Subscribe to receive weekly emails of the Reasons for Hope blog.

* indicates required

A Closer Look at: The Greatest Showman

So Jesus said to the Jew who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  – John 8:31-32
 
I just watched the movie, “The Greatest Showman” with my wife.  Truth be told, I’m not a musical guy, but my wife is.  That being the case and the fact that we’d heard good things about the movie, we decided to watch it.
 
It was VERY entertaining!  Even for a musical.  Sorry, I told you, I’m not a musical guy, normally.
 
Spoiler alert, we’ll be talking about themes and characters that are in the movie.  So, if you want to see it without my observations, you may want to stop reading now!
 
Here are some of the things that encouraged me.
  • It’s about a man who went through a “rags to riches” transformation.
  • He loved his family!
  • He wanted his children to have a better life than he’d had growing up.
  • He was a man that stood up and helped those who had been abused by “society.” Those who were looked down upon, and taken advantage of, he elevated to stardom!
  • He made a mistake, and those that he had rejected, took him back.
 
I love themes of reconciliation.  Our God is still in the reconciliation business so it encourages me to see it happen in a mean spirited culture.
 
In the movie, newspaper critic James Gordon Bennett wrote a scathing review of Mr. Barnum’s show, calling it a circus.   Mr. Barnum, without skipping a beat, embraces the slight and puts “circus” into the shows name.
 
Later in the movie, Mr. Bennett is transformed after he’s seen the positive impact the show has had on people, especially the performers.  He tells Barnum that what he is doing could be considered a “celebration of humanity.”
 
(By the way, if you want to read an amazing story, research Mr. Bennett.  His is a TRUE “rags to riches” story.  For instance, he was a Scottish immigrant who created a publication he called the New York Herald.  Maybe you’ve heard of it, today it’s the world’s most read newspaper.)
 
One particularly important issue addressed in the movie was racism.  In the circus, a persons “race” wasn’t an issue.  This was illustrated with a relationship between a black trapeze artist named Ann Wheeler and a white aristocrat named Phillip Carlyle who gave up everything to be in the circus.
 
Philip initially is afraid of the relationship because of what society, including his wealthy parents, think and backs away from Ann.  Later, he realizes that they’re wrong and tries to make things right with Ann.  It takes him nearly dying to make Ann realize that it doesn’t matter what others think and they’re to be together.
 
This “one race, the human race” message is near and dear to my heart, in part because of the experiences my wife and I have had.  Most of you know that my wife is Japanese.  And, believe it or not, we’ve seen racism raise its head from those within the church.
 
On one occasion I even had a speaking event cancelled because my wife and I were in what the pastor called an “inter-racial” marriage.  He explained that the church by-laws restricted the pastor from allowing anyone in an “inter-racial” marriage to speak from their pulpit or he’d be fired.
 
All of this to say, I appreciated their stand on the issue.
 
There’s only one problem.  None of that happened.   The movie is wrong about probably 90% of everything else that’s portrayed.
 
For instance, Philip Carlyle and Ann Wheeler never existed!  This means that the whole “one blood” message that was shown never happened.  (If you’d like to get an idea of how “inter-racial” relationships were treated “back in the day”, watch the movie entitled, “Loving.”  It’s NOT necessarily a “feel good” movie.  What this couple experienced is pretty eye opening.)
 
The real P.T. Barnum’s show was not a “celebration of humanity,” far from it.  It very easily could have been billed as an “abuser of humanity.”
 
Let me just give you a couple of examples that aren’t in the movie to make my point.
 
Mr. Barnum’s career started at the age of 25 with a lady named Joice Heth.
In a memoir written by Mr. Barnum in 1855 he stated that he bought her, as a slave, so that he could exhibit her.
 
In 1869 he changed, saying that he bought the rights to exhibit her.  He advertised her as the “Greatest natural and national curiosity in the world.”
 
She told everyone that she’d been George Washington’s nursemaid and was 161 years old.
 
Her legs were paralyzed as well as one of her arms.  She was blind, mostly deaf and in many ways, a slave, regardless of how Mr. Barnum characterized it!
 
He would have her “perform” 6 days a week up to 10-12 hours a day.
 
It’s reported that Mr. Barnum told how on one occasion he gave her quite a bit of alcohol so that she was drunk.   This allowed them to pull her remaining teeth, making her look older.
 
At one point attendance dropped off because local preachers took a stand and told their people that it was immoral to pay money to look at a slave.  This was during the time that abolition was growing in the country.
 
In order to outsmart the clergy, whom he is said to have despised, he told everyone that he was an abolitionist.  He was actually touring with Joice because she was a freedwoman and was trying to raise money to get her great-grandchildren out of slavery.  It’s said that this worked and religious people started flocking to the show to help this poor woman.
 
On one occasion a Boston minister reportedly gave Mr. Barnum $10.00 to help free some of Miss Heth’s relations.  He took the money and later wrote, “I took the money, I could not do less without betraying myself,” he wrote. “That night, a few friends and myself spent it on Champagne and oysters.”  He bragged that he never bought a slave’s freedom, it was all a scam to make money!
 
Mr. Barnum even found a way to take advantage of Miss Heth after her death.  He had a doctor perform an autopsy and charged 50 cents each so that people could watch.  Approximately 1,500 people are said to have attended.
 
When the doctor performing the autopsy concluded that she wasn’t 161 years old, and probably no more than about 80, Mr. Barnum told everyone that the corpse was a fake and the real Joice Heth was alive and “performing” elsewhere.
 
That’s NOT the guy I saw depicted in the movie.
As for his kindness to “Annie Jones,” aka the bearded lady, that he discovers singing in a sweatshop washing cloths.  Well, that’s not even close to the truth either.
 
First of all, he didn’t find her later in life.  He actually started exhibiting her when she was just 9 months old!  She was originally billed as the “The Infant Esau.”  Her parents were paid $150.00 a week in order to put her on display.
And what about General Tom Thumb whom Mr. Barnum meets as a 22 year old man in the movie? Well, that’s not quite how it happened.
 
The truth is, he first met him as a 4 years old and made a deal with his parents to exhibit him in his New York show for $3.00 a week.
 
To his credit, he did increase it to $50.00 a week when the act became popular.
 
When you research Mr. Barnum you’re not going to find someone that was trying to make the world a better place.  Actually it’s quite the opposite.  You’ll find someone who seems to be trying to make a quick buck off of the suffering and misfortune of others.
 
Be careful!  When we watch something it is very easy to assume that it is true or even close to the truth.  That’s not the case with this movie.  It is VERY well done.  The film quality is excellent, the acting is great and the story is heart warming.
 
It’s just not true!
 
I didn’t even go into the really ugly history that you can find on how blacks were actually treated, including being stolen from their families and sold to the circus.  That’s really ugly stuff and I intentionally kept this pretty generic.
 
I encourage you to research like this whenever you hear or read about some new amazing find that proves everything that we’ve known to be true to not be incorrect.  That’s what we’re teaching how to do in our Academy of Hope Online classes.  We believe that by teaching HOW to think and not WHAT to think we can prepare a generation to deal with the increasing deception that’s coming before Christ returns.  You will amazed at how easy it is to do and what you will see when you look at the evidence critically.
 
In addition, we do real world application.  On April 7th we’ll be taking folks through the Chicago Field Museum and teaching them how to use facilities such as these for ministry.  If you’re in the Chicago area please consider joining us.  It’s an all day event.  We’ll teach how to tell the difference between Fact and Opinion.  We then go into the museum and apply what was taught.  We come back, debrief, teach again, and then go back into the museum to apply!
 
Or maybe you’d like to join us by digging dinosaur bones and seeing for yourself how the actual evidence supports what God’s Word says.  If that’s the case, join us in Glendive, Montana this summer.
 
Remember John 8:31-32.  “abide in my word”.  If you want to know the truth, seek God’s Word FIRST.  As Christians we’ve been duped too many times by “humbugs” like P.T Barnum because we’ve not allowed the Word to be our authority.  Let’s choose today to seek out truth.  Ultimately, that’s all that matters, and that’s because the truth will set you free.
 
Stay Bold!
Posted in
Posted in

Recent

Archive

Categories

Tags

1 Chronicles 16:8-12 1 Chronicles 22:14 1 Chronicles 29:11 1 Corinthians 10:31 1 Corinthians 13 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 1 Corinthians 15:21 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 1 Corinthians 15:33 1 Corinthians 15:45 1 Corinthians 15:57 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 1 John 2:15-17 1 John 2:15 1 John 2:2 1 John 4:10 1 John 4:19 1 John 4:7-8 1 Peter 1:23 1 Peter 2:24 1 Peter 3:15 1 Peter 3:18 1 Peter 4:12-13 1 Peter 4:12-19 1 Peter 5:10 1 Thessalonians 5:11 1 Timothy 4:8 1 Timothy 6:10 1 Timothy 6:3-10 1 corinthians 10:13 100 miles 100% human 1Peter 1:17-21 2 Chronicles 9:13-29 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 2 Corinthians 12:9 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 2 Corinthians 1:3-6 2 Corinthians 1:3 2 Corinthians 3:17 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 2 Corinthians 5:21 2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Peter 3:9 2 Samuel 23:8-12 2 Samuel 6:17 2 Thessalonians 3:3 2 Timothy 1:7 2 Timothy 2:15 2 Timothy 2:25 2 Timothy 2:7 2 Timothy 3:12 2 Timothy 3:16-17 2 Timothy 4:11 25% are staying 50k 55-mile race AI Abraham sacrificing Isaac Abraham was very rich. Abuja Acts 11 Acts 13 and 15 Acts 17:11 Acts 17:22-34 Acts 17 Acts 1:8 Acts 27:35 Acts 5:38-39 Acts 9 Albert Einstein All great men were born in February. Alyssa Glander America waited too long. Apostle Peter Asbury Barabbas Barna poll Barnabas Baruch Bulla Be a Berean Be bold! Be bold Be happy! Be part of the process. Be still and know that I am God Best Evidence God Created Bethlehem Bible reading Bible Biblical archaeology Bob Gillespie Brian Miller C.S. Lewis CRT Camp Sigel Candace Nordine Carl Kerby Jr. Carl Kerby Cell phones Choosing for Two Christ in me Christ opened my eyes. Christian Camps Christian witness Christian worldview Chruch Colossians 1:27 Colossians 2:14 Colossians 2:8 Colossians 3:17-23 Colossians 3:17 Colossians 3:1 Colossians 4:5-6 Columbo Tactic Creation Creator God D. Mark Jacobs Jr. Dan Lietha Daniel 12:4 Daniel 2:21 Dave Glander David Tautofi DeBunked 15 DeBunked TV DeBunked Deuteronomy 11:13 Deuteronomy 32:35 Deuteronomy 6:6-7 Deuteronomy 6:6-9 Deuteronomy 6:7 Did Jesus Commit Suicide? Dr. Andrew Fabich Dr. Francis Schaeffer Dr. Jason Lisle Dr. William Beal Draa Mackey EQUIP+ EQUIP Easter Ecclesiastes 12:13 Ecclesiastes 12:14 Ecclesiastes 3:11 Ecclesiastes 4:10 Eleazar Elohim Ephesians 1:13-14 Ephesians 2:8-9 Ephesians 3:12 Ephesians 3:17-18 Ephesians 3:19-21 Ephesians 3:20-21 Ephesians 4:29 Ephesians 5:15-16 Ephesians 5:15-17 Ephesians 5:20 Ephesians 6:10-18 Ephesians 6:12 Ephesians 6:4 Equip Retreat Exodus 17:11 Exodus 17:12 Exodus 20:11 Exodus 33:14 Ezekiel 33:11 Facing the Giants Family dinner Fascinating Facts Fearless Faith Frank Figueroa Gabby Terry Galatians 2:20 Galatians 5:1 Galatians 5:22-23 Galatians 6:7 Galatians 6:9 Gary Varvel Gen Z Genesis 11:1-2 Genesis 11:6 Genesis 11:7 Genesis 13:1-2 Genesis 13:8-12 Genesis 1:14-15 Genesis 1:14 Genesis 1:27 Genesis 1:28 Genesis 1:29 Genesis 1:31 Genesis 22 Genesis 3:10 Genesis 3:12 Genesis 3:14-15 Genesis 3:20 Genesis 3 Genesis 9:7 Genesis and the Gospel Genesis Give thanks to the Lord. Glad You Asked Christmas Edition Glad You Asked Glendive Montana Glory to God! God created you God is love. God is rich in mercy God loves us. God loves you God makes no mistakes. God won the battle God-created world God-shaped vacuum God's Word God's character God's dwelling place God's grace God's joy God's plan God's pursuit God\'s Word God\'s character God\'s joy God\'s plan God\'s pursuit God\\\'s character God\\\'s joy God\\\'s plan God\\\'s pursuit God\\\\\\\'s character God\\\\\\\'s joy God\\\\\\\'s plan God\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s character God\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s plan God\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s character God\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s plan Gods Word is truth Gods Word Gods care Gods character Gods divine plan Gods light Gods love story Gods plan of redemption Gods plan Gods wisdom Good Shepherd Gospel message Grace Mally Grace Moffitt Grammar matters Groggy Hallelujah! Hawaii He is always faithful. He is risen Heaven Hebrews 10:1-18 Hebrews 10:19-22 Hebrews 10:23 Hebrews 11 Hebrews 12:1-3 Hebrews 12 Hebrews 13:14 Hebrews 13:5-6 Hebrews 13:5 Hebrews 13:8 Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:16 Hebrews 7:25 Hell His glory Holly Varnum Holy Spirit How can I fight and overcome fear? How to Think Hubble Human life is sacred. Huntsman Center Hurry sickness I Peter 3:15 IMPACT Impact Curriculum In everything give thanks. Is it okay for a Christian to be rich? Is life good? Isaiah 11:1 Isaiah 26:3-4 Isaiah 40:28-31 Isaiah 40:29 Isaiah 40:31 Isaiah 41:10 Isaiah 41 Isaiah 43:1 Isaiah 43:2 Isaiah 45:9a Isaiah 53:6 Isaiah 55:11 Isaiah 55:8-9 Isaiah 55:8 Isaiah 64:8 Isaiah 7:14 Isaiah 9:6 Israel Museum It is well with my soul Jamaica James 1:12 James 1:15 James 1:17 James 1:2 James 4:10 James 4:14 James 4:7 James 4:8 January 2022 Jehovah Rapha Jeremiah 17:9 Jeremiah 29:11 Jeremiah 29:13 Jeremiah 31:3 Jeremiah 33:3 Jeremiah 36:32 Jerusalem Jesus and me Jesus chose to die. Jesus comforts the broken-hearted. Jesus saw their faith Jesus the Messiah Jesus Jewish feasts Job 1:3 Job 2:8 John 10:10 John 10:11 John 10:17-18 John 10:27 John 11:25 John 14:1-3 John 14:6 John 15:1-11 John 15:13 John 15:16a John 16:33 John 1:12 John 1:35-42 John 3:16-17 John 3:16 John 3:17 John 6:51 John 8:32 John 8:36 John Mark John Ray Joni Eareckson Tada Joni and Friends Joseph A. Kennedy Joseph and Mary Joseph Joshua 1:9 Joshua 22:5 Joshua 24:15 Juan Valdes Jude 1:22 Julaine Appling Justice Kaimuki Bulldogs Kaimuki High School Keeping teens faithful King David King Hezekiah King Solomon Know It! Live It! Share It! Know why you believe. LEAD Wisconsin Lacey Reitz Lamentations 3:22-23 Lamentations 3:22-24 Leviticus 12:8 Leviticus 18:24-30 Leviticus 25:23 Liberty Institute Life in layers Life is good because God is good. Life is good Listen to His voice. Listen Little boys need Mamas. Little boys need to know their Mamas like them. Loose the Lion Luke 12:12 Luke 18:1 Luke 1:32 Luke 22:32 Luke 24:38 Luke 2:1-14 Luke 2:24 Luke 2:55 Luke 2:7 Luke 5:1-11 Luke 5:37-39 MRRHWQ 15:32-38 MTD Malachi 3:3 Malachi 3:6 Mark 10:45 Mark 10:8 Mark 16:15 Mark 1:16-18 Mark 2:3-5 Mark 5:19 Mark 6:31 Martin Luther Mary Master Potter Matthew 10:20 Matthew 10:32 Matthew 11:28-29 Matthew 11:28-30 Matthew 11:28 Matthew 11:29-30 Matthew 11:29 Matthew 13 Matthew 14:13-21 Matthew 14:22-33 Matthew 14:31 Matthew 16:24 Matthew 19:16-24 Matthew 19:23-24 Matthew 1:22-23 Matthew 24:35 Matthew 27:15-25 Matthew 27:75 Matthew 28:18-20 Matthew 4:18-20 Matthew 5:13 Matthew 5:16 Matthew 5:18 Matthew 6:19-20 Matthew 6:19-21 Matthew 6:19 Matthew 6:25-26 Matthew 6:27 Matthew 6:33 Matthew 9:35 May 15 1987 Memory Lane Mere Christianity Messiah Mic'd Up Mic'dUP Mic\'d Up Mic\'dUP Mic\\\'d Up Mic\\\\\\\'d Up Mic\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'d Up Micah 5:2 Micah 6:8 Michigan State University Miracles Money is their god. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism Mosaic NRB National Religious Broadcasters Never Forget. Never Again. New Year's resolutions New Year\'s resolutions Nigeria Noah's ark Nonconformity Not yet a human. OJ Simpson Parable of the sower Pastor Baba Paul Varnum Peter Philippians 1:6 Philippians 2:13 Philippians 2:3-4 Philippians 2:6-11 Philippians 3:12-16 Philippians 3:7-8 Philippians 4:13 Philippians 4:6-7 Philippians 4:6-9 Philippians 4:8 Pilate Plan C Please say Yes! Please say "Yes!" Please say \"Yes!\" Please say \\\"Yes!\\\" Pool of Siloam Potter Pray for Rachael Neal. Proverbs 11:10 Proverbs 12:26 Proverbs 14:12 Proverbs 14:34 Proverbs 15:4 Proverbs 16:3 Proverbs 18:12 Proverbs 18:24 Proverbs 19:21 Proverbs 1:20 Proverbs 1:8-9 Proverbs 22:6 Proverbs 23:19-21 Proverbs 27:17 Proverbs 3:5-6 Proverbs 3:5 Proverbs 3;5-6 Proverbs 6:16-19 Psalm 100:5 Psalm 100 Psalm 103:2-5 Psalm 119:105 Psalm 119:11 Psalm 119:160 Psalm 122:1 Psalm 138:1-2 Psalm 139:14 Psalm 139:17 Psalm 139 Psalm 13:6 Psalm 147:4 Psalm 16:11 Psalm 18:1-2 Psalm 18:30 Psalm 19:1 Psalm 1:1 Psalm 1 Psalm 23:1 Psalm 23:2 Psalm 23:4 Psalm 23:6 Psalm 27 Psalm 29:2 Psalm 2:1-6 Psalm 31:14-15 Psalm 34:19 Psalm 37:3-7 Psalm 37:5-6 Psalm 37:5 Psalm 40:2 Psalm 40:8 Psalm 42 Psalm 63:3 Psalm 68:19 Psalm 69:9a Psalm 73:16-17 Psalm 8:3 Psalm 8:4 Psalm 92:1-4 Pursued Put God first Rachael Neal Reasons for Hope Responds Reasons for Hope in the Mosaic of Your Life Reasons for Hope* Reasons for Hope Rebekah Haynie Respond to God's voice Respond to God\'s voice Respond to God\\\'s voice Respond to God\\\\\\\'s voice Respond to God\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s voice Resurrection Revelation 19:11 Revelation 20:12 Revelation 22:18-19 Revelation 7:9-11 RforH Romans 10:14 Romans 10:15 Romans 10:9-10 Romans 10:9 Romans 11:36 Romans 12:1-2 Romans 12:2 Romans 12:9-21 Romans 1:16 Romans 1:20 Romans 3:23 Romans 5:10-11 Romans 5:12 Romans 5:17 Romans 5:6-10 Romans 6:23 Romans 8:14 Romans 8:18-25 Romans 8:26 Romans 8:28 Romans 8:38-39 Romans 8:38 Sanctity of Life Schaftlein Report Scriptures Seal of Baruch September 11 Shelby Pruitt Spurgeon Stay bold! Stay bold Steve Herzig Supreme Court Surprised by Joy Testify Thanksgiving The Bible Project The Bible is a Jewish book. The DeBunked Files The Plumb Line The Right Ingredients The Screwtape Letters There is no truth There's Nothing Wrong with Abortion ... DeBunked! There\'s Nothing Wrong with Abortion ... DeBunked! There\\\'s Nothing Wrong with Abortion ... DeBunked! There\\\\\\\'s Nothing Wrong with Abortion ... DeBunked! Think before you post. Thinkful TikTok Tish Kerby Titus 2:6 Tower of Babel Trust His heart Trusting God Use God's Word correctly. Use God\'s Word correctly. WEF Wade Wacker Wash their feet. Wealthy Christians What are you thankful for? What is a Christian? What is my purpose? Who Made God? Why am I here? Why did Jesus have to die? Will Our Generation Speak? Within Our Reach Wooed Word of God Your grace still amazes me. Your vote matters. Youth outreach Yuval Noah Harari Zola Levitt a little at a time a process; not an event abortion absolute truth abundant life acacia accepting help achieving the impossible adventure angels angry another child of God struggling answering questions antidote to fear anxious apologetics artificial intelligence astronomy astrophysics atonement for sin be not afraid best of luck biblical Christianity biblical creationist biblical perspective biblical worldview biology blindfold boldness bold boys branch brokenness bullae bulla butterfly caged called to encourage cancellation cancer journey cancer cease striving certainty challenge character check your attitude children choices clay coercion come alongside comfort zone comfortable Christian commas save lives compromised confidence confused conjunction consequences created in Gods image creation vs. evolution critical race theory critical thinking cross curriculum cut the head off the snake debate deception defend depressed depression design of the eye desperate passion dinosaur dig distractions don't fight alone don't stop don\'t fight alone don\'t stop don\\\'t fight alone don\\\'t stop don\\\\\\\'t stop dont stop doubt eisegeses embryology encouragement entrusted by God to do good eternal life eternity without God eternity evangelism examine the scriptures exegesis eye fair and impartial faith walk family circle family first fear not fearfully and wonderfully made fear feeling lost feeling overwhelmed fig filled with joy and worship flight cancelled football coach forest forever home former athiest freedom of choice fruit fulfilled prophecies galaxies gestation give a defense give thanks glory in His holy name good luck good news of Jesus Christ good news good will toward men grace gratitude grog having conversations heavenly host hermeneutics heroes of the faith history of the universe hope human eye humble ourselves illness impact lives impact your teammates positively impulsive incomprehensible God inn investment isolation keep moving keep progressing largest church in the world layers leaf light year speed like Christ live in freedom loss of loved ones loss love of money love mATTHEW 26: 20-29 made for another world made in His image manger marriage memories memorization without application memorizing Scripture missing opportunities more like Christ motivation multiple meanings mystical truth never compromised no coincidence no complaints no hope no pain no gain no place like home no quitting no room in the inn nonconformist not a fetus not ashamed oak objective right and wrong olive one foot in front of the other one race one-world government opened doors opportunity to bring hope overwhelming distance palms part of a team passionate patience patriotism paying it forward peace persecution persevere perspective physics plans pomegranate positive messages postgame prayer potsherd pottery potter power of the Word praying pregnancy pregnant preposition prioritize God pro-life progress propitiation providence quadriplegic quiet time reach the younger generation reality exists reality reassurance red cardinal redemptive work of Christ refining refocus what church looks like relationship with God relentless forward motion represent Christ resolutions rest revival right time right words root of all evil root sacrifice salvation see God move seed experiment seek the Lord shine a light silversmith situation slavery social media son of encouragement speak life speak your truth spiritual apathy spiritual harvest spiritual legacy spotless Lamb of God stable stagnant church stand boldly on the Word of God stand up against evil star-gazing starstruck stars step by step stranded stress statistics stress study for yourself suffering summer camp swaddling clothes sycamore symbol of God's love and reassurance symbol of God\'s love and reassurance symbol of God\\\'s love and reassurance symbol of God\\\\\\\'s love and reassurance symbol of Gods love and reassurance teaching science technology teen questions teens telescope temple of the Holy Spirit terebinth thank you thankfulness thankful the apple of his eye the finish line the lion will defend itself the seeing eye theology think for yourself thriving in Christ traditions traffic trees trials tribulation troubles trust Jesus truth turn to God ultamarathon ultrarunner unborn child uncage the Lion uncertain uncover the truth unfair universe unpredictable use your gift vine virgin birth visual reminders vote wethering the storm where two worlds collide willow windows to the soul wonder of boys work ethic worldview worth fighting for worth it worthy of protection young earth your circle matters youth ministry youth zeal for worship zoo guide