S.L.A.M.
Students Living a Message

Oct
06

Often when we pray it reads like a shopping list of things and want and need from God. I’ve often wondered how our pray differs from those Christians in third-world and underdeveloped nations where food, shelter, and protection are not a “given.” In the US we often fail to look beyond our own comfort to pray “kingdom prayers.” These prayers are praying for the Lost, for God to send workers into the harvest, for Satan to be limited in the lives of people, situations and nations. Reflect on what you are praying and may your words begin to turn to God’s issues and away from your own. —-to the praise of His glorious grace!

Sep
18

We often dismiss ourselves as too busy but C.S. Lewis said it better than I ever could: “It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.” -C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Yes- every morning I desperately need to pray!

Sep
17

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot

INVESTIGATE THE TRUTH ABOUT CREATION
This new release from journalist Lee Strobel investigates the latest scientific discoveries from physics to biology and discovers they point convincingly toward a creator God
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

Can you understand science and still believe in God? I remember clearly when I first started asking that question—and how I answered it.

I was a fourteen-year-old freshman at Prospect High School in northwest suburban Chicago, sitting in a third-floor science classroom overlooking the asphalt parking lot, second row from the window, third seat from the front.

I already liked this introductory biology class. It fit well with my logical way of looking at the world. I was incurably curious—always after answers and constantly trying to figure out how things worked.

That’s why I liked science. Here the teacher actually encouraged me to cut open a frog so I could find out how it functioned. Science gave me an excuse to ask all the “why” questions I was wondering about, to try genetic experiments by breeding fruit flies and to peer inside plants to learn about how they reproduced. To me, science represented the hard facts and the experimentally proven. I tended to dismiss everything else as being mere opinion, superstition—and mindless faith.

It was no accident that my admiration for scientific thinking was developing at the same time that my confidence in God was disappearing. While many of my classmates in Sunday school and confirmation class seemed to automatically accept the teaching of the Bible, I needed reasons for trusting it. When nobody wanted to hear my questions, I began to suspect it was because nobody had any convincing answers. And if there wasn’t any scientific or rational evidence for believing
in God, then I wasn’t interested.

That’s when, on that day in biology class, I began to learn about scientific discoveries that, for me, opened the door to atheism.

My teacher explained that life originated millions of years ago when chemicals randomly reacted with each other in a warm ocean on prehistoric Earth. Then, through a process of survival of the fittest and natural selection, life-forms grew increasingly complex. Eventually, human beings emerged from the same family tree as apes.

Everything fell into place for me. My conclusion was that you didn’t need a Creator if life can emerge unassisted from the primordial slime of the primitive Earth, and you don’t need God to create human beings in his image if we are merely the product of the impersonal forces of natural selection. In short, I decided, you don’t need the Bible if you have The Origin of Species.

By the time I was halfway through college, my atheistic attitudes were so entrenched that I was becoming more and more impatient with people of mindless faith. I felt smugly arrogant toward them. Let them remain slaves to their wishful thinking about a heavenly home and to the straitjacket morality of their imaginary God. As for me, I would follow the conclusions of the scientists.

If I had stopped asking questions, that’s where I would have remained. But with my background in journalism and law, demanding answers is part of who I am. So when my wife, Leslie, announced that she had decided to become a follower of Jesus, it was understandable that the first words I uttered would be a question.

I didn’t ask it politely. Instead I spewed it out: “What has gotten into you?” I simply couldn’t comprehend how such a rational person could buy into an irrational religious belief.

But in the months that followed, Leslie’s character began to change. Her values underwent a transformation, and she became a more loving, caring, authentic person. I began asking the same question, only this time in a softer, more sincere tone of genuine wonderment: “What has gotten into you?” Something—or, as she would claim, Someone—was undeniably changing her for the better.

Clearly, I needed to investigate what was going on. And so I began asking more questions—a lot of them—about faith, God, and the Bible. I was determined to go wherever the answers would take me—even though, frankly, I wasn’t quite prepared back then for where I would ultimately end up.

This multifaceted spiritual investigation lasted nearly two years. Because science had played such an important role in propelling me toward atheism, I spent a lot of time posing questions about what the latest research says about God. With an open mind, I began asking:

* Are science and faith incompatible? Am I right to think that a science-minded person must reject religious beliefs? Or is there a different way to view the relationship between the spiritual and the scientific?

* Does the latest scientific evidence tend to point toward or away from the existence of God?

* Are the teachings about evolution that spurred me to atheism all those years ago still valid in light of the most recent discoveries in science?

“Science,” said two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, “is the search for the truth.” And that’s what I decided to embark upon—a search for the truth. I hope you’ll join me as I retrace that journey.

**

Taken from by “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel, copyright 2004, Zondervan/Youth Specialties. Used by permission. Order the book here: http://www.youthspecialties.com/product/249771

2. SURF REPORT

~ Institute for Creation Research
http://www.icr.org

~ Answers in Genesis
http://www.answersingenesis.org

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books – a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.”
– Albert Einstein

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”
– Sir Isaac Newton

5. PARTING SHOT

Why is “abbreviation” such a long word?

*All “surf report” internet links and “potent quotables” are provided for informational purposes, and do not imply endorsement by Youth Specialties.

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Sep
12

I haven’t blogged in awhile simply because I’ve been too busy. Lately though, I’ve been reading a book entitled Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs 1599-1646. He speaks long and hard about how we need to prepare ourselves to worship God. He used the verse “Among those who approach Me, I will show Myself holy” – Lev. 10:3. He says because of this verse we need to take regular times to set ourselves aside in preparation for the worship of God. The question then arises as to when do I know I am duly prepared in my heart for worship? Burroughs writes, “If, therefore when you come to worship God, God has more of your heart than ever any creature in the world has, God accepts that, and that you must look unto. Can you say when you go to worship God, ‘Lord, it is true, there is much weakness in my spirit but Thou who knowest all things know that Thou has more of my heart than ever any creature in the world has.'” (p83) This is another great example of God’s wonderful grace. We need to me extremely mindful to prepare ourselves and He as always makes up the difference. God is so wonderful!

Aug
28

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot

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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

Topic: Loving your hurting friends

Main Scripture:

“Three of Job’s friends were Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. When they heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and traveled from their homes to comfort and console him. When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to demonstrate their grief. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. And no one said a word, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.” (Job 2:11-13, NLT)

Other Scriptures: Job 13:4-5; Psalm 62:1-2; Proverbs 17:27-28; 2 Corinthians 1:4

What Jesus Might Say to You:
Your friends are hurting. How can you help? How can you comfort and encourage them in their times of need? What do you say? It’s definitely not easy.
Please don’t feel like you have to provide them with answers to solve their problems and ease their pain. Take some pointers from Job’s three friends. Job suffered great tragedy and his friends responded. What did they do right? What did they do wrong?

When they first heard the news, they grieved deeply with Job. They simply sat with him in his despair for seven days. Later on they attempted to give Job some advice on the reasons and solutions for these tragedies. What was Job’s response? He says, “You are merely useless doctors, who treat me with lies. The wisest thing you can do is to keep quiet” (Job 13:4-5, CEV). Oops. They should have stuck with their first response!

Does this ever happen to you—you try to help but make things worse? To sympathize you say, “I know how you feel,” but your friend responds, “No, you don’t. No one does!”

Answers are overrated—it’s your presence that is powerful. Comfort your friend the way I comfort you (2 Corinthians 1:4). I hold you close and remind you of my love for you. This is more powerful than simply giving you a to-do list of solutions to fix pain. I am simply there with you and want you to rest in me. I am the only way to true hope and peace.

Comfort your friends. Be with them. Listen to them. Meet them where they’re at. Do as I do. Whether they know me or not, you will be pointing them to me. Pain is a powerful doorway for my love.

Your Guide in comforting others,
Jesus

Summary Challenge: Remember that your presence is more powerful than your words.

Taken from “3Story Evangelism Curriculum Training Kit” by Youth for Christ, copyright 2007, Zondervan/Youth Specialties. Used by permission.

2. SURF REPORT

~ NeedHim.org- http://www.needhim.org

~ Ignite Your Faith- http://www.christianitytoday.com/teens

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“As sure as ever God puts his children in the furnace, he will be in the furnace with them.”
— Charles H. Spurgeon

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”—- John Wesley

5. PARTING SHOT

In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.

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Aug
20

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

“Get me this…” “Do this for me now!” “Don’t do that!” “Listen to me!”

Those commands don’t sound super-friendly, do they? Those commands—and a whole bunch of other ones just like ’em—are frequently used by bossy people. You want to mess up your friendships? Here’s a tip: Start bossing your friends around.

Most people don’t like to be bossed around. Grown-ups don’t even like to be bossed around by their bosses, even though that’s kinda what bosses are supposed to do. But since you aren’t the boss of your friends (unless you’re paying them to be your friends, which would be really odd), you have no reason to boss them around, and they have no reason to put up with it.

In any circle of friends, there will be one or two people who sort of rise to the top, and then everyone else views them as the leaders. This is pretty natural, but it can get bad when it results in bossiness.

If your friends happen to view you as a leader, avoid the temptation to use that position as an excuse to tell everybody how they should behave, what they should do, and when they should do it. If you’re one of the leaders of the pack, your friends probably value your opinion quite a bit, so don’t be afraid to share it. But try to share your opinions in a way that doesn’t make your friends feel like you think you’re better than they are.

If you aren’t the leader of your pack, it can become really tempting to try to increase your influence by becoming bossy. You may think that by getting a little more vocal and by bossing people around, you’ll improve your position within your circle of friends. There are two problems with this idea. First, that’s an example of the wrong type of competition, which we talked about a few chapters ago in this book. Second, your friends will notice you’ve changed and you’re beginning to act like a jerk. Your really good friends might be willing to pull you aside and talk to you about it, but the rest of them will just decide they don’t want to be your friends anymore.
Enough about bossiness. Go ahead and finish this newsletter! Oops! Did that sound too bossy?
**
Taken from “My Friends” by Kurt Johnston and Mark Oestreicher, c 2007.

2. SURF REPORT

~ The Friendship Page- http://www.friendship.com.au

~ Language Penpals- http://www.languagepenpals.com

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

A sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anais Nin

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.'” – C.S. Lewis

5. PARTING SHOT

Friends are like pockets, everyone needs them.

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Aug
13

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

Long before the race of Humans came into the world, there was a mighty angel—great in both rank and honor—serving in the high court of God. Though we know few details, we do know this angel wanted a station higher than the one he was created to possess. He wanted God’s place, God’s throne, God’s power.

And with that, God struck him down. The angel wasn’t built to be God; if he wouldn’t choose what he was created to be, then he’d become far less.

His angelic name was Lucifer, the light bringer. Today, he’s known as Satan, and he’s no storybook creature with horns and a pitchfork. Even depictions of him in movies such as the Exorcist hardly match his twistedness.

In Revelation 12:9, he’s called, “the great dragon.” Satan is smart and savvy. He has more power than the world’s empires combined, yet he can subtly influence the hearts of men and women with prettiness, pleasure, and half-truths.

He is active in the Wild, and he desires to devour people to fill his house below. Satan is a mastermind who strategizes with his Jedi Mind Tricks on how best to capture the weak.
Why doesn’t God just crush this horrible creature? If God has so much power, why doesn’t God simply wipe out Satan altogether? Well, God could, and God will—one day. But not yet. The battle is not between God and Satan. The battle is over what we will do with our ideas about God.

There is a battle between Heaven and Hell over whether God is good. And the battle is for the human heart.

God could crush Satan in an instant. Yet that’s not in God’s purposes right now. God is more concerned about us. Will we see God as good? Will we choose to be God’s friend? Or will we pretend we are God? Will we tell God to buzz off ? Satan may influence us in many directions, but we still have the freedom to pursue God—or not.

Here’s what the Bible says about the battle against the Dragon: The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5)

The Dragon’s major strategy is not swinging his mighty tail or enflaming our villages with fire. Rather, Satan works to make us believe that ideas don’t matter. He wants us to lack understanding about the Wild and the way Home. He wants us distracted and ignorant. He wants us apathetic. He wants us plugged into our electronics and listening to a multitude of other voices so we hardly know our own. In other words, he wants us to trust our diversions.
The Enemy isn’t interested in getting us to disbelieve God or to become atheists. That’s not an effective strategy for him because thoughtful atheists are still at risk of thinking hard about God.
No, the Enemy has something more sinister in mind.

At the heart of Satan’s warfare is his ongoing plan for us to misunderstand or disregard who God is and what God is like. It’s an attack on our knowledge of God.

Facing ideas, weeding through them, and using new tools along the way will help us understand ourselves, our hurts, our struggles, and how to deal with them without turning to easy diversions. This is no battle of swords and bombs.

This is a battle for our minds. What I think matters. And what you think matters.

**Questions to live into:

Find a place where you can have 15 minutes alone in the quiet (that means turning off music, TV, cell phone, etc.). Ask yourself these questions:

If all jobs paid $10 per hour, what job would you choose? Why? When you feel uneasy, lost, lonely, afraid, be-wild-ered what do you do? How often do you use the following as diversions?
Money-seeking
Fashion
Church
Music
Busyness

What other diversions do you use that aren’t on this list? Why do you feel drawn to certain diversions? What do they do for you?

Unplug. Try going one day without listening to music. Any music. Then write down how you felt when you wanted to listen to music as your diversion. Were you surprised? Do you find it hard to admit how you really feel about this? After you go one day without music, next time try a whole weekend. After that, try a whole week. See what happens.

Find a friend and ask, “Do you think about your purpose in life?” See what happens. If your friend says yes, follow it up with, “Does it change how you think about life?” Discuss that a bit.

Hunt for Jedi Mind Tricks. Watch your favorite TV show. Pay close attention to the commercials. Whom are they trying to convince? What are advertisers trying to get you to believe? Do you find it easy to believe what they’re telling you? Do you find you suddenly have new “needs” that you didn’t have before you watched the commercial? Does the commercial change what you buy?

Taken from “Living with Questions” by Dale Fincher, c 2007

2. SURF REPORT

~ HowStuffWorks -Learn how lots of stuff works—http://www.howstuffworks.com

~ Answers.com—www.answers.com

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

When opossums are “playing dead”, they are not “playing.” They actually pass out from sheer terror.

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.” – Paul Tillich

5. PARTING SHOT

Right now I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.

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Aug
07

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

How Not to Be Tardy
When was the last time you were late for something? Was it last month, last week, yesterday, or today? (Maybe you’re running late right now because you’re reading this email.) What were you late for? Was it a movie, a youth group meeting at church, your little sister’s school play, or soccer practice? Was it your fault that you were late, or was it the fault of the person driving the car?

Some families are never late. Other families are always late. Which family is yours? Not sure? Well, if your mom has a bumper sticker on her car that says, “Better late than never,” then you’re probably member of the “always late” family. We completely understand that sometimes when you’re late it’s totally out of your control. But getting to class on time is something you can control.

There are several reasons (most of them lame) why a student might be tardy to class. We’re going to take a look at how you can avoid most of them:

Wake up!
This is tough to do if you’re not morning person. When your mom comes to your room in the morning and says, “Wake up, time to get ready for school,” do it! Don’t moan and groan, roll over, and then fall back asleep. Be ready to go in the morning so you aren’t tardy for your first class. One tip for getting up on time—force yourself to not hit the snooze button.

Wear a watch.
Really? You mean on my wrist? Well, without a watch, many middle school students have no way to know what time it is. (Some don’t even know what day it is.) Especially when you’re out roaming the halls, quads, and athletic fields where there are no clocks. Watches aren’t just for nerds anymore, and since you probably don’t have a sundial handy, we suggest you wear one. If you don’t want to wear it on your wrist, then strap it to your backpack.

Talk later.
This is a tough one, but it’s probably the biggest cause of tardiness. Most students aren’t tardy because they didn’t have enough time to get across campus or because they dropped their notebook and spent five minutes picking up their papers. Most students are tardy because they spent four minutes and 57 seconds talking to their friends, and now they believe they can somehow sprint across the campus in three seconds.

The bottom line is that you need to be aware of the time. It’s that simple. How long does it take you to get to your next class? How long will it take you to stop by your locker and switch books? How long can you hang out with your friends and still make it to class in plenty of time?

Taken from “My School” by Kurt Johnston and Mark Oestreicher, c 2007.

2. SURF REPORT

~ Barrie’s Virtual Clock Museum- Pictures and descriptions of hundreds of antique and vintage clocks- http://www.clock-museum.co.uk

~ Smithsonian Institute- http://www.si.edu

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

The average person uses 13 different methods to control and manage their time.

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard
“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of” – Benjamin Franklin

5. PARTING SHOT

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.

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Jul
23

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul uses the analogy of the human body to describe how Christians should interact. He writes, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).

We are all part of the body of Christ if we believe in Jesus the Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world. We are all baptized in the same spirit. Some people like to worship in different ways. Some have the gift of singing, while others have the gifts of playing music. Some people have the boldness to raise their hands in worship, while others silently kneel at their own pew in quietness to the Lord. It doesn’t matter much how you worship as long as you are giving God the best worship you’re capable of.

We need to stop pointing our fingers at different “body parts” and accusing them of being sacrilegious. Brothers and sisters united in Christ need to be mature enough to handle all kinds of worship. Dismissing people because of the way they worship is ungodly; furthermore, it keeps the entire body of Christ from being able to witness effectively to the world.

Instead of falling prey to sarcasm and other unproductive ways of treating people, we Christians need to learn to celebrate the gifts of others. If someone’s gift is singing, rejoice in her ability to sing rather than trying to put her down to make yourself feel better about the gifts God has given you. We need all parts of the body to perform their jobs in order for the whole body to function properly.

Taken from “Love This!” by Andy Braner, copyright 2007, Zondervan/Youth Specialties. Used by permission.

2. SURF REPORT

~ National Yo-Yo Contest & Museum http://www.nationalyoyo.org

~ Puzzlemaker- Create puzzles online http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

The Eiffel Tower shrinks 6 inches in winter

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“I often found myself prefering the company of people outside my congregation, men and women who did not follow Jesus. Or worse, preferring the company of my sovereign self. But soon I found that my preferences were honored by neither Scripture nor Jesus. I didn’t come to the conviction easily, but finally there was no getting around it: there can be no maturity in the spiritual life, no obedience in following Jesus, no wholeness in the Christian life apart from immersion and embrace of community. I am not myself by myself. Community, not the highly vaunted individualism of our culture, is the setting in which Christ is at play. ”
– Eugene Peterson

“Community is like a large mosaic. Each little piece seems so insignificant. One piece is bright red, another cold blue or dull green, another warm purple, another sharp yellow, another shining gold. Some look precious, others ordinary. Some look valuable, others worthless. Some look gaudy, others delicate. As individuals stones, we can do little with them except compare them and judge their beauty and value. When, however, all these little stones are brought together in one big mosaic portraying the face of Christ, who would ever question the importance of any one of them? If one of them, even the least spectacular one, is missing, the face is incomplete. Together in the one mosaic, each little stone is indispensable and makes a unique contribution to the glory of God. That’s community, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world.” – Henry Nouwen


5. PARTING SHOT

A metaphor is like a simile.

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Jul
16

SLAM NEWSLETTER
Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

Topic: Jesus doesn’t just love you—He actually likes you!

Main Scripture:
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a Mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17, ESV)

Other Scriptures:
John 15:13-16; Romans 8:31-39

What Jesus Might Say to You:
Let me ask you this: What do you think my reaction is when I hear your name? What is the expression on my face? Is it a look of disappointment? Am I rolling my eyes? Am I shaking my head? Am I thinking, “What a pain that one is!”?

How do I really feel about you? You may be thinking, “Obviously He loves me; it’s His job to love me, but I would bet He’s not very thrilled with me much of the time.” You may be thinking this because you often feel that way about others. You probably love quite a few people in your own life because you feel like you should. But you don’t necessarily like them all the time.

As hard as it may be to believe…I actually like you. It’s true. When I hear your name, I get excited…so excited that My heart leaps, and I sing songs about you. Crazy, right? Well, it’s true.

When I look at you, I feel blessed. Not only that, but there’s nothing you could ever do to make Me love you or like you any less. Nothing. No matter where you’ve been, no matter what you’ve done, no matter what you’re going to do…My opinion of you will not change.

So the next time you imagine My reaction upon hearing your name…know that there’s a giant smile on My face, a song on My lips, and joy in My heart. I like you…a lot!

Love,
Jesus

Jesus thinks you’re amazing; you can’t do anything to change that!

Taken from “Conversations with Jesus” by Youth For Christ, c2006.

2. SURF REPORT

~ Youth Stories, Youth for Christ/USA http://www.yfc.net/Brix?pageID=21110

~ Internet Evangelism Day http://ied.gospelcom.net

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card!

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
– Matthew 10: 29-31

“God cares about the big things and the little things in our lives. No matter what.”
– John Hull

5. PARTING SHOT

A day without sunshine is like… well, night.

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