Archives For Bullying


I have been a fan of Yellowcard since they released their epic album “Ocean Avenue” in 2003. I have loved just about every song they have come out with. Their new album “Southern Air” looks to be a great album and I absolutely love the song “Here I am Alive.” In the video it portrays a couple of junior-high kids who have dreams but come across some bullies who say, “You are never getting out of this town.”

I thought about my own dreams and where I am now. The song seems to speak some truth to life about how there are ups and downs but we are still alive. He poses a question, “If I could write myself when I was young.” I have written on this before but if you could write a letter to your younger self what would you say?

What would you say to your dreams?

What would you say to your struggles?

What would you say to your family and friends?

What things would do differently?

This kind of thing allows us to think about what we use to hold important but no longer do but also things we gave up on and said that we could never do. Things people told us we would never accomplish.

Yet…

Here we are…

…alive.

Maybe we need to dream again.

What should you dream about?

What could you do?

Watch the video below. I hope you enjoy it.

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Bully-ing:

A Teenage Problem. A Gospel Resolution.

“I just want the bullying to stop. That is all I ever wanted. I used to love going to school. Now I hate it.”

Statements like this are made every day by teenagers across the nation. We can all tell a story about a bully, and share painful memories of instances where we were bullied. You can find them and define them in schools, workplaces, families, friendships and churches…

  • Bullies are the little people who try to be BIG by making you feel little.
  • Bullies are self-important individuals who try to strong-arm you into their subjection.
  • Bullies attempt to reign on the throne of your life. They want to be king, chief, ruler and first in everything.
  • Bullies thrive wherever authority is weak.
  • Bullies are brutal violators of the Golden Rule of Jesus Christ.

Teenagers are dealing with these bullies on a daily basis. So here are a few things they need to hear, know, and embrace from a Biblical standpoint:

Satan, in his search for dominion, is the greatest of all bullies. He is the “tough guy” strong-arming, harassing, tormenting, intimidating, pressuring, bulldozing and pushing around people like you. Satan seeks to dominate the throne of your world. And Satan has done well.

You’ve been threatened. You’ve been called names. Rumors have spread about you. People have pushed you around and treated you cruelly. You’ve suffered through physical pain and injury. In this world, the bully-tactics of Satan are evident. The devil has treated the world the way bullies take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.

But you must remember God has a history of humbling bullies. God marked bully Cain. God drowned the chariots of bully Pharaoh. God tumbled the giant bully, Goliath. And ultimately, God crushed the head of the bully serpent, Satan.

Remember?

Satan, and his bully followers, coerced and constrained and crucified Jesus Christ on a cross. They stole his lunch money (rightful glory), called him names (hurled insults), and shoved Him into a locker (a burial tomb).

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18 ESV)

But by the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, Satan no longer rules the house.

A Gospel Resolution: By the work of Jesus Christ, God has bound the strong-man bully Satan. The gospel is the news that Jesus came to seize Satan, stripping away his grip on you, and rescued you for the kingdom of God.

“Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.” (Matthew 12:29 ESV)

Young people…

Satan is your greatest adversary, but Jesus is your greatest Friend. Satan is your greatest bully, but Jesus is the Bridegroom, who protects you as his bride. Satan is your greatest strong-man captor, but Jesus is your sacrificial God-man deliverer.

The next bully who tries to make you feel little, strong-arm you, and reign on God’s rightful throne…

  • Remind yourself of the authority found in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus, the suffering servant, gave hope to underdogs like you and me. When you suffer daily oppression from bullies at school, remember who wins in the end.
  • Resolve to stand up. When you choose to stand up against a bully, you’re reflecting the image of Christ, who rose up against sin’s greatest intimidator, Satan.
  • Rediscover boldness in the gospel. Jesus frees us and gives us hope when facing all worldly masters, idols, and bullies. Don’t be afraid to confront bully behavior, report bully behavior or rise up against bully behavior.
  • Retell yourself the story of salvation. God created you. Satan captured (bullied) you. Jesus freed you.

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6-7 ESV)

This article was written by Scott Bond, Jr.  Scott is the Youth & Family Minister at the Martin Church of Christ in Martin, Tennessee. He majored in Biblical Studies at Freed-Hardeman University. Scott is married to Kaci Bond, and has one daughter, Claire. Scott confesses to be a struggling sinner thankful for an all-sufficient Savior.