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David R. Smith

Just last night, “Hunter” texted me before youth group: Don’t mention I said anything but…..can u speak on why it’s a sin to smoke (weed). Then, DURING youth group, another kid reported that “Tony,” one of our sophomores, had been arrested that afternoon for selling pot at…
JONATHAN'S BLOG: My Favorite Easter Clip
Easter is just around the corner... some of you are still preparing lessons or discussions, or even looking for ways to engage in meaningful conversations with our kids about the amazing sacrifice Jesus paid for us.

Year after year I return to this clip from the Academy Award winning movie Ben Hur.

I love the mystery and power of Jesus they created in this scene:

(Click here if you can't see the embedded HD YouTube Clip)

Here is some scripture and discussion questions to help you unpack this scene as well.

And here's another one, from Spielberg's heart wrenching film, Amistad. Here's the clip, scripture and discussion questions.

Season 1, Episode 2 – Guts
Things are definitely heating up in and around Atlanta in the second episode of The Walking Dead, titled ‘Guts’- and I’m not just talking about the sweltering temperatures. The opening scene obviously gives us a look into a potential coming

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?

Movie Reviews and Quick Q's:
Walking with Dinosaurs (3/25/2014)

Posted on April 4/17/2014, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Games & IceBreakers:
Shaving Cream Mummy Burial

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Movie Clip Discussions:
Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The

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Music Discussions:

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Need a Lift?

If you’re looking for a last minute resource to share during the week of Easter, check out this staple from our TALKS/SERMON page. It’s centered on one of Jesus’ miracles and will definitely get your students thinking.


Message Intro:

Ever feel mediocre, uninteresting or worthless? Listen to the following quote from a very well-known musical artist:

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Saving Private Ryan
This resource from our MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS page will get your students prepared for life after Easter. It will show them how to live their lives in accordance with the sacrifice made for us on the cross by Jesus. 

The Movie Clip: Saving Private Ryan
It’s a unique plot; usually, the platoon of brave soldiers puts their lives on the line for a mission. In this case, the mission is the life of one man. But since the United States government wants Private Ryan 

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