Purpose of Christian Grandfather Magazine
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by Christian Grandfather Author
Published on January 7, 2023
Categories: Devotions

Purpose of Christian Grandfather Magazine

 The year was 1970. I had graduated high school and prepared for college the next. My best friend had a ‘68 Firebird and I had a brand spanking new GTO. We were groovy man! We were made for this time, and we knew it!

 That same year a revival exploded on the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary. Like the early church, witness teams were sent out to share the gospel. There was no preaching, only a sharing of their testimonies. When they began to share in my church in Anderson, God moved a second time. Revival burst into flames and for the next fifty days and nights the church was packed with standing room only, and out the door. People were getting saved, souls were restored, and lives were rededicated to the Lord. Kindled hearts grew restless, desiring to tell others, not only in Anderson, but also around the United States. Teams were sent out from our church now, and fires were ignited wherever we went. Like the early church we were eager to tell others of a Savior who loved them and had given himself on the cross that they may have a life of hope.

 Through this revival I discovered that cars, and sports, and college were NOT why I was made for that time. No, I was made for the Gospel for Jesus Christ, and for the sharing of it with others. I was made for that heart tearing time of the Vietnam War and unrest to demonstrate that God is still on His throne, and still in charge. I was made for this day to pray for, teach, guide, and stand, alongside my wife, in the gap for my children and grandchildren.

 Is today any different? Our grandchildren are growing up in a time of turmoil and division never before seen in our world. Old Scratch is throwing everything he can at them to belittle, discourage, and destroy their faith. He wants to pulverize God’s truth using many things at one time. If he can confuse them, he’s got ’em!

 “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” (Acts 17:26 NIV)

 Do you hear that? They were made for this time! Our grandchildren were made for this time! You, grandpa, were also made for this time! God has a plan for their lives. He knows what has come, and what is coming. We grandfathers must not allow Old Gooseberry access to those we love. God is still in control. He will use our children and grandchildren to bring others out of this deception. He will use us to stand by their side and encourage and strengthen them to be strong in the Lord. We are the patriarchs of our family and just because we are retired (or close to it) does not mean our faith, our trust, our responsibility to our children and grandchildren is over.

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Our Purpose:

 First and foremost, to bring glory to God!

 Secondly, we will provide ideas on how to live the fragrance of Jesus Christ in front of our family. If we can live and learn to discuss the gospel with our grandchildren, regardless of their age, we can share it with anyone.

 In this busy world we have begun to overlook our responsibility of living godly lives and teaching our children and grands? We enjoy them for who they are and love on them when they come over. There is nothing wrong with that. But there is more we need to do when they are in our presence. The Bible tells us, “You shall teach them [diligently] to your children [impressing God’s precepts on their minds and penetrating their hearts with His truths], speaking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 11:19 AMP) That command doesn’t stop just because we are grandfathers.

 The purpose of this magazine is to encourage, motivate, inspire, and teach you to be more spiritually active in your children’s, and grandchildren’s lives. It is pivotal that we also encourage your godly marriage to prosper in the Lord. This starts with your desire to draw closer to God by building a stronger spiritual foundation in your own life. Christian Grandfather Magazine will present faith-building articles from a variety of writers to encourage a closer spiritual bond with God, your wife, your children, and your grandchildren.

 Will you dedicate your heart to the Lord, your marriage, and your God-given position as patriarch of your family?

 Will you join us as we learn and grow together in the Lord?

Our great glorious Father, Provide Grandparents the ability to embed the components of the Gospel’s message within their hearts. Nudge them to live this fragrance in front of their children and grandchildren, as well as others, in such a way they will desire to follow after You. Please, Father, as these grandparents lead their family, instill in them the ability to answer questions from these precious children in a way that is understood and glorifies You.  

In Jesus name I ask this, Amen

  

Andy Oldham is the founder and co-creator of Christian Grandfather Magazine. He received his B.A. in religious studies and education from Anderson University. He has served as pastor to senior adults and fills pulpits when needed. Andy taught memoir classes at the local library and after writing his personal memoirs wrote Everlasting Cronies, a story of growing up in rural Louisiana. His column in the Northside Sun Newspaper was well received by his community. A poem, Winters Grace has been honored by the Mississippi Poetry Society. He and his wife, Barbara, have six grandchildren and enjoy retirement in Madison, Mississippi.

8 Comments

  1. Alan

    Amen brother Andy! There is no greater calling than to be Godly parents and grandparents standing against this evil day.

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    • Andy Oldham

      With out godly men and women whom God has blessed with the gift of writing, Alan, Christian Grandfather Magazine would be impossible. Thank you my brother for making this journey much easier. Looking forward to many years of working with you to encourage fathers and grandfathers to lead their families in a Christlike way. God Bless you, Alan!

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  2. Roland Ledoux

    Amen and AMEN Brother Andy! What a blessing, children, grandkids and even great-grandchildren are! God blesses us so that HE might receive glory through our examples to them and the reflection of Christ in our lives! I thank our Lord for such a great and awesome chance to give Him glory in front of my family as well as our friends and neighbors!!

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    • Andy Oldham

      Thank you, Roland! It is becasue of your willingness to share the gospel through your writing that we are able to share Jesus with others. Our responsibility is to share the gospel with our kids and grands as well. Thanks so much for your comment! God Bless!

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  3. Bill Herried

    Thanks for the refocus, Andy! Glad to play a small part and keep up the great work brother.

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  4. Craig Ruhl

    It will be godly men who lead the charge to take back our children and grandchildren from the evil that pervades the land. The Christian Grandfather (magazine) provides a biblically solid foundation and platform to reach just such men and their families. May our numbers increase and our reach extend to all corners of the earth, according to God’s will. Thank you, Andy, for spearheading this movement!

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    • Andy Oldham

      I stand beside you and many others, Craig, in awakening men to the need to lead and bring back our children and grandchildren from the brink of this ungodly nation and world. Thank you for standing with me! Praying with you that our numbers increase through the nudge of the Holy Spirit. I know some, however, that may need to be more than nudged, but I will leave that to HIM!

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