What’s one of the best Christmas gifts you can give your kids this year?
Well, it’s NOT an i-phone, i-pod, or i-pad…or a deluxe Rainbow Loom set for your 7-year-old daughter!
It’s making faith relevant in your home.
Unfortunately, several studies show that a large number of Christian teens are abandoning their faith in college. And new research indicates that many of these kids aren’t coming back to the church—or to Christianity.
That’s why it’s crucial for us to be intentional about passing our faith to our children.
If our Christianity is limited to an hour or two on Sunday mornings, our kids will come to view our faith as hypocritical and meaningless.
Also, research conducted at the University of North Carolina shows that teens who are actively involved in a faith community are much less likely to be involved in some of the risky behaviors that so many kids fall victim to these days.
Also, if you have a tee or pre-teen at home—it is VITAL for them to be involved in a healthy, discipleship-oriented youth group.
And of course PRAYER is critical in making faith relevant in your home.
Pray for your kids, and pray WITH your kids. And as you pray, ask God to help you provide your children with the kind of unfailing love and clear moral guidance that they’ll need to survive in a world that is full of a bunch of dangers and temptations.
An excellent place to go for resources that will help you be more intentional about passing on your faith is Focus on the Family. I’ll admit that I’m kind of partial to that ministry since I worked there for 8 years. You can reach them at 1-800-A-FAMILY and find them on the web at FocusOnTheFamily.com.
I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.
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