“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35 High school students face many challenges. Difficult schedules, challenging social interactions, and learning difficult subjects such as […]
“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:31 Since I was in grade school, I have been taught that when the Bible mentions the phrase, “your neighbor” it is referencing all people, not just those who live next to our own house. So, when […]
“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” –Micah 6:8 My full-time work in the church began in youth ministry. Youth ministry is an amazing and challenging ministry that I deeply enjoyed. […]
Some time ago, while my wife was out of town at a workshop, I was at home with my daughters. One of the girls was being persistent in asking to do something that day. I told her we would not be doing what she was asking to do that day. I also told her that I knew her mom had already said, “No” before she left home. She quickly told me, “Well, Mom is out of town.”
But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him. And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting; but rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul; for behold, he is praying, and he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”
Acts 9:1 -12
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
Hunger is a significant issue in our country. It is estimated that 1 in 4 of Oklahoma’s children are at risk of going to bed hungry. Raj Karmani was aware of statistics like this while he was standing in line at his favorite bakery. Raj wondered to himself, “When all those beautiful bagels are made fresh each day, what happens to the ones that don’t sell?”
In June of 1944, the continent of Europe was covered in a cloud of oppression and darkness. Starting on March 12, 1938 the German Third Reich moved into Austria and began a campaign to conquer and occupy their neighbors and much of Europe and North Africa. Before long, all of the world was at war. Countries began the work of arming themselves. Men and women left home, work and families to enlist in the military. By December of 1941, the United States had entered the war and soon we would be fighting in the Pacific, in the deserts of Africa, and in Italy.
It was one hundred years ago this week, that Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. It would take another year for it to be ratified. It is hard for me to imagine that women were ever denied the vote, but unfortunately, throughout the history of humanity we have always found ways to grasp power and deny it to others.
The end of high school is a wonderful time for any senior. It marks the end of a 12-year journey of education. The arrival of graduation is often marked by celebration. Often, seniors will throw a big party with friends and family to celebrate the successful end of this long journey.