Friday, September 25, 2015

The Great Debate: Alcohol

People like to argue (prove their point, or opinion), so now is your chance. This Friday night we will be having a debate and the topic will be whether or not alcohol is a good thing or a bad thing.

Here are some ways of expressing yourself that are considered to be polite in English conversation.

Stating your argument "for:"
I'm in favor of ________ because _______.
I think it's right to ____________.
I believe it's a good idea to __________.
I believe ______ is OK under some circumstances.

Stating your argument "against:"
I'm opposed to ______ because ______.
I think it's wrong to _________.
I'm against _______.
I feel ______ is morally wrong.

I completely agree.
I couldn't agree more.
That's exactly what I think.
You're so right.
I agree with you on that one.

That's true, but __________.
That's one way to look at it, but ______.
I completely disagree.
On the one hand, _________, but on the other hand, ________.

Another part of a good debate is doing some research. Here is an interesting infographic that talks about the consequences of alcohol.

Here are some more resources about alcohol:

"Back from the edge" One woman's story of overcoming addiction -

English Journal

What are your personal views on alcohol? Do you drink? How often? Has it ever caused problems in your life?

What topic do you like to argue or debate? Politics, religion, or something else? If you don't like to argue or debate, why not?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Rest and Recreation

Benefits of vacation

There are many benefits that taking a vacation bring.  These include:
  • Better Physical Health
  • More productivity
  • Closer family relationships
  • Newer perspectives
  • Increased mental power
  • Lower chance of burn out
  • Improved mental health
How to get those same benefits each week - Sabbath

“Then He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath”” (Mark 27-28).
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” (Exodus 20:8).
“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…” (Exodus 20:9-10).

Sabbath means rest.
The Sabbath is a day to take time away from the world.  It's a time to spend with your family, worshiping our Creator.  It is the day in which we step back and enjoy the world that God has made for us.  God rested on the seventh day, after he created the world and the things in it.  He took time out to enjoy it.  Likewise, God wants us to take time and enjoy the world as He made it.

Benefits of Sabbath

Church info

Additional info/resources

What is the Sabbath? Host Hal Holbrook takes you on an eye-opening journey through history to explore the seventh-day Sabbath. Discover how Sunday observance eventually trumped Saturday Sabbath-keeping in the early church, why this controversy is barely known, and the amazing unknown history behind this divine day! - See more at:

Sabbath Truth

English Journal questions: 

  • What was your favorite vacation? 
  • What was your most relaxing vacation? 
  • How to do rest and recharge during the week? 
  • How do you re-create yourself?

Vocabulary words:
Recreation - activity done for enjoyment when one is not working.
Sabbath -  A day of rest, fellowship and worship, the 7th day of the week.
Exile - the state of being barred from one's native country.