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Hateful Words Plunge 12 Yr Old Bullied Teen To Her Death

Words (Power of) Bully (Bullying) Youth

Source: "Girls, 12 and 14, charged with stalking in Polk girl's suicide" by TBO Staff Writers, published Tampa Bay Tribune, October 15, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-10-17

Scripture: Proverbs 18:21 ; Proverbs 15:4

Author: Illustration Exchange


The Tampa Bay Tribune reports:

Two girls have been arrested in the death of a 12-year-old Lakeland girl who authorities said committed suicide after being bullied by several girls for nearly a year.

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said the girls, ages 14 and 12, faces charges of felony aggravated stalking that resulted in the Sept. 9 suicide of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, who jumped to her death from a tower at an abandoned concrete plant.

Most of the harassment came in the form of hateful messages posted and broadcast on social media sites.

“We have to stop this,” Judd said. “As a child I was told sticks and stones can break your bones but words can never hurt me. … Today's words stick because they're printed. And words are as hurtful - and sometimes more hurtful - as sticks and stones.”


The hateful words of the two charged teens literally plunged young Rebecca to her death, no less than had the offenders climbed that tower and physically pushed her off.

Words are weapons. They are no less potent than the power of a sharp sword or speeding bullet.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits" (Proverbs 18:21). "The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit" (Proverbs 15:4). "With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered" (Proverbs 11:9). "Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the plots of evildoers. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows" (Psalm 64:2-3).

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" (Ephesians 4:29).

Saved By A Spoon

Youth Peer Pressure Cultural Trends

Source: "Spoon in underwear saving youths from forced marriage" by Robin Millard, AFP, Published August 15, 2013 on

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-08-24

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15 ; 2 Corinthians 11:2

Author: Illustration Exchange


Young victims of forced marriage have a new weapon against those who would sell them into lives of imposed matrimony. It's not a gun in a holster or a sword in a sheath, but a spoon in their underpants!

With the rising trend and trade of youngsters into forced marriages abroad, British authorities are stepping up their efforts to identify potential victims of this ancient practice which is itself akin to slave trade. Airport personnel are receiving special training to spot both traffickers and victims. And non-profit groups are stepping up their effort to help inform and equip victims in methods of intervention and escape.

One group, the Karma Nirvana charity, which supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honor-based abuse, says they advise young people who suspect they are being transported out of the country and into a forced marriage to hide a spoon or other metallic object in their underpants. "When they go though security, it will highlight this object in a private area and, if 16 or over, they will be taken to a safe space where they have that one last opportunity to disclose they're being forced to marry," said Natasha Rattu, Karma Nirvana's operations manager.

Based in Derby, central England, Karma Nirvana reports that it fields 6,500 calls per year from around Britain, but  in 2013 year-to-date they have almost already reached that point as awareness of the issue grows. Says Rattu:

When petrified youngsters ring, "if they don't know exactly when it may happen or if it's going to happen, we advise them to put a spoon in their underwear. We've had people ring and that it's helped them and got them out of a dangerous situation. It's an incredibly difficult thing to do with your family around you -- but they won't be aware you have done it. It's a safe way." 


Trapped by cultural and societal pressures, young people are everywhere and everyday being pressured, nay forced, into unhealthy, unsafe, undesirable lifestyles and life choices.

Such pressure is not limited, though, to radical religious or fringe groups. Look around. At every turn young people are being pushed along by the swell of public opinion, peer pressure, and political correctness into an unwitting marriage with worldly, secular thinking.

Let's not make the mistake of assuming that they are all going willingly. Many, if not most, have no idea of the danger they are in. Some even long for a way of escape, but are afraid to buck the system. Like the British airport security personnel, we must be more vigilant to spot both traffickers and victims and step up our efforts to help inform and equip victims in methods of intervention and escape. 

We must be ready to really hear their questions, their concerns, and be ready to offer them an alternative--not a spoon in their underwear--but a knowledge of the Savior who longs for them to be His bride.

"…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…" (1 Peter 3:15).

"For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband--Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2, NLT).

Godly Swagger

Confidence Youth Trials

Contributed By: | Date Posted: 2013-06-15

Scripture: Philippians 4:13

Author: Leonard Leach


In Arlington Texas, at the Six Flags Over Texas theme park, there is a famous ride known as Texas Giant. It is the newly renovated giant wooden roller coaster that now boasts being the largest wooden roller coaster in the world, with the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster at 70 degrees. In addition the hill is now 10 feet taller than before, with more twists and turns. Yea, you get it! It is death defying.

As I watch the dare devils ride in the trains that replicate the 1961 Cadillac Deville, commemorating its 50th anniversary, I notice that some people are riding, screaming, with their heads in their hands and eyes wide shut. They're afraid to see what's coming next.

At the same time I notice others on the same ride enduring the same lifts, sharp turns, and 70 degree drops, but with their hands in the air, eyes wide open, and screaming with a confidence that seems almost reckless. Their attitude is on of confidence, they're saying, “bring it on." Or, in the vernacular of today, they've got “swagger.”


Life is so much like a roller coaster ride.  It may start slow, steadily speed up, encounter sharp turns and sudden sharp falls, followed by much higher climbs and even steeper falls. But just as we should expect ups and downs from a roller coaster ride, we should expect the same in life.

However, unlike a roller coaster ride, we don't have the choice of ‘watching,' as I did, the ride of life. We are on the ride and the only choice is how we will ride. Do we have our head in our hands with eyes closed or do we handle it with our hands in the air, with confidence that only comes because we know who really controls the ride?

For the saint of God, this is not bragging in our on own strength; it is not sagging pants--a show of our individual arrogance; it is not the drag of empty talk about the power of self esteem;  but it is Godly swagger that only comes as we face life with the confidence we have in Christ Jesus our Lord!

The apostle Paul spoke of this confidence when he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).  That’s swagger!!!

Remember Your Creator In Days of Youth

Youth Rememberance Priorities

Contributed By: William Thrailkill | Date Posted: 2013-01-17

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:1

Author: Paul Reber

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Don't Lose Your Legacy

Legacy Parenting Youth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-12

Scripture: Deuteronomy 11:18

Author: Dennis Rainey

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Strong Hands Soothe Fear

Fear Fatherhood Confidence

Contributed By: Ben Kurz | Date Posted: 2019-11-25

Scripture: Psalms 23:4 ; Isaiah 41:10

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"I'll Love You Forever"

Salvation Love (Divine) Parenting

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-02-16

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 ; John 3:16

Author: Neal Pollard

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From "Daddy" to "Dad"

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Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Romans 8:15 ; Galatians 4:6


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Contributed By: David Hall | Date Posted: 2018-01-08

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-07

Author: Various

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