Pastor's Corner

12 Apr
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Mid-Week Challenge

There is no doubt that we live in the most successful and prosperous nation in the world.  With all of our resources have you ever wondered why some people appear to “make it” and others do not?  Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam has a new book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” that attempts to answer that question.  You might remember Putman’s most famous work, “Bowling Alone” where he argued that the breakdown of engaging in social groups in this country was a key factor in the breakdown of society.  He concluded that alone time is good for a season, but solitude is killing us.  

In his new work Putnam acknowledges that one thing that separates children from families in what is considered the top tier of households as opposed to those at the other end of the spectrum is the interaction with social groups that give children a broad awareness and interaction with a diverse group of people that results in connections and advantages, but through his research he discovered an equal indicator of future success in children: religious participation. 

Children who go to church are less likely to be involved in risky behavior.  Regular church attendance effects school performance as well. Putnam writes, “Compared to their unchurched peers, youth who are involved in a religious organization take tougher courses, get higher grades and test scores, and are less likely to drop out of high school.” 

Eric Metaxas & Roberto Rivera have a great article and review on the book at:  http://breakpoint.org/2017/04/breakpoint-religion-and-inequality/

Putnam’s research proves a great point; it does not matter what socioeconomic group you find yourself in, regular church attendance is a huge benefit to your children.   The Bible makes it clear that it is not the church’s job to raise your kids (Deuteronomy 6); however the church is there to partner with parents in the nurturing process.  Parents who do not take advantage of this resource set their children up for hardships later on.  Not only their children but the community the children grow up into.  As future leaders and contributors those who grow up in regular church activities build and lead a stronger community. 

Now is a great time to get your family back into church.  If you are already a faithful member why not look for ways you can help those who have not taken advantage of this God given resource?

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25 

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

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