Do Not Fear
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 (ESV)



Starting a new school year can be an exciting time of new possibilities. But in reality, this change can be daunting and intimidating. Try to think back to how you felt when a new school year was on the horizon. Was there any fear present?

Everyone deals with fear to some degree throughout their lives; especially in situations like going back to school or doing something new. What's important is how we react when we are fearful. Throughout the Bible God instructs us not to fear. He knows, as His children, we can become distracted by fear and lose focus on Him.

This month's song is a reminder that fear doesn’t have to rule our thoughts and emotions. We encourage you to use scripture filled songs such as this as a tool; teaching your Mentee to refocus and realign themselves on Him.

Song: "Whom Shall I Fear"
-Chris Tomlin

God goes before and behind us and we need not fear. A great example of this can be found when Joshua became the leader of God’s people.

Moses was definitely one of God’s MVPs. Not only did he lead the charge with combatting Pharaoh with plagues, and parting the Red Sea, he also led grumbling and ungrateful people out of captivity. This is definitely MVP level stuff. But a day would come when someone else had to take the responsibility of leading God's people.
God had one man in mind and his name was Joshua. Do you think Joshua could have been a little scared and maybe a little overwhelmed about his new responsibility? Totally!! It is not a coincidence that the first chapter of Joshua hits on fear and trusting in God.
God commands Joshua to be strong and courageous ~ not discouraged. He even goes as far as to promise Joshua that He will be with him wherever he goes. Joshua trusted God and took Him at His word; confident that He would not break His promise.

This new school year we want to send our Mentee's off with the same confidence and assurance that we have their back and most importantly, God does.


Just like Joshua, change and new beginnings are just around the corner. The upcoming academic year means new classrooms, teachers, and friends. And remember, just as God didn’t abandon Joshua He won’t abandon you either.

God is with you every moment. He will be with you during all your classes and even during your lunch break. He is with you in any and every situation you may face this school year.

Going back to school may not seem as big of a deal as what Joshua did but don’t forget God is not only with us in the big things but the small things too. If you begin to feel a little scared recite this month’s highlight verse, Joshua 1:9. This is why it is so important to memorize scripture for times such these.


We Are Free In Christ
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1 (ESV)


Our God is a God of freedom, and as His children, He wants us to live in His freedom. The only way to truly be free is through His son Jesus Christ. In Christ, we aren't only free from past sins but we are free to live daily in His holiness, grace, and love.

This realization should bring us joy and excitement. However, we don't always live like this. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians that Christ's death on the cross has made us a new creation, that the old is gone and the new has come.

When we are adopted into God's family, we become dependent on Him for our freedom, peace, and joy. Let's live in the reality of Christ's freedom.

The song below declares the freedom that is found in Him.

Song: "Free In You"
-Iron Bell Worship


In Luke 19:1-10, Zacchaeus was set free from his greed and selfishness. During the month of July read this story with your Mentee and talk through the freedom Zacchaeus found in Christ.

There once lived a greedy and selfish tax collector named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus had the responsibility of taxing the local people for the rulers of that day. However, he would over tax and steal people's money merely because he had the authority to do so.

Zacchaeus became so disliked and hated that government soldiers were placed at his side for his protection. The threats and danger did not stop him in the slightest. His greed continued to grow and the local people boiled with hatred and anger against him. But all of this would change when Zacchaeus met a King.

One day there was news that a King known for being compassionate and loving was going to visit town. The attributes of this King caught Zacchaeus by surprise and he was adamant on meeting such a man.

The day came and the streets filled with people trying to catch a glimpse of the loving King. Due to Zacchaeus being a small man (probably close to 4 feet tall) he left the protection of his government soldiers and climbed a tree to gain a better view. He finally reached the top of the tree and eagerly searched for the King. Minutes went by with no luck.

Zacchaeus began to grow frustrated and then he heard his name called. He looked below his feet and saw a man peering through the leaves with a smile on his face. The man told Zacchaeus to come down because he was going to stay at Zacchaeus’s house tonight.

At this moment Zacchaeus realized he was talking to the King and quickly descended the branches of the tree. People began to wonder why the King would eat with such a hated man. But this King was no ordinary King. Take a moment and ask your Mentee who they think the King may be.

This King was Jesus Christ and Zacchaeus came to know Jesus as not merely a King but as his Lord and Savior. After that day Zacchaeus was never the same. He no longer lived a life of greed and selfishness and because of his new found freedom in Christ he paid back all the people who he stole from in the past.

Each month the Mentor Monthly will contain a Monthly Focus which is meant to be discussed throughout the given month.

We encourage Mentors to revisit the scripture, song, and Bible story multiple times with their Mentees.