Don't miss out. It is the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther 's 96 Theses Nailing on the Door of Wittenberg Castle Church
Post a list of outrageous rules in your youth group meeting space, for example:
If someone is found to be talking to a friend during the meeting, then they must stand up in front of the group and recite the Ten Commandments, adding a new commandment: thou shalt not talk to youth group friends during the meeting.
If you missed church in the morning, you could not come to Sunday evening youth group.
There are many other quite silly rules that can be created. Then advise youth that this is the basis for a discussion of the 500 Rules. Let youth wonder if there are 498 more rules to come before stating that the discussion is about the 96 theses Martin Luther presented to the church 500 years ago this Halloween Eve.
Point out that to some in the church Luther's suggestions were nearly as outrageous as the ones presented to the group earlier in the evening. Then ask youth to share what changes have come to the church since Luther"s proclamation 500 years ago. Point out that Luther's primary focus was on the importance of faith, and not our deeds, as the key to eternal life.
More details of this activity and a second Halloween activity can be found at: 500 Rules
The rhetoric is too high ... too nasty. Christians, whatever your political persuasion, Christian youth ministry needs Trust and Prayer at this time.
I fear for the future of our world. We need to speak up. Christ calls us in Matthew chapter 25 to reach out to the sick, the needy and those imprisoned unjustly. This is NOT a liberal issue. It is a Christian issue. Will you pray for wisdom and strength to stop this prejudice?
Comment received from Alex ... "Wouldn't it be nice to just forget the past and move on with a future of hope. However, we live in a world too separated by people with big differences of opinions...." Read more and share. Click: Christians Blog
Christians of all ages - Do you need a faith- pick me up?
Here it is:
The Chest of Visions
Review dated February 2017 from Onlinebookclub
"What would happen if Jesus arrived today instead of 2,000 years ago? Would you risk your reputation and give up what you had to follow Him? These are the questions The Chest of Visions by Tim Ferguson seeks to answer. Not only does the book tackle these difficult questions, it does so in a unique format - the book is written via a pen pal-like dialogue between a few youths..."
Please meet Immaculate Nalubega of Kitala, Uganda.
She writes: "Praise our lord Jesus Christ. I extend my humble regards to you. I am by name Nalubega immaculate. I am a 32 year old Ugandan citizen. I am a youth pastor in a growing church of 100 -50 people. I have a passion for evangelism and teaching the word of God. I wanted to join a bible penpals group but I didn't see a group of my age group."
Read Immaculate's story, including her update about the Thanksgiving Day celebration in Uganda and think about joining a group of adult Bible Penpals sponsored by Christianyouthgroup.org. Click:
Immaculate shares:Thank you so much, Tim, for helping me find a Bible Penpal and
offering us good uplifting articles to read on your website.
Featured Fall Activity for Youth
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination
encircles the world."
Thirty Four color drawings covering thirteen events including: the martyrdom, the prison break, the trial and the ultimate appearance of Mattpaul.
Do not miss the story per the talented artist, Jose Carlos Gutierrez. A big THANK YOU to Jose
Ha Ha: Lots of fun - an icebreaker we used with Spanish speaking young people in El Salvador, as well as with our own youth group. It has always been a great success.
Cross the Line: An icebreaker that gets young people sharing their experiences.
Bombs Away: A game that tests our ability to trust.
Activities That Teach
The Hope Page: "At times of a world divided as exists today, hope seems far away. It is good to take time to truly think how much better we would be if we all worked together. The below parable says it very well. "
What is Truly Timeless?
We then did a second contest. I asked the young man with the cell phone to do a search to find a Time Machine, a way for him to go back in time. Arindam looked at me and said, "I can't".
Jo writes regarding Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings ... "I think this book is really good and helpful. I first read the online version of the book because I did not want to pay for it. But after reading a couple of program ideas and having a very very successful youth program I totally HAD to get this book. It is well worth the money."
Hear what Cara of Goodreads says about
"Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings"
Review: "Wow! Its one of the few realistic and useful youth books I've run across and is recommended for youth pastors and adult volunteers in youth."
Jesus promises Christian youth
like Danielle of Madagascar
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