With Noah coming out this week, it's a good time to reflect on how we hear God speaking to us. What does it mean? Also, there's been some talk this week about hate, and how does hate affect us?
Lessons from Noah's StoryWhether or not you like the new feature film, it's definitely sparked the discussion about Noah's life lessons and what it means to hear God:
Overcoming HateHate can be such a strong term, and it has a certain power associated with it. What does it mean to hate, what does the Bible say about it, and how can we not let it take control over our lives:
Parents and teens need to talk to each other, and some of the most important things to discuss are the hardest. Meanwhile, teens, do you know what it means to be pleasing to God? Sometimes even you might wonder...
Having the Tough TalksParents, it's not always easy to talk to your teen. Actually it's really hard sometimes, especially with what most see as difficult topics:
- 5 Tough Topics to Discuss with Your Teen
- How to Talk to Your Teen About Peer Pressure
- How to Talk to Your Teen About Their Body
- A Parent's Prayer for Guiding Their Teen
Pleasing GodTake a second and think if your behavior is pleasing God? What does the Bible say?:
Praying is a part of building a strong Christian character, because it brings us closer to God in so many ways and allows us to understand what He desires for our lives.
Building Up Your CharacterGod works in our lives to build up our character so we become more Christ like. There is plenty of advice in the Bible of how He works in our lives:
Developing a Strong Prayer LifeA great way to grow closer to God and develop your character is through prayer. spending time in conversation with the Lord allows us to learn more about who we are in Him:
- 10 Benefits of Prayer
- How to Build a Better Prayer Life
- 21 Biblical Virtues to Include in Your Prayers for Your Teen
There are a number of Christian denominations out there. While most adhere to basic tenets, there are subtle differences in what each church believes or behaves. Most of all, though, no matter what denomination you belong to, it needs your prayers.
- A Prayer for Your Church
- What It Means to be Methodist
- What It Means to Be Assemblies of God
- What It Means to Be Baptist
- What It Means to Be Presbyterian
- What It Means to Be Lutheran
For Seniors, the idea of choosing which college to apply to or eventually what college to choose can be intimidating. Even then, those that lead students may often suffer from ministry burnout or wonder how to be a good mentor.
Choosing a CollegeHow do you choose the right college? Here is some advice on how to choose the college that's right for you and what to do when you visit a college to make sure it's a good choice.
Avoiding Ministry Burnout and Being a Good MentorWhat does ministry burnout mean, and how do you know if you have it? Also, when we talk about being a good mentor, what does that entail?
This week we consider two aspects of our faith: deliverance and ministry. Some of you may be wondering if the ministry is the right direction for your life, and there are certain questions you should ask if you feel that calling. Meanwhile others may be struggling with demons that just keep holding them back.
Understanding DeliveranceWe all struggle with aspects of our lives, but sometimes those difficulties just keep us from moving forward. In those times we need God to deliver us from the things binding us.
How Do I Know if I'm Called to Ministry?Some of us are called to various ministries in our lives. Yet how do you know? And if you know, how do you start preparing when you're still in high school?
- How Do I Know if I'm Called to Ministry?
- Called to Ministry? 8 Things to Study Now
- Bible Verses on Ministry
Bullying is nothing to sniff at. It can be devastating for teens who are victims of bullying, and it's nothing to be proud of. in fact, bullying clearly goes against God's word. Yet, sometimes those doing the bullying don't realize the negative impact their having. Still, it is important for us to not only stand up to bullies, but also to prevent it from happening in the first place.
- What is Bullying?
- Bible Verses on Bullying
- How Teens Can Prevent Bullying
- Warning Signs of Cyberbullying?
- For Parents: How to Talk to Your Teen About Bullying
- For Parents: What to Do if Your Teen is Being Bullied
- For Parents: What if My Teen is the Bully?
When we show compassion, we show Christ to the world. He was the ultimate example of compassion for each of us.
Showing Biblical CompassionGod asks us to be compassionate to one another. From Bible verses that remind us of real compassion to how to be more compassionate, it's part of our Christian walk:
- What the Bible Says About...Compassion
- Bible Verses on Compassion
- 10 Ways to Be More Compassionate
- A Prayer for Compassion
Accepting Christ into Your HeartOne of the basic parts of becoming a Christian is to accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. When we accept Christ into our hearts, we continue to grow in Him:
The Bible has all kinds of advice for our daily lives. From telling us how to control our lustful urges or why we need to trust in Him, we need to turn to the Word for guidance.
What are the Epistles?If you seek advice from the Bible, both the Pauline and General Epistles are a great place to seek God's Word:
Getting control over your urges and seeking God FirstFrom learning how to abstain from sex to understanding we need to trust God over the stars, the Bible has great advice about all the parts of our lives:
Reading your Bible is essential to getting over lust, but sometimes people forget the power of God's Word in impacting our lives.
Bible Reading is Fun, Right?Not everyone gets into reading their Bibles, but really, there is some great stuff in there if you know how to overcome what's holding you back with your reading:
Understanding and Overcoming LustWe are all sinners, and we know at times we'll struggle with lust. The Bible can be incredibly helpful, as can prayer and a strong understanding of how lust is different from love or romantic interest:
- What is the Difference Between Love and Lust
- A Prayer to Battle Lust
- Bible Verses on Lust
- Does Having a Crush Mean I'm Sinning?