are sometimes stingy and withhold grace when we think someone is unworthy because of a wrongdoing. We cling to the offense instead of grasping for God’s forgiveness. When the grace of God is absent, bitterness is born. The words of Hebrews 12:14-15 tell us, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

FROM REBEL TO WRITER

Christian Children’s author Catherine Zoller is featured on my blog today. Please take time to read her post and check out her wonderful and very unique children’s books. Please share this post with anyone who has children and grandchildren. Books make perfect gifts, especially Christian books.

author photo - leopard sweaterIf there is one Scripture that sums up my life more than any other, it would have to be Romans 8:28.  “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.”

To be sure, we are all born with a sin nature, but some of us seem to have more of a propensity than others to take it to its limits!  I was one of those.

As a child I was extremely talkative, wildly hyperactive, and into everything.  It wasn’t that I was trying to irritate everyone around me; it just seemed to happen as a matter of course.  I also found school tedious and boring and hated it from Kindergarten on.  As a result, I never did well, which only added to my crumbling sense of myself.

The older I got the angrier I became.  By the time I was in junior high I was acting out on a daily basis.  Doing any drug I could get my hands on.  Cutting classes. Running away from home if my parents dared to try and discipline me.

Forgiveness was the cornerstone of her healing

Today’s post is by Christian author Lorilyn Roberts. I know you will enjoy her story. Be sure to check out her book, Children of Dreams, and enter to win prizes at the John 3:16 Marketing Network August Book Launch Event.

Excerpt from Children of Dreams

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Although I grew up in a moral home, it was not a Christian home. As a young teen, I read the Bible in the darkness of my room under covers and was amazed at the humanity of Jesus Christ and His unrelenting love for those who hated him. It was as if I was among the masses that listened to Him on the hills of Jerusalem. I was amazed by His teachings and accepted His salvation—so I could be with Him in heaven for all eternity. I didn’t want to go to hell.

Without a Christian worldview, my choices were based on human determination and not godly wisdom. Neil Armstrong’s words when he stepped on the moon, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” resonated with my “nothing ventured, nothing gained” mentality. I believed I could “go where no man [or woman] had gone before,” as the Enterprise did in the original Star Trek series. Whether it was chasing aliens on distant planets or becoming the next Jacques Cousteau, I thought if I made straight A’s and met “Mr. Right,” my dreams would come true. They didn’t.