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What do you love about these discussions?


CASSIE WRITES: I don’t know about you, but I have LOVED these new discussion questions! I love how they make me think. I love how Rebelutionaries all over the world can share their opinions on the topics. I love how we can all be courteous, humble, and open. I love how we can disagree politely and defend our views graciously and clarify when misunderstood.

So, I want to hear: What do you guys love about these discussions? What has made you think most? What have you learned?

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  • I love learning others’ opinions. I love being able to disagree with other people yet still be completely on good terms with them. I love seeing great advice being given that is pertinent to many more than just the person who asked the question. But most of all, I sincerely appreciate the Christian encouragement that’s going on. It’s amazing how different people from different walks of life can build each other up like is happening here!

  • 180 comments, huh? Anyway I love being able to connect and discuss important ideas with other Christian teens. A lot of other “Christian” teens really don’t have a lot of depth or care for important things, but the Rebelution community is, well, different. It is so encouraging to see other Christian teens who are serious abut following Christ. Keep it up, guys!

  • I love everything about the DQ’s! Talking to all you amazing people, thinking about really deep questions, and doing hard things all at the same time?? Yes Please!

  • The DQ’s have been incredible! I think, most of all, I love the community here. Although most of my friends are Christian, most of them aren’t interested in having discussions like these. Here, I’m able to talk with like-minded people who love God and each other.

    As irrational as it may be, there are some days when I feel like I’m the only person in the world who cares about doing hard things anymore. Now I can just come here to be inspired and encouraged. I come and I realize that I’m not the only one who struggles with the things I face in life, and that the people here are also determined to face those things in Christ.

    So, thank you, Brett, for doing this; and thank you, everyone else, for being a part of this amazing community! It’s been an incredible blessing!

    God bless,

  • These are great! I think it’s awesome in hearing the opinions of other like-minded teens. These present great opportunities for teens to speak their minds in a safe and appreciative environment. It gives teens the opportunities to talk about the tough and deep questions of Christianity and life in general. It can also be used as a great tool for encouragement and lifting others up. Thanks Brett for all that you and Alex have done with this tool, and for inspiring teens to Do Hard Things.

  • I love being able to get others’ opinions on things (especially from the recent “encouraging members of the opposite gender without going too far” discussion), and being challenged by all the other young people who are living for Christ. πŸ™‚

  • The DQs have been incredibly encouraging to me! I love seeing so many teens get together to discuss serious questions. I crave community like that…and it’s so great to find it on here. I’m so encouraged by these deep thinkers who are serious about their faith and who I can relate to in so many ways. Yes, it’s over the internet and we don’t really “know” each other face to face, but nonetheless its very uplifting to realize these people exist :). It has inspired me to be more outspoken about my faith and to get even more involved in the real life community I’m already a part of. Thanks Brett!

  • I’ve enjoyed seeing other’s points of view and some of these questions I’ve never even thought about or considered before so its been very educational as well as encouraging.
    I also like having a place to put out my opinion and read other’s and (although some disagree) no one is rude or condescending in any way. Its all kindness and respect!
    These are great! Thanks for starting this page up!

  • Hi guys! I really, REALLY like these questions and discussions. They are so awesome because it always make me think a little more “outside the box”. And they also sometimes give me encouragement when I’m going through something difficult. So thanks guys!!

  • I so appreciate the intelligence of this website. It is reassuring that we have not lost all of this younger generation to “dumbing down.” I live in a extremely secularized state where it is hard to find anyone 16 on up that can converse outside of texting.
    The comments always seem to show a respectful use of scripture and a maturity that is refreshing. Thank you for letting an “older” individual that loves your blog to post!

  • I love being able to hear other Christian’s opinions on various topics, as well as making me think about how I would answer each question. It also brings up things I had never thought of before. So thanks for the DQs!

  • I love being able to discuss problems and peoples thoughts! I also love all the help you guys have given me when I Told you my problems/thoughts! :3 we have such a great community!

  • I love seeing that I’m not alone. I was kind of worried at first if this would work because everyone has to be so open. But everyone is so respectful and though I don’t always agree, it is still great to find out what others are thinking. There are so many out there that think like me, which could actually be a little scary haha. But I love the openness and honesty. And the advice. There are some wise people! And the questions are great, sometimes it seems that they come up when I’ve been asking myself them. It is so great!!

  • I love… everything everyone else has said!!! And I love how we can have fun, joke around sometimes. Even though I only know the people on here through what they write, I feel like I know many of them quite well! They’re friends – people I can connect with (even just through these DQs), encourage, be encouraged by, challenge, be challenged by…. This is a community, of real people being very real.

  • Im new to the rebelution forum, but I’ve really enjoyed sharing my thoughts and learning from others. I don’t have a large group of serious Christian friends my age so this is really great for me, Thanks Brett!

  • I love the DQ! I love being able to speak my mind and heart to people my age who are serious with their relationship with Christ. In reality, I’m constantly surrounded by immature kids and family who I think feel I have nothing to say because of my age and quiet personality. I know God has something greater than this.

  • I love being able to find people who are likeminded and are interested in the same thing. Finding people our age who love Jesus and want to do what He wants them to do is so encouraging…

  • The discussion questions are definitely a fav! Sharing how the Lord is working, getting practical tips, ideas, and encouragement from so many folks, from all over the world, each with individual gifts and talents….it’s awesome! Keep these going- please and thank you!

  • These Discussion Questions are always so helpful. Most of the time I don’t respond because of lack of time, but I still love to read others responses and be encouraged that I am not alone in living for the Lord and wanting to grow closer to Him while making a difference in this world for His glory. Knowing that I have a place to turn to when I have a question or need some Godly advise is very reassuring as well. I love my physical church that I attend, but I feel like the Discussion Questions have allowed The Rebelution to become my second “church”. Maybe others of you know what I mean? I really appreciate The Rebelution and the wonderful community God has formulated through it, I feel very blessed to be a part of it!

    • I can definately relate with the rebelution becoming your second church. πŸ™‚ As much as I love my youth group, we don’t really get to cover the things that get discussed on here. I love hearing what God is doing in other people’s lives and I feel like this makes it easier to be vulnerable and real about our lives (if that makes any sense :))

      • This is my church so far as teens are concerned. And I really get more real about my life on here than I get with most of my “real” friends…

        • I recently graduated from a small parochial grade school and moved to a very large, very public high school. While I’m adjusting, it definitely took a toll on my friendships. Youth group is now about connecting with kids I used to see every day, and I sometimes feel I don’t have deep, meaningful friendships, and I miss that. Even with my old friends, the lack of communication makes being open much more awkward. The Rebelution has been a Godsend and has definitely given me some of the deep, godly fellowship I’ve been missing πŸ™‚ It’s awesome how God does that and gives us exactly what we need when we need it πŸ™‚

          • I never changed schools – homeschooled – but I’ve moved plenty. Until about a year and a half ago, I didn’t really have close meaningful friendships – I had no idea what I was missing!

          • It was definitely a big change. (I went from being in a class of 7, to a class of 350+) The friendships are easily the thing I miss most (besides the food πŸ˜€ lol, public school food is horrible) Even among my Christian friends, it’s hard to find people who are really in the Word and that I feel I can open up with. But I wouldn’t give it up for anything. God has shown me that this is where He is using me, and even missing some of that fellowship, He has strengthened my faith in crazy ways! πŸ™‚

          • It’s interesting how you go to a school where you’re surrounded by people and it’s still hard to find meaningful friendships…I say this because, from a homeschooled kid’s standpoint, it seems public school would be the place to make friends. Sometimes working at home can get pretty lonely. Not to say that all homeschoolers are “un-socialized”, it’s just that we have to work harder at making relationships. So it’s interesting to hear from a different viewpoint…

          • It’s interesting, that’s for sure. In a public school, acquaintances are everywhere, but I think because you’re surrounded by so many others, you tend to spend less time developing quality relationships and just go for quantity. At least, that’s what I’m seeing. Also, I’m surrounded by a lot of “christians,” but not many of them really love God, they just go to church on Christmas and Easter. (It’s kinda heartbreaking to see:( ) Spending the last ten years of my life in a Christian school has filled my life with Scripture (even when I wasn’t actively pursuing that knowledge) and I am shocked to find even friends who are at church twice a week, don’t know even basic Bible stories or the books in the Bible until they enter confirmation, and as a result have skewered theology :(. In all, I think it has a lot to do how getting in the Bible has changed my thinking and I see things differently than those around me.

          • It’s kind of contradictory, isn’t it? It’s a little like the social media world, where the quantity of “friends” is what matters, when really there is no depth and that person ends up even more lonely. That’s so great that you had the opportunity to become grounded in your faith before you entered the secular world. I personally feel so blessed to be surrounded by Christians (my family), in an environment where I can soak up so much from the Word. In a way though I guess you have more opportunity to be a light at your school, because you encounter so many non-Christians, or Christians who aren’t serious about their faith. I’m not really familiar with confirmation, though. What is it exactly?

          • Confirmation is bascially affirming your faith and giving you as a young adult a chance to really define your relationship with God. You go through 1-4 years (depending on the church) and then publicly promise to “suffer all, even death, rather than fall away” from Him. In my life, it has grown my passion and love for God immensely and has totally changed my life for the better! πŸ™‚

          • Hmmm, I need to look more into it, sounds interesting. Is it particularity associated with the Catholic faith?

          • It started out that way, yes. I know Catholics still do it. It’s a big tradition in the Lutheran Church, and I know some Protestant churches practice it as well

          • Whatever church is nearby that we agree with πŸ™‚ I’ve been in a Southern Baptist church, a non-denominational church, and currently we’re in a church that’s officially Mennonite, but really the only way you’d know that it’s Mennonite is that some of the ladies wear the head covering and the church teaches non-resistance. In everything else we agree with the pastor, even if not with the denomination, if you get what I mean.

          • Yeah, that makes sense. I’ve never really moved, so I’ve never had to join a new church, but after going to church (and youth group) with my friends and some extended family members, I can kinda relate. It’s interesting, I’ve also sat in on a friend’s confirmation class, and it’s amazing the differences that you’d never realize, and that don’t really matter because it’s just a matter of tradition and not theology πŸ™‚

          • The worst thing when I’m going to a new church is where they say, “So, if you’re a visitor today, please stand up.” That’s the WORST!
            Yeah, it’s cool how similar we are if you look at what really matters… then it’s sad when you look at how split apart we are because of the little things.

          • Wow, this looks awesome! I would love to do this, maybe next year… I don’t think it would work this year, though it would be amazing if it did.

          • Well, that’d be awesome! I’ll let you know if I can go, but it’s not likely this year. Do you think you might be there next year?

          • Hey! I was so close to going to something super similar this year, a teen leadership conference that sounds so much like that, but I ended up going to a different camp instead. This year or next I really want to go to Summit Ministries. It looks amazing!

          • No… the WORST is… you know those times when you show up at the mall, but none of you’re friends are there yet so you have to wait at the curb for like TEN MINUTES!!!! That is the WORST!!! =D (-Tim Hawkins)

          • I want to do multiple likes on that one… if you see multiple guest likes, it was me πŸ™‚

          • Lol ;). You have to say it in a Chilean accent…I could watch him do that hundreds of times, and still be crying I’m laughing so hard =D

          • The hardest things are the biggest faith-strengtheners! Exactly what I’ve been learning over the past six months or so.

  • The weird sense of fellowship is probably what I love the most. The sense of being connected to people all across the world, people I’ve never even seen, people my age even, by a common tie. We (Most of us that is) are sinners saved by Grace. It’s a blessing to discuss these topics with other like minded teens, and adults, and receive intelligent insight. I never realized before how many struggles we have in common, and it feels great not to be alone. I also like how it inspires us to think deeply upon subjects that we either gave little thought to before, or assumed were too over our heads. It’s also humbling, because we have to realize that we don’t always know the answer to everything, and sometimes we’re wrong, and it’s okay. It’s okay to be be wrong, and make mistakes guys. (Just don’t make them on purpose;)

  • What I love about these discussion questions is this: they’re real questions which young people have, and I take the questions as a personal challenge/inquiry directed to me personally, and even though almost all of my answers boil down to “read your Bible and pray about it,” I still enjoy it immensely. Thank you!

  • Being a Filipino, it is amazing to interact with you guys who are Christians. It connects us, believing on the same Lord, the same outlook on life, the same hope. Even I don’t know all of you but I feel like I belong for we are brothers and sisters in Christ. I believe the Lord guided all of our discussions about significant topics, the Holy Spirit pours on wisdom and knowledge in order to encourage and have wonderful relationship with each other as children of God. Each discussion really shows how the Lord is molding our generation, it directs us in living with wisdom, with some help with friends. I always felt closer and welcome here! πŸ˜€ Thank you πŸ™‚

  • They’re…just so awesome!!!! I mean, it’s great being able to connect with other Christian teens and discuss (and sometimes argue πŸ™‚ ) our viewpoints. It’s also great being able to see what other people think about certain things. Keep posting them!

    • And by the way looking at the other comments I was confused by people who kept saying that they liked Dairy Queen….then it hit me that DQ didn’t mean the fast food chain but discussion questions lol.

  • I love being able to talk to other Christian teens. It’s nice to be able to answer other peoples questions, and also have people answer yours. And there are some great discussions that happen in the comments πŸ˜€

  • Simply put… I’m too lazy to start a blog on my own, and Facebook is just too shallow for any deep discussions. So this is the next best thing!

    And I totally agree with Christy’s comment. It pretty much describes my feelings exactly!

  • I love best knowing that I am not alone. I know 4? other people like me. My brother, my best friend, a cousin, and another young woman. That is a very small number. Sometimes at homeschooling conferences I get a glimpse of likeminded people, but here on the Rebelution it is overwhelming! Whether I need encouragement, prayers, food for thought, or just a laugh, I am continually blown away with all my brothers and sisters in Christ who are so like me, and somehow we are all meeting to help each other here, though we would never recognise each other on the street. I think there’s a bible verse about this, but I can’t think of it right now… God is Good!!!

  • So funny… did you know that even on the Rebelution, my spellchecker says that “rebelution” is spelled wrong…

  • WOW that’s a deep question Brett,
    what i love most about these discussions is that they help me to think outside the box they help me to relate with my peers and handle conflict nicely and humbly. they give me encouragement and hope, and they show me that i’m not alone. i also like the fact that the Rebelution is filled with teens who think like me who want to make a difference who want to be the change who want to be the light and salt of Jesus. and i love being able to communicate with other teens if i have a question i can’t find an answer to i know i can just post it hear and you’ll give me a monotony of answers which are all encouraging. it’s also inspiring for me, when i see other teens my age doing things that are so big i get inspired to pursue my dreams and what i want to accomplish. It’s been a blessing in my life and i can’t imagine a life without it. God has so used this place in my life in some amazing ways. God Bless You All and God Bless Alex and Brett Harris who we all owe a great deal to for starting this website.

    P.S. Yes I’m Back!!!!!!

  • It is such an awesome thing hearing from other rebelutionaries around the world. πŸ˜€ I feel so blessed seeing others getting together online and talking about things happening today. God bless!

  • I haven’t been on here very long, but I have been so encouraged by you guys through these DQ’s. It’s not very often we get to have good fellowship with other believers, and though this is online, it’s so encouraging to see so many others who are passionate about Christ and just to be reminded that I’m not the only one

  • In response to the title:

    I like these questions because it makes me think about what I would do/say in different circumstances. They are also a great way to get to know other rebelutionaries, and to know other’s opinions.

  • First comment! *high fives self* I want you guys to know how awesome reading all these DQs has been! God has really been using these in my life to help me A TON! So, thank you to all who have contributed to these conversations. God bless y’all!

  • I absolutely LOVE these discussions, Brett. They are such an awesome addition to this website. It’s cool because we can talk to others who can relate to us or who may have more knowledge or experience than us on certain issues, and we can help each other answer hard questions. It’s really helped me.

    Isn’t it so cool how we can connect with brothers and sisters from so many different places through the Internet? It’s great to have a community of people who are all different yet all serve the same Lord and all want to live for Him to the best of our abilities.

    Reading your books and subscribing to this website were some of the best things I ever did. Thank you so much for what you do.

  • Haha… I am kind of embarrassed, but I just realized that I forgot to put “CASSIE WRITES:” at the beginning of the post β€” which probably made all of you think I came up with this question. =P

    It’s an awesome question, don’t get me wrong! But it could definitely be taken as begging for compliments (i.e. “What do you love about my website?”) Oops!

    • Haha, it did kinda come off that way – I mean, that you had posted the question :). No worries though, we do love your website!

        • Hey Brett, all good! πŸ™‚ I did wonder, but I figured you’d have a reason. Well… forgetting is a good enough reason. πŸ˜› Totally fine, don’t worry about it.

          @mimeforjesus:disqus @programguy:disqus Thanks! It’s been so cool seeing people so freely praising this awesome site! I’ve enjoyed every bit. πŸ˜€

    • I just thought you were looking to know what we love, so you can put up more of it πŸ™‚
      Awesome question, Cassie!

  • I haven’t really been on much lately, life got really busy in good and bad ways. But from the discussions I have gotten to be a part of it was great, I feel like part of the family and no ones actually looking down on me or anything which is a relief.

    By the way I was just reading through one of them and saw a long dialogue from Yoda, totally made my day xD

    • Trent + Yoda = lots of fun!
      And, I don’t know what’s going on, but I’ll be praying for you πŸ™‚

      • Yes that’s who it was haha Trent if you read this, you remind me so much of my older brother cx that’s a good thing because he’s the nice one! Lol and thank you I’ve been needing some prayer…yeah I think I’ll leave it at that ^~^

        • He reminds me of most of the guys in my family – my dad would totally start talking like Yoda… And he sounds like both my dad and my brother when he’s being serious.

        • Guess what…
          I haven’t been on lately because I just
          got a new job extracting Honey but
          yesterday a Bee stung me on the face
          so now my left eye is completely swollen
          up and I can’t open it. I look ridicules.
          So that’s why I haven’t been on.


  • I’m new to the Rebelution, and I’m loving it so far! The discussions and the comments are really great, because often they raise questions that I’ve had, and then it’s helpful and fun to read all the responses. I love the family-like community that is the Reb, and I’m so glad I found it!

  • I gotta say that I really do love these discussions; it’s awesome to challenge and encourage one another in Christ. It’s soooo encouraging to be able to talk and connect with teens who have a passion for God and want to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I also love the humor of some comments here ….they always make my day :D.
    Thank you , Brett and Alex.

      • Ya, I’m allergic, but I don’t have celiac. I hate how I can’t eat all the great foods I love! Can you relate?

          • Eva, I don’t have any symptoms, but I got the test positive. That’s called ‘silent celiac’. I think it’s still important to go off of gluten though because you can get cancer later on if you continue eating it.

          • Really? I didn’t know that….I never actually took the test, but two of my siblings (the other two are adopted) are allergic to gluten. I could never get myself to go off of it because I didn’t want to give up my favorite foods. I didn’t know it could be that serious. Thanks for telling me.

          • Would it be as bad if I didn’t have celiac though and I still ate gluten? My brother and sister are just allergic, so the only reason I thought I would go off was just so I could feel better. It probably would be better to take the test anyways. Haha….is it weird that we’re having a serious food conversation on here?

          • Haha. Yes it is funny. I’m not an expert on gluten allergy related stuff, but I believe that wheat allergy can be just as (if not more) serious than celiac. I think it depends on the case. Sometimes it’s really serious, and other times it’s not. Just be careful πŸ™‚

          • Celiac can be very serious. My mom knew a guy who got so ill that he died. They never knew what it was until his daughter found out she had Celiac years later. If he had just stopped eating gluten, he would have been fine!

            That doesn’t mean you need to worry about it though. I do think it would be wise if everyone went like six months without eating gluten, better yet, grains altogether, (try a Paleo diet:) just to see how their body reacted. Sometimes you don’t even know you feel bad, until you feel so much better. I don’t have Celiac, but I had a form of colitis a few years ago which made it necessary to try a complete change in diet, which included cutting out all grains. I’m now feeling better than I ever have, with almost no symptoms whatsoever, and I can eat lots of things I had to give up. (Plus, some grain free recipes are actually delicious;)

          • I know what you mean about not knowing your feeling bad until you feel better. I know I’ll probably recognize a difference if I went off, like my brother and sister did. Wow, you guys are really making me consider this. I didn’t think I would before:)

  • Wow. Just reading this I’d have to say I love that there’s so many more weird people out there!!! Score! I’m new on this site, I just finished the book a couple of weeks ago and it’s really challenging and changing me. I’m stoked for the future! Oh hey does anybody on here live in Kansas?? Haha

    • Welcome to the Rebelution! Glad to have ya πŸ™‚ My favorite part of this site when I found it was all the people like me! They’re awesome!
      I might move to be near Kansas, but that’s all the connection I have.

        • Because this is the DQ (Discussion Question) that everyone gets off-topic on, I think we can talk about whatever, so – how old are you, and what type of school do you go to?

          • Cool! I just turned 16 recently, and I’m homeschooled. What does A.C.E. mean?
            What do you like to do with your free time?

          • Oh cool so you’re in like 10th? I was home schooled too. It means Accelerated Christian Education. And I like to hunt, shoot, play b-ball, tennis and ride with fiends. And hbu?

          • Yep, I’m in 10th. So you joined a “real” school for high school? I would love to hunt/shoot but I live in a New England state so there’s not much open land around here, so I can’t really – I’ve only gotten to shoot when I go visit my brother, who lives where there’s lots of open land. And I like to write, read, speak Spanish, be a mime, and hang out with my friends/family.
            Do you have any ideas what you want to do in college? (I had no idea when I was your age, I only really figured it out in the last few months).

          • Ahh, figured. And yep. And oh that stinks. Oh cool, love reading, I AM Spanish, and mimes are cool, family is friends are better, and family is best. πŸ™‚ And well not really, but once I graduate I’m joining the army and training to be an officer,(unless led otherwise.) But I’ve got a bit of time yet. πŸ™‚

          • You ARE Spanish? Do you speak the language, or is it just your ancestry? Army is cool – though my family isn’t military, we have a deep respect for the armed forces; my brother would have joined, if not for allergies that prevented him.

          • Yeah, my dad is full blood Puerto Rican. And I can speak a little. But not fluent yet.

          • Coolness! I’ve got a friend whose mom is full Puerto Rican, but I’m almost all German. I’m in my second year learning Spanish, and I can start a conversation with someone in Spanish, but it doesn’t go on very long. I have made a friend who speaks very little English, though. I speak Spanish to him, he speaks English to me. It’s been a learning experience for both of us!

          • Ahhh cool, my sister married a German! lol And okay that’s cool, what program are you doing it in? (Like Rosetta, Primlsuer, etc.) And well that’s okay you’ve still got time to learn. And lol nice! I bet! I had a funny experience awhile back at an airport with a Spanish girl. It was SO funny! I was flying alone and we had such troubles communicating that we were like on english-Spanish apps talking to each other for like 15 mins!! Haha

          • My sister married a half-German, too! And I’m in an Amish community, so I’m surrounded by Germans πŸ™‚
            I’m doing a curriculum called Avancemos, in a co-op with a great teacher. Talking with folks in Spanish is so awesome! I don’t get to use Spanish-english apps though – I don’t have a phone. So I get to try and use the vocabulary I know. Probably better for my education, but harder for my conversations!

          • OH MY GOODNESS! This is crazy! I live in Pennsylvania so there’s Amish and Mennonite communities everywhere! Oh okay cool! Yeah, it’s a far simpler language than English. And well neither do I, but the girl at the airport did. Haha I feel like we’re twins or something…separated at birth maybe? lol JK

          • Wow!! This is crazy! I should clarify, there are Amish and Mennonite communities around here, I’m not Amish (obviously — I mean, I’m on an online chat board…)
            Yeah, well, maybe I was adopted… I don’t look like the younger half of my family, they’re all blond and blue-eyed, I’m brown-haired and hazel-eyed. But if you see me with the older half of my family, I fit right in. So, I guess I probably belong with this family.

          • Haha oh my goodness!And yeah kinda fugured that. Haha. Hmmm, well we both have brown hair at least! Sorry but no hazel eyes. My eyes are a very deep dark brown. And okay, well than we’re “almost-twins.” Even though that’s VERY impossible. Haha oh well, gotta use the old imagination for something right?

          • Oh gotcha, that’s funny, my sister got married to a German! lol Oh nice, what program are you in? (Like Rosetta, Primsleur, etc.) And well that’s okay, you’ve still got time to learn. πŸ™‚ And haha that’s funny, I had a similar experience at an arirport when flying alone. I tried to keep up a conversation with a Spanish girl for awhile but eventually we resorted to translating apps! Haha it was hilarious. When we landed she introduced me to her family and everything! But yeah good times.

          • I like Bro Andrew’s books, Randy Alcorn’s, used to read a lot of Frank Perreti and Loui L’Amour. But in general just captivating books that you get something out of. πŸ™‚

          • My primary for small game is a Savage Arms Mark II 22. lr.- Tasco Varmint Mill-dot reticle scope.

          • Cool! What do you usually hunt and what are your craziest (if you think you’ve had any)?

          • I hunt TONS of ground-hog, squirrel, raccoon, opossum, and just usually that kind of stuff. And hbu? Craziest what again?

          • I actually don’t hunt, but I come from a military family so I shoot guns a lot and I’m pretty good at it. Ive been wanting to try it though. Where do you suggest I start if I wanted to get into that sort of thing? I’ve killed a rabbit and a beaver, so it’s not like I’m squeemish or anything. Gutted and skinned them both, but didn’t get to eat either of them for reasons out of my control. I meant craziest hunt if you thought you had one.

          • Ahh I see! Same here, dad was a Marine, unlcles were/are in Army and Guards and my bros in Army. Well the very first thing to do is too go through the Hunter’s Education program. Just look up when the next thing is in you area online. Then get a licence after going through that free 2-5 day course. And if you’re 16 or under it will be super cheap for the license but if not than it’s like 15 $ depending what state. And that’s good! can’t be afraid of a lil’ blood. lol And well, did a night hunt in KS with my bear hands once. I chased a full grown opossum about a hundred yds til he was under a trailer, I then picked up a cement block and climbed on top of the trailer. Eventually he was scared out and a dove at him from on top of the trailer. I landed on him, but more importantly, my cement block landed solidly on his skull and he died on contact. He didn’t even get a chance to play dead!! πŸ™‚ lol

          • That is crazy. Some may find that just plain morbid, but that takes some skill it seems. I will definitely need to look into the Hunters Ed program. Thanks for that. What do you wanna do when you graduate?

          • Haha yeah it was pretty fun, but kinda scary cuzz if my block didn’t land I’d have been a sitting duck for those teeth, and possibly rabies. lol Yeah no problem. Well, unless led otherwise, I plan to go to college through the Army and train to be an officer while doing college. But after that I hope to go into full-time ministry somewhere. And hbu?

          • Cool. I hope to become a doctor and start my own practice, or become a chemical engineer. I have an uncle who has made a career out of being a Nightstalker in the Army. And by the way, that’s a pretty sweet avatar pic.

          • Oh wow, you must be pretty good at math maybe? And oh cool, they’re like special ops transport helicopter guys right? And thanks man, I’m wearing my bros military issued Afghanistan dust mask. (not quite as cool as it sounds but that’s ok) lol Hey have you got a FaceBook? If so what’s your name?

          • Yes, math and science are my favorite subjects. And yes, they are the guys that fly spec ops guys around. It may not be as cool as it sounds, but for guys like us, anything like that is cool, even if it is just a dust rag! :). No, I don’t have Facebook. This is as social as my social media gets. Sorry.

          • Actually, my uncle (you can call him Lone Wolf) is over seas right now in SWCC. They’re the guys who work with Navy SEALs on their missions. He’s in some pretty dangerous territory, so please keep him in your prayers. Does you brother still go overseas?

          • Oh sweet. Yeah Seals are pretty hardcore. And yes, will do. And no he got back from Aghan about a year ago and has been stationed in Fort Drum, NewYork since.

          • I haven’t read Bro Andrew or Loui L’Amour, but I’ve read one of Randy Alcorn’s and I’ve read a lot of Frank Peretti. I too like captivating books πŸ™‚ I’ve read LOTR many times over, and I used to read nothing but Narnia when I was younger. Since then I’ve branched out more πŸ™‚

          • Most of them are more movie fans but there’s three that are more readers than watchers. Plus, books are always better. Everybody knows that.

          • Yes, books rock! So you know the books… that’s rare! How do you like how they changed the story in the movies?

          • Exactly! And I’m a rare person…think a steak that’s medium rare. πŸ˜‰ Haha I’m kidding of course. And I said that??? Oops. I don’t, like at all. I say C.S did a perfectly fine job without any edits.

          • Ahhh, I see. That’s awesome, and YES!, my family is full of die-hard LOTR fans! Hence, thoroughly dissapointed with the Hobbit Trilogy that went so far from the book. And yeah, C.S was a great writer. Love The Horse and His Boy. IKR? Once I finished the Narnia series there wasn’t any books in the world to read! πŸ˜‰ lol

          • I didn’t watch the third Hobbit movie, because I didn’t like the first and second ones. Actually, I only watched the second one because my brother wanted to…
            I love CS Lewis’s writings! Now that I can quote Narnia with some prompting, I’ve been reading his grown-up books. Screwtape Letters is one of my favorites ever! Same with Mere Christianity πŸ™‚

          • Haha same here!!!! I heard that someone dies who’s like alive in the LOTR Trilogy!!! And that was AFTER Hobbit! But only readers know that I guess. Hey yeah, I read Randy Alcorn’s modern version of Srewtape Letters. It’s called Lord Foulgrin’s Letters. It’s amazing. πŸ™‚ And I haven’t read read Mere Christianity yet but I guess I’ve got to if someone as cool as you says it’s good. lol πŸ™‚

          • Really? Do I want to know who dies?
            I haven’t read Lord Foulgrin’s Letters, but I’ll see if the library has it πŸ™‚
            I think CS Lewis’s logic is amazing! The way he builds his arguments is something that would be fun to know how to do πŸ™‚

          • Hmmm not sure. Haha Yeah it’s a great book and gives a great mind-set as your reading it. Yeah it’s pretty cool. I mean I kinda taught him, but he has SOME natural talent. πŸ˜‰

          • You taught CS Lewis… I hope you’ll forgive me if I have trouble believing you on that one πŸ™‚

          • Oh ye of little faith! Haha And I forgive you, others have had trouble understanding how I taught Shakespeare even though I’m like only 15. It takes quite a long explanation and a sprinkling of imagination. πŸ™‚

          • Long explanation and a sprinkling of imagination – that’s how George Washington got abducted by aliens too! πŸ™‚

          • Haha exactly!!! One of my very few talents is that of persuasion. After all, I’m Spanish, so what can you expect?

          • Well, yes, I’d say. Most all of my relatives and people I know that are Hispanic or Latino are very smooth talkers, not to mention some romantics. Haha

          • Hunting and shooting are so much fun! I’ve only gone hunting once though; we killed a beaver at night when it was 25 degrees outside. Then I had to gut it and wash it off. That was cold. What do you shoot?

          • Yes, I love doing it. And oh wow, never shot a beaver! lol Taste good? I just shoot like raccoons, squirrel, pheasant, ground-hog and stuff like that. But it’s SO much fun! Haha

          • I’m from Wisconsin, so lots of deer hunting πŸ™‚ also turkey and small game, although my dad is a HUGE hunter so we have all sorts of mounts in our house (bears, moose, caribou, elk, tons of deer, pheasant, ect)

          • Oh sweet! I enjoy flintlock deer hunting most. Keep it traditional. πŸ™‚ Haven’t been to Wisconsin yet. I’ve only hunted in NY, KS, and PA so far.

          • Sweet! And yeah I go to the Regionals in Springfield and Internationals is in New Mexico this year, as you know. πŸ™‚

          • Yeah, and oh that’s too bad. I compete in B-ball, track, art, Speech, ping-pong, wood carving, and writing. Got 6 medals last year but didn’t get to go to Internationals unfortunately.

          • Cool! I entered a lot of music events at Regionals and i got 1 medal at internationals (which i didn’t deserve, cuz’ it was for PACE bowl, and the only question i answered i got wrong :P)

          • Oh well that’s okay. Sometimes it’s hard to make time for practice and study and things.

    • Welcome, Isaiah! Awesome to have you on the site. And I’m so glad to hear the book has been challenging and changing you. I’d love to hear more about that sometime. God bless!

      • Thanks man, and yeah while reading Do Hard Things, I thought of teens I know that I knew would benefit greatly from it, so I’m lending it to various ones and it’s cool to talk with them about it grow with them spiritually and characteristically. Hope that’s a word! lol

      • Haha thanks! Good to hear! Normal is under-rated. And un-biblical too! Well, in some aspects anyway. πŸ™‚ lol

    • Ahhh, well you’re not missing too much, I actually live in PA but am schooling in KS with family. And Thanks!

    • Yup, weird sounds about right πŸ™‚ Welcome, and i hope that you can glean some encouragement from within our wierdness πŸ˜€ (nope, i don’t live in Kansas). God bless!

      • Haha you sure you know where it is?? For some reason when I hear “Michigan”, I think “Lake”, so I assume everyone who lives in Michigan lives on the lake :).

          • Haha I guess it’s warm enough. It feels a bit chilly to all us Arizonians, though!

          • Wow! It’s in the 60s here, which is still pretty cold to all of us who are used to 90-100 degrees. πŸ˜›

          • 60 degrees!!! LUCKY! Typical winter weather in Indiana is like in the teens or lower :(…Although we still haven’t had a big snow which is not normal, but nice.

          • You’re the lucky one! It doesn’t snow here at all. Although I’m sure after a while, snow isn’t as fun as it used to be, right?

          • Did you get any snow when it got so cold last winter? We got a ton of ice/snow (a ton for us, anyway), and I decided that maybe I didn’t want it to snow that badly! πŸ˜‰ It was pretty, though.

          • Cool!! Nope, we don’t any snow at all. Lots of rain, and on special days we get hail. No snow! Well, actually, it snowed for 2 minutes on New Years, and it all melted halfway to the ground. XD

          • Aw! Yeah, last winter was really weird for us. Other than that, five years ago, we had some beautiful snow–just these big white flakes floating to the ground. It lasted maybe ten minutes, lol. :)I live in Mississippi, by the way, just fifteen minutes from the beach, so snow is definitely not the norm! Sometimes on cold mornings though, there’ll be frost on the grass and houses, and I’ll pretend it’s snow. πŸ˜‰

          • Haha that’s awesome! So do you go to the beach a lot? I’ve always wanted to live near the ocean.

          • I don’t think we go as much as we should. We used to live within sight of the beach, and could easily walk there in five minutes. Even then, we only went once every few weeks. But it is beautiful. πŸ™‚ The water is pretty shallow for a while, so I like to walk…I don’t know, maybe thirty yards into the water and just enjoy how peaceful it is. πŸ™‚
            What’s it like where you live?

          • Aww, that sounds really relaxing. :)) Where I live is mostly city area, with lots of public pools for when summer comes. πŸ˜›

          • Yeah, pools are nice but not quite the same. πŸ™‚ But at least you don’t have to worry about getting eaten by something! lol. =D

          • Nope, pools can’t compete with the beach. πŸ˜‰ Lol, we get eaten up by swarms of mosquitoes at night time in the summer, but they’re not too bad.

          • Yeah, the fun of snow quickly fades when it sticks around for weeks (especially if you have to get out and drive in it :)). Not to say I don’t love snow every once in a while…I feel like if it’s gonna be super cold, it might as well snow, plus sledding is awesome :).