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Bret Eckelberry

Bret Eckelberry is a freelance writer with experience in program management, business analysis, and design. He loves talking about kayaking, fishing, and football. Bret and his wife live in Colorado and enjoy the mountain views!

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How to Forgive: Four Thoughts to Help You Forgive Others

We’ve all been hurt by someone and it’s not easy to forgive. But the Bible tells us that it needs to happen. Here are four thoughts to help you on the road to forgiveness. Head Do you need to forgive someone? It can be a difficult process, but as Chris …

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Bible Reading Challenge!

We have each been planted with seeds of the Gospel, but how can we help those seeds grow? One of the best ways to help that seed grow is with a Bible reading plan! Start a Bible reading plan today and find new and fun ways to read God’s Word! The Bible …

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Contributor Journals

Bless your family with Contributor Journals Looking for a way to bless your family this month and beyond? Start a Contributor Journal for each member of the family! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEMAuVhbgy8 What are Contributor Journals? They’re an e …

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2023 Bible Reading Challenge!

We have each been planted with seeds of the Gospel, but how can we help those seeds grow? One of the best ways to help that seed grow is with a Bible reading plan! Start a Bible reading plan today and find new and fun ways to read God’s Word! Head Brin …

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Building Spiritual Discipline

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 (E …

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3 Ways Your Kids Can Be a Part of the Pro-Life Generation

Are you looking for a way your kids can live out their faith and be a part of the pro-life generation? Get involved with these three simple steps! In our current culture, it’s more important than ever to pass along pro-life values to the next generatio …

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Be an Everyday Hero: 5 Pro-Life Steps to Love and Help Expecting Moms

Looking for ways to love every heartbeat, from the expectant mother to the precious child growing inside her? Become their everyday hero with these five steps. Head God is the author of life, and we are made in His image. Every person, whether born or …

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Practicing the Five Fitnesses

Head When you hear the word “fitness,” what do you think about? Probably some sort of physical activity, like running or lifting weights, right? But there are other types of fitness – five different ones to be precise! These five fitnesses all work tog …

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Different Situations, Same God

by Anne Ziegler Head It’s the habit of people, unfortunately, to find reason to complain. Any time our normal schedule or expectations are disrupted, it can be all too tempting to react negatively. For students this year, dealing with the realitie …

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Put on the Armor of God

“…put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holine …

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about Bring Your Bible to School Day? We’ve got you covered. What’s Bring Your Bible to School Day all about? On Bring Your Bible to School Day, students across the nation will share God’s love with their friends. It’s an annual event fo …

Bible Reading in a New Way: Engage in God’s Word with Adventures in Odyssey

There are many ways we can engage with Scripture. But there’s one method you might not have heard of, though it’s found many times in the Bible: the public reading of Scripture. Head The importance of Bible reading We’re told that “All Scripture is bre …

Fast Facts About Students’ Rights

In general, students have the right to… Express their deeply held religious convictions at school Students have the right to talk about their religious beliefs, pray, read Scripture and invite other classmates to join them in these activities as l …

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Steadfast Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 helps us understand faith, but there certainly more to it! Let’s see what the Bible says. Head Is Our Faith Blind? A core belief of Christian doctrine is …

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Public Reading of Scripture with Adventures in Odyssey

Listen along as your friends from Adventures in Odyssey introduce you to the powerful, biblical practice of public reading of Scripture! Adventures in Odyssey characters read you the Bible! To help you and your family get started with the public readin …

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Compassion as a Spiritual Discipline

The world is a competitive place. We compete over resources, opportunities, education, jobs, relationships and the basic necessities of life. In the process is becomes patently obvious that life in this world can be a cutthroat business that inflicts a …

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Christian Depression and Mental Health

There are so many among us who are wrestling with loneliness and depression. Let’s search God’s Word for answers.  Heads Up! This month’s Biblical Pursuit is a very difficult topic to discuss. Our team highly recommends that this article is read a …

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Living for God: Can I Really Make a Difference?

There are many instances in scripture where great people of faith asked themselves the question, “Can God really use me?” Maybe you are asking yourself the same question, and the answer is YES! Of course, He can use you. This month, let’s look at how G …

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Bible Study Guide: How to Start (or Contribute to) a Successful Group

Have you ever wondered how to do a Bible study? Check out this handy Bible study guide to set yourself up for success as you dig into God’s Word with others. Head How do you start a group Bible study? Or how do you contribute to one you’ve just joined? …

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Responding to Challenges

“…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” — 1 Peter 3:15b, ESV While most interactions during Bring Your Bible to School Day should be pos …

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Religious Freedom on Campus: What Students Can and Can’t Do

How would you respond if one of these religious freedom scenarios happened to your child, or to a student in your youth group? A seven-year-old boy loves the encouraging Bible verses his mom puts in his lunch every day and begins sharing them with frie …

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3 Ways to Inspire Others: Encouraging Bible Verses, Quotes, and Notes

We all need encouragement. With that in mind, here are some encouraging Bible verses, quotes, and notes to uplift you and for you to use to inspire others. Head We all can become discouraged from time to time. It’s easy to get caught up in the challeng …

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What is Discipleship and How Do We Do It?

What does discipleship look like? And how can you disciple others and be discipled for Christ? Head Defining Discipleship Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor, theologian, and author, penned the critically acclaimed book The Cost of Discipleship to encourage …

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about Bring Your Bible to School Day, you’ve come to the right place! Check out the frequently asked questions below. Get the Answers to Your Questions! Have questions about Bring Your Bible to School Day? We’ve got you covered! W …

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5 Spiritual Disciplines to Strengthen Your Faith

A spiritual discipline is a biblical practice with the express purpose of strengthening your faith. Here are some spiritual disciplines you can practice in your life! Head The purpose of spiritual disciplines In a world that often seems upside-down, a …

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How to Cultivate a Biblical Worldview

Scripture offers practical and accessible wisdom that enables us to consider everything we encounter in the world from a godly perspective – we call this biblical worldview. Here’s how to cultivate it. Head We live in a world full of ideas. Whether we’ …

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Where to Start Reading the Bible

We have each been planted with seeds of the Gospel, but how can we help those seeds grow? One of the best ways to help that seed grow is with a Bible reading plan! Start a Bible reading plan today! Head The Bible is packed with historical accounts and …

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5 Reasons Why Students Need Bring Your Bible to School Day

Why is Bring Your Bible to School Day important for students? Here are a few things parents should know. Head Here are five reasons why kids of all ages should bring God’s Word with them to school. Five reasons students should participate 1. Share God’ …

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What Does Biblical Freedom Look Like?

Each July, we celebrate our freedom as a country and as individuals. It is also an excellent time to reflect on what it means to be free in Christ. But what is biblical freedom, and what does it mean when the Bible says, “For freedom, Christ has set us …

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Conflict Style: Compromising

This style focuses on a win-win with both sacrificing something. Your Conflict Style is Compromising! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARXGJ5d8wbw What you Should Know as a Compromiser… This style focuses on a win-win with both sacrificing something. …

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Conflict Style: Competing (Winning)

The Competitor’s/Winner’s focus is on a win-lose scenario. Your Conflict Style is Competing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmxDZvJQ83Y What you Should Know as a Competitor… The Competitor’s/Winner’s focus is on a win-lose scenario. This can involve …

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Conflict Style: Avoiding (Withdrawing)

This style is about not liking conflict at all and being unassertive and uncooperative. Your Conflict Style is Avoiding! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMfjK4jPCt4 What you Should Know as an Avoider… This style is about not liking conflict at all an …

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Conflict Style: Accommodating (Yielding)

This style is about serving, giving, sacrificing, and looking for the best interest of others. Your Conflict Style is Accommodating! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwQ1I0QvKio What you Should Know as an Accommodator… This style is about serving, giv …

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Conflict Style: Collaborating (Resolving)

This style is focused on trying to make things work and the emphasis is toward a win-win scenario. Your Conflict Style is Collaborative! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGukoHCoYN0 What you Should Know as a Collaborator… This style is focused on tryi …

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Personality Type: Peacemaker

Peacemakers are friendly, steady, and loyal personalities. Peacemakers appreciate encouragement, patience, and unity. Congratulations, you’re a Peacemaker! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36rUjNsOrgs Congratulations, you’re a Peacemaker! Peacemakers ar …

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Inherent Value and Valuing Others

Have you ever wondered if you had value? Maybe you or someone you know is wrestling with feeling unvalued or unloved. What about inherent value or worth? Out of all the places you could look to find value, God’s Word is by far the best.  Head Inhe …

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Examen as a Spiritual Discipline

The examen can open us to both the difficult and beautiful in our lives, relationships and profession. The examen is also a useful way of reflecting alone or with others on what God is saying to us through a meeting, a class, a meal, a service project, …

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Serve One Another

Have you noticed that our world seems to be full of things that drain the life out of us? There is a distinct lack of hope, joy, peace, and love. So how can you be life-giving and pour those qualities back into the world? It all starts with impacting t …

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Share the Gospel!

This month, we challenge you to share the gospel with one person! Each of us has been called to share the gospel, but how do we do that? How can I be a light in my school, community, and world? Walk through this guide with your family, and spend s …

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God’s Love for Us

God’s love gives us a new understanding of what it means to love ourselves and others. God is love, so let’s explore how He tells us to love. Head What is Love? When you think of love, what is the first thing that pops into your head? Is it a sweet rom …

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7 Days of Prayer Guide

Kick off the Live It Challenges with seven days of prayer! Here’s a handy prayer guide to help you pray your family, friends, community, and beyond. Head What are the 7 days of prayer? The seven days of prayer are designed to kick off the movement of t …

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Live The Adventure!

Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan, towering 12,380 feet above sea level. The active volcano’s perfect conical shape, covered in snow most of the year, makes its appearance iconic — and also irresistible to summer activities. Head Most …

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Fruit of the Spirit & Living out Your Faith

What does it look like to live the fruit of the Spirit? How can we have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in our lives? Head The Fruit of the Spirit in My Life Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But t …

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Humility as a Spiritual Discipline

It’s a normal human longing to want to be appreciated, valued and recognized for our potential. And humility does not mean thinking demeaning and low thoughts about ourselves. It stems from an honest understanding of who we are. Head In a world of corp …

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Can Christian Teachers Express Their Faith in Public Schools?

Can a teacher in a public school display a personal Bible on a desk? What about answering a student’s questions about faith or the Bible? At Focus on the Family, we received many questions like these during Bring Your Bible to School Day, our nationwid …