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PUBLISHER & EDITOR IN CHIEF ZIQUIA L. ANDREWS

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Not too sure if this is issue 1 or 3. The recent changes have us going a little coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs. Regardless of which ever it is, Welcome to TEMPERANCE Youth and thank you for reading.

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This issue is more packed than usual. We have more artists and more articles, keeping you intrigued as you turn the pages. Another new feature that you may notice are the links scattered about the issue linking you to music, videos and more. Be sure to comment and let us know how you, our audience like or dislike the changes.

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Are We All God’s

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By, Rick Shaffer

If you were to approach someone on the street and ask them if they were a child of God, they would most likely answer yes because they believe that we are all God’s children. The first children were created by God himself in the Garden of Eden, though the term “children of God” was not use. God told them to be fruitful and multiply. This meant that they were to be prosperous and to have children making their offspring or descendants children of God. We are the offspring or descendants of Adam and Eve, but are we all God’s children is the question to be considered. After our parents sinned in the Garden of Eden, God 10

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said in Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity (hatred) between thee (meaning the devil) and the woman, and between thy seed (your children) and her seed (her children). “In other words, he would put hatred between his children and the children of the devil. This came to pass when Abel, who was righteous, was murdered by his brother Cain. 1John 3:12 reads, in the NIV “Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brothers were righteous.” 1John 3:10 says, “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are…” Yes, the devil has his children too. We are either a


child of God or a child of the devil. There is no middle ground. The Bible goes on to draw comparisons between the children of God and the children of the devil. In 1Thessalonians 5:5, God’s children are called “the children of light and day” while the children of the evil one are called “the children of the night and darkness”. In Matthews 5:9, God’s children are called “the children of God”, while in 1John 3:10 those who are not his are called “the children of the devil. 1Peter 1:14 says that God’s children are obedient. The children of the devil are called “the children of disobedience in Ephesians 5:6. God’s children are called “the children of the kingdom,” and the children of the wicked one are called “the children of hell,” Matthews 13:38, Matthews 23:15. In addition, there are scriptures that speak of the nature of those who follow after the flesh and those who walk after the spirit. These are those who are sensual and those who are spiritual. The works of the flesh are outlined in Galatians 5:19-21 and the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. The most severe test is to be found in 1 Corinthians 13 which is commonly known as the Love Chapter. We can all measure our true character by simply inserting two words in each verse where this measurement is given. In place of charity we should use our own name. For those honest enough to examination themselves, we soon find that we fall far short of being a loving individual, that we are self-centered and have much to improve upon. We deserve God's condemnation. It makes his forgiveness far more valuable. We have all inherited a sinful nature from birth, and some would like to use that as an excuse for our sinful condition. God is not impressed with our ignorance of spiritual matters and will not change his word or his expectations for us. His call to every one of us is to repent and to accept life in Jesus Christ. It is a call to a noble life of purity and holiness, which is impossible apart from his intervention in our lives. Scripture is filled with the impossibility of mankind to be holy or pure by himself. Proof can be found in Isaiah 64:6 which boldly declares, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy rags." Psalms 39:5 tells us every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Psalms 14:2-3 , Ecclesiastes 7:20, Romans 3:10-12 and Romans 3:23 all tell us that man is all mankind is sinful, and Jeremiah 17:9 cries out to us, "The heart is

deceitful above all thing, and desperately wicked, who can know it?" All these verses and many more proclaim with a loud voice that we are lost and without hope of recovery in our sinful condition, but 1John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse use from all unrighteousness. We can choose whether to allow our nature to control us or we can turn to God for help. Here is a little poem that might be helpful: Two natures lie within my breast. One is cursed and one is blessed. One I love and one I hate, But the one I feed will dominate.

-UnknownGod has given us the freedom to make a choice to either serve him or to serve Satan. Some may think they serve themselves. No one wants to believe they serve the devil. But this is not convincing to God who knows the hearts of all men. There are only two masters in the universe and neither of them are you or me. Satan is the personification of evil and Christ is the personification of good. All who live serve one or the other. To somehow believe that we possess power that can overcome either of them in ourselves is the height of deceit and will earn us a lifetime living in delusion and ending in spiritual death. It has been made clear that we have a choice to become a child of God or remain a child of the devil. One is the pathway to destruction and the other the doorway to peace and eternal salvation. Choose you this day whom ye will serve. Joshua 24:15

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NEVER Too Young For

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By, Marie Grosset

"I’ve just accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and now I can receive the inheritance of eternal life, how cool. I'm still young though and I want to have fun surely; God can understand that. I must still be able to continue to go out to the nightclubs and bars, see my friends and have a good time. Can't I?" The answer to the question is this: once you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, your life is no longer your own. You are required to live a holy and Godly life and to follow biblical principles. That means not doing the things you use to do such as going to the nightclubs and bars, getting drunk, listening to ungodly music that has bad language, and having sex outside of marriage. 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 8 says: 'For God did not call us to be impure,

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you his spirit.’ Jeremiah 1: 5-7 says in the New Living Translation, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.” Now God called Jeremiah to be a prophet for the people in Jerusalem and Judah; however, Jeremiah did not want to accept the calling on his life. God said to Jeremiah I have called you to be a prophet and it doesn't matter about your age. This is the plan I have for your life, and this is what I require you to do. God didn't give Jeremiah any special treatment because he was young. He commanded him to fulfill this calling and Jeremiah knew that he had to obey God's command. Once you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, God will not give you any special treatment because you are young. He requires you to put his


his word into practice and to live the holy life He has called you to live, for the word “holy” refers to being separated, set apart to the service of God; righteous; pure; god-like.

do you find yourself not wanting to do anymore. You’ll want to start living for God. ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone away the new has come!’ 2 Corinthians 5:17

I understand that you might find it difficult to live a holy life because of your age. If you go to college or secondary school, you are constantly surrounded by people who are doing or talking about ungodly things. Because you don’t participate in their activities, they think that you're weird or boring. They will suggest that you should start ‘living a little’ or ‘you're too young and life is too short, have some fun.’ They are only right about one thing, life is short. In all honesty, you are never too young to die. When people tell me ‘I’m too young,’ ‘I must start having some fun,’ or ‘I am boring,’ my response to them would be that I would rather be boring and go to heaven where there would be everlasting peace and happiness than to join the crowd just to fit in and go to hell where there is everlasting destruction. The truth of the matter is that some of your friends wish they had what you have. Most of them want to be different as you are, but they are concerned about what other people think of them so they don’t want to take the step in getting to know God. Praise God he gave you the power to take the step to move forward despite what others thing or say about you. God has separated you for himself and now he wants to take you through a process called sanctification. The Holy Spirit sanctifies you and cleanses you through the Word. John 17:17 says “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Romans 15:16 says… “being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.” The sanctification process is a continual process. It means to make holy. You have to begin to turn away from sin, turn away from your ungodly past and start living a brand new life in Christ. It is difficult leaving behind the activities that you're so use to at first. You may have thoughts of what your friends or family think of you or how they will treat you. You may be isolated and there will be times when you will miss your friends and feel very lonely; however God will bring new friends your way; friends that love him like you do. Churches have youth groups and activities which will be fantastic for you to get involved in and it is a great way for you to meet new people and make friends. Now you will have friends that you will have something in common with. The wonderful thing you will see is the change within yourself. The things you use to

Now, what about the friends you use to hang out with? Do you have to stop communicating with them completely? No. Remember, they need to know God too. Romans 10:14 says… ‘How can they hear without a preacher?’ Your purpose is to witness to them about Christ not by preaching but by the way you live. You are now a light shining in the darkness. If they do not listen just pray for them. Remember that you are not to be caught up in the ungodly things they do. Another part of sanctification is having a renewed mind. Holy living requires you to change your thinking pattern. You have to start thinking God’s thoughts. Philippians 2:5 says, ‘Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.’ This is done by putting his word into practice. For example, if a person has wronged you, the thought that would most likely come to your mind would be to get revenge, especially if you are being pressured by friends. But being a child of God and having the mind of Christ, your thoughts should be of forgiveness not revenge. ‘Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good, Romans 12:21. Matthew 5:44 says, ‘….Love your enemies….and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.’ This doesn’t make you weak as some may think. It proves that you are strong in the Lord and has overcome the strategy of the devil, which was to make you angry enough to get revenge. It also proves that you have one of the fruits of the Spirit, which is self control. ‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. When Jesus was severely beaten, mocked and ridiculed, his only thought for his persecutors was forgiveness, for he said, ‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ Luke 23:34. God has called us to live for him and to be an example that others will want to follow. Age doesn’t matter. All he needs is for you to be willing to let him use you and to let him help you to grow up into Christ, spiritual and matured despite the fact you are young.

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On The Way To ADULTHOOD

By, Sherrie Coronas

I was but a mere teenager on the day that I stared down a malevolent man intent on killing me. Gathering my courage, I meditated on the many times that I had been victorious over stronger, bigger beasts. This, I told myself, would be no different. I reached for my weapon, aimed and took my shot. I watched the projectile slice through the air on the way to its target as if in super slow motion. If I missed, it could be the end for me. When my adversary hit the ground, I finished him off with a swift decapitation. I hope I have not offended you with such brutality but you must understand that my actions were necessary for reasons far beyond self-preservation. I believe that every battle I fought prior to that day was God's way of preparing me for this life-changing encounter. Indeed, my life would never be the same. It was this fateful day that set the wheels in motion for the rest of my extraordinary life -- a life that saw the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. 16

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My capacity for combat had been refined throughout my adolescent years. I was made to work long hours, off on my own, where danger lurked around every corner. With God as my witness, I did whatever it took to keep my flock safe. An attack, an assault, a murder...whatever it took. I did these things with rudimentary weapons or with my bare hands. I did these things in the name of the Lord Almighty. With seven older brothers, I had learned how to be a survivor at a very young age. I was never sure why some of them despised me the way they did. I'm certain their contempt was further intensified on the day that Samuel came to visit our little town to select a new leader. No one seriously considered me for the esteemed position -- I suppose they thought I was too small, too young. Thankfully, Samuel's counselor advised him to look beyond outward appearances. As you've probably guessed, I got the appointment, which did not sit well with my eldest brothers.


In the midst of the drama, I clung tight to that which gave me the greatest joy on earth -- music and lyrics. My musical ability came quite naturally, a true gift from God some would say. In my prime, I spent much of my time playing for a troubled leader by the name of Saul. It was Saul who was in charge on that fateful day when I killed the giant, malevolent man in the valley of Elah. Saul was most pleased with my allegiance and my steadfast bravery which continued into subsequent battles. Despite my loyalty and a cherished friendship with his son, Saul would eventually come to despise me, too. He would attempt to take my life on several occasions.

and test my love, as He does with every boy and girl on their way to adulthood. The more I trusted in Him, the more he entrusted to me. My stunning victories were God's alone. I came against my enemies not in my own strength but in the name of the Lord. In return, I gained God's everlasting love. For the Lord attests that I, King David, was a man after His own heart. Acts 13:22 (NIV) After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

My teenage years were filled with such peaks and valleys. As it turned out, this was but a preview of things to come, for one day I would be a hunted man, an honored warrior, an acclaimed King, a grieving father and a repentant sinner. God used my teenage trials to strengthen my faith

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Michelle’s Testimony I am a 41 year old woman who has struggled with drug addiction off and on for about 20 years. At the age of 16, I started smoking marijuana that led to crack, men and having babies. I didn’t complete high school because I had to care for my two children and being a dropout made it very hard to get a good job. As I got older, I continued to struggle with my addiction. Finally, I turned to my mother for help but things didn’t work out quite the way I planned. Not being able to handle the responsibilities of being a By, Michelle Curtis

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mother, I ended up losing custody of my two older children. Nevertheless, God blessed them to be placed with an aunt who lived hundreds of miles away. As a result, they grew up away from me. It was hard for me to deal with not being able to see or talk to my children; so once again, I turned to drugs to forget all my problems, which didn’t help much. When I came down from the high, I still had the same problems. I decided to quit but it only last for about a year. Things were going great for me while I was sober. I met a man that was very kind and good for me, so I thought. Coming home from work one day, I found him smoking crack in the restroom. We fought, broke up, made up and I eventually became pregnant with our first child who was a blessing to me when she was born. However, my life of sobriety was short lived. There is nothing worse than being in a relationship with someone who has a drug problem when you are a recovering addict. I joined him in his addiction and once again I was fighting for my life. We gave each other the blues and I couldn’t take the drugs or the abuse anymore. I was pregnant 18

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with our second child so I had to decide either to save my life and the life of my unborn child, or to stay in the awful relationship. It was a hard decision to make for he would not allow me to take our oldest daughter with me. I didn’t want to leave her because it brought back memories of losing my older two children many years before. However, I made the decision to leave. I found myself living in a homeless shelter where I tried my best to stay clean and sober. Thoughts of leaving my daughter behind plagued me. Oh how I missed her! Nevertheless, I had another bundle of joy enter my life. While staying in the shelter, I gave birth to my youngest child, April. Determined not to lose the only child I had with me, I got in touch with my mother who moved to Dallas, Texas. I left Kansas City and moved to Dallas. Three days after moving to Dallas, I looked out the door to see a van pull into the driveway. As I stepped out onto the porch, I saw my aunt exit the van. Then slowly the back door of the van opened and two children emerged. “O my


God”, I yelled, “my babies, my babies”. I screamed with joy; they screamed; we hugged kissed, jumped up and down and we cried. It was one of the happiest days of my life. I had no idea Dallas was where my first two older children were living. My eldest, a girl was 12 and my son was ten. I hadn’t seen them in eight years. God is truly good for he heard my heart’s cry.

ter. I never ever thought I would turn out to be a drug addict, but I was. For three years, I shot heroin and smoked crack. I was literally killing myself. I stayed away from my mother and my family for I cared about nothing and no one. There was tragedy and death around me all the time. This level of addiction was the worst I’d ever seen and I just wanted to die. I gave up on life because I was so ashamed of what I had become. Finally, I contracted a flesh-eating bacterium called MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) from the needle. Although it was literally killing me, I didn’t care enough to get help. I had to have more drugs to fight the pain and to erase the guilt I was feeling. Satan was trying to take my life. I was never in my right mind. One particular night, I remember crying out to the Lord to help me for I didn’t want to live anymore. The bacterial disease started to eat away the inside of my left arm. It had swollen so big I wasn’t able to use it anymore. Afterwards, it turned black and looked disfigured. As the poison started to take over my body, I began to feel very tired and weak. I went to a friend’s home to lie down and rest, but in my mind, I was planning to die. It was what I really wanted to do, so I fell asleep hoping not to awake. I don’t know how long I stayed asleep but when I woke up, I was very angry. I screamed inside wondering why God wouldn’t let me die. I must have been temporarily insane. Nevertheless, God had another plan for my life.

“Once again, I felt I was losing my children.”

Everything was going well for about a year or so. My two older children continued to live with their aunt, but I was unable to visit and spend time with them. Sadly, my grandfather died and my mom had to go to California for the funeral. We couldn’t afford the cost of three to travel, so my mom went alone. I kept things in order while she was away. When she came home, she informed me that she was going to have to go back in a few months and care for my grandmother. When the time came, she left to California to stay. My youngest daughter, who was seven years old, and I were living alone and my relationship with my aunt went sour because my eldest daughter, whom she raised, wanted to be with me. This was a problem so my aunt would not allow me to see them anymore. Once again, I felt I was losing my children. This was more than I could handle. I started drinking to cope with losing them and I begged my mom to come get my youngest child because I felt myself slipping back into the life of drugs. I followed her to California a few months later where both my mom and I started going to church and I found a job. I enjoyed my life then. I took pleasure in watching my daughter grow up, but I often thought about her siblings, wondered what they were doing, and how they had grown. I was born in California but I left when I was very young. I often went back to visit family and I knew many people. I felt it was a good place to start my life over until I ran into some old friends. The saying is “old friends, old ways and old habits”. Being an addict, I had to change everything about myself, which included my association with certain people. I didn’t learn this, so back to the streets and to the life of drugs I went, forgetting about my family and the thing that was most important to me, my daugh-

I eventually went to the hospital by way of ambulance. When I arrived, the first thing I told the doctors was to do whatever they could, but they were not to cut off my arm. When the pain became unbearable and the poison began to take its toll on my body, the doctors hooked me up to an IV and began to administer medication and antibiotics. This was when I realize that I was really dying. As I closed my eyes, a nurse came in to inform me that my mother was on the phone. Trying to hide from my mother what I had become, I asked the nurse to tell her I had a very bad cut on my leg and she did. Serious complications began to mount. I was unconscious and on the brink of death. Many times they had to resuscitate me because my heart would stop. The nurses were directed to call the next of kin for TEMPERANCE YOUTH

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the doctors did not expect for me to live but my mother was already on her way to the hospital. They told her that I might have a better chance of living if they were to amputate and that I had already had two surgeries because they were trying to save my arm as I had asked. They wanted her to prepare for the worse. For my mom, this was a no brainer. She would rather have me around with one arm than to lose me. She told them to amputate and prayed. She had everyone we knew praying. I had been in the hospital hooked up to life support, not breathing on my own for one week. When I opened my eyes, I saw my mother. It

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was like a newborn seeing their mother for the first time. I couldn’t talk but I spoke to her with my eyes and she spoke back. At that very moment, I saw Jesus in her eyes and I truly knew that I lived only by his grace and mercy. It took 20 years of drug abuse, of being an off and on again mom and losing my left arm for God to heal and save my life. He also blessed all four of my children for I am now a grandmother of five. Only through God’s grace, I live to share a part of my life. May it help and bless someone to know that God is a God of restoration and he will help you to overcome any struggle or problem you have. Remember, he is a God of Love for Romans 8:38, 39 tell us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Nothing! No matter what your problems are. So just call on him for he is a merciful and kind Father.


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In ancient times it was not uncommon to find guards keeping watch over temples. Money, jewels and other such precious items were placed within the temples for the use of worshiping the god for whom the temple was built. I Corinthians 6:19-20 says that we are the temple of God. “Don’t you realize that your

body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body” (New Living Translation). To honor God with our body means that we are not to put into it things that are harmful, nor are we to do anything harmful to our bodies in any way. To drink alcohol, to smoke and to use drugs is definitely destructive, but what about sex? How can this be harmful to our bodies? Let me first say that sex was created and ordain to be expressed between a man and a woman at the institution of marriage in the Garden of Eden; but it is only through the institution of marriage that God can honor it.

“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived,, “for two saith he, shall be one flesh”” Genesis 4:1, I Corinthians 6:16 (King James Version). It is a gift from God given to a man after they have entered into the covenant of marriage. It is a seal that makes the covenant a binding one. The problem is, is that when we have sex outside of marriage, we harm ourselves as I Corinthians 6:18 says,

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Our culture is loaded with images that scream, “Just do it.” The pressures that come through various mediums are tremendous. In addition, our government offers information on “safe methods” that further encourages us to be sexually active. But they seldom tell you the consequences. Fornication has consequences. A condom can't protect you from the guilt of the act, or the loss of your testimony. Neither can it protect you from the hurt of someone who just wanted to “hit it” and then tell their friends. Furthermore, accidental pregnancies, abortion, AIDS, Chlamydia and other such sexually transmitted diseases are the end results. God's will for singles is celibacy until the marriage vows or taken on your wedding day. To both my brothers and sisters in Christ, the guy or girl you're going out with now is a temple of the Holy Spirit. More than likely they are not the guy or girl you will ultimately marry, which means they will be “someone else's husband or wife.” If you keep this in mind you won't become a temple thief. Remember, both of you should respect and protect each other. Don't pressure or put demands on one another to have sex before marriage. You could alter someone's destiny, emotionally hurt them, or place them in spiritual danger. Instead, be a temple guardian to one another so that when marriage does happen, there will be a grateful husband or wife that will be thankful for the gift that was meant for them and them alone. A few stolen moments aren't worth the long-term pain. Do it God's way; after all, Father knows best. David T. Simmons is the senior pastor of Ambassador Pentecostal Churches In Christ Intl. and the founder of Living in The Word Ministries, a dynamic multimedia teaching ministry.

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Managing The Stresses Of

PEER PRESSURE By, Stanley Popovich

Dealing with peer pressure can very stressful. It can be very difficult not to give in to your friends and other people when doing something you do not feel comfortable doing. Here are some suggestions on how to manage the stresses and anxieties of dealing with peer pressure.

tinue to argue with you and this is where you need to show that you mean business. Do not give in to their arguments. Do what is right and stand on your decision. This can be tough but remind them that you do not feel comfortable in doing it.

The most important thing to do is to know where you stand on a certain issue. Ask yourself if you are willing to do something that your friends want you do. Think about it and determine for yourself where you stand on that task or issue. Is it the right thing to do? Is it legal? Then determine what it is you want to do.

Do what is right and be yourself. You do not need to impress anyone to have a good time or to have friends. Find people who will accept you for who you are. Hang out with those who respect your decisions. If your friends really like you, they need to respect you. Nobody wants to be around people who are trying to get them into some kind of trouble. It is better to be alone than to hang out with people who pretend to like you.

Once you know where you stand, you need to communicate this to your friends and other people your intentions. Explain to them that you do not want to do what it is that they are asking of you to do. Give them reasons on why you feel this way and be willing to answer their questions so that they understand where you are coming from. Be firm in your decisions and show confidence. Some people will con-

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Your Secrets To

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By, Mary L. Gavin

Everyone knows that some foods are better snacking choices than others. What's not so easy in real life is putting all the stuff we know about healthy snacking into practice. In other words, it's tough to balance those "oops, I know I should only have a little bit of this but I just ate the whole bag" munchies with the healthy foods we know we should be eating. We decided to ask our readers how they make healthy choices and avoid out-of-control snacking. More than 1,000 13- to 18-year-olds took our online snacking survey and told us how they manage to snack in a healthy way, even when it's hard to do. Here are their tips.

Knowing What to Eat More than two thirds of the survey-takers said that when they choose a snack they think about how healthy it is (or isn't). That's impressive. Awareness of what's good for you and thinking about your choices are the first steps in making healthy snacking choices. Plenty of our respondents are doing more than just thinking about healthy snacking choices, though — they're making them, too. More than a third said the snacks they choose most often are health-conscious ones (such as whole-grain crackers, yogurt, fruits, and veggies). 30

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But many who said they think about what they're choosing still find it's not always possible to eat the healthiest snack. That's understandable. Unfortunately, it can be all too easy to give in to a craving or to eat what's easiest to get your hands on when you're really hungry. Some of our readers said that planning ahead and making sure they have the right stuff on hand can help them make healthy choices when their snacking willpower is low. Sally, 16, says, "Stocking your fridge with healthy foods will help you get to or stay at a healthy weight. Pigging out on healthy foods feels a lot better than pigging out on cake or another food that is supposed to be eaten in moderation." Rosie, 14, offers this advice: "Instead of eating unhealthy foods because it's convenient, plan ahead and prepare tasty, healthy foods." Alena, 16, agrees. "If you have food with you and plan when you will eat, you don't get as hungry and aren't tempted to resort to convenience food from vending machines or fast food." For many of you, managing your munchies may come down to managing your parents: "A lot of par-


ents buy their kids bad food," says Stephanie, 13. "Ask them to get some healthy food you will enjoy just as much."

Knowing How to Eat Some of these successful snackers make it sound easy. But it's not always a piece of cake (ha-ha!) to snack well. Most of our survey-takers fessed up and revealed that the types of snacks they like most often are sweet or salty junk foods (such as cookies, ice cream, candy or chips, popcorn, and pretzels). So how do you begin to snack smarter when there's so much temptation out there? It's OK to eat unhealthy snacks once in a while, but make sure you balance and eat healthy snacks too. Be sure to think about how your food choices relate to your fitness and performance. When it comes to smart snacking, thinking about how much you're eating as well as what you're eating is wise. More than half of the people in our survey (57%) said they think about the amount they're eating when they snack. So appreciate every bite. Focus on taste, texture, and temperature. Notice how spicy a food is. Or how fruity it tastes. That way you'll really enjoy how smooth (or crunchy), how tangy (or naturally sweet), or how refreshingly cold (or soothingly warm) the food you're eating is. And when you slow down you'll also notice when you start to feel full.

Knowing Why You Eat Like lots of readers, Bryan recognizes that people eat for reasons other than hunger. Knowing why you're snacking — because you're bored, for example, or because you've skipped a meal and let yourself get way too hungry — can help to rein in overeating.

Is It Hunger — or Something Else? About half of the people who took our survey told us they usually snack because they're hungry, which is great. But the other half said they snack for emotional reasons, like boredom, stress, or anger (42%),

or because they're hanging out with snackaholic friends (4%). Kara, 13, says she eats because "I'm bored and everyone else is eating." Most of you realize that eating for emotional reasons isn't a great idea.

Are You Too Hungry? Just about all of our survey takers said they snack after school — either when they get home (77%) or before their after-school activities like practice, games, or lessons (22%). After-school snacks are a good idea, especially if you had an early lunch or dinner is hours away. If you choose right, snacks can help you focus on your homework — not your grumbling tummy. But if you come home from school so ravenous that you reach for the first thing in sight, that can be a problem. People who skip meals or wait until they're too hungry often eat more than they actually need to satisfy their hunger. And this can lead to weight gain. Healthy snacking between meals can come in handy as a way to manage hunger before it gets totally out of control.

Enjoy It! Perhaps these snacking ideas give you some inspiration on new things to try. Go ahead and experiment. You may discover new likes — along with some definite dislikes. Courtney, 13, tried a little extreme experimentation and sent us this advice: "Never eat pickles and milk. Yuck!" Jared, 16, sums it all up nicely. "If you want to stay healthy, just stay smart! Know what to eat and when you should eat — for example, what nutrients you need each day. This is a lifelong process. Start learning." © 1995- 2011. The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. Reprinted with permission.

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Time

Management Tips For High School STUDENTS By, Chris Cortellessa

Getting into high school heaps more responsibilities for an individual. More homework, practice schedules, additional subjects, and many others. Being in high school does not only keep you into the borders of studying, you also get exposed into other socializing activities. But then, normal high school kids are not only confined into preparing your assignments since there are still the household chores that you must attend to as you reach home. These things when combined altogether will certainly bring you into a world filled with stress and pressures. The question is; will you be able to manage it? How will you budget your time between all these activities? Time management is as essential as having a concrete plan about what you want for your own life. It is significant that young ones like you already know about the essence of time management. After all, you are already a young adult and it is only proper that you begin setting things straight in your life. Get a glimpse of the following time management tips and help yourself achieve peace of mind. Be organized at all times. At one point in time you 32

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would like to be able to spend extra time with your loved ones, friends, or even for yourself. But how will you successfully do such thing if your schedule is crowded up? You may just end up wailing out of depression. Being organized with your things, your responsibilities and appointments will save you half of the worry. If only you know when to attend to things, you will not be lacking time, running late, and ending up in misery. Set an everyday goal. As you turn in every night, it will be best to visualize the things that you will have to accomplish for the next day. Setting up a must-be -done list will specifically do you good as it will help you meet your deadlines in attending to all of your tasks. Learn to prioritize things. As you make your to-do lists, note which of them is of the greatest importance. You must attend to the things which rank as the most necessary. Just be sure that what you have in your list are all achievable. Learn to do worthwhile things in your spare time. You may not know it at all but high school kids like you really have a lot of leisure times.


Instead of hanging around the campus during break times, why not attend to your homework? By this, you lessen the loads of work that you will have to attend to in the nighttime. Always find time. Don't reason out that you have no time for this and that. If you only know how to organize your schedule, you will realize that there is always time for all your stuffs. Jot down notes. Important discussions must be noted. Since your mind may not be able to accommodate so many reminders, it is important that you

basically, you cannot attend to your business for the next day if you feel groggy and all. Your concentration will be devoid of enough focus if you lack adequate time to sleep. Maintain realistic goals. If your aims are nothing but out of this world, you will always end up frustrated and depressed, so to speak. write down ideas. With this scheme, you are able to effectively memorize things as you study.

Remember that you can always get the best results in all your endeavors provided that you know of the important time management tips that can help you live a better life.

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Back 2 School ;) By, Steven Dowshen

After a summer of sleeping in or doing things on your time, the alarm bell announcing that first day of school can be a rude awakening. Whether you're an anxious new freshman or a confident senior, heading back to school signals a time of transition: new classes, new teachers, new schedules, and a new social scene.

headed to a new school, try to arrange a visit before classes begin. Explore any areas that are of particular interest, such as the gymnasium, library, or science labs. Some schools offer maps. Get one and give it a read before school starts — then keep it in your backpack until you're familiar with your new surroundings.

Dread it or love it, you gotta go to school. Here are some ways to make the transition from summer to school a little easier.

Your first day is also the time to bring in school supplies and paperwork. It can help to pack your backpack the night before school starts so you're not scrambling around at the last minute looking for what you need. In addition to packing basic supplies (such as notebooks, pens, pencils, and a calculator), hunt down any of the school forms that were mailed to your family over the summer: immunization (shot) records, permission slips, and class schedules.

First-Day Mania There's no escaping the fact that the first day of school can be crazy. New kids wander around in circles. Lockers won't open. The school nurse needs your medical records. You forgot your gym shorts. Freshmen are running in all directions, looking for their homerooms. How can you combat first-day chaos? If you're 34

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Did you try on eight different outfits before deciding what to wear? Lots of people check out who's wearing what on the first day of school. The key is to wear what makes you feel good, whether it's a brand


new outfit or a comfy old sweater. If you plan to wear a new pair of shoes, break them in a few days beforehand or your feet may scream for relief long before last period. Each school has a different opening-day drill. Some start with homeroom or an assembly, but others may jump right into the first-period class. You'll meet your new teachers, and they'll probably give you an overview of the course syllabus, class rules, what the semester will be like, what supplies you'll need, and expectations of your performance and behavior. Some teachers will jump right into their first lesson, while others may have non-coursework activities planned. It all depends on the class and teacher. Emotions Here's a simple equation: new place = new emotions. Lots of people feel anxious, scared, or excited about school. Although students who are coming back as seniors may be happy they're in their final year and can't wait to visit with friends, most freshmen or new kids are likely to be tense or worried. It's perfectly normal to feel nervous on the first day of school. Getting back to the school routine and adjusting to new workloads takes some getting used to after a long summer break. If you're having a mental meltdown, think back to some previous "first days." Everything probably settled down pretty quickly once you got into the routine. Meeting new people or getting reacquainted with classmates can feel overwhelming, especially if you're the shy or reserved type. Start small: If large groups make you nervous, try saying hello to one or two new people a day — the kid at the desk next to yours in homeroom is a good place to start. Or ask new people to sit with you in the cafeteria.

temporary. Making Your Way Through the Lunchroom What's everyone's favorite period? Lunch, what else? But with foods like tacos, pizza, or cheeseburgers staring you in the face when you're at your most hungry, it can be hard to make healthy choices. Here are some tricks to choosing foods that will keep you focused and active throughout the day — as well as help you grow and develop throughout the school year: • Get a copy of the menu. If your cafeteria provides a weekly or monthly menu, check it out. Knowing what's on the menu puts you in control: You can pick and choose which days you want to buy lunch and when you want to bring your own. • Head for the salad bar. If your school offers a salad bar, take advantage. If you'd rather pack, consider adding carrot sticks, a piece of fresh fruit, or pretzels to your lunch bag. • Think energy. Some foods are better choices than others for maintaining energy during the day. Choose low-fat proteins, like chicken, beans, or lowfat yogurt and add lots of fruits and veggies to your meal. They'll provide the vitamins and minerals you need and the energy to get through the day. Foods that have a lot of simple carbohydrates, like sugary snacks, donuts, or french fries may give you a quick rush of energy but it's not sustainable — which means you'll be left wanting more soon after you eat.

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The same is true of drinks filled with caffeine or sugar. You don't have to cut these out entirely — just enjoy them in moderation. • Stop for a snack. You can't concentrate or absorb new knowledge without a well-fed mind and body. So take along a healthy snack, like carrot sticks or trail mix, to stave off hunger between classes (don't munch during class, though, or you may face a reprimand!). Not only will this keep you going, it will also help you avoid overeating when mealtime finally arrives. Having a Brain Drain? School seemed simple when you were younger. Everyone told you where to go, what classes to take, and how to finish your homework. Now things are different; there are so many choices and priorities competing for your time. Stretch yourself too thin and you may find yourself feeling stressed out. Here are some things you can do to help regain control: • Plan ahead. Get a wall calendar or personal planner. Mark the dates of midterms, finals, and other tests. Note the due dates of term papers, essays, and other projects as they are assigned. List any other time commitments you have, like basketball practice or play rehearsals. When your calendar starts to fill, learn to say no to additional activities until things calm down. • Stay ahead. Try not to fall behind. If you feel yourself falling behind and starting to feel frustrated, let your teachers know. It's better to get help early on than to wait and think you can ace the final if you spend a few nights cramming. Almost everyone struggles with a particular subject or class. If you're having trouble with a particular subject or homework project, ask your teacher for extra help after class. Taking a few 36

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minutes to address the problem right away can save time later, and if your teacher knows that you're struggling with something, he or she is likely to be more understanding of the situation. • Listen up. Paying attention in class can actually pay off in the long run. Sure, it's often easier said than done, but actively listening and taking notes during lectures can make recalling information easier when it comes time to study and remember things. • Take notes. If you take notes and review them before class begins (or while studying for an exam), you can ask a teacher to go over anything you don't understand. It can also be helpful to go over notes with a friend after class — as long as you're confident your friend really grasps the material! Learning good note-taking skills in high school also helps put you ahead of the curve in college, when good lecture notes are key to studying and doing well. Ahh-choo! What to Do? Nearly everyone gets sick at one time or another. If you're out sick, ask friends to take notes and pick up your homework. If you're out for more than a day or two, do a little work every day if you feel up to it to keep from falling behind. Some teachers post assignments and notes on the Internet — find out if they will accept faxed or emailed homework. If not, have your mom or dad drop your assignments off at school. Then be prepared to make up lab time and tests when you return. If you're not feeling well enough to keep up with your classes, that's OK. It's more important that you take care of yourself. Again, establishing a good relationship with teachers helps them be more understanding and they'll be able to help you catch up when you make it back to school. School is a time to make friends and try new things, but it's also a place to learn skills like organization and decision making that will come in handy for the rest of your life.


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Note Taking Tips By, Chris Cortellessa

Note-taking is a skill that can help you do well on all your schoolwork — everything from taking tests to researching a paper. But unfortunately, most schools don't have classes that teach you how to take notes. So here are some tips. Write down key facts. If you have a teacher who writes notes on the board, that's a bonus: You can copy them down. If not, write down the most important points from class. Does your history teacher mention the date of a key Civil War battle? Does your English teacher give examples of Shakespeare's use of dramatic irony? Does your math teacher go over a particular formula? Write it down! It can take some experimenting to figure out what information really is helpful, so keep trying and don't give up. Different teachers do things differently. For example, some teachers may mention lots of dates and facts in class but only write the key ones on the board. Other teachers may not write anything down, but they may repeat a certain date or piece of information. That's a clue that it's probably important. After a while, you'll get to know a teacher's style. Don't overdo it. Don't go crazy taking notes, though: You'll be frantic if you try to write down every word that's said in class. And if you focus too much on getting your notes right, you might miss important points. Some people actually learn better by listening, writing down a few key points, and then going over the material after class when they have more time. Ask. Don't be afraid to ask the teacher to repeat something you miss. If the teacher's going too fast, chances are your classmates will also be relieved to hear the information again. If you don't want to ask in class, see your teacher afterwards. It's much easier than wondering if you 38

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got the notes right as you study. Compare. Keep your notes handy when you're doing your reading assignments. Compare what you wrote with what the readings say — you may even want to add to your notes as you read. Going over your notes with a friend and comparing what the two of you put down can help reinforce what you're learning. It also can help you remember information when it's time for the test. And going over your notes will alert you and your friend to any errors. Copy. Depending on how neat your handwriting is, you may want to recopy your notes when you get home. If you've taken notes in a hurry, you're more likely to figure out an unreadable word or sentence on the day of the lesson than you are weeks later when you look back over your notes in preparation for a test. Organize. Keep notes for each subject in one place so you can find everything easily when it comes time for a test. That may mean keeping a notebook or section of a notebook for each subject as you take notes in class. Some people combine the copying technique with organization by using just one notebook for class notes and then copying these notes into a notebook for each subject when they get back home. The trick to making this technique work is to be sure you actually do it regularly. If you don't, your notes will be all over the place and things will get totally crazed when it's time to study for the test. Note-taking gives your mind a chance to absorb the material it needs to learn. Not only can this help you to do better on a test, it's also a great confidence booster when you're studying and find yourself saying, "Hey, I remember that!"


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was June 5, 1989. Thousands of Chinese students and intellectuals had been gathering for the last seven weeks in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China to mourn the death of a political ally and to protest against the repressive Chinese government. The movement was gaining wide support as young people resorted to a hunger strike in order to maintain the momentum of their cause. Soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army eventually were sent in to restore order while ordinary citizens rushed to block the Army's advance. After a hostile night of bloodshed, a line of military tanks rolling out of the square were met by a lone man who stood defiantly in front of the menacing war machines. They paused, sizing up the man. The lead tank made an effort to go around him but the man moved right into its path. Surprisingly, the tanks came to a standstill and the man quickly climbed up onto the mass of metal, banged on the hatch and yelled at the soldiers inside. When he came down, the tanks again attempted to move around him but he boldly and swiftly jumped into their path. The faceless man was surrounded and taken off into the crowd by a group of people, never to be seen again. The incident in Tiananmen Square caught the attention of the world. Known to most people as “Tank Man”, the unidentified protester was dubbed by Time Magazine “The Unknown Rebel” and was named one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. His courageous stand has inspired videos, books and songs. But what possessed him to do something so seemingly reckless; yet, so utterly heroic? What gave him such a fearless attitude? What was it that he valued more than life itself? In the first chapter of the book of Daniel, we find another group of young people who stood up in the face of challenges in spite of the consequences. They, like the Unknown Rebel, had a conviction so strong and a belief so real that they were willing to risk everything.

Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (also known as Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) were Hebrew teenagers who were held captive in Babylon. They were captured when Jerusalem fell to King Nebuchadnezzar in 605 B.C., and marched over 700 miles to Babylon. The King asked his servants to select the best and brightest young people from among the captives, and to take them through a three year training that involved learning the language, culture, science, and religion of Babylon. Daniel and his friends or D+3, as I like to call them, were chosen to go through the Babylonian education system. They possessed By, David A. Dean intelligence, good looks, and the ability to serve in the King’s royal palace. Now consider what is really going on here. D+3 were raised to believe in the God of heaven and the coming Messiah. Since birth they were trained to be loyal to the commandments of the Lord and the religion of their parents. They are suddenly surrounded by money, power, prestige, and a very seductive form of false worship. How in the world could they be expected to maintain their faith in such an environment? TEMPERANCE YOUTH

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D+3 had what many of us have, an inherited belief system. What I mean by that is that our parents and relatives have passed down to us various beliefs about God, morality, and the world we live in. These beliefs are mixed with ideas we’ve picked up from teachers, friends, and especially the media (TV, movies, music, internet etc.). However, the faith of these teens was not only inherited, it was ingrained so deep into their lives that it became personal. Part of the Babylonian training included a daily serving of the king’s royal food. You could imagine that his table was full of the most mouthwatering foods and appetizing sweets. Who wouldn’t want to eat what he was offering? I’m sure the young boys were knocking each other over to be first in line for dinner. But there was a dark side to scarfing down the King’s meat. The food had been dedicated to pagan idols. Not only that, they were unclean meats which Hebrews were forbidden to eat and on top of that, the only drink they had was wine!

out in their appearance and looked far healthier than the other young men. He then gave them permission to eat according to their convictions. After the three -year training, the four boys were found to be 10 times more intelligent and educated than all the magicians and astrologers in the kingdom (1:20). These awesome results did not come by accident. This was not a display of the superior ability of these outstanding teenagers. This was the product of a personal faith, a belief that wouldn’t bow down to the system, a fearless conviction, and the power of an Almighty God that honors and blesses his servants

Daniel and his friends knew they would have to compromise what they believed in order to eat daily. They also understood that to eat the meat and drink the wine of Babylon was to give honor to false gods. What were they supposed to do now? The Bible says in Daniel 1:8 that Daniel “purposed in his heart

not to defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank”. This meant that Daniel and his friends were absolutely determined not to give in to the king, and they were willing to stand for their faith regardless of the consequences. Fortunately, for the young men, they were close to the king’s servants. Daniel asked one of the princes if they could have something else to eat. He denied them because he knew the king would probably kill him once he saw the boys looking pale and weak from malnourishment. So Daniel went to another servant and asked him to test them for 10 days to see which diet was better, vegetables, fruit, grains and water or, unhealthy meat and fermented wine (vs. 12, 13). It was a bold request, but the game was on. For 10 whole days, D+3 ate their simple meal while the rest of their friends chomped on Babylon’s best barbecue. After a week and a half, the servant checked up on them and immediately noticed the difference. Daniel and the three Hebrew boys stood 42

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above all others. These were young people who were initially unknown and unrecognized but who humbly rebelled against the orders of an earthly monarch in order to be true to the King of Kings. What faith! So what exactly do D+3 have in common with Tiananmen’s Unknown Rebel? Both were relatively unknown, they both stood against secular governments, both were willing to take a bold risk and have been the inspiration behind movements, songs, and books. However, in the case of Daniel and his three friends, it was more than just a belief in political activism or advocacy for human rights, as with the Un-


known Rebel. Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego possessed the strong moral conviction and Christ-centered faith that leads to salvation and victory over this world. You may be wondering, “that sounds fine and good, but what does that mean to me personally?” Well, it means a lot. We, like these youth, face challenges on a daily basis. Around every corner is a new temptation, some unexpected enemy battling against us as young Christians. Whether it’s the pressure of fitting in, the lure of making money, the thrill of premarital sex and pornography, the ups and downs of relationships, the frustrations with family, hypocrisy in the church, the insults of unbelievers, the addictive nature of secular music and the internet, the darkness of fear and depression, or even the Devil himself, we are constantly warring against the evil powers of this world. The only hope we have to stand without compromise is our firm belief in Christ, a belief that goes beyond a mere theory to a faith that is openly and boldly expressed in our daily lives. 1 John 5:4

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tells us “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (NKJV) You may never have to stand in front of rolling tanks or have to tell the President of your country you will not eat at his kitchen table. However, every one of us will have to stand for what we believe at some point or another and the only power available to us to overcome is our faith in Jesus Christ, period! Your daily stand may never be the subject of movies or movements or even make it into the history books. As you faithfully rebel against the temptations and the gods of this world by the power of Christ, your name will be written in the books of heaven. That’s the greatest recognition of all.

David Arrah Dean is a pastor in California. He is happily married and

enjoys writing, poetry, music, photography and playing the guitar.

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[ GODFRAME ] I wasn't always saved, and I'm still far from perfect

Brother, Cousin, Full-time Student, Producer, Friend, Mentor, Teacher, Youth Pastor...These are some of the many hats worn by Terrence L. Ford, otherwise known as GodFrame. Born in 1989 to proud parents, Judith and Terry Ford, GodFrame is a young man who loves to laugh, loves to sing, and loves to rap. His love for music became apparent as soon as he was big enough to sit in the kitchen and beat on verything in sight. His first drum set was a circle of pots and pans complete with lids for cymbals and wooden spoons for drumsticks. At age nine, he began taking piano lessons, and he's been playing ever since. Over the years, his instrumental arsenal has expanded to include the saxophone and acoustic guitar. In junior high, he tried his hand at writing and producing music, and he continues to do so. He says, "Back then I was just experimenting. I was writing rhymes for no reason, making beats for no reason. It was just something fun to do. However, once I started living for God for real when I started college, music became more than a hobby for me. The stronger my passion for God grew, the more heart I 46

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poured into creating music that pleased Him and edified the body of Christ." His latest CD, “You Are Infinite,� is now available on iTunes, Ruckus, Amazon, Napster, and GodFrameMusic.com. In addition to producing all his own original music, he has produced for several local artists including DeJuan (www.drivendejuan.com), The Prophet, Tha Gift, and TwoThree (www.twothreemusic.com). Even at the young age of 22, he has lived, learned, and seen a lot. He says, "Yeah, I wasn't always saved, and I'm still far from perfect. I've made some poor decisions, and I'm glad God taught me some valuable lessons as a result. I have also learned many lessons by seeing the triumphs and mistakes made by friends and family. By watching people around me, I see now that there are some things in life you just shouldn't be doing." He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a Religious Studies minor at the University of Central Arkansas. He is also the Head Drum Major of the Bear Marching Band as well as a student leader in BREAKOUT Ministries (www.breakout2breakthrough.org) at UCA. He currently serves as Youth Pastor and Minister of Music


at Friendship Baptist Church in Batesville, AR under the leadership of Rev. L.A. Bland, senior pastor. GodFrame understands the importance of being an upright male role model, seeing as many young boys he encounters don't have the privilege of having a father in their household. He says, "It's critical to plant wise and just teachings into young people now...if WE don't raise them, the streets will...they're so impressionable. How will they know how to show respect, manage money, live holy, keep jobs, groom themselves, project good character, etc. if no one teaches them?" Getting souls saved, getting people healed and delivered, and allowing God's anointing to destroy yokes of bondage is his mission. No matter how many hats God tells him to wear, one hat is sure to remain on his head for good: "Man of God."

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[ Descendants Of David ] So just how did Descendants of David come to be? DOD started with two guys that shared a similar vision of reaching others for Christ through music. They felt so linked that they started swapping music ideas on a regular basis, and soon merged their two young production companies into one. Emanuel Jefferson, or EJ, began True Light Ministries, and at the same time, began collaborating with a rapper, James Glenn, a.k.a. Sparrow. EJ and James attended the same church, CWC (Christian Worship Center) in Manteca, CA. There, James had been a part of a group called Master’s Commission, and EJ was in the choir and singing on the worship team. EJ wanted to take his singing ability to another level, so he invited Paul D. Gonzalez into the company as a vocal coach. Paul also attended CWC, as choir co-leader, intern, and bible college student. Once they started working together, EJ wanted this talented singer and harmonizer to be a part of the group that was forming. The three of them soon began DOD, and it was so named, partly because EJ loved the acronym DOD and partly because David in the bible was a song writer, a musician and a worshipper after God’s own heart. As EJ puts it, “We’ve been spiritually 48

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grafted into the lineage of David, because we’re followers of Christ.”

are on a conquest.” EJ added, “We are a group of guys that are trying to multiply the coins that our master They began working on tracks, has given us. We’re not going to blending the sounds of hip-hop, bury them in the sand.” They are R&B and rap. Getting together was determined to give it all they’ve got. often a challenge, as each member So far, their EP has been fairly suchad a young family and a full time cessful and they are well received job. They released their EP, entitled wherever they go. They have minisBorn Again Soldier, in October, tered in the Central Valley, Sacra2010, and immediately started minis- mento, Fresno, and also San Francistering in churches, parks, and event co. They will be performing in Monsettings. “Born Again Solder is our terey, CA August 6 at Spirit West creed,” James stated. All of their Coast, as part of the Indie Artist songs are an overflow of their rela- Partner and Play Program. Their tionship with the Lord. Paul noted, schedule of events can be seen at “We are men that are in search of a www.descendantsofdavid.com. deeper relationship with God…we

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Emanuel Jefferson, better known as EJ, was born in Oakland, CA.... and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He grew up with music in his home. His mom was in a singing group that performed at local night clubs in the late 70’s and early 80’s, so singing was like second nature to him. “I loved singing from an early age. I can still remember my mom taking me to some of her practices and how I loved listening to her sing.” He had so many musical influences growing up, his mom being the first and biggest influence of all. At the age of 21, EJ accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. “He’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” From that point on EJ has been singing for the Lord.

James Glenn, aka as Sparrow, was born in Manteca, CA and was raised between there and ....Stockton..... Always something of a misfit, he made a variety of friends from rockers to gangsters and quickly got involved with drugs, gangs and women. Suddenly he heard a voice in his heart call him saying "Follow me”. James thought he lost his mind and it was the dope talking, until he asked the voice, “Who are you?” The voice replied, “I am the Lord.” James gave his life to the Lord on New Year’s Day of 2003 and has been fervently seeking him ever since.

Paul Gonzalez was raised in the church, surrounded by a family with music-inspired charisma. They sung about everything! As Paul describes, “One moment we would laugh about something, then the next moment, in three-part harmony, we'd sing about it! At the age of fifteen, Paul became zealous about the “art” of music. A major concern was that he would draw attention to himself as opposed to glorifying God and Paul wanted to make sure this didn’t happen.

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Who Is Jac Rip?

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Those of you that have not yet met Jac Rip, he is a rising star! Definitely a…

FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH Temperance: I noticed that you were actually raised in Buffalo, New York? I heard that the streets out there are pretty rough. Tell us a little about coming up in New York.

Jac Rip: Well, growing up as a kid in an environment like Buffalo, New York, you really don’t know any different. As a kid it was the norm. It wasn’t all that bad. I didn’t start to realize until I started getting older, that the stuff that went on wasn’t normal. However, My childhood was pretty fun. I mean― I had a few disturbing moments, but when you are raised in an hostile environment like New York, you learn how to adapt. I believe that it made me ready for many things. It also gave me a drive. I actually became more motivated. Temperance: Were you raised in the Church?

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anything about church. My mom never forced any kind of religion on us. I didn’t even know the true meaning of Easter, before I got with my wife and started going to church with her. And when I found out, I was like ‘Oh that’s what Easter’s about?’ To me that meant Easter was more important than Christmas. I mean, that’s when he came back to life! (Laughs) Temperance: We would like to ask you about a certain track on the Testimony Album. Track 5… you know which one!

Jac Rip: Temptation! Temperance: Oh my goodness! Yes!

Jac Rip: Yea, it is actually Temptation ― Part 2. Part 1 was on my debut album that I put out called “The Diary”, which was a secular album. A lot of people have said that they wouldn’t even categorize the record as Christian Hip―Hop. It’s just REAL,


in the bible where he says, “Let everything that has breath, praise Him.” There’s no right or wrong way to uplift the Lord and give Him praise. He told us to use our testimony to be a blessing to others. And basically, I’m just using my testimony so that it may be a blessing to someone else. They should be a little more open minded.

rather than music. It’s not too preachy, it’s still Hip―Hop; it kind of rides that line between Secular and Gospel. I think that that is why many people have taken to it. I had my mother listen to it and she was scared. (Laughs) I had a few people say that the track was scary to them. So, there was some negative feedback, but mostly the song has been well received.

Temperance: On you next album, are you looking to do any collabs?

Temperance: You have a song called, “Letter to CJ.” Who exactly is CJ?

Jac Rip: C.J. is Clarence Jackson III. He’s my first cousin. When we were young, he had moved in with my family when I was about 3or 4 yrs. old. And you know, when you grow up with somebody, they become more that just a cousin or whatever. C.J. was like my big brother. He taught me how to fight. He taught me how to play sports. He was always bigger and I, of course was the smaller one out of the family. So, he made me really competitive in everything. C.J. was already shot once in a drive by, before I was 15. Once my mother moved us from Buffalo, I kind of lost touch with Him. Whenever I did speak with someone back home, I always asked where Watch: Letter To C.J. C.J. was, how he was doing, or what was going on with him. C.J. had a one track mind when it came to the street life and what he wanted to do. I never really got to talk to him anymore. Back in Jan 2009, I received a phone call saying that my cousin C.J. was missing and that no one knew where he was at. I went to church and prayed. Later I was told that they had found his body. He was executed. So, a letter to C.J. is a personal letter written to him. Temperance: There are old-fashioned folks out there that criticize the whole Christian Hip-Hop movement. Some say, “It is NOT holy” “It is too up-beat” “It makes you wanna dance” or “It sounds like you in a club”. What do you say to those who criticize?

Jac Rip: I would like to. There are so many talented artists and musicians in my area of North Georgia. However, the Atlanta music scene is so click-ish, that if you are not part of a click or in that innercircle of power people, they just really don’t show you any love. So, it most likely will still be independent artists if any. Don’t get me wrong I think that Lecrae and I would complement each other very well on a track! (Laughs) Temperance: How soon can we expect another release from you?

Jac Rip: I have had a couple of people ask me that and well I have been brainstorming a lot, trying to get my thoughts in order. I feel I want to grow a little bit more on the next project spiritually. Be a little bit more mature with some of the stuff when it happens. Because like I said, this Album― “Testimony,” kind of rides that line and I still want to stay within that territory where I can still attract people to the music without pushing them away or putting religion up in their faces. I want it to be good quality music, still rough and rugged. I’m thinking of different concepts that I want to do. I do have one song that I’ve done called “The Reason That I Pray” that will be on the next project. That song right there is nice. I’m a fan of it myself. So look out for that one in the near future.

WANT MORE JAC RIP? http://www.jacrip.com

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Artist Coming To Light V. Rose was born in Sacramento, CA and began singing at age 6. During her teenage years, she felt the Lord calling her to create relevant, Christ centered music to reach the world, especially her peers. Her mother helped V start her first singing group with her best friend Candice. The duo, known as Harmony, sang everywhere from local churches to major platforms.

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At the age of 15, V’s manager brought the group to noted producer, ’SPEC’ to produce Harmony’s new album. SPEC fell in love with the girls on the spot. V. Rose, determined to persevere, worked at Jack in the Box to pay for the group’s studio time! In 2005, the group disbanded. Not willing to give up on the vision that God gave her and having no other options, V called her producer, SPEC. Before long, V signed a deal with SPECHOUSE MEDIA which assisted her in gaining more exposureespecially in northern California. Since then, V. Rose featured on two of FLAME’s songs from the album Captured, including the hit single Surrender.” V’s voice captivated listeners worldwide with her performance on the single. Shortly after, V. Rose signed to Clear Sight Music. Her debut album, self-titled “V. Rose,” releases in stores and online on August 16, 2011. This album is an amazing fusion of Christian Contemporary, Pop & Rock. You will find current, trend-setting production and vocals along with gospel saturated lyrics.

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OF Hip hop clothing is a unique style of dress that originated from African American youth. The youth of this ethnic group started to adopt certain dress styles in the various cities of the United States. The new styles of dress were differently named as hip hop clothes, street wear, and urban apparel. The major cities in which these changes occurred were New York, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis, and Jersey City, but the new culture spread to other cities also quite fast. Each city provided its own distinct contributions to the overall hip hop clothes style that had emerged and established itself as a typical clothing style all over the world. In spite of the specific ethnic origin by the African-American youth, the global younger generation had easily adopted this new style of dress. The hip hop clothes had become a kind of fashion statement for the modern youth. The hip hop clothes became the trend in the early 1980s, with bright color tracksuits, leather and sheepskin bomber jackets, and Clarks Shoes starting this new street wear trend. The haircuts also underwent a change, with the Jheri curl and hi-top fade, the most famous among them. The other accessories to this new trend of urban apparel were large eyeglasses, designer name plates and name belts, bucket hats, and multiple rings. Heavy gold jewelry also became part of the new scene, which continues even today. Jewelry worn by men was dominated by heavy gold chains or bracelets and women preferred large gold earrings as the fashion jewelry to match hip hop clothes. Wearing prominent gold necklaces had been adopted by both men and women, following the example set by male performers like Big Daddy Kane and Kurtis Blow, as well as female rap singers such as rap group Salt-N-Pepa and singer Roxanne Shante.

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The latest changes in the hip hop clothes trend had brought about a separation of the urban apparel between men and women. While women also wore the same baggy pants as men in the beginning, the present crop of women had switched over to high fashion, glamorous, and more feminine street wear, such as the baby phat fashion line of Kimora Lee Simmons, made popular by Foxy Brown and Lil Kim. Many other younger women prefer conservative hip hop clothes that are distinctly feminine.

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REDEMPTION: Theology From Toy Story 3 By, Jim Barringer

First let me say that "Toy Story 3" was an amazing movie. I have heard several reviewers say that it is better than the original, and although I initially disagreed, the more I find myself thinking about the movie the more I become convinced that they are probably right. However, I think that one of the real dramas in the movie took place under the surface. In addition to the obvious protagonists, Andy's toys, there was a "closet protagonist," in the form of the movie's villain, Lotso Huggin Bear. Truly great villains - I mean great from a literary point of view - are not the simplistic, mustache-twirling Snidely Whiplashes you see in cartoons. Truly great villains have a reason for being who they are, and the best-written villains make you wonder: "If I had been through what he has been through, would I be any different?" This is why I find Lotso's back-story to be so compelling. He was a toy, loved by his owner, as much as any toy has ever been loved. By an accident, he found himself lost and then replaced, a revelation which rocked him to the core of his identity. That's the reason he was who he was in the movie. Yet Lotso is hardly a fictional creation. All around the United States we see people who are the way they are because they lacked a person who loved them, and are merely doing whatever they can to find love and acceptance. Kids don't join gangs because they aspire to a life of crime; they join gangs because they don't know what it means to experience brotherhood or acceptance from a father-type figure, and gangs provide what they (often don't even know that they) need. How many boys have been abandoned by a father, and reacted by shutting themselves off to emotion and intimacy? How many girls have been neglected, and tried to fill the void by going from one man to another without end. Lotso's story could be taken from the page of any child whose parents have ever divorced. Lotso had his heart broken, so he stopped believing in the power of love. Because love let him down, he concluded that it didn't mean anything. He carefully built a new life for himself, a life where he was a real somebody, a power broker, the head of all the toys at Sunnyside Day Care, respected and feared but most certainly not loved. His identity used to be a toy who was loved, a toy who was loved more than any owner ever loved her toy, but he rejected that and tried to build a new identity where he wouldn't ever get hurt again. Replace "toy" with "person" and that sentence applies verbatim to millions - tens of millions, hundreds of millions of Americans. But Lotso's story is very interesting. Near the end of the movie, he is actually the recipient of love. Trapped beneath some heavy trash and on the way to the incinerator, Lotso calls out to Woody and Buzz to help him, and they risk their lives to climb down and free him. At this point, he's on a teeter totter. He's had his heart broken, but he's just seen the power of love firsthand from toys that owed him nothing and would TEMPERANCE YOUTH

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probably have been just as satisfied to see him incinerated for his villainy. Now he has a choice to make: will he go back to his evil, hiding behind the mask he created to hide himself from being hurt, or will he give love a second chance? Unfortunately, he chooses to willingly embrace his evil, and this, more than anything that happened before in the movie is what truly makes him a despicable villain as far as I am concerned. Lots of people in life do the kind of things that Lotso did - put other people down, manipulate others around them, flee from close friendships, and so on down the line. You know these people and so do I. Many of us assume that the best reaction is to treat them in a way that punishes them for the way they are. But really, they are no different than Lotso. They have merely reacted, the only way they knew how, to the pain and disappointment that life threw at them. Inflicting more pain on them is not going to help anything. The Bible tells us the best way to treat them is to love them unconditionally no matter what they do. This is not merely because it's the right thing to do. It's also because they might see the power of love and find their faith in it restored. They might somehow come to believe that the pain they felt before is not the whole story; that maybe love is real and beautiful. They might come to the same choice that Lotso came to, the choice of whether it's really best to cling to the old broken self, the old shield against pain, or whether there might be a lot more pleasure and joy in giving love a second chance instead. Hopefully their choice will be different than Lotso's. I took no pleasure in the way the movie treated Lotso. I am very upset that his final destiny was basically a hood ornament on the front of a dump truck. That might be what he deserved because of his actions - but at the same time it's not what he deserved, because he was a toy and he was created to be loved. Here we see the Christian parallel come at us full force. We deserve hell because of our actions - but at the same time we do not deserve hell, because we were created by God for the purpose of having an eternal relationship with him. Redemption is our destiny, so much so that God himself bridged the gap between his holy self and our sinful selves. He did everything: the Word became flesh, lived a perfect life, and took all our guilt and shame on himself so we could be reconciled to God, and all of this happened while we were still sinners in full-on rebellion to God. We did nothing at all: he alone 58

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paved the road back to God and offered salvation to anyone who will have it. All we have to do is let it happen to us. We were made for redemption. And God's redemption extends far beyond just our eternal souls. He wants to heal our whole selves. If we have built for ourselves a false identity like Lotso's, using sarcasm or manipulation or insults to keep people from getting close enough to hurt us, God is coming toward us with a sledgehammer to destroy it. He doesn't want us to be broken. He wants to fill our every need. Every one of us faces the choice that Lotso faced: to stay the old person, or to become a new person, as terrifying as the change might be. Don't make the choice that Lotso made. Redemption is your destiny and mine; don't run away from it. Run back to God and let him teach you about love. Let him open your heart. Let him be the one to take you to infinity...and beyond!

Jim Barringer is a 27-year-old writer, musician, and teacher serving at The Church of Life (.com) in Orlando, FL.


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MOVIE REVIEW By, Dana Chaffin

Jerusalem Countdown the movie will be in select theaters and churches starting in the fall of 2011. Pure Flix Entertainment has come up with three ways you can help bring this awesome film to your community by joining their Action Team. The movie highlights a scenario that could happen based on the events described in the book by Pastor John Hagee. It points out possibilities of terrorism, New World Order, peace talks in Israel, government, nuclear weapons, and end time events. This film has great acting with big names like Lee Majors and Randy Travis, and the production quality is outstanding. Jerusalem Countdown the feature film is an action packed story of nuclear weapons being smuggled into the United States. One FBI agent Shane Daughtry (David A. R. White) must find the weapons before they are detonated. He gets a tip from a shifty arms dealer (Lee Majors) about a plan by terrorists to destroy the world called ‘The 7 wonders.’ It also explores several people on their journey to believing in God as events unfold. Pure Flix Entertainment who worked closely with John Hagee Ministries to produce the film's story with Hagee's extensive facts from his book, the Bible, and the creative producers brought about a very stirring scenario of what could happen. ‘Jerusalem Countdown’ is suspected to turn some heads with its end times and terrorist story line. “The rapture scene in this film is amazing; they really put a lot of work into this,” says Scott Reed, vice president of distribution for Five and Two Pictures. Jerusalem Countdown: A Warning to the World - the book is packed with historical research and future possibilities. Hagee gives information on Iran's hatred for Israel and America. In the book he gives a list of why Christians should support Israel based on Scriptures. For each chapter there are documented references with websites and more to give credit to his claims. Author John C. Hagee is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. His teachings are broadcast by television and radio all over the world. He has authored 28 books including two on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Jerusalem Countdown keeps viewers on the edge of their seat. It has lots of guns, explosives, and even a love story. My heart was racing through it all and I could not sit still during some scenes. This is a very intense and convincing story that shows that no one knows when the end is coming, but the Bible warns us to be ready. To find out more about the movie, to find a theater near you and to join the Action Team, check out the official movie website www.jerusalemcountdown.com.

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Leaving The Gates Open By, Trecia Wright

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hen I was a young teenager, around 13 yrs. old, I remember adults were constantly spreading the message that one drug would lead to another that was worse. I didn't know if it was just a popular saying at that time, but they seem to come from everywhere saying the same thing. If you smoked cigarettes, it would lead to pot. If you smoked pot, it would lead to cocaine. Drinking alcohol would lead to promiscuity. Well, that one I believe, but I wasn't so sure about the other ones. I started smoking cigarettes at a young age; however, pot was not really my thing. I figured, if I stayed away from certain drugs it would keep me from the "hard" drugs. WRONG! Alcohol is just as much of a drug as the rest, and it led to a lot of other things. Skipping over the pot didn't keep me from the cocaine. I eventually tried cocaine one night while I was drunk. There seemed to be a connection but I still couldn't understand how these different "highs" led to the others. My thoughts as a teenager seemed reasonable. Keep the lid on certain things, and it won't get out of control, but it did. Why? I started to look back at other kids I knew who never tried anything. At the very most, they tried a beer at a party. That was the worst of it for them. What was the difference between us? As I wondered about this it hit me. The kids living more sober lives didn't make the same choices as I

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est extent. You know the saying give someone an inch and they will take a mile. That's how Satan works. All he needs is an inch. James 4:7 says, "Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

I mean this in a couple of ways. First, the kids I hung out with had a lot to do with the wrong choices I made though it was hard to admit. The second reason is a whole new thought. I left the gate open in my life for "bad" stuff to creep in. Smoking cigarettes left a gate open to later experiment with smoking crack since I no longer had "virgin lungs". It wasn't as much of big deal when I had already been inhaling something bad for years. Having sex before I was married left a gate open for being promiscuous because I was looking for love and acceptance. Partying on the weekends and drinking alcohol basically left the gate open for all the above, and more. Because of my drinking habits I was sexually and physically abused, left stranded miles from home, publicly embarrassed, and taken to jail many times. I know it sounds like I must have been a drunkard but I wasn't. I partied on the weekends with my friends just like every other teenager I knew and things happened to them too. Still, it seemed as though I was missing something. Then I prayed and asked God for wisdom and help.

When we submit to God we are closing these gates or closing the avenues to the soul. We are making a decision in our hearts to go through with God, not substances. However, Satan will continue trying to exploit these weak areas, but as we continue to submit, our ability to resist strengthens. In time he will see that it is no use and move on. The world is a place where instant gratification is a huge motivator and since Satan has free reign over the earth, he wants instant results. Nevertheless, when we submit to God, and are filled with His power the desire for instant gratification will die. When I submit to God, I am committing myself to wait for his timing, which usually does not happen instantly. However, I have learned that God has something better in the works for me. I just have to continue doing my part (resisting the devil) while it unfolds. The easiest thing to do is never leave the gate open to allow Satan to have control. If you already have there is still hope. Hold on to James 4:7. Memorize it for those moments when the desire for instant gratification resurfaces. Continue to submit to God in our hearts. He loves us, and His plan for us is better than ours. Amen!

God revealed to me when we open even one area of our lives to the darkness of this world, all of the other areas become weak. We can start off being very determined not to get in too deep, however, that determination starts to slip away a little at a time. Why? Satan now has a hold on us. We give him the opportunity by the choices we make and he takes it to the fullTEMPERANCE YOUTH

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What It Means To Have A Friend in

JESUS By, Ngozi Nwoke

Are you a friend of Jesus? Do you know what it means to have a friend in Jesus? Being without friends is lonely and frustrating but it is even worse when Jesus is not your friend. He wants to be a friend to all, but only those who accept him will have him as a friend. Jesus is that friend you need at all times, in times of joy and peace or in times of sorrow and disappointments. He is always there for His friends. You don’t need to go far to reach Him neither do you need to spend money calling Him. He is there with you even now. Having a friend in Jesus is to have peace of mind in times of trouble. He comforts us and leads us in the path of peace and joy, Psalm 23:2. Have you ever needed a shoulder to cry on? He will provide His shoulder for you. Yes, you can go to Him and pour out your heart. He truly understands and cares about us and all that concerns us.

“For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weakness and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One who has been tempted in every respect as we, yet without sinning.” (Hebrews 4:15, AMP) A good friend can tell what is wrong with you in a minute and he tells you when you are wrong. In fact, He rebukes and chastens; all because He loves us and does not want us to go down the road of destruction.

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Jesus as a friend is so humorous! O yes! He can even make you laugh. Between tears, Jesus can make you smile. What love! Having a friend in Jesus is exciting all the time. There is always a reason to be happy. Everyone may desert you but he will never leave you nor forsake you. O how I love Jesus and desire to know Him more and more, to know and enjoy the wisdom of His friendship, a friendship I will give anything for and will never trade for any other thing. It is so sweet to walk with Him and behold the beauty of his holiness, to follow His directions and to experience his love. Jesus is a friend of those who do whatsoever He commands. He calls them friends and not servants, John 15:15. Obedience to God’s words qualifies you as his friend. This is a relationship you will never regret. It is a friendship full of blessings, peace and joy. Make Jesus your friend today.


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Temperance Youth is a Christian Youth / Christian Teen based magazine that is geared towards the active, media-savvy, college-bound teen....