Teens and Social Media
We would never let a young child simply turn on a stovetop and begin playing with it, nor would we hand a 14-year-old the keys to a truck and expect them to have the knowledge, skill and good judgment to handle it. Likewise, we should not hand kids a smart phone or other connected device without first proactively shaping how they think about and interact with this new technology.
Five steps on what a parent can do to provide the knowledge, skill and good judgment to handle social media:
- To start, talk with them about the biblical principle of stewardship. (Psalm 24:1)
- Then, to keep the conversation going, develop a working knowledge and understanding of social media.
- Use that knowledge to monitor and limit their activities online.
- Teach safety skills online.
- And finally, teach them personal responsibility and godly fidelity in whatever they do. (Colossians 3:23-24)
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What factors keep members coming back to their congregations week after week.
Results from seven Divisions (three African Divisions, South Asia-Pacific, South Pacific, South American, and Inter-American Divisions) show that the church doctrines were the top factor that influenced members’ decision as to where to attend, these doctrines are the top factor (54%) that influenced regular attendance.
In the North American Division, the three top factors that attracted members to attend their congregations were:
- The presentation of church doctrines (41%)
- Friends (40%)
- Worship style (35%).
Once again, it is important to note that the main reason that respondents come to (and keep coming back) to Adventist churches is because of strong doctrines; the things that make us distinctly “Adventist,” make us different than other churches – and in this case, that’s a good thing! Our fundamental beliefs are all ultimately different ways of helping people to see Jesus Christ. They need to be integrated into sermons and Sabbath school lessons, but more is needed. Church members should be taught how to apply these beliefs to their lifestyle and personal relationship with Jesus. Full Article.
In our time, it’s more urgent than ever to rebut those who deny that truth is knowable. The intellectual left has long been under the sway of postmodernism, which denies that objective truth exists. Oprah Winfrey reflected this thinking (intellectual trends never remain cabined on campuses; they trickle down) when she spoke of “your truth” at the Golden Globes. In other words, you have your truth and I have mine, which means truth doesn’t exist. The populist right is feverishly denouncing all uncongenial facts as “fake news.”
Truth is not subjective. Water will freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit whether we believe it or not. – Full Article.
Seventh-day Adventist develops and releases a “meditation app for LGBTQ Christians, their friends, family and allies.” Full Article.
Video links are below to all the topics in the series.
As the moral shift in America continues to slide further from its Christian foundations, many are finding, to late, that one of the primary culprits is that of our educational institutions. And yet what some have only recently become aware, others warned of this very tend many years ago.
In an article entitled “Educational Apostasy” William W. Prescott – a foundational educator and administrator of the Seventh-day Adventist Church – shared in 1901 that, “When the full fruitage of this teaching – the repudiation of the basic principles of Protestantism and republicanism [aka popular sovereignty] – appears, there will be a condition which few now anticipate —[he continues to explain the ultimate result of what he identifies as “this teaching”] a revival of papal and monarchical follies [something akin to the experience of the people in the dark ages] .” He shared only four criteria for this to occur –
(1) devaluing of Scripture,
(2) the uplifting of a standard shaped by public opinion rather than the law of God,
(3) the nullification of societal benefits toward the institution of marriage and approval of free love,
(4) and the equality of all men identified as inherently absurd.
And his solution to the problem was in his words, “A system of education is demanded which shall build up faith in revealed truth, and which shall make moral character its highest aim.”
Revelations 18: 5 – “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
Today we need teachers, professors, academics, administrators, staff, and any others who will answer the call to maintain the integrity of the divine standard of morals, and who recognize the God-given rights of men. Only then can the upcoming generation be rescued from the on rushing tide of apostasy, and be prepared for their part in the final events of Earth’s history.