Challenging the next generation to stand for God!

I was honored to have the opportunity to preach the chapel services for the middle and high school students at East Dayton Christian School in Riverside, Ohio. My wife and I are huge fans of the school and are so blessed to have our daughters attending EDCS. The schools’ commitment to educate the students from a biblical worldview is much needed in today’s culture.

I had a heavy message on my heart for the chapels. The Lord led me to speak on the faith and commitment of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the face of the fiery furnace from Daniel 3. I spoke about the reality of the two spiritual kingdoms that exist: God’s Kingdom and the kingdom of this world. I encouraged the young people to make sure they are so grounded in their faith that they too could stand before persecution and remain true to the Lord.

Our young people today are constantly getting bombarded with messages from this world that are contrary to biblical teaching. I challenged them to make a decision about whether or not they believe that the Bible is truly the Word of God. And if it is, they need to spend far more time in the Word of God, hearing His wisdom, than on social media and other entertainment, hearing the wisdom of this world.

In both chapels, I gave a call for young people who wanted to take a stand for Jesus to stand in their seats so I could pray for them. In both chapels, several stood, and we prayed for courage and resolve for each of them. I felt led to give a simple altar call for salvation or rededication in the high school chapel. Several young people raised their hands for prayer. I believe the Lord stirred the hearts of many students that day. Lord, raise up a generation of young people who won’t bow down to the ungodly culture around them!

Please keep the young people in your own family, church and communities in prayer. Pray that they will have such a deep conviction in the truth of God’s Word and the reality of His presence that they too could stand strong for Jesus in their generation!

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