Today’s blog post is share from Jen Hatmaker’s website blog.
“I’m a big fan of freedom, of wide-open spaces, of not being confined and imprisoned and stuck. This is absolutely God’s craving for us too: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). That first sentence is everything. Why did Jesus set us free? So we would be free.”
Shared Blog Post, Written by Rick Warren: The original and full post can be seen on ChurchLeaders.com.
Help Teenagers Live God’s Purposes
The most fundamental question that teenagers in your community will ever wrestle with is, “Why am I here?”
Unlike past generations, teens today aren’t looking for the meaning of life. Instead, they’re searching for meaning in life, a purpose for living, something that makes their lives worth living.
The fact is they’re seeking the very thing for which God made them, and that’s why it’s important that you consistently teach teens about their purpose in life.
Rick Warren continues by listing five purposes that teenagers were created to fulfill by God…to read the details, click the link below.
Teenagers were created by God to fulfill these five purposes:
- Every teenager was planned for God’s pleasure
- Every teenager was formed for God’s family
- Every teenager was created to be like Christ
- Every teenager is shaped for service
- Every teenager was made for mission
To read more, click here to go to the original and complete blog post.
Guest Post by Ray Kingrea of Tree of Life Ministries
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The JOURNEY – Most Important – Phil. 3:8 MSG – “all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life…I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ”
I’ve learned that I consistently need to ask myself this question, “What’s most important?” If you’ve ever cleaned out your desk or garage, if you’ve ever been short on time, if you have kids, or if you’ve ever worked in ministry; you’ll have to ask yourself this question.
Sometimes what we consider to be the most important things in life are really not that important. There is a solid line we need to draw at times in order to determine and set as to what’s insignificant and what’s most important. We can never fully determine what’s most important unless we first make Christ the most important in our lives.
My relationship with Him has helped me to whittle away those things I once thought was important to see the most important in my life. My prayer and devotion time with Him has to come first. That’s the most important. My time alone and hearing Him has to come first. My time seeking Him for my life, most important. My time with my wife and family, most important. My time seeking God for others and serving in His Kingdom, most important.
My likes and wants are last on my list because they include what I only thought was important. People are most important. Not buildings, not man made rules, not dress codes, not religious affiliations, not all the things that we think make for a perfect church. The most important? The Power of Christ changing my life and the lives of those around me.
What’s most important to you? You may need to do what I’ve had to do, which is rearrange your list and make sure Christ stays at the top.