Sometimes you and I can feel like nobody can do what we do, but we all know that isn't true. We are all replaceable. The sad truth is we don't go through the replacement phase well. John Quincy Adams was the 6th President of the United States. He started at a young age being a leader. At 15 years old he was the Secretary for the Delegation to negotiate the end of the Revolutionary War. And at age 81 he died while being the Speaker of the House. The year leading up to his death he was working hard on getting slavery abolished. He had the House convinced but the Senate was holding everything up. He had a 3 part plan to get it done. However, he didn't think he was the only one who could accomplish this. He began helping people who supported abolishing slavery elected to congress. And he spent the last year of his life pouring into a young man newly elected. They formed such a good relationship that this young man served as a pallbearer for his funeral. This man was Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln was elected in 1961 he begins to implement the 3 part plan of John Quincy Adams.
This is an amazing story. One man decided to pour into the younger generation to make sure what was right was accomplished. Do we do this? Do we pour into the next generation or are we too busy criticizing their dress, music, and other things they do which we don't like? We must find a way to pour into the next generation and see what God might do.
The future is here. The time to act is now. The time to pour into them is the present.
May God help us pour into the next generation. May we be a light for future generations
If you joined us yesterday, we began a series called "When a Nation Forgets God". We started by looking at the drift that happens in one generation and how it effects generations to come. The generation which drifted in Judges 2 was the generation who watched Jericho's walls come down and the Sun stand still. But they drifted and it cost the next generation dearly.
We continue to lose generation after generation. The statistics tell us at the population grows the church attendance stays the same or declines. We are seeing more and more people who are far from God.
Over my 17 years of ministry here in Indianola we have tried to turn the tide. We have tried to find ways to reach people for Christ who are far from Him. What I find interesting is the generation who should be weeping over their children and grandchildren who are far from God don't seem to care. When new things are tried they just get mad because we aren't singing the same songs we have always sung. There seems to be no room to try to reach out. This is so surprising because it is their children and grandchildren who are far from God.
I just watched it recently as a great grandchild came while her great grandparents are upset about change to reach people. This should not happen.
We must remember we are losing generation and generation. People are far from God. We must reach them. We must find ways to reach them. We must recognize we are losing generations and they are our children!!
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