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April 27, 2014–Confused, Scared, and Depressed

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Posted on April 22, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Brian Hiortdahl, Overland Park, KS   Warm-up Question What scares you? Confused, Scared, and Depressed Alex Hribal, a sophomore at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, sits in custody after a recent rampage during which he stabbed multiple people at his school with kitchen knives.  Hribal’s attorney describes him as “confused, scared, […]

April 20, 2014–Quakes of Fear and Joy

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Posted on April 15, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Bryan Jaster, Winchester, VA   Warm-up Question Have you ever been in an earthquake?  Where were you and what happened? Quakes of Fear and Joy On April 1st, 2014, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast shook Chile.  The next day a 7.6 magnitude struck the region.  Landslides, power outages, collapsed buildings, and […]

April 13, 2014–Hope for Youth Without Hope

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Posted on April 8, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Jocelyn  Breeland, Farifax, VA   Warm-up Question What are you looking forward to doing or being in your life? Hope For Youth Without Hope At W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, VA, six students have committed suicide in the last three years. Students there, along with school officials, parents and others from the […]

April 6, 2013–It’s a Miracle

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Posted on April 1, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Angie Larson Clive, IA   Warm-up Question Do you believe miracles happen today or just in the Bible? It’s a Miracle 78 year old Walter Williams was a Mississippi farmer known as ‘Snowball’.  He died in hospice care on March 2, 2014. A nurse and a family member called the coroner to say […]

March 30, 2014–Was Blind But Now I See

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Posted on March 25, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Dennis Sepper, Tacoma, WA   Warm-up Question Have you ever seen a miracle happen?  What was it and how did it change you or your view of God and/or the world? Was Blind But Now I See At 14 years old, Lisa Reid and her family had a hard decision to make.  Lisa […]

March 23, 2014–Crossing Borders

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Posted on March 18, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Danny Stone, Cedar Rapids, IA   Warm-up Question Share a time when you were sick and needed someone to care for you? Crossing Borders Sanaz Nezam emigrated to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the fall of 2013.  The “Yoopee” seems like an unlikely home for a 27-year-old from Iran, but Houghton’s Michigan Tech is […]

March 16, 2014–In Context

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Posted on March 11, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Lindean Barnett Christenson, Bozeman, MT   Warm-up Question Have you ever encountered a teacher on some other “turf” ­(a grocery store, the mall, a movie, some other place you weren’t expecting to see him/her)? What was your reaction? Did it change the way you thought about him/her? How? Why? In Context There’s a […]

March 9, 2014–Walk the Talk

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Posted on March 4, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Dave Dodson, Fort Walton Beach, FL   Warm-up Question Have you even had to work with someone with whom you did not get along?  How did you handle the situation? Walk the Talk In 1996, the Ku Klux Klan, an ultra-racist group, decided to hold a rally in Keisha Thomas’ home town of […]

March 2, 2014–Mountaintop Sacrifice

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Posted on February 25, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Jen Krausz, Bethlehem, PA   Warm-up Question Have you ever given something you really wanted to someone else? If so, how did that feel, or what happened? If not, how hard do you think it would be to give your most prized possession to someone else? Mountaintop Sacrifice When Lanny Barnes, 31, got […]

February 23, 2014–Above and Beyond

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Posted on February 18, 2014 by faithlens

Contributed by Sylvia Alloway, Granada Hills, CA   Warm-up Question We are often told, “Do your best and you’ll succeed.” Is this true? Why or why not? What other rewards are there for great effort besides winning and approval? Above and Beyond As any Olympic competitor knows, falling is terrible and falling just short of […]