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The Clutches of Controlled Substances
A Growing Number of Teens Are Caught In Their Grip
David R. Smith

“What are those kids on?”

It’s a question that adults often ask – in frustration – about teenagers. But, they shouldn’t ask questions they don’t want answers to.

Turns out, some kids are on a lot.

At the outset of this year, we...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: In Your City
Finally... someone created an online hub for Christian happenings!

It's like this. Every time someone brings me out to their city to speak they always want to publicize their event, their training, or their conference... and depending on the city, some have some good "word of mouth" networks to get the word out... but most don't.

For years I've been commenting, "I wish their was one 'hub' where people could go to and see what events, resources, speakers, etc. were available in their own area."

It's finally here! And by a group I trust.

My friend Greg Johnson has pulled together a fantastic team of people and developed FaithHappenings.com (and you should jump on their today and sign up- it's FREE, of course).

Here's the official press release you may have already seen:

Finding just the right faith-enriching information can be a daunting task. How does one keep up with the latest books, blogs, and music? Find a church in a new area? Discover devotionals that resonate? Locate local serving opportunities? Choose a Christian school?

FaithHappenings.com, launching today, was created to fix that frustration. FaithHappenings.com is a free, online resource for Christians that contains an array of valuable, faith-based content all in one place. This powerful, complete directory is curated and customized to individuals’ unique needs and locations. Site visitors may become members by completing a short survey in order to receive free, tailored emails about their interests.

The site offers a mix of national and local Christian resources including: devotionals for diverse interests; album, video and book releases; targeted, inspirational blogsby renowned Christian authors; concerts; events; serving opportunities; ministry support; a church database; education options and more. Over a year in development, FaithHappenings.com is comprehensive and accurate.

CHECK IT OUT!

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CAMPUS MINISTRY CORNER: Guys and Fries
Some kids are too cool to do anything.  Part peacock, part pubescent, their pride gets the best of them at almost every turn... NOT these kids.

My kids will laugh at silly jokes.  They eat Happy Meals.  They watch kiddie shows and are unashamed.  They wear cat ears, 3D glasses with the lenses taken out, and give themselves names like Batman, Nightwing, and Doctor Wolverine (that name is mine, by the way). They are nerds…to the EXTREME.  So of course, we get along JUST FINE.  

Nowhere is this hardcore geekiness more evident than at our awesome new boys group, Guys and Fries Thursday. Every week I meet a small group of junior high 6th and 7th grade guys at McDonald’s to eat french fries, play card games, and talk about important life topics. We build mountains of french fries and use ketchup packets to make them into volcanoes (or we would if the kids actually ATE KETCHUP with their fries). Last week we had an epic battle of slapjack and used the parable of the unforgiving servant to discuss the topic of forgiveness. We also went off on rabbit trails, leading to one kid talking for ten minutes about the best way to get out of a cave. After all, these are junior high school boys, so focusing is always an issue.  Many have the attention span of a 6-week-old-puppy in a field filled with butterflies.  

And that’s on a good day.        

And yet, in spite of the silliness and beneath the crazy laughter, coupled with the random card games and the nerdy times, there are real Gospel truths being presented, and barriers, like walls, that are tumbling down.  

See, some of these kids you’d never spot worshiping in the youth room at your church on a Sunday morning.  But campus ministry is a different animal altogether:  With us, atheists mingle with Christians, agnostics with Mormons, Jews with Muslims.

And that’s Youth for Christ/Campus Life at its best. That’s what we can be: A haven for people who do not know the Gospel; a place where kids can go to just be themselves. We gather representatives from various tribes, tongues, and nations together in one room to learn stories, build relationships, and point kids to Jesus Christ.  

This is just the beginning of what we’re doing here at a Sacramento suburb middle school.  In less than a school year, we’ve launched a successful weekly Monday Campus Life club, a guys group, and continue to build contacts within the community, all while maintaining a breakfast club that regularly sees an average of 120 students every Friday (we’ve written about that before in this column).

How are you reaching the campus near you?

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