Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

In this Bible verse Jesus explains to the Disciples to teach the new followers to obey all that he has taught and to adopt the values of a Christian. To me, the meaning of this is a bit more obscure than what Jesus was commanding his disciples to do. In context, Jesus is trying to spread Christianity through his followers, but in a more contemporary sense, I believe Jesus is asking us to spread the love and good will of Christianity, not just gain followers of the religion. The roots of this religion are love and care, which are at the core of all our values. We should carry out our lives with these values in heart and mind, helping others because it is the right thing to do. We’re being asked to show the same love we were blessed with when Jesus sacrificed himself to relinquish the sins of the world. Jesus is asking us to diffuse the love of our religion for the whole world to feel and relish. I apply this by volunteering and helping the community, but also by being a leader and good role model for those around me. I try to make a positive impact in people’s lives through my actions. My actions reflect the image of my religion, creating positivity in my community and for my peers. The love I show for others is that of the Christian people, the love that’s united whole nations and people with its intensity, passion, and sincerity. – Jack Rapini

"Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone. Without anyone to care for or anyone to care about me.” (Anne Hathaway). No matter where you are in life I think we can all agree that being alone is not something we hope for. This is why I believe that Matthew 28:18-20 is so important. As Christians we have to remember that we are never truly alone because surely God is with us always, to the very end of the age. By remembering that statement we can get through any of life’s obstacles. Simply remembering that you are never without a friend to lean on, a shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to. When I was given this verse to write on I asked my second grade Sunday school class what they thought the last line meant and I completely agree with them and I don’t think I could say it any better ... “It means that God is with you no matter what, and that Jesus loves you and he will never ever leave you.” So fear not for loneliness because God is always there when you need him and you are never truly alone. – Sally Glieden

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples,“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

To me, this verse is about the people who have a desire to follow Jesus. They are being told by him what they need to do in order to follow him. He says that they must deny themselves, by this he means they have to give up everything, and part with their sinful ways. Taking up their cross and following him means that they must devote their whole life to him through their faith and trust in everything he says and does. I think this verse can be used daily in everyone’s life but to me it’s more complex than that. The meaning of this verse can be used daily once you decide to live by it. A particular time in your life, after a big event, or maybe just a revelation can make you realize you should live by these words. Deciding you want to give your all to the Lord and devote yourself to your faith is a process that you can start going by daily. Being 15, and not really having developed my faith to where I want to, I realized do not quite live by these words. After reading this Bible verse and thinking about what it means to me I realize that I want to live by these words from now on. My last couple months have definitely not been the best and I’m going to try very hard to devote myself to Jesus and what he wants me to do because I truly believe that will improve my life and my happiness! – Lydia Engelhart

This verse means that to follow Jesus we have to give up our time and talent to him. We have to choose to follow him in everything we do. We can go to church and help carry out God’s word in our lives. If we choose to follow him we are obligated to figure out what Jesus would do. We will make both right and wrong decisions and we are forgiven for the wrong and times we deny Jesus but praised for the right – especially during the Easter season. This verse states “to carry our cross” which means that we have burdens and have to deal with them, but we have to trust in God that all will turn out for the best and the way he intended it to. I make wrong decisions and deny Jesus every day, like all humans, but I’m happy because I know that we’re all forgiven when Jesus died for us on the cross. – Benji Wyberg