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The Big Story – 5 Minute Overview of the Bible

Created for kids, but if you need a refresher this is a good one. 5 minute review of the major story arc of the Bible showing how everything points to Jesus. 
 


is your phone changing you?

Sometimes its hard to imagine modern life apart from a smartphone. 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You  is a worthwhile read to help us consider how the phone (like any tool) shapes us. I can’t tell you how many times while reading this book, I catch myself grabbing for the phone for no reason, and thinking to myself, this book is so right about me.
 
Here is a book review with an interesting video to introduce the book to you.
 


Diligence Matters

It’s Monday morning, and w are in full swing of the school year.  This is a good reminder. Work (and school) matters to God. Be good, work hard at whatever job God has put you in.
God has placed us on this earth so we can work, so we can be diligent in carrying out his will. Any failure to be diligent is a serious transgression. Thomas Watson refers to idle people as “Satan’s tennis ball” whom he whacks up and down with temptation until he at last sends them far over the fence. Similarly, Charles Spurgeon compares idle people to a target and Satan to an expert rifleman who rarely misses. He warns, “Idle men tempt the devil to tempt them.”
Idleness is a grave temptation, but so too is diminishing the value in every form of lawful work. God has placed us on this earth so we can live ordinary lives filled with ordinary tasks. It is important to remember that Paul followed his own instruction, laboring with his own hands in the simple vocation of tentmaking, convinced that through such work he was “walking properly before outsiders and being dependent on no one” (4:12). It is more important still to remember that for the first three decades of his life, Jesus was a carpenter, diligently carrying out a simple job, so that when he at last stepped out into public ministry his neighbors asked, “Is not this the carpenter” (Mark 6:3)? There is value and dignity in all labor. We honor and serve God through the simple, beautiful duty of diligence.
full article here.


Books to read, videos to watch

Teen author Jaquelle Crowe gives us her favorite resources she recommends to teens. take a lot, some of these resources (books, blogs, videos) are worth your time.
 
 
 


Proverbs 1-9 Sunday School Class

Here are the notes from our summer Sunday School Class on Proverbs 1-9.  Thanks to everyone who attended this class, I trust that the lessons you learned from God’s word will be fruitful in your hearts as you choose to follow the call of wisdom.



Chronological Snobbery

C. S. Lewis coined the phrase “chronological snobbery” to be:

“the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.”

J. I. Packer explains it this way:

the newer is the truer,

only what is recent is decent,

every shift of ground is a step forward,

and every latest word must be hailed as the last word on its subject.

As young people (I count myself in this category – I’m not 30 yet), we are particularly tempted to fall into this mindset. Not everything that is old is good, but that doesn’t mean that we should dismiss it all. We need to seek out wisdom from those who have gone before us – both the living ones and the dead ones.

I’ll be posting more on this subject.

 



Steve Jobs

I just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs and, although I enjoyed the read, I couldn’t help feeling sad for Steve throughout the book. I learned some things from Steve and may post those later, but I’d like to focus on one particular observation from the life of Steve Jobs.

 

It is impossible to read the book through and miss Steve’s passion to change the world. He wanted Apple to be a company that lasted – his mark on the world. He tried to achieve this through…

  • his ruthless intolerance for anyone in the company who was not what he deemed, “Grade A”.
  • his rockstar-like performance that he scheduled for Apple product launches.
  • his obsession with perfection in the final product.
  • his recruitment of other talented individuals to work for Apple (to former PepsiCo president John Sculley he said something like, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to change the world?”)

 

I think Steve achieved his goal. He changed the world. But this goal (one that is so often found on the lips of ambitious, young students and entrepreneurs) is empty. In the words of Woody Allen, “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work — I want to achieve it through not dying.” What good is it if people remember you as someone who changed the world? Steve Jobs, now lying in his grave, doesn’t benefit from his legacy. No, the only way to outlive yourself is to lose your life.

 

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

(Mark 8:35-38 ESV)



What does my heart look like?

Here are some great questions to ask yourself to see if you are motivated by the gospel.

1. Are you astonished with the gospel?
Is technology interrupting your communion with God?
2. What consumes your thoughts when you have alone time?
3. When people see how you spend money, do they conclude that God is a priceless treasure, exceedingly valuable above all worldly goods?
4. When people observe your relationship with others, are they alerted to the power of Christ’s forgiveness of you that alone accounts for your forgiveness of them?
5. If you are complimented for some accomplishment, does the way you receive it drive onlookers to give thanks to the Lord?

I grabbed these questions from Andy Naselli’s blog where he references two books.



Asian Fusion

I hope you’re getting excited for Asian Fusion to start back up this summer. There are a lot of ways that you can serve. Youth leadership will be planning, facilitating, leading worship, leading game-time, serving food, etc. If you’re interested in participating in a leadership role, I’d encourage you to apply here.




 

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