For the last 40 years, I’ve served as a youth pastor or pastor. I’ve preached over 100 youth camps, countless Disciple Now weekends, Sunday School and leadership Conferences, revivals, retreats, and conventions. In all of these situations, there is a common denominator. You have the people who “get it” and are all in; but, unfortunately, the majority just sit, soak, and sour. They receive the information presented while looking at their watches or checking their cell phones. They have little interest in changing their direction or making adjustments on their journey through this life. Continue reading
Honestly, it’s hard for me to watch presidential debates. In our past, the debates between Lincoln/Webster and Kennedy/Nixon had a huge impact on the election and the direction of the nation.
Today debates are more mud-slinging than setting a vision. The moderators seem to be trying to tame a lion. The rudeness of constant interruptions shows me someone didn’t get enough lessons on manners when they were growing up. The lack of definitive, specific plans for the economy, terrorism, and global threats is appalling. Continue reading
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This series includes messages from Michael Catt about where we are headed and what to look out for as the return of Christ draws near. He warns against he dangers of deception and false teaching and helps believers build a defense of godliness and preparedness in light of what’s ahead. Continue reading
My heart breaks. We’ve lost the culture. If it’s not completely lost, it’s on the verge of extinction. While I meet people who constantly express a concern for this generation of children, teens, and young adults, I find them unwilling to do whatever it takes to reach them. We are concerned, but are we concerned enough to act? Will we sit back and watch this generation flounder and give themselves to the idols of this world, or will we draw a line in the sand?
This generation has no context of what it means to have a biblical worldview, as 88-92% of teens are lost and unchurched. Students know more about gangs than the Gospels, hate crimes than Christ, abortion than the abundant life, and fear than forgiveness. They have no hope in our nation, their future, the economy, employment, or a meaningful relationship. They resort to the gods of this world in hopes of filling the void of their empty hearts. Continue reading
How many times have I missed an opportunity to share my faith? How many airplane seat-mates, how many waitresses, how many hotel clerks have I encountered along the way and not taken the command to “go into all the world and preach the gospel” seriously? The number, if I added it up, would be staggering and convicting. Continue reading