2020 Teen Magazine Spring/Summer Edition

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Beautiful

Crossword Puzzle

Got Milk?

Followers of Christ

People: Ilcania Angeles

TM Book Review

The Coronavirus Disease

Teen Soup: Do You!

A Mighty Fortress

The Mind Trap

Understanding The Kingdom of God

Mood Meter

2020 GACCS Fourth Annual Burgess

Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

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When the outward

beauty fades, so can

your popularity.

Meaning, when there is

no substance on the

inside, beautiful people

can find themselves

truly miserable.

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G A CCS

CHALLENGE

CHRISTIAN

C R O S S W O R D P U Z Z L E

Answer Key on page 43

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got milk?

MATTHEW 4:4

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Got Milk?” commercials

started coming on October

29, 1993. These commercials

which varied in sub-themes

and well-known characters,

emphasized what man often

fails to analyze in their own

lives. What is missing that

will provide for you a full and

gratifying life?

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F E A T U R E

The “Got Milk” commercials emphasize

only a few seconds in a person’s life.

The average life of 70 years boils down

to 91,980,000 seconds. That’s only for a

life spanning 70-years. But many

people live past 80 and 90 years old.

The oldest living person as of March 14,

2020 is 117-year-old Kana Tanaka of

Japan. But even if one lives a shorter

life, we all want quality, and to have the

things we need.

So, it’s crucial to analyze what’s

missing in our lives in order to have a

full and productive “dirt Life”, and one

that would lead to a grand eternal life

after our dirt body returns-“from

whence it came”-to the ground. All

this, a full, productive and a grand

eternal life, is available if we can

adequately deal with what we lack. Got

Milk?

Having everything you need can be of

the utmost importance, but the place of

conflict is understanding what you

need, why, where to get it and what

impact it will have on time spent

outside of living in our dirt suits - yes

this body.

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It is the manual and the manual itself points out in Matthew

4:4 “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady

stream of words from God’s mouth.”

Close your eyes and take a moment to focus on how

God made man. We are mind, body, and spirit. and

God made each one of us with a special space inside

of us that longs for a relationship with Him. Our

spirit longs for relationship, but we can fill that

space with anything we choose. It may not adequately

meet the need, or fill the space, but God made us

with free will and we make the choices we want.

It’s like knowing you need fuel in your car. Fuel must

be burned to produce power to run the car. Even

though the owner’s manual clearly says your car

requires gasoline, you look for a host of other fuels.

For example, in addition to gasoline, there is ethanol,

diesel fuel, biodiesel, hydrogen, natural, gas,

compressed natural gas, kerosene, and methanol.

And just as our cars need the right fuel, we do too.

GOT MILK?

Don't get It twisted, it is the manual and the manual itself

points out in Matthew 4:4 Jesus quoted from

Deuteronomy 6 “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It

takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” GOT

MILK?

Having access to something doesn’t necessarily mean

we’re receiving the fuel from it if we don’t consume it.

The top 10 you-Tube “Got Milk” Commercials reflect

either trying to get access to milk or having access to milk

but not being able to drink it. Consumption was missing.

The “Gotta Go to Work-Got Milk?” Commercial was

shown during Super Bowl XLVII. It featured Dwayne “The

Rock” Johnson as a superhero who passes up several

opportunities to save the day in order to get milk for

himself and his family. That was his sole focus. After he

finally gets the milk to nourish his family, he exclaims,

“Gotta go to work!”

God has not only made our beings to require fuel but

has told us what specifically we need. I can hear

some of you saying, that it is an awfully large manual

and most of It really does not apply.

Remembering that God made us with a need for the

nourishing fuel we need; my question to you as you face

life’s challenges is “Got Milk?”

God’s word is the manual needed to live on this earth and

in these dirt bodies which house our minds and our

spirits. And as we grapple with what happens once our

body returns to the ground, what’s next?

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FOLLOWERS OF

CHRIST

Jesus was known as the Second person of the Trinity; the Creator and Ruler of all

things. He is the One who left heaven, meek and mild and clothed in flesh. Jesus Christ

was born God in the flesh, who became a man without radiance or splendor. But,

wherever He went, He showed grace and mercy; love and forgiveness and power with

humility. People knew His voice and bowed to his authority. As he traveled the earth,

people sought out Jesus because:

The created found the creator

The lost were found

Orphans found their parent

The fearful found safety

The hungry found bread

The thirsty found water

The sick found the physician who

took their sickness on himself

The lame found the healer

The deaf had ears opened

The possessed had demons cast out

The sinner found salvation

The down in spirit found the one who

lifted their heads

The bound had their chains broken

Mourners found comfort

The lost found the right road

The condemned found pardon

The trapped found the way of escape

The brokenhearted found joy

The poor found the treasure

The captives were set free

The blind had sight restored

The dead found the resurrection

HELPFUL SCRIPTURES

John 10:10 (AMP) The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy

life, and have it in abundance

1 Corinthians 11:1-2 (ESV) Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me

in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.

Matthew 16:24 (ESV) Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take

up his cross and follow me.

John 8:12 (ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in

darkness, but will have the light of life.”

1 Peter 1: 14-16 (ESV) As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as

he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

By Sandra Gool





P E O P L E

I AM precious

I AM beautiful inside and out

Miss Nicole taught me

so many things. She

taught me that I needed

to learn about myself

before I could “love”

someone else. She

helped me overcome

my fears. Thanks to

her I now know that….

I AM a gift of unique treasures

I AM intelligent

I AM a hard worker

I AM successful

I CAN achieve anything I desire

I CAN do ALL things through

Christ who gives me strength

I WILL always be encouraging to

other girls

I WILL always be true to

myself

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As you know, a global outbreak of a respiratory disease named Coronavirus Disease 2019

(COVID-19) started in China in late 2019. The virus has been detected in more than 90 countries,

including the U.S. However, the situation is rapidly evolving and it is likely we will see more cases

across the U.S.

We want to have appropriate information and want to proceed with an abundance of caution!

Coronavirus Prevention

T a k e s t e p s t o p r o t e c t y o u r s e l f

Stay home if you are sick, and advise others to do the same.

Always cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

if soap and warm water are not available.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (computers, keyboards, desks, etc.).

But When That Is All Said & Done...

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LORD WE LOOK TO YOU. . . REMEMBER:

PSALM 91: 1-19 (ERV)

You can go to God Most High to hide.

You can go to God All-Powerful for protection.

I say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety, my fortress.

My God, I trust in you.”

God will save you from hidden dangers and from deadly diseases.

You can go to him for protection.

He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies.

You can trust him to surround and protect you like a shield.

You will have nothing to fear at night

and no need to be afraid of enemy arrows during the day.

You will have no fear of diseases that come in the dark

or terrible suffering that comes at noon.

A thousand people may fall dead at your side

or ten thousand right beside you,

but nothing bad will happen to you!

All you will have to do is watch,

and you will see that the wicked are punished.

You trust in the Lord for protection.

You have made God Most High your place of safety.

So nothing bad will happen to you.

No diseases will come near your home.

He will command his angels to protect you wherever you go.

Their hands will catch you

so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.

You will have power to trample on lions and poisonous snakes.

The Lord says, “If someone trusts me, I will save them.

I will protect my followers who call to me for help.

When my followers call to me, I will answer them.

I will be with them when they are in trouble.

I will rescue them and honor them.

I will give my followers a long life and

show them my power to save.”

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Troubles will come and they will go. Regardless of the situation, it is imperative that we

move forward. Amid the 2019 Coronavirus, we must carry on with doing that which is

important to the health and welfare of our community. Your education and progress in how

you are to contribute to this society must continue to be the focus regardless of the

distractions that they may come our way.

As we are challenged with the personal losses of possibly friends and relatives, we must

continue to march on to reach the individual mark that God has placed before you. The

question becomes, ‘What has God called you today to contribute to the progress of

mankind’? But then you may say, "we are in the middle of a pandemic that has forced us all

to rethink how we live." Who has time to think about continuing to prepare for the future,

when we are just trying to survive today?

In the middle of the night about 2:00 am in the morning, I was awaken with a song in my

spirit crying out, “What a mighty fortress is our God!" What in the world was that all about? A

Mighty Fortress Is Our God is a hymn, with which many of you may not be familiar. It is a

hymn about Psalm 46 which was written in days when fortresses were the usual military

defense strategy, and “A Mighty Fortress” was written in the days of castles. These were the

metaphors used to describe God as our defense. He is mighty to guard, protect, and keep his

people safe.

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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God : Lyrics:

VERSE 1

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing Our Helper He, amid the flood of

mortal ills prevailing For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe His craft and

power are great, and, armed with cruel hate On earth is not his equal

VERSE 2

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing Were not the right Man

on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is

He The Lord of hosts His name, from age to age the same And He must win the battle

VERSE 3

And though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us We will not fear, for

God hath willed His truth to triumph through us The Prince of Darkness grim, we

tremble not for him His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure One little word

shall fell him

VERSE 4

That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth The Spirit and the gifts

are ours through Him who with us sideth Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life

also The body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still His kingdom is forever

And this is how he’ll meet his end: Our ancient, strong, hateful, enemy will fall by just one

little word. It’s debatable what single word this is referring to. I always assumed this was

talking about Satan’s end as described in Revelation 20:7-10. In this passage, Satan leads a

final rebellion against God after the Millennium, but this massive rebellion is snuffed out

in a moment by fire falling from heaven and wiping them out. The devil is then cast into

hell. Presumably, God gave “the word” to end him. Satan is a woefully powerful enemy

that will be crushed by a single word from our far more powerful God. The word of God

which shall fell Satan is “above all earthly powers.” This is talking now about human

powers that stand opposed to God, his word, and his people. “No thanks to them,” the

word is still alive and active. Plenty of people have sought to halt God’s powerful word.

But despite their opposition, the word of God is still supreme and powerful.

You will continue to do that which God has called you to do, you will pursue your dreams

to become all that his has planned, you will stand firm on the Word of God knowing that

He is in control regardless of how it may look. After all has been said and done, Power

Belongs To God! (Psalm 46:11). We encourage you to pursue your goals, seeking every

opportunity to advance for the Kingdom of God and the plans He has for you.

Article by P. Peach

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THE

MIND

TRAP

L I M I T S & N A R R O W T H I N K I N G

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some believe that the Kingdom of God and

“While

of Heaven are referring to different

Kingdom

it is clear that both phrases are referring to

things,

same thing. The phrase ‘kingdom of God’

the

68 times in 10 different New Testament

occurs

while ‘kingdom of heaven’ occurs 32 times,

books,

example, speaking to the rich young ruler,

For

uses ‘kingdom of heaven’ and ‘kingdom of

Christ

HARD STUFF

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you the

“Then

it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom

truth,

heaven’ (Matthew 19:23). In the very next verse,

of

proclaims, ‘Again I tell you, it is easier for a

Christ

to go through the eye of a needle than for a

camel

man to enter the kingdom of God’ (Matthew

rich

Jesus makes no distinction between the

19:24).

terms but seems to consider them

two

questions: What is the difference between the

Got

of God and the Kingdom of Heaven?

kingdom

T H E

KINGDOM

UNDERSTANDING THE

OF GOD

& THE

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

Based on The Holy Bible and The Kingdom Series by Myles Munroe

and only in the Gospel of Matthew.

synonymous.

God’ interchangeably.


the world began, the Word was there. The

Before

was with God, and the Word was God. He

Word

Christ) was there with God in the beginning.

(Jesus

was made through him, and nothing was

Everything

Word became a man and lived among us. We

The

his divine greatness ̶ the greatness that

saw

to the only Son of the Father. The Word

belongs

Christ) was full of grace and truth. John 1:14

(Jesus

came to earth to restore what Adam lost.

Jesus

brought a kingdom message. He came to

Jesus

the government of God on earth and to

reestablish

His early kings to their rightful place of

reinstate

(or control). Adam lost the earthly

dominion

God had given him (Genesis 3:1-23)

kingdom

some time and review what things were like

Take

Adam’s fall. It was not until after the fall

before

life became difficult, full of sin and pain. The

that

murder took place with Cain (The first born of

first

and Eve) killing his younger brother, Abel

Adam

of jealousy. God needed to redeem and

because

purpose for us is the same as it has always

God’s

which is for man to exercise dominion and

been,

over the early realm under God’s

authority

kingship. God’s plan has never changed.

sovereign

and Even gave up their rightful place of

Adam

and allowed satan (an fallen/unemployed

authority

to usurp the throne God intended for us to

angel)

Because of that man placed himself in a

occupy.

of helplessness devastated by a kingdom of

place

We cannot return to our original place

darkness.

God’s help. It is amazing that God did not

without

write us off, wipe us out and start all over.

just

plans will always go forward. He has a great

God’s

for man for which God has made great

love

for restoration. “But when the right time

sacrifice

God sent his Son, who was born from a

came,

and lived under the law. God did this so

woman

He could buy the freedom of those who were

that

the law. God’s purpose was to make us His

under

(Galatians 4:4-5)

children.”

purpose was to restore us to our full status as

God’s

sons and daughters and bring us back into His

His

He sent Jesus as the Way to His Kingdom.

Kingdom.

in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and His

Faith

for our sins and resurrection for our life is the

death

through which we enter the Kingdom of

doorway

WHY ALL THE TALK ABOUT KINGDOM?

WHO IS JESUS TO GOD?

made without him. John 1:1-3 (ERV)

That has not changed, but man’s position has!

(ERV)

reestablish His Kingdom on earth.

God.

Scriptures can be found at https://www.biblegateway.com/

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SELF REFLECTION

MOOD METER

How Are You Feeling Today?

It is important for us to be able to recognize our mood and accurately describe how we

are feeling so that we are able to self reflect and decide whether or not we want to stay in

that feeling, or attempt to move to another quadrant.

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----------------------------- ENERGY ---------------------------

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---------------------------------------------------------- PLEASANTNESS ----------------------------------------------------------

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How are you feeling?

MOOD METER

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Emotional Feedback

Mood Meter, which is a square

divided into four quadrants of

different colors. The upper right

quadrant is yellow and describes

when someone is energetic and in a

good mood. The lower right quadrant

is green and with words such as

tranquil, content, chill and secure,

describes when someone is feeling

good, but not very energetic.

The lower left quadrant is blue,

representing when someone is

disgusted, alienated, disappointed,

bored or ashamed. The upper left

quadrant is red, with words such as

furious, frustrated, shocked, nervous

and annoyed, describing someone

who is feeling both unpleasant and

high energy.

So what is your mood today?

IT'S NORMAL

TO FEEL SAD,

STRESSED,

CONFUSED, SCARED

OR ANGRY DURING A

CRISIS.

Talking to people you trust

can help, such as friends and

family or your fellow

community members.

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SO WHAT DO YOU DO?

Identify How You’re Feeling

Sit quietly and take the time to notice the different emotions that you feel. Take note of any thoughts, images,

memories, and feelings that come to you. You have to ask yourself how you’re feeling and be open and

aware of what comes up. This is not the time to figure out why you are having these feelings, it is simply

being aware of your emotions. It may not come to you at first, and you may need to take a break and try

again.

Acknowledging Your Feelings

If you know how you feel, let yourself know that in this moment it is okay. At this point it is not crucial to know

what the emotion is stemming from or even that you name the emotion. It is important that you acknowledge

the feeling and accept that this is how you feel. Let the emotion be there and breathe through it.

Identify the Source of Your Feelings

Know that you are not being “silly” or “irrational” for feeling how you feel. Your emotions are there for good

reason, this is the time where you turn inward and figure out what your feelings are connected to. When

asking yourself this question try not to analyse or judge what comes to you. Be open to the things you notice,

again it may be a memory, sound, or image. At times we may think we already know why we have a certain

feeling but oftentimes it goes deeper than what we think. Be patient with yourself. If nothing comes to you,

then it helps to just let yourself feel the emotion.

Now What?

So you’ve identified how you’re feeling. Now What? Deciding what to do with your feelings may seem difficult

but this is crucial in order to stay in control of your actions regardless of how you’re feeling. The best course

of action is to express and release the way that you’re feeling. Bottling up emotions is detrimental to your

mental health, and can even affect you physically. Try writing down or drawing how you're feeling, allow your

emotion to take the lead, don’t censor yourself. It is also helpful to confide in a trusted and supportive friend.

If your emotions stem from a person, say out loud what your need to say to them. Be careful, the

conversation should be about expressing how you feel and not to be petty or malicious. If you need to cry,

give yourself permission to cry. If you need to scream, give yourself permission to scream. Dance, exercise,

jump, stomp, and kick, you will feel the weight of the emotion lift off your shoulders.

During emotional times, self care is crucial. Talk to yourself as you would a close friend, tell yourself the

things you need to hear in that moment, for example, “I’m okay, I am safe”. You must reassure yourself that

the emotion while valid will ultimately pass. Treat yourself to something nice, a bubble bath, massage, or a

nice meal. Curl up in your bed or even go exercise, whatever makes you feel safe and comfortable.

Is it time to move to another quadrant?

Contributions made by Alyssa Johnson

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