Posts Tagged ‘high school’

What You Worship You Become

The title pretty much says it all.  If you worship a particular ideology, you will become like it.  If you worship an icon of society like a political figure, you will become like that person.  If you worship the truth, you become like the truth.  But which truth are you talking about because in our world there are supposedly multiple truths?

First of all, let us define truth.  According to Webster’s dictionary truth is “that which accords with fact or reality”.  For example, a math problem has one answer that is true not several answers.  In other words, there are not multiple truths but only one.

Now, we must decide where the truth resides.  Does it reside in politically correct philosophies, some religious dogma or in the Bible?  They can’t all be true as Webster pointed out.  In fact, in many ways they contradict each other, so there is no way they can all be true.

Two thousand years ago Jesus came to earth and fulfilled numerous prophecies of the Old Testament written hundreds of years before.  In addition, historians like Josephus attest to the truth of the New Testament.  Today you can go to Israel and walk where Jesus walked and visit churches on many of the prominent sites of the Old and New Testament.

Now, you can try and deny the facts of the preceding paragraph, but in the end there is no getting around them, and what is listed there is only the tip of the iceberg.  If what I have stated above is true(and it is quite easy to verify), then it is time to set aside the false and embrace biblical truth and place our worship where it belongs.

Motives And Purposes

What motivates you?  Is it some particular activity you enjoy?  Is it a particular purpose?  All of us have motives that drive us, but I wonder how many of us have examined our own motives or the motives of others.

Let me give you an example.  There is a religious group that continually condemns racism.  On the exterior that looks positive.  However, because the group is predominately of one minority, the motive of that condemnation is to get more members and to keep the members it already has.  In fact, in that particular religious group the leadership has condemned other ethnic groups in a kind of reverse racism.  Motives are not always easy to discern.

What is important is to try to keep our own motives and purposes pure.  Only with God’s help, the Bible and the Holy Spirit can we begin to face our own flaws and overcome them.  Motives matter because God judges the heart and why we do what we do not just outward performance.

In Light Of Eternity

Several years ago I attended a graduation at a Christian school where the principal gave a message loosely based on a popular Christian song entitled “Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing.” What is the main thing? Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen again. If the message of salvation through faith Jesus Christ is not apparent somewhere in our daily life, what we are doing has little if any eternal significance.

Hafren’s Midwest Book Review

The Midwest Book Review just sent me a review of Hafren: A Fantasy for the Young at Heart.  Here is an excerpt:

“This is the story of an adventure of two youths…  The two fellows looked different and because of that others stayed away from them, but that doesn’t stop their quest…  Are they afraid?  Perhaps.  But this trip holds many surprises for them…

This story is one of overcoming evil with the help of God, friendship, and helping your fellow man.  It is an entertaining and God-principled story that any teen should enjoy.”

Hafren: A Fantasy for the Young at Heart is available from amazon.com and from the Lighthouse Christian Publishing website fantasy page 2.

Hafren Book Cover

Christian Teen Fantasy Released

The Christian teen fantasy entitled Hafren: A Fantasy for the Young at Heart was just released by Lighthouse Christian Publishing and is available from their bookstore and amazon.com.

The back cover reads: “The invasion of Hafren has begun.  Two unlikely youths are thrown into the fray attempting to thwart the evil.  At time their efforts even turn humorous.  The outcome remains uncertain as the two head directly for the trouble’s source.”

Hafren: A Fantasy for the Young at Heart is available from amazon.com and from the following link: http://lighthousechristianpublishing.com

Deliverance

Almost all of us as Christians struggle against some form of bondage in our life.  Whether it is simply watching too much television or something much deeper passed down through our parents, the answer to gain freedom is available.  God has not left us helpless in the face of any bondage.  What follows are practical biblical answers towards total deliverance for any believer in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Jesus went to the cross to purchase our freedom from sin, sickness, disease and financial lack.  Applying the cross, the blood of Jesus or the name of Jesus to any situation by faith will begin to reverse the curse of the law of sin and death.  Applying those three(the cross, the name and the blood of Jesus) on a regular basis can break us free from any problem.  Even our bloodline, our DNA, can be changed until freedom in Christ transforms us.

The Holy Spirit’s resurrection power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is also available to believers.  In New Testament Greek the word is dunamis.  Application of God’s dunamis power through the Holy Spirit can empower us to overcome any temptation or problem.

Another weapon to overcome bondage and problems is the Word of God.  The Bible is full of phrases and passages that can help give us freedom in Christ.  One of my favorites is “I am more than a conqueror.”  That word “conqueror” points to overwhelming victory and total defeat of the enemy.  Repeatedly speak out such words by faith until your heart and spirit agree with your spoken words.

Applying these three areas to whatever is plaguing us may not always bring immediate results, but it can begin the journey to total release.  As our faith grows in God’s ability to free us and as we continue to speak out in faith appropriate freeing words, our release or the release of others will manifest.

Teaching Positions Abound

The teaching jobs listed on the website abound.  While most unemployed educators struggle to find a position, those not afraid of adventure can leap into a cross-cultural experience.  Worldwide job listings that cry out for educators are added daily and not just in the spring and summer.  Some of the teaching positions require specialized credentials, but many only require a university degree and little or no experience.  It takes a tough person emotionally, physically and spiritually to go this route, but the rewards are usually very gratifying.(If you are a Christian, make sure you take a Bible, Christian music, books, etc. that you will need to maintain your inner strength.)  The avenue is wide open to gain teaching experience for the inexperienced and to earn a tax-free income of up to $70,000.00(the last time I looked at the U.S. tax regulations).  The salary in some countries is paltry and more of a ministry, but in others it is comparable to earnings in the U.S.  At first, overcoming your fear of the unknown may be your toughest battle, but the rewards in the end are worth it.  Personally, I spent two years teaching in Japan and five years teaching in Saudi Arabia, and even though it was difficult I would not trade those experiences for anything.

Here are two websites that may open the door to a new adventure:

1) Dave’s ESL Cafe or eslcafe.com for secular positions listed under Job Center Home Page and the International Job Board

2) Association of Christian Schools International or acsi.org under Jobs and Overseas Openings

***Update Note: Since this article was written the Association of Christian Schools International has changed their website, and it is no longer free to view possible job openings.  Not having got into the site since the change I can’t say what is there now.

Youtube Video: The Chaos Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-WMWsF0jU8 

Click on the link above to view the video.

The pages from this video come from the book for teens entitled Character Concert which is available from amazon.com, to bookstores from Ingram Books and at the following website: http://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=1597813206

Character Concert Slides

Character Concert For Youth

In the world of today’s youth where the lines of right and wrong are so easily blurred choices can be tough to make.  The book, Character Concert, presents cutting edge issues in an easy-to-read format with humorous pictures to draw in youth.  From Dancing Brain Danny to Kid Adrenaline Rush, the characters depicted reveal different aspects of the Christian life.  One youth chaplain said of the book: “…I was very impressed with it.”

The book is available from Xulon Press, amazon.com and to bookstores from Ingram Books.