APPENDIX: SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Presents Teens Talkin' Faith

APPENDIX:

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES

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We have included several scriptural passages that apply to the general content areas of Chicken Soup for the Soul Presents Teens Talkin’ Faith, but the Bible is literally full of encouraging and enlightening verses. We encourage you to take time to explore the Word of God on your own!

DOUBT

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.

—Deuteronomy 31:8

But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

—James 1:6

Now, faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

—Hebrews 11:1

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

—Hebrews 13:5–6

A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

—John 20:26–29

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately, Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

—Matthew 14:22–33

We live by faith, not by sight.

—2 Corinthians 5:7

“Everything is possible for him who believes.”

—Mark 9:23

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

—Isaiah 55:8–9

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

—Romans 5:3–5

COURAGE AND STRENGTH

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

—Hebrews 13:6

But You are a shield around me, O Lord; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the Lord I cry aloud, and He answers me from His holy hill.

—Psalms 3:3–4

In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears.

—Psalms 18:6

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

—Psalms 27:14

Since You are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of Your name lead and guide me.

—Psalms 31:3

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.

—Psalms 118:6

My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to Your word.

—Psalms 119:28

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”

—Isaiah 12:2

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”

—Isaiah 41:13

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

—Romans 5:3–5

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

—Philippians 4:13

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

—Ephesians 6:10–11

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.

—1 Corinthians 16:13–14

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

—2 Corinthians 12:10

FORGIVENESS

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

—Matthew 18:21–22

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross.

—Colossians 2:13–14

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

—Ephesians 1:7–8

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

—Ephesians 4:32

For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

—Romans 6:14

Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit.

—Romans 8:8–9

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

—2 Corinthians 5:17

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

—Psalms 103:12

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him.

—Daniel 9:9

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

—Mark 11:25

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

—Luke 6:37

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

—Psalms 51:2

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

—1 John 1:9

ANGER

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

—Psalms 37:8

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever.

—Psalms 103:8–9

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

—Proverbs 3:5–6

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

—Proverbs 15:1

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.

—1 Peter 4:12–13

[Love] is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

—1 Corinthians 13:5

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

—Matthew 6:14

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.

—Ephesians 4:26

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

—James 1:19–20

TRUST

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

—Proverbs 3:5–6

Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you.

—Proverbs 22:17–19

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

—Hebrews 13:5

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

—Psalms 27:14

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

—Psalms 37:5–6

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

—Psalms 125:1

Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of His servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.

—Isaiah 50:10

The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

—Isaiah 58:11

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”

—John 14:1–2

PRAYER

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

—1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

—Colossians 4:2

Come near to God and He will come near to you.

—James 4:8

“You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.”

—Job 22:27

“Because he loves Me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”

—Psalms 91:14–15

The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.

—Psalms 145:18

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”

—Matthew 6:9–13

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

—Matthew 7:7–8

“Again, I tell you that if two of you on Earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

—Matthew 18:19–20

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

—Philippians 4:6–7

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

—Romans 12:12

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.

—Mark 1:35

LOVE

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

—1 John 4:7–8

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else.

—1 Thessalonians 3:12

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

—1 Corinthians 13:4–7

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

—John 3:16

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

—John 13:34

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

—Deuteronomy 6:5

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

—Galatians 5:6

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ— to the glory and praise of God.

—Philippians 1:9–11

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

—Ephesians 3:16–19

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

—Ephesians 4:2

FAITH AND HOPE

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

—Romans 10:17

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.

—Hebrews 6:19–20

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

—Hebrews 11:3

We live by faith, not by sight.

—2 Corinthians 5:7

In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

—Ephesians 3:12

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

—Micah 7:7

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

—Isaiah 40:31

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

—Philippians 4:7

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

—Romans 5:3–5

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

—Romans 12:12

I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.

—Philemon 1:6

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