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  • by David Dobson
The Pepsi-Cola Company led the soda industry in the use of disposable bottles decades ago. The earlier bottles were made from thicker glass. In addition to the price of the drink, consumers paid a returnable “deposit” of a few cents on each bottle. When the empty bottle was returned, the retail store returned the deposit to the consumer. Each bottle was used numerous times.
  • by Ralph Redline
I am writing this article in the same manner that a grandfather might write a letter to his grandchildren. It is with the most heartfelt desire that I urge you to reconsider what some of you may be contemplating—the promotion and engagement of military service.
  • by Steve Nutzman
We have another excellent issue—our pre-camp issue—for your reading pleasure.
  • by Jennifer Gosse, Cal Bone
This remarkable young woman in the Bible was an orphan, became a queen, saved her people from mass murder, and had a book in the Bible named after her!
  • by Ethan Wolfe
I distinctly remember the color gray. The sky, the overall mood­ of hesitation had been draped over the trees like a massive blanket of morosity. Not a soul wanted to leave the campground, and more than a few tears were already being shed between friends and family. My first year of the Zone had come to a close, and it was time to depart and head for home.
  • by Mitchell Moss
I've heard the story many times. Or at least variations of the story. The basic gist is that there is a man or woman who is exceptional at something—“He was professional at the piano; he could’ve played at Carnegie Hall,” for example. “Then he was called into God’s Church, and he didn’t think he could pursue the piano anymore because a lot of concerts are on the Sabbath. So he gave it up and...
  • by Steve Nutzman
This is our third issue of Compass Check, written with you, a teen in God’s Church, in mind. We hope you enjoy each article and benefit from them all. There is a nice variety of articles this issue.
  • by Randy Shoemaker
I don’t know about you, but this time of year is very disappointing for me. I dread leaving the house, and I avoid listening to the radio and watching TV. I can’t help but feel trampled by hundreds of reindeer as I overhear the mind-numbing songs of the season.
  • by Sydney L Hawkins
“Who does she think she is?” I thought angrily. I was looking through a friend’s endless smiling photos with my crush on Facebook. I went to another friend’s page, where I saw that he was currently enjoying a wonderful and exotic trip out of the country. “Lucky him!” I fumed. “What did he do to deserve that?”
  • by Janet Treadway
While walking down a hall one day in seventh grade, I was suddenly shoved over to the other side of the hallway. I looked over to see what happened. A huge girl was walking away laughing hysterically. I walked to class, shaken. This was the beginning of what I called being picked on. What we call it today is being bullied.
  • by Janet Treadway
Today, through cell phones and the Internet, a new form of bullying has emerged—it’s called “cyberbullying.”
  • by Gayle Hoefker
Do you clam up on the first day of school? Are you tongue tied when you try to talk to the widow at church? Are you terrified of applying for a job because you hate talking to adults?
  • by Steve Nutzman
We hope you’ll enjoy this second issue of Compass Check.
  • by Artur Aleksandrov
We’re given awesome glimpses of a promised world beyond today,  The recreated paradise—which we’re invited to reclaim!
  • by Roy Holladay
Every year the youth of the Church who attend summer camp are immediately immersed in the Zone. The Zone is a safe place to learn and practice God’s way.