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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Teen Thursday hosted by Shelby Sharp



Hey! This is Shelby Sharp. I'm a 15 year old Jesus Freak and I am here to host Teen Thursday! We will have a "Hot Topic" to debate, a poll, and a funny video to make you laugh! I am hoping this can be a good place for teens to have fun , talk and share our views. Guess what ..NO ADULTS...just us & JESUS!!!



VERSE OF THE WEEK: 1 Corinthians 15:33 "Do not be deceived, bad company corrupts good morals."


THIS WEEK'S "HOT TOPIC":

Fourteen year-old Megan became a Christian three weeks ago. Now she's faced with tough choices in living her new life. Some of her new friends at church, for example, are telling her to drop her non-Christian friends. "They'll influence you the wrong way. You need Christian friends now," they insist. DO YOU AGREE?
Admit it: Relationships are a MAJOR influence so it is no minor point when people argue that you need close Christian friends. You need them because you can count on them for strength and encouragement while you grow as a Christian. But your non-Christian friends are important also -for different reasons.
#1 - You are the best person to win your non-Christian friends to Christ.
#2 - If you ditch them they could blame Christ for losing you as a friend.
Then if someone tells them about becoming a Christian, their response could be, "Yeah, sure, and trash all MY friends? No way!"
An exception to that rule: If your non-believing friends are a negative influence on you, you have to distance yourself enough to play it safe. When you back off, give them the options to coming closer to Christ. Let the rejection come from them, not the other way around.
ONE WARNING: If you spend time with non-Christians to win them to Christ, you might catch it on both ends. Non-Christians may mock you because you won't get involved in some of their activities, and Christian friends might reject you because they assume you're diving into sin. If that happens, take heart. You're in great company.
Because He spent time with a tough crowd, some people saw Christ as "a
glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of the worst sort of sinners!" (Matthew 11:19) And because He spent time with sinners, the self-righteous Pharisees criticized Him.
The best way to shut down that gossip, of course, is to win at least one of your non-Christian friends to Christ. The new believer will set the record straight. But in the meantime, don't stop reaching out to your non-Christian friends - and don't get mad at your Christian friends. Just press on and do what Jesus did. Show God's love to all of them.
(taken from Josh McDowell's Youth Devotions2)
My mom always says "Love the sinner and hate the sin" so you should always keep sharing your testimony with your non-Christian friends.
"If you drop a white glove in the mud...the mud doesn't become "
glovey". The glove becomes "muddy". This is especially true in relationships. Christian teens who continue relationships with non-Christians needs to be careful they don't get pulled away from God.




SO LET'S CHAT!
How well does it work for you to have both Christian and non-Christian friends?
What if your BEST friend told you that you had to CHOOSE between them and Jesus, how would you handle that?
Start your comments.............NOW!
Also feel free to share any prayer requests with all of us. We need to be prayer warriors for each other.

If you have a hard time with getting a "profile" to publish your comment you can #1 set up a Google account..which is just your email addy and your password. It just allows you to have a profile to comment..nothing more. #2 you can choose to the "name/URL" profile. All you need is , again, your email addy, and a URL. You can get a URL by going to YOUR Profile page on Facebook...copy and paste the URL found at the top of the page...the "http:// blah blah blah...." and put that in where it asks for "URL". You will have to do that every time though, where getting a Google account will only be once..and it will recognize you every time.

Don't forget to come back and check out all the comments. There is also a CONTEST going on. The contest is to see if we, the TEENS, can get more comments on THIS post than the adults got on theirs. Come on TEENS, we can do it...WE RULE!






"LAUGHING TILL MILK SHOOTS OUT YOUR NOSE"




Don't forget the POLL! It is over in the RIGHT side bar. Check out the results tomorrow. Monday is "Music For The Heart" day, where you can share your favorite video from YouTube.com. COME BACK next Thursday for more fun, another funny video, a new poll and the next "Hot Topic".
SEE YA!

6 ***COMMENT HERE***:

A Sweeter Song said...

I love this! I am also a teenager. I think this is a great idea=)

My website is www.sweetersong.wordpress.com, you should become a member and help us with writing some articles for our Valentines day newsletter! The website officially opens on Feb. 8th but we're trying to get members to join right now. Check it out when you get a chance!=)

God bless!

Shelby said...

I am really happy on this! I think that you should keep your non-Christian friends, but at a safe distance...like....talk with them and invite them and stuff, but don't get too caught up in their stuff.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelby - I know I am NOT a teen and haven't been one for a loooooooooong time but I wanted to comment - Hope that is OK???

You shared some GREAT thoughts here even for ADULTS!
I agree that we should keep christian friends for strength and encouragement and also have non-christian friends to share the the love of Christ.

Looking forward to next weeks post.
Love,
Lani

JJ said...

great blog keep up the good work.

julie-auhh said...

this is a hard thing to decide..for me i dont know what i would do without my friends..both non christian and christian, i know i need to be more distant with my non christian friends and im working on that. they can have a bad influence on you sometimes. but also, i dont want to get rid of them. i need to find more christian friends, whick is getting harder and harder finding people like that these days...

JJ said...

you are very right Julia

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