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Mon, Oct 31st - 3:28AM

Give the Gift of Memories
by FBC Ministries

Of all the Christmas gifts I've ever received, one memory is treasured above all others. I was thirteen years old, and my older brother proudly presented me with his gift. It was a large, heavy, beautifully wrapped box. I eagerly tore into it, only to find another, and inside that box was another, and another. After opening about 15 boxes, one inside of another, I arrived at the next obstacle to my gift. My brother had sealed my gift with ten pounds of plaster of Paris. He smiled and handed me a hammer. I pounded away for the next 20 minutes or so until I arrived at his other barriers. The next boxes were sealed with pounds of wax, layers of duct tape, masking tape, scotch tape, and aluminum foil. It seemed like hours passed before I finally arrived at my prized possession.

Other Christmases have been creative too, as I was sent on scavenger hunts to find my gifts. Some years poems led me to my gift and other years it was puzzling clues. Regardless of the technique used, I highly treasure the memory of the search, rather than the memory of the gift. Someone who loved me dearly invested a great deal of time to plan my surprise.

As teens, we didn't have a great deal of money to spend on each other, but we gave gifts that have lasting memories. I challenge you this Christmas to give gifts that will be memory makers. I've listed a few ideas that you can give to your siblings, parents, grandparents, pastor, youth director, principal, or teachers. Be creative and let these ideas spark others.

1. Make a music tape or CD of all the kids in your family or youth group singing.

2. Take individual pictures of all the members of your youth group or class and have each member write a brief note of gratitude to the chosen leader. Place the notes beside the pictures in a photo album.

3. Make an 8 x 10 picture of your high school class and have each member sign it. Send it, along with a note of gratitude, to each teacher you've had since kindergarten.

4. Take pictures of each family in the church and ask them to write notes of gratitude to the preacher. Place the notes beside the pictures in a photo album.

5. Make a video for a teacher, the youth director, or preacher. Ask members of the church or youth group to say a few words expressing their love and gratitude.

6. Write poems which express your love or write letters of gratitude. Send the gift of words with some homemade fudge or cookies.

7. Give a book of homemade coupons to your sibling or parents. "This coupon entitles the bearer to…."

8. Give out certificates for free snow shoveling, grass mowing, or window washing to elderly members of your church.

9. Buy a calendar for that year and have members of the church write a note of encouragement, a Bible verse, or a funny saying on various days. Present it to your preacher.

10. "Twelve Days of Christmas" Wrap twelve small gifts or promise coupons and let your sibling open one a day until Christmas.

Author Resource:-> Miss Vicky Siebenhaar teaches elementary education courses at Hyles-Anderson College.

Article From Christian Baptist Articles

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Sat, Oct 22nd - 4:21AM

How to Find a Christian Mate
by Frank King

I am not presenting this as a recipe for how to find a Christian mate. That would be way beyond the scope of this article. But I do want to offer some words of encouragement in this area. Why? Because I often hear Christian women express their lifelong agony of trying to find a godly mate. "All of the good men are already taken," I hear some of the Christian women say.

As you can see from the title of this post, I am emphasizing a Christian mate. As a Christian, you have a much better chance of living a life that pleases the Lord while you are dating if your mate is also a Christian. That's because each of you is more likely to value the other person's commitment to trying to live a godly life. It is a struggle in the flesh to spend time alone with someone whom you love and still try to behave yourself before the Lord, if you know what I mean.

Here is the main point I want to make in this article: In your efforts to find a godly mate, don't preoccupy yourself with trying to find a godly mate. Rather, make serving God your priority. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you," Jesus told His disciples (Matthew 6:33). He was explaining to them that they should not dwell on their temporal needs. Rather, they should focus on pleasing God, and He will supply their needs. That principle also works for a person interested in Christian dating. In light of this principle, let me share a couple of important secondary points:

1. When you pray to God for a godly mate, and make the kingdom of God your priority, you don't have to spend your every minute looking for that special someone. The truth is, God can hook you up with the person He has for you by bringing the two of you together at the dumpster in the apartment complex! Perhaps some of you say I could have come up with something better than that, and it's true. But my point is that God can answer your prayer for a Christian mate while you are going through your daily routine.

2. God can fix any apparent shortage of godly mates. For instance, there are many more Christian single women than Christian single men. But God's hand is not tied by that reality. He can save and totally change someone just for you. When my wife and I started dating, I was not a Christian and neither was she. One thing in her favor was that she did attend church weekly, which I did not. Anyway, she prayed for me and with time God saved me, and called me to preach the gospel, which I have been doing the past 30 years. That's the awesome God we serve.

If you are looking for a godly mate, I hope you find some encouragement in what I have said. If this article does not apply to you, perhaps you know someone you can e-mail this to and who would benefit from this content. In summary, pray to God for a Christian mate, make serving Him your priority, and trust Him to give you the desire of your heart.

Copyright 2011 by Frank King. All rights reserved.

Frank King is a former church pastor. He is currently an evangelist and an author. Frank holds a Master of Theology degree. Through the grace of God, Frank has been blessed to cross cultural lines in his preaching.

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Mon, Oct 10th - 3:42AM

Christian Premarital Counseling
by Tina L. Jones

Are you thinking of getting some Christian premarital counseling before you take that big step? Has Christian premarital counseling been advised to you by friends and family, but you don't know where to find it? Have you been going through the internet wondering what advice to take or what to leave behind?

With a desire to have a true Christian wedding ceremony, you'll also want to consider taking all the steps that will bring you a strong Christian marriage. Proper Christian premarital counseling can bring to light matters you'd not previously considered and can be of great help in getting you both on the right path to a strong and long lasting bond you can both be happy with.

True Knowledge of Each Other

Love isn't something that grows overnight and it is far from being based solely on a pretty face. Knowing this, many people still embark on serious relationships and contemplate marriage all while knowing very little about the person they claim to love. For a true bond to grow, an honest effort must be made to know the person you're planning to commit your life to.

This is something that is virtually impossible to accomplish within a short period of time. Though discussions and thorough conversations can enlighten you and give you some important insight, only spending an adequate amount of time together will really show you who he is. Don't skip this process and think you can get to know him after the wedding. You need to know before.

Sexless Courtship

While this could also be good advice for relationships that are building without a religious foundation, it is imperative in a Christian union. The knowledge that we acquire about one another should be based on personality, values and lifestyles, not sex. Any Christian premarital counseling will strongly advise against taking the sexy route that is so prevalently displayed in many relationships today.

The Counseling You're Looking For

In their quest for adequate Christian premarital counseling that could really prepare them for the commitment to come, some Christian couples have found that they were too often counseled in Catechism, rather than relationships. Make sure you find a counselor who will be prepared to dig deeper than just Catechism. True counseling should touch of the varying aspects of married life and should give you explicit information regarding what to expect.

As this is premarital counseling and not marriage counseling the bulk of the sessions should revolve around being well prepared for what's to come.

The Reality vs the Fairy Tale

With women being more apt to believe the fairy tale of their Prince Charming, even if some deny such a fantasy, bringing to light the reality of married life through counseling can be vital. When women have a more realistic vision of what to expect, they are twice a likely to find themselves happy within a strong and solid relationship.

When the fairy tale is too deeply embedded in their vision of married life, the reality is often overwhelming and the relationship falters and often fails.

Find the proper Christian premarital counseling you need and forge a strong and everlasting marriage with your beloved.

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This article is contributed by Tina Jones from the Unforgettable Woman Publishing Team. She works together with founder Alexandra Fox and writes dating/relationship articles for women. You can find more about Unforgettable Woman Publishing by visiting their website.

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Tue, Oct 4th - 3:36AM

Finding Lifelong Friends
by Alyssa Avant

When I was a teen, a popular contemporary Christian song was "Friends are Friends Forever" by Michael W. Smith. It talked about having a lifetime of friendship, a tearjerker of a song that was used at many baccalaureate services and other memorable events.

This song points out that a friend is a friend forever if "the Lord is the Lord of them". This suggests that we include God in our friendships. In Godly friendships there are not just two people involved, but three. The relationship could be represented by a triangle. You and your friend are connected at the bottom of the triangle to God, at the top, which would be over you and Lord of both of your lives. The Bible says that this is the strongest of friendships in Ecclesiastes 4:12 it says, "A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

Choosing Godly friends is so important. Friends have a tremendous impact upon how we think, feel, act and behave. The Bible says in Proverbs 12:26, "The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray."

It is difficult to obtain Godly friendships. Many teens today, who grow up in rural communities like the one I did, may have the same peers in their lives from the time they are a small child, until they graduate high school. Therefore, their choice of friendships is limited.

When I was a teen, I had the same friends that I had met in preschool at the age of three at least for the most part. These friends did not always uphold and follow the same morals and beliefs that I held. I soon found out who my "real Godly friendships" were just by the way they would react to my standing up for what was right or setting myself apart from what was wrong.

As a teenager, this was hard to do, but now, almost 10 years since my high school graduation I am glad I did so all during high school. I value the friends who stood by me, whether they agreed with me or not, and even more so I am thankful that God always sends the people you need into your life.

Because, now as an adult, I still maintain some of my old friendships, but I have also created new friendships, and God has given me true friendships where the Lord is the Lord of them. I am now blessed with a group of girlfriends who share my same beliefs, encourage my convictions, and hold me accountable for my actions. They also pray for me, cry with me, and celebrate with me. I am thankful to be experiencing the whole range of lifetime friendships that God has blessed me with.

Godly friendships may seem difficult to find, but worth the wait. Don't give up on finding your lifelong friends.

Alyssa Avant is a Christian Author and Speaker who helps moms connect with their daughters. A work at home mom, Alyssa is the founder of Beauty By Design Ministries, grab her Her FREE Guide, Seven Easy Tips Encouraging Your Daughter to Say "No" here

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Mon, Oct 3rd - 1:46AM

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