Friday, April 8, 2011

The Life Book - Getting the Word out in public high schools

It's hard for me to say this because I don't want to come across as self-righteous or rude to anyone but I'm just gong to let it all out. Because this is my blog and I can pretty much say whatever I want. :)

It's come to the point where if I have an opinion and it offends anyone else I'm not suppose to say it. I'm suppose to stay quiet while everyone else gets to share their thoughts. Because mine are invasive and judgmental. *sarcasm people* Yet that Atheist over there...can tell me all day long there is no such thing as God.

I'm a Christian and I'm proud of it. I'm so TIRED of people telling me that I'm not suppose to talk about it, tell others, or let my child have the right to have prayer in school. Yes, I know they can have their quiet little prayer...but if they want to have a group prayer it should be allowed.

We've taken God out of school and honestly I think it's the worst thing we could have done. There is so much bad in the world - and I know people want to say "how can God allow it?" HE DOESN'T WANT THIS FOR US! When Eve sinned SHE messed it up for everybody. God gave us the perfect world. We have continued to screw it up. Sin is everywhere. I'm not perfect, I've sinned. Everyone does...BUT God has given us Grace and Love and Hope and Faith to be able to gain that eternal life after our journey here. I don't understand how so many parents don't want their children to have this...those four words are the most beautiful I've ever seen. I don't want to force my beliefs on you or your child. But I think it is my job along with others to let them know how we feel (and if you don't want to hear it fine, I'm not going to make you stand and listen to me.) But if I can make one person think and question the non-belief system they have...and maybe just maybe gain the hope, the wonderful life that God has given us I want to do that.

And there are many teen groups out there that are trying to do just that. They want to tell their friends about God. That's where the Life Book movement comes into play.


Are we trading in our right to free speech, especially our freedom of religion, in exchange for being non-offensive and politically correct? Separation of church and state may restrict public prayers in schools, but there is still an avenue for high school students to rightfully distribute God’s Word in their schools.

Founded by The Gideons International, The Life Book Movement is an innovative strategy to reach high school students with the Word of God. The movement is a Christian mission centered on The Life Book, a unique presentation of Scripture designed to engage high school students with the truth of God’s Word, created by Carl Blunt, president and CEO of The Life Book Movement. The Life Book presents a brief overview of the Old Testament and the Book of John using an interactive format with honest student comments and real-life questions in the margins. Readers are drawn into the only story that can change their lives forever. 

The Life Book Movement works with churches throughout the country by providing free copies of The Life Book for students to give as gifts to their friends and classmates during school. Blunt’s organization brilliantly takes advantage of a student’s freedom to distribute religious literature by getting The Life Book into the hands of Christian high school students and having them pass the books out to classmates at school—a practice that is acceptable, as long as the books are not distributed by school staff or other adults.

Blunt says, “In mission-speak, it’s like we’re helping students get God’s Word into a closed country (public high schools) to reach an unreached people group because studies show that only 4% of today’s teenagers are Bible-believing Christians.” The goal is to ensure that every student in every high school in the United States has an opportunity to receive the gift of The Life Book. This approach presents a phenomenal opportunity to impact a generation with the good news of Jesus Christ. 

Local churches contact The Life Book Movement to schedule saturations, described to students as a short-term mission trip to their local high school. Local church youth ministries work together in targeted areas to ensure The Life Book is offered to students in each chosen high school. The churches receive the books at no cost from The Life Book Movement and provide the books, along with some evangelism training, to the students in their youth groups. The students then spend a week or two passing them out to their friends and classmates at school.

In less than a year and a half, almost 320,000 copies of The Life Book have been distributed. That number is expected to increase by 200,000 by the end of May 2011. This year alone, saturations have occurred in over 80 locations in 26 states. According to Blunt, 1.2 million copies are being printed for distribution in the 2011-2012 school year.


I'd like to encourage all of you out there to consider this. It's just one step we can do to spread the Word of God.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20)

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