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Choice News WEDNESDAY, DEC 30, 2015  |  35 comments  |  1 commentary
Most American Teens Rarely Read Bible
While many American teenagers hold a positive opinion of the Bible, most don't regularly read it, according to survery results released by the American Bible Society.

"Sixty-nine percent of teens believe the Bible contains everything one needs to know to live a meaningful life; 89 percent of teens believe the Bible is a sacred text; and 44 percent of teens believe the Bible has too little influence in society," Andrew Hood, director of communications at the American Bible Society, told The Christian Post.

"On the other hand, teens are not very engaged with the Bible. Only 64 percent of teens read the Bible three or four times a year or less; 71 percent of teens said they are too busy. When teens do read the Bible, 76 percent said they are influenced 'a lot' by it." ...


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Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
NT, you might want to look at, what was mostly a class outline for [URL=http://www.biblebb.com/files/howbible.htm]]]How We Got Our Bible[/URL], Dr. Mike Vlach. It makes an informative read.
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News Item1/3/16 12:01 PM
N. T. Diluvian | East of Eden  Find all comments by N. T. Diluvian
I wonder what early believers did with the Scriptures before the invention of the printing press.

Paul wrote to Timothy about the value of the Scriptures, but could he possibly be including all the books of the New Testament, including the letter he was writing?

The Bible wasn't put together by the Church until much later. What did the early believers do until then?

And then, in terms of getting small bits of the Bible as 'soundbytes'--isn't that what many sermons are based on--a few verses?

And don't people interpret them in such different ways? Look at the verse about the woman in the crowd who touched the hem of Jesus' garment and was healed---Jesus knew that his power had flowed out to her, but he said it was because of her faith.

And the other example of the Roman soldier whose servant needed healing--he didn't need Jesus to even touch his servant, he knew Jesus had power and authority, and he understood power and authority as a soldier, so he had faith that Jesus power and authority could work healing.

Jesus said he had not seen such a great faith in all of Israel!

How many take these 2 examples to show that our faith is what counts? And others dispute the value of our faith, because it makes us 'man-centered.'

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News Item1/3/16 9:57 AM
pennnned  Find all comments by pennnned
Christopher000 wrote:
I'm probably just not seeing the point correctly, but I don't understand why a digital bible would be any different
because you only see a small portion at a time. when I read ebooks, I lose my place in relation to the rest of it. people will disagree with me but I see it as part of the dumbing down process.

many people today hear the bible in soundbites, but few are wrestling through entire books, asking for the guidance of the HOly SPiirt and remaining there until it is understood. and this is where it is taken to heart and applied.

I'm seeing a lot of Churchianity that mimics the Christian life, says the right things, but is quite superficial.

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News Item1/3/16 7:45 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Getting electronic versions of some Bibles is harder than getting printed versions. the New King James Version and the New American Standard version certainly come to mind. I use the electronic versions all the time.

God has to give a a person a nudge before they are going to read the Bible, no matter what form they have it in.

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News Item1/3/16 6:40 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
I'm probably just not seeing the point correctly, but I don't understand why a digital bible would be any different than a paper/leather bound one and why choosing to use one over the other would be considered falling away.
I prefer a good old bible myself, but don't understand why either choice would matter. The words are living and not bound to any specific media in order to be effective.
Now, if the issue is that the bible itself has become embarassing to carry because they want to hide who they are, then that's a problem.
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News Item1/3/16 1:23 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
NT, You're quite correct,
John MacArthur wrote:
. . .If the mission of the church is to make growing, learning believers in all nations, why do many congregations limit their efforts to filling seats—often by meeting felt needs with worldly gimmicks? That strategy might attract non-believers, but how does it promote the spiritual growth of the believers already in their midst? How can you stress the vital importance of sanctification when you’re aggressively chasing the trends and interests of a spiritually bankrupt world?
excerpt from, [URL=http://www.erictyoung.com/2013/02/13/john-macarthur-on-the-primary-purpose-of-the-local-church/]]]http://tinyurl.com/jtxnczx (John MacArthur on the Primary Purpose of the Local Church)[/URL]

I have used a computer for years in church, it's handy in following expositional teachers, so I'm not hostile to technology, though of course it can be overdone. No matter how many bells and whistles there are, a poor pastor/teacher, is still going to be a poor pastor/teacher no matter how many gadgets he has backing him up.

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News Item1/2/16 12:48 PM
N. T. Diluvian | East of Eden  Find all comments by N. T. Diluvian
Thanks S.Taylor for the report from the real world. Of course, we have the example of Joel Osteen's opening, 'this is my Bible,...' and they hold up their print copies (or are there smartphones raised?).
You might want to actually talk to one of those young men to ask them what happened to their 'hard-copy' Bibles, or you could ask one of their Sunday School teachers what Bibles are used in class.

I guess we should think that the 'Church Pews of the Future" will come equipped with video screens to make it easier to view maps, and other supplemental materials to 'enrich' the sermon.

How many of you have seen screens taking up more of the church bldg, and used more in sermons?

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News Item1/2/16 9:21 AM
Tote truth | Hot not cold  Find all comments by Tote truth
S.Taylor wrote:
I've noticed that at the conservative church I attend it has become uncool among the young men to bring a bible to church. Is it now an embarrassment to be seen with a bible or is it more convenient to use their smart phone?
Great falling away
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News Item1/2/16 9:17 AM
S.Taylor | Mid-West  Contact via emailFind all comments by S.Taylor
I've noticed that at the conservative church I attend it has become uncool among the young men to bring a bible to church. Is it now an embarrassment to be seen with a bible or is it more convenient to use their smart phone?
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News Item1/1/16 2:05 PM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
GSMontana wrote:
In my opinion, the church does not speak out against video games or Hollywood enough.
Definitely
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News Item1/1/16 1:11 PM
GSMontana  Find all comments by GSMontana
When I was a teen (not that long ago) all I cared about was playing video games and watching tv, but mostly video games. It wasn't till after I got saved a few years ago that I was able to beat my addiction to video games. In my opinion, the church does not speak out against video games or Hollywood enough.
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News Item1/1/16 12:11 PM
N. T. Diluvian | East of Eden  Find all comments by N. T. Diluvian
This story seems to agree with other statistics I have seen on teens, like their use of social media instead of reading newspapers, using the Internet, or watching TV for news.
The truth is that for all of us, it is easier to look out only for info directly related to us, like exercise or diet, than something distant like some people living/dying far away over a dispute we don't understand.

It seems like every time a new technology comes out, like the tablets, some people get excited about the increased possibilities they offer for missions work. And yet, here in the good old US of A, teens as a mission field are being neglected.

And they have brought out how many study Bibles and Bible apps for smartphones, tablets and computers? And still, teens do not pay attention.

It must be a problem with the message--they don't want to obey it, especially the part about not having 'relations' before marriage.

I would relate the rate of that happening with the low rate of Bible usage; how can you read the Bible when you are consistently, daily perhaps, not following it?

One other fact to remember: scientists say that the human brain is not fully mature until age 25, especially the decision making portion. So teens need guidance from their parents more than what we think!

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News Item1/1/16 4:51 AM
TrueHolyBibleChristianCatholic  Find all comments by TrueHolyBibleChristianCatholic
Hmmm. Maybe All U.S. American Teens Should Not Only Be Encouraged To Read All Of The True Holy Bible In The English Language For Over The Last 400 Years; But, They Should All Also Pledge Allegiance To The True Holy Bible In The English Language For Over The Last 400 Years;

Especially,

Right After They Pledge Allegiance To The Flag Of The United States Of America:

"I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag Of The United States Of America, And To The Republic For Which It Stands, One Nation, Under GOD, Indivisible, With Liberty And Justice For All"

***THE KING JAMES HOLY BIBLE*** !

"I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO
THE KING JAMES HOLY BIBLE; GOD'S INERRANT, INFALLIBLE & PRESERVED WRITTEN WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE & MOST POPULAR-/-POPULIST ENGLISH HOLY BIBLE FOR THE LAST 400 YRS. & 'TIL CHRIST JESUS' KINGDOM COME:

I'LL MAKE IT A LAMP UNTO MY FEET & A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH; I'LL HIDE IT'S WORDS IN MINE HEART, THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST GOD." ! ! !

*& If THEY'RE ALL TRUE HOLY BIBLE CHRISTIANS:

"I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE CHRISTIAN FLAG, AND TO THE SAVIOR FOR WHOSE KINGDOM IT STANDS: ONE SAVIOR CRUCIFIED, RISEN, AND COMING AGAIN, WITH LIFE AND LIBERTY TO ALL WHO BELIEVE."

"THIS (KING JAMES HOLY BIBLE) BOOK OF THE LAW SHALL NOT DEPART OUT OF [MY] MOUTH, BUT [I] SHALT..." ! ! !

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News Item12/30/15 5:50 PM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
Stevenr wrote:
You could look at it from either perspective
Fine
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News Item12/30/15 5:44 PM
Stevenr | Missouri  Find all comments by Stevenr
You could look at it from either perspective: the fact remains, God chooses to act how He wills. Sometimes Hos mercy resides in swift judgement. Other times His mercy is shown in his great patience as He withholds the swift blow that we so aptly deserve and instead allows us to see the full end of our sin.
In short; sometimes when my children were learning to walk, I would hold them steady while they walked. Other times, I would let them fall to teach them to stand on their own.
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News Item12/30/15 5:23 PM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
Stevenr wrote:
GSMontana wrote:
God will chastise his children, ...

My point is .. we all have ideas of what God's chastisement will look like… Unfortunately, his grace often prevails longer then we assume it should.
Ecclesiastes 8:11- "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil."

Some depth of thought in the verse you include !
Though the verse does not speak of God as the performer of the action, one could infer from it that God could choose rather to be swift in putting his children back into rail as a token of great mercy, so that iniquity in our lives may not keep on multiplying or sin reign further on ...
Quite interesting. Thanks
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News Item12/30/15 5:04 PM
Stevenr | Missouri  Find all comments by Stevenr
GSMontana wrote:
I have no disagreement with sister B. My point is that God will chastise his children, and lead them to repentance.

My point is simply this, we all have ideas of what God's chastisement will look like… Unfortunately, his grace often prevails longer then we assume it should.
It goes back to Ecclesiastes 8:11- "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil."

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News Item12/30/15 4:20 PM
Wayfarer Pilgrim | Lubbock,tx  Find all comments by Wayfarer Pilgrim
How much of the lack of Christian conversions is due to the perpetual adolescence noted in the establishment of church " youth groups"? Before world war 2, there was no such thing as a youth group or a youth pastor. After the war, churches felt pressure to become entertainment for youth other than discipleship training. Then during the 60's-80's, youth groups exploded into the church itself. Kids growing up in youth groups, became adults and steered church focus from doctrine to entertainment. Pastors became younger, barna focused trendsetters, rather than preachers of the word, instilling truth for a lie. That's is , Christianity is cool, music is loud and money can be made here. And the younger people left the church, never converted.
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News Item12/30/15 4:12 PM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
GSMontana wrote:
I have no disagreement with sister B. My point is that God will chastise his children, and lead them to repentance.
Yeah, brother, a sudden 'dearth', or lack of appetite for the Word can be part of his chastisement till he grants grace again out of mercy. And only because of this, where would we be!

This explains why or how pulpits get into the 'gimmicks rot'. On the lack of the flow/provision of the Spirit for the ministry due to personal sin, pastors resort then to vain 'imaginations', say the flesh, and its worldly methods.

Just adding

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News Item12/30/15 4:03 PM
GSMontana  Find all comments by GSMontana
I have no disagreement with sister B. My point is that God will chastise his children, and lead them to repentance.
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