Posts from November 2013

Follow the Leader

A united team is a team that is working together to achieve a common goal. Everybody uses their own abilities to accomplish specific tasks, and when everybody completes their tasks the goal is achieved. Unity requires cooperation and sacrifice. Unity also requires leadership. Without solid leadership, the most talented group of individuals will most certainly fail. A good leader is one who…

All For One and One For All

“Remember the Titans”, widely recognized as the greatest movie ever made, perfectly displays the power of unity. In a time when racial segregation was largely considered as the right way for society to be organized, a high school football team comprised with players of black and white players came together and won the state championship. While their home state, community, and even…

Be the friend you want to have

“In high school my best friends were a year or two younger than me and we would hang out all the time. Usually weekends were spent at my house (mostly because their home-lives weren’t ideal). I was the only one with my license and access to a car at the time.  We did EVERYTHING together and hung out all the time.  One…

I give up!

“When I was at my lowest point in life and I felt so disconnected from God I had a friend help me get connected to Jesus and going to Vertical again as well…now my faith in God is growing stronger.” – Sarah Ohms, Rossford High School Junior-     We will all go through things in life where we just want to…

Your Impact

“A group of kids asked me to come to Vertical one day during English class. I wasn’t that close with them but they offered to drive me there and back so it seemed like a no brainer to me. Plus, free food! I really connected with the service and I came back the next day of school really excited to talk to…

The Most Important Relationships In High School

“Our group [of friends] is going through a pretty hard time in the last couple weeks, my one friend’s Grandad died 3 days ago and he was really close to him. My other friend just found out that his parents are getting a divorce, and my other friend is getting surgery on his intestines soon. The cool part is that we are…

When should I begin to date?

“When should I begin to date?”     This question is one that many high school students ask themselves and others especially if they are plugged in to a local church.   This can be very difficult to determine because every situation is different.   At Fall Retreat, Shawn Bellner said, “There is almost nothing that can sidetrack your relationship with God…

What’s the big deal with sex?

“Nothing has stolen more dreams, dashed more hopes, broken up more families, and messed up more people psychologically than our propensity to disregard God’s commands regarding sexual purity.” -Andy Stanley, The Best Question Ever-   The effect that sex has had on the lives of people cannot be overestimated. Today, at $13.3 billion a year, the porn industry generates more annual revenue…

The Center of Your Relationships

“Make right decisions now so you won’t have to fix wrong decisions later” Shawn Bellner     Genesis 3 describes the entrance of sin into the world. The reason all problems exist in the world stems from the decision human beings make to sin. As a high school student, you are put in a position where making sinful choices is something you…