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?
We can talk, talk, talk about our faith, but unless we're reading our Bibles, the Word of God has some trouble taking root.
The Historical BooksThese are the last three historical books of the Bible, and their goal is to teach us about the life of Jesus and the early church:
When Disobedience HappensWe don't live perfect lives. We're not perfect people, so we know we are not always obeying God as we should be:
Sometimes we face hard choices. Two difficult things we face are how to deal with people who hurt us and how to overcome the desire to do anything besides our homework and chores.
When We Need to Turn the Other CheekIt's so easy to fall into the temptation to exact revenge or respond just as meanly when someone hurts us. However, God tells us clearly to turn the other cheek:
- What It Means to Turn the Other Cheek
- A Prayer for Turning the Other Cheek
- Bible Verses on Turning the Other Cheek
Don't Procrastinate! Do ItToday.When it comes to certain tasks, we'd love to just put them aside. However, they have a little way of creeping up on you. Learning how to not procrastinate really will make us better.
- 25 Ways to Overcome Procrastination
- A Prayer to Ward Off Procrastination
- Bible Verses on Procrastination
Jeremiah 2:7 - "I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable." (NIV)
The land around you is yours for the future. It is yours to farm, utilize, and live upon. Yet, what happens when we stop caring what happens to it? God created everything around us to feed us, protect us, and provide everything we need. We have a phenomenal ecosystem that moves like clockwork...until we defile it.
It's easy to get so caught up in our day to day that we forget how our actions impact things around us, and nature is often at the far end of that consideration. However, the earth is ours to protect. It is ours to care for. God left it in our hands, and it is our responsibility to care for his creation. Think about the small, day-to-day things you can do to be a good, earthly steward. A few small actions can make huge differences in caring for our environment.
Building Your Self-Confidence Through GodWhile we need to understand the difference between self-confidence and self-importance, we must also have confidence in ourselves that only comes from our relationship with God:
- What the Bible Says About Self-Confidence
- Are you Confident or Cocky? It Makes a Difference
- 14 Ways to Build Self-Confidence
- Bible Verses on Self-Confidence
Got More Questions?There are always common questions about our faith that sometimes we're afraid to ask. Here are some questions, and maybe even some answers:
- How Can God Be Three Things? Understanding the Holy Trinity
- Can I Be a Christian and a Scientist? The Coexistence of Science and Faith