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Ambassador League

Described as a Christian Statesman’s version of the Eagle Scout program, the Ambassador League engages the student in a year-long quest to further develop their Biblical worldview and leadership skills.



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Do Hard Things

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations ...

Authors: Alex and Brett Harris

Summary: “Discover a movement of Christian young people who are rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to ‘do hard things’ for the glory of God. Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, Alex and Brett Harris weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life and map a clear trajectory for long-term fulfillment and eternal impact.
Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of revolution already in progress challenges you to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today. Now featuring a conversation guide, 100 real-life examples of hard things tackled by other young people, and stories of young men and women who have taken the book’s charge to heart, Do Hard Things will inspire a new generation of rebelutionaries (”

The Making of a Leader

The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of ...

Author: Dr. J. Robert Clinton

Summary: “After examining the lives of hundreds of historical, biblical, and contemporary leaders, Dr. J. Robert Clinton gained perspective on how leaders develop over a lifetime. By studying the six distinct stages he identifies, you will learn to:

  • Recognize and respond to God’s providential shaping in your life
  • Determine where you are in the leadership development process
  • Identify others with leadership characteristics
  • Direct the development of future leaders

This revised and updated edition includes several new appendixes and expanded endnotes, as well as an application section at the end of each chapter (”


Understanding the Times

Understanding the Times: A Survey of Competing Worldviews - Kindle ...

Authors: Jeff Meyers and David A. Noebel

Summary: “Your view of God determines your view of the world. You hold in your hands a landmark guide to understanding the ideas and forces shaping our times. Understanding the Times offers a fascinating, comprehensive look at the how the tenets of the Christian worldview compares with the five major competing worldviews of our day: Islam, Secular Humanism, Marxism, New Age, and Postmodernism.

Understanding the Times is a systematic way to understand the ideas that rule our world. While the material is expansive, the engaging, easy-to-understand writing style invites you to discover the truths of God – and our world. This classic should be on the shelf of every Christian home, on the desk of every pastor, and in the hands of every Christian student headed off to college (”

The God Who is There

Author: Francis Schaeffer

Summary: “For over thirty years The God Who Is There has been the landmark book that changed the way the church sees the world. In Francis Schaeffer’s remarkable analysis, we learn where the clashing ideas about God, science, history and art came from and where they are going. Now this completely retypeset edition includes a new introduction by James W. Sire that places Schaeffer’s seminal work in the context of the intellectual turbulence of the early twenty-first century. More than ever, The God Who Is There demonstrates how historic Christianity can fearlessly confront the competing philosophies of the world. The God who has always been there continues to provide the anchor of truth and the power of love to meet the world’s deepest problems (”


Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your ...

Author: Greg Koukl

Summary:  “In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus. Tactics provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace.

Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl shows readers how to:

  • Initiate conversations effortlessly
  • Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively
  • Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking
  • Skillfully manage the details of dialogue
  • Maintain an engaging, disarming style even under attack”


Why I Am a Christian

9780801012105: Why I Am a Christian: Leading Thinkers Explain Why ...

Authors: Norman Geisler and Paul Hoffman

Summary: “Finally, the expertise of leading scholars and apologists of today collected into one resource! Topics such as relativism, miracles, the problem of evil, and the identity of Jesus are explored with imagery and humor, intelligence and respect by recognized Christian authors. Each contributor also provides a helpful bibliography for additional reading on his particular subject. Why I Am a Christian is a great book for believers needing assurance that their faith is not only true but reasonable. Noted contributors include William Lane Craig, J. Budziszewski, Norman L. Geisler (also a coeditor), Gary Habermas, J. P. Moreland, Hugh Ross, Peter Kreeft, Ravi Zacharias, and Josh McDowell. This resource will also interest spiritual seekers and skeptics because of its credible contributors and their willingness to share personal stories of how their lives were changed. Chapters are arranged in a logical argumentative order to aid in breaking down, one by one, intellectual obstacles of faith. The work will draw a broad audience by its unprecedented breadth and depth of apologetic expertise (” 


How Should We Then Live?

How Should We Then Live? (L'Abri 50th Anniversary Edition): The ...

Author: Francis Schaeffer

Summary: “As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the twentieth century, Francis Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. In this brilliant book he analyzed the reasons for modern society’s state of affairs and presented the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God’s revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible’s morals, values, and meaning (”

The Story of Reality

The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and ...

Author: Greg Koukl

Summary: “Biblical Christianity is more than just another private religious view. It’s more than just a personal relationship with God or a source of moral teaching.

Christianity is a picture of reality.

It explains why the world is the way it is. When the pieces of this puzzle are properly assembled, we see the big picture clearly. Christianity is a true story of how the world began, why the world is the way it is, what role humans play in the drama, and how all the plotlines of the story are resolved in the end.

In The Story of Reality, bestselling author and host of Stand to Reason, Gregory Koukl, explains the five words that form the narrative backbone of the Christian story. He identifies the most important things that happen in the story in the order they take place:

  1. God
  2. Man
  3. Jesus
  4. Cross
  5. Resurrection

If you are already a Christian, do you know and understand the biblical story? And for those still seeking answers to the questions of life, this is an invitation to hear a story that explains the world in a way nothing else will. This story can change your life forever (”


What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?

What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? - Kindle edition by Kennedy, D ...

Authors: D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe

Summary: “We live in a cynical age in which only one prejudice is tolerated–anti-Christian bigotry. Yet despite the unbridled slanders and attacks against the faith, one powerful truth is undeniable: if Christ had never been born, nearly every facet of human life would be much more miserable than it is today. Arranged topically and presenting compelling, little-known historical facts, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? clearly demonstrates that an enormous array of benefits to humankind–from economics to art to government, science to civil liberties, morality to health, and beyond–would never have occurred had Jesus Christ not lived (”

How Christianity Changed the World

How Christianity Changed the World - Kindle edition by Schmidt ...

Author: Alvin J. Schmidt

Summary: “Western civilization is becoming increasingly pluralistic,secularized, and biblically illiterate. Many people todayhave little sense of how their lives have benefited fromChristianity’s influence, often viewing the church withhostility or resentment.How Christianity Changed the World is a topicallyarranged Christian history for Christians and non-Christians. Grounded in solid research and written in apopular style, this book is both a helpful apologetic toolin talking with unbelievers and a source of evidence forwhy Christianity deserves credit for many of thehumane, social, scientific, and cultural advances in the Western world in the last two thousand years (”

Defending the Declaration

Defending the Declaration: How the Bible and Christianity ...

Author: Gary Amos

Summary: “After ten years of research and four years of writing, Dr. Gary Amos reveals that the evidence from primary sources is irrefutable: underlying the Declaration of Independence is a foundation of Biblical principles and Christian influence. The Bible and Christianity — not deism and secularism — were the most important influences on the framers. Amos laments that America’s educational system denies or ignores almost all this evidence. Evidence he believes to be undeniable (”

The Theme is Freedom

The Theme is Freedom: Religion, Politics, and the American ...

Author: M. Stanton Evans

Summary: “Author M. Stanton Evans challenges nearly every concept you’ve learned in history classes from elementary school to college: that our liberties stem from secular doctrines, that religious absolutes endanger freedom, that the Bill of Rights created a “wall of separation” between religion and our public institution. Evans argues that all of these teachings and more are refuted by historical record (”


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Why Intern?

  1. Application of education and career exploration. Learning is one thing, but taking those skills into the workforce and applying them is a great way to explore different career paths and specializations that suit individual interests.
  2. Gain experience and increase marketability. Having an internship gives you experience in the career field you want to pursue. 
  3. Networking. Internships provide a great environment to meet professionals in the career field you want to pursue, as well as other interns who have similar interests.
  4. National Data. According to a 2016 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey, more than 56 percent of graduating seniors reported taking part in at least one internship.
  5. Professionalism. Internships can provide students with the soft skills needed in the workplace and in leadership positions. Skills, such as communication, leadership, problem-solving, and teamwork can all be learned through an internship and utilized beyond that experience.
  6. Learn how a professional workplace operates. Internships help students learn all about workplace culture, employee relations, and leadership structure, which should help them onboard in their first professional job with more ease than if they haven’t had professional experience.
  7. Build your resume. Most organizations and jobs that you apply to following graduation want employees to have some sort of professional experience, even for entry level jobs.
  8. Gain professional feedback. While professors and teachers will prepare you for the theoretical side of your field and hands-on projects, internships provide opportunities for receiving feedback from someone who works in your desired field on a daily basis.
  9. Learn from others. It might seem common sense – you’re interning to learn skills, after all – but don’t forget to purposefully observe others in their job role to learn the ins and outs of different positions.
  10. Figure out what you like and don’t like. While everyone probably wants to walk away from an internship feeling excited and passionate about the experience, there’s a silver-lining to be found if you didn’t enjoy the job: you’ll know what you don’t like.
- Julie Maio, State University of NY