I spend a good bit of my time around teenagers. At times it is to deliver a message on good choices at youth groups, and middle or high schools. At other times it has been in my capacity as a youth athletic coach. Sometimes, as it was a few weeks ago, it is just to "hang out" or "chill." From my youthful days I believe the word has now evolved to chillax, chillmatic, chillin, chillaxing, and more from the original "relax".
Have you figured out how to motivate your pre-teen or teenager to live upright consistently? A variety of studies point to the profitable involvement of parents and other ancestral family relations. Those relationships provide great stability in life. Framing the life of your teenager to desire leaving a powerful legacy empowers them to take personal ownership for their actions. It also elevates their level of maturity and personal responsibility. Legacy transfers family values and systems which allow parents and children to live moral and productive lives.
I watched a college basketball game with a few 15-year old boys a couple of weeks ago. We decided to grab a bite after. As our conversation flowed I was struck by their frequent use of the phrase "our generation." It appeared to be a clue of an expression frequently used about them in dialog by authority figures in their lives. To be exact, one such reference was "Adults believe our generation is more about recreational drug use than concrete choices." more >>
When Albright College senior Meghan Boyle took the floor for her final collegiate basketball game, she had no idea what was going to happen next. Her brother Billy, who had been deployed in Afghanistan for the past year, walked through the door before the start of the game. Meghan's face lights up from excitement when she finally gets to see him again. They are both full of joy while they hug each other in the middle of the basketball court.
A very emotional homecoming surprise for Meghan. The heartfelt reunion between these two will move you!more >>
Rave Ministries, an organization focused on teenage girls, will launch AprilRAVES next month, a 30-day challenge to commit to giving hand-written notes of encouragement to others.
Following the success of the ministry's "No Makeup November" campaign that attracted thousands to participate last year, the group of young women behind Rave wants to continue building a community of supportive girls. Their intent is to motivate one another amid the negativity they are exposed to through social media.
"We decided to make this campaign about writing notes because written words have extreme power. You can re-read them over and over again. On days when life is horrible and you feel all alone, you can pick up notes and read them and be reminded that the Lord made you for a purpose and someone noticed that," Becca Daniel, leader of the organization, told The Christian Post. more >>
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, the married couple who produced "The Bible" miniseries and the recent film "Son of God," said they have received hundreds of emails from long-time believers and recent converts saying the film has touched their lives.
"We are flooded with emails from all sources," Burnett told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. "Nationwide, people are weeping during the crucifixion and the arrest – we're hearing that as he resurrects, people are applauding and cheering in the theaters," he added.
Downey estimated that hundreds of people have contacted them. Due to the high volume of responses, she explained that "we put out a call to all of our friends in the community to start gathering that information," but added that "a clearer vision of the impact" will not be available until around Easter. more >>
After being told by his doctor two years ago that he would not be able to run again, Pastor Matthew Barnett of the Los Angeles Dream Center will run a full marathon Sunday to raise support and awareness for women exploited through human trafficking.
"It's very emotional for me because two years ago, I had a pulmonary embolism that almost took my life. I've lived in fear of this changing my lifestyle forever. The marathon is a way for me to face these fears once and for all in the ultimate test," Barnett told The Christian Post. "I'm a pastor and I probably need more faith but this has tested my breathing and my confidence. I believe running for a greater cause will push me over the top."
Over 100 Dream Center staff along with several human trafficking survivors will also participate in the 5K charity relay and marathon and are urging the Christian Community to help sponsor them. Their goal is to raise $50,000 and as of Thursday morning, over $43,000 had been donated by supporting individuals and churches throughout the country, as shown on Barnett's fundraising page. more >>
Author Camille Paglia, a self-described "notorious Amazon feminist," recently said about today's gender-bending days "What you're seeing is how a civilization commits suicide" (referring to the demonization of men by aggressive feminism). She added that today's generation has "no models of manhood." It appears that the emotional lava flowing out of the volcanic reaction to broken male culture in the '60s is turning from bright orange to a hardened and desolate landscape of ash. The gender scenery is shifting again.
Our generation has seen monumental shifts in the roles men and women play. Television shows like "Father Know Best" exemplified a seemingly simpler era when men brought home the bacon for the women to fry it up in a pan. Along the way, a rise in feminism gave women opportunity, while seriously jeopardizing their feminine soul with illusions that they could better men than actual men. The collateral damage of this gender-bending experiment was that the nation's family unit has suffered, millions of children being raised without dads, men in retreat, and a titanic void of positive male role models.
We're living in a new masculinity age, that ironically, needs the best of old-fashioned male culture while jettisoning the thinking and behaviors that caused so many women and children to suffer for centuries. Men today have both a massive opportunity and a daunting challenge of picking up the slack for decades of retreat and withdrawal at a every level of relationship. The self-serving features of alpha male have been rejected. The over-soft and sensitive features of omega male created by feminism is now annoying to women. The hunt is on for a new blend of tough and tender, committed but compassionate, relational and rugged. Where's the model for that guy? more >>