“After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done…” Judges 2:10
We’ve all seen those messages in our email inbox that say: “Delivery Status Failure Notification. Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently.” It means something has prevented the delivery of our message to another recipient. There can be any number of causes, but the result is still the same—an undelivered message.
Have you ever wondered what caused the delivery status failure noted in Judges 2:10 after Joshua and his generation died? Remember, these were the ones who entered and conquered inhabitants of the land God promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You would think the stories about God’s amazing power would have been the primary conversation around the tribal bonfires every night.
“In a day when children are growing up stunted because of our diet of empty-headed celebrities and contemptible villains, true heroism and manliness need special nourishment.” These words, penned by Os Guinness, describe a reality, not only for manliness, but for godliness in general. We need to remember the stories of truly great men and women so that we do not forget what true greatness really looks like. Hopefully, our story will also serve as a worthy example.
“…with God all things are possible.” (Mt. 19:26)
In December 2011 security cameras in the bustling town of Wenzou, China recorded a terrifying incident. A small child throwing a tantrum pulled away from her parents, sat down in the middle of the street, and stubbornly refused to budge. Frustrated, the parents started to walk away.
Suddenly a car turned the corner, ran over the girl and ended up pinning her underneath the vehicle. Security cameras showed several people rushing to the car and lifting up one side so the girl could be freed. It was a thrilling to see strangers rush to the rescue in this high stakes event.
I know of another ‘high stakes’ event needing an urgent response—the hearts, minds and souls of our grandchildren being run over by the lies and deceptions of Satan and a godless world. Our younger generations are being crushed by a world dominated by violence, immorality, hatred, greed and godlessness. Like the parents of the child in China, we cannot risk turning our backs and walking away from the danger threatening the eternal destiny of this generation. The danger is real, and the consequences could be deadly—in more than one way.
Who do you say I am? – Jesus (Luke 9:20)
Have you ever felt brain-dead and tongue-tied at a moment when you knew something was wrong but you couldn’t think of what to say? For many of us over fifty, we most likely grew up not having to deal with a lot of real difficult social questions as kids. Unlike today, we lived in a fairly homogeneous culture on most issues until the 60’s, and even then, we still shared many common values as a nation.
In today’s society sexuality is ambiguous, family is redefined, Biblical authority is disdained, and the opinions of older people are devalued. Knowing how to address some of these issues with your grandchildren can feel intimidating. How do you talk with your grandchildren, especially teens and young adults, about so many divisive social issues dominating our world?
When I became a grandfather, I had no idea what a grandparent was supposed to do. I was given a t-shirt that read: Grandpa’s To-Do List… 1) Fill ‘em up with sugar; 2) Send ‘em home. That is often the prevailing view of grandparenting. Grandparenting is fun, but there’s more to it than just good times. There might be times when it’s not so grand. Yet, both joy and pain can be opportunities to help our grandchildren understand what it means to know, love and serve Christ. That requires intentionality and some learning on our part.
That’s what our mission at CGN—to engage and equip grandparents to effectively influence their grandchildren for Christ. There’s too much to lose if we don’t. There’s also no greater joy than to see them walking in the truth.
That’s why I’m eager to share with you three key ministry projects we launched in 2016. This is a mission we cannot do alone. We need partners like you to accomplish it. So, here are three momentous projects we have launched for 2016 for which your help is needed to accomplish:
- Six Ways to Champion the Importance of Family
- What Kind of Inheritance Will You Leave?
- Who Has What It Takes?
- The Truth About Freedom
- 3 Keys for Biblically Intentional Grandparenting
- Dads Matter... GrandDads Too!
- Don't Put Up the Plaque Unless You Mean It
- Do You Truly Believe Prayer Matters?
- Struggling with Questions of Faith
- 7 Powerful Ways to be a Grandparent Who Matters
We need your help to reach our $40,000 Project Goal for 2016 to equip and empower today's grandparents to live out their biblical roles. Our projects include...
- Ministry Partner training and development
- GIA (Grandparents In Action) series, and
- DIY GrandCamp Manual
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