Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Teen Rebellion

I’m always happy to have my wife post to the church blog. It is a good and challenging read.
Pastor Ben Sometimes when your teen is rebelling, church is the last place you feel like going. Being at church can be difficult because of all the wonderful Christian families in one place! Sometimes church attendance is a more vivid reminder of the loss of a good teen relationship that you are hoping and praying for. Often we as moms can feel a deeper sense of failure as we observe other teens who are living a life of faith. I would encourage you that church is exactly the place you need to be when going through teen troubles. The most important reason to attend is found in Hebrews 10:23-25. We are commanded to not forsake the assembling of the saints. Obeying this command is not based on our feelings. If God commands us to gather with our church family, then that is the best place for us to be. Another reason to attend church is that the hearing of God’s Word renews our minds and gives us good meat to chew on as we consider the Gospel promises and how they relate to our sufferings (Romans 8:31-32 and 12:2 ). In addition, as we interact with our church family, we realize that we are not the only one suffering or going through trials. Talking and reaching out to others helps us not to focus on ourselves. Being around the people of God helps us fulfill the command in Phillipians 2:3-4 as we consider how we can serve, pray for, or counsel others who are also hurting.  If you are a mom of a struggling teen, please be encouraged that your church attendance will help lift your eyes to your Savior. If you know of a mom who is hurting, please take a minute this Sunday to let her know you are praying for their family.
Also, you may not be the parent of a struggling teen, but you may be avoiding church for similar reasons. This is for you as well!  Casey Davidson

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