Youth News – March


I am UNCOOL and I am OK with it 

We choose whom to love. It’s sad but true. Students know from experience in school and all
too often in church that people do not always act as though there is enough love to go around for
everyone. Daily, our students live with the reality that there are groups and cliques with which they
are either in or out. At some point in their lives, most students have been on both the inside and the
1 John 4: 18-19
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment. The person
who is afraid has not been made perfect in love. We love because God first loved us.
Loving everyone is hard to understand and doesn’t make sense sometimes. Most students
have no frame of reference for love other than ROMANTIC or PARENTAL love. Loving people
who are not a part of their crowd might push them to the unexplored boundaries of that area known
as “UNCOOL”.
The use of the word LOVE can be more than romantic, it has much more to do with actions
than with feelings. Even if you do not have “feelings” of love for another person, you can follow
Jesus’ footsteps when deciding to act lovingly toward a person. Love can be confusing and can be
considered “uncool” at times, but if loving others like God loves others is “uncool”, then I’m OK
with being uncool.
God Bless, Michael S. Smith
When your teens were younger, they were taught rhymes such as 
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But as they grow and mature, they discover that words can hurt
… a lot. 
Words carry a lot more power than those rhymes suggest. The bible even describes the tongue as lying, evil, destructive, perverted, and gossiping… among other things. James writes that it cannot be tamed, but maybe we can rein it in.
We will be talking about replacing harmful words that can divide, with encouraging words that can bind. By changing our words, we can cause positive changes in our lives and the lives of others. This will even strengthen our relationship with God.
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

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Sunday School (9:40-10:30am)
E3 Wednesdays 6 – 8 pm
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