The power of an arrow lies in its speed. Its target doesn’t often see the attack coming. Arrows whizz by without warning in the thick of the fight. And in the hands of the right archer, they are deadly.

Psalm 127:4-5 says, “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” Arrows are weapons of attack—offensive rather than defensive. Yet, when it comes to our children, too often we go on the defense.

There’s nothing wrong with a good defensive strategy. We’ll need one if we are to protect the next generation from the snares of the enemy. But God wants our children to go on the offensive—to become warriors for Him and to take new ground for the Kingdom of God.

God has given us the next generation so that we might turn around and give those young people right back to Him. In His hands, those arrows are a force to be reckoned with, for He is the master archer. But it is our job to train up our children in the faith so that, when God calls them, they will be ready and willing to serve Him.

Prayer: Lord God, use me to equip the next generation, that they might be warriors for You. Help me to faithfully train and disciple those whom You have placed in my care. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.



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