Monday Memo 1141: Now

In this week's 'Never Too Young for Purpose' lesson, let's look at a young man who saved his uncle, who just happened to be the Apostle Paul. Because Paul was influencing many to follow Christ, many Jews hated him, so much so that he ended up in jail after some of them rioted to protest his very presence.

Monday Memo 1140: The Fire

Let's continue to examine the life of Daniel in our 'Never Too Young for Purpose' series. This week, we will take a look at the well-known story of Daniel's friends being thrown into a blazing furnace because they refused to bow down and worship the king's golden image, telling him...

Monday Memo 1139: Great Faith

We have seen over the last few weeks the progress Daniel made in Babylon to the extent that he was now part of the king's court and was consulted on important matters of the kingdom. Then one day the king had a dream and he asked his wise men to interpret it, with one important condition:

Monday Memo 1138: Good Students

Last week, we looked at the life change that Daniel went through as he was carried off as a prisoner of war to Babylon. Daniel refused to eat the food there, which would have been in violation of God's dietary laws as described in His Word, and because he was faithful, God gave Daniel favor with his overseer. That's not all God gave him:

Monday Memo 1137: Faith in Hard Times

It's time this to take a look at another young person who was a champion of purpose in the Bible, and that young person is Daniel. In the book named after him, we read, "The king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief official, to select from among the Israelite exiles some young men of the royal family and of the noble families. They had to be handsome, intelligent...

Monday Memo 1136: Young Jesus

Because the focus of the gospel accounts is on Jesus as an adult, we often don't consider that He was once young and grew up like any other person. That means Jesus was like us in every way, except He could not sin: "Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature" (Hebrews 2:14).

Monday Memo 1135: "God Can Do It!"

In one of their raids against Israel, the Syrians had carried off a little Israelite girl, who became a servant of Naaman's wife. One day she said to her mistress, “I wish that my master could go to the prophet who lives in Samaria! He would cure him of his disease.” When Naaman heard of this...

Monday Memo 1134: "Shut Them Up"

The theme of our latest series is that no one is too young to find and fulfill their God-given purpose. We've been studying young people of purpose in the Bible and this week, let's look at what Jesus had to say when the religious leaders tried to shut down and shut up the children's praise in the Temple:

Special Holiday Edition Monday Memo 1133: Mary

In this next lesson in our "Never Too Young for Purpose" series, let's look at a woman who figured prominently in the Christmas story, none other than Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary was a teenager when she gave birth to Jesus, so she certainly is a young person of purpose from whom we can learn a lot in our own search for purpose.

Monday Memo 1132: Wherever

Let's look one more time at the life of Genesis Joseph in our series 'Never Too Young for Purpose,' for there is one more important lesson for any young person who is searching for purpose. We read, "So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who...

Memo 1131: Know and Prepare

As we continue to look at the life of teenage Joseph in our "Never Too Young for Purpose," we learn that he had a second dream about his future, which simply confirmed the message of the first dream: Then Joseph had another dream and told his brothers, “I had another dream, in which I saw...

Memo 1130: A Teenager's Dream

Let's move on for the next few weeks to look at another young person of purpose in the Bible. His name was Joseph and we first read something about him when he was seventeen years old: This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers...

Memo 1129: A Good Sister

Let's continue with our focus on young people of purpose in the Bible. This week, we'll look at the story of baby Moses and the role his older sister played in his rescue: "When she [Moses' mother] saw what a fine baby he was, she hid him for three months. But when she could not hide him any longer, she took a basket made of reeds and covered it with tar to make it...,"

Memo 1128: Let the Children Come

Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and to pray for them, but the disciples scolded the people. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." He placed his hands on them and then went away (Matthew 19:13-15).

Memo 1127: A Big Head

What do you do when you do something well? What's more, how do you handle it when someone compliments you for something you did well? If you're like some, you may not know what to do in those situations. Some people will tell you not to speak about what you do well and may even recommend you deny you can do it! So let's stay...

Memo 1126: Family Life

David was a hero to many in his day and is still the champion of the nation of Israel. Yet it's interesting that he was never a champion in his own family. When we first meet David, Samuel was looking for one of Jesse's sons to anoint to serve as the next king because God told him he would find him there. Yet after Samuel...

Memo 1125: Get Good

Every generation loves the story of David and Goliath, for it tells of an underdog, in this case young David, defeating a large, powerful enemy with God's help as we read here: Goliath started walking toward David again, and David ran quickly toward the Philistine battle line to fight him. He reached into his bag and took out a...

Memo 1124: A Hero

It's common for young people to hang pictures in their rooms of their favorite heroes. Some of them may be athletes or musicians, and others movie stars or fictional movie characters. In this week's lesson, I would like to recommend a biblical hero who every young person of faith should admire and wish to imitate.

Memo 1123: A Promotion

Last week, we read how Samuel the prophet came to the house of a man named Jesse, looking for the person God would show him to anoint to be the next king to replace King Saul. Samuel was surprised that it was David, the youngest son, who turned out to be the one he was looking for.

Memo 1122: Your Anointing

King David is the perfect example of God revealing His will to someone when they're quite young. There are so many lessons for a young person from David's life that it's hard to know where to start. So let's do the logical thing and start at the beginning.

Memo 1121: Treated Like An Adult

It's a goal of just about every young person I know to grow up quickly and to be treated like an adult. The good news is that I know a place you can go if you are young where you are always treated like an adult—and that place is the presence of God. When you go to God and have faith, no matter how young or old you are, God hears your prayers and...

Memo 1120: Your Hair

Last week we looked at how the Lord spoke to young boy named Samuel to tell him what his life work was going to be. We learned that before Samuel was born, his mother Hannah had dedicated him to the Lord. Here is her prayer when gave him to God:

Memo 1119: "Speak to Me, Lord"

This week, we start a new series directed toward young people to help them find their purpose. I am confident there will be lessons for both adults and children in each entry, but I will write with younger readers in mind. I hope you will share these with the young folks in your life.

Memo 1118: A New Series

It's time to start a new series, this one titled "Never Too Young." For the next six months, we'll look at examples from the Bible of young people, some infants or children and others in their teenage years who God used in some significant way. We will look at people like Joseph, Samuel, David, Mary the mother of Jesus, Moses...

These three books were developed from various Monday Memo series.


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