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God wants you to be cool, accepted, and favored. The Scripture says, "Let not mercy and truth forsake you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man" (Prov. 3:3,4 NKJV). You can enjoy favor, acceptance, and popularity with both God and people. Here are 4 reasons why you should be cool.
  1. Cool, accepted people have the ability to influence others for good. That includes a witness of your Christian faith.
  2. Cool, favored people have confidence to do things others believe to be impossible or improbable.
  3. Accepted people find it easy and natural to show others God's love.
  4. Cool people stand up for truth and don't need everyone to agree with them or
    even like them.

Six Ways Any Person Can Become Cool
Let's get right to the point: you want to be accepted and popular with people. Who doesn't? Now, you know you can't try to gain popularity and "coolness" the way the world tries to manufacture it. So how does a person become "Christ-like cool?"
  1. You become cool when you stand up for what is right and don't care who stands with you.
  2. You become cool when you reach out to the poor, the hurting, the lost - those who are "uncool".
  3. You become cool when you take time for those whom many overlook - children. God loves kids, and so should we.
  4. You become cool when you freely admit your shortcomings, pick up where you have failed, and move forward with godly confidence.
  5. You become cool when you put God first in your words, your actions, and your plans.
  6. You become cool when you could care less about being cool.

    Source: Every Teenager's Little Black Book on Cool
    by Blaine Bartel.
    Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Blaine Bartel
Web site: Blaine Bartel
 
For more than a quarter of a century, Blaine Bartel has served what he believes is the hope of the world, the local church.
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