Evil Companionship

Today, I am stealing a thought from my friend. He is the youth pastor at the church we attend and we were talking the other day about what he has been teaching in one of his classes for the teens.

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In a teenager’s life, there are a few different things that will determine if the teenager is going to make it in the Christian life. Ultimately, it is up to each individual if they are going to serve the Lord or not. But in each person, each teenager, there are some deciding factors if that teenager is going to decide to live for Christ.

One of the most important factors to a teen making it in life is their parents. Now, I am not saying that a kid with bad parents can’t make it. I am saying that a kid with good parents has a greater chance to make it in the Christian life. Like I said above, ultimately it comes down to the individual deciding on whether they want to serve Christ or not. To many parents are worried about being friends with their teenagers. They have enough friends, they need their parents to be parents. They need their parents to guide and instruct them. They need their parents to reprove and rebuke them. Teenagers need their parents to exhort and love them. Parents need to lead their teenagers in the path of the Christian life. You cannot rely on the church, the Christian school and the youth group to get your teen to turn out right, you are the parent, you need to put in the work!

Another important factor in a teenager’s life is the church. This also is based on the decision of the parents. A family needs a good, Bible believing church to be a part of if they want to grow spiritually. They need a pastor who loves them and will guide them. A teenager needs a good youth pastor who will be a leader in their lives.

I am blessed that I had good parents, a good church, a good pastor, a good youth pastor growing up. They all played an important part in my life in helping me get to where I am at today. But there is another factor that I had in my life and every teenager has in their life and that is friends. Friends are a huge part of the teenage years. You can become friends over different things, like sports, hobbies, time spent together, likes and dislikes. Whatever the case, you can make friends in a variety of ways.

I believe friends play a huge part in your life, no matter what stage of life you are in. But in the teenage years, the friends that they have will help mold and direct their life. Parents, don’t be scared to tell your son or your daughter to be careful around certain teens. Don’t be scared to tell them that they can’t hang out with certain people. Parents, it is your job to watch out for your children, so watch out!

My friend was telling me about his study of I Corinthians 15:33, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” The meaning of the word ‘communications’ here in this verse means companionship. The word ‘manners’ in this verse means morals, habits. So what this verse is saying is, “Be not deceived: evil companionship corrupts good morals, habits.

I find it interesting that it says that evil corrupts good. Good never changes evil. So often we think that we can change our friends into good friends, godly friends; but it is usually the other way around. Evil corrupts good! That is why the Bible tells us to choose our friends wisely, to avoid the path of the wicked.

Parents, who you allow your teens to be companions with, is one of the biggest decisions you can make. Who you choose to be your friends as an adult is a huge decision also. Your children look up to you and they will see what you do and they will follow you as an example.

Your companionship will influence your morals and your habits. No matter your age, you can tell the direction you are going by the people you surround yourself with.

Don’t be fooled! Your friends will change you. They will change you either for better or for worse but they will change you!

Choose your friends wisely!!

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Who Are You Leading Your Children To?

I have never sat on the knee of a Santa Claus (at least to my knowledge, my parents my say different.) Nor, have I ever had a desire to sit on the knee of Santa Claus. As previously stated in a couple different blogs, I do not believe in Santa and I will not teach my children that Santa is real. You may not like the stance I take on this issue and I am fine with that. I think it is wrong to lie to our children. And then turn around and expect them not to lie to us….come on, let’s use some common sense here. I promise, this is the last blog about Santa this year.

Last night at church, someone said something about my baby looking like one of Santa’s elves and before I could stop myself, I said we don’t do Santa at our house. Then he said something that I cannot stop thinking about. What he said, I guess that I have never even really thought about before.

This elderly gentleman said something along these lines. “You know the difference between Jesus and Santa? Santa’s first question when you sit on his knee is ‘What’s your name?’ Santa doesn’t know your name, but Jesus knew you before you were even born.”

I started to think about this question, Who am I leading my children to? The Bible says in Mark 10:13-14, “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” Young children are at the age where they believe anything. I know this because I have a 3 year old. I don’t want to lead her to a man, who dresses up in a costume. I don’t want to lie to her about Santa. I want to lead her to Jesus Christ. I want her to know that He is the one who will always be there for her no matter what she goes through.

UNLIKE SANTA, JESUS ALREADY KNOWS:

MY NAME – Jesus knows who I am!! “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 JESUS NEVER HAS TO ASK FOR MY NAME!! HE ALREADY KNOWS WHO I AM!! If that doesn’t make you shout, then I don’t know what will!

Jesus never forgets my name! No matter how far I go or how long I am gone, I can always come back to Him and He will know my name! Santa can’t do that. He isn’t going to remember your name. He isn’t going to remember your name next year or the year after that. So, why would I push my child towards Santa when there is already a great and mighty and ALIVE being that knows who they are.

MY NEEDS – As I was thinking about the truth that Jesus already knows my name. I realized He also already knows my needs. “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” Matthew 6:8 JESUS KNOWS MY NEEDS!! BEFORE I EVEN ASK HIM!

I guess the second question that Santa asks is, what do you want for Christmas? Isn’t it amazing that he has to ask that…I thought he knew everything? He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you are awake, but he doesn’t know what you want? Such confusion from a ‘mighty being.’ It is good to know that I have a Heavenly Father that knows my needs, BEFORE I EVEN ASK!!! And it brings joy to my heart, that the same Father who knows my needs, knows my daughter’s needs and what she wants. Yes, God listens to little children. That is why I will lead my daughter to the Heavenly Father as He is the one who knows her and her needs.

MY NEXT STEPS – I guess another question Santa asks is, ‘Have you been a good boy or girl?’ I thought he already knew. I am really confused now. Santa doesn’t know my name, what I want or if I have been good or bad. I really hope he doesn’t confuse me with that other kid in class who has the same first name but is really bad. I have been good this year. I guess I better be extra good until Christmas to make Santa doesn’t get confused. I wonder if any child has thought this. Santa doesn’t know what you have done or will do.

But I am happy to say that there is a God in Heaven who cares enough about me and you that He knows our past, our present and our future. He knows the steps we have taken and He knows the next steps we will take. “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.: Proverbs 16:9

So why would I lead my child to Santa, who knows absolutely nothing about them. Who doesn’t even care for them. Especially when we have a Lord and Saviour who loves them and knows everything about them and even TELLS us to bring our children to Him.

We as parents have a duty to raise our kids right. I know we all may have different opinions on different issues, but please let’s stop lying about Santa being real. Let’s make Jesus Christ the one and only focus of Christmas and every other day of the year. Let’s lead our children to Jesus, because He knows their name, He knows their needs and He knows their next step!

Have a Merry CHRISTmas!!

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Brynne’s Birthday!!

I had a long, busy, fun-filled weekend. We celebrated my baby turning one on Friday! I spent some time thinking this past weekend about the blessing it is is to be a parent, to be a daddy! I am blessed with two beautiful little girls and I can’t even remember what life was like before they came along. I am thankful that I get the opportunity to raise two little girls and I pray that God would give me wisdom to be the father that they need in their life.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with enemies in the gate.” Psalms 127:3-5

We had a “One in a Melon” themed birthday party for Brynne. We enjoyed the fellowship of our friends and family as we celebrated Brynne’s birthday. Brynne enjoyed digging into and eating her smash cake! I hope you enjoy the pictures of the decorations and Brynne eating cake as much Brynne enjoyed eating cake!