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.
Cameron Vaux is losing his memory. It started out as a small annoyance—forgetting he’d written himself a note five minutes ago—but now it’s become a big problem—losing memories of his wife, killed two years ago. The creepy thing is, Cameron’s late father predicted this would happen. And when it started, his father told him to find the Book of Days.
Desperate, Cameron decides to fulfill his father’s wish and go look for the Book. A lead takes him to a small town in Oregon where he realizes dark secrets are at work. One man knows more than he’s telling. Others are seeking the Book and will stop at nothing to get it. And they’re closer than Cameron ever imagined.
Book of Days was a great book. It was easy to read with well-rounded, likeable characters, surprising plot twists, and moments of humor that made me laugh. It did lag a bit in the middle but not too badly. It was definitely worth reading. The theme of letting go of past hurts and stepping into the life God has for you in the present was woven throughout the book.
A couple loose ends didn’t seem to be quite tied up for me but they were small, definitely not big enough to bug me to insanity and make me dislike the book.
Overall, I’d give Book of Days four out of five stars. The only reason I’m not giving it five stars is because of the slow spot in the middle. Other than that, I recommend it for good characters and an interesting plot that kept me turning pages.
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.
Sure, God may care what’s on the inside, but the world is different. What we wear becomes social shorthand, a way to discern and judge and often misjudge the people we meet. An oil-stained shirt and pair of overalls tells us something. An Armani suit says something else. An emblazoned T-shirt might trigger a chuckle or a school suspension. We cover ourselves in cotton and cashmere and designer labels, and there’s a danger that we can lose ourselves underneath it all.
For years, Tony Stark has been defined by his suit—not a cotton or wool or silk number, but a blend made from exotic metals and embedded computers and super-powerful mini-engines. Sure, he may still be a genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist underneath it all. And yet, strip the iron from Iron Man and you have, merely… Click here to read more.
Brad Stine is on a mission – a mission to free us all from the chains of political correctness and prevent our eventual ‘wussification.’ From his Nashville stronghold, Stine is mounting his crusade against these hypocrisies, all of which are explored in his highly anticipated 4th album/DVD, aptly titled ‘WUSSIFICATION!’ Stine models his approach to comedy after legendary practitioners that he has known and loved over the years. Despite George Carlin’s disdain for theistic beliefs, he has been a big influence on Stine. “I always enjoyed Carlin for turning the tables on culture. He is an excellent writer that has endured for decades.” More current comedic touchstones are Brian Reagan, Paula Poundstone, Jim Gaffigan and Monty Python, among others.(taken from his website: http://bradstine.com/about.php)
1) Who or what inspired you to want to be involved with comedy and to be a comedian?
I never started out wanting to be a comedian. First I wanted to be a secret agent, then a baseball player, and then a magician. I started out as a funny magician and it morphed into a comedian.
2) What is it that you enjoy the most about being a comedian?
I probably most enjoy the fruit platters we get in the green room. It’s called a green room because it is never green, which is funny, which is what comedy is all about. Plus a green room sounds like a place where fruit would be so it makes sense. I also enjoy using my comedy to tell God’s story. It is a unique vehicle for communication.
3) Who would you consider to be a significant influence in your life and why?
Probably my biggest influence is Carrot Top because after watching his show I said to myself, “I never want to be like that.” (Just kidding.) I was most influenced by C.S. Lewis and comedy wise it was Monty Python and George Carlin I suppose.
4) What words of advice/encouragement would you give teens today?
Learn the Christian worldview so you can defend your faith amongst your peers. Remember the Bible isn’t a book to teach you how to be a Christian; it is a manual to explain the truth about humanity. It is the rule book for life—so read it.
5) What three words best describe you and why?
Intense, broken, healing…self explanatory.
6) Do you have any brothers or sisters, and if so, how was it like growing up with your family?
I have two brothers and one sister and I was the smartest, most handsome, and the favorite of my parents and frankly…I can’t blame them.
7) How has God worked in your life?
The biggest thing I have learned is God puts you in a place where you have to be dependent on Him so that all you do is to lift Him up first, tell His story, and He will take care of the rest.
8) When did you realize that you wanted to be a professional comedian?
When I realized I was never going to be a king or an emperor I settled for comedy.
9) How do you manage your time and cope with being away from family and your church while on tour?
I have always traveled. My wife and kids are used to it. Thank God for my wife; she keeps the kids safe and content while I am away so they usually don’t realize I’m gone until I get back, then when they see me the first thing they ask me for is ..uh…money.
10) So, what’s next for Brad Stine?
I have a new project called Run On that hopefully will be out this fall or next spring. I finished a film that is coming out Christmas of 2011. You can see the trailer if you search Google: “Christmas with a Capital C.”
I hope to film another movie this fall, film my next comedy album, and create a curriculum Bible study series for churches. I also am working to create a documentary and get my book published which all I hope will come out in the spring of 2011.
Brenna was recently confirmed and is is very much involved as a member in her church. Highly involved with the youth program and in her community; makes regular visits to the elderly and area nursing homes.
This incoming freshman is very active at her school. She is involved in basketball, track, student council, choir, Jazz choir, and will be a Varsity cheerleader. She tells us,”I enjoy making people smile, it makes me feel good. Never frown, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile!”
Brenna has one older brother who is in his third year of college.
Beautiful in every sense of the word, Brenna has a great love for Christ and she’s not afraid to tell you about His love and amazing friendship. Brenna says, “I want to see teens know and understand that God is nothing to be ashamed of.” She’s ready to leap into high school with a passion for life, Christ and high goals and ambitions. (read more…)
Meet Brenna Arnold iBegat.com’s “SheGat” – our teen gal’s editor and iBegat Radio co-host.
One of the greatest things about launching new websites is finding terrific friends who share the same passions. We’re thrilled to introduce to you some of our friends and their site, Clash Entertainment ( www.clashentertainment.com)
Meet Ken Raney and Clash Entertainment. It speaks for itself.
Clash Entertainment, Inc. announces clashentertainment.com – a new entertainment/portal website for Christian teenagers!
July 1, 2010 – Clash Entertainment, Inc. is pleased to introduce clashentertainment.com! ClashEntertainment.com is an entertainment/portal website designed to be so rich and deep with entertaining media, that teens will want to visit, and stay for sustained periods of time. The site is updated daily with fresh content that includes news, reviews, and interviews in the fields of music, movies, books, games, comics, sports, career information, and more. There also is a huge list of links to other Christian websites of interest to teens.
To encourage interactivity and participation by teens, an exciting feature is the “MyLife” section which allows teens to let the world know about their life: what they are watching, reading, doing, thinking, prayer requests, pose questions, encourage others, etc. Also, visitors can comment on any article for even more interactivity.
The site has been in operation for over 5 months, and there are thousands of items that have been loaded – making the site very rich in content to keep visitors interested for hours and hours.
“A site like this offers much to the Christian community,” says Ken Raney, president of Clash. “Teens will have access to entertaining, enlightening, and even edifying media; Christian creatives will have an outlet to use their gifts for the Lord and His Kingdom; and Christian publishers will now have access to the teen market, something that has been very difficult in the past.”
“We have a passion for Christian teens,” said Raney. “We want to see to it that they have available to them entertaining media that doesn’t undermine their faith. The Christian teen is the most under-served demographic in media. We believe the Lord has led us to begin to fill that gap. We also believe that soon the window of opportunity will be flung wide open and we will see an explosion of excellent entertainment media for teens.”
The name Clash comes from Ephesians 6:12,
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (NLT)
Ken Raney phone: 620-345-7494
DID YOU KNOW…
That Disney offers a paid college internship program? Who doesn’t love the “Wonderful World of Disney?” Well, Disney offers students the opportunity to spend five months with them working, learning and getting a taste of where dreams come true. There are guidelines…(rats!) Like you have to have completed one full semester of college but what a goal to work toward.
Do you love to write, to sing, dance, movies…fun? Check out a summer GOAL as an intern with Disney. “Dream it. Do it. Disney.”