Alive 1

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Rick Christian knows that young adults today wrestle with complex, important issues. And in Alive 1, he invites you to see what the Bible has to say about them. Packed with thought-provoking stories and eye-catching photos, Alive 1 looks at the world you live in and shows you how to succeed in it as a Christian. You won't find a simplistic, patronizing approach in Alive 1. Instead, you'll find 175 frank, sparkling daily devotions touching on everything from sex to character to communication -- all in the language...
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Overview

Rick Christian knows that young adults today wrestle with complex, important issues. And in Alive 1, he invites you to see what the Bible has to say about them. Packed with thought-provoking stories and eye-catching photos, Alive 1 looks at the world you live in and shows you how to succeed in it as a Christian. You won't find a simplistic, patronizing approach in Alive 1. Instead, you'll find 175 frank, sparkling daily devotions touching on everything from sex to character to communication -- all in the language of today's rapidly changing world. For each devotional topic, you'll find a Scripture, meditations, and additional Scripture references to look up for added insight. Now revised, this classic devotional is filled with sound wisdom and encouragement for each day. It's just what you need to get a solid grip on life -- for now, and for tomorrow!

Author Biography: S. Rickly Christian, president of Alive Communications, has written several books, including Alice 1 and Alive 2. He is former editorial director for Focus on the Family Publishing and has served as editor of Campus Life and The Saturday Evening Post. He lives in Colorado Springs.
Mike Yaconelli was in the ministry for forty-two years, both as a pastor and a minister to students. He was the lay pastor of Grace Community Church, owner and cofounder of Youth Specialties, former editor of The Door, and the author of Messy Spirituality and Dangerous Wonder .

Daily readings for high school students, using Scripture as a springboard to reflect on God and Christianity in school life, dating, sex, parental relations, fears, peer pressure, and more.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780310499015
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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The Personal Tag

Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

Luke 10: 20

I have a strange habit. Whenever I travel, the first thing I do upon checking into a hotel or stopping for gas is to open the local phone book. I want to know whether anyone else has my name. So far, no one has. But then, I have an unusual name: S. Rickly Christian.

That name, assigned by my parents, was written on a blue plastic bracelet and attached to my arm shortly after birth. These bracelets, given to all babies, were the hospital's way of ensuring that newborns wouldn't accidentally get switched.

Later, that name was the first word I learned to scribble with crayons. It became the name my friends used when they shouted for me down a crowded locker hall; the name my coach bellowed when I didn't swim fast enough; the name my girlfriend whispered in my ear, causing goose bumps on my neck.

More than any other label, my name symbolizes who I am: my personality, my dreams, my failures, my successes. And it's such a personal tag that my ears pop when I hear my name mentioned in conversation.

To know that my name, according to Luke, is a matter of celestial chitchat causes my mind to pop! Are you sure, Luke? My name recorded in God's Book of Life? I suppose God could keep roll more efficiently by using my social security number or bank access code. Numbers are easier to program, but God evidently prefers to use names.

That preference, I think, reflects the kind of personal relationship he wants to build with me. It's his way of assuring me that I matter; I'm not just some insignificant blip or digit code in the far corner of the universe.

Perhaps that is why the Bible is so full of long genealogies--God didn't want to miss a single name!

God's use of my name also signals his concern for the things my name represents: everything from my biggest hurts to my highest hopes. My name in my yearbook reminds my friends of such things as the day we shared together at the beach, the time we cried when we learned of another friend's cancer, the times we belly-laughed at a good joke.

My name, I believe, triggers the same kinds of memories in God's mind: the times we talked together in prayer, the time he comforted me during my mom's illness, the time I was dazzled by the splash of color he gave a peacock.

Looking back, those were special times, times of getting to know each other on a first-name basis.

See also: 1 Chronicles 1-9; Matthew 1: 1-17

"They said ..."

Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

James 3: 5- 6

A few years ago, officials at McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, became very sensitive about the topic of earthworms.

If you had mentioned the subject in the office, chances were good you'd have been tackled by a wart-faced fry cook and gagged with a half-dozen sesame seed buns. The reason: Ronald McDonald and his Golden Arch cohorts were fighting a rumor that they used the creepy crawlers as protein substitute in their burgers.

The rumor spread across America like ... well, like earthworms after a spring rain. Sales slumped, and the king of the burger was forced to launch a lavish campaign to regain its reputation.

Rumors usually don't reach such proportions. Often they just circulate among a close circle of friends in places like school locker halls and cafeterias. And generally the rumors damage lives and individual reputations, not those of corporations.

Such was the case when the new girl moved to town from Florida. Other girls at school felt threatened. They didn't have her cover-girl looks or Seventeen wardrobe. So they protected themselves by talking behind her back.

"You're kidding! I never knew that," said one girl. And before long tongues were wagging all over campus. To make the story really juicy, they'd pad the tale a little here, stretch a bit there. Soon, this poor girl's life was on the rocks--shipwrecked.

The anguish she must have felt and tears she must have cried are probably similar to a case I read about in which a woman's suicide note simply read, "They said ..."

She didn't complete the sentence. Something "They said" killed her.

See also: Psalm 140: 1-3; Romans 1: 29-32; 1 Peter 3: 8-12

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
Week 1
The Personal Tag \ Luke 10: 20
"They Said ..." \ James 3: 5-6
The Exchange \ Ephesians 3: 17-18
Carbon Copying \ 2 Corinthians 5: 17
The Visibility Factor \ Matthew 5: 14-16
Holy Hype \ James 1: 26
Points to Ponder--Christianity \ Matthew 5: 14
Week 2
Sounds of Silence \ Psalm 37: 7
Peer Pressure \ Romans 12: 2
The Loneliness Disease \ Romans 12: 10
Future Frenzy \ Jeremiah 29: 11
The Great Obscenity \ Luke 12: 15
Friends Who Go Bump \ 1 John 3: 18
Those "Impossible" Possibilities \ Jeremiah 32: 27
Week 3
Bethlehem, USA \ Philippians 2: 5-7
Face to Face \ Luke 19: 1-5
Side by Side \ Joshua 1: 5
Three Loves \ Matthew 5: 43-44
Shout of Love \ 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
Love Is ... \ 1 Corinthians 16: 14
Points to Ponder -- Love \ John 13: 34-35
Week 4
The Six-Million-Dollar Man \ Psalm 139: 14
Courage to Continue \ Joshua 1: 9
Stranded \ Psalm 46: 1
The Quitting Complex \ Colossians 4: 17
It Is Finished! \ Philippians 3: 14
Cover-up \ John 11: 32-35
Just Another Somebody \ Psalm 25: 16
Week 5
A Broad Perspective \ Psalm 139: 3
What Will You Do? \ Matthew 27: 22
It's a Mad, Mad World \ Matthew 11: 28
Weight Lifter \ 2 Chronicles 7: 14
The Sex Trap \ 1 Corinthians 6: 18-19
Fault Finders \ Proverbs 28: 13
Points to Ponder--Sin \ Romans 6: 23
Week 6
Contagious or Contaminated? \ Romans 2: 24
The Buck Stops Here \ Acts 20: 35
Heart Treasures \ Matthew 6: 21
Hemmed In \ Psalm 139: 5-6
Those Were the Days \ Colossians 3: 12-15
The Multiplication Factor \ Matthew 14: 15-16
Looking for Change \ Psalm 139: 1-3
Week 7
Down, But Not Out \ Psalm 46: 10
The Single Life \ 1 Corinthians 7: 32-34
Dear Diary ... \ Colossians 3: 16
Just Like You \ Deuteronomy 31: 6
The Big Kahuna \ Mark 10: 42-45
Clearing the Roads \ Colossians 3: 13
Points to Ponder--Forgiveness \ Matthew 6: 14-15
Week 8
Spark \ Acts 1: 8
Healthy Hate \ Romans 12: 9
Body Talk \ 1 Corinthians 12: 27
Poverty \ Matthew 25: 42-43
Dirty Hands \ John 21: 16
The Risk Worth Taking \ Proverbs 18: 14
Diamonds in the Rough \ Ephesians 2: 10
Week 9
The Big Squeeze \ Romans 5: 20
If I Had My Life to Live Over Again \ Psalm 46: 10
"Nobodies" Wanted \ Jeremiah 1: 4-6
Maybe Tomorrow \ Colossians 4: 2
A Family Matter \ Romans 8: 15-16
Problems with Prayer \ Ephesians 6: 18
Points to Ponder--Prayer \ 1 Thessalonians 5: 17
Week 10
Future Fears \ 2 Corinthians 4: 8
The Other Side \ Matthew 16: 25
The Signal \ Hebrews 6: 19
Workout \ Philippians 2: 12
Business Matters \ John 17: 4
Second Nature \ Isaiah 40: 31
Born Again \ John 3: 3
Week 11
Hot Under the Collar \ Ephesians 4: 26-27
Papier-mâché Façade \ 2 Corinthians 1: 5
A Matter of Thanks \ 1 Thessalonians 5: 18
The Deciding Vote \ Mark 14: 61-62
The Mayor Is Moving! \ 2 Corinthians 8: 9
With Apologies to Luke \ Luke 2: 10
Points to Ponder--The Incarnation \ Luke 2: 11
Week 12
Marks of a Christian \ Galatians 5: 22-23
Marks of a Christian--Love \ Galatians 5: 22
Marks of a Christian--Love \ Galatians 5: 22
Marks of a Christian--Joy \ Galatians 5: 22
Marks of a Christian--Joy \ Nehemiah 8: 10
Marks of a Christian--Peace \ Galatians 5: 22
Marks of a Christian--Peace \ John 14: 27
Week 13
Marks of a Christian--Patience \ Galatians 5: 22
Marks of a Christian--Patience \ Ephesians 4: 2
Marks of a Christian--Kindness \ Galatians 5: 22
Marks of a Christian--Kindness \ Matthew 10: 42
Marks of a Christian--Goodness \ Galatians 5: 22
Marks of a Christian--Goodness \ Micah 6: 8
Week 14
Marks of a Christian--Faithfulness \ Galatians 5: 22
Marks of a Christian--Faithfulness \ 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27
Marks of a Christian--Gentleness \ Galatians 5: 22-23
Marks of a Christian--Gentleness \ Philippians 4: 5
Marks of a Christian--Self-control \ Galatians 5: 22-23
Marks of a Christian--Self-control \ Proverbs 16: 17
Growing Up \ Hebrews 5: 12-14
New Life \ Isaiah 43: 18-19
Week 15
Let's Pretend \ 1 Samuel 16: 7
One Solitary Life \ Matthew 21: 42
Team Effort \ John 6: 5-6
Jesus of China \ John 13: 15
The Sixth Man \ John 15: 13
Homeward Bound \ Isaiah 46: 4
Points to Ponder--Life and Death \ Matthew 10: 39
Week 16
True Love \ Romans 13: 9
Lasting Memories \ Colossians 3: 17
The Quick Fix \ James 1: 2-4
Go the Distance \ 1 Timothy 6: 11-12
Faith Is a Verb \ James 2: 17
Holding Out \ 2 Corinthians 5: 7
Points to Ponder--Faith \ Hebrews 11: 1
Week 17
Who Is He? \ Matthew 21: 8-10
Old Charlie \ Job 33: 6
Preserve and Season \ Matthew 5: 13
Age-old Concerns \ 1 Timothy 4: 12
Life in the Fast Lane \ James 4: 8
Be Prepared \ Acts 1: 11
Points to Ponder--Heaven \ Philippians 3: 20
Week 18
One Day at a Time \ Psalm 118: 24
Good Company \ 1 John 1: 8-9
The Motormouth \ Philippians 2: 3-4
Winners and Losers \ Ezekiel 11: 12
Learning to Trust \ Proverbs 3: 5-6
On the Road \ Proverbs 3: 6
The First Move \ Luke 10: 27
Week 19
A Word of Thanks \ Psalm 100: 4-5
Follow the Leader \ Deuteronomy 31: 8
On Your Mark ... \ Hebrews 12: 1
King of Hearts \ John 6: 14-16
Reversed American Standards \ Matthew 5: 3-10
The List Maker \ Hebrews 9: 27
Points to Ponder--Hell \ Matthew 25: 31-34, 41
Week 20
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions \ Luke 14: 26
One of the Gang \ 2 Corinthians 7: 1
No Ordinary People \ Exodus 4: 2-3
Opinion Poll \ Matthew 16: 15-16
Matters of Conscience \ Acts 24: 16
Everyone Likes Babies \ Luke 2: 6-7
Two Old Geezers \ 2 Timothy 4: 1-2
Week 21
Team Spirit \ Hebrews 10: 25
Family Matters \ Romans 12: 4-5
Time Out \ Genesis 2: 2-3
Hospital Treatment \ Mark 2: 17
In Memoriam \ 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
In Training \ 1 Timothy 4: 7
Points to Ponder--Church \ Acts 20: 28
Week 22
Limbo \ Revelation 3: 16
Knock Knock ... \ John 14: 6
Possibility Believing \ Mark 9: 23
The Box \ Ephesians 5: 15-17
Day by Day \ Matthew 6: 11
One-night Stands \ Colossians 2: 6-7
Shut Out \ Matthew 17: 4
Week 23
Guilt That Kills \ Hebrews 4: 16
Coach Bill \ Philippians 2: 13
Following the Piper \ Revelation 3: 20
Hit or Miss \ 2 Timothy 3: 16
Owner's Manual \ Psalm 119: 105
Eyewitness Reports \ 1 John 1: 1
Points to Ponder--The Bible \ Romans 11: 2
Week 24
All Heart \ Romans 12: 9
A Wanted Man \ Exodus 4: 13
Glimpses of God \ Isaiah 45: 15
Fireworks in Reverse \ Philippians 2: 8
New Light \ John 6: 35
The Missing Body \ Luke 24: 1-3
Points to Ponder--The Resurrection \ Luke 24: 6
Week 25
Infant Doe \ Psalm 139: 13-16
Every Year a New Leg \ 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-13
Goodness, Me? \ Romans 5: 6-8
Out of Darkness \ Psalm 18: 28
Second Chance \ Nehemiah 9: 17
Spontaneous Praise \ Romans 1: 20
Points to Ponder--God \ Isaiah 6: 3
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