According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, the number of births in the U. S. has dropped to a three-decade low in 2018. In just one year, the birth rate fell seven percent among women 15 to 19; four percent among those between the ages of 20 and 24; three percent among 25-to-29-year-olds; and one percent among those between the ages of 30 and 34.
Authorities have been praising God for His protection after a 22-month-old boy was found alive and well despite going missing for some three full days a nights. Rescue teams were astonished when they found Kenneth Howard perched on a 50-foot rock ledge just 2,000 feet away from his Kentucky home. He was unharmed and in “remarkably good condition,” according to those who discovered the youngster.
The idea of my children being “pastor’s kids” has always been a dreaded thought in the back of my mind. I've heard so many stories of PK's, most of them more like nightmares. It's not something any mother likes to think about- her children rejecting the Lord and turning from the Faith. And it seems PK's wander at an extremely high rate. What's a pastor and his wife to do? Hit their knees in prayer, that's what. It's our greatest defense and our only hope.
"The Pastor's Wife” It’s how most people introduce me. Some have asked if that bothers me? I lean toward taking it as a compliment. Yes, I am my own person, and have my own identity. However, I learned long ago that my true identity is found in Christ... and Christ has called me to be a helpmate to this husband of mine, who just so happens to be a pastor. It is an honor to serve alongside him, and my privilege to be associated with him.
I still remember when Papa Johns came to my hometown. Man, I loved their pizza. Still do. And I loved that it became the pizza of choice for my church’s youth group… But counting on pizza for the success of any youth group is banking on the wrong papa. According to the best available data, the most reliable predictor of children’s ongoing church attendance is how consistently their own father attends.