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Glorifying the God who walked among us. The blog of Renae Adelsberger.

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Book Review: 10 Reasons to Stay Christian in High School
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Titus: Reasons for Writing
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Titus: An Introduction
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Remembering Promises in Boredom
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Nice vs. Good

Book Review: 10 Reasons to Stay Christian in High School

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My husband and I don’t disagree on much, but on this one particular point, we are polar opposites – I’m so glad I’m not in high school anymore. He, on the other hand, loved every second and doesn’t understand why other people don’t want to go back. Then again, he loved middle school, too.

For me, high school was hard. I had transitioned into more challenging classes, many of which came with college credit. I loved my clubs and extra curricular activities, but I was also ready to move on to the next stage of life. So much so, that it was easy to forget that I was supposed to be a representative for Christ in my daily life.

So when I saw this newly released book, 10 Reasons to Stay Christian in High School: A Guide to Staying Sane When Everyone Else has Jumped off the Deep End by Michael Ross & Greg Johnson, I wanted to know what they had to say.

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Titus: Reasons for Writing

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In my previous blog, we looked at how Paul introduced himself in his letter. Today, let’s briefly look at two reasons why Paul wrote the letter.

Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to build up the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness…
Titus 1:1

Reason Number One: To build up the faith of God’s elect

Reason Number Two: To build up their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness

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Titus: An Introduction

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How do you introduce yourself? I probably have a dozen ways to answer that question. Renae Adelsberger, Commercial Account Manager at Allison Insurance. Renae, wife of Kevin, daughter of Randy and Cindy, sister of Adam, lover of llamas, teacher of Sunday School, member of FBC Jackson, fan of the Minnesota Vikings, friend of Rachel, resident of Tennessee. The list continues.

If you could only pick one way to introduce yourself for the rest of your life – what would it be?

In the first words of Titus, the Apostle Paul introduces himself this way, “Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ.”

Why the double introduction? Why a reference to both God and Jesus? Why a slave an also an apostle?

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Remembering Promises in Boredom

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But Abram said, “Lord God, what can You give me, since I am childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Abram continued, “Look, You have given me no offspring, so a slave born in my house will be my heir.”

Now the word of the Lord came to him, “This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then He said to him, “Your offspring will be that numerous.”

– Genesis 15:2-5

Out of 66 books in the Bible, my favorite books to reread are those like Genesis that are driven by narrative. It reads like a novel; we read about the lives of Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and we end with the people of God living in Egypt due to the famine. Exodus picks up with the whirlwind of Moses’ adoption, calling by God, plagues and Passover. We then slow down in the narrative to Leviticus where we read the law and the word “clean” and “unclean” frequently. By the time I get to Numbers, I’m ready for more action but am instead confronted with a series of genealogies.

And I would venture to say that it’s at this point many of us have broken our New Year’s resolution to read through the entire Bible, cover to cover.

Or at a minimum, we scan through the names and keep flipping until we hit a passage of Scripture we deem “more substantial.”

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Nice vs. Good

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I had the house to myself for a night last month and I was super excited about two things – getting to eat my bow tie noodles with alfredo sauce (Kevin prefers red sauce) and watching Into the Woods (this is about as close to a “chick flick” as I like to get).

I hunkered on the couch with my bowl of noodles and pressed play, quite honestly, not knowing what to expect. I had read the play in high school, remembered liking it enough to keep my copy on my bookshelf, but couldn’t remember the plot or the themes.

This is not a movie review, but I will say this much, the first 30 minutes in particular are movie-musical magic. The lyrics were beautifully executed and edited to fit film.

There were oh so many themes I could blog about today, but I’ll stick with just two quotes from the movie that make similar points.

The first: Little Red Riding Hood is skipping along the path through the woods, all the time singing about how her mother told her to stay on the path and not to stray. But then she encounters the wolf (played by Johnny Depp). The wolf shows her an entire world of wonders, including berries, that exist if she strays from the path. He is ever so kind and convinces her to wander. Later, as Red reflects on her decisions, she describes the wolf by saying, “Nice isn’t the same as good.”

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