How to Help Your Teen Stay in Church After High School

It is a well-known statistic that most church-going kids drop out of church after high school.  What can Christian parents do to keep their teens engaged in church after they graduate?First, you need to set an example of commitment to church.  You need to show them through your actions the high priority of the church.  Don't be a sporadic attender.  Don't be one of those Christians who only goes to church under perfect conditions -- the weather has to be right, everyone has to be well-rested, the yard has to be done, the house has to be cleaned, everyone has to be in perfect health, and there can't be anything else happening in the community.  By your example you are either teaching them that church attendance is a top priority, or just something to do on occasion.Second, get your teen involved in ministry in the church.  Teach them that church is not just an event to attend, but a ministry in which to serve; a team to help; a cause to contribute to.  Teach them that churc…

My Best Marriage Advice

What's my best marriage advice?  Focus on the continuous improvement of your personal flaws.People get into all kinds of trouble when they focus on their spouse’s flaws, and on trying to change their spouse.  Focusing on your spouse’s flaws will cause you to get lost in a jungle of regret, resentment, and sorrow.  Focusing on your flaws will cause you to be more thankful and forgiving of your spouse because you will easily see that you are far more flawed than them.  Focusing on improving and changing your spouse will result in frustration and anger because it is impossible to change someone.  Focusing on personal improvement will endear you to your spouse, make you happier, and inspire your spouse to work on their own flaws.  This is not to say that you should never talk to your spouse about their hurtful or unattractive behaviors; there is a time for that, but it is seldom.  The majority of your time and energy should be spent on working out your own flaws, because there is far …

Why I'm Voting For Trump (And You Should Too)

Early voting is happening right now.  If you live in South Lafayette Parish, just drive to the public library in Youngsville and cast your vote today (through October 27).  It only takes a few minutes and it beats navigating the crowds on election day.
Just as I did in 2016, in the upcoming presidential election I'm casting my vote for Trump.  Here are five reasons why.
Life.  Trump is the most pro-life president we've ever had.  Joe Biden is passionate about protecting a woman's right to infanticide from conception to birth.  If a pregnant woman smokes and drinks, the Democrats call her evil, but if a pregnant woman aborts her unborn child, they call her brave. "The unborn aren’t potential human beings.  Rather, they are human beings with great potential."  Steve Wagner, Justice for All     Liberty.  (1) Religious liberty.  Trump has been a great ally to Christians.  He wants to protect and extend religious liberty, whereas Biden and the Democrats would like to puni…

Lessons on Failure From "Moneyball"

On Friday night I re-watched the movie "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt.  It is the story of Billy Beane, the General Manager of the Oakland A's baseball team.  I took away seven lessons on failure.  First, failure is a fact of life.  Before becoming a successful major league GM, Billy was a standout baseball player in high school who was predicted to be an All-Star in the majors.  He was drafted out of high school and chose to go pro rather than accept a full-paid scholarship to Stanford University.  Unfortunately, his pro-career never took off.  He was a big disappointment.  Everyone has to face failure.  Second, failure isn’t fatal.  Despite failing as a pro baseball player, he went on to become a very successful GM.  Failure doesn’t have to be the end.  It doesn't have to define you.  Failure won't kill you, and it won't prevent you from succeeding in the future.Third, be willing to be different.  Billy’s story is interesting because he departed from conve…

Four Reasons to Worship Christ

Christians don't just believe in Jesus.  We worship Him.  We love Him.  We sing to Him.  We pray to Him.  We trust Him.  We obey Him.  We serve Him.But why?  Why do we worship a man who lived 2,000 years ago?  Well, we worship Jesus because He is not just a man, He is the Son of God.  He is the God-man.  He is fully God, and fully man.  He is the creator, the savior, the redeemer, the King of kings and Lord of lords.The apostle John wrote His gospel to convince us of this truth.  That Jesus is the Son of God, worthy our worship.  This is the purpose of the events and discourses that he recorded.One such story is know as the cleansing of the temple (John 2:13-25).  Jesus entered the temple, and upon seeing that it had been turned into a marketplace, he made a whip and drove everyone out.  He poured out the money changers' coins and overturned tables.  In this fascinating story we find four reasons to worship Jesus Christ.First, His pious character.  In the cleansing of the temp…

When You Run Out of Wine

In first century Israel, weddings were a big deal.  The celebration would often last a week, and the entire community was invited.  The groom's family was expected to provide plenty of food and drink for the entire week.  To run out was a major embarrassment that could follow the new couple for years.  In John 2:1-12 we find that Jesus, His disciples, and His mother were invited to a wedding.  And the wine ran out!  We're all going to run out of wine at times.  We're going to face difficulties.  And there are several encouraging lessons in this story for us when we run out of wine.
First, invite Jesus to the party.  The order is important.  First, Jesus was invited to the party, then the wine ran out and His help was requested.  Most people reject Jesus and exclude Him from their lives, and then they want His help when the wine runs out.  But Jesus doesn't offer to help His enemies.  He doesn't offer His support to those who are running from Him.  He is an ever pres…

Even Godly People Go Through Trials

There’s a popular myth that the more godly you are, the less problems you will have.  The more godly you are, the easier, and more comfortable your life will be.  The more godly you are, the more healthy, wealthy, and prosperous you will be.  Baloney!Tell that to Joseph who was sold into slavery by his own brothers, falsely accused of sexual harassment and sent to prison.  Tell that to Job, a very righteous man who lost his children, his servants, his wealth, and even his health.Tell that to Naomi who lost her husband and two sons and was left all alone.  Tell that to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were thrown into the fiery furnace for refusing to bow down to an idol.Tell that to Daniel, who was thrown into the lion’s den because of his commitment to prayer.Tell that to John the Baptist, who was beheaded for preaching against sin.Tell that to Stephen, who was stoned to death for preaching the gospel.Tell that to James, who was beheaded for leading the church in Jerusalem.  Tell…