Sometimes the best way to understand a troubled teen is to talk with a man who was a troubled teen himself.
We had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Raul Ries. Dr. Ries was a troubled teen that walked through many battles and eventually became a pastor, author, international speaker, and radio personality.
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Dr. Raul Ries is the president of Somebody Loves You Ministries and Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs, California.
Through his miraculous testimony, many parents can gain insight into the frustration, anger, and rebellious behavior their teen may be struggling with.
Overcoming the Trials of Anger
At 5 years old Raul’s father was verbally and physically abusive. In addition, he was exposed to many things a 5 year old should never be exposed in the night clubs his father would take him to.
As Raul was growing up, the abuse he had endured lead to a resentment and bitterness so strong that he wanted to kill his father.
After high school, Raul joined the Marines. Once he joined he realized that his anger and bitterness was still prevalent. The Marines took Raul’s anger and taught him to use it in the battlefield.
Once returning from the Marines he got married.
Over a 4 year period his anger continued to the point that his wife was going to leave him.
Surprisingly his anger became so great that he began to plot how he could kill his wife and himself.
Then miraculously God intervened, and in an incredible turn of events, Raul Ries gave his life to Christ.
How to Help Your Teen
Below are insights you should be aware of that may be contributing to rebelliousness in your teen:
- A lack of responsibility around the home
- An overindulgence in media
- Pornography, sensual movies, and other sexually explicit material
- The absence of a father
- Your negative actions may be passed on
- The high divorce rate today’s culture tolerates
A Quick Fix Solution
In my time with working with families at Shepherds Hill Academy, I discover parents look for the 12 steps to this or the 10 steps to that to understand troubled teens.
In short, they want a quick “modern day” fix for their troubled teen.
With today’s interview we see that, despite what may be popular, Jesus is ultimately the solution.
It’s not the public, the government, Dr. Phil, or Oprah.
When addressing the trials troubled teens face, parents need to adhere to the timeless truths found in biblical principles.
Find out more about Dr. Raul Ries
You can stay connected with our guest by the following:
- Find out more about the Somebody Loves You Ministries
- Want a copy of “Taking the Hill?” Find out how you can obtain a copy here
- To Listen to past messages or find a radio station near you See Dr. Raul’s audio library.
- Connect with Raul Ries via Facebook or on Twitter @raul_ries
Conversation Starter: What are some strengths you have noticed in your son that have helped you grow more spiritually?