In Ender’s Game, the hero catches the eyes of his instructors at a young age. Mr. Wiggins’ amazing tactical mind soon advanced him to the most prestigious branch of the military academy, and to the test which, if he passed, would designate him as the leader of the entire army. It was a simulation in which his objective was to destroy the alien fleet. But he went farther than that. He used his army’s “super weapon” to destroy the insectoid’s planet. He beat the game, but then he realized the simulation had been real. Ender had wiped out an entire species.
Now, some might say that he did the right thing. After all, he had dispelled a threat. The aliens would never again pose a threat to mankind. But there was no evidence the insectoids would go to war. Their armies held thousands upon thousands, but there wasn’t a whisper of evidence to suggest an attack. The leaders of Earth ordered the strike out of fear. If that’s right, we might as well go ahead and kill every man or beast that has the capability to commit a crime.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Ender trusted in the leaders, who condemned him to murder based on a misguided notion.
While many of us won’t destroy an entire race during our lifetimes, what about other things? What about a friend that passes you a beer? They say it’ll be fun, you won’t get in trouble, you’ll be “cool.” Maybe they even believe themselves. But then one beer turns into another. Two beers turn into ten, and eventually you wake up next morning in a puddle of your own puke, and someone’s stolen your wallet, phone, and that really expensive watch your grandparents got you for Christmas.
Make it a point to have godly people in your life to advise and direct you. One small, bad decision can and will multiply into another, worse choice; from fighting an alien race, to telling a little white lie.
Ian Fleming is a sixteen-year-old with a passion for sports, who lives in the mountains of North Carolina. Ian’s dream is to play baseball for the University of South Carolina, where he hopes to become a light for the one who changed his life, Jesus Christ. He currently plays with a local Christian homeschool organization, where he works hard in hopes that someday his dream is realized. His passion for writing developed only recently, after he began to write short stories spinning off his favorite novels. Ian is interested in a career in sports journalism.
Looking to the future, there are some big decisions to make. What college do you want to go to? What major would you like to study?
Finding the “right fit” is important. With more than 16,000 colleges and universities worldwide, there is a variety of options. Sound a bit overwhelming? What you need is a plan of attack.
Step One: Research. Deciding whether to go to school close to home or far away, to a large school or small, to public or private, and what to major will help you find specific options. When you find several schools you like, look into them and compare. Don’t just look at the surface, but look deeper into the schools vision, mission, and everything they have to offer you as a student.
Step Two: Visit. Choose several colleges and schedule a visit. Most schools have preview days with tours of the school, meetings with an admissions counselor, and opportunities to attend a class. Walk around and talk to students about what they like most at the school. Every college will make their website look as amazing as possible, so it is important to visit so you can get a real feel for a school.
Step Three: Apply. Narrow the list of schools to a couple that really interest you. Each college has a general application to fill out with your information. It may or may not include an essay. In addition, be sure to have your transcript and SAT scores ready to send in.
Step Four: Pray, Consider, and Accept. As acceptance letters (and rejection letters) come in, pray that God will lead you to make the right decision. Consider each option carefully, and think about which school feels best for you. What school has your favorite programs? Which school did you feel at home at? Once you’ve made your decision, make sure to let the college of your choice know!
God has a plan for each one of us, and he will direct our paths, even to college. College is a journey full of new opportunities around every corner; you just have to find them.
Happy college hunting!
Carlie Stach is a homeschooled senior from North Carolina. In the fall she hopes to study Communications and Media Studies at the school of her choosing. In her free time she enjoys writing, photography and camping.
Many times in my life, I have heard many different inspirational speakers and pastors. I often would sit in church, but never realized the meaning of one true sermon. When I heard Christian for the first time, I was immediately interested in his testimony and the lesson that he had to share about what he learned about his walk with God. The reason why I chose to interview Christian, was because he is an amazing guy, and can enlighten someone’s life with the word of Jesus Christ and him crucified. Being able to have contact with Christian Chapman on Facebook and also being able to text him and know him personally has been a complete blessing. His sermonette that night touched my heart and I rededicated my heart to the Lord.
1. If you could give the people advice about the world in the shape that it is in today what would you tell them?
I would repeat the final words of St. Paul found in 2 Timothy 4:2-7 where he says to be in season at all times and always be prepared to preach the Word. Why? In verse 3 of that same scripture, it talks about the end times, churches will be filled with preachers telling people what their compromising itching ears are wanting to hear and that people will be turning away from the gospel and turning to myths and other beliefs that aren’t true at all. Sound familiar? It should because it is exactly what’s going on in America and around the world today.
2. What is your testimony on how you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior?
In 1987, after going from being a ranked athlete in North Carolina to living homeless on the streets as a drug overdose victim in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I came home to Charlotte, North Carolina to rehab and live with my father. Even though I was a high school dropout, I got a job at Charlotte Honda because my father was the manager there and I raced motorcycles on the weekend. Even though, I was trying to straighten out my life I ended up at a party in downtown Charlotte one night with a line of cocaine at the tip of my nose. For some reason I had the strength to say No to the hit and started heading back. I ran out of gas at around 3:30 A.M. at Harris Boulevard right off of I-85 and began to thumb for a ride. A taxi cab picked me up and took me to get gas. He brought me back to the bike and put gas in my tank. As I waved goodbye to the taxi, I realized I left my keys in the car as he drove away and it was then around 4 o’clock in the morning, the Lord let me see a slow motion replay of all the failures I had in my life. This caused me to fall on my face and pray for the first time and ask God to reveal to me, that he loved me, that he cared for me, and that he wanted a relationship with me. As soon as I prayed that prayer I looked up with tears in my eyes and I saw a navy-blue Pontiac Firebird pulled over. I walked up to the window, he rolled it down and and turned the light inside the car on and the first thing I saw sitting on the passenger side seat was a Bible. Then I looked at this man and he looked back at me. The words that he said to me I will take to my grave. He said “Son, The Lord told me to pick you up and share with you that He loves you and that’s he’s got a plan for your life. I got in the car and talked with this man about Jesus, as he took me all the way home in North Carolina. It changed my life forever knowing that I am love. Love is what science can’t offer or explain, and unconditional love is what other religions don’t have is a basis for their foundation. Yet is the one thing that we need is humans it certainly was the one thing I needed in 1987 as a young teenage boy who was on the verge of suicide because of the multiple failures in his life. The man who picked me up that night was an African-American man and to have an African- American man pick up a white kid on the side highway and invest his life is the reason why my wife and I adopted 3 bi-racial children and also why I am now the pastor of one of the most diverse churches in Charlotte.
Favorite portion of Scripture?
1 Corinthians 9:19 Though I am free and belong to no man I make myself a slave to to win others to Christ. In fact, this is tattooed on the left side of my bicep because in 1987 a man made himself a slave so that I could hear the gospel of Jesus and so I make myself a slave so others can hear the same message today.
Is there any advice that you would give to a teenager who has not gave their life to the Lord?
If they don’t stand up and fight, live, love and serve Christ then a whole generation of believers will be lost and the future of the church in America will be lost.
Christian Chapman is a man full of the anointing of the Spirit, and
evangelizes many teens and adults across the nation. He is a full-time
pastor at his church located in Charlotte, NC. The first time I ever
heard Christian testify, I felt the presence of God enter the room and
his testimony spoke to my heart and I rededicated my heart to the Lord
that night. He currently has two books on sale on his website
www.christianchapman.com/ and also on Amazon. He also takes
modern-song rhythm and adds christian lyrics to it.
Hi my name is Andrew Brunet. I am a teenager who is very zealous for the Lord and his works. In my spare time, I like to relax and enjoy God’s wonderful miracles, each and every day whether unveiled to us in his word or through just looking outside the bedroom window. Currently, I have my own teen ministry where I pray and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to teens on Facebook. I am hoping to end up being a preacher some glad day soon.
Flames engulf a stone building, a ravenous dragon destroying everything standing in the way. You emerge from the smoke, a crying baby in your arms…
You hear the thump thump thump of a new born baby’s heartbeat as the mother holds her child for the first time…
You begins writing the problem on the board as the students behind you snore gently, heads resting on the sides of their desk while the other throw paperbacks and bits of pencils when they think you’re not watching…
You spent your sleepless nights researching in the emptiness of your lab, desperately searching for a cure…
Your voice rises as the message reaches the people sitting even in the dark corners of the chapel and excited “Amens!” radiates from the stain glass windows…
Everyone has a different path and a different purpose in the insane roller coaster we know as life. By age 15, we may think we know what our purpose is…but the odds are we are completely clueless.
Only one knows exactly who we are and exactly what we are here for: our creator, the writer of our destiny–God.
As we are moving towards leaving for college we are completely focuses on what our plans are for the next chapter in our lives and we forget to ask God what HE has in store for our futures.
Next time you pray about your future try and give God your hands and not just your plans because if you surrender your plans and your life now, the reward will be so greater than whatever you could have imagined just by yourself.
Sixteen year old Abby Johanson spends all her free moments typing away at her laptop, scribbling on scraps of paper, or getting her words down on paper. Abby is a high school sophomore from Greenville, SC. She aspires to become a published writer sharing God’s love through words.
She enjoys painting, teaching art classes at her studio, playing soccer, and writing. She lives with her parents and has one younger sister and two precious tuxedo kittens, Ebi and Tali. She’s involved in her school’s FCA, Art Club, Beta Club, and NAHS (National Art Honors Society).
She plans on going to a small Christian college to get a dual degree in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Fine Art, to then become an English professor and published author.
She also writes on her school newspaper, The Mannuscript, and sees it as a way to share her love of words. She is involved in her Church ministry, Crave, is involved in a small group of 12 years with a close knit of girls to dive deeper into His Word, and is currently writing a curriculum for rising sixth grade girls.
Her favorite bible verse is Jerimiah 29:11.
According to a recent Campus Life survey, 80 percent of our readers say they’ve cheated in school. Most of those say they’ve cheated “seldom” or “only once,” but one reader actually admitted to cheating every day! Only six percent of you say you’ve never cheated.
And almost three-fourths of you (73 percent) say cheating is a problem at your school.
When we asked why people cheat, the most common answers were: “they didn’t study” (87 percent), “to get a passing grade” (80 percent), and “to get better grades” (77 percent).
All right, enough statistics. It’s clear that cheating is a big issue.
An issue, yes. But is it a problem? After all, it’s so common, almost everybody’s “doing it”—even the nation’s very best students. According to the latest survey of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, 80 percent of them admit to cheating.
Many students find cheating easy to justify. “Cheating never hurts anybody,” one guy told the Chicago Tribune in a recent story about cheating in school. “Ten years from now, who’s going to care?” Click here to read on.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. (2 Timothy 4:7 NLT)
In the 1968 Olympic marathon, John Stephen Akhwari represented the country of Tanzania. But Akhwari didn’t win so why is this important? Because of what happened during the race.
Due to the altitude, Akhwari cramped up during the marathon. But that wasn’t the worst part. When he was almost halfway through the race, some of the other runners pushed to get ahead. Akhwari was hit and he fell. He landed hard on his shoulder and dislocated his knee.
But he didn’t stop. He didn’t lie down and wait for help to come. He kept going. He finished last out of the fifty-seven competitors that finished the marathon. By the time he finished there were only a few thousand people left in the stadium. The sun had set, and it was over an hour after the winner had crossed the finish line. Despite being the last runner and being so far behind, Akhwari received a cheer from the remaining crowd.
Later an interviewer asked why he hadn’t quit when he was injured. Akhwari replied, “My country did not send me five thousand miles to start the race; they sent me five thousand miles to finish the race.”
Life is hard. And life as a Christian is doubly hard. There are so many choices to make, so many people to reach out to, and you want to make sure to do what’s pleasing to God. And there’s always the reality of failing and falling and not being able to get up again.
People have started out the race for God and burned out halfway to the finish line. Some have burned out when they were almost to the finish line. They lost hope, lost sight of God, and lost the race.
But God doesn’t want us to merely start well and then give up halfway through. He wants us to finish the race and be able to say, “I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and remained faithful.” No matter how far behind in the race you are, he’s waiting for you at the finish line and cheering you on.
My name’s Danielle Dodge. I’ve found it’s a hard job to summarize fourteen years of life into a small paragraph so I’ll just mention a few things. I’m an avid writer and reader. I love to write young adult fiction/fantasy novels and devotionals. I’m a ballerina, a violinist, an amateur photographer and an amateur horseback rider. I like BIG words, bright colors, cats, and of course, chocolate. And if you didn’t guess already, I’m a born again Christian, follower of Jesus Christ.