rebelling against low expectations

AuthorSarah Susanna Rhomberg

is a sixteen-year-old child of God, who lives in Europe, and is fluent in both English and German. Besides writing she spends most of her free time reading, practicing her instruments or doing crafts. She wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him.

3 Lies That Keep Teens from Serving (And 3 Reasons Why They Should)

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Doing the dishes, going shopping for an elderly church member, or tidying up a Sunday-school room. All this is serving. Serving is usually done in the hidden. Often, it is the “dirty jobs” or jobs done behind the scenes. On the surface, serving is as easy as picking up a broom and sweeping up after a meal–and yet, I so often see that many teens shrink back from taking the initiative when it...

Warning: Following Jesus is Not Cost-Free

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Following Christ will cost you… are you still willing? When selling a product, we as humans like to only mention all the positive benefits. Just imagine: You want your friend to come join you on a kayaking trip. What will you tell him or her? Well, you’ll mention the wonderful scenery, of course. The lush green woods around the lake. You tell him or her that it is the ultimate experience in...

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I Am Barabbas—Deserving of Death, Set Free By Christ

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Cold stones surround me. Little light drifts in through the window, but the darkness doesn’t stop me from hearing. Nothing can block out the noise. Not even the heavy doors and firmly built walls that hold me captive. The sound increases and I wonder how many people are standing outside. There must be hundreds. My chest tightens. I know the effect a mob can have. Tilting my head, I concentrate. A...

Five Biblical Truths About COVID-19

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Coronavirus. It’s going crazy. Media is flooded with it. Borders are closing. The number of deaths is rising, not to mention the thousands infected by SARS-CoV-2. Countries are closing down their schools and switching to online learning. Churches are cancelling their services. Shops are bought out. The economy is suffering. Whole regions are under quarantine. You are most probably in some way or...

To the Christian Who Isn’t Persecuted: Don’t Hide Your Faith

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I live in a country where I am not persecuted for my faith. I can read my Bible in public, pray wherever I want to, and talk about my faith to anyone. Worst case scenario: someone gives me a strange look. Chances are, your country is the same. You probably live in a country that has religious freedom. You can probably worship God wherever and whenever you want to. If that is the case, then this...

Follow God, Not a Life Plan

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What is God’s plan for my life? I believe that is a question every teen has asked him or herself. What does God want me to do? This job or that job? Should I go to college? Yes? No? What should I study? The decisions a teen has to make can seem overwhelming. In the time we are living in there are a seemingly unending amount of offers. University. Gap year. Online courses. If you think about it...

What Success Really Looks Like

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“10 easy steps to fame.” “How to make your post go viral.” “Top tips to make your name known.” Messages like this bombard us constantly. We’ve all heard how to be successful. How to make your music known. How to write and publish a bestseller. The world tells us we must be known. We must leave a mark with our name written all over it. This is the secular philosophy of our world, but it doesn’t...

Teens—Two Perspectives (A Poem)

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Editor’s Note: The world has a very different perspective of teenagers than we do here at TheReb. Instead of expecting us to do hard things, the world has low expectations. Instead of expecting us to follow Christ, the world expects rebellion. This poem reveals both perspectives. Read it both ways to see the dramatic difference. I have no hope It would be stupid to say That my generation...

To The “Good Christian”— Stop Finding Worth in Your Goodness

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To the one who grew up in a Christian family . . . To the one who memorized chapters of the Bible . . . To the one who wears T-shirts that read “child of the King”. I am speaking to the one who never rebelled against their parents, never went partying late at night and never shoplifted. I am speaking to the Christian who grew up with a false front marked “goodness.” I am speaking to people like...

Are You Giving God 100%?

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Do you give God 100%? I always thought I did . . . until I realized I didn’t. But let’s start at the beginning of my story. From Halfhearted to All In I grew up in a Christian family and gave my heart to the Lord when I was only four years old. As I grew up, I was “trained” in the “right” Christian way and always did the “right” things: I read my Bible every day, I prayed, I hardly ever missed a...

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