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Topic: Write something in the YOUNG ADULT or TEEN genre (06/07/07)
By Joseph Jay
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My name, Joseph Matthew, my ministry, to be a servant for God. My mission this morning, like any other Sunday morning is to get the message of God's love, grace, and salvation through the sacrificing of His only Son, across to a group of 6th through 12th graders. My mission source, our Creator, and His authoritative words recorded in our mission handbook, 'The Holy Bible'.
As my group began to take their seats, I coaxed them to all come up front, so I wouldn't have to yell at the ones in the back. Actually, what I was doing was getting them up close and personal, so I could look them in the eye, as I taught the lesson.
I explained that there was a miscommunication somewhere, and they were stuck with me to teach their lesson that morning. I got alot of smiles, and had taught them before, so they knew what to expect.
Our lesson was the story of Joshua, and the fall of Jericho. I started us off with a prayer, asking God to open our minds, hearts, and ears as His words penetrated our souls. There were alot of questions, as we dove into the Who, What, Where, When, and How of the lesson. Once we made our way to the conclusion, I emphasized the importance of some of the Israelites acting unfaithfully to some of the devoted objects taken. This is when I compared our own rebellions, or mistakes that cause a strain on our relationship with God.
The topic of mistakes quickly began to take over, and I got everyones attention as I explained how God had allowed me to live through certain things, so He could use me as a warning to them. There attention was respectful, as they listened to, and hopefully heeded my warnings about drugs, parties, teen pregnancies, divorce, bullying, drop outs, and everything else that Satan will try and expose them to during their teen years. The Holy Spirit led me through the class, and He also helped me survive the mistakes, so that I can be a surviving Warrior for His Glory, and not mine.
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