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A Teen's Guide to Christian Living

Debbie Thurman

A Teen's Guide to Christian Living

Debbie Thurman

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"A Teen's Guide to Christian Living" takes a refreshing look at real faith in God and how it sustains the younger believer through the ups and downs of life. As teens cope with the pain and fear of divorced parents, broken or abusive relationships, illness, or simply with the pressures of everyday living, this book will help to keep them on solid ground and gain a deeper understanding of their faith through answers to questions like: How well does God know me? Does He love me in spite of things I've said and done? Is there a best way to pray? How does prayer make a difference? Does God watch over my family even if they don't all believe in Him? Does loving God mean I can't go to parties, kiss or flirt? Should I only associate with people who believe what I believe? Can I still be a regular teen with regular friends and a regular life? ^A particular strength of this book lies in stories by teens who share how they learned to rely on God during a moment of truth in their lives-stories

- Publisher How the Bible Explains Our Lives and the World The Bible opens with the words, "In the beginning, God . . . " Have you ever really wondered what "in the beginning" is all about? Time is a fascinating concept, so much so that some of our favorite science-fiction stories deal with altering time or traveling through time. As little children, we might have heard our parents or Sunday school teachers say that God has always existed. Always? Those of us who like to dig deeper and want to know the hows and whys of life are sure to ask the obvious question: "How?" There was a beginning. No matter how we believe it all got started, it did get started, and because it did, you are here. It is only natural to ask, "How, and by what or whom?" It isn't so important to know when the beginning was (yes, we know about carbon dating) as it is to know that it was an event of great magnitude. A famous scientist decided the term "Big Bang" was appropriate. There have been all sorts of theories through the ages, some of them amusing myths, about how the universe came into being. Some want to say the Big Bang was a spontaneous event that just happened once upon a time when all the elements were exactly right. Just as seventeen-year-old Lance Waldrop (whose story you'll read in part 6) believed, there's only one little problem with that thought. Where did the elements come from? As we walk back through time to consider when the beginning was, we have to come to a point when we realize something can't come from nothing. It takes a Big God to make a Big Bang. This brings us back to the question of how God existed before the beginning. It's kind of like having two mirrors reflect off of each other. Can they reflect nothing? Hardly. They can reflect an image back and forth to infinity, one would have to suppose. We've no doubt all sat mesmerized at one time or another as we've tried to see how far into infinity we can actually glimpse with two mirrors. Fascinating, isn't it? Is God infinity, then? The old hymns your grandparents liked to sing, reflecting the words of Scripture, spoke of God as the Alpha and the Omega. That's A to Z, in case you don't know any of the Greek alphabet. In other words, man sees God as the everything. How does God see God? When He revealed Himself to Moses in the Old Testament, God called Himself "I AM" (Exod. 3:14). If God existed before the beginning (remember, "in the beginning, God . . . "), then He would have to be infinite, or existing beyond what we know as time. I AM. Period. That may boggle the human mind, but He's God. We're not. The next word after God in Genesis 1:1 is "created." The God who always was, is and will be, acted. He created the heavens and the Earth, and everything else. That creative force brought human beings into existence. Those people, as God commanded, were "fruitful" and multiplied into nations that covered the world. God's people. It began with the first two people, A

- Publisher

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About "A Teen's Guide to Christian Living"

"A Teen's Guide to Christian Living" takes a refreshing look at real faith in God and how it sustains the younger believer through the ups and downs of life. As teens cope with the pain and fear of divorced parents, broken or abusive relationships, illness, or simply with the pressures of everyday living, this book will help to keep them on solid ground and gain a deeper understanding of their faith through answers to questions like: How well does God know me? Does He love me in spite of things I've said and done? Is there a best way to pray? How does prayer make a difference? Does God watch over my family even if they don't all believe in Him? Does loving God mean I can't go to parties, kiss or flirt? Should I only associate with people who believe what I believe? Can I still be a regular teen with regular friends and a regular life? ^A particular strength of this book lies in stories by teens who share how they learned to rely on God during a moment of truth in their lives-stories
- Publisher

How the Bible Explains Our Lives and the World The Bible opens with the words, "In the beginning, God . . . " Have you ever really wondered what "in the beginning" is all about? Time is a fascinating concept, so much so that some of our favorite science-fiction stories deal with altering time or traveling through time. As little children, we might have heard our parents or Sunday school teachers say that God has always existed. Always? Those of us who like to dig deeper and want to know the hows and whys of life are sure to ask the obvious question: "How?" There was a beginning. No matter how we believe it all got started, it did get started, and because it did, you are here. It is only natural to ask, "How, and by what or whom?" It isn't so important to know when the beginning was (yes, we know about carbon dating) as it is to know that it was an event of great magnitude. A famous scientist decided the term "Big Bang" was appropriate. There have been all sorts of theories through the ages, some of them amusing myths, about how the universe came into being. Some want to say the Big Bang was a spontaneous event that just happened once upon a time when all the elements were exactly right. Just as seventeen-year-old Lance Waldrop (whose story you'll read in part 6) believed, there's only one little problem with that thought. Where did the elements come from? As we walk back through time to consider when the beginning was, we have to come to a point when we realize something can't come from nothing. It takes a Big God to make a Big Bang. This brings us back to the question of how God existed before the beginning. It's kind of like having two mirrors reflect off of each other. Can they reflect nothing? Hardly. They can reflect an image back and forth to infinity, one would have to suppose. We've no doubt all sat mesmerized at one time or another as we've tried to see how far into infinity we can actually glimpse with two mirrors. Fascinating, isn't it? Is God infinity, then? The old hymns your grandparents liked to sing, reflecting the words of Scripture, spoke of God as the Alpha and the Omega. That's A to Z, in case you don't know any of the Greek alphabet. In other words, man sees God as the everything. How does God see God? When He revealed Himself to Moses in the Old Testament, God called Himself "I AM" (Exod. 3:14). If God existed before the beginning (remember, "in the beginning, God . . . "), then He would have to be infinite, or existing beyond what we know as time. I AM. Period. That may boggle the human mind, but He's God. We're not. The next word after God in Genesis 1:1 is "created." The God who always was, is and will be, acted. He created the heavens and the Earth, and everything else. That creative force brought human beings into existence. Those people, as God commanded, were "fruitful" and multiplied into nations that covered the world. God's people. It began with the first two people, A
- Publisher

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Debbie Thurman

Debbie Thurman, has been actively involved in Christian ministry for more than twenty years. She is the author of From Depression to Wholeness, and Hold My Heart: A Teen's Journal for Healing and Personal Growth.

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