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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Valley (08/10/06)

By Jessica Schmit


“Not in the Valley” publications are pleased to present a quiz to test your personal spiritual maturity! This quiz will tell you if you’re a valley dweller or a mountain climber!

“Not in the Valley” is a world wide magazine that offers advice to believers on how to remain on the “mountain” and provides information on how to not fall into those “valleys.” Because we all know that “Christians in the valleys” aren’t useful to anyone.


1). You’re taking your atheistic/sinner co worker out golfing. You want to witness to him, but are feeling a little down. Do you…

a). Enjoy a lovely game of golf and try the friendship evangelism approach.
b). Tape Bible verses onto each golf ball which eliminates you from actually having to say anything in hopes of a quick conversion.
c). Talk honestly to him about the difficulties and joys of Christian living.
d). Cover yourself in head to toe “W.W.J.D” clothing and bring the latest Tim Lahaye book to read out loud.
e). b & d

2). Your boss has just asked you about your faith. You’re struggling to keep your faith above shifting sands. How do you respond to his questions?

a). Tell him that being a Christian is like having your own personal “I dream of Jeanie” wishing lamp. It’s beautiful, exciting and there’s never a difficult moment.
b). Tell him that the Christian life can be a difficult path, but comes with an endless amount of joy, peace and hope.
c). Invite him to join a “Discovering God” workshop at your church.
d). Tell him your own testimony of how you came to Christ.

3). You’ve invited your neighbors over for a BBQ next Saturday. One family brings a bottle of wine even though they know you don’t drink. They ask if you want a drink. Do you…

a). Tell him to get the *&%# out of your house.
b). Tell him that drinking alcohol is stupid.
c). Tell him no thank you.
d). a and b

4). You’re in charge of recruiting volunteers to work in the children’s church program for the upcoming year. No one wants to volunteer. Do you…

a). Create a power point presentation of the pictures and names of people who haven’t volunteered yet and put it on auto play during the church service.
b). Hire a group of teens from the youth group to egg the homes of the non volunteers.
c). Create a lice outbreak within the Sunday school classes to prevent kids from attending.
d). All of the above.

5). You have decided that the songs during the worship service are not your “forte.” Do you…

a). Pray that God would reveal truth to your heart while you sing.
b). Meditate on the words you’re singing so as to truly enter into worship.
c). Inform the worship leader that he can’t carry a tune and that the songs he’s singing are surely being sung by Lucifer in the depths of hell.
d). Ask God to change your heart so you can appreciate the time of worship.

Answers to Questions

1). e
2). a
3). d
4). d
5). c

Your Personality:

(0 questions right): VALLEY DWELLER

You tend to have a faulty view of the Christian life. You believe that grace, forgiveness, hope and peace are an intricate part of the Christian life. You place undue emphasis on Christ’s work on the cross.

(1-2 questions right): MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

You tend to have a more realistic view of people. You understand that you must take control of certain situations in order to see results in your life as well as in others. You speak your mind on certain occasions.

(3-5 questions right) MOUNTAIN TOP DWELLER
You have it! You know that in order to escape persecution and an uncomfortable Christian life you must work at it! You always take charge and never let anyone tell you what to do. You believe that Christ has commissioned you to inform others of their faults. Keep on climbing!

Note: “Not in the Valley” is currently out of print due to theological errors found within the magazine. The errors were discovered when a grade 5-6 Sunday school class took a similar quiz. For further study and instruction on living an honest Christian life and everything you need to know about “mountain top and valley experiences”, refer to the best selling book, the Bible.

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Lynda Schultz 08/17/06
So valleys aren't bad after all! Great take on the theme. I love taking "tests" so you kept my interest to the end, and the twist at the end was terrific.
Kevin Kindrick08/17/06
AMEN! I gotta say, you had me worried at the beginning - I was hoping that no such magazine truly existed - but you brought it all together nicely in the end. Thanks a ton!

God bless,

Helen Paynter08/19/06
LOL! I was chickling all the way through this. My only quibble - the summaries at the end, especially the valley dweller, could be more subtle. Up until then, it could almost have been a real test! Great stuff.
Marilee Alvey08/19/06
LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! Yes, that's why you are a MASTER! I bow to you in respect!
terri tiffany08/21/06
Creative, humorous and unfortunately - full of truths!! Loved it!
Evan Peck08/22/06
haha, this was great

I especially loved the volunteering question, I kept imagining the powerpoint presentation.
Venice Kichura08/22/06
WOW! This has got to be the most creative entry I've ever read!
Joanne Sher 08/22/06
Too much fun! What a unique approach! I loved the fourth question (and answers!) especially! Loved the ending "disclaimer" - how true is that! VERY creative!
Beth Muehlhausen08/23/06
Creativity is oozing! Made me think about the small,ordinary, every-day ways we live our lives for Christ (or not). A nice break from "normal" challenge entries. :-)
Allison Egley 08/23/06
I loved this! From one proud valley dweller to (hopefully) another, great job!
Virginia Gorg08/23/06
This is priceless, and the only time I'm glad to have scored a low point. Very creative approach to the use of the challenge word.