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Dos and Don’ts of writing articles/stories for this theme list:
DO read the Scriptures (these will be studied in class), as well as the suggestions of what to write in the Lesson Aims below.
DO dig in deeper. DON’T use obvious material the students will likely have studied in class.
DO employ supplemental Scriptures beyond the most well-known passages. DO quote from the King James Version.
DON’T put words in God’s mouth or suggest what God thinks. Quote what He says.
DON’T submit your first thoughts. DO some research and include the sources that verify your information.
DO stick to the desired word count: 850 words minimum, 1000 maximum.
DO use good grammar and spelling. DO rewrite, tighten, and proofread your work.
DO put the intended issue number and its date at the top of your manuscript or it will be rejected.
decision will be made on any manuscript prior to the submission due cutoff
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Quarter titles for Winter 2014-2015:
Unit 1, In Awe
of God (Issues 1-4); Unit 2, Learning
to Pray (Issues 5-8); Unit 3, Stewardship
for Life (Issues 9-12).
Issue 1: Worship Christ's Majesty
(Better Than Angels)
What to write: List the various
titles/descriptions of Jesus in today's passage, but don't stop there! Detail
how angels do not match these descriptions, which will emphasize the truth of
verses 4 and 6. Write an apologetic on the deity of Jesus and why that is a
crucial foundational doctrine. Explore Jesus' roles of prophet, priest, and
king-and help readers understand what each of those mean to us on a practical
level. Use other "majesty" Scriptures to lift readers in worship of Jesus, who sustains/upholds all things by His powerful word (see
Issue 2: Make a
Joyful Noise (Sing a Song of Praise)
December 14, 2014
What to write: Use some of the verbs in
this passage (sing, shout/make noise,
bow, kneel) to help readers assess their worship attitude (their hearts). How
do we thank people we appreciate; can we thank God in those same ways? Quiz
readers on "When was the last time you (sang, cried, bowed . . .) to
God in worship?"-and help them assess the why/why not. The teaching syllabus
for today's lesson said, "The awesomeness
of God that calls us to worship also calls us to obedience, because obedience
is an innate form of worship"; write about that. Investigate some other
passages that refer to the Lord as our Rock.
Issue 3: Give Glory to
God (Spontaneous Joy)
December 21, 2014 (Christmas Sunday)
What to write: The shepherds heard and saw
things exactly as God's message had explained would happen; testify of a time
when things played out in your life exactly according to promises in God's
Word. Writers tend to have lots of interesting Christmas articles, but please
limit your Christmas submissions for today to articles that most closely relate
to today's Scripture and theme.
Issue 4: Worship God's
Son (In Awe of Christ's Power)
December 28, 2014
(New Year's Sunday)
What to write: Pull from ideas in today's
Scripture to showcase Jesus' power, with the intent of leading readers to a New
Year's resolve to fully trust Jesus and say with the disciples, "Of a truth
thou art the Son of God" (v. 33). Jesus' took lots of time to pray, which
didn't interfere a bit with His accomplishing all sorts of things. Highlight
our tendency to say, "I don't have time to pray"; and describe/applaud some
busy people you know who make time to pray. Explore other Bible events in which
the Lord (or His angel) said, "Be not afraid" (see v. 27); explain how those
played out, and encourage readers to lean on the Lord more than ever in this
Issue 5: Jesus' Model
for Prayer (Finding the Right Words)
January 4, 2015
What to write: Using the "ask, seek,
knock" from verse 9 as subheads, identify for readers other Scriptures that
name specific things we should ask God for, things He tells us to seek, and
"doors" at which we should "knock." Interview 5 people and report on their most
"Amazing Answers to Prayer." This issue would be a good spot for a "God Says .
. . I Say" article; perhaps use a side-by-side list to show things God says to
us in His Word and responses we can make about each of those things during our
prayers to Him.
Issue 6: Jesus' Prayer
for His Disciples (A Friend in High
January 11, 2015
What to write: Though Jesus says the world
will hate His followers, He doesn't pray for their protection from human
enemies but from "the evil/the evil one"; offer something like "10 Ways to Pray
Against the Evil One." Share a true story of a united body of Christ that had a
huge impact on the neighborhood. Answer the question: How does Jesus work on
our behalf while we're working on His behalf? Create a test in which readers
can evaluate themselves as being either "of the world" or "not of this world"
(provide Scriptures). Specifically illustrate how groups of believers who live
in Jesus in a unified way are a testimony to others of who Jesus is.
Issue 7: Jesus'
Intercession for Us (Someone's on My
January 18, 2015
Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-5:10
What to write: Verse 7 says that Jesus prayed fervently and with tears
and was heard because of his reverent submission; unwrap other anguished
prayers described in Scripture and tell the outcome. Detail characteristics of
Jesus that make Him the ultimate prayer warrior, and encourage readers to
imitate those aspects. Paint a portrait of a modern-day prayer warrior you
admire. Some readers may feel that the "boldly/with confidence" of verse 16 is
at odds with the "fear/reverent submission" of verse 7; feature some Bible
prayers of extreme boldness and some of extreme submission and mesh the two
attitudes-what does this mean for us?
Issue 8: Powerful
Prayer (We Pray for One Another)
January 25, 2015
Scripture: James 5:13-18
What to write: Play on the thoughts of
verse 16 and teach about the 3 Ps of prayer: the person, the prayer, the power.
We're more likely to pray for each other and less likely to confess our sins to
each other (v. 16); help readers understand the importance of confession in the
context of this Scripture. Write something like "What to Do When Prayers for
Healing Go Unanswered."
Lesson 9: Feasting and
Fasting (The Cuisine of Resistance)
February 1, 2015
Daniel 1:5, 8-17; Matthew 6:16-18
What to write: Today's key verse (Matthew
6:17, 18) is helpful in teaching how not
to fast; research and write about misguided attempts of ascetics to starve
themselves in order to achieve holiness. It took courage for Daniel to take a
stand against royal orders; give readers modern-day examples of Christians who
put themselves in similar positions. "What's the Harm?" would be a good title
for an article in this issue; emphasize our tendency to compromise in
situations when following God's rules would bring us up against danger, peer
pressure, pride, etc. Explore specific New Testament mentions of
fasting-explaining what exactly was the purpose of fasting (what was to be
accomplished) in each event-and then apply those findings for readers as they
consider occasions for fasting.
Lesson 10: Serving
Neighbors, Serving God (Do You Know
February 8, 2015
What to write: Create a test for readers
to determine how well they know their closest neighbor (geographically)-and
provide remedies if they fail the test. Report on a modern-day Christian who
had to overcome his or her own prejudice/reluctance in order to help someone in
need. Submit an interview with a missionary who has worked in a dangerous
Lesson 11: Serving the
Least (Meeting Others' Needs)
February 15, 2015
What to write: Offer practical tips
readers can employ so that the people they serve will become curious about the
God who is motivating their service. Share stories of people who came to the
Lord as a result of the kindness of Christians; be specific about what was said
and done so that this acts as a how-to for readers. Choose one of the
categories of need in today's Scripture that you have experience with (prison
ministry, food pantry, etc.), and list the dos and don'ts of such service.
Lesson 12: Clothed and Ready (Always Be Prepared)
February 22, 2015
What to write: Today's key verse (v. 11) speaks of Satan's
wiles/schemes. List some alarming Scriptures that spell out how Satan schemed
against specific individuals in the Bible, and connect that to the importance
of our wearing the armor of God. The idea of "standing" is very strong in
today's Scripture; delve into other Scriptures that showcase people who were
able to stand, and make a connection to the "stand" verses in today's
Scripture. Go into depth on one specific armor piece in order to show its
importance, how it works; for example, how does a person powerfully "wield" the
sword of the Spirit without coming across as aggressive?
Issue 13: The Lamb of God (Reliable Testimony)
March 1, 2015
Scripture: John 1:29-34
What to write: John the Baptist testified
that Jesus was the Son of God; write something like "10 Ways We Can Testify About
Jesus." Referring to Old Testament passages, explore the significance of Jesus
as "the Lamb of God." Discuss the uniqueness/superiority of Jesus as the Son of
God compared to the gods/religious leaders of the world religions, and express
gratitude for faith in Jesus.