by Kerry Shook

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Shipwreck (5 of 6)
Series: Pirates
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• 1 Timothy 1:19 (NLT)

This generation is exposed to. . .

• Bigger problems

• Greater pressures

1. Examine my own conscience

• Isaiah 1:18 (TLB)


Hey, it's great to see you. Chris and I have been sick this week. We've got colds and a fever so we can't be with you live, but we're so passionate about what we are talking about that we wanted to come in here and record this video because we are so passionate about this topic. We're in this series that I'm calling Pirates, Reclaiming My Stolen Treasure. Today we are looking at how to reclaim stolen innocence. Don Henley, in the 1980's, sang a song called "The End of Innocence," in which he talks about how everything was smooth sailing and blue skies until his dad left his family and that was the end of innocence for him. We can all relate to the fact that life doesn't always go as planned. Problems and pain come into our life and steals our innocence. But this passage that we are going to look at talks about so many people who have lost their innocence and don't know how to get it back. We've all lost our innocence, the Garden of Eden. That's where innocence was lost and we've all sinned. Because of Adam's sin we all have a sin nature that's bent toward doing our own thing. But there is hope we can get back that innocence and have forgiveness and cleansing. Let's all stand in honor of God's Word and would you read it out loud with me. 1 Timothy 1:19, our key verse. "Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked."

Lord, I pray that You would really help us understand how important this is. That we have a whole generation growing up who have had their innocence stolen way too early. I just pray that You would help us reclaim this generation for You. That You would help us be able to impact our culture to claim this generation for You so we can pass on our faith, the most important thing we could ever give them. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

This generation that's growing up seems to be growing up way too fast. I think first because this generation is exposed to bigger problems than ever before.

CHRIS: There has been a study done of the top public school and their discipline problem. In 1940 the top problems as ranked by teachers were talking, chewing gum, running in the halls and getting out of turn in line. Well things have really changed because today teachers say that the problems they most face, that are the most difficult for them in the schools are drug abuse, alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and suicide. Times have really changed and that is the environment that our kids go to school in.
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