05.01.17

Hi! I am praying for you right now! 

Daily Prayer Email: Please send ALL prayer requests for your class to: studentcbsprayer@gmail.com
 
Quotes:
Our love grows soft if it is not strengthened by truth, and our truth grows hard if it is not softened by love. #stott
 
Words matter, but sometimes our presence matters more.
 
The most pivotal decision you’ll make today is whether to view your faith through the prism of your world or your world through the prism of your faith. #denson
 
God has a Promised Land for us to take! It’s not real estate, but a real state of the heart and mind! A Promised Land…a promised land life! #lucado 
 
FYI:
1. When your children grieve… http://www.christianparenting.org/articles/when-your-children-grieve/?utm_source=Christian+Parenting&utm_campaign=f6f6d027d4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_64355cce23-f6f6d027d4-273558069&mc_cid=f6f6d027d4&mc_eid=a5401c43e5
2. Science experiments to teach Bible lessons… http://childrensministry.com/articles/the-discovery-zone/?utm_source=internal_children’s_ministry_resource&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=
3. The Youth Rule the Web infographic… (below)
 
Here is what I just posted on the blogwww.studentcbsblog.org 
 
Children and Spiritual Growth: Faith That Figures by Misty Anne Winzenried
Bridging the Generation Gap with Stories by Caleb Roose (For churches but I think this is good for all leaders to know and try!)
Three Surprising Issues About Today’s Youth Culture by Tim Elmore
Will Your Teenagers Graduate from Their Faith after High School? by Jonathan Morrow  (The one thing you should do and should not do are important for us to know!)
 

Here are 2 video links and a worship intro I think you might like to see:

Worship intro… http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/64257/worship-him?utm_source=whmfp&utm_medium=email&utm_content=worship_him&utm_campaign=fp-04/28/2017-2089175
 
http://www.videosforyouth.com/mini-movies/40362/identity?utm_source=vfyfp&utm_medium=email&utm_content=identity&utm_campaign=fp-04/25/2017-2082148
 
http://www.videosforyouth.com/mini-movies/36252/uniquely-made?utm_source=vfyfp&utm_medium=email&utm_content=uniquely-made&utm_campaign=fp-04/25/2017-2082148
 
Here are 2 just for you:
 
Teachable Heart 
 
“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying God is one and there is no other but him.”   When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God…” Mark 12:32, 34a
 
Jesus affirms a teachable heart for He knows it has potential to learn and understand the things of God. Thus, a teachable heart is positioned to receive truth and has an attitude with more questions than answers.
 
However, a teachable heart does recognize truth when it comes knocking. It invites truth in to be examined, understood, and applied. Truth invigorates the teachable heart, and there is a rush of spiritual adrenaline when it intersects with an open mind and heart. Pride plateaus in its learning, but a teachable heart continues to scale the mountain of truth. Thus, when God discovers someone who is teachable, He calls him wise.
Wisdom comes from God; therefore, a teachable heart learns the ways of God.  God is not offended by teachability, though there is a tension that arises when truth begins to facilitate changes in behavior and attitude. This change of heart seems somewhat innocuous from the outside looking in, but most of us do not like to be told what to do.
Change doesn’t come easily, even as you understand that God has your best interest in mind. But 
the transformation is telling. Your character and behavior fall more in line with Jesus’; your spouse and children notice something different; your patience, rather than your intimidation, becomes dominant; your bad beliefs will be replaced with good ones; so let your teachable heart start first with God.
God is one. He is not many gods, but one God. He is not a mini-god, but the great and glorious God of the galaxies. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are all one God. His oneness is to be worshiped and celebrated. Thus, your love relationship with the one true God is not to be rivaled by any other gods. Any acceptance of other gods is unacceptable to God. He is jealous for you. Your love for anyone or anything will pale in relation to your love for Christ.
To love God is to make room for God in all aspects of your life. You love Him when you love others, when you give sacrificially, when you strive for excellence in your work, and when you pray for and forgive others. Love is action; therefore, love Him and allow Him to love you. Let His expectations mold yours because what God thinks trumps any other thinking. The Holy Spirit within you has the answers to the questions that consume your thinking. Follow His internal promptings, not the external clamor.
What you believed yesterday will be dwarfed by what you learn tomorrow. Know God, love God, learn of Him and from Him. He affirms a teachable heart as one who fears the Lord. 
The Bible teaches, “Assemble the people—men, women, and children, and the aliens living in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the LORD your God and follow carefully all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 31:12). Stay teachable in your understanding of God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, my prayer is to be a lifetime learner of You and Your ways, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Do You Really Want To Change?

Have you ever said, “I’ll never do that again!” only to make the same mistake a few days later?

If you’re a Christian, at some point in your walk with God, you’ll feel stuck in the same cycle of sinful decisions and foolish mistakes.

So how do we get from where we are to where God wants us to be?

Well, we need to start here: sometimes, we don’t actually want to change.

It sounds harsh, but I’ll lead the way.

Maybe that selfish pleasure is just too pleasurable for me. I know the Bible says I shouldn’t pursue it, or at least not allow it to dominate my calendar or wallet, but there are times when my heart simply loves the creation more than the Creator.

Then there are other times when I really do want to change, and I just feel stuck.

There are 4 “C” words that help me in my struggles.

Ultimately, these four action words won’t produce change in me. Only the power of Holy Spirit and the grace of God will produce lasting heart change.

But these 4 C’s remind me of how I can position my heart closer to the Spirit and Grace of God.

Here they are:

1. CONSIDER: The psalmist prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart … see if there is any offensive way in me” (139:23–24). The first step to change requires us to look intently into the mirror of God’s Word (James 1:23-24) and consider – or examine – what the Bible says about us.

2. CONFESS: If we accurately consider what the Bible says about us, it will be very tempting to run away from the verdict, or lessen the blow by making excuses and shifting the blame. Change only happens when we confess that we’re the primary problem (like David, in Psalm 51:10).

3. COMMIT: Once we’ve considered and confessed, we ought to be grieved by the reality of sin. That grief should spur us into action. Commitment can take a variety of forms, but there needs to be some plan to move from where we are to where God wants us to be.

4. CONTINUE: This will sound obvious – change has not taken place until change has taken place. At some level, we all stop short. We talk about change, we create an action plan, but then we never follow through, or we give up with discouragement.The process of heart and life change is a process, not an event!

So brothers and sisters, continue to consider. Continue to confess. Continue to commit. And continue to continue. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides us with the hope and help we need to keep pressing on!

Surround yourself with believers who will walk with you. Seat yourself under good preaching. Dive into the Word and pray, even when you don’t feel like it.

There is a day when sin will be eradicted. Until then, our Lord has given us everything we need. Stay encouraged, and watch the Lord bless you with a harvest of good fruit!

04.10.17

5 Reasons the Boys in Your Children’s Ministry Aren’t Singing During Worship by Dale Hudson
relevantchildrensministry.com

Take a close look at the boys in your ministry next weekend during worship time.  You’ll probably find many of them just standing there.

Over the years, I’ve observed this in most churches.  Many boys don’t sing during the worship time.  I’ve seen this happen in all size churches from mega churches to smaller, rural churches.  Why is it boys don’t sing during worship?  Let’s take a look at 5 reasons and how you can make changes to get more boys involved in worship.

There are few, if any, males up front leading.  In the elementary years, boys steer clear of anything that appears too “girlish.”  When they look up front and only see girls leading the worship, they put up a wall and refrain from singing.  Many children’s ministries work hard to get male role models in key areas like teachers, small group leaders, mentors, etc. but then neglect to place males in worship leading.  And it shows in the boys who stand with their mouths closed during the songs.

You can change this by making sure you place some males leading worship.  And if you have a female leading, make sure you have some males front and center with her.

You’re doing too many motions.  Motions have been used for years to help engage kids in the songs.  But if you’re not careful, you’ll use too much of a good thing and see it become a hindrance to boys worshiping.   When kids are more focused on trying to keep up with the motions than they are in singing to God, then changes need to be made.

Use simple motions that are easy to follow.  And less is more when it comes to motions.  You want the focus to be on the words more than they motions.

You’re singing too many slow, emotional songs.  Girls are naturally more emotional than boys.  Boys are not going to engage as much in songs that are filled with slow, emotional lines.  While it’s important to sing songs that cause kids to slow down and reflect on the love of God, heart matters, devotion, etc. – it’s also important to sing high energy, action-based songs if you want more boys to engage.

Here’s an example:

Will boys engage in singing a slow, emotional song like “Your LOVE never fails?”  some will

Will boys engage in singing a high-energy, action song like “MOVING Song?”  more will

The volunteers aren’t singing.  When volunteers are standing in the back of the room during worship, the kids notice.  When volunteers aren’t engaged, the kids won’t be engaged.  When volunteers aren’t singing, fewer kids will be singing.

Cast vision with your volunteers about leading by example during worship.  Share with them how they have the opportunity to influence kids to be worshipers rather than spectators.  And in reference to the first reason, place your male volunteers among the boys during worship.  When the boys see the male leaders worshiping beside them, they will be more likely to begin worshiping themselves.

They are insecure.  This is especially true during the pre-teen years.  Kids are trying to find their identity and are very insecure.  They avoid any situation that might embarrass them or make them feel awkward in front of their peers.  This includes worship.  They are very conscious of their peers around them during worship.

The person leading worship can help kids with this by taking a minute before the first song to address the elephant in the room and remind kids about the purpose of worship and that our focus should be on God and not each other.

09.11.13

How Teens Are Using Entertainment

http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/smells-like-teen-spirit–how-teens-are-using-entertainment.html

With back to school season now upon us, we turn our focus to the teen consumer—an increasingly influential group with diverse entertainment interests—and how technology plays a central role in their interests.

THE NEXT GEN OF TEENS

The face of gaming isn’t what it used to be. In the U.S., the industry has captured a slightly more female, youth-oriented audience over time, and more and more younger kids are gaming these days. In 2012, gamers under the age of 18 comprised 35 percent of the total U.S. gaming audience, up from 30 percent in 2011. The 6-12 age group saw the biggest growth in that period—from 13 percent to 17 percent. This “next generation” of gamers is growing, and gamers under age 13 actually now account for 24 percent of the U.S. gaming population, highlighting a key group for game makers to watch in the next few years.

When it comes to tech, teens are arguably one of the biggest groups of early adopters, and they love portability. In our annual survey of 2,500 general population consumers (including game console users) published in March 2013, about half of teens who live in a household with an iPhone, Android phone or non-iPad tablet report playing games on the respective device, while approximately 60 percent of those with access to an iPad or iPod Touch use them for gaming. In addition, in a separate music study via 3,000 consumer online surveys, we found that online gaming ranked high in penetration among teens—approximately 34 percent have used online gaming services/stores in the last 12 months, which presents an interesting opportunity for the industry to expand its offerings and distribution to reach this growing and tech-savvy audience.

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01.31.13

Student CBS Classes:

Last week, God taught me a big lesson about the importance of leading the worship at Teen CBS, and I wanted to quickly share it with you.

Last Sunday, I was honestly thinking about not doing the worship for Monday because I’d been sick the week before and my voice wasn’t up to par. I prayed about it and I felt God telling me to stop worrying about it – that I really needed to do the worship for some reason. So Sunday night, I asked God to lead me to the three songs He wanted me to do.  I took out my stack of worship songs and felt totally overwhelmed, but as usual, God gave me the three songs within a matter of minutes. One of the songs, “I Will Lift my Eyes,” was a song that I had never done before for Teen CBS. I re-learned it, squeaking my way through it with my congested voice, and felt that it was strong enough to do, although my voice still wasn’t all there.

I made it through the songs at Teen CBS the next night, wondering afterwards if it was awkward that I had to drink water between each of the songs and if anyone noticed that my voice was a little scratchy. Thoughts that were clearly from God Himself, right?

Our core group went well after worship and the talk.  I still can’t believe the things that teens these days are faced with.  One girl in particular was dealing with something truly devastating, and we all prayed over the situation.  It was still a good night with our girls, and we left encouraged.

When I got home, I checked Facebook to see if one girl had posted any updates about her mom.  I didn’t see anything, but I noticed something else that brought tears to my eyes.  Another girl in our group posted some of the lyrics to “I Will Lift My Eyes,” the second song I sang that night.

God, my God, I cry out

Your beloved needs You now.

God be near, calm my fear

And take my doubt.

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01.23.13

2012’s Biggest Tunes   by Jonathan McKee

Thirteen songs made it to the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this year, and many of them gave teenagers plenty to resonate with…both good and bad.

For original article click here.

We Found Love (Rihanna, featuring Calvin Harris)

Sexy and I Know It (LMFAO)

Set Fire to the Rain (Adele)

Stronger (Kelly Clarkson)

Part of Me (Katy Perry)

We Are Young (fun.)

Somebody That I Used to Know (Goyte featuring Kimbra)

Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen)

Whistle (Flo Rida)

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Taylor Swift)

One More Night (Maroon 5)

Diamonds (Rihanna)

Locked Out of Heaven (Bruno Mars)

Honorable Mentions:

Gangnam Style by Psy.

What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

Welcome to the Student CBS BLOG!

Hi! We are so excited to finally start! We want this site to :

  • Provide information about youth culture and trends so Leaders can better understand and more effectively communicate with students.
  • Encourage and challenge Leaders to go deeper in their faith

We will have four main categories:

Media (Impact)

Technology (use)

Culture (Trends and Stats)

Resources

Plus guest posts from Student CBS Team Members!

Hope you will be blessed!

The Student CBS Team