|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Fully Alive”
Our Bible verse for today: “These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Pass it on”
Recently the Youth Group in our church went on a week-long mission trip to conduct service projects in depressed communities in another state. Our young people participated in a variety of ministry projects, and they got to interact with other Christian teens from other areas. It was a great week of adventure and a time of growth for them as they served the Lord by serving people in need. This Sunday, July 25th, at 6:00 PM, they will make a presentation to the church to show the pictures and tell the stories. Please join us for that!
The couple who led our youth group also have two young boys of their own, both elementary school age. Their boys are being raised in a Christian home, they are involved in the full range of our church life including all of the children’s activities and most of the youth group activities, and they see their parents fully involved and serving as well. The actual practice of the Christian faith is very much a full part of their family life.
This is the kind of thing Moses was calling for in Deuteronomy 6:6-9. Parents, grandparents, and other adults are to pass on the faith to upcoming generations by teaching them, modeling the practice of the faith for them, and also fully involving the children and teens in all aspects of life in their community of faith. By doing this, the reality of life in Christ is woven into the very fabric of their lives. It becomes as much a natural part of them as the air that they breathe.
We are most fully alive when we are fully alive in Christ and when our faith in Him is part of every aspect of our lives. This is true for people of all ages, and it’s something that is learned throughout life and which develops progressively over time. It’s incumbent on all of us to teach it, to model it our own lives, and then to pass it on to others.
I encourage all of us to be intentional about passing it on.
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