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Sharpie Shock Challenge

       Has your student come home with a black square on their arm from a Sharpie?  Most likely they've been "shocking" themselves at school.  The idea is to get a rush of adrenaline from shocking yourself using a Sharpie and your phone.

       How it works: students draw a black square on their arm with a Sharpie.  Then they open up the camera on their phone and turn on the flash.  You then put the flash of the phone where the Sharpie square is drawn and take a picture.  The result is a "shock" to your arm apparently caused by the black marker absorbing sudden heat from the phone flash.

       For the most part, there doesn't seem to be anything extremely harmful (except looking like a dummy with a black square on your arm the rest of the day).  But at the same time, there's probably not a positive outcome for doing this.  Check out the video below as well as some other info and pictures.

Discussion questions with MS students: Have you seen or heard of this being done? What was your reaction? Why did/didn't you do this? What is the point of doing this?

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How do I read the Bible?

       How do I read the Bible???  This is a question that comes up with young kids, old adults, new believers, committed saints, educated, uneducated, readers, and non-readers.  Even if your Bible doesn't look like the one above (or heck, even if it's never been opened!), it's never too late to start diving in.

       Personally, I have 3 things I do when I read the Bible:

  • First, I pray that God would open my heart to see what He sees and that He shares even just an ounce of His infinite wisdom with me.
  • Secondly, I keep a journal of questions that come up when I read.  It can be something really basic, a deep theological question, or something I feel like I'm missing (CLICK HERE for an example).
  • Finally, I write down a verse (or verses) that stick out to me.  I also try to write down what I feel like God is teaching me (CLICK HERE for an example).

       You may choose to do something similar or something different.  One thing I've found helpful is a Bible app called YouVersion.  It has tons of Bible reading plans (from one week plans to several years) that help me stay on course when I miss days.  It also sends me a daily reminder and I can change it if I fall behind.  Here are a few other tips to get you started on reading the Bible on your own.

Discussion questions with MS students: How do you read the Bible? Are there things you don't understand? What do you do when you don't understand? What questions do you have about the Bible or things that you've read? 

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