Given the current state of things, we wanted to make sure we were still giving you some material to continue to help you grow spiritually throughout the coming weeks.   You are always on our minds and we will continue to pray for all of you and your families during this time.

Our purpose each week will be two-fold:  1) to provide you with some study material/questions to build you up personally and 2) to provide you with some suggested activities/challenges to build others up.  Of course, this is not required but, as an incentive, for every weekly lesson and challenge that you complete, your name will be put in a hat for a drawing when we finally meet again.  We welcome your suggestions for gift card ideas.  Please e-mail each completed lesson back to us (;; so we can verify that you have completed it and have one of your parents acknowledge each completed challenge.  If you have any questions, please call or text us. I

This week, to build you up, we have a video for you to watch and some questions for you to reflect on after the video.  We figured a great topic to be thinking about right now is how we are managing our time given that most of you probably have a lot more “free time” on your hands now and for the near future.  Below is a link to a video by Francis Chan titled “Rope Illustration.”  It is a quick 4-minute video with a great message for us all to reflect on.



Once you have watched the video, here are some questions we would like for you to spend a few minutes reflecting on and to answer them the best you can.

READ:  1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; Hebrews 12:1


  1. Francis Chan talks about not living for the red part of the rope but instead living for the rest of the rope (eternity). What do you think this means?


  1. As a Christian, what is our purpose during the red part of the rope (our time on Earth)?



  1. Francis Chan talked about how Paul viewed Christian life as “running a race.” How would you describe your “pace” —  Are you walking slowly, jogging, or running?  OR are you merely lying down or sitting– just a “spectator”–haven’t entered the race (you have yet to make a sincere profession of faith)?


  1. What are possible distractions or obstacles Christians in your age group encounter in the red part of the rope that can stop them in their tracks, slow them down, or cause them to stumble during their race towards the finish line?


  1. Personal Application: What distractions are keeping you personally from focusing on Jesus and what sins are weighing you down and preventing you from running faster?


  1. What “training” regimen can you put into practice to become a better runner?



  1. Who do you know that is just a spectator (an unbeliever)? We challenge you to witness to someone—to share the Gospel—your faith.  You     can e-mail someone, call someone, text (might be too lengthy though) or write them a letter.
  1. Who do you know that is a believer who is struggling right now—who might be indifferent or complacent—who might be walking instead of running—who has sin that is weighing them down? Consider reaching out to them and encouraging/motivating them through e-mail, phone call, text or letter.

As always, we hope you know that we are always here for you and if you need anything feel free to reach out to us.

With love,

Nate, Alyssa, and Joelle