We began this week with a game where the group was divided into three teams and each team received: a roll of wrapping paper and a roll of scotch tape. The object of the game was to use the wrapping paper as a ninja costume, the tube as a ninja sword, and the tape to keep the costume together. Also, five 2.5′ lengths of tape were allowed to be used to strengthen the sword. We had one team that just totally dominated.
We looked at a few specific issues that the students had submitted for the Tough Questions series finale.
1. When I pray what name should I call God?
There are a number of names of God in Scripture. Generally when someone prays it can be helpful to think of the attribute of God that they are seeking (Father, Judge, Healer, etc) and then use that particular name to address God. Here is a list of names of God that are found in the Bible:
Abba – Father
Elohim – The Strong, faithful, and only true God
El Shaddai – Almighty, All-sufficient God
El Elyon – Most High God
El Olam – The Everlasting God
Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will Provide
Jehovah Nissi – The Lord is my Banner
Jehovah Shalom – The Lord is Peace
Jehovah Sabbaoth – The Lord of Hosts
Jehovah Ro’i – The Lord is my Shepherd
Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is There
Jehovah Rapha – The Lord who Heals
The Light of the World
The Bread of Life
Lamb of God
Emmanuel: God with Us
It may be beneficial to take a look at this list of names of God and others that are used throughout Scripture (if you’d like a more in-depth look at this subject click here) and discuss with your child a few that have meant more to you at certain times in your life. This sort of discussion gives your teenager a valuable glimpse into your spiritual life your walk with the Lord through the years.
2. Are my pets going to heaven?
The Bible doesn’t truly discuss this. I have heard from many people that heaven wouldn’t be heaven without their pets there, and while I think the sentiment is nice, I believe that God is totally able to make heaven awesome with just his presence. There does appear to be animals in heaven (lion laying down with the lamb), but this would not necessarily mean that your pet is kept around.
Regardless of your view on the souls of pets eternal home, I encourage you to think on the eternal home of the people you come in contact with daily. They certainly have eternal souls, and they can live with you forever in heaven, but we need to be the hands and feet of Christ to those who are lost. Pray for your neighbors as often as you think and care for your pets. God will sort out the details and make our joy complete when we reach our heavenly home.