God's Tenacious Faithfulness!

David Brower

READ : 1 Psalm 89:1-4, 30-37 As descendants of Abraham, the everlasting covenant promises of God applied to David and his children (Gen. 17:7). When David became king, God reaffirmed that covenant by making even greater promises to him and his family (Ps. 89:1-4). God acknowledged that David's sons (and daughters) would sin; they would drift away and drop out (vv. 30-32). But God would not remove his love or betray his covenant faithfulness (vv. 33-37). When David and his …

God Knows Our Pain!

David Brower

READ : Genesis 3:1-10 I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid. (v. 10 NIV) Grief over our children's wrong spiritual and moral choices is hard to live with. But even the best parents—even perfect parents—cannot control those choices. Consider our heavenly Father. His first children, Adam and Eve, dropped out of their intimate relationship with God. Through their disobedience they cut themselves off from him. They felt shame in his …

Parental Guilt

David Brower

READ : Joshua 24:14-24 But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (v. 15 NIV) Parents of children who have dropped out of church often feel guilty that they have somehow failed. In his book Unbelieving Children and the Parents Who Love Them, Michael Fanstone writes: “Parents struggle under a heavy load of guilt and pain as questions swirl in their minds . . . Had they failed as parents? Would their children ever be saved …

The “Nones"

David Brower

READ : Genesis 17:1-7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you. (v. 7 NIV) Young adults are dropping out of the church in record numbers. Drew Dyck, in a November 2010 article in Christianity Today, quotes five separate studies that verify this conclusion: “Those marking ‘no religion,' called nones, were most numerous among the young: a whopping 22 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds claimed no religion, up from 11 …