Many Christians view discipleship as a class for new believers to learn the foundational doctrines of the faith. True discipleship is not simply learning biblical truths, but becoming a student of Jesus, having the will to obey Him in all areas of our life, including in our family. Though many evangelical churches embrace the Great Commission, the condition of families within the body of Christ reflects the reality that few Christians have been adequately trained or discipled in marriage or parenting.
Today the divorce rate within the church is out of proportion to His Word, power and promises. Children from Christian homes are using drugs and abusing alcohol, having sex and committing crimes almost as much as their secular counterparts. It has become difficult to differentiate the non-church kids from those who profess to believe. Statistics tell us that over 65 percent of children being raised in Christian homes -- and that have spent over 10 years in some kind of church youth group -- are walking away from their faith after leaving their homes at the age of 18. Rebellion and disrespect toward parents and authority is now considered common adolescent behavior, even in the church. It's not an exaggeration to say that "the family" is in serious trouble.
We are quick to place blame for this condition on the television programs our children watch, the video games they play, the schools they attend, the influence of the kid next door, or other external influences. I believe that the real problem is not so much what is affecting our children from outside our homes, but from within. more >>
Jeremy Lin is definitely one of the most watched storylines in the NBA, even after his reduced game time and his failure to meet expectations early in the season.
However, after the All Star Break, it seems Lin has gotten in a groove. During the Lakers previous games, Lin is averaging 23.1 points per game on a hot 51 percent field goal percentage.
According to ESPN's stats details, Lin is also shooting 35 percent from deep, which is an improvement. more >>
American hip-hop rap artist Wiz Khalifa just launched a new track, "For Everybody," and reports are saying the lyrics to his new single offer a disparaging look at ex-wife, Amber Rose.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa's new single, "For Everybody," featuring fellow rapper, Juicy J late yesterday, and the lyrics indicate the 27-year-old "Black and Yellow" artist may have bad blood over glamour model ex-wife, Amber Rose.
"I fell in love with a stripper / Funny thing is, I fell back out of love quicker / Bottles be turnin' these girls into t---- / Instagram be turnin' these wives into h---," the lyrics of the track say. "You all 'bout that money, that s--- that I throw. Just make sure you clean off that pole." more >>
Glen Campbell is in the final stages of his battle with Alzheimer's, but his family's battle over his assets has only just begun after the singer's two eldest children petitioned to wrest legal power from his wife of 32 years.
Reports arose on Thursday revealing that Campbell's children, Debby Campbell-Cloyd and Travis Campbell, filed a court petition in January demanding that Kim Campbell relinquish medical and financial authority over their father and his assets. The pair claim that their stepmother is keeping their 78-year-old father "secluded from the rest of the family" which has "prohibited [them] from participating in his care and/or treatment," according to the Associated Press.
The petition also claims that Campbell is not providing her husband with necessary toiletries and clothing, not visiting him regularly and possibly mishandling his finances. Moreover, Campbell and Campbell-Cloyd's petition claims that several of his children are not on his list of allowed visitors. The iconic country music singer has eight children in total; the youngest three he shares with Kim. more >>
Last Monday's special episode of "The Bachelor" titled "Women Tell All" featured the return of all of Chris Soules' eliminated ladies coming back together to reminisce, lash out at each other, and gain closure after their time on the show.
Soules told E! News that it was quite difficult to be with all of the women in one room.
"I felt like a kindergarten teacher for a while," he said. "It was like herding cats in a tornado." more >>
Jeremy Lin is hoping to encourage people not to judge those who are battling homelessness.
Lin, the 26-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard, took to his YouTube channel to let people know what a day in his life looked like during the All-Star break. Lin drove to upstate New York with his entire family to visit the athlete's younger brother.
The point guard and his brother cooked traditional Chinese food such as pan fried dumplings and shared their traditions with homeless people in the park for Chinese New Year. more >>