Joshua 1:9, My Life Verse: Michael Havens

October 10, 2008

My life verse, Joshua 1:9, has been with me for a few years. Ever since it has helped me through the toughest times I have ever gone through. Honestly, if God hadn’t given me this verse I probably would not be where I am today as a person. I needed that verse and I still need it today. I find myself needy ALOT of the time for the comfort of promises of the Lord. The Truth and the Word of the Lord is what I do my best to try and base my life on. It is the only thing that really makes sense to me in this world.

I found my life verse when a couple of years ago when I received my first Bible after church service one Sunday. As a new Christian my parents wanted me to have a Bible and I was tired of using theirs all the time so I also wanted to have one of my own. On the cover I bought with it, it said, “‘Be strong and Courageous’, Joshua 1:9”. I liked the verse a lot. Ever since, it has been a very solid, clear foundation to doing a lot of the things I did, whether it was school, homework, sports, or just sitting at home trying something new on the guitar. I always remember that verse whenever I’m about to do something that’s going to take a lot of faith like living out my faith every day.

Throughout my Christianity I have always been a little scared and intimidated about living out my faith all the time and being bold, especially when around others I know aren’t Christians. I would worry about what would happen, what they would say and what they would think. I didn’t want to do that anymore. I’ve noticed that ever since I started my walk with the Lord and have been more in His Word, I’ve grown stronger and bolder. Now it really doesn’t matter to me what anyone else says or thinks anymore. I still know it isn’t always an easy walk though. I still struggle with being bold and carrying out God’s commands everyday consistently. I need Gods help. However, Joshua 1:9 gives me faith and courage whenever I feel alone and like I’m being defeated by this world. “Do not be afraid or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” That part of the verse (Joshua 1:9) immediately takes away my fear and replaces it with courage because then I am reassured that God is with me and His power is with me always, no matter how many times I’ve sinned or fallen short. Even when nobody is with you and your alone in this world, God the Almighty Father is with you! That’s a very uplifting and exciting thought!

Matthew smith

October 10, 2008

Life Verse Essay


    My bible verse is psalm 23 it talks about the lord keeping us safe and always being with us. The first part of the verse says that the God is our provider and will give us everything we need. It also says “he leads me beside quiet waters he restores my soul” I think that this is saying that God is trying to always refresh us. I see this as that we need to always ask God to renew our relationship with him.

    The second part of my life verse and pesonaly I see as the most powerful part is, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil for you are with me”. I see this part as God reaching down to us and saying that he is never going to leave us and will always be there to protect us. I apply to my life by always saying this whenever I am going through a hard time. This section of the verse is also one of the most used in movies. In my life verse this is probiblally my favorite part.

    “The next part of the verse says your rod and your staff they confort me.” This is another section of scripture where the aurthor is saying that God id our protector. The psalmist frequently compairs God to a sheperd and us to sheep and as the sheperd God is protecting us and is keeping us safe from the wolves, that being satian.

    Next the psalmist says that “he preapres a table before in the presence of my enemies my cup overflows.” When he says that “he preapres a table before in the presence of my enemies” I think that he is saying that even your enemies will see how blessed you are when you are trusting in God.

Lastly it says “shurely goodness and love shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the lord for ever men” God is saying that if we trust the lord he will bless us with goodness and love. The main thing that I like about this verse is that God is promising to bless me if I trust him that is why this is my life verse.






Brian Gebel’s Life verse, Isaiah 41:10

October 10, 2008


Isaiah 41:10

    Isaiah was a contemporary from Amos, Hosea and Micah. He was born in the 8th century. The book is named for the prophet who composed the book. His name means “The Lord is salvation.” The work of the great prophet was to turn the Jews to the Lord as the only hope of their salvation. He married a woman, he was a father and he had two sons. Also he was a very good writer. Isaiah was called to be a prophet of Yahweh in striking visions which he had experienced in the Temple from about 740 years B.C. The book of Isaiah was written from about 701 years B.C. Isaiah’s words were primarily directed to the nation of Judah and the people of Jerusalem.

This verse means with my faithful right hand. The phrase is a Hebrew mode of expression, meaning that God’s hand was very faithful. This is the verse: “Which I do and will manage with righteousness, whereby I will deliver thee, and destroy thine and mine enemies, as it follows.” This verse tells us that God will strenght us and that he will protect us from any evil. Isaiah’s calling as a prophet was first to the nation of Jerusalem. He also told the coming of the Messiah and the salvation of the Lord. He was a trustful man.

Isaiah son of Amoz is often thought of as the greatest of the writing prophets and also Isaiah wrote during the stormy period marking the expansion of the Assyrian empire and the decline of Israel. He wrote a verse which means that he will be with us,he will protect us, and that he will be our shield. His own name, which symbolized his message of salvation, Isaiah’s sons names represented a part of his prophetic message as well.

    This message means a lot to me because it helps me to look forward and to forget the past. Every day when I need help he is there helping me when I need him. One day when I was at my home on Sunday in 2006 I was having problems with the school so I read the verse and at that instant it changed my life. It was at night in my house and it was raining, it was a Sunday. I received because God was telling me that he will strengthen me and help me. This verse is still helping me in my hard times.

    Isaiah was a really good writer. I think that people should apply it to their lifes. He is with you whatever you go, no matter what happened. He will help you in your hard moments because if you believe in him and trust him you will be safe. This is my favorite verse and I wish not to forget it.

Aubrie Gerber life verse, 1 Timothy 4:12

October 10, 2008

1 Timothy 4:12

    I’ve a lways been serching for that “it verse.” For years it felt like eternity trying to find that special text that pops from the pages. I thought there was something wrong with me, i couldnt relate to these words written in ‘who knows when’ ancient years. Who, what, why does every one say the words just come to you. Words cant walk, or SPEAK! Then there it was 1 Timothy 4:12 staring me straight in the face! Even speaking to me… well Pastor Mike saying it to be exact. “Don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity; states 1 Timothy 4:12.”

    Paul, the author of 1 Timothy, wrote letters to Timothy to help him with guidance and provide pastoral care. He was one of many of Pauls converts. Timothy was a Greek child when the letters were written. His grandmother Euncie and mother Lois, helped train him to become a Godly man. Timothys clame to fame came to him when he became the first deacon to hellenistic Greeks, and took care of the widows. In 65 A.D. 1 Timothy was witten by Paul when he was imprisoned in jail. He wrote to Timothy being his ‘mentor.’ This verse now and then compares to my verse because its about being anexample to younge belivers and sprading the gosple. Back when David, who was a young follower of christ was an example to other belivers by defeating Goliath. Now at days, kids no mader how small can still be and example of Christ. This verse was intended for all the children and followers of Christ.

    My life verse literally means: Any man, woman, or thing to go against evil and what everyone is doing and become an example to non belivers. God wants us to get to know him from the day were born for forever. Our life is like a ray; It has a beging from when we commit ourself for Christ and melt our heart of stone, and it goes on forever. If we influence others in our walk with God then they will see how God has changed us for the better and others will follow and wnat to be Gods bride.

    I receved this verse from God over the summer when I went to church, just one ordinary day. Pastor Mid in liquid was talking abuot it an I loved the message it gave. I choosed this specific verse because i want to be and example to other belivers. It has helped me since the day I heard it by trying making my decitions through God. It has helped by the way I dress and act twards others.

    No ones perfect, but as we try to be examples of Chirst we grow deeper to get to know him and in doing so we influence others. Thats what the message of God is about. Hopefully one day everyone I influence will go to heaven. Even if it sparks a light in them it would make me happy.


Jonathan Christman’s Life Verse

October 10, 2008

Jonathan Christman                                

Mr. Greene

Computer Apps

3 October 2008


Life Verse – Philippians 4:13

    Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This is a very strong verse that Paul wrote in Philippians. It shows that if we have Christ, he can always strengthen us wherever we go. We should always ask for God’s strength every day.

    Philippians 4:13 also shows us faithfulness. Faithfulness is one of the key things that Paul had whie with time with God on earth. We should also have faithfulness towars God and it should be one of the key things that we should have in our life as well.

    This verse also shows power. Power is one of the key things we need through God. If we ask Christ for strength, we also need the power to make the strength last.

    Philippians 4:13 shows us the love of God. If there wasn’t the love of God, He wouldn’t be able to strengthen us. God is all love and the center of love, so if we want strength from Christ, we need to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

    Last but not least, Philippians 4:13 shows us patience. Strength comes through patience because it doesn’t come automatically, but it takes time. If you practice something and you have a big goal for it, it won’t come in let’s say 1 day, but more like 1 month. I’m thankful that Philippians 4:13 is my lifeverse because I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me.

Life Verse Essay

October 10, 2008

Julie DiFede

Mr. Greene

Computer apps./3 Life Verse essay


John 14:27

Who knew that these simply words could impact somebody so greatly, so deeply. Who knew that words could bring comfort and understanding and the presence of God could be seen through words on a page. It’s not made up. And im not trying to write some feel good speech about something…”spiritual” As long as I write the truth about how this verse impacted me, and the reallness of the truth behind it, I no i’ll be fine in telling you how this verse came to be.

It all started with a man his name was John. John was the son of Zebedee and Salome. Saint James the Great wsa his brother. Salome was Marys sister, and so John was the Lord’s half cousin. John’s ethnicity was jewish, he was a fishermen and partners with James and Simon. John was an apostle of Jesus and was the author of five new testament books. I’ve been brought to think that John and Jesus were very close. God called John his “Beloved Disciple”and, in one of Johns gosple’s he referes to himslef as the disciple that Jesus loved so I assume that they were pretty close to eachother.

The book of John was written between 85 and 95 A.D. To my understanding John wrote this book because he would witness believers being fasly taught the word of God by a group of teachers. In another scence I think God had John write this book beceause its very comforting.Allthough times were diffrent back in the days of writing the Bible people still had promblems like they do today. No matter what year it is in history we will always look for somthing better than ourselves, something to fulfill that emptyness. Its an amazing feeling to truly be able to give your promblems up to God and not be able to worry about them, now Im not saying this always happens because it definately doesn’t. But this verse helped me immensly in taking a bigger step towards trusting God and letting go.

This is what my verse means to me stripped down to the core. God wants you to depend on him. Writing this write now, it seems really funny because its not that easy. Its not easy at all actually. It takes total trust in believeing fully in something you’ve never seen before and thats really hard to do today in a world of material things. Espically because people don’t want to have a God that they have to be accountable to they want to trust in themselves and have no rules.

I’m really glad that God gave me this verse because I have a tendancy to worry alot. When im stressing over something It’s so much easier to say this verse back to myself because it gives me a sence of security and comfort. I know that most everybody atleast once in there life would be able to apply a verse like this to there own life, because everybody at one pont or another are going to have to face somehting thats challenging ,stressful and beyond our own control. I know that im not the only person that has been blessed with his verse. And I hope that otheres who read this will be impacted by this verse even if its in the future.

Darian’s Life verse Deuteronomy 31:6

October 9, 2008

Life Verse

    I recieved my life verse about a year ago. Coming from a non-covenent Christian school,(Zion Lutheran) my friends were mosty nonchristians, or actd like it at least. This greatly effected my walk with Christ, although I had a relationship with Christ, I was controlled by peer pressure. Coming to CCA’s environment, I was instantly convicted, not directly but indirectly. I compared the way my friends and I acted with the community of CCA. Living in CCA’s environment really changed my outlook of a Christian’s life and the way it was supposed to be. I had changed, but my friends had not. With a shy personality, it was hard to talk to them let alone confront them on their actions. I came across this verse one day, and it spoke gratly to me. I had forgotten who was with me through my struggles. With God on my side, whom or what was I afraid of? God would and will never forsake me. This verse strengthened my walk, and with this strength, I am a more able and willing disciple others.

Since then, God has placed me in positions of leadership. For example, I was chosen to travel to Mexico ahead of my class to bring back a heart for Mexico, and encourage others to attend the trip in June. When I was first informed of this mission, I had no idea why I was chosen. I didn’t really see myself as a leader in my class. I doubted myself and questioned God of my role. I didn’t understand why in the world I was going ahead of others in my class who I belived were more qualified.

    Throughout the trip first trip, I was placed out of my comfort zone alot. God was basically forcing me out of my shell, I had avoided it for long enough. Then planning for the second trip in June, I discoverd I was going to lead one of the four groups on the trip. At first I was very anxious, so I began to serch God’s Will. If I was placed in this role,then it was obviously His will. And being in His will, I had nothing to fear because He would always be with me. The trip was a huge success, and God truely revealed His face to my group on that trip. It was so cool to see God work through me to reach others.

God’s work on me through Mexico has helped me emensly in life. It has prepared me for my future. It gave me an even greater understanding of the life verse He gave me. I even though I thought it was a better idea to be comfortable and quite, Gods plan is outed as it always does. His plan is always perfect and I am so blinded by pride when I choose my path over His.

    Looking back at how god has so perfectly worked on me to prepare me for His plans, it is so evident that He is a neverfailing God. As stated in my life verse, If I am seizeful and brave, I have nothing to fear because God will never forsake me and never fail me. Through my life verse and His works in and through me, God continuosly guides my back onto His track.








Brianna Schieffer’s Life Verse – 1st Timothy 4:12

October 9, 2008


The Life Verse that God has gifted me with is 1st Timothy 4:12. This verse says “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” This essay will explain that the author is of the letter and book of 1st Timothy is Paul. It will include who he is, his social status, and why he wrote 1st Timothy. This report will also talk about what 1st Timothy means, literally, contextually, and interpretatively. Why God gave me this verse, how, when and why I recieved it, what it has meant in my walk with Christ, and how it applies to my life will also be included.

    The apostle Paul wrote the book of 1st Timothy. He was the son of a Jewish Pharisee. He was from the capital of Cilicia, Tarsus, which was a Roman province in the southeast of Asia Minor. Paul’s trade he learned was the making tents from goats’ hair cloth. After his incounter with the Lord, he stuck to spreading the gospel and starting churches all over the world. Paul used to be a pharisee which is that day was very upper class. His status was also his claim to fame. Early in his life, Paul did not want have anything to do with the Lord. He pursecuted Christians until he had an encounter with God. After the Lord confronted him on his way to Damascus, Paul had a very close relationship with God. What influenced Paul to write this letter to Timothy was that Timothy was about to start his minestry. 1st Timothy is a letter of guidence and instruction. 1st Timothy 4:12 was relivent to the culture because at that time, older people were were looked much higher on then the younger youth. This verse was immediatly intended for Timothy because he was about to start churches and begin his ministry.

    1st Timothy is a verse of instruction. When it states, ‘to look down’, it literally means to think against, despise, that is, disesteem. An ‘example’ is a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning). When its says, ‘believers’, it means the trustworthy and faithful people to God. ‘Speech’ is something said or exclaimed and ‘love’ is charity or affection. When states ‘faith’ it means persuasion, that is, the acceptance of truth or moral conviction. In this verse, ‘purity’ means cleanliness. Contextually, 1st Timothy 4:12 is when Paul was instructing Timothy to not let anyone look down on him because he was young. Instead, Paul wanted Timothy to set an example in his speech, life, love, faith and in his purity for other belivers. He wanted Timothy to teach this to others as well. There are many interpertations of 1st Timothy. Wesely’s interpertation of 1st Timothy 4:12 is: ” Let no one have reason to despise thee for thy youth. To prevent this, Be a pattern in word – Public and private. In spirit – In your whole temper. In faith – When this is placed in the midst of several other Christian graces, it generally means a particular branch of it; fidelity or faithfulness.” The College Press interpretation is, “As apostolic representative, Timothy must gain the respect of those to whom he ministers. The virtues Timothy is to model will offset the handicap of his youth. There are five areas in which Timothy is to demonstate the virtuous life. All of these virtues show a contrast between the behavior of Timothy and that of the false teachers. First, ‘in speech’ refers to the everyday talk of Timothy. He is not be be argumentative but rather is to be known for his wise words. Second, ‘in life’ (better ‘in conduct’) represents a call for the proper lifesytle. The third and fourth, ‘in love’ and ‘in faith’ represent two of the basic Christian virtues included in every such list. The fifth area for virtuous living is ‘in purity’ or ‘in chastity,’ perhaps given as a contrast to the false humility and asceticism of the false teachers.” My interperation of 1st Timothy 4:12, is that when Paul is telling Timothy to teach this verse to everyone, to not lets others look down on you because you are young. Because Timothy was instructed to teach it, I think we should also teach it so everyone would know this verse and its meaning. Everyone should know that what they say (speech), how they live (life), how they treat thing (love), how they trust (faith), and how they think (purity), impacts everyone around them.

    I received and have liked this verse for a couple of years ever since the seventh grade. I first remember hearing this verse in youth group when our youth pastor spoke on it. This is when it really started meaning something to me. This verse has helped me in my walk by giving me encouragement to stay strong in the Lord when I am with others that are older. This verse applies to my life because being only 15 and a freshman, there are many older people that I am with and that are apart of my life. This gives me a chance to show them who I am in the Lord and be an example by the way I choose to act and live my life.

    In conclusion, 1st Timothy 4:12 can be applied to everyone’s life. For the younger generation, to not let people look down on them, but to set an example. For the older generation, not to look down on younger people because their age does not always define their maturity in Christ. The youth can can be young but still have a great relationship with Christ and can therefore be a witness to non-believers.

Allie Mullen’s Life Verse, Joshua 1:9

October 9, 2008

Allie Mullen

Mr. Green

Verse Essay

23 September 2008

Joshua, Son of Nun

The book of Joshua was not entirely written by Joshua, the son of Nun, himself. In fact, Joshua has no name for its original author. It is thought that Joshua, had contributed to the book but it was not finished until after his death. The book was written and completed somewhere between 1400 and 1370 B.C. The book of Joshua takes place right after the death of Moses. God chooses Joshua to guide his people; the Israelites, through the Jordan River and into the Promise Land.

During this certain time period, 1400-1370 B.C., events such as the freeing of the Israelites from Egypt were taking place. After the escape from Egypt and the parting of the red sea, we see the death of Moses followed by the introduction of a new leader; Joshua, son of Nun. God chose Joshua to be His servant and to lead His people to the promise land.

Joshua 1:9 says, “I command you-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” The purpose for this verse was to encourage Joshua so that he might have the strength and the courage to fulfill the task that God required him to do. That task was “The Wall of Jericho.”

If Joshua was cowardly after knowing what God asked him to do, God, most likely, would not have been able to bless of do the miraculous works that he did do through his servant, Joshua. Being afraid and not courageous in what God calls of us is like doubting God and lacking faith in Him and His will. Finally giving up on trying fixing personal problems and wholeheartedly allowing God to take away burdens is such a freeing feeling. There is no sense in holding on to burdens; they do nothing but bring people down.

Joshua 1:9 reminds me that the God that I serve is such a loving God that He wants to take away my suffering so that I may live every day as fulfilling and glorifying as possible. I love this verse because it is truly encouraging to know that the stronger I am, by letting go of my burdens, the more I will be blessed. In times of weakness, I try to think about this verse so that God can use me in His plan. I know why I am a Christian based on this verse.

Kristen’s Life Verse Romans 12:2

October 9, 2008


“Do what you think God wants you to do, do what you think God wants you to do!” That’s what everyone would tell me! But to a little girl of 9 years old, I wasn’t quite sure what God really wanted me to do. How was I supposed to know what God wanted from me? I was only 9 for crying out loud. My mom had given me this bookmark for my bible, and on it said, “Do not conform to the ways of the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2. Okay … what’s that supposed to mean? God’s will? Conformed? Renewing of your mind? I mean I loved Jesus and I knew He was my Savior, but what was this verse saying? I guess I never really understood it then, but that bookmark had become one of my favorites. Little did I know that this verse would mean a ALOT to me later in my life.

Now, going into 6th grade was a big deal, it meant the end of being in the same classroom the whole day, to the beginning of the 6 classes a day and electives! This year was going to be awesome! That year, I made lots of new friends and spent more time hanging out with them, then going to church. I knew church was important, I just didn’t feel like going sometimes. During 6th grade, I also started to curse and I guess you could say I got lazy in my walk with Jesus. That summer, I moved. It wasn’t that far, but I still angry that I would have to leave all my friends behind. We moved alot closer to our church and our family made a commitment to be more involved in church.


For 7th grade, I had to start a completely new school and I wasn’t very happy about that. Because I didn’t know anyone at school, I started to become more involved with the activities at my church and I made closer friends with the people there. In March of that year, I was invited to come on the middle school retreat our youth group was having. I t was first retreat and I didn’t really know what to expect. We were put into groups and each group had a leader. The theme of the retreat was to get into your bible more and to have a more personal relationship with him, so that you can show others his love. Now, I knew Jesus, but I didn’t really have a relationship with him, but that was about to change. The last night we were there my leader made us all think aobut our lives we were living, and if they were really God lead. I knew I was drawing away from God and I wanted to come back. So that night i made a commitment to myself and to God that I would have a more personal relationship with him.

That morning before we left I was looking thorugh my bible, I came across Romans 12:2 and I rembered it from my bookmark. I read it and I realzed that before I was just following the ways of the world and I was going farther and farther from God, and it was just a matter of time before I forgot about him completely. But this verse inspired me to follow God. It was then when I fully understood my favorite verse. I had to live how God wanted me to and do what he thinks is best, no matter what. Living and acting like the rest of the world wasn’t going to get me anywhere.

Through the years I’ve realized that God gave me this verse way before I could understand it, so that it would mean that much more to me when I could. I know that God’s will is the right way and I’m excited to put it to the test and see just how good, pleasing, and perfect it is.