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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Time (11/15/12)

TITLE: A Badge Of Honor
By clarissa aguilera


Good morning church today’s teaching will be entitled; A badge of honor. We are all considered soldiers in listed in the army of God. Here in today’s sermon you will look at church as “Boot camp.” Sound a little harsh, Replied the pastor with a grin.

Consider it strict training. Some of you will make it, some will not! “That is entirely up to you.

A soldier must be properly trained before going into battle to equip him, from danger.

The number one tactics today that the enemy uses are distraction. (1 PETER 5:8) Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

When you walk through the doors of a church “troopers, be reminded you are on Gods time, consider yourself on strict training, from that moment further.

You will learn how to pray for the maximum period of 30 minutes, prayer is specifically for talking to God, asking for forgiveness, praying for loved ones and to make known all your requests on to God.

You are not to be rude; rudeness is not of God. Greet your fellow troopers in brothers and sisters with a handshake followed by a God bless you, a hug or a holy kiss, if desired.

If it turns into a conversation you are instructed too quietly, take it out side under strict orders by the chief commander. Away from the door and respect those who are still in prayer.

Reminding; his troopers 30 minutes is required for:

1. Praise and worship
2. Prayer- done on your knees, on your chair or at the altar.
3. Reading your BIBLE.

Our job in duties is to recognize the lost, the hurting and the wounded. Some people come to church broken. We as fellow soldiers need to come to their aid heal, and mend the broken hearted.

We need to nourish them back to health with positive words, encouraging them to read their Bible, reminding them some individuals do-not own a Bible therefore do-not read the Bible, “some have never opened a Bible”, so 30 minutes, 15 minutes, (even 5 minutes) of reading is critical to that individual, at that moment in time.

The pastor sternly, “shouted, Do-not rob God of his time.

Troopers and fellow servants of God: in your Strict Training you will learn

• To be obedient
• Self-control
• Self-discipline
• And Self-denial

The pastor continued on with his sermon.

The pastor stated, be reminded not every trooper is on the same level. Some are on (level 1.), which is the lowest rank. Some are a (level 5.) not much higher in rank both are, “still in process”, to a graduate. And even when graduated you’re still graduating to a higher level in course, and continues forth repeatedly.

Because of a higher rank, level 5. “Duties are to have his brothers back in battle at all times. To pray for him, supervise, and giving the top of the line instructions on going over the rules and regulations he missed or has no knowledge of.

All troopers, be advised, “You can cause one another distraction, and great damage, “if proper attention is not given.”
In a stern but gentle manner the pastor said in the book of ( 2 PETER 3: 17 ) Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from secure position.

With a piercing look, the pastors stated on to the congregation know your job in duties. And do-not get easily distracted, without knowledge. “Then, shame on you.

The pastor proceeded into his story, verbalizing “when you step foot into the door of a church, mind you, “you are in Strict Training. God is, “Not should be?” “God is #1.” Give all your time and attention to him.

The pastor said to the troopers, in a high pitched voice, “30 minutes of your time spent with God is well worth it, and spent wisely.

The chief commander God stood in salute to the pastor/sergeant with full honor and respect! Leaned in and whispered in his ear, (MATTHEW 25:21) “His master replied, “Well done, my good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.

As the church stood in silence.

Read (EPHESIANS 6: 10). Said the pastor, he smiled, Saluting the congregation.

May God bless you?

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Christina Banks 11/22/12
Lynda Lee Schab 11/23/12
As Christina commented, this is an interesting entry. You say some wonderful things and list pertinent scripture, but I had a hard time following. I couldn't decide if this was an actual sermon or if you were telling a story. Although it definitely could use some editing, it was a nice effort and I could see how you were trying to incorporate the topic into your entry.
Keep writing!
Meghan Andersch 11/23/12
You expressed some very good thoughts in this article. I really liked your comment on being mindful that many come to church hurting and are in need of healing and encouragement from the community of believers.
I found parts of the article difficult to follow. For example, I wasn't sure if you meant a certain significance by the final sentence being posed as a question: "May God bless you?".
I did appreciate the obvious care and work you put into this piece and the reminder of the importance of time spent in prayer and Bible reading.
I look forward to reading more of your work. :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/25/12
You make some great points in this sermon. It is true that we should be trained before we go out into the world. Of course the best way to get this training is to read the Bible and commune with God on a regular basis.

I did have a hard time following this. There were random quotation marks that made me wonder if the pastor was still preaching. You need to break the dialog up some with action. For example: The minister pointed his finger right at the people wiggling about in the first pew. That sets up not only who is talking but it gives insight into the personality of your MC.

I think the Bible verses you selected were a perfect fit to your topic. I think the military spin on the topic is an interesting and unique metaphor. It reminds me of the old hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers. You definitely have a passion in your words and I can tell you want to share God's love with as many people as possible. Keep writing, it's a great way to get the message God lays on your heart to the world.
C D Swanson 11/27/12
I felt your heart for God in this piece. Nicely done, and a wonderful job as well. Thank you.

God bless~