There is a mix of pride and melancholy when a middle-aged man is shown a picture of himself in his high school yearbook.
He stands there with his hair graying and thinning, his midsection struggling against his belt, his back and muscles in a state of sorry atrophy. He looks at a twenty-five year old image of himself – thick hair, rippling muscles, trim and sinewy, without a wrinkle or sign of weakness. “The glory of young men is their strength, And the splendor of old men is their gray head” (Proverbs 20:29).
Continue reading » The glory of young men is their strength; the splendor of old men is their gray head
When Americans sit in their different worship services, the chances are that one in five of the people there find “spiritual energy” in mountains or trees, one in four believe in astrology, one in four believe yoga is a “spiritual practice,” and one in six believe in the “evil eye,” that certain people can cast curses with a look. Continue reading » The Influence of Eastern and “New Age” Beliefs
“It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth.” (Lamentations 3:27)
As the young ox has to be brought under the yoke, and as the young horse has to be accustomed to the bridle and bit, so the young person must learn the practical and valuable lessons of submission and endurance. in life, the “yoke” is to be imposed for the good of man. It is good for young people to learn to bear this yoke in youth. One of the problems of this generation is that parents have not imposed the yoke upon their children. Let us study some of the “yokes” that young people need to learn to bear.
The Yoke of Subjection to Authority
One who does not learn this lesson early in life will suffer for it in time to come. Young people need to learn to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1-2); it is a sin not to (Romans 1:30). They need to learn to obey the laws of the land (Romans 13:1-7). And they need to learn to obey the laws of God (Ecclesiastes 12:1). The young man or woman who does not learn to bear the yoke of subjection to authority will find his life filled with unhappiness. Continue reading » The Simple Gospel: Bear the Yoke in Youth
The Need for Children to be Taught
There is a great need today for our young people to be taught the word of God. As I write this, I believe it goes without saying that this is true. The need for gospel teaching is seen in the words of Christ as He commanded His disciples to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mk. 16:15-16). It is seen in Paul’s words, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). Peter’s words also show us how important it is to be taught God’s word. This is because we must, “abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul,” and “speak as the oracles of God” (1 Pet. 2:11, 4:11). There is no way a Christian (regardless of age) may live, speak, or teach others in a way that pleases God unless he/she is taught what pleases God.
The Need for Teaching Our Young PeopleIn considering our subject, why is it necessary to teach our young people? First of all, it is necessary because teaching our youth is commanded by God, as we have already shown. Teaching our young people also shows that we are following the apostolic example (1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 3:16). Paul took time to impart his experience and knowledge to young men like Timothy and Titus. (Not unlike what Christ did for His disciples!). Paul knew he wasn’t going to live forever, and that men like Timothy and Titus were going to have to rise up and fill Paul’s place as a teacher and exhorter of brethren when he was gone. Continue reading » We Need Watchmen Because of Our Children