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RH The Youth Newsletter

y o u t h
g r o u p “Why is it called Labor Day?“
Vol. 1 No. 24 September 2, 2007

On The Website Romans


In our High School Class we began a study on Romans this morning.
Don’t be afraid to start your
It’s one of my favorite books of the Bible (actually it would be easier for
own forum topic, vote on
me to list my non-favorite books, and even those would be few and hard
the polls, comment on a pic-
to label “unfavored”). One of the reasons Romans remains at the top of my
ture, or devo. This website
favorites though is because it offers the knowledge of freedom in Christ.
was made so that you can
put in your 2¢.
Often we equate Christianity with rules of Dos and Don’ts and how
Current Poll Question: we are supposed to behave. But it’s really more than that. It’s the freedom
“School starts back. Are from the law that allows us not to be limited by a set of rules or feel like we
you...” have to find a way around them to get anything done. It’s knowing that we
can act on the thankfulness to God!
Active Forum Topic:
“Wednesday and Sunday I hope that our look at Romans will be beneficial. I hope that you will
Class” take the time to study this on your own time, because it will be difficult
started by Caroline 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 maxi-
Featured Pic:
mum 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.


Will learned to ignore the It would be hard to get through a class at school without a textbook, and
pain after the 6th time he the same will be expected here. So please bring your Bibles to class. Don’t
had hit his finger. 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 impor-
tance to your life.
- Aaron ✌

email: sparquay@gmail.com website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2


Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
September 12- Eat Out @ You Are Needed
Schlotsky’s Deli- Meet be- Week # 11
fore Wednesday Night Class- OBJECTIVE: To discuss the value of attending Bible class and
es to have a meal together. worship services.
September 15- Family Fun Feasting on the Word:
Day- See Cindy Carnes about Acts 2:40-47
siging up for the Talent Show. Acts 20:7
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Sept 21st Girl’s/Guy’s Night
Hebrews 10:25 and John 4:24
Out
Girls - Doing girly stuff at the
Family Discussion:
home of Louise Ramsey.
The church began on a Sunday called Pentecost. About how many
Guys- I’ve not picked out a
people became Christians that day? (verse 41)
place to camp yet.. Expect
According to verse 42, what was the purpose of Christians meeting
cost to be around ~$5-20.
together? Is that the same reason we meet for worship now?
Oct 12-14 Fall Retreat- As time passed, the first century church continued to meet together for
For 7-12 Grades. The cost worship. According to Acts 20:7, on what day did Paul and his traveling
will be $50 and includes a companions meet with the church in Troas? Why did they meet? What
t-shirt. Should be a great did Paul also do during this time of worship?
weekend. It’s coming to- The “breaking of bread” is what we now call the Lord’s Supper. Why is
gether. Keep eyes open for it important to participate in this ceremony every week? The answer is
registration and permission in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
forms soon. 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 Day 072 Day 073 Day 074 Day 075 Day 076 Day 077
Deut. 17-19 Deut. 20-22 Deut. 23-25 Deut. 26,27 Deut. 28 Deut. 29,30 Deut. 31,32
Mark 14:1-25 Mark 14:26-50 Mark 14:51-72 Mark.15:1-26 Mark 15:27-47 Mark 16 Luke 1:1-23

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “There is a time for Everything“ Eccl 3:1
Vol. 1 No. 25 September 9, 2007

On The Website Prayer


It was neat having a special prayer service Sunday Night. It really got
Don’t be afraid to start your
me thinking about prayer and how we take it for granted. It’s amazing that
own forum topic, vote on
God would take the time to listen to our prayers and answer them. That he
the polls, comment on a pic-
is concerned with the things that concern us. True, most of us pray for the
ture, or devo. This website
health of others, but we also pray for all sort of things.
was made so that you can
I honestly think that God answers my prayers. Things that I’ve prayed
put in your 2¢.
for over the years have been granted. It’s amazing to think of the ways that
Current Poll Question: I’ve been blessed simply because I’ve asked God with perseverance and
“What are you most afraid faith. It’s amazing that God, creator of the whole universe would listen to
of?” me.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives gener-
Active Forum Topic: ously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he
“Wednesday and Sunday asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave
Class” of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he
started by Caroline will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable
in all he does.” -James 1:5-8
Featured Pic:
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?
Travis, I think you’re too big “...how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to
for that. 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 ✌

email: sparquay@gmail.com website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2


Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
September 12- Eat Out @ Heroes of Faith
Schlotsky’s Deli- Meet be- Week # 12
fore Wednesday Night Class- OBJECTIVE: To learn about great heroes of faith and develop our own
es to have a meal together. faith.
September 15- Family Fun Feasting on the Word:
Day- See Cindy Carnes about Hebrews, chapter 11- A New Testament summary of Old Testament
siging up for the Talent Show. heroes...The Faith Hall of Fame!
Family Discussion:
Sept 21st Girl’s/Guy’s Night
What is the definition of faith? (11:1) Why is faith so important? (11:6)
Out
Why does it require faith to believe the story of creation? Why was
Girls - Doing girly stuff at the
Abel commended for his faith? What unusual thing happened to
home of Louise Ramsey.
Enoch? How do we know that Noah had faith?
Guys- I’ve not picked out a
Why did Abraham move to a foreign country? Did Abraham believe
place to camp yet.. Expect
that God could make him become a father in his old age? What was
cost to be around ~$5-20.
Abraham willing to do to his son, Isaac, because of his faith in God?
September 30- Devo Host- Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph believed God’s promise to make
ed by the Sparks-After Eve- their family into a great nation, the Jews. What did they do that proved
ning Services. More details to this?
follow. How did Moses’ parents show their faith? Talk about the events in
Oct 12-14 Fall Retreat- Moses’ life that proved his faith in God.
For 7-12 Grades. The cost Why did it take faith for the Israelites to pass through the Red Sea on
will be $50 and includes a dry ground? Why did it take faith for them to conquer the city of
t-shirt. Should be a great Jericho? Why wasn’t Rahab killed along with the other citizens of
weekend. It’s coming to- Jericho?
gether. Keep eyes open for More heroes of faith are mentioned in verse 32. What do you know
registration and permission about those men? How did they prove their faith?
forms soon. Challenge:
Oct 27 Fear Factor- More Discuss the hardships that believers have endured, listed in verses 33-
Details to Follow 38. 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 Day 079 Day 080 Day 081 Day 082 Day 083 Day 084
Deut. 33,34 Joshua 1-3 Joshua 4-6 Joshua 7,8 Joshua 9,10 Joshua 11-13 Joshua 14,15
Luke 1:24-56 Luke 1:57-80 Luke 2:1-24 Luke 2:25-52 Luke 3 Luke 4:1-32 Luke 4:33-44

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “I like turtles.“
Vol. 1 No. 26 September 16, 2007

On The Website Scripture


I’m just going to let the Bible do the talking in this article, and I have
Don’t be afraid to start your
one question to ask you after these verses.
own forum topic, vote on
the polls, comment on a pic- “They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of
ture, or devo. This website the LORD their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in
was made so that you can confession and in worshiping the LORD their God.” -Nehemiah 9:3
put in your 2¢.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to
Current Poll Question: your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your com-
“What are you most afraid mands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against
of?” you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I re-
count all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your
Active Forum Topic: statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and
“Wednesday and Sunday consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.“
Class” -Psalm 119:9-16
started by Caroline
“May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation ac-
Featured Pic: cording 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 Thessalo-
nians, 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
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-
Good Watermelon? edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and mar-
row; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12
How do you feel about the word of God?

- Aaron ✌

email: sparquay@gmail.com website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2


Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
Sept 21st Girl’s/Guy’s Night The Second Coming
Out Week #13
Girls - Doing girly stuff at the OBJECTIVE: To discuss the second coming of Jesus.
home of Louise Ramsey @ Feasting on the Word:
7:30pm. 2 Peter 3:3-14
Guys- We’re staying at the 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Keith’s overnight. Meet at the 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10
building @ 6:30pm. No Video Revelation 21:1-8
Games. Bring $5 to cover
food. Family Discussion:
Why do some people (scoffers) think there will be no Second Coming?
September 30- Devo Host-
Discuss how time is viewed differently by the Lord than by men.
ed by the Sparks-After Eve-
Why has the Lord waited this long to come back? (2 Pet. 3:9)
ning Services. More details to
What does it mean that “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the
follow.
night”? Does anyone know when the Second Coming will be?
Oct 12-14 Fall Retreat- What is going to happen to the earth at the end of time?
For 7-12 Grades. The cost Should we dread the Second Coming or look forward to it? (2 Pet.
will be $50 and includes a 3:11,12,13)
t-shirt. Should be a great According to the verses in 1 Thessalonians, what will happen at the
weekend. It’s coming to- time of the Lord’s coming? Who will rise first to meet the Lord on that
gether. Keep eyes open for day? Then who? Where will the saved meet the Lord? And then what?
registration and permission According to the verses in 2 Thessalonians, how will the angels be
forms soon. involved in the Second Coming?
Oct 27 Fear Factor- More According to the verses in Revelation 21, what will heaven be like?
Details to Follow 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 Day 086 Day 087 Day 088 Day 089 Day 090 Day 091
Joshua 16-18 Joshua 19,20 Joshua 21,22 Joshua 23,24 Judges 1,2 Judges 3-5 Judges 6,7
Luke 5:1-16 Luke 5:17-39 Luke 6:1-26 Luke 6:27-49 Luke 7:1-30 Luke 7:31-50 Luke 8:1-21

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “In Colour!“
Vol. 1 No. 27 September 23, 2007

On The Website Fall Retreat


Don’t be afraid to start your
own forum topic, vote on
the polls, comment on a pic-
ture, 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 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
Featured Pic: 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.
Travis and Lance show their I’m trying out a new retreat center this time. They have a really cool
creative talents with styro- teambuilding course, and as you think through how you are going to get
foam plates. Bravo. 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 an-
other 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, Septem-
ber 30th. I look forward to this time we will get to spend together!
- Aaron ✌

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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
September 26- Eat Out @ For the Parents,
Willy T’s It’s been a while Once again we’ve manage to get through another 13 weeks of Fam-
since we’ve ate here. I hear ily Bible Studies. I will continue the next quarter’s Family Bible Study next
they have good chicken week. I just wanted to write a quick note about the studies.
strips. 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 read-
September 30- Devo Host-
ing along and I look forward to the day when we can sit down with our
ed by the Sparks-After Eve-
little one (even though he won’t understand most of what’s going on for a
ning Services. More details to
while) for a weekly Bible study.
follow.
There is so much in our culture that stands against our faith quite
Oct 5- Bowling Party @ blantantly. TV, movies, music, and even our schools. Unfortunately, we
Peachtree Lanes for grades 5- cannot change the fact that our schools will be a major influence on what
8 grade at 7-9pm. Come and our child learns and believes simply because of the time that is spent
bring friends! Cost is $12 for there. As much as I’d like to think I can make a huge difference just by
2 hours of bowling (including teaching Sunday School classes, holding events, and occasionally visiting
shoes). RSVP with Susan or your kids... I will never be able to compete with the school’s time spent
Mark Gray (706.628.9661) with your kid. You as a parent have the next best opportunity to shape
to make sure we have your kids lives because they live with you! You have time with them.
enough lanes. Let me get to my point. You have a opportunity to be a major posi-
Oct 12-14 Fall Retreat- tive influence on your kids life more than anyone else in this world. Why?
For 7-12 Grades. The cost Because you’re their parent. A weekly Bible study can be the start of your
will be $50 and includes a kid’s spiritual wellbeing. It shows two important things.
t-shirt. Should be a great One, that you actually want to spend time with your kids. Nothing
weekend. It’s coming to- says “I love you” more than spending time with those people. Start while
gether. Keep eyes open for they’re still young, and they will know they are loved. And it might even
registration and permission last through those rebelious teenage years... maybe.
forms soon. Two, when you spend time with them, what are you doing? The
Oct 27 Fear Factor- More activities you choose to do as a family show your kids what is important
Details to Follow to you. If you watch TV with your family, they pick up that TV (or entertain-
ment) is an important value for their family. If you study the Bible togeth-
er, 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.

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 Day 093 Day 094 Day 095 Day 096 Day 097 Day 098
Judges 8,9 Judges 10,11 Judges 12-14 Judges 15-17 Judges 18,19 Judges 20,21 Ruth 1-4
Luke 8:22-56 Luke 9:1-36 Luke 9:37-62 Luke 10:1-24 Luke 10:25-42 Luke 11:1-28 Luke 11:29-54

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Dreaming Big.“
Vol. 1 No. 28 September 30, 2007

On The Website Life Goals


I saw this amazing news video online of a boy who had lost his sight
Don’t be afraid to start your at the age of two. His mom had comforted him by saying he still had his
own forum topic, vote on other senses that he could use. The boy grew up and is now capable of do-
the polls, comment on a pic- ing many things that seem impossible without sight. He rollerblades, plays
ture, or devo. This website video games, and other activities. He does this all by using his hearing. He
was made so that you can can navigate around obstacles while rollerblading by clicking his tongue
put in your 2¢. 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
Current Poll Question: this video is amazing. One thing that helped this boy achieve these abili-
“What are you most afraid ties was because his mom made the effort to never say he couldn’t do this
of?” or that. She never tried to take special care of him. And yet she did it out of
Active Forum Topic: love and he floursihed because of it.
“Wednesday and Sunday I mention that story because it relates to ourselves. We do a good
Class” job of limiting ourselves and saying that we can’t do this or that. I think it
started by Caroline must frustrate God who created us and knows what we’re fully capable of
and we don’t go to our full potential.
Featured Pic: 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.
Dennie made sure he was a “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your
hard act to follow. 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 ✌
email: sparquay@gmail.com website: www.rosehillchurch.com/youth2
Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
September 30- Devo Host- The Parable of the Sower
ed by the Sparks-After Eve- Week # 1
ning Services. More details to
follow. OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Sower and its application to
Oct 5- Bowling Party @ us today - our responsibility to teach the gospel and to know that people
Peachtree Lanes for grades 5- will react differently to it.
8 grade at 7-9pm. Come and
bring friends! Cost is $12 for Feasting on the Word:
2 hours of bowling (including Luke 8:4-15
shoes). RSVP with Susan or Mark 16:15-16
Mark Gray (706.628.9661) Hebrews 4:12
to make sure we have 2 Timothy 3:16-17
enough lanes.
Family Discussion:
Oct 12-14 Fall Retreat-
In the parable of the sower, what does the seed represent?
For 7-12 Grades. The cost
What does the soil along the path represent? The rocky soil? The soil
will be $50 and includes a
with thorns? What does the good soil represent?
t-shirt. Should be a great
What kind of soil were you when you heard the good news? What kind
weekend. It’s coming to-
of soil are you now? What kind of soil should you be? Are you ready to
gether. Keep eyes open for
be a sower? Why do you think Jesus told this parable?
registration and permission
Read the Great Commission in Mark 16:15-16. Was Jesus talking only
forms soon.
to his apostles, or to you too?
Oct 27 Fear Factor- More Some people say that the Bible is just an ancient book. What does the
Details to Follow Bible say about itself in Hebrews 4:12?
Oct 30 Fall Festival- Deco- Some people say that only some parts of the Bible are God’s Word, and
rate your car and help out some parts are just literature. What does the Bible say about that in
with the games! 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 Day 100 Day 101 Day 102 Day 103 Day 104 Day 105
1 Samuel 1-3 1 Sam. 4-6 1 Sam. 7-9 1 Sam. 10-12 1 Sam. 13,14 1 Sam. 15,16 1 Sam. 17,18
Luke 12:1-34 Luke 12:35-59 Luke 13:1-21 Luke 13:22-35 Luke 14:1-24 Luke 14:25-35 Luke 15:1-10

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Just a little bit...“
Vol. 1 No. 29 October 7, 2007

On The Website Respect


“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for
Don’t be afraid to start your
there is no authority except that which God has established. The authori-
own forum topic, vote on
ties that exist have been established by God.“ -Romans 13:1
the polls, comment on a pic-
“Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only be-
ture, or devo. This website
cause of possible punishment but also because of conscience.”
was made so that you can
-Romans 13:5
put in your 2¢.
“Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if
Current Poll Question: revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
“What are you most afraid -Romans 13:7
of?”
It’s interesting that our culture has maybe lost a lot of respect for
Active Forum Topic: those in positions of authority. Whether it’s policemen, judges, senators,
“Wednesday and Sunday or even presidents. I could even include school teachers and principals in
Class” this one. We’ve become a culture that has lost their respect for anyone in
started by Caroline authority.
Some of us live in a way that we try and see how much we can get
Featured Pic:
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 Dar-
row 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. Techni-
cally, 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 de-
I don’t think Kyle and Mon- cided to step in. The student didn’t have respect for the security, the other
ica were thinking “I want to students and even to a degree, John Kerry. The media brought out that
be just like them when I’m in a tazer was misused to get the student to comply, but what other action
High School!” 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 ✌

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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
Oct 10 Eat Out @ Peachtree The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Weeds)
Mall Week # 2
Oct 12-14 Fall Retreat-
For 7-12 Grades. The $50 OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Wheat and the Tares and
is due by the time we leave. its application to us today - reward or punishment at the Judgment Day.
I need Health Forms and
Waiver Forms turned into me Feasting on the Word:
before we leave! Many have Matthew 13:24-30
not turned in either. If you Matthew 13:36-43
need forms, come see me! 1 John 3:7-10
Acts 2:38
Oct 24 Eat Out @ TBA
2 Corinthians 5:21
Oct 27 Fear Factor- More
Details to Follow Family Discussion:
Oct 30 Fall Festival- Deco- In the parable of the Wheat and the Tares, what did the enemy do after
rate your car and help out the man had finished sowing good seed in his field? How did the owner
with the games! 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 Day 107 Day 108 Day 109 Day 110 Day 111 Day 112
1 Sam. 19-21 1 Sam. 22-24 1 Sam. 25,26 1 Sam. 27-29 1 Sam. 30,31 2 Sam. 1-3 2 Sam. 4-6
Luke 15:11-32 Luke 16:1-18 Luke 16:19-31 Luke 17:1-19 Luke 17:20-37 Luke 18:1-17 Luke 18:18-43

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Growing Together“
Vol. 1 No. 30 October 21, 2007

On The Website Body Building


Last weekend was a great time for us to get away and explore what
Don’t be afraid to start your
it means to be a Body of Christ. We talked about being a Member of that
own forum topic, vote on
One Body, and how each of us are playing an important role in the church.
the polls, comment on a pic-
We also talked about Unity in the Body, and how we need to be united as
ture, or devo. This website
a church family before we can do any good working together as a body.
was made so that you can
We also talked about our need to have Christ as the head of the body,
put in your 2¢.
otherwise we’d be a church
Current Poll Question: running around like a chicken
“What are you most afraid with it’s head cut off. We
of?” might be active like that, but
we won’t last for long.
Active Forum Topic: The obstacle course was
“Wednesday and Sunday a great illustration for what
Class” it means for us to work as a
started by Caroline church . Everybody has to play
a role and everybody needs
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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.
Bat, Beth, Travis, Travis and I hope that this reaches beyond the youth group and into the rest of the
Nick were discussing what church body. Ask yourself... how can I help build up this church body? Us-
their next plan of action ing the talents, gifts, abilities, and even your passions to bless the church
should be to complete the body with your work. Because that is what God has purposed for all of us.
activity. “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, speak-
ing 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 ✌

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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
Oct 24 Eat Out @ Stevi B’s The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
Oct 26 Fear Factor- It’s going Week # 3
to be another great time! OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Unmerciful Servant and its
application to us today - showing mercy to others.
Oct 30 Fall Festival- Deco-
rate your car and help out
Feasting on the Word:
with the games! See Julie Hill
Matthew 18:21-35
if you can help out with the
Matthew 5:7
games. We need 10 people.
Luke 6:32-35
Jan 11-12 Jewels @
Faulkner- Keep checking this Family Discussion:
spot for more information. 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.rose-
hillchurch.com/youth2/dailyreading
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Day 113 Day 114 Day 115 Day 116 Day 117 Day 118 Day 119
2 Sam. 7-9 2 Sam. 10-12 2 Sam. 13,14 2 Sam. 15,16 2 Sam. 17,18 2 Sam. 19,20 2 Sam. 21,22
Luke 19:1-28 Luke 19:29-48 Luke 20:1-26 Luke 20:27-47 Luke 21:1-19 Luke 21:20-38 Luke 22:1-30

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Give a little bit“
Vol. 1 No. 32 November 4, 2007

On The Website Generousity


In David’s class on Wednesday nights we’ve been talking about what
Don’t be afraid to start your we would say to a friend who is trying to get their life right with God. It’s
own forum topic, vote on good to sort out in our minds what we would or should say to them so
the polls, comment on a pic- that when the time comes we can show them the way. As was brought up
ture, or devo. This website in the class...
was made so that you can “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you
put in your 2¢. to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness
and respect...” -1Peter 3:15
Current Poll Question:
What I find scary though is this verse that convict me to tell our
“What are you most afraid
friends as soon as possible!
of?”
“When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not
Active Forum Topic: warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save
“Wednesday and Sunday his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable
Class” for his blood.” -Ezekiel 3:18
started by Caroline 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
Featured Pic: 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 some-
one 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
Bat, Beth, Travis, Travis and sins.” -James 5:19-20
Nick were discussing what I would hope that if I were doing something wrong, you would con-
their next plan of action front me on it and help me change. That’s what true love for one another
should be to complete the is... to help one another come closer to a realization of Christ in our life.
activity. 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☧

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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
Oct 30 Fall Festival- Deco- The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard
rate your car and help out Week # 4
with the games! See Julie Hill OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable and its application to us today.
if you can help out with the • God is fair.
games. We need 10 people. • Do not question God’s generosity.
Jan 11-12 Jewels @ • Do not envy.
Faulkner- Keep checking this
spot for more information. 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 Day 121 Day 122 Day 123 Day 124 Day 125 Day 126
2 Sam. 23,24 1 Kings 1,2 1 Kings 3-5 1 Kings 6,7 1 Kings 8,9 1 Kings 10,11 1 Kings 12,13
Luke 22:31-53 Lk. 22:54-71 Lk. 23:1-26 Lk. 23:27-38 Lk. 23:39-56 Lk. 24:1-35 Lk. 24:36-53

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Give a little bit“
Vol. 1 No. 32 November 4, 2007

On The Website Generousity


Currently It’s not often that I gain a lesson thought from a video game, but this
Under Renovations time I did. I’ve been playing a game called Cyber Nations, an online nation
It’s time for another web- simulation game. In the game it’s beneficial to join an alliance to avoid
site upgrade! I’m currently attack from other nations. In the particular alliance I joined, they are also
sorting out how to get it very generous in Foreign Aid and I was able to quickly grow as a nation.
to update without losing From this sprung the thought about our own giving... are we will-
everything we already have ing to give to others who are struggling? How are we helping each other?
on it. There are several ways we can give, whether it’s money, time, or energy.
Hopefully, it will be up and I know that the collection plate travels fastest through the youth
running again soon. It may pews. I watch as sometimes the guys serving don’t even bother passing
take a while for all the fea- it down our rows. I know many of you don’t have jobs to be able to put
tures to be fully functional anything in the plate. I also know that it was a long time before I felt com-
again. So please be patient pelled to contribute my first fruits of my hard earned Long John Silvers
with me and get ready to minimum wage. Hopefully, you’ll learn to give before I did, and be blest
check it out when it’s done. by it.
The program I’m updating There are many who have taken a couple of hours out of their after-
is used by several websites noon to watch kids during our Financial Peace University class. I’m sure
such as MTV, AskaNinja, and they are starting to get a little burnt out on it, because they’re the same
Moby. ones who are first to volunteer. Maybe you can help by babysitting during
Featured Pic: 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 scat-
tered 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 righteous-
ness. 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 thanksgiv-
ing to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs
Stop being a grump, TJ. 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 Weekly Family Time
November Devo TBA The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders
This months devo will be Week # 5
hosted by the Borins
Jan 11-12 Jewels @ OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders
Faulkner- Keep checking this and its application to us today - the importance of a rock-solid faith.
spot for more information.
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 Day 128 Day 129 Day 130 Day 131 Day 132 Day 133
1 Kings 14,15 1 Kings 16-18 1 Kings 19,20 1 Kings 21,22 2 Kings 1-3 2 Kings 4,5 2 Kings 6-8
John 1:1-28 John 1:29-51 John 2 John 3:1-21 John 3:22-36 John 4:1-30 John 4:31-54

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Bear and Endure“
Vol. 1 No. 33 November 11, 2007

On The Website One Another


The site has been updated As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I can’t help but think about fami-
and as far as I know every- lies. The one thing that stands out about Rose Hill is it really does feel like
thing is back in working a family. As with every family there are certain people that are just weird
order. or you have to tolerate them... but not even tolerate, but LOVE them! Even
I have opened up some of Uncle Carl, who wears a track suit from the 80s even though he has never
the priviledges to registered worked out a day in his life, has a combover and insists on calling you
members so that anyone a different name everytime you meet. The same thing holds true in our
can add an event, story, church family. We are to love one another, no matter what.
devo, etc. I hope that this I challenge you to look at a concordance or online Bible program
will encourage you to sign (I like Biblegateway.com) and search for the words “one another” in the
on and use this wonderful New Testament. Check out how many times it says “love one another” too!
resource we have. Most of the “love of another” phrases came from John, who called himself
Pictures from VBS, Family simply “The disciple whom Jesus loved”.
Fun Day, Fall Retreat and Many of the other verses speak of ways we are to love one another.
Fear Factor are all up and Bear, Endure, Serve, Encourage, Admonish, Be Kind, Compassionate, Ac-
ready for viewing as well. cept, Live in Harmony, Be Devoted, Honour, Fellowship. There’s more that
Start a discussion in the I’ve missed (purposefully) and I hope you take the time to read each of
forum and comment on these in context. Really feel the intensity in which the Apostles are urging
anything you see. It’s your the churches to love one another in these ways.
website. It’s important that not only do we say that we love one another, but
Featured Pic: 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, be-
cause 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 ad-
mittingly 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!
So that’s what cool looks like. -Aaron ✌♥n☧

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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
November Devo TBA The Parable of the Talents
This months devo will be Week # 6
hosted by the Borins
November 22- Have a happy OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Talents and its application
Thanksgiving and be thank- to us today - using the gifts God has given you.
ful!
Feasting on the Word:
November 28- Eat Out @
Matthew 25:14-30
Burger King
Romans 12:4-8
We’re skipping a week for
John 15:1-8
Thanksgiving.
Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Family Discussion:
Faulkner- Keep checking this A talent was a large amount of money. How many talents did the
spot for more information. 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 Day 135 Day 136 Day 137 Day 138 Day 139 Day 140
2 Kings 9-11 2 Kings 12-14 2 Kings 15-17 2 Kings 18,19 2 Kings 20-22 2 Kings 23-25 I Chron. 1,2
John 5:1-24 John 5:25-47 John 6:1-21 John 6:22-44 John 6:45-71 John 7:1-31 John 7:32-53

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Thank You“
Vol. 1 No. 34 November 18, 2007

O n Th e Website Gratitude
The site has been updated
Thanksgiving, a holiday that comes around once a year and is be-
and as far as I know every-
coming smaller and smaller. Somewhere inbetween Halloween and
thing is back in working
Christmas we’re losing Thanksgiving it seems like. Christmas is already out
order.
in the stores as it didn’t even give Halloween a chance to happen in some
I have opened up some of
stores. But what about Thanksgiving, is it a holiday we’ll soon forget (or
the priviledges to registered
have the stores forgotten it already)?
members so that anyone
I guess it’s not really a popular holiday. It somehow gets centered
can add an event, story,
around eating, but there’s no gifts with it like Christmas. Even the day
devo, etc. I hope that this
after Thanksgiving has been given the name Black Friday (because stores
will encourage you to sign
will actually break out of the negative (red) and into the positive profit
on and use this wonderful
(black) not because you clean the burnt cooking pans) and is becoming
resource we have.
quite the holiday of its own. But what about Thanksgiving?
Pictures from VBS, Family
Out of all the Holidays, Thanksgiving deserves to be the Holiday that
Fun Day, Fall Retreat and
takes over all the other Holidays. Shouldn’t it?
Fear Factor are all up and
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
ready for viewing as well.
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1Thessalonians 5:16-18
Start a discussion in the
This verse reminds me of that recent CB&T commercial. You might
forum and comment on
have seen it. It’s the one where the president is getting a ticket from a cop
anything you see. It’s your
and saying thank you, getting a tooth extracted by a dentist and saying
website.
thank you, and being informed by his mechanic that it’s going to cost him
Featured Pic: 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 ev-
erything. 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. Pat-
ricks, Groundhogs, Independence, and even Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sep-
Travis doing his best Louis Arm- tember 19th). -Aaron ✌♥n☧
strong Impression.
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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
November Devo Canceled The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Due to Thanksgiving and Week # 7
the holidays we’ll hold off
on the devo until December. OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Good Samaritan and its
November 22- Have a happy application to us today: kindness to others
Thanksgiving and be thank-
ful! Feasting on the Word:
Luke 10:25-37
November 28- Eat Out @
1 John 3:18
Burger King
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
We’re skipping a week for
1 John 4:20-21
Thanksgiving.
Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Family Discussion:
Faulkner- More information Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan in answer to a question.
can be found on the youth What question did the man ask in verse 29?
website under events. 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 Day 142 Day 143 Day 144 Day 145 Day 146 Day 147
I Chron. 3-5 I Chron. 6,7 I Chron. 8-10 I Chron. 11-13 I Chron. 14-16 I Chron. 17-19 I Chron. 20-22
John 8:1-20 John 8:21-36 John 8:37-59 John 9:1-23 John 9:24-41 John 10:1-21 John 10:22-42

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Content or Pressing On?“
Vol. 1 No. 36 December 2, 2007

On The Website Upgrading


The site has been updated Earlier this week, I had to take my Honda in to get the oil changed. Just
and as far as I know every- regular maintenance. I would be lying to you if I said I hadn’t thought about
thing is back in working doing more stuff to my little Honda like turbo, suspension kit, exhaust, engine
order. swap, etc. In the end, I’m content to drive it as is, and not put the money, time
I have opened up some of and energy into my car like others have been known to do and make something
the priviledges to registered mediocre into an street racing machine.
members so that anyone I thought about how that relates to our Christian life, and how we shouldn’t
can add an event, story, be content with mantaining our Christianity. We should be upgrading every part
devo, etc. I hope that this of our spiritual lives to reach our full potential. Our full potential being the full
measure of Christ (Eph 4:13).
will encourage you to sign
How often do we sit back and get comfortable where we are in our spiritual-
on and use this wonderful ity? Content to be stagnant, a pew sitter, and nothing more for fear of becoming
resource we have. a religious freak. If we find ourselves content where we are, Satan has managed
Pictures from VBS, Family to decieve us into being satisfied with spiritual status quo (keeping things the
Fun Day, Fall Retreat and same).
Fear Factor are all up and In the same style as Paul’s armor of God, I would encourage you to put on
ready for viewing as well. the Turbo of Faith, the suspension kit of patience, the four wheel disc brakes
Start a discussion in the of self-control, the Xenon headlights of Truth for it will guide your way. I could
forum and comment on go on and on... because, frankly, it’s kind of fun, but you get the point. Don’t be
anything you see. It’s your content with where you are now.
website. “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
Featured Pic: 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 aim-
lessly; 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 elec-
tion 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
Bat holding Josiah. -Aaron ✌♥n☧

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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
November 28- Eat Out @ Two Parables: The Friend at Midnight and
Burger King the Persistent Widow
Meet us at this location be- Week # 8
fore Wednesday Night Class.
December Devo- OBJECTIVE: To discuss these two parables and their application to us
Details to be announced today - persistence in prayer.
soon.
Christmas Party- Feasting on the Word:
Details to be announced Luke 11:5-13
soon. Luke 18:1-8
1 Thessalonians 5:17,18
Jan 11-12 Jewels @ Philippians 4:6,7
Faulkner- More information
can be found on the youth Family Discussion:
website under events. 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 Day 149 Day 150 Day 151 Day 152 Day 153 Day 154
I Chron. 23-25 I Chron. 26,27 I Chron. 28,29 2 Chron. 1-3 2 Chron. 4-6 2 Chron. 7-9 2 Chron. 10-12
John 11:1-17 John 11:18-46 John 11:47-57 John 12:1-19 John 12:20-50 John 13:1-17 John 13:18-38

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Content or Pressing On?“
Vol. 1 No. 36 December 2, 2007

On The Website Upgrading


I hope that you’ll take the Earlier this week, I had to take my Honda in to get the oil changed. Just
chance to check out the regular maintenance. I would be lying to you if I said I hadn’t thought about
youth website and it’s up- doing more stuff to my little Honda like turbo, suspension kit, exhaust, engine
dates. Registered members swap, etc. In the end, I’m content to drive it as is, and not put the money, time
are given the ability to post and energy into my car like others have been known to do and make something
their on blog, on the forum, mediocre into an street racing machine.
and make comments on I thought about how that relates to our Christian life, and how we shouldn’t
everything. be content with mantaining our Christianity. We should be upgrading every part
If you haven’t signed up, of our spiritual lives to reach our full potential. Our full potential being the full
measure of Christ (Eph 4:13).
go on the site and check it
How often do we sit back and get comfortable where we are in our spiritual-
out. If you have already and ity? Content to be stagnant, a pew sitter, and nothing more for fear of becoming
have had trouble signing on, a religious freak. If we find ourselves content where we are, Satan has managed
see Aaron Sparks or email to decieve us into being satisfied with spiritual status quo (keeping things the
him about the problem. He same).
can change passwords, and In the same style as Paul’s armor of God, I would encourage you to put on
usernames if you desire. 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
Featured Pic: 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 aim-
lessly; 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.
Hmm... a wheelchair and a bat. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and elec-
This has the potential to be a tion sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich
very dangerous sport. welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.“
-2 Pet. 1:5-11
-Aaron ✌♥n☧

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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
Dec 12- Eat Out @ Hibachi The Parable of the Rich Fool
Express- It’s where the old Week # 9
Fazoli’s was and is next to
Zaxby’s. OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the rich fool and its application
Dec 14 Devo and Christmas to us today - the foolishness of materialism.
Party-
Details to be announced Feasting on the Word:
soon. Luke 12:13-21
1Timothy 6:6-10
Dec 31- New Years Eve
Matthew 6:19-21, 24, and 31-33
Party
Details to be announced
Family Discussion:
soon.
In Luke 12:15, what did Jesus say to be on guard against? What does
Jan 11-12 Jewels @ he say a person’s life does NOT consist of? To illustrate his point,
Faulkner- More information Jesus told a parable about a rich man.
can be found on the youth In the parable of the rich man, the man had so much wealth that he had
website under events. 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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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Keep Christ In...“
Vol. 1 No. 37 December 9, 2007

On The Website Your Life


I hope that you’ll take the
chance to check out the
I can’t help but cringe when I hear these words... “Keep
youth website and it’s up- Christ in Christmas.” I’m not totally sure what about that phrase
dates. Registered members unsettles me. I listen to J93.3FM when I’m with my wife in the
are given the ability to post Yoda (a.ka. Rolly as my wife prefers), and the phrase comes up
their on blog, on the forum, frequently, spoken by one of the upbeat DJs.
and make comments on I guess when people started to use Happy Holidays to in-
everything.
If you haven’t signed up,
clude other religious Holidays that fall in this time of year, such
go on the site and check it as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Festivus (Seinfeld reference), some
out. If you have already and Christians felt the push of our special holiday out of the spot-
have had trouble signing on, light.
see Aaron Sparks or email I’m not sure that by forcing our “religious” holidays on oth-
him about the problem. He ers, we will gain converts to Christ. And yet that’s exactly what
can change passwords, and
usernames if you desire.
some people are implying. I guess it’s more of an awareness
of Christ than anything they’re concerned about losing. What I
Featured Pic: 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 Christ-
mas. I think it’s a fun holiday and an opportunity for families to
reunite. I just think we might be trumpeting the wrong tune,
Congratulations David on 20 or fighting the wrong battle. Instead, we should be sharing the
years! Don’t spend it all in one gospel of Christ and why we celebrate our Savior’s incarnation
place. Opps... too late. Hope the into this world.
“Sub” gets fixed soon!
-Aaron ✌♥n☧

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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
Dec 12- Eat Out @ Hibachi The Parable of the Great Supper
Express- It’s where the old Week # 10
Fazoli’s was and is next to
Zaxby’s. OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Great Supper and its
Dec 14 Devo and Christmas application to us today - Removing excuses that keep us from
Party- responding to God’s invitation.
Details to be announced
soon. Feasting on the Word:
Luke 14:15-24
Dec 31- New Years Eve
Party
Family Discussion:
Details to be announced
What were the excuses given by the first group of people invited?
soon.
(Luke 14:18-20)
Jan 11-12 Jewels @ How did the Master feel about these excuses?
Faulkner- More information Who did the Master tell the servant to invite next? (Verse 21)
can be found on the youth Did the people who made excuses ever get to come and eat the great
website under events. 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 Day 164 Day 165 Day 166 Day 167 Day 168
2 Chron. 34-36 Ezra 1,2 Ezra 3-5 Ezra 6-8 Ezra 9,10 Nehemiah 1-3 Nehemiah 4-6
John 19:1-22 John 19:23-42 John 20 John 21 Acts 1 Acts 2:1-13 Acts 2:14-47

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Merry Christmas“
Vol. 1 No. 38 December 16, 2007

On The Website Traditions


I hope that you’ll take the It’s funny how many traditions we have when it comes to the holi-
chance to check out the days. I’m sure your family has some that you don’t realize are even tra-
youth website and it’s up- ditions. I recall the times I would spend Christmas with Jen’s family in
dates. Registered members England. The first few times were hard because it was just different. There
are given the ability to post were traditions I didn’t have in my family that they followed, and I had
their on blog, on the forum, things that I would be missing from my family.
and make comments on Now that we are married we have sort of merged our traditions. This
everything. will be the first time that both our families will be spending the holidays
If you haven’t signed up, with us. I’d like to share one tradition that comes up almost every year as
go on the site and check it a minor conflict. My family had the tradition that we could open one gift
out. If you have already and on Christmas Eve. This came about probably by my pleading as a young
have had trouble signing on, only child (I was 9 before my sister came along). Jen’s family, however, has
see Aaron Sparks or email a strict “Don’t Open ‘Til Christmas” policy.
him about the problem. He You can see where traditions can become conflicts if not dealt with
can change passwords, and careful measures. Sometimes in church our traditions can take a entirely
usernames if you desire. new direction, making it a sanctified practice. These traditions can easily
Featured Pic: 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 some-
thing else the verse is also saying to you.
2. Read it, keeping in mind who it was written to, and under what histori-
cal 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
That’s just disturbing... 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
✌ ☧
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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
Dec 31- New Years Eve
Party Two Parables: The Lost Sheep and The Lost Coin
Details to be announced Week # 11
soon.
Jan 11-12 Jewels @ OBJECTIVE: To discuss these two parables and their application to us
Faulkner- More information today - God wants all to come to Him.
can be found on the youth
website under events. 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 Day 170 Day 171 Day 172 Day 173 Day 174 Day 175
Nehemiah 7,8 Neh. 9-11 Neh 12,13 Esther 1-3 Esther 4-6 Esther 7-10 Job 1-3
Acts 3 Acts 4:1-22 Acts 4:23-37 Acts 5:1-16 Acts 5:17-42 Acts 6 Acts 7:1-19

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Just Say No“
Vol. 1 No. 39 December 23, 2007

On The Website Discipline


I hope that you’ll take the Self-discipline isn’t a word we use much these days. Before I get deep
chance to check out the into this subject, let me say I’m not referring to some kind of ancient Opus
youth website and it’s up- Dei practices, such as torturing yourself for indecent thoughts (Saint
dates. Registered members Benedict would roll in a batch of thorns and stinging nettles). What I am
are given the ability to post saying is learning to say no to ourselves even when there seems to be
their on blog, on the forum, nothing wrong with what we want to do. Why? Well, that’s becoming a
and make comments on more difficult question to answer in our increasing consuming culture of
everything. excess in the United States.
If you haven’t signed up, Seems kind of funny that I would bring this up just before Christmas
go on the site and check it (and maybe it’s more for my sake than for yours). In our culture it seems
out. If you have already and alright to stuff ourselves silly with good holiday food and enjoy our new
have had trouble signing on, gained gifts. We’ve already handed our wishlists to Santa, asking for vari-
see Aaron Sparks or email ous things (I had plenty on my list). But when I look at Paul’s life and how
him about the problem. He he called us out to live just as he lived. It’s hard to ignore a man who says
can change passwords, and “Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say rejoice!” while he’s sitting in prison. A man
usernames if you desire. who could truly say he was content in all circumstances (“Bonus points”
Featured Pic: 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 storyof-
stuff.com, how we as Americans consume a third of the planet’s resourc-
es. 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
Lance is enjoying himself at the to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” -1 Cor. 9:27
annual Christmas Party. 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 de-
sires and the spiritual desires? I think it has something to do with that.
-Aaron ✌♥n☧

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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
Dec 31- New Years Eve
Party The Parable of the Prodigal Son
Details to be announced Week # 12
soon.
Jan 11-12 Jewels @ OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Prodigal Son and its
Faulkner- More information application to us today - forgive like God forgives.
can be found on the youth
website under events. 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 Day 177 Day 178 Day 179 Day 180 Day 181 Day 182
Job 4-6 Job 7-9 Job 10-12 Job 13-15 Job 16-18 Job 19,20 Job 21,22
Acts 7:20-43 Acts 7:44-60 Acts 8:1-25 Acts 8:26-40 Acts 9:1-22 Acts 9:23-43 Acts 10:1-23

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RH The Youth Newsletter
y o u t h
g r o u p “Happy New Year!“
Vol. 1 No. 40 December 30, 2007

On The Website Your First Love


Register on our website, and “I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know
check out all the features. that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who
Get involved in a discus- claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have per-
sion or start your own in severed and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown
the forums. Vote in the weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Re-
open polls or create your member the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things
own. Check out pics from you did at first.” -Revelation 2:2-5
our past events or see what I wonder what exactly Jesus would have to say to us as a church. The
events are coming up. verse I quoted from is from the beginning of Revelations where John is
If you’d like help setting up writing down messages from Christ to specific churches that this letter
an account just let me know! would be passed around.
What has become of our first love? Have we missed the mark because
Current Forum Topic: we may become so busy in our lives that we have forgotten what is of first
“Who Would You Elect for importance? It seems too easy to do in this life. We get caught up in the
President?” little things this life has to offer and we forget the will of God altogether.
Featured Pic: 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?
To quote from an 80’s song: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am
We can dance if we want to only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy
We can leave your friends and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that
behind can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess
‘Cause your friends don’t dance to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain
and if they don’t dance nothing.” -1 Cor 13:1-3
Well they’re no friends of mine 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☧

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Upcoming Events Weekly Family Time
Dec 31- New Years Eve The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Party Week # 13
Meet at 8pm here at the
building. Everyone is wel- OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax
come. Bring your favorite Collector and its application to us today – humility.
games and snacks to play to-
gether. Ring in the New Year Feasting on the Word:
with your church family. Luke 18:9-14
Jan 4- The Harding Chorus Romans 12:3 and16
If you would like to see the 1 Peter 5:5-6
Harding Chorus Perform Ephesians 4:2
in Burmingham, Alabama,
see Kevin Dalafave for more Family Discussion:
details. To whom did Jesus tell this parable? (Verse 9) What clue does this give
Jan 11-12 Jewels @ us about the meaning of the parable!
Faulkner- More information In verse 11, what was the Pharisee doing as he was praying?
can be found on the youth What did the Pharisee say in his prayer?
website under events. 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 Day 184 Day 185 Day 186 Day 187 Day 188 Day 189
Job 23-25 Job 26-28 Job 29,30 Job 31,32 Job 33,34 Job 35-37 Job 38,39
Acts 10:24-48 Acts 11 Acts 12 Acts 13:1-23 Acts 13:24-52 Acts 14 Acts 15:1-21

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