Archive for July, 2010

Verse #8:

John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Through our trials and tribulations, never fear! God has “overcome the world”.




Pressure. It’s something that we feel everyday, Christians or not. It could be the simple pressure of dare, or the heavier pressure of having to get a spoken message from one person to another—verbatim. These are just some simple examples, but right now, I’m going to talk about the pressure that most Christians feel, or should feel.

The pressure to spread the Word.

That is our purpose; bringing others to Christ. However, you shouldn’t have to feel the pressure to do that this very minute. You might be thinking, “What?! I don’t?! What are you talking about?!” but it’s true. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to spread the word in your teen years; in fact, it’s an incredible thing! What I am saying is that—if you feel uncomfortable talking about God and salvation to other people—you don’t have to do it today. Who knows, maybe, later on, God will decide to send you somewhere as a missionary. Or, it could be as simple as God giving you an opportunity when a friend brings up the subject, and you can talk to him about it. The Ten Commandments don’t say, “Thou shalt spread the Word of God as soon as you can”. You shouldn’t attempt to until you’re ready, although—you never know—when the time comes, God may put words into your mouth.

Perhaps you have a close friend who isn’t a Christian, and it pesters you that you could be sharing the Good News with him/her right now. You might not have to do anything very direct. You could give your friend a Bible as a gift, or you could pray to God, asking Him to send someone to your friend so he/she can be saved. Maybe you could ask God to give you the strength to tell your friend yourself.

I myself was struggling with this when I decided to write these articles. Even before anyone read them—frankly, as I write this, no one but me has read them yet—I felt overjoyed by the prospect of telling others about Christ. What amazed me the most was that as I wrote these little articles, I found myself answering my own questions. I hope I’m doing the same for you.


Job 8:21

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.

Who says God doesn’t want us to be happy; to rejoice? That’s exactly the thing he wants us to do! So rejoice!



We aren’t robots.

It’s as simple as that.

God’s desire is for all of mankind to love him and come to him, but he’s not willing to force people to be saved. Even if it’s what’s right for us, we would be no more than robots, and God doesn’t want that.

That’s why it’s now up to us.

Our job as Christians is to bring others to Christ. We cannot force them; some of us might like to, but, unlike God, we have no power but to present the opportunity to others.

Even though God won’t force people onto the right path, he is willing to help us on our mission to bring as many people as possible to Christy. But no matter how hard we try, in the end, it’s always up to them.

God loves us enough to give us free will, even though it could have disastrous consequences. He has also given us a free gift; all we have to do is open it. Once we’ve opened it, we wrap it again and pass it on to others.

So pass it on.


Verse #7: (by Angie)

An amazing verse by Angie, our second contest winner! Here are her thoughts:

Mine would be: “Work hard and become a leader, be lazy and become a slave.” Proverbs 12:24.

I have a lot of favorites, but this one has been on my wall at work for 2 years. It reminds me that while some choose to complain, those who pull themselves up by the bootstraps, go somewhere. Even through the storms we cannot become lazy or weak. We have to trust in God and just keep going.

Thanks for the great verse, Angie! To all readers, feel free (on this and other verses) to tell us your own thoughts on these verses. There’s no right or wrong; tell me your opinions!



Fear; something we shouldn’t have as Christians, but as humans—and teens—we do. Fear can come in many forms: terrified fear, the kind when you’re a kid and you can’t come out from under the covers because of the supposed monsters under the bed. Then there’s excited fear, the kind we teens might feel when we’re at the top of a steep drop on a roller coaster. And last—but definitely not least—there’s unneeded fear. The fear anyone might feel when they know that there’s someone there for them, but they also feel vulnerable, small, and scared.

This, for Christians, is definitely unneeded.

It’s hard not to be afraid once you’ve gotten into the habit of being afraid. I know it sounds weird—having a habit of being afraid—but it happens. If you’re a newly saved Christian, you might have a hard time transitioning to not being afraid. There are many things out there to be afraid of—which probably don’t include the “monsters” under the bed—but you should know that God isn’t going to let anything happen to you.

Imagine the perfect father; some of you might be thinking of a dad who lets you do anything you want, or buys you anything you want, and etcetera. But do you know what would be really cool? A dad who is always there for you if you need him; a dad who always makes sure he knows what you’re doing, where you are, and if you’re okay. If this is starting to sound like a dad who hovers around you and never leaves you alone, forget about that image. That’s not what I mean. Let’s put it this way. What if you had a dad who would give his life for you, that means he loves almost more than you could imagine. But what if he didn’t know where you were the time you needed him the most? Even if he was willing to die for you, what could he do if he wasn’t there, or didn’t know what’s going on? Well, with God, he’s like this father, only he always knows where you are and he always knows when you need him. He’s our heavenly Father, and if we’re his child, we don’t have to be afraid.



Trivia #6:

What animal is mentioned most frequently in both the New and Old Testaments?

An animal; shouldn’t be too hard! Guess away, everyone! Don’t be afraid to make crazy guesses, ha-ha.


What biblical place name means “pleasure”?

Thinking….thinking…got it! Guess away!


No matter what, everyone probably knows what temptation is. Let’s say you’re allergic to nearly every single type of ice cream in the world. You’re sitting outside when the ice cream truck goes by. Whoa; serious temptation! Giving in to it would mean getting ice cream. Being strong would mean ignoring it. This is a little temptation that I’m sure everyone’s probably felt. Only this one doesn’t have very big consequences. Some do; we have to learn to ignore those too.

Christians face a lot of temptations. The temptation to not read your bible, to shout at someone—and not in a good way; frankly, anything you know you shouldn’t do but want to do anyway.

Some people think that when you become a Christian, you are suddenly plagued by temptations. I guess you are, but even if you aren’t a Christian, you get plagued by temptations anyway. But if you’re a Christian, that just means you’ll have different temptations. If you don’t believe in God, you won’t have the temptation to not read the Bible, since you don’t anyway. If you hate ice cream, you won’t be tempted by my earlier example.

But back to what temptation is, exactly. Temptation is Satan, trying to get you to disobey God. It could be God, testing you. Either way, temptation is a bad thing—feeling the urge to do something you know you shouldn’t do.

Sometimes, you might look back and wonder, “Why did I do that?” A temptation is often doing something you shouldn’t do for a fleeting pleasure. Don’t give in; it’s not worth it.


Our first user-submitted verse! Happy Horse won the contest for the best verse and description. Here it is, word-for-word:

“Mine is Philipians 2:10-11.

…So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

To me it means that even though people make fun of God right now, in the end every one will be bowing down to God.”

See why it’s a winner?! We’ll have more contests like this in the future. For now, feel free to share your own thoughts on the verse!