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Well Christmas is nearly here, and between Christmas Eve worship, weekend services, and spending time with my family, chances are I won't get a chance to do a lot of updates until after the holidays, and possibly until after the first of the year.

While the holidays can be super-busy, I do enjoy a day or two being completely off during this time.  I can't wait to spend time with my wife and son, and our families.  I'll also be diving in to some reading over the next week or two, and I'm excited about the two books I'm hoping to make some headway in.

The first is Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark Devries.  I'm really hoping that 2011 is the year that by God's grace we're able to craft a healthy youth ministry structure at FBCCS.  I'm a chapter in, and I'm already loving it! For more info, click here.

The second book is Love is an Orientation by Andrew Marin.  This book is all about building bridges between the mainstream church in America and the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transsexual population.  For whatever reason God has placed several young gay/lesbian students in my life and I want to make sure I'm doing the best I can to minister to and love them, and this book comes highly recommended from several youth ministry friends.  For more info, click here.

Merry Christmas to you all - I hope the holidays are amazing for you and your families!

- Tim B.
 
 
I thought in light of last night's message at youth group - "Live in the Living Word" - that I would post links to some of my favorite youth Bibles.  Check them out!
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LIVE delivers easy-to-understand NLT text and hundreds of relevant opportunities to respond to God's Word right on the spot. Illustrations are by teenagers, for teenagers. Brief devotions and challenges peppered through the Bible invite honest, open responses.

Click here to check out the Live Bible!

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Like the acclaimed Apologetics Study Bible that has sold 115,000+ copies, the Apologetics Study Bible for Students will anchor younger Christians in the truths of Scripture by equipping them with thoughtful and practical responses for whenever the core issues of their faith and life are challenged.

Click here to check out the Apologetics Study Bible for Students!

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Packed with personal notes, cool quizzes, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about life today, True Images is the Bible for real teenage girls with real lives. This revised edition features the same relevant features with updated content, a new interior design, and a new cover.

Click here to check out the True Images Bible!

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The only NIV Bible specifically for teen guys ages 13--16 * for every guy who wants to live a revolutionary life * includes over 650 unique, hard-hitting notes and articles.

Click here to check out the Revolution Bible for Teen Guys!

In addition, here are a couple devotional Bibles that are great for students who are looking for a way to get in to a regular daily routine of reading the Word!
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The great thing about the One Minute Bible for Students is that you will never again get stuck in Leviticus for forty years. The One Minute Bible for Studentsmoves you through the entire Bible—from Creation to the return of Jesus—in just ONE YEAR!

Click here to check out The One Minute Bible for Students!

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The Message Remix: Solo revolves around lectio divina, or "divine reading," an ancient approach to exploring Scripture updated for today's students. Each devotion delivers a unique, contemplative study that will encourage you to uncover biblical wisdom and revelations as you learn to read without the typical limitations that often cut Bible reading short.

Click here to check out Solo!