Pastor's Corner

19 Sep
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Mid Week Challenge

Believe it or not it is time to get your flu shot!  No doubt that you have seen the signs at your local pharmacy, television ads, and email messages.  The flu hit our area pretty hard over the past few years so doctors are encouraging patients to get shot earlier this year.  Even if you get the shot there is no guarantee you will not get the flu, but every little bit helps, right?  That’s why I loved the findings of a new study published by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health that found that kids and teens who are raised religiously or spiritually, tend to have better physical and mental health as they age.

 The study looked at several thousand children over the course of 14 years. They looked at a wide range of issues such as mental health, character, and physical health through the lens of religious involvement in the young person’s life over the test period.  The researchers were able to draw the conclusion from their data that children who attended religious services at least once a week were about 18% more likely to report being happier in their 20s than those who did not attend services. The same children were also around 30% more likely to do volunteer work and 33% less likely to use drugs during young adulthood as well. In addition, researchers found that those who prayed or meditated every day in their own time, had more life satisfaction, were able to process emotions better, and were more forgiving than those who did not pray or meditate. 

For all the good we can do for our children (food, shelter, medical care, education, etc.) we do them a disservice when we don’t provide direction toward the Lord.  I love that old preacher joke: “My parents had a drug problem when I was growing up; they DRUG me to church every time the doors were open.” Research has proven that this is one of the best things parents can do for their child.  With all the social pressure our kids are under, and the fact that culture is not supportive of church attendance any longer, it makes our jobs as parents harder. I get it, I have two of my own.  However, the Bible tells us that our efforts pay off later in their life.  They might not see it now, you might not either, but the Lord has promised that your efforts are not in vain. 

If you have not been in church with your child in a while, now is a good time to start back.  I bet your church still has your regular seat reserved for you! 

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6

 My son, pay attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not lose sight of them; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to the whole body.  Proverbs 4:20-22

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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