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Girlz 4 Christ Winter 2013/2014 Issue!

The Girlz 4 Christ Magazine Winter 2013/14 Issue is out! Below you’ll find the titles and authors of all the contents inside. Some of them you can click on, which will take you to the weblink for that article. The other articles can only be found inside the magazine. (But you can subscribe for free in the right sidebar!)
Godly Girlz
4 Ways to Spread the Gospel Adelee Russell

Girlz in Action
Miracle Seed Maddy Morrison

Fashionable Girlz
Natural Beauty Products Natasha Atkerson

Girlz on the Go

Healthy Girlz
Winter Workout Jessica Lippe
Homemade Spiced Cider Jessica Lippe

Fun 4 Girlz

Top Books Every Girl Should Read Natasha Atkerson
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In the Act

Have you ever wanted to become an actress? I recently got the chance to speak with two upcoming Christian actors that starred in “Secrets in the Fall”. We had you ask questions and we got the answers! Make sure to read until the end for a special surprise. First up we have Celina Tolbert. A North Carolina native who just finished her first semester of college.

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When did you first start acting?  I started in 7th grade when my mom found an ad in the newspaper for a community theater version of The Wizard of Oz and I thought that sounded really fun! I did an audition and got the part of a munchkin. It was a pretty big production and even though it wasn’t professional theater, it was still a great experience. After that I started becoming more involved in community theater. Once I got to the end of my freshman year of highschool I explored the option of acting in films. I’ve been doing work in faith based and family film since then.

Where does your faith come into play? I’ve been a Christian since I was about seven years old. A few years later I went to a YFC camp where I realized I wasn’t doing anything with Christ. It was a big wake up call for me because it  hit me that I was called to serve Him and not just love Him. That’s really where I find my purpose.
Where do you see yourself in the future with acting? I would  really like to keep doing faith based projects. I just want to be in films that lift up God. I don’t want to be in anything negates my faith or my beliefs. Helping the faith-based market grow is something I’d like to continue doing. I honestly don’t think that acting will be my whole life, but I hope to combine it with youth ministry in the near future.
What’s your go-to verse when you’re on set? I would definitely have to say Jeremiah 29:11 because it reminds me that God will always have a plan for me.


If you want to keep up with Celina, just check her out on twitter: @Celi_Cienta



Our second actor is from Charleston, SC who started acting when he was an extra in Army Wives, but I’ll let him tell you more about it. Without further ado here’s my interview with Daniel Bostic.

When did you start acting? In high school I was very much the shy kid. Not very outgoing, not really a lot of friends and I guess my mom knew me better than I knew myself because she signed me up for a drama class in highschool. I really wasn’t happy about it. All I could think about was the stereotype that all drama kids are nerds (plus I hated standing up in front of people). I ended up falling in love with it and the whole process and so that was my beginning for stage acting. Then one night out of the blue I got a call to be an extra on the set of Army Wives. Even though I only got a really small role with them, it really kind of springboarded me into the film world that I’m at now.
Where does your faith fit into all of this? To be honest it’s something I’m still trying to figure out. It’s a very interesting time right now because film is definitely the most popular it’s ever been and will continue to grow. There’s just a lot of differing views. It’s challenging to be a Christian in this industry. I’ve probably turned down 6-7 roles in the past 6 months because of faith issues. It’s not necessarily because of my role, but because of the production as a whole. What is the strangest thing a role required you to do? It was for a film called “Gone For The Day”. The storyline is about a girl who walks into a coffee shop and she feels down because she broke up with a guy who worked there. I see she is sad so I help her and we eventually become best friends. For part of it I actually had to roll down a hill wrapped in bubble wrap. I couldn’t roll straight and all the bubbles were popping! Good times:)

To keep up with Daniel, check him out on twitter: @debostic

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Beautiful Tomorrow w/ Jamie Kennedy

Beautiful Tomorrow is a web-based movement for reaching out to teens and young adults under 30. To help them by sharing and inspiring them with quotes or being a direct contact for them and take today’s struggles and turn them into a beautiful tomorrow. Jaime wants to help people find the beauty of their past, help them grow, and show them what has brought them to who they are and to appreciate and understanding the future. Everyone has struggles.


Here are some questions that G4C asked her:
Did you grow up as a Christian? I did not grow up involved in much faith at all. I went to communion and confirmation classes in middle school and high school just because I was forced to and not because I wanted to. My family isn’t really involved in faith either. We just did the whole religion thing because of tradition. It wasn’t until the Fall of 2011 I decided to go with a friend to church and from that day on I’ve been completely changed and given my life completely to Christ.


Do you have any words of wisdom you’d like to share with our readers?
I think that something everyone hears and doesn’t pay attention to is when older people say,         “Who you surround yourself with is 100% of what you’re going to be.” In highschool it’s all about who you’re friends with and what is the cool thing. I think if you’re selective at that age and break down and ask yourself “How are the people I’m surrounding myself with going to benefit the me God wants me to be? Are my surroundings satisfying Him at all?”
What does Freedom mean to you?Freedom to me is that feeling of not having to be weary or fearful because I know God is in control and Has a plan even in his silence. I first decided that this feeling in my heart…..
God and said, “Please have control…”

“Nobody said that life was easy and as strong as you are with your faith and relationship with Christ there are going to be difficulties and temptations and it’s going to be hard the older you get. but when you completely just trust in God and the plan He has for you. the freedom in your heart. even if it isn’t what everyone your age is typically up to. It’s perfect and exactly what He wants to for.”


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Blimey Cow

(Editor’s Note: This is a condensed version of our interview with the producers of Blimey Cow. To read the full article, check out “Take 9 With Blimey Cow” in the Summer 2013 issue of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine. Don’t get the magazine? Subscribe for free!)

Justin Bieber. Jamie Grace. Julian Smith. Fred. It seems like every few months, another YouTube channel comes out of the woodwork, goes viral, and the producers become famous. But out of all of today’s YouTube producers, there is no one quite as unique and down-to-earth as the cast of Blimey Cow.

Blimey Cow was started by two Nashville-native brothers Josh and Jordan Taylor, later joined by Josh’s wife Kelly. Although they’ve produced a variety of videos, they are best known for their weekly special, Messy Mondays. Generally, Josh writes the script, and Jordan hosts the video along with a slew of guest stars (a regular guest star is their sister Amy). Although this terrific trio is very busy with making videos, working on their new audio network, and living in the real world, we invite you to have the chance to “Take 5” with this family.
1. Where did the name Blimey Cow come from?
We just came up with it on the fly when we first decided to make videos. I really have no idea what we were thinking. And now we’re stuck with it.
2. When most people post a funny video on YouTube, they hope that it will go viral. Did you ever expect your videos to go THIS viral?
I legitimately never thought our audience would grow this much. I just always figured that we did really niche video. I had no idea this many people would relate to and appreciate our perspective!
3. In addition to Messy Mondays, you occasionally create other videos, such as Batman, Messyges, and personal videos. How is the creation process for these different than the creation process for Messy Mondays?
They are completely different beasts. Messy Mondays is like a well-oiled machine at this point. It is fun to try other things from time to time. But Messy Mondays takes a lot of our creative energy every week so we have to pace ourselves.
4. Name a few of the things you’ve been privileged to do because of your work with Blimey Cow.
I think my favorite thing about all of this are the amazing messages and emails we get from people thanking us for what we are doing and begging us never to stop. Those encouragements bring a tear to my eye. One of my favorite letters we received, I keep on our fridge to remind me why we do what we do.
5. Making these videos isn’t a career, right? So what do you guys actually do?
Jordan is a full time student, Kelli is a stay-at-home wife (in the middle of turning her website SheLearnsAsSheGoes.com into a source of income), and I (Josh) am a patent draftsman.

Thank you, Taylors! We are looking forward to this week’s Blimey Cow episodes on YouTube! 

Check out the full interview inside the current issue of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine!
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Boyfriend Bears by Jessica Lippe

Boyfriend Bears Founder Madison




Meet Madison Wiese, the teen founder of the Boyfriend Bears ministry. What? A teen running a ministry? And what kind of ministry name is “Boyfriend Bears” anyway? We were curious, so we had a chat with Madison, who turned out to be a regular girl doing something really creative for God’s Kingdom. Here’s our Q and A with her…




Okay, so what exactly IS Boyfriend Bears? And how did it start? Boyfriend Bears started when God

called me to go on a mission trip. I always felt that I was supposed to go to a mission trip and I found an ad in Susie Mag (now Sisterhood) for a trip called “Never the Same Missions”. Kids from all over the world came and did dramas during the day and speakers and live worship at night. Dannah Gresh, the author of The Bride Wore White, talked about purity and God’s design for sex. As I sat there, something
was happening to me, the Holy Spirit was moving me. I have heard the purity message before, but God set a fire in my heart that night for purity. As I arrived home with a new passion for purity, I didn’t know what to do to spread what I learned about purity and saving sex for marriage. I love stuffed animals, always have and still do, and I wanted something to have and to hold while I was waiting for my future husband. The Lord gave me the idea to have a special bear that I could to cuddle with and remind me of my commitment. It would also remind me to guard my heart and to pray for my future husband. With this idea, I told my friends and we went to the mall to buy bears. We then sat in the food court writing letters to our future husbands (things like our promises, likes/dislikes, etc.) and prayed over each other in our purity walks. From
that point, I thought that was it and I continued on with my life… Little did I know God had a much bigger plan for our bears. When my dad heard about what my friends and I did, he was so excited and the words “Boyfriend Bears” came out of his mouth. My dad and I stayed up for a long time that night talking about how we could bring this idea to girls at my local school and impact their lives with the message of purity. From that point on, God brought in the right people at the right time where we started making a presentation about “What is purity?”, “Why live a lifestyle of purity?” and “How can purity be a lifestyle?” We wanted to have a night about purity and to teach girls about purity where they would hear about God’s design for
sex and why purity is important. With much work, especially my mom and dad, we put together a 3-hour purity session for girls to come to. My mom and I presented this to some of my close friends, which later resulted in them wanting to join me in this mission. Then, we started a team of all freshman girls, and talked to youth. groups, girls at school, and other outlets in the community. Boyfriend Bears is all about encouraging girls to strive for God’s best in their lives, which includes living a life of purity. Not only do we encourage girls to pursue purity, but to ultimately pursue God and surrender their lives to him with willing hearts. Boyfriend Bears also creates a community that wherever the girls are, they know that they are not alone in this journey, but have support and encouragement along the way.

Boyfriend Bears is approaching its second birthday (just like Girlz 4 Christ)! 
Personally, how has your life changed over these past two years?

Happy 2nd Birthday Girlz 4 Christ! I almost can’t believe our ministry has been going for almost 2 years, honestly I can’t remember my life without Boyfriend Bears. In 8th grade, before my mission trip, I remember thinking about what life was going to like in high school. I was torn between sports and musical theater, but for some reason God led me out of both. Many people questioned why I wasn’t doing basketball or participating in the plays at our school. I didn’t have an answer until God brought me Boyfriend Bears. The Lord has been so faithful, and my relationship with Him has grown so much since Boyfriend Bears. Every day I am amazed by something new God is doing for this ministry and it is such a blessing to be doing this. God has taught me the importance of walking by faith, regardless of what I can see, to keep walking in Him. He has also taught me to surrender 100%. Sometimes I don’t want to give Christ everything, like my future relationships, my friends, or my schoolwork. I like be in control of my life, but God has recently been teaching me to trust in Him and let go of the things of the world and focus in on Him, and Him alone because He is the only one that can truly satisfy me & make me whole. I have learned the importance of guarding my heart & relying on God completely for love instead of chasing after materials & especially boys. Every day, God is changing me & working on my heart & it’s my complete joy to let him use me for Boyfriend Bears.

Tell us the best compliment you ever received about your ministry.
We have received many compliments from mainly moms of young girls. I’ve had women come up to me after
hearing about Boyfriend Bears crying with joy! They are so excited that there are girls who are fighting culture and making a stand for purity. Most moms say that they wish they had something like this for when they were young and how they want Boyfriend Bears to help teach their daughters about purity. With responses like these, it makes me so excited to see how God has been using this ministry to touch the lives of
not only girls, but of moms! I never thought many different people of many ages would be excited about Boyfriend Bears. I remember talking to a single mom that was 35 who told me she was going to get a bear and have her kids write letters to their future daddy. It was absolutely beautiful! Girls talk with us after the sessions and are so thankful that we have taken the time to teach them about purity, they feel inspired and want this lifestyle for themselves.

So cool! But you probably get some criticism too, right? 
One of the worst criticisms is that we were told how our bears are ludicrous because they are teaching girls to fall in love with a bear instead of a man! We have also had responses from the gay community so you can probably imagine some of the rude comments. It saddens my heart to see people taking our bears and making up their own pretend and completely wrong way of using it. With these people, it’s hard not
to get upset and respond back with anger! But with much prayer, we give the situations to God and let him take care of them.

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[Bridgit, Daphnee, Holly. 3 of 7 girls on the Teen Board]

Tell us about Boyfriend Bears’ teen board and all the cool things they do.
I’ve been going to school with these girls since 2nd grade and they are the greatest, most God fearing women I’ve ever known. I don’t even know where to begin with them! They have such amazing hearts for God, and purity! We see each other daily and keep each other accountable for our actions which are extremely helpful in the purity walk. They write blogs on our website about what God has been teaching them, one started an instagram outreach project, and one has a pinterest that has boards about purity and modesty! Not only do they plan chapels and help out with events, but they are living the real deal for purity. We can always come to each other for encouragement, prayer, and in hard times. We all struggle, but the awesome thing about these girls is that they look to God for the answers. The Boyfriend Bears teen board is always praying for guidance in this ministry and dedicating their time to make a difference in other girl’s lives. We have all grown together so much and we are so blessed to have each other to walk along side. Without them, Boyfriend Bears wouldn’t be able to reach as many girls or even have sessions! Boyfriend Bears has expanded so much recently.

It started out as something you and your friends did and grew to a seminar that you do in Washington State. Now, you’re selling bears online and getting national media coverage! Tell us a bit about these experiences, and also what you’re looking forward to in the near/distant future. 
Yes, it has! My mom and I are amazed at what God has done that’s for sure. The “original plan” was to share this with idea with my friends so that I could encourage them in their purity walk. I wanted my friends to have the same passion that I had; we could help hold each other accountable. The girls (now our Teen Board) loved the idea of Boyfriend Bears and wanted to come along side of me and help spread the word. We formed our Teen Board December of 2011 and started training January 2012. We started getting the
word out in our community and its spreading fast. We never imagined that national coverage would follow. We attribute this to my Never the Same Mission trip to Panama last summer and Dannah Gresh at Pure Freedom/Secret Keeper Girl. Dannah and I met for lunch in Panama and I shared how her talk the previous year in Ecuador had inspired me to live a life of purity and that God had given me the idea of Boyfriend
Bears. Dannah loved the idea and posted a picture of us holding a Boyfriend Bear on her Facebook page in
July. Dannah told us that “the comments poured in”, “that these bears hit a hot button in every mom who
wants her daughter to live a life of purity. Moms wanted to know how to get one.” Before I even got home from Panama Dannah’s agent had contacted my mom about the idea of Dannah taking our BFB’s on tour with Pure Freedom. This blew us away! We knew then that we needed to make our Boyfriend Bears available outside of our community and the easiest way would be via the internet. In August and September of 2012 my mom and I spent hours writing the content for our new website (which would replace a very simple one that my friend McKenzie and I had created earlier in 2012). The website was launched mid-October of 2012 and now our BFB’s are available to purchase. Our first ship date was Nov.5th. We created a little instructional tag that comes with our BFB’s so that the message we are sharing is not lost. Our
BFB’s are NOT just another stuffed animal. They are a reminder that purity is a choice. I was also blessed by the opportunity to join Dannah and her Pure Freedom Team on tour in GA, FL and SC Oct/Nov 2012. Jennah and Bridget, Teen Board members and their moms, joined my mom and me at one of the 8
events in Valdosta, Ga. All in all I was able to share a bit of my story with over 3,000 girls. God even used my testimony to bring several girls to Christ over those 8 days. I can share that my mom is now working on creating a Boyfriend Bears study and leaders guide to accompany our presentation. We want the purity
message to be heard by as many girls as possible and this will be the easiest way to spread the word! We have received many emails from moms, teachers and youth group leaders about our curriculum and how they would like to bring Boyfriend Bears to their home, schools and churches! God is making this a reality. I am personally looking forward to my third mission trip with Never the Same. This summer I will be going to Peru and am so excited to see how God uses this trip to impact my life and the lives of many other teens and the people of Peru. I love mission trips almost as much as I love Boyfriend Bears.

Your parents are on the Boyfriend Bears board of directors. Tell us about the family ministry side of things, and how Boyfriend Bears has affected family dynamics.
Without my parents, this ministry wouldn’t exist. Ever since day one, they have been on board, doing whatever was needed to help the ministry grow. My dad does all the business aspects of things and my mom coordinates all the sessions, provides all things needed for a session to happen, mentors all of us girls on the teen board, and SO MUCH MORE. My parents have felt the calling to this as well, which is incredible! My
mom especially has a very strong passion for purity and absolutely loves that God is using her to talk to girls
and impact their lives. The fact that they dove in head first into this ministry and have been so supportive has shown me what it’s like to be a parent of leadership and following God’s path. I think our family has grown since Boyfriend Bears. We are not only a family, but a team to further God’s kingdom and teach girls not only about purity but about Christ! My parents work so hard for this ministry, have given me complete support, and are the greatest blessing God could give.


Tell us a story (or two or three!) about how you have seen God work in this ministry.
I’ve seen God work so much in this ministry! During the Pure Freedom Tour, I met a girl who wanted a
Boyfriend Bear so much, she couldn’t wait. She lived with her single-mom and didn’t have any extra money to spend on a bear. After I talked with her about the bear, she went home, collected all the money from her piggy bank which wasn’t enough, so she went to her mom’s work, printed off a purity pledge from our website, and brought it around to people asking for donations so she could have a tool to help her in her purity walk! She collected enough money and got the bear that day. Oh, and she was 9! Amazing…when she sat there with her bear, telling me her story, I started crying! She was so happy and excited to live a life of purity, and she didn’t let go of that bear the entire night. A few months ago, the teen board and I were prepping for a session for sexually active college girls. We were terrified! We continually repeated 1 Timothy 4:12 which says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example to all believers in speech, in life, in love, and in purity.” As much as we knew God wanted us to talk to these older girls, we were extremely nervous. We prayed that God would use us to touch the lives of these
older girls, to not come across judgmental or condemning, but with love and truth. After the session, we got
in the car and felt okay about it. It was good, but not what we had expected. We thought God would change a life, or at least have one of the girls tell us that it helped them. Less than 24 hours, we got a message from a girl telling us that she has sex with her boyfriend, but knows that’s not God’s plan for her and needs prayer as she was going to tell her boyfriend that it needs to stop. Our jaws literally dropped. We were amazed. Never again will we have an excuse to not talk to older girls about purity, and never again will we doubt that God isn’t working in others’ lives because he most certainly is! My mom would tell you that God’s fingerprints are ALL over Boyfriend Bears. So amazing…He has opened door after door for us and we just sit back and say; “God we know this is of you and we will follow you wholeheartedly and be obedient to your call and purpose for our lives”. “We are honored to be His servants and hands and feet for Boyfriend Bears”. We give God ALL the glory.

Boyfriend Bears Curriculum

What would a session participant expect in a 
day with Boyfriend Bears?
First of all, lots of FUN! Time spent with girls who have a passion for sharing purity, planting seeds and transforming hearts! The 3 hour sessions are educational and encouraging. The girls will learn what God has to say about purity through a fun and interactive presentation, illustrations and lots of discussion led by me and 3 other members of the Boyfriend Bears Teen Board. The curriculum is biblically based and focuses on answering 3 main questions. 1) What is purity? 2) Why choose purity? 3) How can purity become alifestyle? It is my hope and prayer that by the end of the session the girls/participants will have a good understanding about what purity means and will be encouraged to strive towards God’s best for them in the areas of their lives, especially sexual purity.At the end of the session each participant will be given the opportunity to receive a Boyfriend Bear. They can choose to take the BFB pledge as a sign of their commitment to stay pure and write a letter to their future husband. Our Boyfriend Bears have a special hidden pocket at the base of their neck where the girls can put the pledge and letter and give it to their future husbands on their wedding day! Our Boyfriend Bears have been a great tool to open the conversation about living a life of purity.



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Thanks so much for sharing your story, 
Madison! Of course, any G4C readers 
can find out more at boyfriendbears.org!
Boyfriend Bears networks on Facebook, 
Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and 
Instagram too.

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Gracie Schram: The Passion, Purpose, and Drive of One Girl

What do you do when you’ve been given a gift? When you’ve been given a passion? What happens when both are yours by the time you’re 13 years old? I recently had the chance to call Gracie and talk to her about what it took to get where she is now and to take a peek into her life. For Gracie Schram it was a matter of believing God, support from her parents, and believing in herself, and now she has a CD and has raised enough money to build – Wait! Let me stop right here. After all, this is Gracie’s story to tell!

It was my first time in “big-church” and my pastor had just come back from a mission trip. He showed videos of kids that had nothing and that were basically raising each other, but they were still happy. I felt a sort of connection and like God was calling me to help them. I knew I had to do something. So far, over $20,000 has been raised! We have built two fish ponds in Africa and teamed up with the Global Orphan Project to build an orphan home in Haiti where twelve boys now live.

Unfortunately I haven’t been to either Africa or Haiti, but plans are coming underway for me to go.

Even though I haven’t had the chance to go to either of these places, I have performed nationally. Last summer there was a concert at Purdue University with about 4,000 attendees. It was the best and my favorite place to perform. so far! I’ve also had the chance to meet Chasen and Zach Hunter. That was pretty awesome.

Before a concert, I pray with my mom. God gives me an amazing peace before each performance. I also practice lots so that always helps me feel prepared. As strange as this might sound, I don’t get nervous!

As for my fans, I appreciate them so much. It’s great to have people 100% behind you. I’ve had people take the time to email me and tell me how much my CD was a blessing for them or that they were healed when my CD was playing.

It sounds like you are having the time of your life right now! If you don’t mind, I want to back track a little bit and give our readers a chance to get to know you and learn some of the history of your music career.

I have one brother, one sister, and two very supportive parents. This isn’t just my project, but it’s our family mission project.  I have been writing songs since I was 7 years old and my first CD came out when I was 10. It’s a God given thing. I’ve also been taking voice lessons for 5 years. I also believe that if I keep singing, it will lead to a bigger platform to raise more money to help even more kids. Not only that though, it’s a way to express who I am. 

Check her out at gracieschram.com


-By Lily Garay
Photos by Becky Alfred

This article was originally published in the May/June 2012 issue of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine. If you would like to read more articles like this, you can get a yearlong subscription (4 issues) for free! Click on the “Subscribe to G4C Magazine.”
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Ellie’s Run for Africa

Ellie Ambrose was featured in our cover story in the January/February 2012 issue of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine. Each year in May, Ellie hosts a run in Nashville, and the funds raised from this event go to help children in Africa.

This year, the Girlz 4 Christ editor, Jessica Lippe, has agreed to become a “Hero” sponsor of Ellie’s Run for Africa. This means that she’ll be promoting Ellie’s Run and raising money that will help African children get fed and educated as a way to break the cycle of poverty. Now, we’re inviting you to help us out! 
You can find out more about Jessica’s Hero Fundraiser by going here:  http://www.elliesrun.org/hero/jessica-lippe. Donating any amount will make a HUGE difference in the lives of children in Africa. We’ve already raised $29- enough to pay a teacher’s salary for one day in Africa. We think it would be really cool if all the Girlz 4 Christ readers could partner together and contribute at least $138 to this cause- that would be enough to feed one child in Africa for an entire school year! 
Make a difference in the lives of African children today- visit  http://www.elliesrun.org/hero/jessica-lippe  and click the “Donate Now” button!

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New Life in Christ

New Life in Christ


By Lauren Kostenberger


Spring is the season of new life. Everywhere you look, you see something new springing up – a flower, a tree, a baby animal…all these things tend to come in the spring. When we think of spring we think of budding flowers, new green leaves and the sun coming out after a long winter of cloudy skies.
But have you ever thought of the similarities between the new life that appears in the spring and our new life in Christ? I think God created the season of spring to show us how our life in Christ should look.
“…we died to sin, how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:2-4
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
                In these verses, we see how our old sin nature died when we accepted Christ. Just as he died physically, our sin nature died spiritually when we trusted him to take away our sins. And in the same way that he rose again, appearing in bodily form to more than 500 people, we should rise in the newness of life Christ has given us.
Paul tells us in Romans 6:11 that we should “count ourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Just as a seed is planted in the earth and dies so that a new plant can grow, just as a caterpillar crawls into its cocoon and dies to its old self so that it can emerge a beautiful butterfly, so we are supposed to die to ourselves and emerge glorious in our new life. God sees us in Christ now, and in his eyes we are perfect. Are you living in a way that shouts out to everyone the amazing new life you have in Christ?
Acts 5:20 relates how an angel of the Lord told the apostles, “Go, stand in the temple courts, and tell the people the full message of this new life.” As Christians, the whole reason we are here on this earth is to tell people about “this new life” we have in Christ. Are you telling your friends and family about the new life you have in Christ?
This spring, as you see the flowers blooming and the miracle of new life around you, think about the new life you have in Christ, and live it out!
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Book Review: The Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson is a Christian author of over 200 books, many of them especially for teen and preteen girls. One of her latest, The Jerk Magnet, is the first book of the Life At Kingston High series.
Chelsea Martin’s life has been less than spectacular. She doesn’t like the way she looks and doesn’t have any friends. On top of that, her dad is marrying his girlfriend AND moving the family halfway across the country! When Chelsea’s stepmom-to-be treats her to a makeover and new wardrobe, Chelsea thinks that starting a new school with a new look might be a great opportunity for her. For the first time in her life, she can attract boys and make lots of friends. Things start of great at her new house… she becomes friends with her neighbor, who takes her to a youth group where plenty of boys find an interest in Chelsea.
Although everything appears to be going great as the school year rolls into action, Chelsea can’t help but notice that, although she’s constantly surrounded by boys, the one boy she actually wants to meet seems to be going out of his way to avoid her. In fact, all the guys who do go after her are complete jerks! And she’s not doing a very good job at making or keeping female friends, either. Did her makeover on the outside change who she became on the inside? Throughout this book, you’ll discover with Chelsea what outward appearances really mean and who God has created us to be.
This is a great book for any girl- preteen, teen, Christian, or non-Christian. It’s a fun read, understandable, and well-told. I’m excited to read the next books in the series!