Peer pressure can be a very real problem in our world today. Peer pressure was also a big problem for Daniel and his friends. Green Beans and Peer Pressure will remind your students that God will help them make the right choices in their lives.

For the Green Beans and Peer Pressure activity you need: Bibles, Bible concordances, a packet of green bean seeds, small Styrofoam cups, potting soil, small pebbles, pencils, newspapers, crayons and water.

Begin your activity by covering the tables with newspaper to protect them. Distribute two Styrofoam cups to each student and instruct them to poke three small holes in the bottom of one cup with a pencil and place the cup with the holes inside the second cup.

Use crayons to decorate the outside of the cups. You may wish to have the young people write a verse on the cups such as: “Be strong and courageous...” Joshua 6:1A.

Place a small layer of pebbles in the bottom of the cup. Add potting soil to within ½-inch of the top of the cup. Plant three green bean seeds in each cup and add a small amount of water.

For a Bible study, ask the children to use their Bibles and concordances to discover scripture passages that refer to being strong and/or courageous. Instruct your students to turn to Daniel 1:8-20 and ask each person to read one verse until the entire portion has been read. Explain that Daniel and his friends wanted to obey God and eat the kind of healthy food God wanted them to, however there was a lot of pressure on them to go along with the crowd. But, Daniel and his friends chose to obey God and they were blessed for it. Re-read Daniel 1:17-20.

Close by reading Joshua 1:6-9. Encourage the members of your class to be strong and to ask God for the courage to make positive choices in the lives.

The Rev. Doug Forbes coaches the ski and snowboard team at New Hope Christian Chapel in South Easton.