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Terry Benge

Terry is currently serving the Lord as Executive Director of Salem4Youth Ranch Ministries. Terry and his wife Stacey have two children. Their son Nathan serves as a Deputy Sheriff and their daughter Jordan is currently pursuing her Master’s in Biblical Counseling. Terry currently preaches on the Ranch and has worked with teenagers for over 25 years as a coach, mentor and Youth group leader. Terry loves hunting and the outdoors.

 

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Gabe is currently serving the Lord as the Residential Program Director at Salem4Youth Ranch. He has been involved in ministering to young people since he was a teenager – mentoring, teaching, church ministry, camps, retreats, and residential ministry. Gabe attended Lincoln Christian University and Columbia International University, graduating from CIU in 2002 with majors in both Bible and Youth Ministry. He and his wife, Nikki (also a graduate of LCU and ISU with degrees in Jr. High Education and Bible), are busy with 3 children in gradeschool and jr. high. Gabe is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family as often as possible.

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Many of us have heard the verse or even quoted the verse from the Bible:

Matthew 19:24 “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

I think we often see and hear verses being misused and therefore misunderstood. The constant temptation is to quote or use a verse to help prop up our opinion or preferences without concern or consideration to the passage the verse may be cradled in. As it is in this case. Listen to the following two verses after verse 24.

Matthew 19:25-26
25) “When his disciples heard it, they were greatly amazed, saying, who
then can be saved?”

26) “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is
impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (This verse also being a verse often misused)

Who can be saved? Great question. Especially when you have been praying for your son or your daughter. A son or daughter that seems not to be the least bit interested in your concern for their soul, never mind that they themselves have no concern for their own soul.

31693228_1760908833969541_3171865251113074688_nIt is by the grace of God that anyone can and will be saved. Parents, it is our duty or responsibility to pray for their eternal salvation relentlessly. Sometimes we become so consumed with all the struggles that we really let this fervent prayer fall from our attention. Or we do pray continually for them but with
wrong motives. Meaning we pray that the bad would stop and that he or she would begin to do better things. We pray for God to change him or her, but not for the sole purpose of their true salvation and because their rebellious behavior is an offense to God the Father.

Last, but certainly not least, in this passage is that you and I cannot save our children’s soul. “With people (us as people, parents) this is impossible.” “but with God all things are possible.” God can and does save!

The best way in this short blog that I can share with you on how to help rescue your son or daughter from their current destructive or dangerous path is make sure you’re walking with the Lord yourself. To be very honest with you this is really where the struggle is. It’s us as parents. If you truly are afraid for his or her future, afraid for his or her well-being then be willing be intentionally walking in the way of the Lord yourself. “The way” means – a Christ like lifestyle walking with a greater love and a greater fear for the Lord rather than a greater love for yourself and a greater fear of others.

45588484_2011645882229167_6942510279716503552_oIn plain, understandable language, we cannot save ourselves nor can we save others. We can show others, we can teach others, we can pray for others but salvation comes from the Lord. I know you and I as parents so desperately want this for our children that sometimes we inadvertently complicate the salvation message by our wrongful motives.

Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else for there is no other name
under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Be on guard, be vigilant, pray mightily and don’t lose heart.

Until next time
For His glory not ours,
Terry Benge

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