History For Christian Teens

History for Christian Teens

History is so much more than boring facts about obscure topics and time periods! Learning about the past can be fun! Not to mention the treasure trove of wisdom that is ours for the taking when we study history using the thoroughly accurate and wholly reliable source for knowledge- the Bible- as our guide to understanding the deeper whys and reasons behind it all.

History for Christian Teens is for middle and high school-age students- but Moms and Dads are invited to listen in, too! Each week, we will cover a historical person, place, or event, examining it through the lens of the Bible to draw relevant life and character lessons to then apply to our own lives as Christ-followers.

Your host, Crystal Niehoff, is an Army chaplain’s wife, mother of five, and grandmother to five. In 2000, Crystal and her family began their homeschooling journey, which Crystal now continues with her oldest granddaughter, Lexi. Previously a child welfare worker and former owner of Army Wife Network and host of Army Wife Talk Radio; additionally, she holds certifications as a birth and bereavement doula and chaplain. Crystal is an avid researcher, history buff, amateur photographer, and self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur.

Co-Host, Kevin Niehoff, is Crystal’s husband. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, but also lived in Marietta, Georgia and Fort Worth, Texas, extensively prior to entering military service. Kevin has a BA in History with a Minor in Political Science from Kennesaw College, now known as Kennesaw State University. He then went on to earn his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.  Kevin has over 30 years of ministry experience in churches as well as various institutions.

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History for Christian Teens
History for Christian Teens
Crystal Niehoff

History for Christian Teens is for middle and high school-age students- but Moms and Dads are invited to listen in, too! Each week, we will cover a historical person, place, or event, examining it through the lens of the Bible to draw relevant life and character lessons to then apply to our own lives as Christ-followers.

History for Christian Teens

Matthew Leaves Everything to Follow Jesus

Listen in to today’s episode as we explore the life of Matthew and learn how we can effectively share the Gospel message with those around us.

Episode #27- John the Baptist Boldly Prepares the Way

You’ve probably heard of him, but who was John the Baptist, and what was his mission?

Joseph: Fatherhood Isn’t Only About Biology

On this episode of History for Christian Teens, we take a look at a humble, God-fearing adoptive father who made an eternal impact.

Mary the Mother of Jesus: A Life Fully Surrendered to God

We begin our study of historical figures in the New Testament with one of the most famous women in world history, whose child grew up to change the course of history! Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is an extraordinary example of a life fully surrendered to God.

Esther: For Such a Time As This

This week we learn about Esther, a woman who overcame her fear in order to save her people from certain destruction. Our heroine lived between 538 BC and 473 BC and was raised by her cousin, Mordecai, who treated her as his very own daughter.

Daniel- A Man of Integrity, No Lion!

This podcast explores the life of a man of such integrity that even a den full of hungry lions couldn’t devour him! Daniel’s integrity would serve him well as he dutifully served three kings during his time in Babylon.

Isaiah Boldly Answers, Here I am! Send me

Meet Isaiah, a man who was so bold that when called into service by God, he eagerly responded by saying, “Here I am! Send me.”

Jonah and His Whale of a Tale!

Episode #21- Jonah and His Whale of a Tale! Ready for a whale of a tale? In this true Biblical account of a man named Jonah, we follow him as he runs from what the Lord has called him to do. Given a message from God to warn the wicked people of Nineveh of coming […]

Elijah: Bold Prophet Who Vanished in a Whirlwind

Episode #20- Elijah: Bold Prophet Who Vanished in a Whirlwind On this podcast, Kevin and Crystal take a closer look at a man of boldness for the Lord and extraordinary faithfulness. A man who, one day, was caught up to heaven in a whirlwind, never tasting death as a reward for his obedient service to […]

Solomon was a Wise and Foolish King

Episode #19- Solomon was a Wise and Foolish King This episode explores the reign of a man who was both a wise and a foolish king. Proclaimed, in fact, as the wisest man who ever lived. But, despite his vast, God-given wisdom, he lacked discernment and disobeyed the Lord. Who was this king? Solomon, his […]

King David: Humble Shepherd, Giant Slayer, and Man After God’s Own Heart

Episode #18- King David: Humble Shepherd, Giant Slayer, and Man After God’s Own Heart When God sent the prophet Samuel to appoint one of the sons of Jesse to be the new king of Israel, the young boy David was occupied out in the field, tending to his father’s sheep. His father didn’t even think […]

Saul: Israel’s First King Falls Short

Episode #17- Saul: Israel’s First King Falls Short As we learned in our last episode, although Samuel was a godly man and great spiritual leader, his sons were not and so the people of Israel rejected them as judges over them. Instead, the people called for a king to be appointed to lead them. The […]

Samuel: Priest, Prophet and One of Israel’s Greatest Judges

Episode #16- Samuel: Priest, Prophet and One of Israel’s Greatest Judges On this podcast, we explore the life and ministry of a man who held the offices of a priest, a prophet and became one of Israel’s greatest judges. That great man was Samuel of the Old Testament, who lived between 1105-1030 B.C. In 1 […]

Ruth: A Lesson in Strength, Faith, and Compassion

Episode #15- Ruth: A Lesson in Strength, Faith, and Compassion   If you are looking for a role model to inspire you in your own life, look no further than Ruth! She is a beautiful example of what it means to be strong, faithful, and compassionate. Truly, each of the Fruit of the Spirit given […]

Samson: Even the Strongest Man Has a Weakness

Episode #14- Samson: Even the Strongest Man Has a Weakness   On this episode, we learn that even the strongest man has a weakness . . . or two. Weakness so great that it landed him into prison and eventually led to his demise. Gratefully, we serve a God of redemption who can restore strength […]

By Faith, Rahab Transforms from Harlot to Heroine

Episode #13: By Faith, Rahab Transforms from Harlot to Heroine   Today’s show looks at the role Rahab, a woman of ill repute, played in conquering Jericho. And also how God’s incredible mercy helped her turn her life around and become an ancestor of kings. Author Tessa Afshar once said, “He wiped out Jericho, and […]

Joshua: Mighty Military Leader Carries Out an Unorthodox Battle Strategy

Episode #12- Joshua: Mighty Military Leader Carries Out an Unorthodox Battle Strategy   On this podcast, we learn about a great military leader who trusted God in everything and conquered a prominent city through an unorthodox battle plan. Today, we’re talking about Joshua and the battle of Jericho. When you think about Joshua and the […]

The Ten Commandments and Their Impact on Western Civilization Today

Episode #11-The Ten Commandments and Their Impact on Western Civilization Today   This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, we examine a major Biblical event and how it reverberated throughout history. Even now it’s the fundamental legal code of Western Civilization and the common law of the United States. Of course, we are […]

Moses: Basket Baby Grows up to Deliver His People

Episode #10- Moses: Basket Baby Grows up to Deliver His People   This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, we discover how a baby escaped death by floating down the Nile River in a basket, then grew up to lead his people out of captivity. Previously, we learned how Joseph was sold into […]

Joseph the Dreamer- From Pit to Prison, to Palace

Episode #9: Joseph the Dreamer- From Pit to Prison, to Palace   In this episode, we explore the harrowing account of a man named Joseph who was sold into slavery by his own brothers but was able to rise above his circumstances and even eventually forgive them. Joseph lived between 1914-1804 BC. We can find […]

Jacob Learns That What Goes Around Comes Around

Episode #8: Jacob Learns That What Goes Around Comes Around This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, your hosts, Crystal and Kevin Niehoff, continue our series featuring historical characters from the Old Testament by exploring the life of Jacob. Jacob’s name means “the grabber” because he grabbed his twin brother Esau’s heel as […]

Isaac’s Altar Call

Episode #7: Isaac’s Altar Call   Last week, we saw how God is faithful in keeping His promises but that God’s timing may be much different than OUR timing. And, we learned that the Lord keeps His word, even when we try to get ahead of Him and “help” Him out a bit. The Lord’s […]

Abraham and Sarah Scheme to Help God

Episode #6: Abraham and Sarah Scheme to Help God When Sarah and Abraham get impatient waiting on the Lord to fulfill His promise of a son and heir, they devise a backup to help God out by using Sarah’s maid, Hagar, as a surrogate mother. This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, Crystal […]

Courageous Noah and the Cruise of a Lifetime

Courageous Noah and the Cruise of a Lifetime – Episode #5   This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, your hosts, Crystal and Kevin Niehoff, examine the character of Noah, a man who did what the Lord instructed him to do, even when it made no earthly sense, and caused him to be […]

Cain and Abel, Brotherly Rivalry Turns Tragic

Cain and Abel, Brotherly Rivalry Turns Tragic – Episode #4 This week in the History for Christian Teens podcast, your hosts, Crystal and Kevin Niehoff, examine the story of two brothers and the first murder. The devastating result of disobedience and rejecting God’s word. Sometime after the first man and woman were exiled from the […]

Adam and Eve, From Bliss to Blisters

Episode #3 – Adam and Eve, From Bliss to Blisters This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, your hosts, Crystal and Kevin Niehoff, talk about how humankind ended up in the mess of sin and death that we find ourselves in. To do this, first we set the scene way back at the […]

Put on Your Biblical Glasses

Episode #2: Put on Your Biblical Glasses   This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, your hosts, Crystal and Kevin Niehoff, talk about the most loved, most hated, most read, and most censored book in history- the Bible. Be sure to listen in as we discuss the importance of seeing the world, others, […]

Episode #1: Introduction to History for Christian Teens Podcast

Episode #1: Introduction to History for Christian Teens Podcast Today, your hosts, Crystal and Kevin Niehoff, introduce themselves, share their love of history, and talk about the purpose of our new podcast, designed specifically for middle school and high school students, but parents and others are welcome to listen in, too! History is so much […]

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