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Can't Feel my Face

       Ask any MS or HS student and I would bet they're familiar with at least one song by "The Weeknd."  His spots have recently earned the #1, #2, and #3 spots on Billboard's Hot 100 R&B, a feat never before accomplished by an artist.

       Flipping through channels one night, I recently heard one of his songs and liked the beat and catchy tune.  So I paused and listened to the lyrics trying to determine if it was a good song or not.  The chorus states, "I can't feel my face when I'm with you...but I love it...but I love it."  So I figured the artist was really enjoying time with his significant other.  Other lines state, "she told me don't worry about it," and "you'll never be alone."  This sounded like something I could get on board with, so I started rocking out and singing along.

       I later found out that this artist wasn't actually talking about his relationship with his significant other, but rather his relationship with cocaine.  This changed the entire meaning of the song, so I went back through the lyrics and was disappointed to find out the truth.  But it made me think about how easily we can be thrown off track in our spiritual lives chasing things that aren't godly.  Music is just one example of this.  Click the links below to view the music video, more about this artist, and the meaning behind the song.

Discussion questions with MS students:  Have you heard music by The Weeknd? What did you think? Did you understand the lyrics/meaning? Do you typically look at lyrics to determine if a song is valuable or not? Why are the motives behind music important?

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Showing our faith

       We may have read the Bible today, but have we done it in front of the people we are leading?  Often times, we do things in private that could be helpful to do them more in public as well.  This isn't to glorify ourselves and "make us look good," but rather, it can help set an example for others to see what we truly value in life.  Yes, Jesus tells us to do things in private.  In Matthew 6:6, He says, "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."  But sometimes we forget that just a few chapters later, God calls us to live out our faith publicly as well when Jesus says, "So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven."

       Setting an example for our kids, family, coworkers, friends, and spouses by proclaiming the grace of Christ is something we should do daily.  And this can be done through prayer, reading, singing, or simply being silent.  One example of someone living that out is my spouse.  When she wakes up, she immediately opens her Bible to study the word.  And she does this so often that even the cat knows!  The cat will run over to her and put his paws on the Bible as if to turn the pages.  No, obviously the cat isn't reading (I think it just likes the feel of the super thin pages), but it knows from watching every day what's going to happen.  What would our families look like if we saw each other consistently reading God's word each day?  Check out leading researcher Kara Powell's great illustration and incredible article below.

Discussion questions with MS students: What do I spend most of my time doing? What are one or two things I can't go a day without doing? How many times a week do you see me pray? Read? Sit in silence? What are the most important things in my life?

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