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Overcoming the Vacuum Effect

Making a Desperate Heart a Healthy Heart I’m not sure I can do this in one article, but I’ll try! I really need you to focus for a moment—this is a really big truth for one short article. Have you ever noticed how some teenagers (or adults for that matter) seem so passionately drawn into…


Understanding Hidden Dangers Part 4

A Four Part Series for Discerning Parents In this final segment, I want to touch on an area that I would call “passive behavioral dangers.” Perhaps these things are more warning signs of deeper dangers than dangers themselves, but either way, these things deserve our parental awareness and attention. These dangers or warning signs are…


Understanding Hidden Dangers Part 3

A Four Part Series of Articles for Discerning Parents Through our last two articles we have been seeking to see what others do not or choose not to see. We’re asking the Lord to give us spiritual discernment and to enlighten the eyes of our understanding with regards to the hidden dangers our teenagers face….


Understanding Hidden Dangers Part 2

A Four Part Series of Articles for Discerning Parents In last months article we began a four-part series on the hidden dangers that Satan uses to drive a wedge between a teenager’s heart and spiritual things. These are the things that sometimes appear innocent or faddish on the surface, but in reality they are “back-doors”…


Best Friends

The Way It Ought to Be With Parents and Teens! In 1984, my dad took a new job. He was the manager of a new music store in the Atlanta, Georgia area. The goal in taking the new job was that he might have more time at home. The opposite happened. Six months into my…


Lancaster Baptist Student Ministries Open House

Lancaster Baptist Student Ministries Welcomes 800 Teens This past week God gave us an incredible victory for the student ministries of Lancaster Baptist Church (Dr. Paul Chappell, Pastor). The last week of October, our students gathered on buses each afternoon and ventured out to a public high school campus where they courageously invited teens to…


Understanding Hidden Dangers Part 1

A Four Part Series of Articles for Discerning Parents God’s Word says in Job 6:30, “Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?” In this passage Job is defending the purity of his heart and he references discernment in the form of a word picture. He compares his ability to discern…


Somebody, Anybody—Say Something Nice to Me

The Power of Affirming Words in the Life of Your Young Person “When you’re a teenager, you’re always in trouble…” She was speaking as a recent graduate of our youth group and was trying to give me a little insight as to how most teenagers feel. I thought I would put her theory to the…


Quit Telling Me I’m Normal!

How Authority Stunts the Spiritual Growth of Young People You’ve probably heard it. If you’re a parent or an authority figure to young people, you’ve probably said it. “It’s a phase.” “He will probably grow out of it.” “All teenagers are rebellious.” “Well, you know, she’s just at that age when teens act like this!”…

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