Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This Generation

Hi, everyone. I hope you're all doing well.

We had a wonderful church service this past Sunday. Our youth group went to our district youth convention and had a great time! I always enjoy it when they come back, and we get to hear their testimonies.
Our youth leader said something that has really stuck with me. He said that he noticed a couple of the kids on their cell phones during the message. He asked them to put their phones away, and then realized they were paying attention and following along with the Bible on their cell phones! That was so amazing to me!
The guest speaker even asked the kids to text message their friends and let them know where they were and what they were doing.
We hear so much about the evils of text messaging and cell phones, and I know there are legitimate problems in that area, but I thought it was so neat to hear about them being used for good.

America's Christian youth of today are in training right now to become the next pastors, missionaries, youth leaders, evangelists, deacons, etc.. They're also in training to become the next moms, dads, teachers, doctors, ... (well, you get the picture!). As Christian parents, we have such an awesome privilege and responsibility to raise our children for the Lord. Isn't that something to think about??

As Keith Green said, "This generation of believers is responsible for this generation of souls." I think that is such a profound statement. How are we doing?

For those of you unfamiliar with Keith Green, he gave his life to the Lord in 1975, then was killed in a plane crash (along with two of his children) in 1982. But in that short amount of time he wrote some amazing songs. His wife, Melody, wrote a biography of him called No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green. If you don't have his music or his book, please get it! I know you will be challenged! There is no doubt that his influence is still here today even though he's in Heaven.

Have a great week! :)



  1. Melanie, what a thought...the Bible on the phone...what technology!!! Loved your mention of Keith and Melody. The Lord used Melody to speak some mighty things into my life about 10 years ago. I will forever be greatful for her faithfulness to pull me aside (not knowing me at all) and speaking his truths to me.
    Have a blessed day!!

  2. I'm going to be talking to my son today about adding the Bible to his phone. Thanks for that info! I love Keith Green!! I'm listening to "Your Love Broke Through" on YouTube right now. :)

  3. never heard of Keith Green but going to check him out. Very interesting about the cell phones and texting (cool the Bible can be on it, though, that is literally caring the world of God with you at all times)

    CNN did a story on texting this morning (I don't usually watch them but I was at the gym and it was the closest TV to my elliptical machine, LOL) but it mentioned how kids sometimes would rather text than talk. What struck me was this that some kids won't pick up the phone to talk with their parents when the parents call but will answer a text. I'm thinking "that phone would be gone from him if my son didn't pick up when I called" (provided he could, LOL, not driving, etc)

    my point is, I think technology is great and useful in advancing the Word, we just have to be wise in how we use it and I think these kids in the case you described are using it wisely


  4. I have to say - I'm not a real advocate of cell phones. I think that everyone uses them too much and that if we continue this - the art of conversation will be lost forever. That makes me sad.

    However yours was a postitive story and I did like to see that the young ones were doing something good with it. Cool.

    But the sentence that really struck me - that I totally agree with and worry about it myself is this -

    "This generation of believers is responsible for this generation of souls."

    How are we doing? Are we doing a good job?

    This is really important.


  5. How cool was that? My son does not text at all, he in fact only uses his phone when he has to....but this truly was positive. You sound like you are involved in a great group!~ Thanks Melanie for stopping by and your kind comments!~

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful sunday.I invited you to play in a game.Trish

  7. It's been awhile since I thought of Keith Green. Thanks for that reminder. My oldest son just called me today. He's interviewing for the position of youth minister at a church. He said the interview went well, and he's going to the church on Sunday, so he won't be coming home this weekend. I'm excited for him though even if we don't get to see him until next weekend now:-)


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