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What to Expect in Life's Next Chapter
David R. Smith

We're in the second half of summer and several million teenagers are just weeks away from the biggest change in their young lives: leaving home and going to college. That means millions of parents are wondering if they've paved the way for a successful future.

After all, college prep involves much more than prepaid tuition...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: Just do you

Next week I’ll be at a conference speaking to young people about deciphering truth in the midst of lies. We’ll be looking at several influences like social media, music and other entertainment media, observing the subtle messages they communicate.

Let’s try one.

Here’s a Diet Coke commercial you may have seen– I saw it in a movie theater before the most recent Avengers movie:

Some interesting advice:

It makes me feel good.

Life is short.

Just do you… whatever that is.

And then of course the slogan:

Because I can.

(I can’t figure out if that slogan sounds more like the answer a kindergartner responds when asked, “Why did you break all your friends crayons?” or the answer a serial killer provides.)

What did you get from this?

How do these messages compare with what we’re seeing in our culture right now?

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Season Eight, Episode Sixteen, Wrath
by Thom McKee Did you ever think that mercy would win at the end of season 8 of The Walking Dead? I know that I didn’t. It is no secret that I have been very critical of this season. I
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Outreach Event Ideas

With summer in full swing, youth ministries get a wonderful opportunity to do outreach. Check out our OUTREACH EVENT IDEAS page for lots of proven strategies.

 

Outreach Event Ideas:

Our outreach page is dedicated to helping youth workers reach their communities with the Gospel. We’ve compartmentalized every resource into three separate categories: Serving, Sharing, and Inviting. 


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Take a Seat and Make a Friend
This resource from our YOUTUBE DISCUSSIONS page teaches students why it’s wise to make good friends: you never know how they might change your life. 

The Discussion Starter: Ball Pit Buddies 
In “Take a Seat, Make a Friend,” the videographers set up a ball pit and encourage passers-by to “take a seat…and make a friend.” It’s a pretty touching video given some of the combinations that make the cut. You see people of different religions, different ethnicities, and different gender all having a great time