Summary: Being a teenager is not easy. Parents and family are important. Lord help us to grow in your timing.

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“The Tween Age Jesus”

“Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attend the festival as usual.” Luke 2:41-42 NLT

Intro: Being a teenager is not easy. The struggle starts way too early in the morning as you have to wake up every weekday for school. There is always someone you can’t wait to see and someone you can’t stand to see. Then there is that homework that is due or the quiz or test. School food is awful and the bathrooms disgusting.

Then there are all the rules: no standing in the hall, take those headphones off. Put your phone away. Also the other rules: These rules are unwritten but they determine your social status as either a freak, a weirdo, an outcast or a popular person that everyone wants to hang around with.

This hierarchy of public rank can be dramatically changed by almost anything from simply tripping over your shoestrings in the cafeteria and spilling food all over the place to giving the correct answer to a question that the teacher asks. Not to mention the whole lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender confusion. Can I get an e-cig? Does anyone know where the is party? Does anyone have some crank, some spice, a pipe, a pill of any kind? If you are a teenager and manage to avoid the illegal stuff there is enough prescription drugs being prescribed for depression, the cramps, birth control and steroids to mess anyone up. “Oh, my head hurts, I am too fat, I am too skinny, I am moody, I am angry, my hormones are raging, I am depressed.” Being a teenager, or a twelve, eleven, or ten year old is very complex and difficult.

I recall my own teenage years. I can still remember the first time I drove my car to town by myself. It is as clear a memory as any I have. I can also clearly remember some things about my teenage years I had rather forget.

Have you ever wondered what Jesus was like as a teenager? Well all of that is missing in the bible. The closest we have is the story of when Jesus was twelve years old. Today we would call that “tween age.” A “tweenager” is age 10-12 and is described as the age of being “in between” ages. No yet turned a teenager. But just old enough to begin going through adolescence and puberty.

The title of today’s sermon is “The Tween Age Jesus.”

“Every year Jesus’ parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover.” Luke 2:41

What does family mean to you?

As a young girl Alana Levinson struggled with the shame of her father’s substance abuse. She writes, “My father totaled the family car during a drinking binge, took all the money out of the bank accounts, showed up at my mother’s office begging for money to buy drugs, and tried to pick us up at school without permission.”

Over 8.3 million children, nearly 12 percent of all children in the United States, live with an addict. Unemployment and poverty create social barriers. Parents and children have a delicate task to explain and understand that the modern family may now have “two mommies” or “two daddies” with the legalization of gay marriages. Gender identity is often confusing among children and youth. The concept of traditional family is being redefined.

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