Despite how everything may seem to say otherwise, you are loved. You are more loved than you will ever know.
Contentment is often tied to happiness. Yet, the apostle Paul's life as an apostle is marked by anything but happiness. If being content is not the same as being happy, what then is it?
Adults, whether parents or mentors, should be preparing teens for adulthood. As children become teens, adults in their lives should begin looking to connect with them instead of always correcting.
I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. We say that, but how often are we looking to men and women to save us?
The final topic we examine from John Climacus' "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" is the topic of exile. Exile in Christianity was originally a positive thing in Christianity, and Climacus teaches us how and why we should live our lives exiled from worldliness.
Today we continue in day 2 of John Climacus' "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" and examine his claim that believers must detach. We as believers must detach and detox from materialism and devote ourselves to Christ.
Teenagers will gravitate towards the oldest person in the room who takes them seriously. This is a quote I have read and heard numerous times by youth workers far more experienced and intelligent than myself. I have heard it so many times, but often have questioned the truthfulness of it. So how old is too old for youth ministry?