Weekly Points To Ponder: 11.21.14

Nov 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

Points To Ponder

In the early 1990s, about two out of 10 U.S. adults were churchless.
In the early 2000s, it was three in 10.
Today, the churchless make up nearly half the adult population.
In spite of America’s “Christian” self-description, there is a growing sense among North American Christ-followers that the culture is changing faster than we can keep up with or respond to—and we’re not always sure how to live faithfully in a world that feels like it’s headed off the rails. Not too many years ago, church attendance and basic Bible literacy were the cultural norm. Being a Christian didn’t feel like swimming against the cultural current.

Latin Americans who converted from Catholicism to Protestantism most often said they did so because they were seeking a more personal connection with God.

The change has political and religious implications. According to the survey, Protestants in Latin America are more religious and more conservative than Catholics: The Protestants pray more, go to services more often and are more likely to tithe. They are also more strongly opposed to same-sex marriage.

Praying for our children (and all the children we’ve been called to shepherd) is something all believers should take seriously. Over and over, God exhorts us in His Word to tell the next generation about His marvelous deeds in our lives, and to declare His salvation to them. God has entrusted us with these children, and we need his gracious help to love and serve them. The task is impossible for us otherwise. Only God can save, but he calls us to participate in that work through our labors of love in his name.

Have you ever been through a time in your life when it seemed that God was silent? You cried out to Him, but heard no response. You wanted to hear from God, but heard nothing. You waited on God, but He never seemed to show up. You felt forsaken, abandoned, alone, and confused.

How are we to respond when it seems that God is silent?

You can be encouraged by the fact that you are not the only person who has ever felt this way. Many people in the Bible expressed this same feeling. The good news is that much can be learned from how they responded.

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