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Sunday, June 28, 2009

DHT Chapter 2 questions

Hey everyone! Sorry for not replying to the last set of questions yet! I hope to do those soon, when a have some time to go through them Here are the questions for Chapter 2:

In this chapter, Alex and Brett tell the story of their journey from being bored teens to being Supreme Court interns, campaign workers, and blog hosts. But before they had new experiences they had new ideas—big ideas like:
• Our generation is getting robbed!
• There has to be more to the teen years than goofing off.
• Ordinary teens can make a big difference in the world.
• Young people can handle big responsibilities.
• With big dreams come big challenges.
• What teens working together can accomplish is amazing!
They close the chapter by inviting readers to join them in an uprising “against a cultural
mind-set that twists the purpose and potential of the teen years and threatens to cripple our generation.”

1) Looking back, do you see a season, a book, or an event that changed what you believe or how you live? If so, talk about it. How are you different
now?

2) One teen told Alex and Brett, “Everyone I know at school is shackled by low expectations.” Could you say the same thing? If so, talk about why.

3)Have you ever found yourself responsible for a task that seemed too big for you to succeed at? If so, what happened? Did that experience turn out to be a bad thing or a good thing in your life?

4) Did you identify with the story of shy Heidi Bentley (pages 19-22)? If so, talk about it.

5) History shows that youth movements against God-established authority have generally not amounted to much. How do the authors set their message apart from such movements?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

DHT questions for chapter one

“We believe our generation is ready to rethink what teens are capable of doing and becoming.” With that statement, the authors set the stage for a discussion about doing things differently. Then they identify the unique angle of Do Hard Things: instead of being a book where adults tell teens how to change, it’s a conversation
among teens who are ready to lead the way. Alex and Brett talk briefly about their background and reasons for writing the book. They want teens to rebel against low expectations and reclaim the full potential of their teen years.

1)As you read the inside flaps of the book and the first chapter, how did you react to the authors’ talk about change, hard things, and “rebelution”?

2) Usually we try to look to older (hopefully wiser) people for life advice. Do you see any risks when teenagers—in this case, two nineteen year olds—try to persuade other young people to change how they think? On the other hand, what might be some advantages to the authors’ age?

3)“We don’t think ‘average teenagers’ exist,” write the twins. Do you feel average? If so, why? Does that ever feel like a good thing? If not, what is it that makes you feel not average?

4) The fictional Dundress monks were well intentioned but unhappy Christians who believed that more misery must mean more holiness. Have you ever thought that? Where do you think that kind of thinking comes from?

5) In what ways do you think popular culture misrepresents what the teen years are for? Can you think of one thing that would change if you and your friends believed—really believed—that low expectations were ripping
you off?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Mexico!

I, along with 35 others, leave for Mexico in just a few hours...I've got so many emotions going through me right now its insane! I don't know what I'm feeling exactly...apprehensive, excited, anxious, joyful, prayerful, nervous, happy, unsure...I'm just a bundle of nerves lol, some good, some not so good...but I know that God will be faithful to keep me safe, and to use me for his divine purpose this week.
Please pray for us this week if you think about it:
1. That God would use us in any way that He wants (and that I would have a good attitude about it!)
2. That God would keep us safe and healthy (and that I wouldn't be(too)homesick)
3. The plane would not crash (!!!!!!!!!!)
4. Our luggage would not be lost (yes, I'm paranoid)
5. That I will be able to speak clearly and interpret (currently I understand more than I speak...pray I won't get frustrated if I cannot understand things)

Please pray for the entire E-team and not just me...The Bakitas(3), Cables(2), Davis'(3), DeCostes(2), Grafs(4), Herlihys(2), Jakubisins(4), Stephanie Jilek, Jones'(3), Me, Morales'(2), Morrisons(2), Pearsons(2), Juan Perez, Mike Seaver, Shedore(3)

Anyway, I should probably try to sleep since I will get my first experience with jet lag later today. We will probably get to the Ranch after 11pm tonight. Also, I'm not sure if my phone will be working or not but please feel free to text me! I would love to hear from you guys! Love you all and I will see you on Sunday the 28th(or sometime soon after that!)!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Don't let them despise you

I found this on the Rebelution blog. Check it out and answer these questions in a comment or in a blog post!



  • Piper shares seven negative characteristics of youth — disrespect, rebellion, self-absorption, cliquishness, conformity to peer pressure, indifference to serious issues, and a fixation on fun as the only thing that satisfies. Are any of these qualities pronounced in your life?
  • Piper makes it clear that we must not be indifferent to what adults think, but neither should we see adult opinions as supreme. Which of these two errors is a greater temptation for you?
  • Ultimately, we must look to God’s standards to guide our behavior. Are you growing (by grace through faith) in obedience to God’s standards “in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity?”
I'm going to answer in a comment sometime soon :-)

Emily

Glad we have at least a little interest in a study of Do Hard Things again. I'm looking forward to it. I hope everyone feels welcomed to jump in at any time! The more the better!!

I'll plan on posting questions every weekend(Fri, Sat. or Sun.). You all can read through Chapter one this week and the questions for chapter one will be coming next weekend.

Let me know if you have any better ideas or suggestions on how to handle this.

Also, anyway I can be praying for you all?

Emily

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Anyone interested?

Hey everyone!

I had an idea for this summer. I know the Do Hard Things conference was over a year ago and I have to say that 'Do Hard Things' message is starting to fade for me. I can't say that I am still as passionate about this as I originally was. I still love the Rebelution and all, but I haven't been as involved and motivated as I used to be.

Anyways, I thought is would be neat to do a weekly online study of the Do Hard things books. I think it might be a nice refresher for everyone. I read the book over a year ago and haven't really picked it up since. Would anyone else be interested in going through the book with me? I was thinking that we could go through one chapter a week and go through the questions for that chapter.

If there is interest, then I will start posting questions next week! Let me know what you all think!

Emily

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Making use of this summer

Recently I have really been thinking of how I can make best use of my summer. I really want to accomplish something this summer. So, after much thought, I think I have come up with something that would really help me grow. I want to read as many theological books as I can to challenge me, strengthen my faith and deepen my knowledge. I also want to focus more and devote more time to studying my Bible.

So, my questions to you all is: Do you have any suggestions for good reads? Do you have any favorite theological books or any favorite authors? Any other suggestions on what I could do this summer that would be challenging and/or create spiritual growth? Does anyone else have plans for the summer? Anyway I can be praying for you and any goals or thing you might have going on this summer?

Thanks guys and girls =)
Emily