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 Youth Expressions


Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not,

nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them. 

Ecclesiastes 12: 1





The Bible and Youth

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet. and a light unto my path."  Psalm 119:105




Newest Writings from Youth


Youth Bible Class Writing Selection: from Colossians 3:24

         Inheritance of Christ
          The inheritance for the children of God is Christ.  The Father gives Christ to His elect.  The inheritance of Christ is mercy, peace, love, longsuffering, contentment, truth, faith, humility, temperance, gentleness, and joy.  First, mercy is forgiveness shown toward His elect.  We need His mercy each day.  I have seen His mercy in showing me what foods I can eat when I am going through these braces.  Second, is peace --- oh how much we need His peace through our lives!  Peace is of Him and only Him.  There may be a false peace, but it is not His true peace.   Third is love; His love is perfect and is only for His own.  I hope I am one of His.  It says in I John 4:19, "We love Him, because He first loved us.""  How true that is He loved us first.  Fourth is longsuffering.  Longsuffering is so hard, but only Christ can give it to them, His elect.  He makes us to have longsuffering through life.  Fifth is contentment.  This is probably one of the most hardest, because in this life we get unsatisfied, but through Him He will give contentment in His children.  Sixth is truth.  The truth is always taken for granted.  Many think they can lie and it be okay, but it is not.  There is a verse in the Bible which says, "If the Son shall set you free, ye shall be free indeed."  and "the truth shall set you free".  Seventh is faith.  The faith of Christ is the belief in Christ and all that He has done.  Anything that is not of faith is sin.  Next is humility.  Christ is humble, and the elect are humble in Him.  Pride is a horrible sin, and is easy to slip into, but Christ can give His humility to overcome pride.  Then, temperance, is restraint from sin. Only in Christ will we have temperance.  After that, is gentleness.  How many times have we been harsh to others?  In Christ, we can be gentle to one another.  Finally, is joy.  There is a a false joy and a true joy.  False joy is in the world in which they can be happy for a time.  True joy in Christ is eternal.  All of these things are the inheritance of Christ.  God is Almighty and All-knowning.  He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and ending.  The things in this world are temporal, but Christ is eternal!

  Written by:  Lydia
   Age:  14 yrs. old 
   Date:  May 11, 2017

 
Youth Poetry Writings:


This too will pass

Oh burdens you cast.

This darkness will fade

And joy will be arrayed.

Oh heart, don't be troubled

This is a test of faith, humbled.

Oh soul, don't be weary

Though it seems dark and dreary.

Keep your eyes ahead

On the living bread.

He is joy and love

He is with you from above.

The storm inside wants to let out

And destroy all joy without.

There is a God that is almighty

Whose light shines so brightly.

See His love all the day

Stick close to God and pray.

He is with you all the way.

  

     Written by:  Hannah

     Age: 16 yrs. old

     Date:  April 23, 2017


Youth Bible Class Writing Selections:     

   from the book of Job


     "Wilt Thou break a leaf driven to and fro?  and wilt Thou pursue the dry stubble?"  Job 13:25

          When Job calls himself a leaf and says that he is driven to and fro, he is talking about him and his sin.  I am just like this.  I never can stay on the strait and narrow path.  I am always wandering, going from one thing to the next.  My mind is always going to everything but the Lord.  The Good Shepherd and His bountiful mercies bring me back.  Later I will go to and fro again as a dog returns to his vomit.       

Written by:  Matthew

Age:  15 yrs. old



Job 8:20  Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers.

    In this verse, Bildad, one of Job's so-called friends, tells Job he sinned.  He said God will not cast away a perfect man, implying he said Job was a great sinner because he believed Job was cast away.  His friends acted like Pharisees pointing out Job's sin.  The Lord tells us to look at our own sin and not the sin of others.  No one is perfect but the Lord.

Written by:  Jimmy

Age:  17 yrs. old




         Youth Speak through Writings


"A Sinner Saved by Grace" - by Hannah 


    A sinner that never knew the Son of God is in a poor state, until he is regenerated.  It is as Jonathan Edwards explains in Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God, that God's finger holds us up; if He commanded us to fall, we would be in a bottomless pit.  As the song we sing, Nothing but the Blood, says Jesus' blood can only save you.  The Spirit put a cry into the poor sinner's heart to have mercy upon him, because his sins were carrying him into hell.  The Holy Spirit shows him the Son and reveals to him that His Son Jesus has died for him.  Then he points his finger at himself and says, "It was me that put Him on the cross!  It was me that mocked Him and spat upon Him! It was me that made Him to be separated from the Father!  It should be me that is to die!"  As Jesus said in the garden, "....O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done..." (Matthew 26:42)  Now consider that He arose from the dead and is sitting on the throne by His Father today.  What grace has been bestowed on such a wretch, that he was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world!





Essays from the Classroom:


God’s Visit Upon a Nation - by Hannah                                                                         

             Fourteen years ago, God brought judgment to our nation by the use of terrorism. The World Trade Center was brought down when a group of terrorists high jacked and flew planes right through the buildings, which led our nation to quake and tremble, and temporarily brought humility. America has a ton of pride, a sin in which God hates, leading to a judgment much like the Tower of Babel; they turned their back on God. When a nation turns their back upon God, man’s depravity is unleashed. You never know just how wicked a nation is until God has given it over. Hellish and deplorable sins occur, much like Sodom and Gomorrah. It has been shown in history, that God judges sin in a nation. For examples of this, we see the judgments of 70 AD in Jerusalem’s destruction, Nineveh when they refused to listen to the Gospel, Sodom and Gomorrah for their utter and deepest depravity, and many other cities has God destroyed. It’s sad to think fourteen years have gone by, and we are again proud and even more depraved. Let’s not think just because this happened years ago, it won’t happen again. Let us not be fearful, but fear God and pray, because only the truly living God can show mercy unto us.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Judgment from God Upon a Nation – by Matthew                                                                    
            Today is the day we all recognize as the day of 9-11. This is when terrorist flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and even attempted the White House. I always thought, and have been taught, that the reason this happened to America was because it was God’s judgment on this nation. At that time, and still now, America has basically forgotten God. This is a very good reminder of what happened at the Tower of Babel. They tried to build a tower to God because they thought they could be equal with God. Then God destroyed their tower and scattered the people. “The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”








  More Youth Bible Class Writing Selections:     

   from the book of Job


   

        "So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown."  Job2:7

        This was a hard time for Job.  He lost his cattle, his servants, and his children.  Now he is afflicted with blisters of some sort all over his body.  I can't imagine.  Even as I have sickness, this is nothing compared to what Job had to go through.  This is all in the LORD's time.  He will heal, and He will afflict.  It's like the LORD gives, and He takes away.  It's all for His good pleasure.  Not my will but His will be done.

Written by:  Lydia

Age: 13 yrs. old


        "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither:  the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away:  blessed be the name of the Lord."  Job 1:21

         In this verse, Job worships the Lord and praises Him for everything.  After losing all, it seems impossible how a person could thank and praise the Lord.  I know when I lost my grandpa it was hard for me to give praise to the Lord.  In our natural state, we will  not acknowledge Him.  It must be the Lord's work in us.   


Written by:  Jimmy  

Age: 17yrs. old


      "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither:  the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away:  blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1:21 

     Job, earlier in the chapter, had lost pretty much everything.  He lost all of his children and all of his riches.  The natural , and man would be cursing God, and asking, "why did this have to happen to me?'  The Lord brought Job instead to bless Him and also, to realize that God's will may not be his will.  I have not gone through anything near what Job went through, but I hope the Lord will bring me to the same place He brought Job.      

Written by:  Nathan

Age:  17 yrs. old


          Job 6:11:  What is my strength, that I should hope?  and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life? 

          Without Christ is all hopelessness.  Our strength will make us weak.  The things we do for self always fail and is never good.  Hope is a strong word.  Christ is our hope of salvation.  Hope is a fruit of the Spirit, which means the Holy Spirit must give it to us.  We do not earn it, we do not work for it, it is given by love from the Holy Spirit for His children.  Hoping in man is vanity.  Your hopes, wants, and desires fail when it is all in man and the world.  When it is in Christ, the living hope, He will not fail you. 

Written by:  Hannah

Age: 15 yrs. old









More Poems written by Youth:


"The King of All"  - by Hannah


The trumpet has sung

And the King will come.

Angels will sing

Unto their King.


Sing, O people of God!

Christ chastens His sheep with the rod

To bring to His Father,

For He love His own

And so forth He died.


He is the King of all!

While in evil we will fall.

Jesus made things for His pleasure,

And in Christ we are His treasure.


Jesus will reign

Because He is the King of all.

No man can take His power,

For He is the King of Kings!




Faith

It seems, sometimes, too hard to bear

All our troubles, trials, and cares

We doubt God's mercy every day.

Yet, we don't see He is working in His way.


We doubt, we tremble, we cry

Sometimes even want to die.

We look on life as hard as hopeless,

But the Lord gives us His peace.

Only then can a sinner trust

When He comes and lifts us out of the dust.


We are brought low, yeah even

Sometimes we think it is a blow.

He humbles us, and enables us to conquer our fears

Praise Him through all the years.


Poem Written by:  Rebecca

Age:  19 yrs. old


Bible Verses Ministering to Youth:



Nathan says this verse ministers to me:  "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."   Psalm 46: 1


      Jimmy says this verse ministers to me:   "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God.:   Ephesians 2: 8


        Andrews says this verse ministers to me:  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."  Romans 8: 28




SPIRITUAL SNACKS FROM THE VINE


What's On Your Mind Today?

Song/Poem:  "My Lord, I Did Not Choose You" - Josiah Conder




      What’s On Your Mind Today?


  What have you been thinking about lately?  What has been mostly on your mind? Friends?  Family?  Your problems that you are convinced no one else has? Or just things you don’t want to think about, at least, you don’t want to talk about?   Other things you are too embarrassed to mention?  Christ?  Your relationship to Him?  Or does Christ rarely make an entrance into your thoughts?  If that is the case, how do you, who professes Christ, live victoriously everyday?  If so, why aren’t you happy and living joyously in Christ?  Surely, you have learned that things just go better when Christ is on the throne of your life.  Yes, I suppose you know that, too, but right now you would just rather wallow in your misery.  Well, that’s okay, but thank goodness God cares and will only let you suffer for awhile, but will with the temptation, yes, temptation,  which by the way is common to all, provide a way out that you might have your peace restored and feel lifted up  again. (I Corinthians 10: 13)  Thankfully, God’s mercies are new every morning.  After all, II Corinthians says that He is a God of all comfort.  That is comforting to know, isn’t it?  God bless.


"My Lord, I Did Not Choose You"  -Josiah Conder


My Lord, I did not choose You, for that could never be;

My heart would still refuse You, Had You not chosen me.

You took the sin that stained me, You cleansed me, made me new

Of old You have ordained me, that I should live in You.


Unless Your grace had called me and taught my op'ning mind

The world would have enthralled me, to heav'nly glories blind.

My heart knows none above You; for Your rich grace I thirst.

I know that if I love You, You must have loved me first.