LinC

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A fresh, timely, and biblically based resource, LinC helps you help your teens examine relevant faith and life issues, using the latest music, movies, news, and current events. Through engaging Bible study, you'll equip them to evaluate their world from a biblical perspective.

Each week LinC uses a news-making headline and sound biblical teaching to give you:

  • Flexibility: Options for middle school, high school, combined middle and high school, and small groups
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LinC - Batter Up!

LinC - Batter Up!07/01/2017

Fans recently voted on this year’s teams for Major League Baseball’s 88th All-Star game. This week in LinC, we’ll talk about what it takes to...
LinC - Sacrificial Love

LinC - Sacrificial Love07/01/2017

The recently released remake of Wonder Woman serves as a reminder of how we’re called to live selflessly. This week LinC talks about ways to inspire...
LinC - Emojis Speak Louder Than Words

LinC - Emojis Speak Louder Than Words07/01/2017

The use of emojis is one of the latest cultural hurdles faced by parents, and now they’ve made their way into a movie. This week in LinC we’ll...
LinC - What's Your Name?

LinC - What's Your Name?07/01/2017

Whenever a celebrity couple announces they’re having a baby, the world seems to hold its collective breath while waiting to hear the name. This week...
LinC - A Reboot . . . Like for Sure!

LinC - A Reboot . . . Like for Sure!07/01/2017

Summertime seems to be the season for reboots of movies and TV shows. This week in LinC we’ll learn ways to embrace “the spirit of reboot” when...
LinC - New Every Morning

LinC - New Every Morning06/01/2017

In early June we celebrated “World Environment Day.” This week in LinC we will spend some time exploring our place in nature and our ability to...
LinC - Honor Your Father

LinC - Honor Your Father06/01/2017

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can present unique challenges for teens. Not everyone grows up in an idyllic family situation, to say the least....
LinC - Making Life Beautiful

LinC - Making Life Beautiful06/01/2017

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes we forget to look. This week LinC reminds us to take time to recognize beauty in our...
LinC - Celebrating the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

LinC - Celebrating the Holy Spirit at Pentecost06/01/2017

Pentecost is the final “big event” of the liturgical church year. This week in LinC we’ll talk about what it means for the Holy Spirit to be...
LinC - Lest We Forget

LinC - Lest We Forget05/01/2017

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who’ve died in service to our country—a day to remember. This week LinC will explore biblical instances of...
LinC - Rising Above Discouragement
LinC - Honoring Motherhood

LinC - Honoring Motherhood05/01/2017

It’s Mother’s Day (official last-minute get-present reminder)! This week in LinC we’ll take a look at what it means to truly honor the moms and...
LinC - Heart Transplant

LinC - Heart Transplant05/01/2017

Organ donors save lives every day. Recently a donor’s story—which included saving five lives—didn’t end there. The family of this donor...
LinC - The Resurrection and the Life

LinC - The Resurrection and the Life04/01/2017

The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! This week in LinC we’ll talk about how teenagers can embrace the power of Christ’s resurrection in their...
LinC - Spring—A Time to Go and Do Good Things!

LinC - Spring—A Time to Go and Do Good Things!04/01/2017

It seems like every time we turn around another school semester is ending, bringing with it the dreaded final exams and projects! This week in LinC...
LinC - Stressed Out!

LinC - Stressed Out!04/01/2017

Felt any stress lately? April is Stress Awareness Month, so this week in LinC we’ll talk about how as Christians we can turn to God and one another...
LinC - A New Point of View

LinC - A New Point of View04/01/2017

Palm Sunday is a day that is often celebrated with kids waving palm branches and sometimes even shouting in the sanctuary. This week in LinC we’ll...
LinC - Busted Brackets?

LinC - Busted Brackets?04/01/2017

Experienced some madness lately? Unless you’re just not into basketball, you’re probably at least aware that we’re closing in on the NCAA...
LinC - Are You a Superhero?

LinC - Are You a Superhero?03/01/2017

Movie reboot season continues with a new installment of the popular Power Rangers series. This week in LinC we’ll talk about the source of our power...
LinC - A Tale As Old As Time

LinC - A Tale As Old As Time03/01/2017

Disney has released a remake of the film Beauty and the Beast! The simplicity of the characters pave the way to exploring the question: What is true...
LinC - Discerning Truth

LinC - Discerning Truth03/01/2017

We live in a world that more recently includes accusations of “fake news” against long-standing, respected news agencies. Beyond that conflict,...
LinC - Faithful Pursuit

LinC - Faithful Pursuit03/01/2017

Just a few weeks removed from Super Bowl XI, people are still talking about a truly historic game, featuring wildly different halves, the largest...
LinC - Will You Be Mine?

LinC - Will You Be Mine?02/01/2017

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. What does it take to love God above all else? This week in LinC we’ll help teens reignite their love...
LinC - Men Are From Mars

LinC - Men Are From Mars02/01/2017

Our lives are framed in relationships. How we invest ourselves in those relationships shapes our future. This week in LinC, using the movie The Space...
LinC - God's Call to Care

LinC - God's Call to Care02/01/2017

In the midst of the world’s growing refugee crisis, the White House issued an executive order to ban entry to the United States from seven...
LinC - Why Church Matters

LinC - Why Church Matters02/01/2017

Why do you go to church? A recent trending topic on Twitter caused us to think a little more closely about why people don’t go to church. This week...
LinC - Waiting in God's Timing

LinC - Waiting in God's Timing01/01/2017

Just a month ago we were patiently awaiting the arrival of Christmas. For many, part of that waiting was for the release of the Nintendo NES Classic....
LinC - Celebrating Hope

LinC - Celebrating Hope01/01/2017

The new year often feels like fresh air—putting whatever we didn’t like about the last year behind us and taking on fresh challenges. This week in...
LinC - Changing With Grace

LinC - Changing With Grace01/01/2017

The inauguration of President Trump has ushered in a distinctly different political environment than our country has experienced in recent memory....
LinC - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

LinC - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!01/01/2017

Had a snow day yet this year? This week in LinC we’ll use the whiteness of snow as a jumping-off point for a discussion focused on God’s...
LinC - The Start of Something . . .

LinC - The Start of Something . . .01/01/2017

As we enter the new year, we follow Advent by celebrating the baptism of Jesus. This week in LinC we’ll talk about the meaning of baptism in our...
LinC - A Disney Promise

LinC - A Disney Promise08/01/2016

How long do you save receipts? This week we’ll talk about a woman who saved an unused ticket to Disney for twenty-two years. Even after all these...
LinC - Leveling Up!

LinC - Leveling Up!08/01/2016

Pokémon what? Pokémon has experienced a resurgence with the popular app, Pokémon Go! This week LinC talks about the lengths we might be willing to...
LinC - Pet Envy

LinC - Pet Envy08/01/2016

Ever let a little envy ruin an otherwise good situation? That’s exactly what happens to Max the dog, a main character in the new movie The Secret...
LinC - Run the Race!

LinC - Run the Race!08/01/2016

Although the Olympics have wrapped up, they’ll remain a great reminder of the dedication it requires to excel. This week in LinC we’ll talk about...
LinC - Love Conquers Hate

LinC - Love Conquers Hate07/01/2016

On June 12 Omar Mateen committed the largest mass murder in US history, taking the lives of forty-nine people in an assault at a gay club in Orlando,...
LinC - Sharks, Alligators, and Bears, Oh My!?!

LinC - Sharks, Alligators, and Bears, Oh My!?!07/01/2016

It’s summertime, and teens are finally able to be outside—something they don’t get to do much during the school year. This week in LinC we’ll...
LinC - Not Just Some Fish Story

LinC - Not Just Some Fish Story07/01/2016

Ever worried about feeling less than perfect? That worry is at the heart of the new movie Finding Dory. This week in LinC we’ll be loving our...
LinC - Choose Wisely

LinC - Choose Wisely07/01/2016

This week in LinC we’ll talk about the chaos of this year’s voting cycle and about making good choices. Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 30:15-16;...
LinC - We the People

LinC - We the People07/01/2016

A few weeks ago our country was devastated by a series of killings between police and civilians, revealing the deep racial tensions that still exist...
LinC - The Power of Vulnerability

LinC - The Power of Vulnerability06/01/2016

Life gave Beyonce lemons, so she made Lemonade. The surprise video album found Bey being almost uncomfortably transparent about her personal life....
LinC - Roots and Christian Calls for Justice

LinC - Roots and Christian Calls for Justice06/01/2016

The recent remake of the miniseries Roots has renewed the national conversation about slavery as part of our country’s history. This week in LinC...
LinC - The World's Greatest

LinC - The World's Greatest06/01/2016

“Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee”—the world recently mourned the loss of one of its greatest athletes. In fact, he was often called...
LinC - The Apocalypse: Mutants Not Included

LinC - The Apocalypse: Mutants Not Included06/01/2016

Got any plans for the apocalypse? This week in LinC we’re taking a look at apocalyptic literature in Scripture—as long as the world doesn’t end...
LinC - Want Bacon With That?

LinC - Want Bacon With That?05/01/2016

Ever loved dinner so much you wanted to name yourself after it? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Mr. Bacon Double Cheeseburger. This week in...
LinC - Listening to God's Voice

LinC - Listening to God's Voice05/01/2016

Which of your senses would you miss most if you lost it? This week in LinC we’ll learn about a young man who personally took on his grandfather’s...
LinC - The Power of Lament

LinC - The Power of Lament05/01/2016

The death of popular musical artist Prince added to a growing list of recently deceased celebrities. Social media exploded with expressions of grief,...
LinC - Civil War and Christian Fighting

LinC - Civil War and Christian Fighting05/01/2016

The big summer blockbuster movies are starting to roll out! Captain America: Civil War continues the story line of the Avengers, this time with some...
LinC - Let's Eat

LinC - Let's Eat05/01/2016

Hunger is a real problem that is faced worldwide, though it rarely receives the attention of the media spotlight. This week in LinC we’ll look at...
LinC - The Truth About Lies

LinC - The Truth About Lies04/01/2016

We swear we’re not making this up: National Tell a Lie Day is just around the corner! There’s an Honesty Day, too, but not for another three...
LinC - United by Faith

LinC - United by Faith04/01/2016

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that we’re in an election cycle. The news and social media have had plenty to...
LinC - Faith in the Unseen

LinC - Faith in the Unseen04/01/2016

As if Pluto needed any more bad news, there’s been a lot of conversation lately about the possible discovery of “Planet Nine,” a large, yet...
LinC - Keeping Our Oculi on God

LinC - Keeping Our Oculi on God04/01/2016

Virtual reality has made great strides in the past few years, and the competition among new headsets is growing. It may be the last question anyone is...
LinC - Why the Long Face?

LinC - Why the Long Face?03/01/2016

Remember that time when a horse gave you a hug at just the right moment? Probably not. But a recent study has revealed that horses can perceive and...
LinC - Top O' the Morning!

LinC - Top O' the Morning!03/01/2016

What’s your favorite green drink? This week LinC talks about St. Patrick’s Day—but not about parades and leprechauns. Did you know Saint Patrick...
LinC - Digital Privacy and Faithful Discipleship

LinC - Digital Privacy and Faithful Discipleship03/01/2016

Changed your passwords lately? In recent weeks, Apple has gone head to head with the government in a legal battle to protect the privacy of its...
LinC - The Wonder of Easter!

LinC - The Wonder of Easter!03/01/2016

This Sunday is Easter, and a new movie has just been released depicting Jesus’ life as a boy. This week in LinC we’ll talk about how teenagers can...
LinC - L-O-V-E

LinC - L-O-V-E02/01/2016

Valentine’s Day is February 14, and we’ll be using that issue of LinC to explore the topic of love. Not love of one another this time—but...
LinC - The Power of Giving

LinC - The Power of Giving02/01/2016

At some point, we’ve all daydreamed about suddenly receiving tons of money. That kind of thinking spiked recently when the Powerball lottery rose to...
LinC - Assume the Position

LinC - Assume the Position02/01/2016

In 2014 the city of Flint, Michigan, switched it’s water supply from Detroit to the Flint River. The poor quality of water caused an increase in...
LinC - Open House

LinC - Open House02/01/2016

When are your church doors open? A Chicago church kicked off the new year by leaving its doors unlocked and open to the public 24/7. This week LinC...
LinC - Fail Forward

LinC - Fail Forward01/01/2016

Ever really, really wish you could take back the last thing you said? This week LinC talks about Steve Harvey recently announcing the wrong contestant...
LinC - Resolutions . . . Now What?

LinC - Resolutions . . . Now What?01/01/2016

How fast do your New Year resolutions fizzle? This week in LinC we’ll talk about moving beyond faith resolutions to actively pursuing true spiritual...
LinC - Swallow Your Pride

LinC - Swallow Your Pride01/01/2016

Pro football season is coming to an end! We’re even starting to see previews of this year’s Super Bowl commercials. This week LinC talks about...
LinC - Star Wars and the Continuing Saga of Faith

LinC - Star Wars and the Continuing Saga of Faith01/01/2016

This week we’ll use the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens to spark some conversation about how we can be more intentional about engaging...
LinC - Faith Resolutions for 2016

LinC - Faith Resolutions for 201601/01/2016

As we make the turn into 2016, LinC will kick off the new year with some conversation about New Year resolutions. Have you made yours yet? Key...
LinC - The Year in Review

LinC - The Year in Review12/01/2015

The year is wrapping up fast! This week LinC talks about finding meaningful ways to look back on 2015, even as we look forward to entering 2016. Key...
LinC - Hugging for Life

LinC - Hugging for Life12/01/2015

This week LinC explores ways to find and provide community. God created us to connect, so we must learn to approach one another with agape love and...
LinC - Welcoming the Stranger

LinC - Welcoming the Stranger12/01/2015

This week LinC takes a look at the tension surrounding the conversation about accepting Syrian refugees on U.S. soil. Those opposed point to a...
LinC - Faithfully Facing Terrorism Fears

LinC - Faithfully Facing Terrorism Fears12/01/2015

On November 13, a series of planned terror attacks were unleashed in Paris. ISIS claimed responsibility, deepening worldwide concerns about their...
LinC - Losing Stinks! But Winning Isn't Everything.

LinC - Losing Stinks! But Winning Isn't Everything.11/01/2015

Who knew good sportsmanship could be against the rules? This week in LinC we’ll take a look at the story of a cross-country runner who sacrificed a...
LinC - The One True King

LinC - The One True King11/01/2015

November 22 is Christ the King Sunday, and it just so happens that Major League Baseball’s World Series recently was won by the Kansas City Royals....
LinC - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

LinC - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle11/01/2015

The popularity of recycling has been on the rise for years. This Sunday LinC gives a nod to “America Recycles Day” and takes a look at some of the...
LinC - Prayer Matters

LinC - Prayer Matters11/01/2015

Surprising many critics, the movie War Room recently made quite an impact at movie theaters. This week in LinC we’ll use that movie’s theme as...
LinC - Patience in an Impatient World

LinC - Patience in an Impatient World11/01/2015

They say patience is a virtue, but who has time for that? This week in LinC we’ll use an airline’s recent technology failure as a jumping off...
LinC - Communing With the World

LinC - Communing With the World10/01/2015

Jesus tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves, but who is our neighbor? Even more challenging, Jesus tells us to love our enemies. This week in...
LinC - Finding Empathy on Facebook and in Faith

LinC - Finding Empathy on Facebook and in Faith10/01/2015

You know that awkward pause you feel after “liking” someone’s cry for help or bad news announcement on Facebook? This week in LinC, we’ll talk...
LinC - Providing a Refuge

LinC - Providing a Refuge10/01/2015

Today’s teenagers are growing up in a truly global culture. Sometimes that means we are made aware of situations where we’d like to offer aid, but...
LinC - The Masks of Hypocrisy

LinC - The Masks of Hypocrisy10/01/2015

We’re shaking off disguises—just in time for Halloween! This week in LinC, get ready for some great conversation about living authentically as a...
LinC - All Work and No Play . . .

LinC - All Work and No Play . . .09/01/2015

Have you ever felt like your effort at some task or job wasn’t appreciated? This week in LinC we’ll talk about making healthy choices in how and...
LinC - No Reward for Trying!

LinC - No Reward for Trying!09/01/2015

In recent years, many sports and other “competitive” opportunities have started awarding participation trophies—trophies simply for showing up....
LinC - Uncovered Sin

LinC - Uncovered Sin09/01/2015

You know that sinking feeling you get when you’re caught doing something wrong? Recently thousands of people experienced that feeling when...
LinC - To Heaven and Back

LinC - To Heaven and Back09/01/2015

Have you ever wondered exactly what happens after we die? Is it possible to get so hung up on the details of eternity that we forget to participate in...
LinC - Our Shared Heritage

LinC - Our Shared Heritage08/01/2015

Our country’s seemingly unending struggle with racism continues to resurface in recent news. In the wake of the Charleston AME mass killing, the...
LinC - Stop the Violence

LinC - Stop the Violence08/01/2015

Over the last few weeks and months, the headlines in our country have been filled with tragedy and violence. The recent killings in Chattanooga, TN,...
LinC - Weathering the Storm

LinC - Weathering the Storm08/01/2015

As the dog days of summer persist, we all experience times when even the weather gets us down. This week LinC explores ways for teens to find their...
LinC - The One True God

LinC - The One True God08/01/2015

Practice makes perfect, but can you practice too much? This week in LinC we’ll reflect on the remarks from baseball Hall-of-Fame pitcher John Smoltz...
LinC - Expanding Our Holy Horizons

LinC - Expanding Our Holy Horizons08/01/2015

As knowledge of our universe expands, so does our sense of wonder and amazement at our Creator God. This week in LinC we’ll talk about letting that...
LinC - Reptilian or Responsible

LinC - Reptilian or Responsible07/01/2015

Sometimes our decision making leads to results that may ultimately undermine ourselves or others. This week in LinC we’ll explore the concept of...
LinC - Love in the Face of Hatred

LinC - Love in the Face of Hatred07/01/2015

In the last few weeks our country has stared down another devastating, self-inflicted act of violence. A racially motivated mass killing at a...
LinC - Giving Beyond What Is Expected

LinC - Giving Beyond What Is Expected07/01/2015

We all say that we like to be giving people, but do we ever give beyond what’s convenient? This week’s LinC takes a look at what it means to give...
LinC - I Will Serve . . .

LinC - I Will Serve . . .07/01/2015

Every day we’re presented with opportunities for making choices—about everything from what we wear to what we listen to or watch, and even about...
LinC - The Challenge of Change

LinC - The Challenge of Change06/01/2015

The end of the school year brings tons of change for many of our teens—changing grades, schools, even graduating from school for good! This week in...
LinC - American Idol Ends—Christian Song Goes On

LinC - American Idol Ends—Christian Song Goes On06/01/2015

After fifteen seasons the popular TV series American Idol will come to an end. The show has had a noted impact on the landscape of popular and...
LinC - Hypocrisy?

LinC - Hypocrisy?06/01/2015

Sometimes we can feel trapped when the Christlike image we want to project gets tangled with our inability to be Christlike. This week LinC talks...
LinC - Overcoming Shame With Love

LinC - Overcoming Shame With Love06/01/2015

Bullying and shaming are known threats among teens’ peers, especially among teens on social media. But what happens when parents shame kids on...
LinC - Have You Studied?

LinC - Have You Studied?05/01/2015

Before death and taxes, most of us suffer another inevitability—end of semester testing! This week LinC takes a look at how our faith will also...
LinC - God's Pursuit

LinC - God's Pursuit05/01/2015

This time of year our social media feeds are full of pictures of dresses and tuxes. Prom is in the air—and teens are pursuing that special someone...
LinC - Faithfully Facing Technology's Perils and Promise

LinC - Faithfully Facing Technology's Perils and Promise05/01/2015

One of the most popular superhero teams of all times has exploded on the big screen in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the movie the Avengers must...
LinC - A Bucket of Thanks

LinC - A Bucket of Thanks05/01/2015

It’s one thing to be grateful on the inside—quite another to remember to show gratitude on the outside! This week in LinC we’ll talk about what...
LinC - Finding the Strength Within

LinC - Finding the Strength Within05/01/2015

Sometimes it feels like life is just a series of challenges—even as school ends and summer approaches. This week in LinC we’ll explore ways to use...
LinC - Easter Revisited

LinC - Easter Revisited04/01/2015

It’s Easter—a time of joy and celebration! But for longtime Christians, somehow even Easter can lose its excitement. This week LinC takes a fresh...
LinC - Tenderly Cradled in Freefall

LinC - Tenderly Cradled in Freefall04/01/2015

This week LinC takes a look into the life and death of American hostage Kayla Mueller. We’re called to live our faith actively, with the knowledge...
LinC - Living Life Abundantly

LinC - Living Life Abundantly04/01/2015

Everybody wants to go to heaven, but it seems like nobody wants to die! This week LinC leads a conversation around our culture’s apparent desire to...
LinC - No Christ—No Church

LinC - No Christ—No Church04/01/2015

Can you just call something a “church”? Are there rules? This week LinC takes a good look at what it means for us to put Christ at the center of...
LinC - Girl Power

LinC - Girl Power03/01/2015

During March people around the country will observe Women’s History Month. It wasn’t long ago that women as a group weren’t considered part of...
LinC - Living as More Than Labels

LinC - Living as More Than Labels03/01/2015

We all read them, and we all use them to describe ourselves and others. They’re labels. The new movie The Duff raises awareness of the damage...
LinC - Sin That Enslaves Us

LinC - Sin That Enslaves Us03/01/2015

Addiction is something we read about online or see on the news, right? Too often we overlook addiction as a thing that happens to other people—not...
LinC - Playing to Lose?

LinC - Playing to Lose? 03/01/2015

Ever felt like you just couldn’t lose? This week’s LinC looks at a unique sports situation during which it appeared that both teams were trying to...
LinC - A Parade of Palms

LinC - A Parade of Palms03/01/2015

The crowds were excited as Jesus rode into Jerusalem! But wait—this Messiah was different from who and what everyone expected. LinC takes a look at...
LinC - It's How You Play the Game

LinC - It's How You Play the Game02/01/2015

The college football playoff captured the largest cable TV audience in history, confirming what we already knew: Sports is life and football is king....
LinC - No Joke

LinC - No Joke02/01/2015

Satire has been the big news story over the past few weeks. What seemed to be a humorous attempt at revealing Islam’s faults, the Charlie Hebdo...
LinC - A Cloud of Suspicion

LinC - A Cloud of Suspicion02/01/2015

Now that the Super Bowl is over, hopefully the “deflategate” controversy will be put to rest. Some have scoffed at what seems like petty jealousy,...
LinC - Feasting Faster

LinC - Feasting Faster02/01/2015

Ask folks what they want most out of life and it’s a good bet they’ll say “to be happy.” Happiness is great, but it ebbs and flows. However,...
LinC - Watch Night

LinC - Watch Night01/01/2015

The New Year’s edition of LinC will use the tradition of Watch Night to help you and your students experience the spiritual power of anticipation...
LinC - Healing in a Hug

LinC - Healing in a Hug01/01/2015

“Free Hugs” signs are appearing everywhere there’s been anger and strife recently. This week’s LinC prompts conversation with your teens about...
LinC - Tied Together

LinC - Tied Together01/01/2015

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is unity, and it lies deep in the soul of every American. Our nation is arguably the least unified it’s...
LinC - The Hobbit and the Generous Heart

LinC - The Hobbit and the Generous Heart01/01/2015

J.R.R Tolkien’s work has mesmerized generations of readers with stories that inspire imagination and wonder. His impact continues as the Lord of the...
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