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As we prepare our hearts for our Lord’s day worship gathering at High Pointe on June 1, I want to encourage you to do a little reading on the “myth of adolescence.” There are several good posts/articles that I will be referencing, but I will provide only two links that I think you will find most helpful.

The Myth of Adolescence – The Rebelution blog

The Myth Called Adolescence – by Rick Holland (You have to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the article. It comes up as a Word document. This article is most helpful.)

Once again, I would also highly recommend you reading with your teens and older children the Harris brothers’ book, Do Hard Things.

As you prepare for this Sunday morning, read how God used young adults (possibly teens) to accomplish His will: Esther, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, David, Mary . . .

Also, meditate on 1 Corinthians 13:11, and ask yourself as a teen and a parent of a teen, what does it mean to put childish things away.

Finally, meditate on 1 Timothy 4:7-12. This will be our text this Sunday morning. Compare this passage with Psalm 78:1-8. What similarities do you see?

May God grant us grace to raise children who hope in God and who, based on such hope, do hard and great things for His glory!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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On Sunday, we studied Psalm 78 together and heard Asaph’s wake-up call to teach our children the truth of who God is and what He has done so that the next generation of children may come to know God by grace and that knowing God, they would teach their children so that the next generations would set their hope in God and obey His commandments.

I mentioned that I would provide some information on reading materials for parents and children, and here they are. I am providing links to two previous posts that I think will be helpful:

Bible Materials for Children from Ray Van Neste

Reading with Your Children

I pray that you will enjoy reading with your children, no matter what age they may be. We were driving around Austin on Monday and as we traveled we decided to read instead of listening to any audio media. We began reading Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations as a family, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Jeanine drove; I sat in the middle seat; and the kids listened. Be sure, it wasn’t always easy. At one point, one of the younger girls wandered out loud how much longer we would be reading, but we pressed on and almost finished chapter four. We were able to ask questions and have encouraging discussion between chapters. This was just another way to include the family in reading and redeem the time while driving.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Juan
Acts 20:24

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May
22

Chosen for Life by Sam Storms

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Last night I finished Sam Storm’s book on election – Chosen for Life: The Case for Divine Election. If you have questions about election, this is a great book with which to begin your journey of discovery.

In a biblical and fair manner, Storms lays out what election is, why it is so controversial, the Arminian and Calvinistic concepts of election, then seeks to show from Scripture why the Calvinistic concept is biblical.

I highly recommend Storm’s Chosen for Life.

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My wife, Jeanine, informed me this morning of the tragedy at the Chapman’s residence on Wednesday afternoon (from a special blog just set up for Maria):

Maria Sue Chapman (2003-2008)
Maria Sue Chapman, adopted and youngest daughter to Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, was killed Wednesday night in a tragic accident in the family driveway on Wednesday evening. She was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital but for only reasons God can explain she went home to Him… not to Franklin as we all so desperately wanted.

Your prayers are needed for all in the Chapman family. This is a family who has so generously loved and given to so many. Just hours before this close knit family was celebrating the engagement of the oldest daughter Emily Chapman, and were just hours away from a graduation party marking Caleb Chapman’s completion of high school. Now, they are preparing to bury a child who blew out 5 candles on a birthday cake less than 10 days ago. These words are unthinkable to type. – Jim Houser (Manager)

See the following links for information on sharing your condolences and participating in the adoption ministry that the Chapman’s set up after adopting their first daughter – Shaohannah.

Steven Curtis Chapman – Official Website

In Memory of Maria

Shaohannah’s Hope

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May
19

God, Marriage and Family

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The Lord was gracious to us yesterday as we gathered corporately for worship. I pray that God will allow us to continue to provide a biblical vision for family here at High Pointe. My hearts desire for us as families is to have a congregation full of daughters of Sarah who submit to their godly husbands and who fear nothing and no one but God. In others words, strong women who hope in God and willingly follow their husbands.
Likewise, I pray that all of us men would be strong and courageous who live with our wives in an understanding way (according to knowledge – 1 Peter 3:7). May God fulfill such a vision of manhood and womanhood at High Pointe, may we in turn teach our children that they may hope in God (Psalm 78).

As for the book I recommended yesterday in worship, it is God, Marriage and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation by Andreas J. Kostenberger with David W. Jones.

Another great book recommendation for marriage: When Sinners Say I Do: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey.

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“California Supreme Court overturns gay marriage ban”

This is the headline at Breitbart.com. The California Supreme Court has declared that to deny homosexual marriage is discrimination. Read the entire story here.

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May
15

Do Hard Things!

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I just picked up Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris this afternoon and I’m already half-way through – I can’t put it down!

I have been so encouraged by their arguments for teens to do hard things and fight the culture of low expectations that I will be recommending that all our parents and teens read it together this summer. I pray that over will be the days when teens waste hours in front of game boxes, computer screens and televisions. May God raise up a generation of young people who do hard things.

Also, I plan on taking my three oldest daughters (16, 12 & 10 years old) to the Do Hard Things tour when it comes to Dallas on June 28. For more information about The Rebelution to do hard things click here. For information about the tour click here.

Also, look at the following stories of young people who are doing hard things:

Ten Year Old Takes College by Storm

19 Year Old Elected Mayor of Town of 40,000

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May
14

Burma Disaster Relief Fund

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From Sovereign Grace Ministries:

Giving to the Burma Disaster Relief Fund

As disaster-relief efforts continue in Burma, Sovereign Grace Ministries has the opportunity to provide assistance through ministry relationships we have in that country. We have established a Burma Disaster Relief fund and are contributing financially toward aid efforts in Burma.

For more information click here.

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Dr. Mohler shares his thoughts on An Evangelical Manifesto after his interview with Os Guinness. Read here.

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Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, responds to An Evangelical Manifesto. Read for yourself here.

Dr. Mohler also hosted Os Guinness on his radio program this evening. You can download the audio here.

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