Forever young

Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we will try to carry this message to others who think that Christians are better than everyone else.

DON-WILLIAMSDon Williams is 79 years old. He attends a church full of mostly twenty-somethings and his favorite band is a group of three kids in their early twenties from Long Beach who call themselves the Moderates. Don says the lifespan of a generation is now three years — the amount of time it takes freshmen in high school to become seniors. If you want to be in touch with this generation, get to know an eighteen-year-old. Want to find out about the next one? Find someone who’s fifteen. If you’re in college, you’re already one generation away from what’s really happening. You’re old hat. Me? I’m listening to my son, Chandler. He’s sixteen. He is the current generation.

Don says we need to know the word of God and the world of God. We need to know what’s in the Bible and what’s in the newspaper. And most of all, we need to listen. Listen to each other. Listen to the kids. Listen to the parents. Listen to the grandparents. Listen to the culture.

About thirty years ago, Christians started removing themselves from the world. They stopped listening. Bad idea. They were scared and mad — scared at how bad the world was getting, and mad at anyone who didn’t believe what they believed. So they made up their own culture. Also a bad idea, because no one pays any attention to that culture they created, so no one’s paying any attention to the gospel. It’s the gospel for people who already believe it. It’s time to retire those people. They’ve been in charge of Christianity’s reputation for too long.

The world is very confused about Christians and Christianity now. The gospel needs a new voice. All those former generations of Christians are still shutting people out, like the Pharisees did, when Jesus is welcoming them in. Jesus has been welcoming people for 2,000 years now, and He will keep on welcoming them as long as the door is open.

I’m placing my bets on Chandler’s generation. They’re seeking the more important things now. I think Chandler’s generation is going to stop the world and get off, like we did forty years ago, and if they do, I‘m going to get off with them. And I bet Don Williams will too because he’s listening. Age really means nothing. The issue is: Are you listening? Those who listen are forever young.

Forever Young
by Bob Dylan

May God bless and keep you alwaysth-23
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young

One more time, I’m going to strongly urge you to become a MemberPartner of the Catch. Not for our sakes, but for yours.

If you want to keep one foot in the Word and one in the world,
If you want to know what’s in the Bible and in the newspaper,
If you want to learn to listen and stay forever young,
Listen to our MemberPartners and become one.

It is a proven axiom: you get out of something what you put in.
If you want to dabble in the Catch now and then … fine. Dabble. Stop by once in a while and say “Hi.” We’d love to hear from you. Seriously. But if you want to grow with us, hear the prophetic word, learn to apply it to your life and decide God’s will for the day and the future, become a MemberPartner.

While we always welcome new MemberPartners, this is the last time we will be giving away a free autographed 12-Step Pharisee book as a Thank You.

Sign up to become a MemberPartner today!
Be a part of the change you want to make in the world.


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2 Responses to Forever young

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    Big thx 4 another great time & study – as often, got a lot out of it! 🙂

  2. Yup!
    I will also get off with them…grandchildren, 26, 21, 19, 19, 16, 16, 10, 7, 5, 3, 2, 1, constant communication and attempting to be whatever age they are.. Not perfect, in process, the CATCH reaches so many with the Gospel of welcome! I am a member partner and have experienced the prayer support and excellent teaching and wisdom and I have been challenged to think and change and grow in the strength of Jesus! If anyone feels unloved or left out or at odds with what is happening in our world today, this is a place of welcome for you! I am a sinner, saved by grace and in process awaiting His return. In the meantime, let’s find ways to extend welcome!
    Love in Christ,
    Cynthia Vera

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