|YS Student Newsletter #437
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Uh, That’s Funny?
1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” (Romans 12:14)
Did you just feel the degree of difficulty go up a notch on this list of things Jesus-followers do?
Until this one, everything we’ve covered has been nice things, easy to agree with even if you don’t necessarily plan on doing them. Just imagining yourself doing them makes you feel pretty good.
But this one is personal. This one, I imagine myself feeling bad about if I really did it. Blessing would be exactly last on my instinctive list of things to do if someone persecuted me. It would come after “ducking,” “persecuting back,” “leaving town for the good of my family,” “explaining what the persecutor obviously doesn’t understand,” and “hiding in a hole.”
Following Jesus is hard. His path led through betrayal, torture, and a public, brutal death on a cross — where He forgave those who were persecuting Him. This is what Christians do.
Think: Over the centuries, some people have read this verse while in the middle of violent persecution for their faith in Jesus. Do you think being in that place would make it harder or easier to imagine imitating Jesus and obeying this command?
Pray: Ask God to help you to bless those who persecute you, to bless and not to curse.
Do: Read Matthew 5 and notice everything Jesus says about people who are persecuted.
A Daily Devotional from PlanetWisdom.com, copyright 2010 Youth Specialties. Used by permission.
2. SURF REPORT
We knew it!
We can get ‘nexted’ without even going on the internet
Or you could just get them a Hallmark Card
Can’t we just drink it?
It’s almost Spring!
Will “The Dawn Treader” Float? – Christianity Today
Review of Brooklyn’s Finest – Christianity Today
3. FORGETTABLE FACT
A coffee tree yields about one pound of coffee in a year.
4. POTENT QUOTABLES
Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.
~ Lou Holtz
One of the things I learnt when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself I could not change others.
~ Nelson Mandela
5. UH, THAT’S FUNNY?
The sentence: ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ uses every letter of the alphabet.