Entitlement and Gratitude in Teens

by Mark Gregston

Kids today are growing up in a culture that’s constantly bombarding them with messages of entitlement.  Some are subliminal and some outright overt, but they all scream, “I want it.  I deserve itand so, you should give it to me.” 

That is a lie and could not be further from the truth. 

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Being a Superhero When Their Lives Suck

by Mark Gregston

1 Corinthians 2:4-5 says: “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with the demonstration of the Spirit’s power so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” Let me tell you a story. When, when my granddaughter Maile was 16, she texted me one time and she said, Hey Papa, can we get together for dinner? Just us. I quickly responded that as soon as I got back in town from a speaking event, I’d come and pick her up and we’d go wherever she wanted to do dinner. You know what? She just wanted to talk. Not anything remarkable or outstanding. That wasn’t her point. She was really just asking, am I valuable and important enough that you’d like to get together? I heard it loud and clear, and I quickly responded with a resounding YES, of course.  

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Encouragement for Adoptive Parents

by Mark Gregston

Life is made of stories

Some of those stories have happy endings.  Some less so. 

Some stories involve people you never would have imagined coming into your life. But when someone adopts a child into their home and their heart, I think it’s a very cool thing to do.  I also think it paints a real-world picture of how we have been grafted into God’s family for everyone to see. 

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