What do you think? Let me know if you try it and/or need the answers! :)
Friday, February 26, 2010
What do you think? Let me know if you try it and/or need the answers! :)
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16
What do these verses mean?
Here, Jesus is teaching us. He is telling us to be different from the rest of the world. He says:
"You are the light of the world."
What does that mean? Well, in John 3:19 it says:
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." Light in the Bible usually means good or those belonging to Jesus or Jesus himself. There are cases though, when Light really means literallight. Take Genesis chapter one for instance. It tells how God created light. But in these verses in Matthew, Jesus is talking about those that belong to Jesus, Christians, people who are saved.
He says that we are the light of the world.
Next He says: "A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." We don't really have cities on hills anymore, at least here in America. They are too big. But in the time of Jesus, cities were built on top of hills for defensive reasons. If something as big as a city is sitting up there on a hill, can you see it? Of course you can! It is obvious, it stands out!
To go with his last sentence, he says next: "Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house." Have you ever seen someone, who needs light at night, put it under something so it cannot shine? No way! If you need light you will put it somewhere where it will shine it's light all over the room, so that you can see.
Finally, He says: "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." In the same way that we put a light on a stand, and not under a basket, we let our lights shine before the world, so that they can see! As it says, "so they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
What are your thoughts on these verses?
How do they apply to you?
Have you thought much on how you can be a light to those around you?
Lastly, here is a challenge for you:
Read this verse over and over again. Study it. Pray about it. Think about how you can be a light. Then, post about these verses on your blog! And be sure to leave me a comment so I can see it! :D lol.
NOTE: I first posted this on the forum on the Mission Minded Teens website. Be sure to join our forum!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Have you ever heard of The Rebelution? Have you ever heard of Alex and Brett Harris? or Do Hard Things? or Start Here? Have you ever thought about what it means to be a "Rebelutionary?" I have.
Rebelutionary - a person (mostly teenagers) who are fighting against low expectations.
Well, lets start from the beginning for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about....
The Rebelution was started by Alex and Brett Harris, twin brothers who wanted to make a good impact on teens. They not only started the Rebelution, but they wrote bestselling book "Do Hard Things." Which, teens all over the world have read. I have also read it, and I totally encourage you to read it also! It was written by teens, for teens. And it tells why you should "Do Hard Things," get out of your comfort zone, and do things that will make a difference. Since it was written by teens, they wrote it in a way that would both attract, grab a hold of, and inspire teens to make a difference.
Now, their second book, "Start Here" is almost out! And they are doing a book bomb on Amazon.com on the 23rd of this month! Which is next Tuesday. So be sure to go to their site (www.therebelution.com) and pledge to order one or more copies of the book!
Now, What does it mean to be a Rebelutionary?
To me, it means that you rebel against low expectations, that you do things outside of your comfort zone, that you make a difference in this world that will last, that you show the world what teens can do. What teens can do through Christ.
Lets define "low expectations". Low expectations is what adults have for teenagers these days, they expect almost nothing, or nothing, out of teens. They think we can do nothing, they don't think anything good can come from a teenager. And, sometimes, I agree with them...in the way that, the teens know that the adults in their life expect nothing, so they don't do anything. They do just what the adults expect. Nothing. Which is easy! It's easy to do nothing. But we must get out of that! That is what Alex and Brett are trying to tell teens! They are trying to get teens all over the world to do more, do over and beyond what is expected of them! That is what the Rebelution is! It's a group of teens rebelling against low expectations, rebelling, not against their parents, teachers, and other authorities, but they are rebelling against the expectations they have for them.
What is your definition of The Rebelution?
Have you read Do Hard Things? What did you think of it?
What kind of an impact are you making on the people around you right now? Do they see Christ though you? Or do they see a useless teenager?
I am looking forward to seeing your answers to the first two questions! God bless!
P.S. when I was talking about adults having low expectations for teens, I was talking about most teens and adults. Some adults know what teens can do, some teens know what they can do, and they do it. So, don't get the impression that I was talking about all teens and adults, because I wasn't. :) Just wanted to clarify that.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I figured out the hard way that the kind of study that "5W's and an H, Women of the Bible Study" is not my kind...if you see what I'm saying...
So, I am going to start a new study. A book study. Like the 2nd Timothy Study I did last year. Over the next week I will be considering which book. It is probably going to be New Testament. So, be sure to check back in a week to see! :)
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
1 Timothy 4:12 (New International Version) 12 Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
This is Mission Minded Teens' theme verse because it tells youths (teens) to let no man despise our youth. Despise means "to regard with contempt, distaste, disgust, or disdain; scorn; loathe." (Dictionary.com) We are to be an example to the believers, those who are our brothers and sisters in Christ, no matter how old they are.
We are to be examples for them in speech, in the way that we speak kindly, not harsh. We speak with respect, love, and care. We are to conduct conversation that pleases God, speak of things concerning Him, not things of this world, not evil.
We are to be examples for them in life. How we live, how we work with others, what we say, what we do, how we dress, where we go, etc, etc. People are watching, they look at you to see what you do. Especially young Christians; just like a younger sibling does what you do, younger Christians will see what you are doing, and, whether good or bad, will think it's O.K. ("younger Christian" does not necessarily mean physically younger, just younger in the faith.)
We are also to be examples for them in love. Love our brothers and sisters in Christ, love God, love the lost, love our enemies. But show it in way that pleases God, not man.
We are to be examples in faith. Show your faith to the world, make known you're beliefs in the Savior. But be sure not to do it as the Pharisees, for they would make sure everyone thought they were perfect, they would pray out in public, and do all the sacrifices, and on and on and on. We are to tell our faith to the world, but in a quiet and humble way.
We are to be examples for the believers in purity. Especially for girls. For example: dress modestly and don't go out with a boy unless he's your husband. Also, I like one of the definitions that dictionary.com used it says: "The degree to which a color is free from being mixed with other colors." Apply that to yourself. What does that mean? Keep away from things that draw you away from your Savior.
That must be one of our main goals in life. To set an example for the other believers.
Challenge: How do you set an example? Chose one of these things and try it out. What do others think? Did it make a difference in your life or someone elses?
P.S. What would y'all think of me doing a study on 1st Timothy like the 2nd Timothy one?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
It's almost out!!!! I'm so excited!!!!
Alex and Brett Harris, authors of Do Hard Things, and founders of The Rebelution; have finished writing their second book, called Start Here. Click here for more information!
ya know...I have so many sweet blogger friends that I would never have met if I hadn't started this blog about a year and a half ago...:)
I just got two awards that I want to share with y'all....
I got this one from Anna! Thank you!
Here are the rules:
1. List 8 stories or books that you would like to live in (for two weeks?)
2. List 8 other bloggers who deserve this award
3. Comment on their blog, and tell them they won an award
-1. Lord of the Rings
-2. Nancy Drew
-3. Beauty and the Beast
-4. The Hobbit
-5. The Sound of Music
If I think of some more I'll add them. :P lol.
-1. Anna @ Sisters in the Savior
-2. Poppy @ Mold Me Make Me
-3. Prism @ A Girl of Many Colors
-4. Maggie @ Behind the Teen Scene
-5. Emily @ Super Baking Girl
-6. Emily @ 1 Corinthians 10:31
-7. IHeart girls @ IHeart
-8. Libby @ Girls Of Hope
3. I'll try to get that done!
I got this one from Eldarwen and Taylor. Thanks, girls!
I'm going to award all my followers! I think all of my followers are girls...I'm not sure though...:)
Monday, February 8, 2010
A blogger friend of mine let us know...Photobucket has a virus! DO NOT USE IT!!!! Someone with a computer with a virus probably uploaded something to it, and now the Photobucket servers has it, and is giving it to everyone else who uses it. So, DO NOT USE IT until they get it out of there. If anyone has any further information on it, please let me know! Thanks!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
"Be the kind of girl that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil says, "oh no, she's up!" (Sorry, I don't know who said it...)
I love this quote! It makes me want to make the devil say that every single day about me! But what does that mean? Why would he say that?
Well, being that kind of girl, means that you live your life for Christ. You live to please Him. And Him alone.
That makes the Devil so mad! He wants to take you away from eternity with Christ, and lead you down the wrong path, the path that leads to eternity in Hell.
So, in that quote, when the girl wakes up and gets out of bed to start a new day, the devil sees and knows that she will live this day like the one before it, for Christ and Christ alone.
What kind of girl are you? Do you live for Christ? What does the Devil do or say when your feet hit the floor every morning? Does he get a huge smile on his face and do a jig and celebrate? or does he cross his arms and pout, saying "urg! She's up again"?
Something to think about...
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