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Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.  Ecclesiastes 12:1  

Question and Answer Corner

Question:  Is taking tea and coffee a SIN according to the Bible and what does the SOP say about it?

AnswerIn answer to your question, the Bible does not mention tea or coffee by name. Rather it gives the principles that taking part in practices that destroy your health is sinful. 

Cor. 3:16, 17  "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." 
Cor. 10:31  "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 

Caffeine is found in both coffee and tea has been found to raise blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack among young adults, increase chance of miscarriage (even what the parents drink before conception can affect this), and interfere with calcium absorption, just to name a few of the side effects. It is considered a drug and cannot be considered harmless.  Tea also contains a drug called theobromine. 

As to what the Spirit of Prophecy says on this topic, here are a few of her quotes below.

"Tea and coffee drinking is a sin, an injurious indulgence, which, like other evils, injures the soul. These darling idols create an excitement, a morbid action of the nervous system; and after the immediate influence of the stimulants is gone, it lets down below par just to that degree that its stimulating properties elevated above par."  {CD 425.3}

"Satan is taking the world captive through the use of liquor and tobacco, tea and coffee. The God-given mind, which should be kept clear, is perverted by the use of narcotics. The brain is no longer able to distinguish correctly. The enemy has control. Man has sold his reason for that which makes him mad. He has no sense of what is right.{CCh 101, 102}

"Tea, coffee, tobacco, and alcohol we must present as sinful indulgences."  {LDE 81.1}  

"Never take tea, coffee, beer, wine, or any spirituous liquors. Water is the best liquid possible to cleanse the tissues."  {CD 421.3}

"Tea is poisonous to the system. Christians should let it alone. The influence of coffee is in a degree the same as tea, but the effect upon the system is still worse. Its influence is exciting, and just in the degree that it elevates above par, it will exhaust and bring prostration below par. Tea and coffee drinkers carry the marks upon their faces. The skin becomes sallow, and assumes a lifeless appearance. The glow of health is not seen upon the countenance."  {CD 421.1}

"The habit of drinking tea and coffee is a greater evil than is often suspected. Many who have accustomed themselves to the use of stimulating drinks, suffer from headache and nervous prostration, and lose much time on account of sickness. They imagine they cannot live without the stimulus, and are ignorant of its effect upon health. What makes it the more dangerous is, that its evil effects are so often attributed to other causes."  {CTBH 35.2}

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 Youth Corner Video

Are you trying to quit watching Hollywood Television? Can you not find anything interesting to watch? 

Youth Corner is excited to announce that we have begun to produce short video clips, that have a point but are also interesting to watch. 

We hope to continue to add to our collection. So check back periodically for more clips.

       Sabbath  Afternoon Activities  

   Bible Memory Verse Bee- Like the old fashioned spelling bee only everyone has to repeat a memory verse and the text until some people can’t think of any more. Variation: See if you can repeat verses that start with each letter of the alphabet..            


Music Video - Treasures of the Messiah 

Youth's Last Written Message 

Trenton, the teen pictured at the top, that put together Treasures of the Messiah wrote the following. This was his last written message to the world and to his fellow youth, before he died at the age of 14, on June 9, 2013. Remember as you read it that the Pony Express' motto was, "the mail must go through."

                  The Mail Must Go Through

"I, ......, do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors and Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God."  

As Jack Keetley swore this oath he didn’t know that he would make history by making the longest ride on the Pony Express. Jack usually rode 40 miles from Marysville, Kansas to Big Sandy, Nebraska but one day when he got to Big Sandy the next rider was unable to take the mail to the next station so Jack took it on, when he finally stopped at Seneca, Kansas, he had ridden over 335 miles in thirty-one hours without stopping except to change horses.

We are in a similar situation to Jack Keetley. We have mail, a message straight from heaven and we don’t even have to carry it 335 miles, we may just have to carry it down the street, and yet we are sitting at home on the couch watching TV, having parties, and listening to music not even fit to listen to. What are we doing for God? Why is the mail pouch that’s worth much more than the Pony Express’s $3, 500 mail pouch, sitting on the shelf collecting dust? The time is now to carry the mail from heaven through wind, rain, sleet, and snow because, “The mail must get through.”

If you would like to read more about Trenton visit the Leukemia Lessons page.

Family Night Activities 

 The Rhyming Game 

In this game someone says a word (for example, the word clock), and the other players in order, must come up with words that rhyme, (like dock, mock, sock, shock, knock, rock, etc.). When someone can no longer think of a word, they drop out until no one can think of another word. Then the last one that was left can chose the next word and start another round. 

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