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

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

“There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” -Deuteronomy 15:11

If there’s one thing you need to know about God, it’s that he has a soft spot in his heart for the underdog…the needy…those who’re often overlooked in our society.

What’s more, God has a special place in his heart for people who side with the underdog…people who reach out to the needy…people who refuse to overlook the less fortunate.
We’re not talking about simply having a social conscience or feeling sorry for people in need.

Take another look at the verse for this entry. Notice the word openhanded? That’s for people who argue that it’s enough just to care about or pray for people in need. You see, being openhanded requires personal interaction. It involves reaching out, offering something of value–whether it’s money, clothing, food, or time. It’s making a real difference in a person’s life.

The good news is that anyone can do it. You don’t have to be rich. You don’t have to be outgoing. You don’t have to live in a big city with homeless people or in a poor country. You can obey God’s command to be openhanded to the needy regardless of your situation. Whether you realize it or not, you have something to give.

If you made up your mind to get involved in the life of someone in need, what could you do? Could you change the life of a younger kid (maybe even a sibling) in need of a mentor? Could you be an answer to prayer for a mentally challenged or wheelchair-bound student at your school? Could you supply enough money to buy a month’s worth of food and medicine for an AIDS orphan in Africa?

The possibilities are endless! Look around, take the plunge, and find out how cool it is to help others.

For the scoop on God’s commands concerning the needy, turn to Deuteronomy 15:1-11.

2. SURF REPORT

~ Memorial Day- Calendar, history, prayers, e-cards, speeches, essays, and more
http://www.usmemorialday.org/

~ Memorial Day Word Search Game-An online word search game in honor of Memorial Day
http://www.planetozkids.com/ozzoom/wordgames/memorial-day-word-search.htm

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

A hedgehog’s heart beats 190 times a minute on average and drops to only 20 beats per minute during hibernation.

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“We who are left how shall we look again
Happily on the sun or feel the rain
Without remembering how they who went
Ungrudgingly and spent
Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?”
– Wilfred Wilson Gibson

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
– Joseph Campbell

5. PARTING SHOT

Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river.

copyright 2007 :: Youth Specialties

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2 Responses to “SLAM NEWSLETTER”

  1. Serving and sacrificing for others is one of the best ways to grow and mature. I have found that my best friends in life are those people who I met on “the job” while I was serving others. Serving with others provides you with an unique common bond.

  2. Thanks for the comment. I totally agree–we don’t begin to really enjoy life until we learn to serve others!


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