Take a Risk and Rise

The highways were deserted, and travelers went by roundabout ways… Until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel- Judges: 5-6

Many of the young people who served in and survived the First World War came to be known as “the lost generation”. Lost in the sense of being without direction or purpose much like aimless wanderers. The demoralizing effects of trench warfare and chemical weaponry resulted in the lost of faith both in God and traditional values.

The Bible speaks of a generation that grew up not knowing the Lord or remembering His mighty accomplishments. In his book, The Last Christian Generation, Josh McDowell cites the following statistics among churched youth:

*63% don't believe that Jesus is the Son of the one true God.

* 51% don't believe that Jesus rose from the dead.

* 68% don't believe that the Holy Spirit is a real entity.

* It has been estimated that between 69% and 94% of churched youth are leaving the traditional church after high school, and very few are returning.

If these statistics are factual when these young people become fathers and mothers what will the next generation become?

The leadership of today shapes the leaders of tomorrow. Children with parents that have lost their way grow up with both wounds and walls. Parents who have held religion to be more of a hobby than a passionate commitment to Christ send the wrong signal to their children. A real purpose with vision comes only from God, who holds both the present and the future. The Lord is good, and his faithfulness endures t