Students Relate Bible Stories to Their Own Lives

Based on Jonah and the Whale (Jonah 1-4):

The short book of Jonah teaches so many different lessons that the stories submitted varied widely, not only in terms of theme, but also in terms of focus within the biblical version. Based upon reprieve from judgement after changing from a bad life to a good life, we have a tale about a bunch of bullies serving a detention: John and the Message, by SAMMIE.

Based on the delivery of an important message and being mildly punished but still in friendship for failing to deliver it the first time, we have a tale about a very important business meeting: Timmy Tompson and the Important Message, by ERIN.

Finally, focusing mainly on the mercy God shows the people of Ninevah, this tale about a student who receives a reward for improving his grades delights us: Jim in Hillside, by MATT.

Based on the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37):

The short parable of the Good Samaritan, told by Jesus to teach what he meant by "neighbor" in the Great Commandment, provides the basis for this real-life experience that is rich in personal reflection and honest emotion: A Good Samaritan, by ALYSSA.

Based on Daniel in the Lions' Den (Daniel 6):

Certainly, one of the holiest men in the Bible is Daniel, who risks death just so he can offer prayers to the Lord from the upper room in his house. This story proves that faith in God can turn certain defeat into victory: God Is with Me in My Rough Times, by JESSIE.

Based on David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17):

The story of an untrained holy man (David) against a seasoned warrior has inspired many analogies in books and in the press: any time a "little guy" takes on a "machine," we think of David and Goliath. In students' worlds, this translates as such: The Chess Club and the Football Team, by ZACH.

Last but certainly not least, we read about a struggling boxer, who has a good heart and cares about his friends, taking on a bragging, undefeated fighter who just wants to prove how strong he is to everyone: The Story of Matt and Dominic, by CODY.