Thursday, July 10, 2008
I was reading an article in Charisma (a Christian magazine) about Casting Crowns and in the article it said something that really struck me as interesting. The article said "an emphasis of the ministry and music of Casting Crowns is to help young people have their own relationship with Jesus, not a relationship borrowed from their parents and leaders. I was pondering this because I know of a lot of people young and old who go to church and pray and do all the things you are supposed to but don't really have a relationship with Jesus. So this article really brought it home to me that it is so important to teach this to our children and teens. Not just have them saved, but to help them to know the Lord. I teach my kids to pray but encourage them to do the prayer so I can guide them in actually talking to Jesus instead of just copying some prayer they learned at Sunday school or somewhere. I also encourage them to read their Bible daily. My older daughter was saying "mom do you know there are churches where they don't even bring a Bible?" I told her there are churches that don't even teach people you have to read the word daily. It's just some place to go on Sunday and hear a few words out of the Bible. How they exist without actually being able to talk to Jesus all day like he is a friend I will never know. I do know that teaching our children to arm themselves with the power of the sword (their own Bibles) is the way to develop a solid ground to walk with Jesus on. Just my own thoughts on this article.