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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!

gbu,
Christrocks

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AFRAID?

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.

Ever.

–Christrocks

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.

gbu,
Christrocks

What biblical place name means “pleasure”?

Thinking….thinking…got it! Guess away!

gbu,
Christrocks

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.

–Christrocks

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!

gbu,

Christrocks

Surrounded By Love

Surrounded by love,

I knew not of my comfort.

I threw love away,

And ignored those around me.

My view of life could not be swayed,

Life was bleak without the day.

Then suddenly all that love,

Was all swept away.

No place to call home,

No penny to call my own.

And during that time I learned,

What love truly was.

I was taught by the One,

Who knew it all,

My lovely Jesus Christ.

So now my family’s the church

Around me,

And I’m happy at last.

Once again surround by love,

But my ignorance has passed.

gbu,

Christrocks

First, before you do anything else, I want you to think of something. Think of a potato. Now, a lot of people like baked potatoes, right? Creamy, soft inside, maybe with bacon and cheese and sour cream on top. Mmmm….but what happens when the potato is only half-baked? The inside is rather hard, and it’s not hot—though it’s not cold either. It’s not good at all.

That can be kind of like us. Sometimes, when we’re saved, we’re only half-baked. We go to church and worship God, but at school or anywhere else, we follow the crowd. Being half-baked isn’t good at all, not one bit.

When we’re saved, God wants us to follow and love him with all our heart, always placing him first; not just on Sunday. Half-baked Christians aren’t the same. You may see a girl recite ten chapters of Psalms at church, and the next day at school she’s meanly teasing and pushing around one of your friends. It’s doesn’t seem to count, does it?

Don’t be half-baked; God and the others around can tell.

–Christrocks

James 2:13

For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

It reminds us that we always need to be merciful; also that God’s mercy always prevails.

gbu,

Christrocks

In The Waters

Through the waters,

I had a thought.

“What if I happened to fall out here?”

Much nervousness, it brought.

I tread through waves,

That rose so high,

I could barely see the sky.

But then it happened,

I slipped and fell,

And the waves all covered my head.

I tried to cry out,

But the waves pulled me under,

I felt like a huge piece of lead.

But suddenly I felt a hand,

Tugging on my arm.

It pulled me out into sweet, fresh air.

Suddenly, I was free.

I looked around,

And saw the sky so blue,

And by my side,

Was a man I knew.

“My child,” He said, with tears in his eyes,

“Why did you ever lose faith?”

I sobbed, but through my tears,

He smiled with sympathy, and said,

“Child, it’s alright; your sins have been forgiven,”

I smiled back at him and took his hand,

And he led me across the waters.

gbu,

Christrocks