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IN THIS ISSUE IN SEASON
Back-to-School Success 16 SERIES: TEMPTATION
Remedy for Temptation 20 FASHION
Zowie’s Fashion Finds 14 INTERVIEWS
Alisha Pace 10 NBA Star Mike James 18 MISSIONS
Servant Leadership Training 101 15 Making Your Christianity Count 16 POLITICS
Christianity & Politics: You Mad Bro? 22
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ORGANIZATION FOR COLLEGE Written by Lisa Giesler
It’s time for college. For freshman, it’s going to be the first time that you’ll be living away from home. Finally freedom! Freedom to have your room the way that you want! You arrive to check out your new room, but freeze as you open the door. “There must be a mistake. This couldn’t be my room. It’s the size of my closet! Where am I going to put all of my stuff?” Yes, this is your room for the semester and possibly the next several years, but it’s not just your room; you have to share that tiny space with a roommate. It also seems that you have enough stuff to fill it from the ceiling to floor. You can’t bring your whole home with you to the dorm; you can only bring a small portion of it. You can prepare and make the best use of the space that you’re
• Small removable shelving for storage in your closet. This is the best way to store all those shoes you are still going to bring.
• Over the door storage for toiletries, school supplies, and accessories. • Removable strips and hooks for the walls to hang purses, belts, and • scarves. • Plastic bins that fit under the bed for clothing storage. • Trunks. Old school is the new school. Trunks can serve as storage and coffee tables for snacks and homework.
• A container with handles that holds all your bathroom supplies to make shower time a little easier.
given by having a plan.
• Bring in pops of your favorite color and your favorite accessories to
Here are some tips: • Consider what you absolutely have to have in order to live. Do you
• Be sure to go to your college’s website to know what to bring and what
really need or have the space for all those shoes? How many pairs
personalize your space. not to bring.
of jeans do you really need to bring with you? Think in terms of
College is going to be a lot of fun, and these tips will help your tiny space feel
just a little more like home. A tiny, tiny home. Enjoy the school year!
storage because you may not have the floor space for regular shelves
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• Small shelving/ cubbies that sit on your desk. This comes in handy for and/or you may not be able to install shelves up on the walls.
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INTERVIEW Check out Alisha’s music at reverbnation.com/alishapace
Alisha Pace WHAT IS YOUR HOMETOWN? WHAT WAS YOUR CHILDHOOD LIKE? I was raised in Sugar Land, Texas. It’s a pretty SWEET destination. I have two WONDERFUL siblings: Alexis is my recently married sister, and my brother Reagan is the proud new owner of a driver’s license. Growing up, my mom home-schooled us, so we had a lot of time to get to know each other. I can honestly say that they are two of the best friends I will ever have; two people I can be incredibly silly with and yet also have serious conversations with. My parents are pretty cool too. My dad is really good at early morning coffee one- on-ones. He is wisdom-infused. And my mom is a living GPS--she can get you ANYWHERE. I have been so blessed by these four. They’ve shaped so much of who I am!
YOU JUST COMPLETED YOUR FIRST YEAR AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY. HOW WAS IT? ANY WORDS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS THIS YEAR? COLLEGE. College was a good time. College is so interesting because it’s a BIG group of people who are all near the same age gathering in one place. So, SOAK IT UP! Get out there and meet everyone you can. Go eat lunch with 10 AUG/SEP/OCT 2013
that person you hardly know. Make plans to do something fun on the weekend. Include everyone!
HAS COLLEGE CHALLENGED OR MADE YOU EVALUATE YOUR FAITH? IF SO, WHAT HAPPENED THAT LED TO THIS? WHAT REALIZATION DID YOU COME TO? College challenged my faith for sure. Something that I often struggle with in my daily life is insecurity. I got to college and had moments when I felt small and insignificant. Sometimes I would look around me and think, “Wow. Everyone else fits in perfectly and has like a kaziIlion friends. I must be LAME.” And because I felt so small, I was also very discontented with my surroundings for awhile. My trust in God was quite lacking, and I was totally allowing my feelings to dictate what I thought was true. Then God kind of rocked my world and was like, “HOLD UP ALISHA. Here’s some truth for you: You are loved like CRAZY, by people and by ME. Comparison is the thief of contentment.The
coordinates of your life are in no way random
notice. The world is full of broken people who
and I planted you WHERE I did WHEN I did
are searching and crying out for love, and I truly
for a divine reason. Just BE YOURSELF and
think that even the smallest actions can brighten lives everywhere!
the right people will stick to you. I am refining you through any affliction that you
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH SOMEBODY WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU AS YOU BEGAN YOUR CAREER AS AN ARTIST?
feel right now. Allow me to refine you my sweet child.” ￼ Sometimes I think God allows us to go
To not lose faith in God’s plan. With this
through rough patches so we can learn to feel
career, it is easy to get discouraged because
deeply for others who may be experiencing
it is so highly competitive. And giving up has
the same thing. Sometimes I also think he
definitely crossed my mind a couple of times. But
allows us to be discontent, because total
if God wants me to go on to sing for thousands,
contentment can be a dangerous place, in that
it will happen. There’s no stopping His will. The
it can leave you with no thirst to make changes
only thing He’s told me to do is to not waste any
for the better. God was refining me through
of the gifts He’s allowed me to have. So while I
that season. He was teaching me to be able to
have breath, I will definitely be singing, whether
love on others who feel what I was feeling.
that will be on a big stage or just for my family.
He was planting in me the desire to let others
WHAT HAS BEEN A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SUMMER?
know just how special and significant they are. There’s a reason for everything and God never fails to show me that, even when I don’t
Currently, I am a waitress at Salt Grass Steak
trust what He’s up to. God is so incredibly faithful and He never stops showing me just how faithful He is!
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE YOU WERE GOING TO PURSUE BEING A PERFORMING ARTIST? I was sitting in Pre-Calculus one day during my Junior year in high school, and thinking about life career choices. We had probably just taken some
House, and it has just been an AMAZING job! It is literally my JOB to serve people. What better
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR MAIN GENRE AND WHY?
way to show people the Jesus in me?! I know that
COUNTRY. I love the stories that country songs
time with the people I meet, so I try to use it to love
tell. Sometimes there’s pain. Sometimes there’s happiness. Other times, love. But I think country songs are beautiful because they are so real.
being a waitress only gives me a small window of on them like crazy! That isn’t always easy, but I’m learning. It’s also a super humbling job, because I make a lot of mistakes. I might accidentally pour a drink in someone’s lap, but hey, I make sure they
mark in the world through SINGING than I am
AS A FEMALE ARTIST, THE LIGHTS ARE ON YOU FAIRLY OFTEN. HOW DO YOU HANDLE YOUR SELF-IMAGE AND INSECURITIES?
about anything else! I should probably stick with
The stage is wonderful, but it can also allow a
ANY ADVICE FOR CHRISTIAN TEENS PURSUING A MUSIC CAREER?
lot of pride to step in. And when I get proud, I
Stay close to Jesus. Stay humble. Never stop
crazy test or something, and THAT’S when it hit me, “Hey, I’m more passionate about leaving a
this thing.” And that’s where I discovered my career choice- right there in math class!
normally just end up looking like a dumbo! God
When was your first performance? Were you
gave me a gift and graciously allows me to use it,
nervous? If so, how did you work past the nerves?
but He does not NEED my gift to do His work. I’ve
My first solo singing performance was at a home-school talent show called Share Night, and I sang, “I’m Alright” by FFH. Even though it was ten years ago, I assume that I was quite the nervous little bunny. I have several things that I do to work past nerves: I pray, I repeat Bible verses to myself, and I’ve found that speaking to the audience before I sing is also really beneficial for calming nerves. But a little nervousness isn’t a bad thing; it gives you just enough spunk for a fabulous performance!
found that staying humble is crucial to performing. And staying humble also automatically gives you the freedom to view your worth from God’s
have a good time despite that.
using the gifts Christ gave you. Those three things can NEVER steer you wrong!
ANY LAST THOUGHTS COMMENTS?
HEY! Now that you know a bit about me, let
perspective, not from your accomplishments.
me know who YOU are! Tell me about yourself!
DO YOU SEE YOUR MUSIC/MUSIC CAREER AS A WAY TO MINISTER TO PEOPLE? IF SO, HOW?
What’s your story? What’s your favorite color?
MINISTRY TO THE MAX! For me, I think actions speak louder than words. I think that when
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9 THINGS ABOUT OUR SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN Melinda Mier
My freshman year of college, I tried to take a bus to visit a friend in Austin, but I fell asleep on the bus and ended up in Houston! The bus driver agreed to drive me back to school. When we got back, he made me promise I would never ride on another bus again! In 7th grade, my friend’s uncle got me an audition to sing for Bow Wow, but I chickened out and never went. I am TERRIFIED of the dark! I still have a night lamp I keep on. My favorite show EVER is Beverly Hills 90210! I’ve watched all 10 seasons 15 times, and I still ball my eyes out on the last episode. I’m half Cuban on my dad’s side, and I long to visit Cuba one day to see the other half of my culture. I ran up our phone bill in high school by $1000! This was before my parents believed in unlimited everything. In high school, I had aspirations for becoming a rapper and had a cool rapper name, “Young Minnie.” That dream was crushed when I could’nt flow or come up with rhymes. The book fair came to my school in elementary school. My parents wouldn’t buy me books off my wish list, so I took one of my mom’s checks to try and buy them. She found it under my bed. I didn’t get anything from the book fair that year. I AM A TWIN!
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ZOWIE’S FASHION FINDS By Zowie Murillo
2. Coal FLT White Beanie $ 17.95 | Zumiez
3. Quilted spiked Moto jacket $34.80 | Forever 21
1. Buckled combat Boot $ 18.89 | ShopAtImage.com
4. Hammered Cross Earrings $ 1.80 | Forever 21
6. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoes $ 44.99 | Khols
5. Street-Femme Quilted Moto Jacket $34.80 | Forever 21
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Who Can Attend This is a fun filled weekend of serving and leadership training. The event is open to teens (male & female) 13 years of age as well as youth groups. Space is limited. There are many requirements to attend the weekend.
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BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUCCESS Written by Katherine Dillard
MAKING YOUR CHRISTIANITY COUNT Written by Kimberly James Don’t let the end of the summer blues get you down! The first day back to school is on the way. From Valedictorian to the athletic jock, or whatever you do during the school year, here are some fun and efficient tips to kick off the beginning of the school year with a bang.
So you say you are a Christian? Ok, great! What is your contribution to humanity? Have you ever thought about your personal mission? reach out to “all the nations” in Matthew 28:19. However, many people are not called to be
If you’re the type to procrastinate getting your work done, then regret it, but repeat the cycle all over again, you are not alone. Try to stay one step ahead of yourself. Cope with your schedule and habits to find clever ways to help your day go a lot smoother. For instance, start with a schedule. Once you get the hang of it, add another step, like getting organized. You would be amazed by what a hole-puncher and some dividers would do. If you don’t like getting organized during class, designate a time/day as often as you want to get all of your notes and handouts together. Some surveys showed that over 50% of students say that they would have done better in school had they been organized.
age or circumstances, there is always a way
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global missionaries and travel abroad. Yet, we ought to be mission-minded in all the things we do. Have you discovered your passions? Are there areas in your home, school, church or community that would greatly benefit if you created or supported a missions program? As a body of Christ, we ought to invest in our
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local church. Join Habitat for Humanity, United Way, relief efforts. Serve others daily in the same way you would like to be served. Mentor a younger person than yourself. Allow others to go first in line. Buy a stranger a meal or a drink. Share your testimony with others by way of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Create a Facebook fan or blog page for your peers to talk and express themselves
mission, as stated in Acts 1:8; no matter our we can evangelize and serve others. If you
Assist with Sunday School classes at your
Salvation Army, or Red Cross in their
Jesus made it very clear that Christians should
Maybe you can benefit during your study break. Studies show that blueberries can increase your learning capacity. These sweet and tangy berries make for a delicious snack. However, blueberries aren’t the only snacks that are good for your brain. Research also shows that tea, avocados and nuts can help you focus in the classroom too. Nuts are a win-win. Not only do they stimulate better brain activity, but they give you more energy before physical exercise.
Most importantly, stay positive and don’t give up. Your perception has the ability to make you or break you. Albert Einstein once said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer”. Three of the best keys to success no matter what you face are to stay calm, keep a positive attitude, and persevere. Cast your worries to the one who died for you, and Jesus will take care of the rest.
about Jesus. Inquire about starting a Christian Student
are excited about being an “Ambassador for
Association for your local school or
Christ,” prayerfully consider working on your
personal mission or evangelistic work for the kingdom in the next coming weeks. Here are some suggestions: • Buy extra non-perishable items when you
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grocery shop to deliver to a food bank. Donate your gently used clothing to a shelter.
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Organize weekly food, clothing, or book drives for your school or community. Raise your standards in your conversations to include more positives than negatives. Live out loud for Christ every day in every way. When given the opportunity, prayerfully
Invite others to worship with you regularly
join a mission group to travel and
for two services a month.
serve others in different cities, states or
Donate your time talking to an elderly
person in a nursing home.
Above all things, remember to live a life of
Visit a child with cancer and read a book
service to others, and you will be greatly
to them once a week.
After talking with friends, always end the conversation with an encouraging
scripture. Create your own gospel tracts and distribute them to your family, friends and community.
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NBA Star Mike James
by Janiah Lockett
Basketball, illustrious for being one of the hardest games ever invented, is also known for its amazing players. They jump incredible heights, move at phenomenal speeds, and can do serious damage with a piece of rubber. New York-born Mike James is one of these players, but is also a Christian. I had the privilege of interviewing the Dallas Maverick.
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WHEN WERE YOU INDUCTED INTO THE NBA? I was inducted into the NBA in the 2000-2001 season.
HOW TALL ARE YOU? HAVE YOU EVER BEEN STARED AT BECAUSE OF YOUR HEIGHT? I am 6’2’’. The only time I was ever stared at was when I was in China.
YOU’VE PLAYED IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA, AUSTRIA, FRANCE, AND TURKEY. WHICH COUNTRY WAS YOUR FAVORITE?
WHAT DO YOU DO TO PUMP YOURSELF UP FOR A GAME?
slap you on one cheek, offer them the other. You
I listen to gospel music. I have a game ritual
WAS THERE EVER A TIME YOU CONSIDERED GIVING UP BASKETBALL?
[which includes being] specific about what I eat. My preparation keeps me from being nervous.
WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE? I have a sweet tooth. But for the most part I try to eat healthily; I try to stay away from a lot of fried foods. But I am a sucker for junk.
have to pick your battles.
I remember when I was first cut from the Miami Heat. I went to CBA and wasn’t playing well. In the midst of a hard game, I thought to myself that if the game was going to be this difficult for me, I’d rather not play. It was a tough decision. I called my wife and a close friend, and was ready to give basketball up. Then, all of the sudden, the game
My favorite country was Austria because my
ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE, WHAT DO YOU THINK BASKETBALL TEACHES ABOUT LIFE?
wife and I got married there. My team paid for
It teaches you how to interact with other people.
It was just one of those moments, and I always
everything, and my coach gave her away. I always
In business, when there’s a project that has to be
want to go back there to visit the church [where
done, you have to come together with one common
the ceremony was held].
goal. That’s the same thing when it comes to
WHAT HAS BEEN THE ODDEST CULTURAL DIFFERENCE YOU’VE EXPERIENCED WHILE OVERSEAS? ALSO, WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ADJUSTING TO A NEW COUNTRY? The oddest thing has been the Chinese food. It’s not the same type of food we call Chinese in the US. The hardest thing about adjusting is the language barrier. Without communication, you can’t go anywhere or do anything.
WOW! THAT’S INTERESTING. ON ANOTHER NOTE, DO BASKETBALL PLAYERS EVER HAVE TO WEAR MAKEUP? Sometimes basketball players have to wear foundation, eyeliner, concealer, and lip gloss for commercials.
professional sports; you’re not an individual, you’re a team, so you have to learn how to work with other players and still show your leadership skills.
Never quit. Never give up on your dreams It’s only what you believe about yourself [that determines] whether or not you’ll be successful as a professional athlete.
DO YOU HAVE ANY WARNINGS FOR ASPIRING PLAYERS? Don’t become cocky from other people’s praise.
4 hours, and I’m replaying the game in my head. Losses are tough for me. I hold onto them more than I hold onto wins. For wins, as soon as the
HOW DO YOU STAY DETERMINED WHILE ON THE LOSING SIDE OF A GAME?
Larry Brown always said: “Play the game the right way. Because if you can’t play it the right way, you can’t play.”
SPEAKING OF PLAYING, HAVE YOU ALWAYS PLAYED THE POSITION OF POINT GUARD? Yes. I’ve always been the small guy.
I got saved my senior year of college, in 1998.
regardless of what people say about who you are.
I like being alone. I don’t go to sleep for about
Play the game the right way. That’s what Coach
The NBA is everything I expected it to be. It’s the
WHAT PICKS YOU UP AGAIN AFTER YOU LOSE A GAME?
game is over, I’m done with the game. A loss hurts
LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CHRISTIANITY. WHEN DID YOU GET ACCEPT CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR?
you like to say to those aspiring to play in the
thank God for allowing me to hold on.
YOU WERE AN NBA CHAMPION IN 2004 WITH THE PISTONS. IN THE TEAM HUDDLE PRECEDING THE FOURTH QUARTER, WHAT DID YOUR COACH TELL YOUR TEAM?
IS THE NBA IN ANY WAY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU EXPECTED IT TO BE? best basketball league in the world. What would
started turning around, and I started playing better.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE SUCH A BUSY SCHEDULE WITH A CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE? I keep God the head of my life, and understand that I’m never too busy for Him.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT PLAYING AGAINST (FOR THE MOST PART) UNBELIEVERS? Mostly it’s a choice of words. You’re always
that much more for me. I hate to lose more than I love to win.
[I keep in mind that] the game is over when the buzzer rings. You have to always play with heart and not give up a single opportunity, because when there’s still time, you just might gain the momentum needed to win.
WHAT IS TRAINING LIKE FOR YOU? I do too much. I swim, run, do yoga, etc. My day may start at 5:30 in morning and end at 5 in the evening. The training’s not fun, but that’s not what I’m focusing on. I’m focusing on the results.
WHO HAS HAD A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON YOUR CAREER? Negative people in my life. People who say I won’t amount to anything; that I can’t be or do certain things. They are more motivation to me than the people in my corner.
supposed to be a light no matter who you’re
Mike James is a great player, but is also a good
playing with. Have you ever experienced trash
role model. He always keeps God first, even while
talk during a game? How did you overcome it?
in the midst of a crazy NBA schedule. He reminds
As quickly as they can love you, if you stop having
You have to know that being a Christian doesn’t
success in that sport they can turn their back on
mean you have to accept just anything that anyone
you. If that happened, you wouldn’t know how to
says to you. But, at the same time, you always
overcome [because you’ve become cocky from
have to understand that you are supposed to have
listening to their praise].
meekness about you like Christ. He says if they
Christians that no matter where you are, whether it is in business or in the NBA, the light you shine should never be hidden.
REMEDY FOR TEMPTATION Written by Libin Abraham
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1: 13-15
James addresses a key issue here that all of
shore until we have gone too far. Therefore it is
is history. What kinds of lures or baits are before
us face: temptation! Whether we are young or old,
necessary that we recognize and take action. So let
you that grab your attention and affection?
we are tempted by different things. When you are
us first recognize what is the source of temptation.
going through particular seasons of loneliness or stress, things that we normally would identify as clearly wrong, now seem to be acceptable due to our circumstances or trials. We know that stealing is wrong, but if we are really hungry and there is a buffet table near us, slipping into the line doesn’t seem like a bad idea. In many instances of stress, we turn to alcohol or pornography. When we have an intense desire to be liked, we may start compromising our morals. When we are hurt or angry, we tend to lash out at someone, and we claim that it is justified. These are some of the temptations that emerge from various trials. Are you going through something now that is causing you to be tempted to do something you normally wouldn’t do?
that these baits when bit into lead to certain death.
our temptation is us! It is not God or others, but our
There is no question about it. Temptation itself is
own evil desires. Forks and spoons don’t make a
not the sin, but the entertaining of the temptation
person obese, they their own eating habitsdo. God
is, because it leads to sin itself. A union takes place
may test you but he will never tempt you. Testing
between our desires and the object of temptation
is meant to strengthen and build us up while
and it conceives sin. It continues to grow, until it
temptations are meant to destroy us. In temptation
is fully mature and accomplished. Then it kills,
we are lured away just like a fish that sees a baited
which was its goal from the beginning. James here
hook. The fish spots an easy target that is helpless
wants us to look at the long road that temptation
and seems to promise great fulfillment. It proceeds
takes us on before we decide to take a ride with it.
to bite into the hook only to find out that it was not
A vivid description of this long road is also given
live bait but a deadly trick. We all have these lures
in Proverbs 7:10-27. Ultimately, flirting with
in our life that promise to either give us pleasure or
temptation is opening the door to a vicious cycle
to numb our pain. There is a different lure or bait
of death. Where would your tempting bait take
for all of us. Satan has tailor-made a temptation
you if you continued?
for each of us. Lures will always first grab your
Temptation is not a single wave that crashes
attention, and then grip your affection. You will
on us, but a steady pull of an undertow; a slow
see it and notice it, and then you will have a
but constant occurrence of small waves. It’s as if
feeling of attraction to it. When such feeling is
we don’t realize how far we have drifted from the
kept and not destroyed, you bite into it and the rest
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James continues and tells us in verses 14-16
In James 1:13, James says that the source of
James gives us a remedy for our deadly temptations in verses 16-17. The remedy is to simply look to the only one that can give true pleasure and joy, God himself. We all want good gifts and perfect things, and God is the only one
FROM THE READERS 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1: 16-17
that can give us that for he alone is good and perfect. However, our temptations will blur our vision and prevent us from seeing that. The greatest danger of temptations is that it can disfigure the true picture of God. In the story of Eve and the Serpent, before the serpent could make the fruit look appealing, he first had to make God look unappealing. In tempting us, Satan makes God look insufficient, old, outdated, and with nothing to offer. However, this is Satan’s scheme to keep us turned away from God. In order for us to be rescued from the vicious cycle of sin, we must turn to God in Jesus Christ.
Submit your questions at mvmntmag.com/questions Q: What’s wrong with rock/country/CCM/jazz music? How can you tell what music is good and what is bad? ― Love 2 Listen A: Love 2 Listen, Have you ever heard of that phrase, “You are what you eat”? Well, the Bible tells us in Proverbs 23:7 that you are what you think. Often times, the things that we listen to become the things that we think about, so we have to be very careful. If we are trying to live a life that is pleasing to God, then we have to think about the things that please Him. So, there is nothing wrong with rock, jazz or county music, but that doesn’t make it right for you, depending on what it makes you think about.
When we take the time to turn to God, we discover a God so satisfying and good that all temptations pale in comparison. We discover a God so constant and patient that we can count on him to be merciful despite all of our failures. Do not allow the enemy to paint an inaccurate picture of God. Satan’s drawings of God will make God look angry, boring, irrelevant, distant
― KJ Q: Why is it so hard to be consistent in the Christian life as a teenager? ― Trying Teen
and mean. However this is a lie that you must not believe. God’s deepest desire is to fulfill every need that you have. God wants to be your source of satisfaction. Most often the reason for our temptations, whether they be addiction, pleasure, immorality or another desire, is a dissatisfaction or a void in our hearts that we think we need to fill by ourself. The Christian-converted life as described in Colossians 3 is a life where our hearts and minds are set on Christ and satisfied by Him. He becomes our life. The remedy for temptation is not only turning away from temptation, but turning towards Jesus and allowing Him to become your satisfaction. This truly glorifies God and brings healing and eternal fulfillment.
A: Trying Teen, First, let me say keep up the good work! One of the things that God requires of us is that we keep trying. God’s word tells us that if we “endure to the end” we will receive rewards. God does not require that we be perfect; in fact, He knows that we are not. That is why He sent Jesus, the only perfect one. As believers, we rely on Christ’s perfection. We don’t have to be perfect, but we should consistently try to be. There are a few things that can help, but first and most importantly, you must accept Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. Next, we have to build our relationship with Him by reading the Bible and praying. We also need to surround ourselves with people who are trying to live for God like we are, so it helps immensely to go to church. Get involved in a youth group where others are living for God also. They can help you when you’re slipping, and you can help them also. Remember though, never give up. If you’ve already given your life to Christ, you can trust Him to help you when you are weak, and if you are honestly trying, He will forgive you when you mess up. Remember Christ is perfect. If we are believe and accept Christ, then He will be perfection for us! ― KJ Q: What is appropriate clothing for a Christian and why
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impression.” At first I didn’t know what that meant, but I learned. It simply means that whatever I wanted people to think of me, I had to make sure I presented myself that way. Honestly, you can wear whatever you want. That’s right, I said it. You can wear whatever you want. Just remember, whatever you wear will cause people to think about you in a certain way. I can best answer your question using an example. If you saw someone in a police uniform, what type of person would you think they were? That’s right – a police officer. What about someone in pants and a white coat with a stethoscope? You would probably think a doctor. Well, would the word “Christian” come to mind if you saw a young lady with shorts on that were incredibly short and a top on that was 2 sizes too small? Probably not. So there you have it. You can wear whatever you want, but if you want someone to think of you a certain way, it’s a good idea to dress like you want them to think. You can dress modestly and still be fashion forward. Give it a try! ― KJ
CHRISTIANITY & POLITICS: YOU MAD BRO? Written by Pamela Samuels
Immigration. Gay Rights. Gun Control.
3:9, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with
It’s all so frustrating! Congress can’t seem to
insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,
get along for a single day, let alone solve big
because to this you were called so that you may
problems in our country. It’s easy to get caught
inherit a blessing.” Now, responding with a
up in it all, and when parents are frustrated and
blessing doesn’t mean we say, “May the Lord
talk about it, it’s hard not to get mad. But what
bless you.” That will probably make the person
good will that do? Getting angry about politics
even angrier. A blessing could be that we walk
is easy. Rising above it to be a true follower of
away. It could be that we change the subject.
Christ is a different story.
Or, it could be that we apologize on behalf of
As followers of Jesus, our goal is to respond as He wants. When it comes to living with and around others, especially those who
and nasty, since we all know someone who acts that way.
think Christians are intolerant, judgmental
Ultimately, getting mad about politics
hypocrites, we try to be peaceful. When
isn’t going to solve the problems, and you will
someone who isn’t a follower of Christ talks
only inherit bigger problems unless someone
about us as if we are all bigoted jerks, we don’t
starts to follow the example given to us in
have to get angry and respond with insults.
scripture. So, why not you?
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other Christians who actually have been mean
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