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Teen Online Bible Study – Friday, 5th April, 2013

Greetings teens and young adults in the UK and Europe,

We are really excited about a new development for our young people in God’s Church. Tonight, 5th April, starting at 7:00pm GMT (20:00pm CET) we will hold our first live, on-line Youth Bible Study.

The study will be conducted by Regional Director, Mr Rod King, and LYC Camp Director, Mr Rees Ellis. The subject for the first Bible Study will be Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind (of Christ) be in you.”

We will also be talking about LYC Europe 2013 which will be held in Belgium, so we will be happy to field any questions you may have.

Click here to view the Bible Study at the above listed date and time:

Be sure to sign in early so you can test the live chat session with your friends.

We are really looking forward to seeing all of you on-line; all the campers and staff over the years and those who may join us at this coming camp or others in the future.

America’s Decline

A leading German news magazine recently published a cover article about the sad state of affairs in America (Der Spiegel, November 5, 2012).  This sobering article, entitled “Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation,” cites numerous reasons for America’s decline.  “The United States is frittering away its role as a model for the rest of the world. The political system is plagued by an absurd level of hatred, the economy is stagnating and the infrastructure is falling into a miserable state of disrepair. On this election eve, many Americans are losing faith in their country’s future” (ibid.). The Germany-based writers mention many “signs that America is no longer the great, robust global power it once was” (ibid.). The authors point out that “America has transformed itself into a land of limited opportunities,” while the nation “still refuses to engage in any debate over the reasons for its decline.”  They state further that America “risks losing its way in a changing world” (ibid.). Long ago, God promised Abraham that if he obeyed God’s laws and instructions, his descendants would be blessed and become a blessing to the nations of the earth (Genesis 22:16-18).  This is why the modern Israelite nations have been so incredibly blessed.  However, God warned the Israelites that they would be punished and lose their blessings if they turned away from Him and His laws (Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 28). In his seventeenth century analysis of Democracy in America, French philosopher and writer Alexis de Tocqueville recognized that the strength of the young American nation was related to the Christian principles that permeated its society. Yet, today, America has forgotten and moved away from those vital fundamental principles. The resulting moral decline lies at the root of its national decline. The real key to America’s future is not monetary policy, political bipartisanship, or changes in foreign policy, but a return to the biblical values that made America great in the first place. Sadly, until and unless that happens, America’s moral slide and national decline will continue. For more information on the future of the former “great powers,” be sure to review our eye-opening booklet, The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy.

Perils of “Living Together” before Marriage

Today, it is popular to believe that living together before marriage increases the likelihood of success in a future marriageIn the USA, “the majority of young adults in their 20’s will live with a romantic partner at least once, and more than half of all marriages will be preceded by cohabitation.” However scientific research points to just the opposite! Studies show, “Couples who cohabit before marriage (and especially before an engagement or an otherwise clear commitment) tend to be less satisfied with their marriage—and more likely to divorce—than couples who do not. These negative outcomes are called the cohabitation effect.” One reason for the failure of cohabitation is that the “standards” that individuals place on their cohabiting partner are usually far lower than for a future mate (New York Times, April 14, 2012). In the light of modern research, the biblical commandment forbidding adultery (sex outside of marriage—Exodus 20:14) and the New Testament condemnation of fornication (sex before marriage—1 Corinthians 6:18) become much more significant. While popular opinion tends to view these biblical instructions as antiquated and confining, the God of the Bible said that following these instructions would bring blessings (see Deuteronomy 28:1-14). God knew that cohabitation before marriage would bring heartaches and problems, and that is why He inspired instructions against it. For more information on this vital topic see our free booklet, God’s Plan for a Happy Marriage.—Scott Winnail