Next Generation

Students to Meet in Prayer during See You at the Pole

On Wednesday, September 28 at 7 a.m., students all around the globe will gather at their flagpoles to pray for their school, friends, families, churches and communities. Whether students attend public school, private school or home school, See You at the Pole (SYATP) is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for this generation. This year students are also “being challenged to find new and unique ways, places and times to pray throughout Global Week of Student Prayer— Sunday, September 25 through Saturday, October 1.” Prayer is not the only way to talk to God; many students […]

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New App Translates God’s Word into Emojis

There is a trend today of making things easier, faster and less complicated: fast food you grab on the go, gourmet coffees that keep us running like machines, smart phones, which may eventually be smarter than us, and an obsession with text messaging in place of face-to-face communication. To add flair and personality to these texts, many have even fallen in love with emojis — those tiny little icons that quickly express emotion in a single image. Inventive minds are constantly focusing on making technology more helpful and intuitive. Now you can add to that list Internet emojis replacing God’s […]

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Vacation Bible School: Spiritual Summer Enrichment

Many adults have fond memories of Vacation Bible School. The setting was different from a Sunday school setting: the crafts and other sessions, like music, were each done in different classrooms. The projects were fun to make and often quite complicated. The crafts, music and lessons all carried the theme of the Vacation Bible School, and often the rooms were completely decorated in the times of the lesson as well. There were even outside activities that related to the theme, or if the weather was wet, a room was cleared for gym-like activities. Sharing the experience with children can be […]

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Southeastern University Opens Satellite Sites in South Florida

In an effort to make Christian education more affordable and accessible to everyone, Southeastern University (SEU) is expanding its extended education opportunities by offering undergraduate degree programs at local churches throughout South Florida. Christian Life Center opened its satellite campus in Fort Lauderdale four years ago, recently graduating its first class of students. In the fall, SEU will launch satellite sites at Potential Church in Cooper City and Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens. Miami Leadership Institute at Trinity Church is also an extension site of Southeastern University. Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Southeastern […]

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Father-Daughter Dance Makes Memories

On Saturday night, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church was transformed into a bustling dance hall filled with fathers escorting their daughters dressed to the nines in their favorite glittering gowns. Overflowing the dance floor, hundreds of fathers danced for hours with their daughters.  Sounds of laughter emanated the room as many fathers illustrated God’s love by creating long-lasting memories with their daughters. These little girls grow up constantly being told stories of princesses and their rescuers. While these stories are fairytales, Saturday night brought a little bit of that magic to life. Whether taking a silly photo or performing an uncoordinated […]

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Interactive Bible App for Kids Surpasses 10 Million Downloads

Originally launched on Thanskgiving Day 2013, the Bible App for Kids surpassed ten million downloads recently, leveraging technology to actively engage children and youth with the Bible. The app has been downloaded in every country of the world and is currently available in 13 languages. Partners YouVersion and OneHope created the app to connect today’s digital natives with God’s Word on a platform where they already spend a lot of time. A 2010 study from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 8-18 year olds spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes on screens daily. “Technology is a game […]

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The Rest of the Hanukkah Story

  The story of Hanukkah takes place during the period in-between the Old and New Testaments, when Antiochus IV Epiphanes became the King of the Hellenistic Seleucid empire. While the Hellenization of the region, including Judea, already threatened the survival of the Jewish religion, Antiochus seemed obsessed with ensuring the demise of the Jewish faith and the future of the Jewish people. He not only murdered the High Priest, Onias III, but he slaughtered 40,000 inhabitants of Jerusalem. All sacrifices, the service of the Temple, and the observance of the Sabbath and feast days were prohibited. The Temple was dedicated […]

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Rescue for the Bitter Heart

  Here is the scenario: a person who has been wounded in heart seeks counsel on how to handle bitterness. As an antidote the counselor offers the Scripture Proverbs 10:12: “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” The already emotionally weighed down counselee sets out to perform this spiritual directive. But, now he or she is not simply weighed down with bitterness; guilt and pressure to “love” has been added to the load. The result…fake smiles, fake acts of kindness with a heart still blackened with bitterness. Eventually, the counselee explodes both internally and externally. This comes […]

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Student-led First Priority Clubs Bring the Gospel to School

    Despite government limitations on prayer and Bible reading in public schools, the Gospel is still found on campus today through student led clubs supported by First Priority. By connecting the church with students to reach the campus for Christ, First Priority supported more than 5,000 students in 165 schools throughout Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast last year. At these Great Commission Clubs, which meet weekly, students are equipped to share the love of Jesus Christ with their peers who do not know Him. The results are stunning. A reported 3,496 students made professions of faith […]

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When Is A Command A Command?

  There are many, many commands in the Bible, and not all of them are equal. Who of us, for example, has a “parapet” around our roof (Deut. 22:8) or greets other brothers and sisters “with a holy kiss” (1 Cor. 16:20)? On the other hand, who of us would dare to deny that stealing is not only a crime but a sin? This shows us that there are at least two types of commands in the Scripture: cultural and trans-cultural.   Cultural A cultural command is like the one found in the Deuteronomy passage above.  Since our culture does […]

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