Teen Resources

Today’s teens are bombarded with media that encourages them to live anything but a Christian life. Where can they find media sources that will challenge and inspire them to be more like Christ and that will connect them with other like-minded teens? The following resources include magazines, podcasts, websites and apps that provide Christ-centered encouragement, advice, and more.

Magazines
Susie magazine, from Susie Shellenberger, the creator of BRIO Magazine, features much of the same content as BRIO once did, including devotionals and advice about girls’ daily lives and spiritual walk. More info can be found at susiemagazine.com.

FCA Magazine is published bi-monthly by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is packed with the testimonies and stories of Christ-following athletes and coaches from a variety of sports. For more info, go to fcagear.com.

Media Reviews
If you’re debating seeing a newly-released movie or wondering what the latest pop hit’s lyrics really mean, Focus on the Family’s PluggedIn.com features reviews written from a Christian perspective on the latest movies, videos, music, television shows and games.

The Christian Spotlight on Entertainment also features reviews of movies and games from a Christian perspective. You can even become involved on the website by becoming a movie commentator, movie reviewer and game reviewer. For more info, visit christiananswers.net/spotlight.

Podcasts
StudentCAST is a ministry of LifeWay Student Ministry and features interviews, commentaries and more on what the Bible says about issues like homosexuality, maintaining balance, and other relevant teen issues. The StudentCAST podcasts are available for free on iTunes.

NRT New Christian Music podcasts can be found at NewReleaseTuesday.com and feature audio interviews with contemporary Christian artists.

John Piper, the author of over 20 books, including Desiring God, strives to “spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ” through his Desiring God Podcast. Podcasts of his sermons can be downloaded for free on iTunes.

Beth Moore is the founder of Living Proof Ministries, and her radio program, Living Proof with Beth Moore, encourages listeners to seek God’s Word and challenges them to truly understand it. To hear Beth, visit lproof.org.

Forums
Online forums are places where ideas and perspectives on various issues can be exchanged. Christianteenforums.com allows teens to ask questions, post and receive tips and advice, post prayer requests and more under headings for different categories.

The “Rebelution” is a movement again low expectations begun by Alex and Brett Harris, the authors of Do Hard Things. On their website, it says, “In 1 Timothy 4:12, the Apostle Paul tells Timothy, ‘Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.’ In other words, as young people we are called to be exemplary in all areas of life. Our generation is falling incredibly short of that calling. Instead of serving as the launching pad of life, the teen years are seen as a vacation from responsibility. We call it the “myth of adolescence.” And the Rebelution is all about busting that myth.” TheRebelution.com is “a safe haven for those who refuse to be defined by our rebellious culture” and “a community of Christian young people from around the world who are mutually committed to doing hard things in their teen years for the glory of God.” The website features a blog, where articles, commentaries, and posts from Alex and Brett can be found, as well as a conference section, which is devoted to the Rebelution Tour. The site also includes discussion forums, “which allow young people who share the vision of the Rebelution to network and interact,” and a resource section that includes a compilation of articles from authors like Randy Alcorn, Joshua Harris, Jerry Bridges and many others, as well as timeless truth from men like J.C. Ryle and Charles Spurgeon. To apply for a free membership, visit TheRebelution.com.

Apps
Looking for Christian applications for your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android device?

AARK is a Christian board game that allows you to compete with friends by explaining words found in the Bible. According to christianiphoneapps.com, NRT Weekly, from NewReleaseTuesday.com, helps you stay “up to date on the latest in Christian music each week. Through exclusive content, special features and rich media, Christian music fans can explore new releases, watch the latest music videos, connect with their favorite artists and read interviews and other exclusive content found nowhere else.”

These apps and more can be found on iTunes, and more apps can be found at christianiphoneapps.com.

Staying connected to other Christians and using the resources Christ has placed at your fingertips can encourage you and help you grow in your walk with him. The Holy Spirit uses many mediums to apply the gospel to our hearts!

Madison is a high school senior and aspiring journalist. She can be reached at miszler@yahoo.com.

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