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
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 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!
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.