A Nation of Slackers

April 23, 2009

America is a nation of slackers. Too many young men refuse to grow up, get jobs, marry and be responsible fathers. Instead, they spend their hours watching movies and playing video games.

Proverbs has a lot to say about the slacker. (Read these). He is lazy, sleeps too much, refuses to work, makes excuses, can’t be trusted and will ultimately come to poverty and death. Yet, he thinks he is wise! (Proverbs 26:16)

Now you may be thinking, praise God – I’m not a slacker! But, we all need to pause and think. We may not lounge the day away, but many of us make excuses and avoid our God-given responsibilities. Sometimes, we may even excuse our responsibilities by pursuing other less important priorities.

Please take a moment to consider what roles and responsibilities God has given you.

  • Husbands, are you tending your family as carefully as your career – or are you slacking?
  • Wives, are you busy at home or are you eating the bread of idleness?
  • Young men and women, are you working hard to learn the skills and build the character that will make you a successful husband or wife?
  • Christian, are you spending time with God, or are you rolling over in bed?

The fate of the slacker is not pretty (Proverbs 21:25, 24:30-34). Don’t ignore your responsibilities. Remember that God blesses those who work hard (Proverbs 10:4, 12:24). Then, get out there and do what God has called you to do!

In Christ

Pastor Mike Walters

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Growing Up Christian — A Review

February 9, 2007

Growing Up Christian is a book I wish I could have written. I wasn’t a “church kid” growing up. But, I have spent the past ten years around “church kids.” For those of you who don’t know, a church kid is someone who has grown up in the church. According to Graustein, “they come from Christian homes, have Christian parents, and have attended church their entire lives. They live in a Christian culture surrounded by Christians at home, church, and often school.” Karl Gruastein addresses the unique issues “church kids” face better than anyone I’ve come across.

Graustein understands both the privileges and dangers of growing up in the church. He begins by addressing the dangers of false assurance, taking God’s grace for granted, and wanting to be like everyone else. He issues a strong call for teenagers to be sure of their own faith and not just coast along with their parents. Graustein then spends five chapters helping teenagers to build a biblical worldview of humility, conviction and thankfulness based in a love for the Scriptures and God. He finishes with three chapters on Christian living that focus on battling sin, growing spiritually and using your talents. Throughout it all, he keeps the gospel directly in view.

Graustein does an excellent job of encouraging teenagers to evaluate themselves in the light of Gods’ Word and then act on what they see. He also includes helpful discussion and reflection questions. His two page chart comparing what the world says to what God says regarding a number of areas is a great help (pp. 72-73)

I highly recommend this book. Every teenager in the church would greatly benefit from carefully reading and considering what this book has to say. This book will also help those who work with Christian teens to refocus on the particular issues they face. I believe that if more “church kids,” their parents and pastors heeded the lessons of this book we wouldn’t see as many people abandoning their faith when they get out of High School.

 

You can order the book here: Growing Up Christian


Doing Difficult Things in Your Youth

November 9, 2006

Here is a link to an article by Alex and Brett Harris about our founding fathers’ achievements during the teen years.

Becoming Men: Feats of our Forefathers

I pray that the young people of America will join The Rebelution and rise above the mediocrity of American youth culture.

In Christ

Pastor Mike Walters


Is Jesus Your Treasure?

July 27, 2006

Last night, I had the privilege of sharing a Bible Study with the young adults in my church.  The main idea was that a gospel driven life “Desires God above All Things.” 

If you don’t make God your chief treasure, if God is not the thing you are most happy about, if He is not the person in whom you find your joy and satisfaction

You May Not Be Saved!

That’s a strong statement.  But it is important and it is Biblical.  Let me give you a brief overview:

  • God commands you to Love Him (Mark 12:28-30; Deuteronomy 6:5)

  • God commands you to seek joy in Him (Psalm 37:4; 32:11; Deuteronomy 28:47-48)

  • God is the greatest pleasure in the World (Psalm 16)

  • God is the only thing that will ultimately satisfy.  To seek anything else is evil and stupid (Jeremiah 2:12-13)

As John Piper says in his book, Desiring God

The pursuit of joy in God is not optional.  It is not an “extra” that a person might grow into after he comes to faith.  Until your heart has hit upon this pursuit (of joy) your “faith” cannot please God.  It is not saving faith.

My hope and prayer for you is that you will abandon everything in a passionate, intense pursuit for joy in Jesus.  Please don’t settle for anything less. Don’t buy the world’s lies.

In Christ

Pastor Mike

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”  Matthew 13:44

 


Relationships with Unbelievers

July 17, 2006

I always find it interesting when similar ideas show up in my studies.  It is unpredictable and usually unexpected.  Because I believe God is sovereign over every event of my life, I suspect that He is trying to tell me something through His Word and the ministry of other believers focused on His Word.

Lately, the theme of –relationships with unbelievers–continually confronts me. Personally, this is not an issue, since I am joyfully married.  However, it is an issue that never seems to die in ministry to young adults and singles.

It began with a post from girltalk, emphasizing making the hard choice to obey Jesus over dating a non-Christian.  You can, and should, read the post by clicking here.

It continued as I read Mark Dever’s sermon on 1 Kings in Promises Made.He points out that after a tremendous beginning of personal and national blessing, “Solomon’s non-Israelite wives lead Solomon into the worship of of false gods, just as God, through Moses, had warned would happen when Israelites married foreigners who worshipped false gods.”

Please pay attention!  Entering or continuing a relationship with an unbeliever will be deadly to your spiritual life.  Do you really think you are stronger and wiser than Solomon?  Do you think you are smarter than God?

God has placed unbelievers off-limits for a reason.  He knows that when you give them your heart, they will lead you away from Him.  It may be hard, but for your own good and spiritual safety–Don’t enter or continue a relationship with a non-believer.

In Christ

Pastor Mike


Loving your Brother or Sister

July 7, 2006

Here are some helpful links written by teenagers on how to maintain good relationships with brothers and sisters.  Actually, the principles apply to all our relationships.  They have personally challenged me and I hope you will find them helpful. 

Saying I was Wrong

Dealing with Irritations

Let Someone Else Win

In Christ

Pastor Mike

P.S. Praise God for young men and women who are trying to live this way!  These young men and women are just a few examples of the mighty generation God is raising up in our midst!