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“Why is it called Labor Day?“
September 2, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 24

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Don’t be afraid to start your own forum topic, vote on the polls, comment on a picture, or devo. This website was made so that you can put in your 2¢. Current Poll Question: “School starts back. Are you...” Active Forum Topic: “Wednesday and Sunday Class” started by Caroline Featured Pic:

Romans
In our High School Class we began a study on Romans this morning. It’s one of my favorite books of the Bible (actually it would be easier for me to list my non-favorite books, and even those would be few and hard to label “unfavored”). One of the reasons Romans remains at the top of my favorites though is because it offers the knowledge of freedom in Christ. Often we equate Christianity with rules of Dos and Don’ts and how we are supposed to behave. But it’s really more than that. It’s the freedom from the law that allows us not to be limited by a set of rules or feel like we have to find a way around them to get anything done. It’s knowing that we can act on the thankfulness to God! I hope that our look at Romans will be beneficial. I hope that you will take the time to study this on your own time, because it will be difficult enough to cover all of Romans in just 13 weeks. As a result there maybe some gaps. You really need to study this on your own to learn the maximum about Romans. I’d like to say I’m a good teacher, but even the best teachers can’t teach you what you can learn from your our study. Be sure to read it on your own. Make notes, don’t be afraid to spend several days just thinking about one verse that impacted you while you were reading. Pray about this to God. God is the one that reveals things in scripture that you wouldn’t be able to get from anyone else telling you. I hope that when you study this on your own you’ll be able to bring to class your own thoughts about Romans and share the things that you’ve learned from your own studies. Please take the time to study it each week. It will really help you take more out of the class. Obviously, there will be an emphasis of bringing your Bible to class. It would be hard to get through a class at school without a textbook, and the same will be expected here. So please bring your Bibles to class. Don’t leave them in a car, or at home, or even in the pews upstairs. Take them with you and keep it at your side like you would your cellphone. Make an effort to show that you care about God’s word and that it has some importance to your life. - Aaron ✌ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

Will learned to ignore the pain after the 6th time he had hit his finger.

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Upcoming Events
September 12- Eat Out @ Schlotsky’s Deli- Meet before Wednesday Night Classes to have a meal together. September 15- Family Fun Day- See Cindy Carnes about siging up for the Talent Show. Sept 21st Girl’s/Guy’s Night Out Girls - Doing girly stuff at the home of Louise Ramsey. Guys- I’ve not picked out a place to camp yet.. Expect cost to be around ~$5-20. Oct 12-14 Fall RetreatFor 7-12 Grades. The cost will be $50 and includes a t-shirt. Should be a great weekend. It’s coming together. Keep eyes open for registration and permission forms soon.

Weekly Family Time
You Are Needed
Week # 11 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the value of attending Bible class and worship services. Feasting on the Word: Acts 2:40-47 Acts 20:7 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Hebrews 10:25 and John 4:24 Family Discussion: The church began on a Sunday called Pentecost. About how many people became Christians that day? (verse 41) According to verse 42, what was the purpose of Christians meeting together? Is that the same reason we meet for worship now? As time passed, the first century church continued to meet together for worship. According to Acts 20:7, on what day did Paul and his traveling companions meet with the church in Troas? Why did they meet? What did Paul also do during this time of worship? The “breaking of bread” is what we now call the Lord’s Supper. Why is it important to participate in this ceremony every week? The answer is in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. Is it a command to attend worship services? Read and discuss Hebrews 10:25 and John 4:24. Challenge: Parents, if you did not see to it that your children attended school regularly, what would be the result? Why do you think school attendance is mandatory? Some parents, who would NEVER consider letting their children skip school (secular education) on a regular basis, think nothing of skipping Bible classes (religious education) week after week. Which is more important? What will be the result of not attending Bible class regularly? What is the result of attending?

Reading Guide
I uploaded the list I use for this reading schedule on the Youth Website. It can be found on the links on the left side of the page. Or simply go to this webpage.... www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 071 Deut. 17-19 Mark 14:1-25 Day 072 Deut. 20-22 Mark 14:26-50 Day 073 Deut. 23-25 Mark 14:51-72 Day 074 Deut. 26,27 Mark.15:1-26 Day 075 Deut. 28 Mark 15:27-47 Day 076 Deut. 29,30 Mark 16 Day 077 Deut. 31,32 Luke 1:1-23

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“There is a time for Everything“ Eccl 3:1
September 9, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 25

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Prayer
It was neat having a special prayer service Sunday Night. It really got me thinking about prayer and how we take it for granted. It’s amazing that God would take the time to listen to our prayers and answer them. That he is concerned with the things that concern us. True, most of us pray for the health of others, but we also pray for all sort of things. I honestly think that God answers my prayers. Things that I’ve prayed for over the years have been granted. It’s amazing to think of the ways that I’ve been blessed simply because I’ve asked God with perseverance and faith. It’s amazing that God, creator of the whole universe would listen to me. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” -James 1:5-8 You know I’ve even been guilty of asking for shallow things from God. We’ve prayed for our car, we’ve prayed for our house, and we’ve even prayed for a baby! (I secretly was praying for a boy. Sorry girls.) I even prayed for a great wife, and then I met Jen! Coincidence? I think not! Read Luke 11:1-13, where Jesus is talking about prayer. This is a great passage. There’s nothing wrong with asking God for things you want, but please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not trying to make God into a Vending Machine God where whatever you ask him, if you have enough faith, he’ll give it to you. It’s not like that at all. Because God won’t give you what will harm you. Think about this, Paul asked God to remove a “thorn in his flesh” but God’s reply was “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Do you think God would not give you fruits of the Spirit if you asked him? “...how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” -Luke 11:13b How much Joy could we have in this life if we were to go to God first thing, instead of going to him as a last resort? I encourage you to pray, make note of what you pray for, and when you notice how God has blessed you, don’t forget to thank Him for it! - Aaron ✌ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

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Upcoming Events
September 12- Eat Out @ Schlotsky’s Deli- Meet before Wednesday Night Classes to have a meal together. September 15- Family Fun Day- See Cindy Carnes about siging up for the Talent Show. Sept 21st Girl’s/Guy’s Night Out Girls - Doing girly stuff at the home of Louise Ramsey. Guys- I’ve not picked out a place to camp yet.. Expect cost to be around ~$5-20. September 30- Devo Hosted by the Sparks-After Evening Services. More details to follow. Oct 12-14 Fall RetreatFor 7-12 Grades. The cost will be $50 and includes a t-shirt. Should be a great weekend. It’s coming together. Keep eyes open for registration and permission forms soon. Oct 27 Fear Factor- More Details to Follow

Weekly Family Time
Heroes of Faith
Week # 12 OBJECTIVE: To learn about great heroes of faith and develop our own faith. Feasting on the Word: Hebrews, chapter 11- A New Testament summary of Old Testament heroes...The Faith Hall of Fame! Family Discussion: What is the definition of faith? (11:1) Why is faith so important? (11:6) Why does it require faith to believe the story of creation? Why was Abel commended for his faith? What unusual thing happened to Enoch? How do we know that Noah had faith? Why did Abraham move to a foreign country? Did Abraham believe that God could make him become a father in his old age? What was Abraham willing to do to his son, Isaac, because of his faith in God? Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph believed God’s promise to make their family into a great nation, the Jews. What did they do that proved this? How did Moses’ parents show their faith? Talk about the events in Moses’ life that proved his faith in God. Why did it take faith for the Israelites to pass through the Red Sea on dry ground? Why did it take faith for them to conquer the city of Jericho? Why wasn’t Rahab killed along with the other citizens of Jericho? More heroes of faith are mentioned in verse 32. What do you know about those men? How did they prove their faith? Challenge: Discuss the hardships that believers have endured, listed in verses 3338. Wow! Has your faith ever been tested in such extreme ways? If some day, Christians in America are persecuted for their faith, will you have the courage to prove your faith?

Reading Guide
I uploaded the list I use for this reading schedule on the Youth Website. It can be found on the links on the left side of the page. Or simply go to this webpage.... www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 078 Deut. 33,34 Luke 1:24-56 Day 079 Joshua 1-3 Luke 1:57-80 Day 080 Joshua 4-6 Luke 2:1-24 Day 081 Joshua 7,8 Luke 2:25-52 Day 082 Joshua 9,10 Luke 3 Day 083 Joshua 11-13 Luke 4:1-32 Day 084 Joshua 14,15 Luke 4:33-44

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“I like turtles.“
September 16, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 26

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Don’t be afraid to start your own forum topic, vote on the polls, comment on a picture, or devo. This website was made so that you can put in your 2¢. Current Poll Question: “What are you most afraid of?” Active Forum Topic: “Wednesday and Sunday Class” started by Caroline Featured Pic:

Scripture
I’m just going to let the Bible do the talking in this article, and I have one question to ask you after these verses. “They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the LORD their God.” -Nehemiah 9:3 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.“ -Psalm 119:9-16 “May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise; then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word. Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in your commands because I love them. I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.” -Psalm 119:41-48 “May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.” -Psalm 119:171-172 “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.“ -Acts 17:11

Good Watermelon?

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any doubleedged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12 How do you feel about the word of God? - Aaron ✌

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Upcoming Events
Sept 21st Girl’s/Guy’s Night Out Girls - Doing girly stuff at the home of Louise Ramsey @ 7:30pm. Guys- We’re staying at the Keith’s overnight. Meet at the building @ 6:30pm. No Video Games. Bring $5 to cover food. September 30- Devo Hosted by the Sparks-After Evening Services. More details to follow. Oct 12-14 Fall RetreatFor 7-12 Grades. The cost will be $50 and includes a t-shirt. Should be a great weekend. It’s coming together. Keep eyes open for registration and permission forms soon. Oct 27 Fear Factor- More Details to Follow

Weekly Family Time
The Second Coming
Week #13 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the second coming of Jesus. Feasting on the Word: 2 Peter 3:3-14 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 Revelation 21:1-8 Family Discussion: Why do some people (scoffers) think there will be no Second Coming? Discuss how time is viewed differently by the Lord than by men. Why has the Lord waited this long to come back? (2 Pet. 3:9) What does it mean that “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night”? Does anyone know when the Second Coming will be? What is going to happen to the earth at the end of time? Should we dread the Second Coming or look forward to it? (2 Pet. 3:11,12,13) According to the verses in 1 Thessalonians, what will happen at the time of the Lord’s coming? Who will rise first to meet the Lord on that day? Then who? Where will the saved meet the Lord? And then what? According to the verses in 2 Thessalonians, how will the angels be involved in the Second Coming? According to the verses in Revelation 21, what will heaven be like? Who will be there? Who will not be there? What will happen to them? Challenge: Has it crossed your mind that Jesus’ coming could happen today? What if it does? Are you ready to face the Lord in judgment? Try this: Imagine that you knew for sure that the Lord was coming tonight at midnight. Spend your day with that in mind. What will you do?

Reading Guide
I uploaded the list I use for this reading schedule on the Youth Website. It can be found on the links on the left side of the page. Or simply go to this webpage.... www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 085 Joshua 16-18 Luke 5:1-16 Day 086 Joshua 19,20 Luke 5:17-39 Day 087 Joshua 21,22 Luke 6:1-26 Day 088 Joshua 23,24 Luke 6:27-49 Day 089 Judges 1,2 Luke 7:1-30 Day 090 Judges 3-5 Luke 7:31-50 Day 091 Judges 6,7 Luke 8:1-21

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“In Colour!“
September 23, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 27

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Fall Retreat

Travis and Lance show their creative talents with styrofoam plates. Bravo.

Remember how we had such a good time at our last Fall Retreat? I was just reflecting about it since we’ll be having our next retreat in just 3 weeks! We are going to have a great time at this next one, too! The theme is Church Anatomy. We are going to focus mostly on the unity of our group and making stronger bonds with each other so that we can support one another. There will be opportunities for you to get to know some of the people in our youth group better. If you can make it out for this one, I would strongly encourage you to come along with us. I understand that there is some things you just can’t get away from to come along with us. We’ll still be thinking about you. I’m trying out a new retreat center this time. They have a really cool teambuilding course, and as you think through how you are going to get through some of the obstacles, you will learn to work better as a team. It’s also important to remember that as a team you can add valuable players to the team. That’s why you should bring your friends! Paul is constantly refering to the church as the Body of Christ. Church Anatomy is going to be a look at ourselves as the Body of Christ and how we need to work as one body. To be united, and loving one another as we should. I hope you have the needed forms to fill out. If not, see me ASAP for the forms and don’t forget to have them filled out by next week, September 30th. I look forward to this time we will get to spend together! - Aaron ✌ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

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Upcoming Events
September 26- Eat Out @ Willy T’s It’s been a while since we’ve ate here. I hear they have good chicken strips. September 30- Devo Hosted by the Sparks-After Evening Services. More details to follow. Oct 5- Bowling Party @ Peachtree Lanes for grades 58 grade at 7-9pm. Come and bring friends! Cost is $12 for 2 hours of bowling (including shoes). RSVP with Susan or Mark Gray (706.628.9661) to make sure we have enough lanes. Oct 12-14 Fall RetreatFor 7-12 Grades. The cost will be $50 and includes a t-shirt. Should be a great weekend. It’s coming together. Keep eyes open for registration and permission forms soon. Oct 27 Fear Factor- More Details to Follow

For the Parents, Once again we’ve manage to get through another 13 weeks of Family Bible Studies. I will continue the next quarter’s Family Bible Study next week. I just wanted to write a quick note about the studies. These studies were created by Tony Hall, a youth minister in Texas, and were passed on to me by another youth minister. I’ve enjoyed reading along and I look forward to the day when we can sit down with our little one (even though he won’t understand most of what’s going on for a while) for a weekly Bible study. There is so much in our culture that stands against our faith quite blantantly. TV, movies, music, and even our schools. Unfortunately, we cannot change the fact that our schools will be a major influence on what our child learns and believes simply because of the time that is spent there. As much as I’d like to think I can make a huge difference just by teaching Sunday School classes, holding events, and occasionally visiting your kids... I will never be able to compete with the school’s time spent with your kid. You as a parent have the next best opportunity to shape your kids lives because they live with you! You have time with them. Let me get to my point. You have a opportunity to be a major positive influence on your kids life more than anyone else in this world. Why? Because you’re their parent. A weekly Bible study can be the start of your kid’s spiritual wellbeing. It shows two important things. One, that you actually want to spend time with your kids. Nothing says “I love you” more than spending time with those people. Start while they’re still young, and they will know they are loved. And it might even last through those rebelious teenage years... maybe. Two, when you spend time with them, what are you doing? The activities you choose to do as a family show your kids what is important to you. If you watch TV with your family, they pick up that TV (or entertainment) is an important value for their family. If you study the Bible together, they grow to understand that your family actually values God’s word. It’s not just something you bring with you to church, but it’s a part of your home life, too. I know I’m saying this from inexperience, but I hope that I can be the parent I need to be for my kid. I offer these studies as some place to start. I hope that you will use this valuable tool. Thanks.

Weekly Family Time

Reading Guide
I uploaded the list I use for this reading schedule on the Youth Website. It can be found on the links on the left side of the page. Or simply go to this webpage.... www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 092 Judges 8,9 Luke 8:22-56 Day 093 Judges 10,11 Luke 9:1-36 Day 094 Judges 12-14 Luke 9:37-62 Day 095 Judges 15-17 Luke 10:1-24 Day 096 Judges 18,19 Luke 10:25-42 Day 097 Judges 20,21 Luke 11:1-28 Day 098 Ruth 1-4 Luke 11:29-54

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“Dreaming Big.“
September 30, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 28

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Dennie made sure he was a hard act to follow.

I saw this amazing news video online of a boy who had lost his sight at the age of two. His mom had comforted him by saying he still had his other senses that he could use. The boy grew up and is now capable of doing many things that seem impossible without sight. He rollerblades, plays video games, and other activities. He does this all by using his hearing. He can navigate around obstacles while rollerblading by clicking his tongue and using echo location (the same thing bats and dolphins use). He uses the audio cues from a fighting game to beat his seeing sibling. To watch this video is amazing. One thing that helped this boy achieve these abilities was because his mom made the effort to never say he couldn’t do this or that. She never tried to take special care of him. And yet she did it out of love and he floursihed because of it. I mention that story because it relates to ourselves. We do a good job of limiting ourselves and saying that we can’t do this or that. I think it must frustrate God who created us and knows what we’re fully capable of and we don’t go to our full potential. I would encourage all of you to do a couple of things. First, write down a list of priorities in your life from first to last. Second, write down some life goals, things you’d like to achieve in your lifetime. Don’t hold yourself back, just dream big. Then commit these goals to prayer with God. Allow him to become a real part of your life in everything you do. Keep this paper somewhere where you can look at it to remind youself of your goals and don’t be afraid to revise them if you need to. This is not the time to make deals with God... “if you help me to (blank), I promise to (blank)”. God doesn’t need anything from you, but the more your goals line up with God’s the more likely he will bless you with the abilities to achieve those goals. Don’t limit yourself or sell yourself short. Our biggest obstacle of achieving our own goals is ourself. Here’s a couple of verses to read for encouragement... many of them you already know. “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalm 37:4 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” -Matthew 7:7 “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” - Phil. 4:13 - Aaron ✌ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

Life Goals

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Upcoming Events
September 30- Devo Hosted by the Sparks-After Evening Services. More details to follow. Oct 5- Bowling Party @ Peachtree Lanes for grades 58 grade at 7-9pm. Come and bring friends! Cost is $12 for 2 hours of bowling (including shoes). RSVP with Susan or Mark Gray (706.628.9661) to make sure we have enough lanes. Oct 12-14 Fall RetreatFor 7-12 Grades. The cost will be $50 and includes a t-shirt. Should be a great weekend. It’s coming together. Keep eyes open for registration and permission forms soon. Oct 27 Fear Factor- More Details to Follow Oct 30 Fall Festival- Decorate your car and help out with the games!

Weekly Family Time
The Parable of the Sower
Week # 1 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Sower and its application to us today - our responsibility to teach the gospel and to know that people will react differently to it. Feasting on the Word: Luke 8:4-15 Mark 16:15-16 Hebrews 4:12 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Family Discussion: In the parable of the sower, what does the seed represent? What does the soil along the path represent? The rocky soil? The soil with thorns? What does the good soil represent? What kind of soil were you when you heard the good news? What kind of soil are you now? What kind of soil should you be? Are you ready to be a sower? Why do you think Jesus told this parable? Read the Great Commission in Mark 16:15-16. Was Jesus talking only to his apostles, or to you too? Some people say that the Bible is just an ancient book. What does the Bible say about itself in Hebrews 4:12? Some people say that only some parts of the Bible are God’s Word, and some parts are just literature. What does the Bible say about that in 2Timothy 3:16-17? Challenge: It is important to know that God wants you to plant the seed of the Word of God in the hearts of others. How can you do that? You cannot force others to obey God’s Word. It is our responsibility to teach them, but it is their responsibility to obey and bear good fruit. Talk about whom your family could share the good news with. Invite someone to church this week.

Reading Guide
I uploaded the list I use for this reading schedule on the Youth Website. It can be found on the links on the left side of the page. Or simply go to this webpage.... www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 099 1 Samuel 1-3 Luke 12:1-34 Day 100 1 Sam. 4-6 Luke 12:35-59 Day 101 1 Sam. 7-9 Luke 13:1-21 Day 102 1 Sam. 10-12 Luke 13:22-35 Day 103 1 Sam. 13,14 Luke 14:1-24 Day 104 1 Sam. 15,16 Luke 14:25-35 Day 105 1 Sam. 17,18 Luke 15:1-10

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“Just a little bit...“
October 7, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 29

On The Website
Don’t be afraid to start your own forum topic, vote on the polls, comment on a picture, or devo. This website was made so that you can put in your 2¢. Current Poll Question: “What are you most afraid of?” Active Forum Topic: “Wednesday and Sunday Class” started by Caroline Featured Pic:

Respect
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.“ -Romans 13:1 “Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.” -Romans 13:5 “Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” -Romans 13:7 It’s interesting that our culture has maybe lost a lot of respect for those in positions of authority. Whether it’s policemen, judges, senators, or even presidents. I could even include school teachers and principals in this one. We’ve become a culture that has lost their respect for anyone in authority. Some of us live in a way that we try and see how much we can get away with... just to test those authorities out. I’m thinking of a few things that you may or may not have heard in the news. A young man, Brett Darrow in St. Louis decides to video tape his encounters with the police. In the videotape, he’s seeking out this trouble to stir up something. Technically, he’s not “breaking the law” but his attitude toward the policeman has earned him a pickle to get out of... most of the news articles are written to demean the police system, and yet I can sympathize with both sides here. There was a lack of respect that is deserved. Another incident that is brought to mind is the one that happened on the campus of Florida University. Andrew Meyer was being a little obnoxious during a Q&A with John Kerry, to which campus security decided to step in. The student didn’t have respect for the security, the other students and even to a degree, John Kerry. The media brought out that a tazer was misused to get the student to comply, but what other action could’ve to be taken? Again, I can see both sides of the coin here. Both these situations could have been avoided with a little bit of respect for the authority figures. How can we show the respect to those in our life that God has placed. Have you heard it said, “They have to earn my respect.”? If God has placed them in that position... do they still need to “earn” our respect? - Aaron ✌ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

I don’t think Kyle and Monica were thinking “I want to be just like them when I’m in High School!”

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Upcoming Events
Oct 10 Eat Out @ Peachtree Mall Oct 12-14 Fall RetreatFor 7-12 Grades. The $50 is due by the time we leave. I need Health Forms and Waiver Forms turned into me before we leave! Many have not turned in either. If you need forms, come see me! Oct 24 Eat Out @ TBA Oct 27 Fear Factor- More Details to Follow Oct 30 Fall Festival- Decorate your car and help out with the games!

Weekly Family Time
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Weeds)
Week # 2 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Wheat and the Tares and its application to us today - reward or punishment at the Judgment Day. Feasting on the Word: Matthew 13:24-30 Matthew 13:36-43 1 John 3:7-10 Acts 2:38 2 Corinthians 5:21 Family Discussion: In the parable of the Wheat and the Tares, what did the enemy do after the man had finished sowing good seed in his field? How did the owner tell the servants to solve the problem? In Matthew 13:36-43, Jesus’ disciples asked him to explain the parable. The man who sowed the seed is who? What does the field represent? Who does the good seed represent? The bad seed? The enemy? What does the harvest represent? What job will the angels have at the end of the age? What will happen to the righteous? What will happen to the evil ones? 1 John 3:7-10 explains the difference between the children of God and the children of the devil. Read and discuss. Everyone sins at times. Talk about the difference in saved sinners and lost sinners. (Acts 2:38) What is it that makes a sinner righteous, according to 2 Corinthians 5:21? God has told us exactly what is going to happen at the end of time. Why is it so important for us to heed the warning in the parable of the Wheat and the Tares? Challenge: Imagine this: You find out that the Lord is coming tomorrow night at midnight. Tomorrow will be the last day on earth for all people. How would you spend that day? Discuss it. (Beware! It might come true!)

Reading Guide
I uploaded the list I use for this reading schedule on the Youth Website. It can be found on the links on the left side of the page. Or simply go to this webpage.... www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 106 1 Sam. 19-21 Luke 15:11-32 Day 107 1 Sam. 22-24 Luke 16:1-18 Day 108 1 Sam. 25,26 Luke 16:19-31 Day 109 1 Sam. 27-29 Luke 17:1-19 Day 110 1 Sam. 30,31 Luke 17:20-37 Day 111 2 Sam. 1-3 Luke 18:1-17 Day 112 2 Sam. 4-6 Luke 18:18-43

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“Growing Together“
October 21, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 30

On The Website
Don’t be afraid to start your own forum topic, vote on the polls, comment on a picture, or devo. This website was made so that you can put in your 2¢. Current Poll Question: “What are you most afraid of?” Active Forum Topic: “Wednesday and Sunday Class” started by Caroline Featured Pic:

Body Building
Last weekend was a great time for us to get away and explore what it means to be a Body of Christ. We talked about being a Member of that One Body, and how each of us are playing an important role in the church. We also talked about Unity in the Body, and how we need to be united as a church family before we can do any good working together as a body. We also talked about our need to have Christ as the head of the body, otherwise we’d be a church running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. We might be active like that, but we won’t last for long. The obstacle course was a great illustration for what it means for us to work as a church . Everybody has to play a role and everybody needs to help one another. We all, at some point in time need our fellow brothers and sisters Nick and Lance give T.J. a lift up the Wall. in Christ to help us strive for perfection in Him. I hope that this retreat will not be soon forgotten. I hope that even those who weren’t able to go will feel it’s affects as we go on with our regular lives. I hope you will all take the time to encourage one another, to feel the pain of another in pain, to rejoice with those who are blessed. I hope that this reaches beyond the youth group and into the rest of the church body. Ask yourself... how can I help build up this church body? Using the talents, gifts, abilities, and even your passions to bless the church body with your work. Because that is what God has purposed for all of us. “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” -Ephesian 4:14-16 - Aaron ✌ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

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Upcoming Events
Oct 24 Eat Out @ Stevi B’s Oct 26 Fear Factor- It’s going to be another great time! Oct 30 Fall Festival- Decorate your car and help out with the games! See Julie Hill if you can help out with the games. We need 10 people. Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- Keep checking this spot for more information.

Weekly Family Time
The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
Week # 3 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Unmerciful Servant and its application to us today - showing mercy to others. Feasting on the Word: Matthew 18:21-35 Matthew 5:7 Luke 6:32-35 Family Discussion: What did Peter ask Jesus in Matthew 18:21? What did Jesus answer? What do you think that means? In the parable of the Unmerciful Servant, a man owed the king a thousand talents, which is millions of dollars! What was the king going to do, since the man couldn’t pay? (Verse 25) What did the servant ask for? What did the king do? Then the man demanded payment of a fellow servant who owed him 100 denarii (a few dollars). When the servant begged for mercy, what did the man do? This outraged the king, so what did he do to the man? The main point of the parable is given in verse 35. Read and discuss it. Sometimes having mercy on someone means to forgive them. Other times it may require that you just be patient and loving. What did Jesus say will happen if you are merciful to others, according to Matthew 5:7? Luke 6:32-35 tells us some more ways to be merciful...even to our enemies! Read and discuss. Challenge: When you refuse to forgive someone, you are not hurting that person, you are only hurting yourself! The first step in forgiving someone is to pray for them. Ask God to bless them. Ask God to help you forgive. Keep praying until you feel the release of the anger. Right now, is there someone you are angry with, or is there someone who continually gets on your nerves? Pray for that person every day this week. Learn to have mercy on others, like God has mercy on you!

Reading Guide
I realize I probably caused some of you who were following this to miss a whole week. Sorry, I’m starting right back where I left off and if you want to try and catch up, you can download the file here.... www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 113 2 Sam. 7-9 Luke 19:1-28 Day 114 2 Sam. 10-12 Luke 19:29-48 Day 115 2 Sam. 13,14 Luke 20:1-26 Day 116 2 Sam. 15,16 Luke 20:27-47 Day 117 2 Sam. 17,18 Luke 21:1-19 Day 118 2 Sam. 19,20 Luke 21:20-38 Day 119 2 Sam. 21,22 Luke 22:1-30

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“Give a little bit“
November 4, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 32

On The Website
Don’t be afraid to start your own forum topic, vote on the polls, comment on a picture, or devo. This website was made so that you can put in your 2¢. Current Poll Question: “What are you most afraid of?” Active Forum Topic: “Wednesday and Sunday Class” started by Caroline Featured Pic:

Generousity
In David’s class on Wednesday nights we’ve been talking about what we would say to a friend who is trying to get their life right with God. It’s good to sort out in our minds what we would or should say to them so that when the time comes we can show them the way. As was brought up in the class... “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...” -1Peter 3:15 What I find scary though is this verse that convict me to tell our friends as soon as possible! “When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.” -Ezekiel 3:18 I had to trim down that to one verse, but I encourage you to read the rest of it in context. God said this to Ezekiel to convict him to tell what God has commanded. If we are given something that can save a friend’s soul and we refuse to tell it... what happens to our friend? What does that mean for us? I don’t think it will prevent you from going to heaven, but will God allow us to forget those we’ve failed to tell the gospel too? This concept scares me a lot. I think of all the people I have met, and will meet that I fail to share the gospel with. Will I be guilty of not sharing this important news with them? Will this guilt follow me? “My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” -James 5:19-20 I would hope that if I were doing something wrong, you would confront me on it and help me change. That’s what true love for one another is... to help one another come closer to a realization of Christ in our life. I hope you understand that I’m not saying this as someone whose never failed to share the gospel with someone or warned somebody of a sin corrupting their life, I need help to do this as well. It’s hard, and it’s never easy to be the bearer of bad news, but if we don’t tell... who will? “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” -Romans 10:14 -Aaron ♥n☧ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

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Upcoming Events
Oct 30 Fall Festival- Decorate your car and help out with the games! See Julie Hill if you can help out with the games. We need 10 people. Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- Keep checking this spot for more information.

Weekly Family Time
The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard
Week # 4 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable and its application to us today. • God is fair. • Do not question God’s generosity. • Do not envy. Feasting on the Word: Matthew 20:1-16 Family Discussion: Who were the key people in this parable? At what hours did the landowner go out to the market place and find workers? (Early in the morning, third hour – 9:00 am, sixth hour – noon, ninth hour – 3:00 pm and the eleventh hour – 5:00 pm) How many hours were left to work when the landowner invited the last group of workers? (One hour) What did the landowner pay all of the workers? How did the workers that were hired in the early morning feel about their wage? Did the early workers show gratitude for the wages they received? What can we learn from this parable? • God is more than fair. (“Did you not agree with me...?”) • We do not have the right to question God’s generosity. (“Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things?”) • Those who serve God long and hard should not be envious if others receive the same reward. (“Is your eye evil because I am good?”) Challenge: Take some time as a family to list out all the many blessings that God has given you. Discuss ways in which your family can show their gratitude for those blessings. Also, discuss how we can show gratitude for others who do things to help us.

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 120 2 Sam. 23,24 Luke 22:31-53 Day 121 1 Kings 1,2 Lk. 22:54-71 Day 122 1 Kings 3-5 Lk. 23:1-26 Day 123 1 Kings 6,7 Lk. 23:27-38 Day 124 1 Kings 8,9 Lk. 23:39-56 Day 125 1 Kings 10,11 Lk. 24:1-35 Day 126 1 Kings 12,13 Lk. 24:36-53

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“Give a little bit“
November 4, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 32

Currently Under Renovations It’s time for another website upgrade! I’m currently sorting out how to get it to update without losing everything we already have on it. Hopefully, it will be up and running again soon. It may take a while for all the features to be fully functional again. So please be patient with me and get ready to check it out when it’s done. The program I’m updating is used by several websites such as MTV, AskaNinja, and Moby. Featured Pic:

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Generousity
It’s not often that I gain a lesson thought from a video game, but this time I did. I’ve been playing a game called Cyber Nations, an online nation simulation game. In the game it’s beneficial to join an alliance to avoid attack from other nations. In the particular alliance I joined, they are also very generous in Foreign Aid and I was able to quickly grow as a nation. From this sprung the thought about our own giving... are we willing to give to others who are struggling? How are we helping each other? There are several ways we can give, whether it’s money, time, or energy. I know that the collection plate travels fastest through the youth pews. I watch as sometimes the guys serving don’t even bother passing it down our rows. I know many of you don’t have jobs to be able to put anything in the plate. I also know that it was a long time before I felt compelled to contribute my first fruits of my hard earned Long John Silvers minimum wage. Hopefully, you’ll learn to give before I did, and be blest by it. There are many who have taken a couple of hours out of their afternoon to watch kids during our Financial Peace University class. I’m sure they are starting to get a little burnt out on it, because they’re the same ones who are first to volunteer. Maybe you can help by babysitting during one of the afternoon sessions. You could even take the time to help out our older members with your acts of service. How can we bless one another? As Paul says... it is a thanks to God when we give! “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” -2 Corinthians 9:6-12 -Aaron ♥n

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Upcoming Events
November Devo TBA This months devo will be hosted by the Borins Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- Keep checking this spot for more information.

Weekly Family Time
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders
Week # 5 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders and its application to us today - the importance of a rock-solid faith. Feasting on the Word: Matthew 7:24-27 1 Corinthians 3:11 Proverbs 14:16 Family Discussion: Many of you will be familiar with this parable because of the children’s song about it. If you have small children in your family, sing The Wise Man song with them now. In the parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders, on what did the wise man build his house? What happened when the rains came and the wind blew against his house? In verse 24, to whom did Jesus compare the wise man? On what did the foolish man build his house? What happened when the rains came and the wind blew against his house? In verse 26, to whom did Jesus compare the foolish man? What is Jesus trying to tell us in this parable? Discuss why it is important - not only to hear the teachings of Jesus, but to obey them as well. If we do that, what will happen to us at the Judgment Day? According to 1 Corinthians 3:11, who is our foundation, the rock on which wise men should build? Discuss what Proverbs 14:16 says about wise men and foolish men. Challenge: Discuss this: Hard times will come to every family (wind and waves). Be prepared before it happens! Make a spiritual emergency plan for your family about how to handle a crisis. Develop a rock-solid faith. God sends peace and comfort when you pray. No matter what happens, even death, there is a happy ending for every person who is a Christian!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 127 1 Kings 14,15 John 1:1-28 Day 128 1 Kings 16-18 John 1:29-51 Day 129 1 Kings 19,20 John 2 Day 130 1 Kings 21,22 John 3:1-21 Day 131 2 Kings 1-3 John 3:22-36 Day 132 2 Kings 4,5 John 4:1-30 Day 133 2 Kings 6-8 John 4:31-54

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“Bear and Endure“
November 11, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 33

The site has been updated and as far as I know everything is back in working order. I have opened up some of the priviledges to registered members so that anyone can add an event, story, devo, etc. I hope that this will encourage you to sign on and use this wonderful resource we have. Pictures from VBS, Family Fun Day, Fall Retreat and Fear Factor are all up and ready for viewing as well. Start a discussion in the forum and comment on anything you see. It’s your website. Featured Pic:

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One Another
As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I can’t help but think about families. The one thing that stands out about Rose Hill is it really does feel like a family. As with every family there are certain people that are just weird or you have to tolerate them... but not even tolerate, but LOVE them! Even Uncle Carl, who wears a track suit from the 80s even though he has never worked out a day in his life, has a combover and insists on calling you a different name everytime you meet. The same thing holds true in our church family. We are to love one another, no matter what. I challenge you to look at a concordance or online Bible program (I like Biblegateway.com) and search for the words “one another” in the New Testament. Check out how many times it says “love one another” too! Most of the “love of another” phrases came from John, who called himself simply “The disciple whom Jesus loved”. Many of the other verses speak of ways we are to love one another. Bear, Endure, Serve, Encourage, Admonish, Be Kind, Compassionate, Accept, Live in Harmony, Be Devoted, Honour, Fellowship. There’s more that I’ve missed (purposefully) and I hope you take the time to read each of these in context. Really feel the intensity in which the Apostles are urging the churches to love one another in these ways. It’s important that not only do we say that we love one another, but that we act out that love (1 John 3:18)! Remember, that this is the second greatest command according to Jesus, but the first is love God. I used to be quite confused on how it was possible to love someone I can’t see, feel, or touch. Read 1 John and really focus in on the words he’s saying to us. He’s really driving home the point that we should love one another and that by doing so, we love God, because loving God is obeying his commands and obeying his commands is loving one another. (Hehe, that’s almost circular reasoning, but it does work! (see my office door for an example of circular reasoning)). I hope that we are not just saying that we love one another and not showing it. Really think about how you treat your brothers and sisters in Christ, and not just the ones that sit with you, but even the ones you admittingly sometimes avoid! Sometimes the action of loving one another brings on the genuine feeling of love for one another when it initially wasn’t there (it’s actually a tactic in marriage counseling). So go and love one another in word AND deed! -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

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Upcoming Events
November Devo TBA This months devo will be hosted by the Borins November 22- Have a happy Thanksgiving and be thankful! November 28- Eat Out @ Burger King We’re skipping a week for Thanksgiving. Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- Keep checking this spot for more information.

Weekly Family Time
The Parable of the Talents
Week # 6 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Talents and its application to us today - using the gifts God has given you. Feasting on the Word: Matthew 25:14-30 Romans 12:4-8 John 15:1-8 Family Discussion: A talent was a large amount of money. How many talents did the master give to each servant? When the master returned, how much money did each servant return to him? Why were the servants who were entrusted with ten talents and five talents praised? What words of praise did the master use in verse 21? Why did the one talent man hide his talent? What criticism did the master have for him in verses 26 and 27? What was the servant’s punishment? (Verse 30) Even though the word “talent” in this parable means money, it can have a deeper meaning for us. God gives each of us talents, or abilities. From what you’ve read in the parable, what does God expect us to do with our talents? We all have different talents. Read and discuss Romans 12:4-8. The lesson of this parable is to be productive for the Lord. Read John 15:1-8. What does it mean to bear fruit? Discuss some ways you can grow as Christians and bear fruit. Challenge: One of the best ways to bear fruit for the Lord is to tell others the good news of salvation. Discuss this: If your family found the cure for cancer, what would you do? Would you keep the news to yourselves and let others go on suffering and dying? Now relate that principle to the importance of teaching others about salvation. It’s an emergency! What will you do?

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 134 2 Kings 9-11 John 5:1-24 Day 135 2 Kings 12-14 John 5:25-47 Day 136 2 Kings 15-17 John 6:1-21 Day 137 2 Kings 18,19 John 6:22-44 Day 138 2 Kings 20-22 John 6:45-71 Day 139 2 Kings 23-25 John 7:1-31 Day 140 I Chron. 1,2 John 7:32-53

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“Thank You“
November 18, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 34

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and as far as I know everything is back in working order. I have opened up some of the priviledges to registered members so that anyone can add an event, story, devo, etc. I hope that this will encourage you to sign on and use this wonderful resource we have. Pictures from VBS, Family Fun Day, Fall Retreat and Fear Factor are all up and ready for viewing as well. Start a discussion in the forum and comment on anything you see. It’s your website. Featured Pic:

Gratitude
Thanksgiving, a holiday that comes around once a year and is becoming smaller and smaller. Somewhere inbetween Halloween and Christmas we’re losing Thanksgiving it seems like. Christmas is already out in the stores as it didn’t even give Halloween a chance to happen in some stores. But what about Thanksgiving, is it a holiday we’ll soon forget (or have the stores forgotten it already)? I guess it’s not really a popular holiday. It somehow gets centered around eating, but there’s no gifts with it like Christmas. Even the day after Thanksgiving has been given the name Black Friday (because stores will actually break out of the negative (red) and into the positive profit (black) not because you clean the burnt cooking pans) and is becoming quite the holiday of its own. But what about Thanksgiving? Out of all the Holidays, Thanksgiving deserves to be the Holiday that takes over all the other Holidays. Shouldn’t it? “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1Thessalonians 5:16-18 This verse reminds me of that recent CB&T commercial. You might have seen it. It’s the one where the president is getting a ticket from a cop and saying thank you, getting a tooth extracted by a dentist and saying thank you, and being informed by his mechanic that it’s going to cost him more to fix it and saying thank you. He says “We never tire of saying Thank You” (or something along those lines). Paul says in the verse I quoted above, this is God’s will for us! We were talking about God’s will in class last Sunday. This seems like a good place to start. Start being thankful in all circumstances... no matter what. Not just on Thanksgiving. Be thankful to God in everything. Again, I challenge you to look up the words “Give thanks” in a Bible search engine like BibleGateway.com (I got 51 results just now). Check out the verses! Truly give thanks for everything. Not just your stuff, but your situations, people in your life, and even the blessings you have yet to discover. Look back in your life and see the times God has blessed you (for some reason it’s always easier to look to the past then the present... maybe it gets easier the more thankful we are). Be thankful not just this week, but everyday. Let Thanksgiving over take all the Holidays and remember to be thankful on Valentines, St. Patricks, Groundhogs, Independence, and even Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th). -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

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November Devo Canceled Due to Thanksgiving and the holidays we’ll hold off on the devo until December. November 22- Have a happy Thanksgiving and be thankful! November 28- Eat Out @ Burger King We’re skipping a week for Thanksgiving. Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- More information can be found on the youth website under events.

Weekly Family Time
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Week # 7 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Good Samaritan and its application to us today: kindness to others Feasting on the Word: Luke 10:25-37 1 John 3:18 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 1 John 4:20-21 Family Discussion: Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan in answer to a question. What question did the man ask in verse 29? In the parable, what happened to the man who was traveling? When the priest saw the wounded man, what did he do? What did the Levite do? What did the Samaritan do? Which man showed brotherly love? How do you think the wounded man felt about the Samaritan who helped him? Put yourself in his place. What did Jesus say in verse 37 that makes this parable apply to us today? That parable illustrates that love is more than just a feeling. It is action. Discuss 1 John 3:18. What does love do? Discuss 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7. Can you love God and hate your brother at the same time? Discuss 1 John 4:20-21. Challenge: What can you do, as a family, to show brotherly love to someone who is in the hospital, ill at home, or an elderly person who lives in a nursing home?

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 141 I Chron. 3-5 John 8:1-20 Day 142 I Chron. 6,7 John 8:21-36 Day 143 I Chron. 8-10 John 8:37-59 Day 144 I Chron. 11-13 John 9:1-23 Day 145 I Chron. 14-16 John 9:24-41 Day 146 I Chron. 17-19 John 10:1-21 Day 147 I Chron. 20-22 John 10:22-42

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“Content or Pressing On?“
December 2, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 36

The site has been updated and as far as I know everything is back in working order. I have opened up some of the priviledges to registered members so that anyone can add an event, story, devo, etc. I hope that this will encourage you to sign on and use this wonderful resource we have. Pictures from VBS, Family Fun Day, Fall Retreat and Fear Factor are all up and ready for viewing as well. Start a discussion in the forum and comment on anything you see. It’s your website. Featured Pic:

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Upgrading
Earlier this week, I had to take my Honda in to get the oil changed. Just regular maintenance. I would be lying to you if I said I hadn’t thought about doing more stuff to my little Honda like turbo, suspension kit, exhaust, engine swap, etc. In the end, I’m content to drive it as is, and not put the money, time and energy into my car like others have been known to do and make something mediocre into an street racing machine. I thought about how that relates to our Christian life, and how we shouldn’t be content with mantaining our Christianity. We should be upgrading every part of our spiritual lives to reach our full potential. Our full potential being the full measure of Christ (Eph 4:13). How often do we sit back and get comfortable where we are in our spirituality? Content to be stagnant, a pew sitter, and nothing more for fear of becoming a religious freak. If we find ourselves content where we are, Satan has managed to decieve us into being satisfied with spiritual status quo (keeping things the same). In the same style as Paul’s armor of God, I would encourage you to put on the Turbo of Faith, the suspension kit of patience, the four wheel disc brakes of self-control, the Xenon headlights of Truth for it will guide your way. I could go on and on... because, frankly, it’s kind of fun, but you get the point. Don’t be content with where you are now. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” -1 Cor. 9:24-27 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.“ -2 Pet. 1:5-11

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Upcoming Events
November 28- Eat Out @ Burger King Meet us at this location before Wednesday Night Class. December DevoDetails to be announced soon. Christmas PartyDetails to be announced soon. Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- More information can be found on the youth website under events.

Weekly Family Time
Two Parables: The Friend at Midnight and the Persistent Widow
Week # 8 OBJECTIVE: To discuss these two parables and their application to us today - persistence in prayer. Feasting on the Word: Luke 11:5-13 Luke 18:1-8 1 Thessalonians 5:17,18 Philippians 4:6,7 Family Discussion: In the parable of the Friend at Midnight, what did the friend (the one knocking on the door) ask for? Why? What did the one inside answer? For what reason does Jesus say that the man will change his mind and give the friend what he asked for? So what is the meaning of the parable as it pertains to prayer? In verses 9 and 10, what will happen to those who ask, seek, and knock? In verses 11-13, Jesus uses two more examples that God will answer prayer. What are they? In the parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8), what was the widow asking for? Why did the judge finally grant her request? Read verse 1 to find out why Jesus told this parable! How often does 1 Thessalonians 5:17 say to pray? Challenge: Conclude your devotional by reading Philippians 4:6,7. God invites us to come to him with our requests, boldly and with persistence! Make a prayer list of people or situations that your family wants to pray about. Pray for each one right now and continue to pray for those on the list each day. Watch for answers...and remember to be thankful!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 148 I Chron. 23-25 John 11:1-17 Day 149 I Chron. 26,27 John 11:18-46 Day 150 I Chron. 28,29 John 11:47-57 Day 151 2 Chron. 1-3 John 12:1-19 Day 152 2 Chron. 4-6 John 12:20-50 Day 153 2 Chron. 7-9 John 13:1-17 Day 154 2 Chron. 10-12 John 13:18-38

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“Content or Pressing On?“
December 2, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 36

I hope that you’ll take the chance to check out the youth website and it’s updates. Registered members are given the ability to post their on blog, on the forum, and make comments on everything. If you haven’t signed up, go on the site and check it out. If you have already and have had trouble signing on, see Aaron Sparks or email him about the problem. He can change passwords, and usernames if you desire. Featured Pic:

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Upgrading
Earlier this week, I had to take my Honda in to get the oil changed. Just regular maintenance. I would be lying to you if I said I hadn’t thought about doing more stuff to my little Honda like turbo, suspension kit, exhaust, engine swap, etc. In the end, I’m content to drive it as is, and not put the money, time and energy into my car like others have been known to do and make something mediocre into an street racing machine. I thought about how that relates to our Christian life, and how we shouldn’t be content with mantaining our Christianity. We should be upgrading every part of our spiritual lives to reach our full potential. Our full potential being the full measure of Christ (Eph 4:13). How often do we sit back and get comfortable where we are in our spirituality? Content to be stagnant, a pew sitter, and nothing more for fear of becoming a religious freak. If we find ourselves content where we are, Satan has managed to decieve us into being satisfied with spiritual status quo (keeping things the same). In the same style as Paul’s armor of God, I would encourage you to put on the Turbo of Faith, the suspension kit of patience, the four wheel disc brakes of self-control, the Xenon headlights of Truth for it will guide your way. I could go on and on... because, frankly, it’s kind of fun, but you get the point. Don’t be content with where you are now. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” -1 Cor. 9:24-27 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.“ -2 Pet. 1:5-11

Hmm... a wheelchair and a bat. This has the potential to be a very dangerous sport.

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Upcoming Events
Dec 12- Eat Out @ Hibachi Express- It’s where the old Fazoli’s was and is next to Zaxby’s. Dec 14 Devo and Christmas PartyDetails to be announced soon. Dec 31- New Years Eve Party Details to be announced soon. Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- More information can be found on the youth website under events.

Weekly Family Time
The Parable of the Rich Fool
Week # 9 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the rich fool and its application to us today - the foolishness of materialism. Feasting on the Word: Luke 12:13-21 1Timothy 6:6-10 Matthew 6:19-21, 24, and 31-33 Family Discussion: In Luke 12:15, what did Jesus say to be on guard against? What does he say a person’s life does NOT consist of? To illustrate his point, Jesus told a parable about a rich man. In the parable of the rich man, the man had so much wealth that he had to keep building bigger barns to hold it all. Was it a sin to be wealthy? What was the sin? (See verse 21.) Finish this saying from the verses in 1 Timothy listed above: We brought nothing into this world and ___________. Discuss how that makes materialism such a foolish thing to care about. Does the Bible say that money is the root of all evil? (No) What is the root of all kinds of evil? (Verse 10) What is another word for “the love of money?” According to the verses in Matthew 6, where should we store up our treasures? Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Where is your heart - in the things of this world, or in heaven? What should have first place in our lives?(Verse 33) Challenge: Test yourself: If everyone in the whole world was blind except you, would it really matter what brand of clothes you wore? Would it really matter what how fancy your house was? Would it really matter if you had a diamond ring or not? Would it matter what kind of car you had? So what can you conclude, if those things DO matter to you right now? Think about it!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 155 Day 156 Day 157 Day 158 Day 159 Day 160 Day 161 2 Chron. 13-16 2 Chron. 17-19 2 Chron. 20-22 2 Chron. 23-25 2 Chron. 26-28 2 Chron. 29-31 2 Chron. 32,33 John 14 John 15 John 16:1-15 John 16:16-33 John 17 John 18:1-23 John 18:24-40

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“Keep Christ In...“
December 9, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 37

I hope that you’ll take the chance to check out the youth website and it’s updates. Registered members are given the ability to post their on blog, on the forum, and make comments on everything. If you haven’t signed up, go on the site and check it out. If you have already and have had trouble signing on, see Aaron Sparks or email him about the problem. He can change passwords, and usernames if you desire. Featured Pic:

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Your Life
I can’t help but cringe when I hear these words... “Keep Christ in Christmas.” I’m not totally sure what about that phrase unsettles me. I listen to J93.3FM when I’m with my wife in the Yoda (a.ka. Rolly as my wife prefers), and the phrase comes up frequently, spoken by one of the upbeat DJs. I guess when people started to use Happy Holidays to include other religious Holidays that fall in this time of year, such as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Festivus (Seinfeld reference), some Christians felt the push of our special holiday out of the spotlight. I’m not sure that by forcing our “religious” holidays on others, we will gain converts to Christ. And yet that’s exactly what some people are implying. I guess it’s more of an awareness of Christ than anything they’re concerned about losing. What I really wonder is what else in their life will tell the story of Christ and bring a deeper awareness of Him, other than the insistence of Holiday exclusivity in December. Maybe the phrase needs just a little tweeking... “Keep Christ in Your Life!”. The message rings more as a reminder to us to live out our Christianity in our daily life instead of just on Sundays and Holidays. If we want to bring awareness of the Gospel to the world, than we need to “flesh it out” in our daily lives so that others might see the hope we have and hopefully want a part of it. Please understand, I don’t have anything against Christmas. I think it’s a fun holiday and an opportunity for families to reunite. I just think we might be trumpeting the wrong tune, or fighting the wrong battle. Instead, we should be sharing the gospel of Christ and why we celebrate our Savior’s incarnation into this world. -Aaron ✌♥n☧
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Congratulations David on 20 years! Don’t spend it all in one place. Opps... too late. Hope the “Sub” gets fixed soon!

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Upcoming Events
Dec 12- Eat Out @ Hibachi Express- It’s where the old Fazoli’s was and is next to Zaxby’s. Dec 14 Devo and Christmas PartyDetails to be announced soon. Dec 31- New Years Eve Party Details to be announced soon. Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- More information can be found on the youth website under events.

Weekly Family Time
The Parable of the Great Supper
Week # 10 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Great Supper and its application to us today - Removing excuses that keep us from responding to God’s invitation. Feasting on the Word: Luke 14:15-24 Family Discussion: What were the excuses given by the first group of people invited? (Luke 14:18-20) How did the Master feel about these excuses? Who did the Master tell the servant to invite next? (Verse 21) Did the people who made excuses ever get to come and eat the great supper? (No) In this parable whom does the Master represent? (God/Jesus) In this parable, whom do the people being invited to the supper represent? (Us) What has God invited us to be a part of? (His family, church, heaven, Christianity, etc.) What are some excuses that we use when it comes to the following invitations? - Attending church services or fellowships? - Becoming a Christian? - Doing what is right? What are the dangers of making excuses? (Luke 14:24) Challenge: As a family read Revelation 19:9, 22:17. Isn’t great to be invited to a party or celebration? Everyone has been invited into God’s family, but not all will respond to that invitation. As a family, discuss any excuses that you might be using to avoid God’s invitation. What are some ways that your family can overcome those excuses? Close in a prayer asking for strength to overcome any obstacles in your family.

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 162 Day 163 2 Chron. 34-36 Ezra 1,2 John 19:1-22 John 19:23-42 Day 164 Ezra 3-5 John 20 Day 165 Ezra 6-8 John 21 Day 166 Ezra 9,10 Acts 1 Day 167 Nehemiah 1-3 Acts 2:1-13 Day 168 Nehemiah 4-6 Acts 2:14-47

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“Merry Christmas“
December 16, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 38

I hope that you’ll take the chance to check out the youth website and it’s updates. Registered members are given the ability to post their on blog, on the forum, and make comments on everything. If you haven’t signed up, go on the site and check it out. If you have already and have had trouble signing on, see Aaron Sparks or email him about the problem. He can change passwords, and usernames if you desire. Featured Pic:

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Traditions
It’s funny how many traditions we have when it comes to the holidays. I’m sure your family has some that you don’t realize are even traditions. I recall the times I would spend Christmas with Jen’s family in England. The first few times were hard because it was just different. There were traditions I didn’t have in my family that they followed, and I had things that I would be missing from my family. Now that we are married we have sort of merged our traditions. This will be the first time that both our families will be spending the holidays with us. I’d like to share one tradition that comes up almost every year as a minor conflict. My family had the tradition that we could open one gift on Christmas Eve. This came about probably by my pleading as a young only child (I was 9 before my sister came along). Jen’s family, however, has a strict “Don’t Open ‘Til Christmas” policy. You can see where traditions can become conflicts if not dealt with careful measures. Sometimes in church our traditions can take a entirely new direction, making it a sanctified practice. These traditions can easily become mistakened for bona fide biblical law. The only way to truly find out what is biblical and what it traditional is to faithfully read through the bible and make it familiar. Here’s a few things to keep in mind while you’re reading the Bible to help you truly get the most out of your reading... 1. Don’t just read over it like you’ve read it 100 times. Even though you may have read some scriptures that many times over, you may miss something else the verse is also saying to you. 2. Read it, keeping in mind who it was written to, and under what historical background it was written. This may take some actual additional study to truly benefit. 3. Examine you own motives. Are you reading to prove a certain point, or are you allowing the Bible to make the points for you. Sometimes we get these things rearranged and make the Bible say things it didn’t actually mean. There’s probably more tips out there, but these are just a few to help you get the most from your Bible reading without letting your preconceived ideas getting in the way. -Aaron ♥n

That’s just disturbing...

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Upcoming Events
Dec 31- New Years Eve Party Details to be announced soon. Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- More information can be found on the youth website under events.

Weekly Family Time
Two Parables: The Lost Sheep and The Lost Coin
Week # 11 OBJECTIVE: To discuss these two parables and their application to us today - God wants all to come to Him. Feasting on the Word: Luke 15:1-7 Luke 18:8-10 Family Discussion: Have you ever lost something of value? What was it? How did it make you feel? In the parable of the lost sheep, how many sheep were lost? Do you think the shepherd loved his sheep? What did the shepherd do to show his love for his sheep? In the parable of the lost coin, how many coins were lost? Do you think that the owner of the coin valued that coin? What did the owner of the coin do to show that she valued that coin? Why did they have a celebration? How do these parables relate to God and His love for us? Whom did God send to find the lost? (Luke 19:10) Do you realize how much God loves you? Challenge: Conclude your devotional by reading John 3:16. Allow each family member to share some ways God has demonstrated His love for us. (Sending Jesus, giving us the Bible, giving us a caring family, etc.) Use this time as an encouraging time to share things about each family member that you value! Close with a prayer of thanksgiving for the love that God has for you!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 169 Nehemiah 7,8 Acts 3 Day 170 Neh. 9-11 Acts 4:1-22 Day 171 Neh 12,13 Acts 4:23-37 Day 172 Esther 1-3 Acts 5:1-16 Day 173 Esther 4-6 Acts 5:17-42 Day 174 Esther 7-10 Acts 6 Day 175 Job 1-3 Acts 7:1-19

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“Just Say No“
December 23, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 39

I hope that you’ll take the chance to check out the youth website and it’s updates. Registered members are given the ability to post their on blog, on the forum, and make comments on everything. If you haven’t signed up, go on the site and check it out. If you have already and have had trouble signing on, see Aaron Sparks or email him about the problem. He can change passwords, and usernames if you desire. Featured Pic:

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Discipline
Self-discipline isn’t a word we use much these days. Before I get deep into this subject, let me say I’m not referring to some kind of ancient Opus Dei practices, such as torturing yourself for indecent thoughts (Saint Benedict would roll in a batch of thorns and stinging nettles). What I am saying is learning to say no to ourselves even when there seems to be nothing wrong with what we want to do. Why? Well, that’s becoming a more difficult question to answer in our increasing consuming culture of excess in the United States. Seems kind of funny that I would bring this up just before Christmas (and maybe it’s more for my sake than for yours). In our culture it seems alright to stuff ourselves silly with good holiday food and enjoy our new gained gifts. We’ve already handed our wishlists to Santa, asking for various things (I had plenty on my list). But when I look at Paul’s life and how he called us out to live just as he lived. It’s hard to ignore a man who says “Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say rejoice!” while he’s sitting in prison. A man who could truly say he was content in all circumstances (“Bonus points” if you can find the verses I’m referring to. I could write them down but I think it might be good for you to try and find them.). I recently was watching a flash animation on a website called storyofstuff.com, how we as Americans consume a third of the planet’s resources. Part of that is because we live in a “Can’t Get Enough”, “Gotta Have the New Thing”, and live in a “Shop-Therapy” culture. Some of the concepts from Dave Ramsey’s class could be used here too. Just because you want something, doesn’t mean you should go out and buy it immediately, even if you can. Sometimes it’s best to tell yourself ,”No”. Self-discipline is pretty hard to do. But if we can practice saying no to little things, it will help us conquer over the big temptations in our life as well. When we realize that “just because we can”, doesn’t mean we always should. This verse is what started the whole flow of thought in my head, and I wasn’t even able to include all my thoughts. but here you go... “No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” -1 Cor. 9:27 I wonder what all he meant by beating his body, and making it his slave. Is it that constant battle within ourselves between our fleshly desires and the spiritual desires? I think it has something to do with that. -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

Lance is enjoying himself at the annual Christmas Party.

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Upcoming Events
Dec 31- New Years Eve Party Details to be announced soon. Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- More information can be found on the youth website under events.

Weekly Family Time
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
Week # 12 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Prodigal Son and its application to us today - forgive like God forgives. Feasting on the Word: Luke 15:11-32 Acts 3:19 and Luke 13:3 Matthew 6:14-15 Family Discussion: What did the younger son do that was wrong? When did he realize that living in sin was disgusting? What did he decide to do about his situation? Did he deserve to be forgiven? Did the father forgive him anyway? What did the father do that proved his forgiveness? Why was it hard for the older son to forgive his brother? In this parable, whom does the sinful son represent? Whom does the father represent? Whom does the older brother represent? What do you think this parable means to us today? When we realize we are living in sin, we must repent. What does repent mean? Discuss Acts 3:19 and Luke 13:3. When someone sins against us, we must forgive them. Why? Discuss Matthew 6:14-15. Challenge: Is there some sin in your own life of which you need to repent? You can never get so far away from God that you can’t “come home.” Say a prayer asking God to forgive you of your sins. Picture God, like the father in this story, running to meet you and throwing his arms around you in a great big hug. That’s how God forgives!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 176 Job 4-6 Acts 7:20-43 Day 177 Job 7-9 Acts 7:44-60 Day 178 Job 10-12 Acts 8:1-25 Day 179 Job 13-15 Acts 8:26-40 Day 180 Job 16-18 Acts 9:1-22 Day 181 Job 19,20 Acts 9:23-43 Day 182 Job 21,22 Acts 10:1-23

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“Happy New Year!“
December 30, 2007

Vol. 1 No. 40

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Your First Love
“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.” -Revelation 2:2-5 I wonder what exactly Jesus would have to say to us as a church. The verse I quoted from is from the beginning of Revelations where John is writing down messages from Christ to specific churches that this letter would be passed around. What has become of our first love? Have we missed the mark because we may become so busy in our lives that we have forgotten what is of first importance? It seems too easy to do in this life. We get caught up in the little things this life has to offer and we forget the will of God altogether. Even the church of Ephesus was having problems, in spite of all their great work. Had they forgotten what they were doing all this work for? Had they made all the sacrifices but forgotten love and mercy? “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” -Matthew 9:13 We cannot know what their first love was in Ephesus. We can only guess. Maybe it was the fact that they forgot to put Christ first in their lives, or maybe they stopped spreading the gospel to the lost. Maybe it was the fact that they were doing all this work, but for the wrong reasons. Self-righteousness? “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” -1 Cor 13:1-3 What matters is that we do not forget why we do what we do. Who has come to redeem us from our lost state? What hope do we have in this world? How can we ever repay what was done for our sakes? Let us not forget to repay the ongoing debt of love that was shown to us (Rom. 13:8). -Aaron ✌ n☧ ♥ website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2

To quote from an 80’s song: We can dance if we want to We can leave your friends behind ‘Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance Well they’re no friends of mine

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Upcoming Events
Dec 31- New Years Eve Party Meet at 8pm here at the building. Everyone is welcome. Bring your favorite games and snacks to play together. Ring in the New Year with your church family. Jan 4- The Harding Chorus If you would like to see the Harding Chorus Perform in Burmingham, Alabama, see Kevin Dalafave for more details. Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Faulkner- More information can be found on the youth website under events.

Weekly Family Time
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Week # 13 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector and its application to us today – humility. Feasting on the Word: Luke 18:9-14 Romans 12:3 and16 1 Peter 5:5-6 Ephesians 4:2 Family Discussion: To whom did Jesus tell this parable? (Verse 9) What clue does this give us about the meaning of the parable! In verse 11, what was the Pharisee doing as he was praying? What did the Pharisee say in his prayer? In verse 13, what was the tax collector doing as he was praying? What did the tax collector say in his prayer? Jesus said that the tax collector went home justified before God and the Pharisee didn’t. Discuss what Jesus said about the difference in verse 14. Was there an attitude problem? Discuss what it means to be humble. (admitting your faults, being modest, accepting yourself as you really are) Discuss what it means to be proud. (conceited, bragging, thinking too highly of yourself, thinking you’re better than others) How can we be humble as God expects us to be? Read Romans 12:3,16. Discuss what God says about being humble in 1 Peter 5:5-6 and in Ephesians 4:2. Challenge: King David sinned by taking another man’s wife and having her husband killed. Eventually, he realized he was guilty. He confessed his sin and prayed humbly for God to forgive him, and God did. Read and discuss David’s humble prayer in Psalms 51. A good example for us!

Reading Guide
If you’ve missed a couple of days or are just starting that’s okay. The important thing is to read your Bible with a goal of doing it everyday. You can download the reading schedule at this web address: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 183 Job 23-25 Acts 10:24-48 Day 184 Job 26-28 Acts 11 Day 185 Job 29,30 Acts 12 Day 186 Job 31,32 Acts 13:1-23 Day 187 Job 33,34 Acts 13:24-52 Day 188 Job 35-37 Acts 14 Day 189 Job 38,39 Acts 15:1-21

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