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277552: Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut: Learning to Understand and Help Those Who Self-Injure  

 Whether you know someone who is cutting, or you are struggling with this addiction yourself, Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut is something you want to have in your
"first-aid" kit.

Additional website resources: S.A.F.E. Alternatives

Substance abuse: Teen Challenge USA



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449550: 99 Things Every Girl Should Know: Practical Insights for Loving God, Yourself and Others  
These pages are filled with encouragement, inspiration, and insights that will help the girls in your youth ministry—or other girls in your life—explore their beauty, their worth, and their world.

Sunday School Lesson Plans

Youth Bible Study Lessons
Teen Self Esteem
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These Sunday School lessons on teen self esteem are ready to print .pdf's. They can be taught in a variety of settings but my favorite is Sunday School or youth group in comfy old sofas. Gather the kids around, pass out the lesson plans and begin a heartfelt discussion on topics important to teens. Check out my tips on using these lesson plans leading your youth group and ways to really connect with middle school kids.

The Beauty Inside
The Beauty Inside Sunday School Lesson

The goal of this youth Bible study lesson is to help the kids be able to judge themselves and others by Biblical values and to realize the difference between the worlds value system and God’s.

I read a column that Philip Yancey wrote, printed in his book “I was just wondering.” The column was called “High School Reunion”. It’s a little off our track but he talks about the animal kingdoms natural selection process of the survival of the fittest. The strongest and most beautiful of a species mates and survives. It explains a lot of human behavior and how our self-esteem is wrapped up in our external images if humans were simply only animals. However, when God made us in His own image, gives us a soul, we became much more than an animal. We are called as Christians to behave quite different than animals and fight against the theory that “biology is destiny.” Back on our subject: It’s important to note that long after our “animal” bodies fall away our souls remain. Our “inner” characteristics should be of far more importance than our outer appearances.

It is a two page lesson plan with a pre-lesson activity. Some prep time is needed. You'll have to download some pictures from the internet that I could not supply because of copyrights.

Recently updated with a pre-lesson activity. A good follow-up lesson is Judging v.s. Judgmental

This is an awesome book and a fun read. I quote it in the lesson above. You'll better understand where this lesson is coming from and enjoy reading it too.

46122: I Was Just Wondering, Revised I Was Just Wondering, Revised
By Philip Yancey / Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Updated from the 1989 original, this collection gathers 44 of Yancey's most stimulating columns straight from the pages of Christianity Today. Distilling his extensive knowledge of theology, literature, philosophy, sociology, and history into short, pithy essays, Yancey treats you to penetrating observations on the universe, the earth, the church, and the Christian life. 246 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

Discuss bullying in your middle school Sunday school class:

A discussion of bullying helps kids feel that you are connected in a relative way to their everyday situations. Use my lessons as a guide for this discussion.

Bullies Of The Bible This lesson raises they're awareness of bullying and what constitutes bullying.

Dealing With Bullies This lesson offers Biblical precepts for dealing with bullies.

In addition, the knowledge that I am God's Son was the most influential thing that helped me stand up to belittling bullying and have a solid positive self-image. Give your teens this gift from God.

314287: Redefining Beautiful: What God Sees When God Sees You Redefining Beautiful: What God Sees When God Sees You
By Jenna Lucado with Max Lucado

Wish you looked more like a super model and a little less like . . . you? Learn what God teaches about beauty---and unlock the secrets of peace, joy, and confidence! Exploring the critical relationship between father love and security, Jenna and Max help teenage girls view themselves, God, and others through fresh eyes. 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.

Dropping the Baggage, or Clearing the Air
Drop the Baggage Sunday School Lesson Plan

The goal of this youth Bible study lesson is to help the kids uncover hidden sins in their heart and get them out in the open between them and God. Hopefully the end result will be a feeling of great relief for them and a renewed sense of fellowship with God. Guilt is the leading cause of teenage depression.

This is a two page lesson with leaders guide and a fun pre-lesson activity that has great analogies reinforcing the message. It can be taught as a one or two week lesson as the kids progress.

Page two: The goal of page two is to make clear what it means to repent but also to stand against the guilt that comes from the enemy over continued sin, especially sins of addiction. The lines of fellowship between God and man must remain open even when addictive behavior has yet to be conquered.

730530: The Pressure"s Off: Breaking Free from Rules and Performance The Pressure's Off: Breaking Free from Rules and Performance
By Larry Crabb / WaterBrook Press

* Everybody wants a "good life" that's free from problems. But for some Christians, the pursuit of biblical "principles" and "blessings" can actually become a form of idolatry. Dr. Crabb shows you how to escape the bondage of trying to "fix" the universe, so that you can experience true freedom and connectedness with God. Includes workbook. 368 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
    This is a awesome book for you as a leader to read. There are many lessons to be taught from it. Your kids will be grateful for the knowledge. It will last them a lifetime.

Conviction or Condemnation:
youth Bible lesson on self esteem

Guilt: This youth Bible lesson brings the truth of scripture to bear on the teen self-esteem issue of guilt and the feeling of worthlessness kids can get from their peers. We find out how to determine whether the feelings a person gets in their heart concerning their actions is from God, seeking correction, or from the enemy, trying to separate them from God. Satan is "the accuser of believers" while the Holy Spirit convicts a person to bring correction. Doug Fields new book Refuel (shown above) will help alleviate the guilt kids sometimes feel if they don't have the "awesome" quiet-times some people insist that a real Christian must have.

This is a one page Bible study with leaders guide. Pepper the back of the Bible lesson with picture of the kids from previous group activities. See Christmas add-on below.

540078: Get Outta My Face! How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel Get Outta My Face! How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel
By Dr. Rick Horne / Shepherd Press

As a seasoned parent and student counselor, Dr. Rick Horne understands the world in which teenagers live and the communication difficulty of talking to a disinterested and unmotivated teen. In Get Outta My Face, he combines biblical wisdom from the book of Proverbs with practical and specific directives that will make a difference in the life of you and your teen. Divided into three major sections, Part 1 addresses what you must understand to connect with your teen. Part 2 tells you what you must do help your teen and Part 3 tells you how to make the changes stick. Paperback.

christmas_tree_bible_cardChristmas Bible Lesson:

I turned the Conviction or Condemnation Bible study above into a Christmas lesson by making and handing out the Who-I-Am-In-Christ, Christmas Tree shown here. I received the basic tree as an e-mail. The name of the creator was missing. Then I pulled some pictures off the web and made it into a .pdf. Learning their identity in Christ really ties into the lesson on self esteem and Christmas as the gift's Jesus brought to us.

The .pdf prints two on a page. Trim it down to make a nice holiday postcard or gift handout for your Sunday school class.

A good follow-up youth Bible lesson to help teen self-esteem is, I Am God's Son.

609253: Passion Talk Series: The Essential Collection 4-DVD Set  

Passion Talk Series

by Louie Gigilo

These DVD or CD messages are raw, honest, biblically grounded teaching that connect kids to a Jesus that can be trusted in the midst of even the most tragic circumstances.
Just relax and let the kids be uplifted by these awesome talks.


291961: What Do I Do When Teenagers are Depressed and Contemplate Suicide?  
  These books offer helpful, practical tips along with theological perspectives and additional resource suggestions.
37922: My Friend is Struggling With . . . Thoughts of Suicide  

039416: Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today"s Teenagers Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers
By Chap Clark / Baker Academic

Hurt provided a vivid and insightful view into the world of today's teenagers.
Now leading youth ministry expert Chap Clark substantially updates and revises his groundbreaking bestseller (over 55,000 copies sold). Hurt 2.0 features a new chapter on youth at society's margins and new material on social networking and gaming. Each chapter has been thoroughly revised with new research, statistics, quotations, and documentation.

suicied lesson plan for teens

The goal of this youth Bible study lesson is to assure the kids of their salvation by grace, create a point of contact with kids considering suicide, and give the kids who have friends that may be considering this some tools and direction for handling it.

This is a two-page lesson with leaders guide. There should be considerable preparation with your volunteers, parents, and concerned church members as outlined.

In addition, visit this website for additional tools for handling and preventing suicide. Suicide Prevention . Teen suicide is a major issue with hurting kids. You, as a trusted youth leader, are in a good position to prevent tragedy. This lesson will help you open the door on a sometimes taboo subject.

Additional website resources: National Suicide Prevention Hotline ; The Hope Line ;

813269: CORE: Dig In Leader Book: Study 1 CORE: Dig In Leader Book: Study 1
By Danette Baird / Abingdon Press

Dig In is a four session study for groups of all sizes that takes teens on the journey of addressing the obstacles they’ve experienced in understanding who they are in Christ toward connecting with God and others in new and healthy ways.

The CORE Dig In Leader Guide contains helps for using the study with your teens along with plans that include engaging material for both large-group and small group discussions. Featured in each session is a short and powerful video introducing the topic.

366801: Suicide Prevention: Hope When Life Seems Hopeless  

Suicide Prevention covers the steps to identifying and preventing suicide using a Christian approach.

Teen suicide is at epidemic proportions. Suicide is among the leading causes of death among adolescents in the United States and worldwide.

You, as a Christian youth leader, are in a natural position of trust with kids to foster prevention methods within the
"body of Christ".

Use these resources to train yourself.

Don't let your fears stop you from discussing this important subject. This is one can-of-worms that has to be opened.

Check out my youth Bible study lesson, I Am God's Son. This is a real boost for a teenagers self-esteem.

No One Saw My Pain: Why Teens Kill Themselves

No One Saw My Pain: Why Teens Kill Themselves

Compelling profiles reveal why teens kill themselves-the signs missed, the despair overlooked.

Teenage depression, guilt, suicide, and self esteem are topics to which you can apply the power of the Bible. Don't miss your opportunity to do some real good in teenagers lives with these youth Bible study lessons. Encourage positive teen self-esteem as your teens discover their value to God.
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