I believe it is a good practice to consider improvements to how you think and act when starting a new year. No matter how good we are doing, there is always room for improvement. Why not check out the articles in the “Starting Today I Will…” section of the web site. You can find it here: https://godlyyouth.com/articles/starting-today-i-will/
I hope you all have a safe and encouraging new year.
Hey guys. If any of you will be attending the Florida College lectures, I am teaching the Wednesday teen class (Be an Example in Faith, Love, and Life) and would love to see you there. Young people have a great opportunity to positively influence the world as they become like Jesus. A great example of godliness in an ungodly world can be a magnet for those who are searching for meaning or are dissatisfied with worldly things. Let your light shine and glorify God.
This past Tuesday Americans came out in large numbers to vote for a president and other government representatives. It is a special day of the year and I hope that when you are old enough you will participate in this important process.
However, each day we also make another vote. We choose whether to serve God or reject Him. We vote when we choose to tell the truth over lying, when we choose to be nice to someone instead of being mean, and when we choose good entertainment on TV, radio, and books. It is an important vote you cast because you either support the godly life or turn against it. How will you vote?
In the last few weeks I have been using the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible by Crossway Publishers and I am VERY impressed with its readability and accuracy. It is written on an 8th grade level and is supposed to be textually accurate. It claims to be in the same tradition as the King James Bible (but much more readable!). An online version is at www.esv.org if you want to evaluate particular verses.
I know there are some “King James Only” advocates but it has been my experience that kids have great difficulty reading many passages in the KJV. I know some claim that the KJV is easy to read but they are usually adults and people who have been reading that version all of their lives. However, the archaic language is very difficult for kids to understand as they read which discourages them from reading and makes some conclude that the Bible is too tough to read. It is interesting that the “KJV Only” advocates don’t insist on going back to THE KJV: the 1611 version (see picture at http://www.kjv-only.com/oldscans/kjvgen1.jpg). Parents, make sure your children have a Bible that faithfully renders the original texts and is readable. The ESV certainly fits that requirement.
Recently, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium came out on DVD. I have really enjoyed this truly magical movie. I could imagine spending many hours playing in that store and never being bored. When I think of places like that, created in the mind of men, I can’t help but think how much greater heaven, created from the mind of God, will be. It will be a truly wonderful place where the joy shall never grow old. I hope you want to go there as much as I do. Mr. Magorioum’s toy store exists only in the imagination but heaven is real and is open to all who want to obey God and live with him forever.