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Post for teens: Sharing pictures – preventing regrets

Olivia giggled as she looked at the picture she’d just taken of herself. This was a photo that just had to go on Snapchat. Maybe it was a bit crazy, and she certainly hoped some of the other people at school wouldn’t see it, but sure it would only be there for a little while and then it would disappear. The only ones who would see it would be her friends.

The next morning, a group of boys clustering at the back of the classroom looked up and elbowed each other as she came through the door. As they laughed, she could see they were gathered around a phone which had a picture on the screen. A picture which looked suspiciously like the one she had snapchatted last night. Her heart sunk to her toes. She felt sick. She’d known Zara had taken a screenshot, but she really didn’t think she’d send it to other people. Now everyone would see it! And that photo would be around forever…READ MORE

Post for teens – Sharing secrets: when people let you down

It was so exciting! Kelsey was just bursting to tell someone – she couldn’t keep it to herself any longer. She turned to her best friend and enthusiastically whispered the secret. At lunch, a girl Kelsey hardly knew walked up to her, a smug smile on her face. “So what’s this interesting news I hear?!” Kelsey’s mouth fell open. There was only one way the girl could have known. Her best friend had actually betrayed her!

Hands up if something like this has ever happened to you. Yes, I thought so! Me too! Maybe you’d found out something and you were dying to share it – some interesting piece of information. Perhaps you were feeling sad or confused and wanted to talk about your problems. Or maybe you just really liked someone and wanted to gush about them. But then you picked the wrong person to confide in.READ MORE

Teens making choices: Daniel – the pressure to conform

Being a teenager is hard! Home life can be hard – maybe you and your parents don’t quite see eye to eye on some issues. School life can be hard – all the exams and study, pressure from teachers, or maybe there’s a classmate who gives you a tough time. Social life can be hard – both online and in the real world – who doesn’t feel the pressure of wanting to fit in? And on top of it all, you’re having to make choices you’ve maybe never faced before.READ MORE

Post for teens – Who are you following?

What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘follow’? The dictionary says that ‘to follow’ is ‘to go or come after.’ I suspect, however, that as teens and young people, you’re more likely to associate it with forms of social media like Snapchat and Instagram!

While I was researching for this post, I came across an article which listed celebrities who had the largest number of Instagram followers in 2017. Singers, reality TV personalities, and sports stars all made the list. At the top was the actress and singer Selena Gomez… with a cool 130 million followers! To put this into context, 130 million people is almost the whole population of Mexico! And for reference, the UK’s population is 66.5 million. Northern Ireland has a minuscule 1.8 million.READ MORE

Post para adolescentes – ¿Estás mirando cosas vanas?

¿Alguna vez has escuchado a alguien decir que la Biblia es un libro relevante y actualizado? y piensas “¡Si, claro! ¡Si es que la Biblia tiene miles de años! ¡Esos hombres no sabían nada de la vida en el 2018 ni el tipo de cosas con las que me enfrento en mi colegio!”. Cierto, la vida en la época de la Biblia era muy diferente a lo que es hoy, pero, aun así, la Biblia es la Palabra de Dios.
Recuerda, Dios es eterno – totalmente fuera del tiempo. El dio Su Palabra tanto a las personas que vivían en la época de velas, caballos y carruajes, como a nosotros en esta edad tan moderna.

Observa este versículo.

Aparta mi vista de cosas vanas, dame vida conforme a tu palabra. Salmo 119:37 NVI


Post for teens – Are you looking at worthless things?

Have you ever heard anyone say that the Bible is a relevant, up-to-date book and think ‘Yeah, right! Sure the Bible is thousands of years old! Those guys knew nothing about life in 2018 and the sort of things I have to face at my school!’? True, life in Bible times was vastly different to what it is today, and yet the Bible is the Word of God. Remember, God is eternal – totally outside of time. He gave His Word for people living in the days of candles and horses and carriages, and every bit as much for us too in this very modern age.

Take a look at this verse.

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways. Psalm 119:37 ESVREAD MORE

She Said Yes – the moving and inspiring story of Cassie Bernall


Which books have had the greatest impact on your life? This intriguing question was recently asked of listeners on a local radio programme. As I listened to the various answers, I began to consider – which books have been influential in my life?

Heading the list, and the most obvious choice, is the Bible. I don’t believe that, for a believer in the Lord Jesus, any book will ever impact our lives like the Bible, because it is through His word that God speaks to us. Apart from the Bible, though, there are a number of books I’ve read at different stages of my life which have deeply affected me. As I think back to my teenage years, one book stands out.READ MORE

Back to School!

school-1600401_1280Seb’s smile faded – school started in the morning and the new Seb wasn’t going to be very popular there anymore… He knew that becoming a Christian was going to lead to a lot of problems. It was so much easier at Cherryhill, where there were lots of other Christians around, but now he’d have to take a stand for Christ in an opposing and unsympathetic world. What would Tyler say? His other friends? He bit his lip. Mr Symons, his biology teacher, who made no pretence of the fact that he believed that God was a myth. His stomach clenched and he suddenly felt very alone.

-Excerpt from Witness, Search for Truth Series


Where I live, in Northern Ireland, this is the week when most schools recommence. In some other countries, it began a few weeks ago, but soon everyone will be studying hard once again. The obligatory ‘first day’ photo will have been taken, the bag packed with new stationery, and a stack of new notebooks and textbooks given out. For those changing schools, there is not only a new school but new subjects, new teachers, new friends. And new challenges and most likely some new fears. Will I be able to do the work? What if no one likes me? What if I get lost? New things can be fun, but they can also be a bit scary. That’s normal!