Last week we talked about how the Lord shields us from harm and harming those closest to us. The question is, how do we secure God’s shield? Part of it, as we discussed last week, is to seek refuge in Him when we find ourselves confused, worried or dismayed. If we want to have God’s shield around us, scripture indicates that there are also other things we need to set our hearts and minds on.
At times we all desire for God to be our shield. Sadly many of the students I see do not see the Lord as a refuge. Read More →
Welcome back to revive families connecting hearts blog. We’ve been in the midst of a series on patience. Given everything going on with the Coronavirus and the fear I see growing, I thought it might be a great time to stop and take a short break from the patience series and talk a little bit about fear and our kids.
There are many reasons to be fearful and or worry today as may States like California are ordering shelter in place restrictions and businesses to be shut down. There is fear of the virus but also fears about jobs and the economy. All of these are legitimate concerns, but questions arise; how do we deal with our fears and how do we handle them with our kids? Read More →
Today we’re back with Amy who was with her family talking about depression last week.
Amy is a brave young woman for talking with us about many different issues. She serves as our insider speaking from a kid’s or adolescent’s perspective into so many of their issues. Amy, it’s great to have you back with us. Thank you so much. I have a question. Why are you willing to do this?
I Want to Help Others Understand and Grow
That is kind of a tough question for me. I think I’ve always been the type of person to want to help people before myself. After we did the first show, I realized that doing the show and helping other people really helped me grow and begin to overcome these things. It was really beneficial and powerful to speak openly and share with others.
Excellent. We’re hoping that this will help parents. We’re also hoping that we might have some parents who have their kids tune in with them so you could help those kids feel like they’re not alone in some of this as well. It’s great to have you.
A 14 Year Old’s Perspective on Faith Loss
Today we are talking about the loss of faith. There are different studies; some say 60%, 70%, 80% and even as high as 90% of the kids growing up in Christian homes are leaving the faith. I’ve had the privilege of working with about 3000 kids, talking about this topic with them in small groups and one on one interviews. I have a whole bunch of data in the back of my head related to that, but it’s always good to get a current 14 year old’s perspective directly as so many parents worry about this with their kids.
The research I did for my book, Going, Going, Gone, made it clear that we need to examine how we talk about and teach the Faith to our kids. Too many kids are leaving the Faith today. Seventy, eighty or even ninety percent of kids depart the faith; it depends on whom you talk to. Read More →
I’m Jeff Schadt, author of Going, Going, Gone, a book that looks into the many reasons kids are leaving the faith. Given all my interaction with kids around the country, I can say that one of the reasons they’re leaving the faith is this way we tend to talk and interact with them about faith. This is the reason I am doing this series, “The Jesus Your Kids will Follow.” I believe that the younger generations, given the way they view the world, should connect with Jesus at a deeper level than the modern generations did. Read More →
This is the second installment in a series that is close to my heart. We are focusing on how the church can stem the tide of young people leaving the faith and how we as parents can help to ensure that our own children learn to love and follow the real Jesus. In my last podcast and blog post, I talked about how the way that the church and parents communicate Christianity often ends up turning kids off. As I wrote: “Today’s young people are less concerned with right and wrong, facts, knowledge, and truth than were previous generations. Instead, they are much more concerned about accepting and caring about other people, no matter what their lifestyles may be.” Read More →