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Jose Carlos, Mexico City youth leader states... I can surely presence God's work in the author, Tim, through all these years in youth ministry and it's definitely a one in a million book. For more details on Jose's comments click

Click: Jose's Review of Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings



"We Are The World" - Is the Corona virus a Message ... many think so!?

"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10


August 12,2020

Please share this native American sentiment. Our charge is to focus on the future and learn from the past. Borrowing from our children? So true. As Christians, we are the "Light of the World" (Matthew 5:14). Spread the word to our world.

August 6,2020

A sign is worth a thousand words.

On this date one presidential candidate accused a second candidate ... " Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He's against God". So what does this mean? The candidate refers to the Bible so it is clear he is speaking of the god of both the Jewish and the Christian faith. It might be logical that to say someone, who is "against God" is a person whose behavior does not follow God's commandments.

The "Golden Rule", recorded by a Jewish scribe over 2,500 years ago in Leviticus 19:18, was quoted by Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31) and described by him as the second great commandment ... "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

In 2020 two scientists, not theologians, representing the candidate, who is making the accusation, advised our country's citizens to wear masks not to protect themselves from the virus but to protect from spreading the virus to others. This guidance is particularly relevant to asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Sounds like a modern version of the "Golden Rule" from the Bible.

Another Bible verse, from the Apostle Paul, to consider: "Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things" Romans 2:1

So which candidate is following the 2020 "golden rule" by wearing his mask? Which candidate is following the Jewish and Christian Golden Rule? People of America - we need to hold our leaders accountable, particularly when their accusations apply more to themselves than to their opponents.


July 30, 2020 John Lewis eulogy by Barack Obama ... " John spent his entire life fighting for justice and equality and now he has left behind his marching orders for all of us." The challenge to peacefully make a difference in our changing world. Young people are stepping forward. What role does the Christian church play?

More thougths on the Coronavirus can be found at:

My name is Shelby and I am from Ohio. I did the banana lesson Icebreaker from your website. I just wanted to thank you for the awesome idea. I did it for a confirmation retreat that I was in charge of and the kids really enjoyed it. I didn't think it was going to be so fun and lesson-learning, but it sent a really powerful message. Again thanks for the awesome game ideas.

-Shelby

Christian Teens Activities and Youth Ministry Program ideas are included on Youth Activities


Pastor Jada Hodgson writes ... "Sometimes it seems different generations are from different worlds. If Tim and Mattpaul can speak with one another in The Chest of Visions, perhaps we can speak and learn generation to generation... I am grateful for this book. It is a good story, well told and delightfully illustrated."

Click: The Chest Of Visions Updated Version

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Youth are always ready to run the race,

... we youth leaders need to set the pace. Running a youth group with Christian youth group activities Our youth ministry programs must find ways for our Christian youth to channel their energy, focus on the call of Christ and to make a difference in the world. This Christian teen website:

  • Gets us talking with each other- sharing youth ministry program ideas and Christian teens activities. Running a youth group can be fun and rewarding!!

  • Introduces a new book, filled with Christian youth activities and youth group games. Charles White of Cybernetic Light writes:

    "Too often the Church has relied on out-dated, tired, youth models to educate and inspire this generation. With his book, Not the Same Old Done-It-Before Youth Meeting, author Tim Ferguson breathes new life into this critical ministry "


Read the book revew: Click: Breathing Life into Youth Ministry


Come join us on our trip to the Holy Land, including Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Jesusalem and Bethlehem. ... Linda and Tim

Click to travel to Israel: Holy Land Trip


Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings

Running a Youth Group: Youth Ministry Program Activities


A "God-send" for Youth Workers!

Laura Cooley of St. Paul's Church, Patchogue, NY writes...

"Your book is a God-send!! You have laid out in an organized and easy-to-read fashion so many wonderful ideas and activity plans that we will never again feel uncomfortable when getting ready for our next Youth Group meeting. I am new to the role of Christian Youth Group leader and your book gives me confidence that we can indeed succeed with God's help".

Jo writes, regarding Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings, "I think this book is really good and helpful. I first read the online version of the book because i did not want to pay for it. But after reading a couple of program ideas and having a very very successful youth program I totally HAD to get this book. It is well worth the money."

See more reviews of Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings.
click:Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meeting (the book)



The Chest of Visions: Secrets of Caperston


The Chest of Visions

Youth Ministry Program tool

"Engaging, exciting, entertaining, and easy-to-read! Ferguson's super-cool little book, "The Chest of Visions," brilliantly captures the essence of the Gospel message. I'd love to put "The Chest of Visions" in the hands of every youth and young adult leader in the country!" Melissa Jagel, Catholic youth worker, January 2, 2013.

Read Melissa's entire review by clicking:

Click: The Chest of Visions

What visions are in the chest?

"The Chest of Visions, Secrets of Caperston is a must read for everyone... I began reading it with my ten year old grandson one day. When I came back one week later he had finished the book on his own and said he cannot wait to read the sequel.This is one of a few books that I will enjoy rereading numerous times."

Marie Haugh, October 14, 2012

Youth Ministry in a faraway land

Read the story, an adventure in a faraway land, a "story of faith, hope, courage and intrigue"

The Secrets of Caperston revealed. Includes Christian teen activities at the end to help youth discover their God-given visions.

For book reviews ...

Click: The Chest Of Visions Updated Version

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More one sentence reviews:

" a fascinating place with characters who are relatable to young and adult audiences, depicts conflicts among social groups, the quest for power, the need of hope." Joseph G.

"Mattpaul is an example of love, selflessness, and forgiveness, a great tool for youth leaders!" Pastor Diane Dunne

" a unique, uplifting, spiritual journey of faith as seen by two youths , a remarkable book" Laurie Reis

"A fascinating new take on an ancient tale ... highly recommended, a new perspective on Christian ideas." Frank T,

"I truly feel that this book can help a young person explore and discover their faith." Sumac

                                   

"a creative approach for equipping Christian take the gospel message to their peers." Richard Blake

"an exciting, spiritual read that delves into the tough questions about faith." Liz F.

"The bravery, honesty, love and humility of some characters in the book are worthy of emulation." Onlinebookclub The Chest of Visions is a way to plant the seeds of Christianity. I definitely recommend this book to all grandparents, parents, teens and youth groups." Sandra Stiles, Goodreads ... click: http://christianteensactivities.org/Chestofvisionsreview18.php

"If read in its entirety, and considered prayerfully, "Chest of Visions" should be acknowledged as a significant step forward in Youth Group Study Guides." Lee Ashford, Readers Favorite ... click: http://christianteensactivities.org/Chestofvisionsreview18.php


Youth Group Games

Something New for Fun and then Discussion

Here is an event we have used many times, purely for fun. As I think about it there is a message from the Apostle Paul that could follow. But first the event.

Christian youth entertainment

Ask each youth member to pick a favorite or, if you wish two, that they think will win.

Place each contestant on the first construction paper in the row of six or seven pieces.


Pizza Fruits

Purchase pizza for your Christian youth. Make a list of the nine Fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. Type them out and cut them into small sheets of paper, one Fruit the Spirit on each. Then place one piece of paper with the listed fruit under each slice. Make a second list of definitions for each of the Fruits of the Spirit. Advise youth that when they get their piece of pizza, they are to look at the list of definitions and pick out the one that matches the Fruit of the Spirit they chose. If they get two pieces of pizza, then they get two Fruits of the Spirit.

After eating there are lots of ways to discuss the topic. We actually did another event "Bombs away" before eating. This is a trust exercise and can be found on this website or in the book, "Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings". We discussed how trust in the Lord is a life changing event and that our faith leads to the Spirit filling us with the Fruits of the Spirit.

For more youth ministry program ideas, please click: Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meeting (the book)



Working Together

The Apostle Paul shares: "So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus". Philippians 2:1-30

There are compelling arguments on both sides. We try to make sense out of the disagreements and find the middle ground the Apostle Paul calls us to seek.

"culture that is slowly accepting violence"

"We have a society that champions disrespect for life, abandons responsibility for one's actions, a society that redefines criminal activity by calling it a "loophole" instead of what it is, a criminal act; a culture that is slowly accepting violence as a legitimate form of disagreement."

Dana Lynn Loesch once a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association.


For more information please click: Gun Control Controversy



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