Short Term Youth Mission Trips

Missionary Preparation

Your home town USAWhy would a high school student, college student or adult ask for thousands of dollars of donations from friends and family to go on a short term foreign mission trip when they have no experience sharing the gospel with others?

I have seen first hand, individuals travel half way around the world on a mission trip, and then wasting the money spent to send them there because they were to shy to share the gospel with strangers. I have also seen where a young lady went on a mission trip, not to share the gospel, but so that she could be near the young man who was leading the youth mission trip.
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Treasures in Heaven

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Treasures in HeavenThe 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is one of the coolest cars I’ve ever seen. And the exciting thing is that they are affordable. In a world where sports cars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis cost so much money that only the super rich can afford to buy one, the muscle cars of the 60’s and 70’s are just as cool looking as any Italian sports car but often cost no more than the average new automobile at your local car dealership.

Searching Ebay recently I happened to find a red Mach 1 located only 2 ½ hours from where I live. To buy it, all I would have needed to do was to have gone to my bank, gotten a car loan, had my wife drive with me down there, given the man the money, and then had my wife follow me home in my very own 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1.

But God said not to store up treasures on Earth. He said I should, instead, store up treasures in heaven.
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What Does the Bible Say About Judging People

Man pointing his finger at viewer.What does the bible say about judging people? Well consider this, I live in an apartment that is literally across the street from a small church. My front door faces the church’s front door almost exactly. The other day I was thinking about how disappointed I was in their congregation because in all the time I’ve lived in this apartment no one from that church has ever walked across the street and invited me to their service. They don’t know me and therefore don’t know whether or not I’m saved or spiritually lost. As I pondered these thoughts I concluded they were not doing a good job as a church or as Christians.
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Biblical Dating

Holding HandsFigure out first who you won’t date before deciding who you will date.

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)

They say love is blind, and I say they’re right. Once you start falling for someone there’s a strong tendency to begin overlooking their flaws, sometimes even very big flaws.
Long before you go out on a first date; consider establishing a dating criteria by figuring out what attributes a person must already possess in order for you to date them.
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Love God with All Your Heart

Love God with all your heartHow important is God to you? Jesus said that if we love anything or anyone more than Him, we aren’t worthy of Him, (Matthew chapter 10).

Sometimes spiritual things are difficult to understand so let’s bring this issue down to something more easily relatable such as a comparison to your spouse and children. If a man loved his work more than his wife, would she know it? Yes. Towards her, he would be distant and would only ever talk about his work. He would rarely listen and would seldom be interested in anything she had to say.
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How to Get Closer to God

Church OrganNearly everyone wants, to some degree or another, to get closer to God. But how?

Most people wrongly assume that to get closer to God they need to figure out what actions are needed. Once they feel they’ve got that figured out, they then conclude that they need only to perform those actions to accomplish their goal.
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How to Find a Christian Husband

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Couple walking on the beachIt’s amazing how many people are asking this question: “How to find a Christian husband?”

I’m going to answer that question right now but be warned, some of my advice is going to be controversial among church going women.
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Going to Church Doesn’t Make You a Christian

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Bible Study by Ace ArmstrongGoing to church doesn’t make you a Christian, but not going to church makes you a non Christian.

Yes, it’s a bold statement and I recognize that there are many nuances and circumstances that could be discussed. However, consider this statement: Eating vegetables doesn’t make you a vegetarian but not eating at all makes you dead.
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Does God Want Me to Be Single

Does God Want Me to Be Alone?

Woman alone in restaurant.Does God want me to be single? This is a great question and I’m excited to tell you that it has a very simple answer. Do you want to be single? Do you want to be alone? If the answer is no, then God doesn’t intend for you to be single the rest of your life.

Think about it this way. If you desire to be in a relationship, it was God who placed that desire within you.

So why then, are you still single?
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Chapters of the Bible

Here is a free excel spreadsheet containing all the books and chapters of the bible.

And here’s why I created it:

For several years I was fully convinced that I had read the entire Bible. One day however, I realized that given my habit of reading a chapter here and a chapter there, skipping around from New Testament to Old, I had no real proof that I had, in fact, read the whole bible. There could have easily been some verses, chapters or even an Old Testament book or two that I hadn’t read. I created this spreadsheet and started filling it out each time I finished a chapter.

It has all the books of the Bible listed on the left hand column and each book’s chapter numbers written across the rows. When I read a chapter, I highlight the number in yellow on the spreadsheet. When the whole spreadsheet is highlighted, I know I’ve read the entire Bible. This allows me to skip around in the Bible wherever I want or am lead, and I can keep track of what I have and haven’t read each year.

I also place my starting date at the top which allows me to keep track of how long it takes me to go through the Bible each time.

How Many Times Has the Bible Been Changed

Can the Bible Be Trusted?

Dead Sea Scroll -- the World's Oldest SecretsMost everyone has heard of the telephone game in which a person whispers a message to another, which is passed along a line of people until the last person announces the message to the group. The curious and often funny part of the game is that when the last person announces the message out loud, everyone discovers that it has dramatically changed from what they had received and passed to their neighbor.

This game is often used to demonstrate why we shouldn’t gossip about people, however, there are many people who point to the game as an example to illustrate why they believe the Bible has changed over time. The notion is that over a period of more than two thousand years, errors and changes have crept into the Bible as it was copied and recopied from person to person. Over the period of two thousand years, these errors and changes have supposedly accumulated to a point where the stories in the Bible are no longer the same or even similar to the original events.

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How to Become More Spiritual

In deep PrayerHave you ever wondered how to become more spiritual? To do so we have to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, which can often be perplexing to new Christians because there’s a very thin line between having a relationship with God and simply going through the motions.

Becoming more spiritual always starts with prayer. But reciting a prayer for the sake of reciting prayer does nothing toward having a relationship with God. You first have to believe He’s real and that he hears you. Then you pray to God with sincerity rather than praying at God as though reading a script.
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What Does the Bible Say About Tattoos

What does the bible say about tattoos? Is it wrong for a Christian to get a tattoo?

Man with tattoos praying at church.  What does the bible say about tattoos.There is only one instance in the entire Bible that mentions tattoos. It’s in the Old Testament in Leviticus chapter 19, but does it apply to us today?

Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:27-29)
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Does the Bible Talk About Aliens

Does the Bible Talk About AliensOur galaxy is so huge it makes the Earth look like a grain of sand next to the Atlantic Ocean, and that’s just our galaxy. The universe has millions of galaxies. Astronomers are finding planets around distant stars all the time. As of the writing of this post some 854 planets have been discovered in our galaxy and more are being found all the time. Based solely on numbers, the likelihood that life exists on other planets is pretty high.

But does the Bible talk about aliens?
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