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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 Spring 2015: Unit
1, The Pledge of God's Presence (Issues
1-5); Unit 2, The Community of Beloved
Disciples (Issues 6-10); Unit 3, One
in the Bond of Love (Issues 11-14).
Issue 1: The Lamb of God (Reliable Testimony)
March 1, 2015
Scripture: John 1:29-34
Lesson Aim: 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.
Issue 2: Another Comforter/Advocate (A Friend by My Side)
March 8, 2015
Lesson Aim: Today's passage speaks much
of obedience and love; discuss why those topics would be related to the
upcoming bestowing of the Holy Spirit. List the qualities of a Christian you
know to whom people tend to run for comfort/advice. Provide readers with ways
to remember-when they feel as if God is absent-that the Holy Spirit is with us
and is God himself. Use other Scriptures to show specific things that the Holy
Spirit does, and sprinkle in examples of how those things were manifested in
the lives of modern-day people.
Issue 3: The Spirit
of Truth (Sorrow Turns to Joy)
March 15, 2015
Lesson Aim: Verse 8 says that the world
is wrong about sin, righteousness, and judgment; contrast how the world views
those three things against what God's truth says about them. "Nothing but the
Truth" would be a good title for an article that looks at Scriptures that
associate truth with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the Gospels,
Jesus began many of His statements with "I tell you the truth" (see v. 7); use
that idea as the basis for encouraging readers to live daily in the joy of
serving a Lord who is truth personified.
Issue 4: The Spirit of
Peace (Peace, Power, Presence)
March 22, 2015
Lesson Aim: Testify about a time when
the presence of a strong Christian friend brought peace to your heart. Contrast
the elusive wish for "world peace" with the attainable reality of living daily
with the Spirit of Peace. In this passage, what was Jesus sending the apostles
to do? How do we know He sends us in the same way-or does He? Expound on the
implications of the apostles' emotional state prior to Jesus' post-resurrection
appearance here (perhaps they experienced the absence of those three Ps in
Issue 5: The Son of David (Hail to the Chief)
March 29, 2015 (Palm
Lesson Aim: Note what we expect from
earthly leaders, kings, celebrities . . . and compare how Jesus did/didn't meet
similar expectations in His day. About the borrowed colt, today's Scripture
says, "The Lord needs it" (v. 3, NIV); transfer that thought to modern day-how
do we know what we need to put at the Lord's disposal, and when? In the Luke 19
account of this event, we find in the crowd those who were hostile to Jesus;
share true stories of praising Jesus in the midst of a hostile environment.
Issue 6: Believe in
the Resurrection (Fully Alive)
April 5, 2015
Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22
Lesson Aim: Without offering any other
clues, ask 10 friends to simply finish the sentence: "The most important thing
is ____." Use those responses in an article about why Paul said the
resurrection of Jesus is "of first importance" (v. 3, NIV). Report on
significant events that shaped how you think/act . . . and include Jesus'
resurrection as one of them. Luke 16:31 says that people determined not to
believe in the Lord won't believe even if they see someone rise from the dead;
challenge readers to pray for their unbelieving friends who have head knowledge
about Jesus' resurrection but suffer from "heart problems."
Issue 7: Love One
Another (All We Need Is Love)
April 12, 2015
Lesson Aim: Gather stories about Christians who responded to hate
with love. Verse 23 is reminiscent of the two greatest commandments: love God
and love each other (Matthew 22:36-40); unwrap the connection between the two
loves. Write something like "Must I Show Love When . . . ?" that speaks to
acting in love, regardless of feelings, just because God said so.
Issue 8: Trust in God's Love (Beloved Child)
April 19, 2015
Lesson Aim: This passage names several
qualities of the person within whom God lives; use those as subheads in an
article in which you showcase individuals who exemplified those qualities. A
variation of that idea: help readers evaluate themselves in light of those
qualities, and provide how-to for improvement. "Perfect love casteth out fear"
(v. 18) is a great quote; but what does that mean?-and is it possible to live
fearlessly in "perfect love"? Use supporting Scriptures.
Issue 9: Watch Out for
Deceivers (Fraud Alert)
April 26, 2015
Lesson Aim: "Watch Out!" would be a
good title for an article in this issue. Describe two foundational doctrines
that Satan typically attacks-the deity of Jesus and the authority of the
Scriptures-and prove the importance of Christians standing firm on those. Give
readers a number of ways to become better acquainted with the real thing (the
Word) in order to recognize the phony (false teachings). Detail some false
views of the nature of Jesus (i.e., that He was just a great human teacher,
that He was a man who worked His way up to Christhood, etc.). Verse 7 indicates
that any spiritual deceiver is an "antichrist"; look up other Scriptures about
deception and equip readers with ways to spot deception.
Issue 10: Work Together
for the Truth (Let's Work Together)
May 3, 2015
Scripture: 3 John
Lesson Aim: Verse 11 tells us to
"follow . . . that which is good"; research Scriptures that mention specific
"good" things we are to follow and suggest practical ways to do so. The
hospitality in verses 6-8 seems to be in connection with assisting Christians
who were traveling as they did the Lord's work; enumerate various ways we can
partner with Christians who are doing the Lord's work today-both with regularly
scheduled efforts and also with spur-of-the-moment needs. Use the verse 7
phrase "for his name's sake" as the launching point for reminding readers of
our purpose for working together.
Issue 11: Gifts of the
Spirit (Unity in Diversity)
May 10, 2015
Lesson Aim: Address the danger of our
becoming jealous of others' gifts/talents rather than praising God for the way
He has brought the right people together to accomplish His purpose. Write
something like "Spiritual Gifts from the Dark Side," warning readers about
occult "gifts" like clairvoyance and mediumistic abilities; reference
Scripture, and use other authoritative sources. Report on a time when God
worked in unusual ways to reveal someone's special gift.
Issue 12: One Body;
Many Members (The Whole Is Greater
Than the Sum of Its Parts)
May 17, 2015
Lesson Aim: Talk about seasons when we feel forced to fill a need
and are, therefore, frustrated at not being able to serve in our area of
giftedness/passion. Show readers how to develop an attitude of "I get to do"
vs. "I have to do" when it comes to serving. Answer the question: How can I
remain humble when my gifts put me in the spotlight? Share Bible or modern-day
stories of people who remained in the background but had significant impact. Challenge readers to let
their understanding of today's passage spill over beyond their church circle
and into their attitude in the everyday workplace.
Issue 13: Gift of
Languages (From Nonsense to Sense)
May 24, 2015
Acts 2:1-7, 12; 1 Corinthians 14:13-19
Lesson Aim: In Acts 2, God provided an
amazing way (a way we'd never have thought of!) to overcome the language
barrier; review some other Bible accounts where God's solutions were
astonishing-and then lead readers to praise Him for His wonderful involvement
in our lives. Looking at verses 15 and 19, write a three-point article about
how to pray, sing, and speak with understanding. Testify of a time you visited
a church where a foreign language was spoken; what enabled you to worship
effectively there, in spite of the language barrier?
Issue 14: The Greatest
Is Love (Love Never Ends)
May 31, 2015
Lesson Aim: For this issue we need more
than a shallow overview of love. Dig deep. One example: take one of the ideas
in this Scripture (like "love is patient") and share details of a single story
about someone who exhibited patient love in a difficult situation. The four
"all things" words in verse 7 would be good subheads for an article; profile
four different people who each lived out one of the four actions. Write
something like "So Much More Than Romance," in which you explain some deeper
meanings of love-and offer Scriptures that will help readers imitate those.
Offer practical advice about focusing on eternal things rather than temporary