Monthly Archives: September 2012

Creation Story – GREAT STARTER ILLUSTRATION

Doing a Creation Series?  A study of Genesis?  Need a review for a study in Hebrews 11?

Well, here ya go!

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10 Ways You Can Encourage A Young Person

You want ways you can give future faith to our faith future.  Here’s a start:

1) Attend one of their special events.

2) Every Sunday, Ask them how they are doing

3) Write an encouraging letter/Facebook post

4) Pray with them before a church service.

5) Be a mentor in their life—spiritually & practically.

6) Teach them how to serve in ministry, give them opportunities to serve, & serve alongside them.

7) Find out birthdays of teens/kids & send them birthday cards.  Kids love getting mail.

8) Invite them to help a project—i.e. cleaning a Sunday school room, building a VBS set)

9) Be another godly influence in their life, another godly example, another godly legacy to follow.

10) Pray for them.

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For all you techies out there…

Apps, programs, & talking pens…oh my!  This was a great article for techies, small business owners, & yep, you guessed it, those in ministry.  Check it out.

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4 tips to get your students reading the Bible

Ok, let’s say I want to talk to my grandma in Florida, to ask for advice about something.  So I just start shouting out loud, “Hi Grandma.  How’s your back feeling?  Hey got a question for you.  How did you deal with your kids when they were young?”  If you saw me screaming these things, knowing my grandma was in Florida, you probably would refer me to a good doctor or counselor, or run the other way until you couldn’t hear the crazy man screaming anymore.

Sound crazy?  Well, let me ask you this.  What is the primary way we gain advice, we learn, we can hear the Word of God.  Sunday school answer:  Moses.  Incorrect, try another Sunday school answer:  THE BIBLE!  Did you know as many as 67% of teens do not read their Bible?  Now that’s crazy.  The most significant way God chooses to communicate with us, and our young people choose to ignore it.  That is as crazy as trying to talk to grandma in Florida by screaming as loud as you can in Ohio!  It’s mad crazy!

So how can we get them from crazy to reading?  Here are 4 ways that come to mind:

  1. Gideons Know What’s Up – I’m curious if this percentage would go down if we got Bibles in their hands.  Gideon International is able to put a Bible in every hotel in the country, but there are teens in your student ministry that don’t have one.  A travesty!  Go here or here, type in Bible and have fun.  BUY them a Bible.  There is no better use for your youth budget than to use it on purchasing a Bible for someone who does not own one.  Make it a nice one too, I just bought 2 purple and 2 pink Bibles today…those boys are gonna love them!
  2. Um, It’s Pretty Important – When was the last time you taught on the importance of the Bible.  How bout sharing a story of the pilgrims on the Mayflower, and how one of the few things they brought over to the New World was a Bible!  They risked sickness, their lives, their family…but they wouldn’t risk losing their Bible.  It’s time our students understand the importance of the Bible…the history of those that risked their lives to get it in print.  It is taken WAY for granted now.
  3. Rewards are Good – Everybody loves gifts, presents…rewards, right?  Well, your students need to know what rewards come from reading the Bible.  Rewards like a closer relationship with the Creator God, guidance in their daily decisions, a clear picture of the Will of God for their life, a description of the gospel story…and much more!
  4. Better Than a Cell Phone – This is how God communicated to you!  I want to scream this so people in Florida can hear me!  Seriously, this is the primary God has chosen to reveal Himself to us, and there are so many that choose to ignore it.  No more!

The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E…..BIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!  What about you, how do you encourage your teens to get in the Word? 

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10 Teen Culture Thoughts & Statistics…How well do you know the Younger Generation?

  1. God made you special, right?  In the United States, nearly 219,000 cosmetic plastic-surgery procedures were performed on teens aged 13 to 19 in 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
  2. PLZ STP TXTING In 2010, more than 3,000 people died in crashes attributed to distraction-related causes — roughly 10 percent of all fatalities on the road, according to the federal Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  3. Generation Confused?  New nationally representative survey of 1,029 people ages 18-29 suggests. Almost 60% say “adulthood will be more enjoyable than my life is now.”
  4. Time to leave the Nest – 18-29 year olds – 52% have daily or almost daily contact with parents via text, e-mail, phone or in person, and 16% do “frequently,” 16% regularly; and 31% occasionally get financial support.
  5. I have a feeling it is more than this in 2012 – In 2010, U.S. adolescents spent an average of 8.5 hours per day interacting with digital devices.
  6. I love technology.  The pace of [technology] “penetration” (i.e., the amount of time it takes for a new technology to be used by 50 million people) is unprecedented. For radio, technological penetration took 38 years; for telephone, 20 years; for television (TV), 13 years; for the World Wide Web, 4 years; for Facebook, 3.6 years; for Twitter, 3 years; for iPads, 2 years; and for Google_, 88 days.
  7. Yikes!  Eric Anderman, a professor of educational psychology at Ohio State University, has studied student cheating. He says that while it’s hard to nail down statistics on its prevalence, the best estimate is that up to 85 percent of high school students have cheated at least once.
  8. Solution:  Don’t allow under age drinking!  “Many studies have found relationships between an early AFD (Age of First Drink) and a range of negative alcohol-related outcomes later in life, including the development of alcohol use disorders, legal problems like DUI, and health problems like cirrhosis of the liver,” said Meghan Rabbitt Morean, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine
  9. Not surprising – 64 percent, cited YouTube, the Web’s leading video-sharing site, as a place where they listen to music. Followed by radio (56%), iTunes (53% ) and CDs (50%).
  10. Might wanna check on your kid in the summer – On an average day in June or July, more than 4,800 youths used marijuana for the first time, whereas the daily average ranged from about 3,000 to 4,000 in other months

And for a quick culture update on your graduating seniors each year, check out this list

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Who are you?

Who are you?  Check out what God says about you…

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